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Monday, December 19, 2011

ONE OF THE BEST PICTURES I'VE EVER SEEN OF A BANK ROBBER!


The FBI Bank Robbery Task Force needs your help in identifying the female who is now believed to have committed at least three area bank robberies within the past month. The latest robbery occurred at the Capital One Bank located at 3037 FM 1960 East in Houston, Texas, on Friday, 12/16/2011. The woman was captured in several photos taken by the bank’s security cameras.At approximately 2:40 p.m., the woman entered the bank and slid a note to the teller. The note demanded money and threatened the teller. The teller gave the woman some cash, but then the robber asked for more money. The teller told her she gave her all the money. The female bank robber then fled the bank. No one was physically hurt during the robbery.The bank robber is described as a black female, mid-30s, 5’7” tall, 215-220 pounds, with a heavy build, dark complexion, and a black curly weave in her hair. She wore a tan wool hat, tan turtleneck sweater, black windbreaker, and blue jeans.The woman is believed to be responsible for at least two other area bank robberies—the robbery of the Compass Bank, address 10635 Louetta in Houston, Texas, on 11/22/2011, and the robbery of the Capital One Bank, address 10951 Jones Road in Houston, Texas, on 11/19, 2011.Crime Stoppers of Houston is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and arrest of this robber, or any felony suspect. If you have information about this crime, please call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 713-222-TIPS (8477), or the Houston office of the FBI at 713-693-5000.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

BACK IN BUSINESS!

The Old Insite is back in Business...Make sure you go there and go there often. We're going to find something else to do with this page. Just be patient. Houston Insite will live on!


Insite Back in Business: http://carey2.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

JOLANDA JONES UNDER FIRE AFTER INVESTIGATION SHOWS SHE BROKE THE RULES!


The Office of Inspector General has determined that City Council member Jolanda 'Jo' Jones has violated three executive orders and three city ordinances, according to memorandums posted by the City of Houston legal department.



The investigation by the OIG was launched after a representative with the Houston Police Officer's Union contacted City Attorney David Feldman with concerns about Jones using city resources to distribute a guide to the public titled "Know Your Rights with the Police."



The OIG pursued the investigation March 18 and determined that the guide card included a city-issued telephone number although the card was a private advertisement for Jones' private law practice, according to the memorandum.



The investigation by the OIG also determined that Jones allowed City Council staff to transport her to and from court and help in clerical duties related to her law practice.

In the memorandum, the OIG investigator accused Jones of instructing her staff to not cooperate with the OIG investigation.



Jones, according to the memorandum, met with an OIG investigator, but did not answer any questions and told the investigator she would return with sworn responses to the investigator's questions after meeting with an advisor.



“I have just received this report and will comment further once I have reviewed it. I hold myself and my staff to the highest ethical standards. I look forward to clearing up any misunderstandings with respect to this report as expeditiously as the process permits,” said Jones in a statement released late Wednesday night from her office.

On the Web:

Office of Inspector General Investigation into Councilmember Jolanda Jones -- http://media2.myfoxhouston.com/news/2011-06-08/jolanda-jones-investigation.pdf

THE REPORT WHERE JONES DENIED THE ALLEGATIONS WHEN CONFRONTED BY THE INSITE!

City Council Member Under Investigation: MyFoxHOUSTON.com

ISIAH CAREY ON COMEDY CENTRAL'S TOSH.0!


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

THE INSITE AKA ISIAH CAREY FINALLY APPEARS ON COMEDY CENTRAL!

After two months of waiting my appearance on Comedy Central's Tosh.0 aired Tuesday night.

I was originally very concerned about the appearance on the show but I think it turned out okay.


It was shot at the Tennis Channel Network in Los Angeles back in March.

I hope you enjoyed it.

The appearance was the result of my infamous Youtube appearance which has had over 10 million hits on the internet.

Tell me what you think about the Web Redemption on Tosh!

THE INSITE GETS A MENTION IN THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE!


TV reporter gains YouTube fame with bug gulp

By KEN HOFFMAN Copyright 2011 Houston Chronicle

June 6, 2011, 4:49PM


Back in 1995, KRIV reporter Isiah Carey was working for Channel 4 in Arkansas. He was assigned to cover a story in a small rural town about 50 miles outside Little Rock. He taped an introduction to his report in a country field.
If you've seen Carey's work on Channel 26, you know he has a rich, deep voice and calm, smooth manner.
Then a bug flew into his mouth.
Carey threw a fit and unleashed a torrent of profanity that pretty much guarantees he'll never work for the Arkansas Office of Tourism. His voice hit some high notes that would make the Vienna Boys Choir envious. The video never aired, of course. It stayed unseen in Channel 4's treasure chest of bloopers until 2008, when it popped up on www.youtube.com and Jimmy Kimmel played it on his late-night talk show.
Ten MILLION YouTube viewers later … Carey will get his "Web Redemption" tonight on Tosh.0, the Comedy Central show where video fails get a "do-over." Tosh.0 is the funniest, meanest, dirtiest, most irreverent thing on TV. Well, basic cable, anyway. Watch this show and at least 10 times you'll think, "How does Comedy Central let Tosh say that?"
I've got to give Carey credit for going on Tosh.0 and re-living what has to be his most embarrassing professional...

Read more: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/hoffman/7598220.html#ixzz1ObeEGWMx

WHATABURGER INTRODUCES PINEAPPLE!

Today Whataburger announced two new additions to its menu, the Pineapple Pie and Pineapple Shake, both available for a limited time only.

The new menu items will be available Monday, June 6 at 3 p.m. through Monday, August 22 at all Whataburger locations. "While we are known best for our fresh, made-to-order burgers, our pies and shakes have made a name for themselves as well," said Rich Scheffler, Whataburger Restaurants, LP Group Director of Marketing. "The newest pineapple pie and shake are the perfect tropical combination for summer."

Whataburger has proudly served shakes since its first restaurant opened in 1950. The pineapple shake, introduced for the first time this summer, joins Whataburger's traditional shake flavors of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.

All shakes are offered in three sizes; 16-ounce, 20-ounce and 32-ounce. Pies made their debut on the Whataburger menu in the late 1950s. Pineapple, the newest flavor, joins the menu's traditional hot apple pie, a Whataburger customer favorite. In addition to delicious pies and shakes, other Whataburger dessert options include sugar and chocolate chunk cookies, cinnamon rolls and fruit chews.

Dessert is served at Whataburger 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 364 days a year at all 724 locations. For nutritional information on the Pineapple Pie, Pineapple Shake or any other Whataburger menu item including Whataburger's low calorie options, customers can visit www.whataburger.com.
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Monday, June 6, 2011

HOUSTON POLICE UNION BACKS FIRED RICE POLICE OFFICER!

Fired Rice University Police Officer David Sedmak
The Houston Police Officers Union continues its fight to help a fired Rice University officer get his job back.
David Sedmak was let go after leaving his post to help a Houston police officer who had been shot.
On Monday morning, the officers union held a news conference and played an audio tape that proves the Houston Police Department officer was in serious need of help.
School officials claim Sedmak was not let go because he helped a fellow officer but rather because he left his post and did not tell his supervisor where he was.
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FOX 26 News received the following statement from a Rice University spokesman:
As a matter of policy, Rice University does not comment on personnel matters. However, out of respect for the Houston Police Department, we want to clarify that David Sedmak was terminated from the Rice University Police Department for dereliction of duty. Sedmak left his post when only two other officers were on duty and failed to notify his supervisor of his whereabouts for nearly an hour, which could have endangered the safety of our students and campus.

On a case-by-case basis:
The Rice University Police Department (RUPD) frequently assists police and other emergency response agencies in neighborhoods near the campus. They include police departments from Houston, West University Place, Southampton, Bellaire and the Texas Medical Center, and the Houston Fire Department. RUPD also conducts cross-training with some of these adjacent agencies.

In the first five months of 2011, RUPD responded 37 times to calls for help from these external agencies. In addition, RUPD officers who are patrolling the perimeter area around campus may happen on a crime in progress or another officer who needs assistance. In those cases, Rice officers will take action and then turn the scene over to the agency with jurisdiction. In all instances, Rice officers are required to promptly notify the RUPD dispatcher of their location and the situation, and they have portable radios and mobile radios in their police vehicles for that purpose. All radio transmissions are recorded, logged and monitored by the Rice police sergeant on duty. This enables the sergeant to monitor the situation to ensure that the officer is safe when responding to calls off campus, and also to ensure that enough officers are on duty on campus to protect the safety of our students and employees.

CONGRESSMAN WEINER ADMITS TO SENDING INAPPROPRIATE TWEETS!

CONGRESSMAN WEINER ADMITS TO SENDING INAPPROPRIATE TWEETS!

In a press conference happening now in New York Congressman Anthony Weiner admitted to sending that controversial tweet that showed a man standing in his underwear.  But the Congressman says he's not resigning.

Weiner apologized for sending the tweet and admits to sending inappropriate messages to at least 6 other women.

The 7 term Congressman says his denial only made things worst and it was a mistake to lie to the public.

Weiner also says his wife was disappointed but they are working out their problems.

Weiner also believes his communication on social media were with women who are of age.  He says he's sorry and doesn't believe he broke any laws!

THE NEW FACE AT CBS NEWS IN NEW YORK!


Congratulations to former FOX 26 reporter Duarte Geraldino. Duarte is now a reporter with CBS News based out of New York.

Duarte will not only provide reports for local affiliates of CBS around the country but serve as a contributor to the network as well.

Geraldino has already been spotted on the network covering various events including the high profile arrest of Dominique Strauss-Khan in New York.

This is a major accomplishment for Duarte, who not only works for a major network but he gets to move back home to New York City.

Duarte has traveled the country working in various markets including Baltimore, Houston, and Dallas.

The Insite spoke with the Emmy nominated reporter today and he says he's glad to be back home and he's loving the new gig.

Way to go Duarte!

MONDAY MORNING FITNESS TIP WITH DAN!


Saturday, June 4, 2011

FORMER HOUSTON MAYOR BILL WHITE AND HIS SON STEPHEN PREPARE FOR THE DEATH RACE!



The last time we checked on former Houston Mayor Bill White and his family he said they were going to live a nice and quiet private life. That's not quite true.

White's 19 year old son Stephen has talked him into a race that could literally claim their lives.

Stephen White
Stephen White has entered the highly controversial Spartan Death Race.  It's held annually in Vermont where contestants from all over the country sign up for a competition described as part Survivor and part Jack Ass.

The grueling competition that tests your mental and physical abilities lasts 24 hours.  Contestants are required to endure tough competitions ranging from mud runs to obstacle racing.

Stephen has signed up for the 2011 competition.  Serving on his team will be his father, former Houston Mayor Bill White.

The Insite has learned Stephen is taking this competition quite seriously.  How serious?  The Texas A & M freshman has actually been practicing by pulling trucks harnessed to his body, dragging tires through rough terrain, and now he's at survivor school in Colorado.  That's serious.

Stephen believes the Spartan Death Race will be as big as the Ironman competition in Hawaii. He says, "by doing something hard, and pushing myself past my comfort levels, I learn more about myself and the environment around me."

So, why is Stephen taking on such a crazy competition?  I'm told he was looking for other avenues to funnel that energy after a knee injury ended the young Houstonians hopes of playing college basketball at West Point.  Solution: The Spartan Death Races in Vermont.

Former Mayor Bill White
The event has been held for the last three years and in 2011 expect Stephen to be in that competition.

Bill seems excited about his son's adventure in the Spartan Death Race.  He says, "each of us can do more than we think, and I am proud to be a father and support crew of a son who tests those limits."

Those limits will definitely be tested because Stephen actually plans to scale a mountain the day before the competition begins on June 24th.  Good luck guys, you will need it!


Stephen White Training by Pulling a Truck:

Friday, June 3, 2011

LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO DENOUNCE THE ACTIONS OF RICE UNIVERSITY POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS!

PRESS RELEASE: AREA LAW ENFORCMENT DENOUNCES RICE UNIVERSITY POLICE CHIEF’S DECISION TO TERMINATE RICE PD OFFICER WHO CAME TO THE AIDE OF HPD OFFICERS!

On Monday, June 6, 2011, at 8:00 a.m., Houston Police Officers’ Union president, Gary L. Blankinship and representatives from the Texas Municipal Police Association will be joined by other area law enforcement organization representatives to make a public statement regarding the Rice University police chief’s decision to terminate a Rice University police officer for coming to the aide of Houston Police officers who were involved in a deadly shootout on May 7, 2011.


The two HPD officers who were shot in the incident will be at the press conference


The press conference will be held in the HPOU Breckenridge Porter Building at 1602 State Street at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 6, 2011

Previous report first on The Insite:


Rice University Office David Sedmak - Photo courtesy LinkedIn
The Insite has learned a Rice University police officer has been fired after reportedly trying to help his fellow brothers in blue.

That officer has been identified as David Sedmak.

It was back on May 7th when two Houston police officers found themselves in a shootout with a suspect at the downtown Greyhound bus station.

After one of the HPD cops was shot another officer got on the police radio and called for back up.

Sources tell the Insite Rice University police officer David Sedmak was on duty near the school and decided to respond and drove to the scene downtown.

We now know two Houston cops were shot but survived.  The gunman, according to the police department, took his own life.

So what happened to officer Sedmak after the incident that lead every newscast in town?  He was fired by the Rice University Police Department.

Members of the Houston Police Officers' Union are outraged at Rice's action.  Ray Hunt is the vice president of the police officers' union.  He says, "if Rice officers are in trouble we'll respond with back up and I'd expect their officers to do the same."

Hunt says what officer Sedmak did is an example of what Mayor Annise Parker called for when she ran for office back in 2009.  It was during the campaign when Parker indicated she wanted law enforcement officers in the Houston area to work together because of a shortage of HPD officers.

Some say it appears Rice may not be interested in that citywide collaboration when it comes to officers backing up their brothers in blue.

The school issued this statement to the Insite:

"As a matter of policy, Rice University does not comment on personnel matters.  However, out of respect for the Houston Police Department, we want to clarify that David Sedmak was terminated from the Rice University Police Department for dereliction of duty. Sedmak left his post when only two other officers were on duty and failed to notify his supervisor of his whereabouts for nearly an hour, which could have endangered the safety of our students and campus."

UPDATE: Rice spokesman B.J. Almond sent the Insite an email insisting Officer Sedmak was fired for leaving his post and not assisting HPD cops.

Almond also says the record reflects there is cooperation between the Rice Police Department and HPD.

ISIAH CAREY ON FOX NEWS: THE GRETA VAN SUSTEREN SHOW!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

COVERAGE OF POLICE OFFICER KEVIN WILL'S FUNERAL IN HOUSTON!

Officer Killed in Weekend Accident Laid to Rest: MyFoxHOUSTON.com

HOUSTON MAN GETTING BEAT BY PATTI LABELLE GUARD FROM CHRON.COM!


IS NOW THE TIME FOR A TUITION INCREASE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON?


SOME CRITICS ARE ASKING WHY MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON ARE PUSHING FOR A TUITION INCREASE IN THESE TOUGH FINANCIAL TIMES.

THE BOARD MEETS FRIDAY MORNING TO CONSIDER A TUITION HIKE FOR GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS.

SOME STUDENTS ARE ALSO CRITICIZING THE INCREASE AFTER ALLEGATIONS THE AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES DEPARTMENT AT U OF H HAS SPENT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS ON SEVERAL TRIPS TO GHANA, WEST AFRICA.

TRIPS WHERE THERE ARE NOW ALLEGATIONS OF A PROFESSOR AND STUDENTS USING MARIJUANA.

THAT INVESTIGATION INTO DRUG USE IS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY AT THE SCHOOL.

THE BOARD MEETS TOMORROW MORNING AT 8AM.

HOUSTON MAN CLAIMS PATTI LABELLE TOLD HER BODYGUARDS TO BEAT HIM UP!

The Insite just received this lawsuit filed by a Houston man. Richard King claims r&b singer Patti Labelle ordered her bodyguards to attack him when he stood to close to her luggage. No response from Labelle's camp just yet:

An excerpt for the lawsuit:

The defendant singer Patti LaBelle ordered her bodyguards, the individual defendants, to attack the plaintiff as he talked on his cell phone and waited for his family to pick him up at the defendant airport.

"Apparently, LaBelle believed King was standing too close to her (no doubt expensive) luggage, even though he was oblivious to her presence and the danger he was in.

LaBelle lowered the window of her limousine and gave a command to her body guards." They first shoved the plaintiff, then hit him in the face with their fists before standing over him and taunting him as he lay on his back with a concussion.

LaBelle did not get out of her limo until the ambulance had taken plaintiff away. "Apparently deciding that a little bit of public relations was in order, defendant LaBelle stepped out of her limousine and smiled for photographs with Houston police officers, standing triumphantly over the pooled blood of King."
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FUNERAL FOR SLAIN HOUSTON POLICE OFFICER KEVIN WILL!

Hundreds of people are showing up in Klein this morning for the funeral of a Houston police officer who was killed over the weekend.

Houston Police Officer Kevin Will was working an accident early Sunday morning on the north loop when he was hit by a driver. Prosecutors say that man was drunk and high on cocaine.

The suspect is 26 year old Johoan Rodriguez. A man investigators say was in this country illegally.

Rodriguez was charged with intoxication manslaughter.

Will is survived by his wife who is pregnant with their first child. The 38 year old also had two step children.

Officer Will worked for HPD for two years!
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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

U OF H PROFESSOR UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR ALLEGEDLY GIVING STUDENTS MARIJUANA!


Students: Professor Gave Us Pot During Trip: MyFoxHOUSTON.com


The university released this statement in response to the allegations:

Students in the program take up to six credit hours of African American Studies courses that include lectures at the University of Ghana at Legon, University of Cape Coast and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi. This is part of our ongoing mission to embrace knowledge of African life on the continent and throughout the Diaspora.

Borrowing critical insights from scholar-activists such as Marcus Garvey and Zora N. Hurston, AAS views international travel as an imperative tool for examining the African experience from a systemic perspective. As such, student participation in the study abroad program provides a key measure of the programs strength in introducing students to advanced research opportunities and original sources within the discipline. In addition to conducting field research and oral histories, student participants in the study abroad program receive instruction and gain awareness of the everyday concerns and political economy of ordinary Ghanaian citizens.

To ensure the safety and welfare of these student participants, and of all students involved in university-sponsored events, the university has in place strong policies regarding drug use, sexual harassment and Title IX.

One of the students in the program has come forward with allegations of improper conduct regarding the Ghana trip in 2010. We are actively and aggressively investigating these allegations. The university takes these kinds of allegations very seriously, as the safety and welfare of our students always is our primary concern. We have begun interviewing everyone involved to determine the facts.

Because of the concerns that have been raised, we will be assigning a different chaperone to accompany the students on this years trip.

We will have no further comment while the investigation is ongoing.

Read more: http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/news/local/110531-students-professor-gave-us-pot-during-trip#ixzz1NzSBs6uj

FINALLY GOT A DATE FOR THE TOSH.0 APPEARANCE!

Hey Guys,


I just received an email from the producers of the Comedy Central show Tosh.0 and I've been told the episode I will appear on is next Tuesday. That would be June 7th at 9:00 pm on Comedy Central. So, with that in mind I would suggest you record Tosh.0 and tune into FOX 26 news at 9pm first. That's my bread and butter. But make sure you check out the episode next Tuesday. I'm also told by the producers they will tease the episode I appear in during tonight's broadcast. Oh, and wish me luck. The episode was shot back in March in Los Angeles!

The Insite aka Isiah Carey 

THE BATTERY THAT KEEPS YOUR EVO RUNNING ALL DAY FOR ONLY $8.00!




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Monday, May 30, 2011

HAS IT HAPPENED AGAIN IN NEW YORK? A MAID AND PROMINENT EUROPEAN IN A SEX SCANDAL!



ABC News: A prominent, 74-year-old Egyptian banker, Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar, was arrested at New York's Pierre Hotel this morning in connection with an alleged sex assault Sunday on a 44-year-old room maid.
The attack allegedly took place when the woman delivered tissues he requested to his room.

The incident recalled allegations against another international finance official at a New York City hotel earlier this month. On May 14, a maid at the Sofitel Hotel claimed, former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her in his Manhattan hotel suite. Strauss-Kahn is under house arrest in New York as his case proceeds.

Omar was arrested on charges of sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment, forcible touching and harassment.
Sources said that the executive was clad in pajamas when he answered the door to let the maid in. He then allegedly groped her breasts and tried to kiss her before she fled.

Sources gave ABC this account:

When the maid arrived, he asked her to leave the tissues on a table inside his room. Once she was in the room, he allegedly closed the door and locked it.

Then, he allegedly grabbed her, kissed her, and fondled her breasts and buttocks. She fought him off and, according to sources, she told him she wasn't there for that. He then grabbed her again. This time, sources say, he rubbed up against her and she again resisted him. He then asked for her phone number. She gave him a false number, and he let her out of the room.

"Experienced NYPD detectives found the complainant to be credible," said New York Deputy Police Commissioner for Public Information Paul Browne.

Browne promised "further details" upon Omar's arraignment, and additional comment when asked for more on the arrest or the alleged assault.

Omar now heads El-Mex Salines Co., a solar salt producer in Egypt. He had been chairman of the Bank of Alexandria, sources said.

The Pierre, a luxury, 5-star hotel located at 5th Avenue and 61st Street adjacent to Central Park, released the following statement regarding the arrest: "The Pierre's priority is the safety of our guests and staff. We take all complaints very seriously and investigate thoroughly. This incident has been formally reported to the New York Police Department and is under investigation. We will fully comply with the investigation as requested."

SUSPECT ALLEGEDLY INVOLVED IN DEATH OF HOUSTON COP WAS DEPORTED BEFORE!


A Look into the Past of Suspected DWI Cop Killer: MyFoxHOUSTON.com

NEW FACES IN THE RACE FOR THE CITY COUNCIL SEAT IN DISTRICT B!

Jerry Davis

Alvin Byrd
The race for the city council seat in district B is getting interesting.  It's the post that will soon be vacated by term limited Jarvis Johnson.

So far the Insite has learned a member from Johnson's staff and the brother of a popular Houston restaurant owner are running for the post.

First, Alvin Byrd.  He's worked in Johnson's office for years as the community liason.

If Johnson can't make an event you'll likely see Byrd there in his place.  The Fifth Ward resident is also out in the community addressing issues like joblessness and illegal dumping.

The second person in the race is Jerry Davis.  He happens to be the brother of Breakfast Klub owner and talk show host Marcus Davis.

Jerry tells the Insite, "the district needs to move in the right direction and I have the tools to collaborate with other council members."

Davis is the operator a youth mentoring program in Houston in addition to his business experience.

I ran into both Davis and Byrd both pressing the flesh with the community at the North Forest ISD Teacher of the Year ceremony last Friday.

District B is sure to be an interesting race!

WAY TO GO CHRIS PENA - NETWORK BOUND!


Chris Pena NBC News

NBC News executive Chris Pena has really climbed the corporate ladder.  It was about 5 or so years ago when Pena was a talented member of the FOX 26 photography department.  But Pena saw the opportunity to pursue his true dream in management and seized the moment.  Now, it was recently announced he's soon to be an executive with NBC News - that would be the network - booyaa!  Way to go Chris!
NBC Press Release:
Chris Pena (pictured left), who’s been overseeing daily news operations and special projects at WMAQ-Channel 5since 2008, is leaving the NBC-owned station to take on a new position with NBC News in New York.
Pena will continue as assistant news director here through the end of the May ratings sweeps before joining the network in early June. His new role with NBC News is expected to be announced soon.
Confirming Pena’s departure, Frank Whittaker, station manager and vice president of news at NBC 5, told staffers in a memo: “In his two-and-a-half years here, Chris has done a great job overseeing our day-to-day news operations. He has been instrumental in leading us through a number of technical and operational changes. He has overseen the growth of our content center. Chris has been my partner in crime, and I will particularly miss his wisdom and guidance.”
During his tenure at NBC 5, Pena was credited with leading a restructuring of news operations, with an emphasis on multi-platform distribution.
Pena, a graduate of the University of Houston, joined NBC 5 after serving as executive producer of NBC-owned WTVJ-TV in Miami and news director of NBC/Telemundo’s KTMD-TV.
His departure is the first major personnel move at the station here since Comcast Corp. completed its takeover of parent company NBC Universal in late January. More changes are expected to follow.
An opening for Pena’s position as assistant news director has been posted.

MONDAY MORNING FITNESS TIP WITH DAN!






Sunday, May 29, 2011

SEAN KINGSTON HOSPITALIZED AFTER ACCIDENT!

MIAMI (KTLA) -- Rapper Sean Kingston is in a Miami area hospital Sunday night after crashing into a bridge while riding a watercraft, officials said.

The crash happened around 6 p.m. EST when Kingston drove his jet ski into a bridge connecting Palm Island to the MacArthur Causeway.

Kingston and a female passenger were rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Reports say he may be in critical condition.

The 21-year-old Miami-born singer gained fame in 2007 with his single "Beautiful Girls."

Palm Island is a private residential neighborhood in Miami Beach only accessible by bridge.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

TMZ is reporting that alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

UPDATE: CHARGES FILED IN THE DEATH OF HOUSTOB POLICE OFFICER!

Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in a traffic accident that killed an on-duty H East) about 3:45 a.m. today (May 29).

The suspect, Johoan Rodriguez (H/m, DOB: 4-13-85), is charged with intoxication manslaughter controlled substance in the 183rd State District Court. A photo of suspect Rodriguez (with injuries s Officer Kevin S. Will, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officer Will, who was sworn in as a photo of Officer Will is attached to this news release. HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant D. Usher and Officer C. Hall reported:

Officer Will was on duty, conducting an investigation on a previous accident on the 610 North through a police barricade blocking the freeway.

Officers pursued the Volkswagon but, before it co into custody at the scene and then transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where he was treated Officer Will is survived by his wife and two children.
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ARREST MADE IN DEATH OF HOUSTON POLICE OFFICER!

Charges are pending against a suspect arrested in a traffic accident that killed an on-duty Houston police officer at 101 North Loop East (North Interstate Highway 610 East) about 3:45 a.m. today (May 29).

The suspect, Johoan Rodriguez (H/m, DOB: 4-13-85), faces charges of intoxication manslaughter of a peace officer, felony evading in a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.

Officer Kevin S. Will, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene. Officer Will, who was sworn in as an officer in Sept. 2009, was assigned to the Vehicular Crimes Division.

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant D. Usher and Officer C. Hall reported:

Officer Will was on duty, conducting an investigation on a previous accident on the 610 North Loop near Yale when Rodriguez, driving a silver Volkswagon Bug, passed through a police barricade blocking the freeway. Officers pursued the Volkswagon but, before it could be stopped, the vehicle fatally struck Officer Will.

Rodriguez was taken into custody at the scene and then transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. Officer Will is survived by his wife and two children.
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Friday, May 27, 2011

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR FATAL STABBING!

Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal stabbing of a woman at 12909 Orleans about 11:10 p.m. on Thursday (May 26).

Jesus Gonzalez (H/m, DOB: 12-24-70) is charged with murder in the 177th State District Court for his role in the death of his wife, Alicia Saldana Gonzalez, 36, of the above address.  Mrs. Gonzalez suffered multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A photo of suspect Jesus Gonzalez is attached to this news release.
HPD Homicide Division Senior Police Officer E.J. Castaneda and Officer J. Sosa reported:

The Gonzalezes were arguing over marital issues when Jesus Gonzalez pulled a knife and then stabbed Alicia Gonzalez multiple times.  Jesus Gonzalez was taken into custody at the scene without incident. 
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THE NOMINEES ARE....


Congratulations to my coworkers at FOX 26 news.  A long list of them have been nominated as finalists in the annual Houston Press Club Lone Star Awards.  The organization recognizes the work of those in the news biz for journalistic excellence.  On the list of nominees is FOX's own weather guy John Dawson.  However, John wanted to make it clear he's being nominated for his producing skills this time.  The nod is for Dawson's work on the web based hurricane briefings on www.myfoxhouston.com.  Here's a list of all the nominees from KRIV TV.  Good luck guys!
FOX Meteorologist John Dawson

Nominees from FOX 26:

Emily Akin 
Randy Wallace
Jim Dunham
Matt Matejka
Dr. Jim Seibert
John "JD" Dawson
Mark Muller
Greg Groogan





SALLY MACDONALD BACK ON THE JOB AT FOX 26!

Jenna Martin

FOX reporter Ruben Dominguez with Sally MacDonald!
If you haven't noticed in the last two weeks there is a familiar face back on FOX 26 news.  Reporter Sally MacDonald return back to the small screen after some time off.  MacDonald had her first first baby.  She and husband Brandon Martin now have a little girl in the house.  She's Jenna and she even dropped by the KRIV newsroom.  If you see Sally or Brandon out and about tell them congratulations!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

THE NEW CONTROVERSIAL R. KELLY BOOK NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!

You saw it first on FOX 26 news.  Now read the full tell all R. Kelly book.  It can be bought online.  Just click the Amazon link and go get it. Search for 'The Man Behind the Man' by Demetrius Smith or Book Tawk Publishing.  Download it to your tab or Ipad or Kindle!

ALLEGATION: HE SOLD FAKE ROLEXES AND PURSES TO AN UNDERCOVER COP!


A Houston man is behind bars after making a big sale to an undercover HPD officer.

That man is identified as Oscar Bravo.

Investigators say Bravo was approached by a Houston cop who wanted to buy two Rolex watches and a fake name brand purse.

When the deal went down Bravo allegedly told the cop he could get him 20 more watches and 15 purses.

HPD spokesman John Cannon says when Bravo returned with the additional merchandise he was arrested and charged with trademark counterfeiting.

He remains behind bars in the Harris County jail.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

CONGRATULATIONS MARY BENTON OF KPRC TV!


Mary Benton KPRC Reporter

PRSA Houston is pleased to announce that KPRC’s Mary Benton will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for theExcalibur Awards Gala June 23 at the Intercontinental Hotel. The excitement is building with less than a month to go before we recognize the brightest PR stars in "Houstonwood!"

A special discount offer to purchase company tables and tickets expires May 30. Ticket prices at start at $250 and table packages at $1,100. Click here or contact Ed Davis for more information.
 
Among the Special Awards to be handed out this year, include:

  • Barbara Langham, PhD, APR - Legacy Award
  • Bob Hale, President and CEO, Houston Association of REALTORS - CEO Communicator of the Year
Gala Details
Date:           Thursday, June 23, 2011
Time:           6 p.m. - Silent Auction* and Cocktail Reception
7 p.m. - Dinner and Awards Gala
Location:      Intercontinental Hotel Houston Near the Galleria
2222 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77027
Valet parking is $12 and self parking is $5

Dress:           Cocktail attire
 

OPRAH MAKES A KILLING FROM HER FINAL SHOW!


It's guaranteed to be one of the most watched shows in TV history, and if you want to buy a piece of Oprah, it will cost you.
The Oprah Winfrey Show is charging a whopping $1 million for a 30-second commercial on it's big finale show on Wednesday, May 25th.

The $1 million price tag is nearly 18 times more than the show's recent asking price of $57,400, as reported by Nielsen earlier in the season.

While the Superbowl remains the most expensive TV show to advertise on (it cost $3 million for a 30-second spot on the last Superbowl), among regularly-scheduled TV shows, the 2004 series finale of Friends is STILL the most expensive -- it cost $2 million for a 30-second commercial.


After Friends, the Seinfeld finale in 1998 cost $1.4M per 30-second commercial, while the finale for Everybody Loves Raymond in 2005 cost $1.2M per spot.
As for who will be the guests on Oprah's finale show -- she's keeping it a closely guarded secret.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

RAPPER BABY J OUT REPRESENTING HOUSTON ON THE EAST COAST!

Houston Rapper baby J
On May 23, 2011 Houston rap artist Baby Jay, in collaboration with Operation Respect, returned to NYC for his 9th tour of NYC Schools! On January 2011, by popular demand Baby Jay completed his 8th New York school tour along with his debut college performance at DartMouth College and debut performance at Houston's House of Blues!

Baby Jay, also known as Jonathan Gutierrez from Houston, Texas, is a Youth Education Ambassador for Operation Respect, a non-profit organization, co-founded by Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary, that is dedicated to creating safe, compassionate and respectful environments for children and youth. Operation Respect is working to address the disturbing trend of violence and bullying in schools throughout the country and internationally.

In 2006, Baby Jay was the first young rap artist to address the issue of bullying in schools in a positive rap and hip hop song and video, spreading a message of hope, unity and encouragement for the youth of today.

Since Baby Jay's appearance on the PBS Special, "A Tribute to the Teachers of America," his recorded performance of "Don't Laugh At Me" on DVD has been disseminated to thousands of schools throughout America. Baby Jay is the first and youngest rapper to receive the key to the city of Houston and three official city proclamations. He has been officially inducted into the Latin Grammy's tour bus exhibit along with other top Latin acts and has received media coverage for his positive and encouraging work in schools.


HOUSTON AIRPORT SYSTEM DIRECTOR DEFENDS DECISION TO LAYOFF WORKERS DESPITE EXPANSION!


Houston Airport System Director Defends Layoffs: MyFoxHOUSTON.com

SOURCES: RICE UNIVERSITY POLICE OFFICER FIRED FOR TRYING TO ASSIST HOUSTON COPS!

Rice University Office David Sedmak - Photo courtesy LinkedIn
The Insite has learned a Rice University police officer has been fired after reportedly trying to help his fellow brothers in blue.

That officer has been identified as David Sedmak.

It was back on May 7th when two Houston police officers found themselves in a shootout with a suspect at the downtown Greyhound bus station.

After one of the HPD cops was shot another officer got on the police radio and called for back up.

Sources tell the Insite Rice University police officer David Sedmak was on duty near the school and decided to respond and drove to the scene downtown.

We now know two Houston cops were shot but survived.  The gunman, according to the police department, took his own life.

So what happened to officer Sedmak after the incident that lead every newscast in town?  He was fired by the Rice University Police Department.

Members of the Houston Police Officers' Union are outraged at Rice's action.  Ray Hunt is the vice president of the police officers' union.  He says, "if Rice officers are in trouble we'll respond with back up and I'd expect their officers to do the same."

Hunt says what officer Sedmak did is an example of what Mayor Annise Parker called for when she ran for office back in 2009.  It was during the campaign when Parker indicated she wanted law enforcement officers in the Houston area to work together because of a shortage of HPD officers.

Some say it appears Rice may not be interested in that citywide collaboration when it comes to officers backing up their brothers in blue.

The school issued this statement to the Insite:

"As a matter of policy, Rice University does not comment on personnel matters.  However, out of respect for the Houston Police Department, we want to clarify that David Sedmak was terminated from the Rice University Police Department for dereliction of duty. Sedmak left his post when only two other officers were on duty and failed to notify his supervisor of his whereabouts for nearly an hour, which could have endangered the safety of our students and campus."

UPDATE: Rice spokesman B.J. Almond sent the Insite an email insisting Officer Sedmak was fired for leaving his post and not assisting HPD cops.

Almond also says the record reflects there is cooperation between the Rice Police Department and HPD.
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HOUSTON TALK SHOW HOST MICHAEL BERRY EXPANDING HIS AUDIENCE!

Michael Berry from his Houston, Tx studio!
It's like watching quiet success as it happens.  That's how I describe watching Houston talk show host Michael Berry as he picks up more radio stations across the country. We all know he's on the air on at least two radio stations right here in Houston.  But did you know he's gone nationwide or at least almost nationwide.  Berry's controversial approach to political and social issues can now be heard in several cities outside of Houston.  The one I'm most excited about is Berry's arrival on my hometown radio station in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  His show is now airing from 5 pm to 8 pm on WJBO AM.  Berry can also be heard on stations in San Antonio and Portland, Oregon.  Way to go Berry!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

THE TEXAS IRONMAN COMPETITION IN THE WOODLANDS!








Thousands of people packed into the Woodloands over the weekend for the Texas Ironman competition.  The big event attracted dozens of athletes from all over the world including Japan and Mexico.  My hat goes off to the participants who spent from 6 am to midnight competing in the Saturday sports event.  So what did they have to do?  Here's a description that will just make you tired reading it: Athletes will begin with a 2.4-mile swim in Lake Woodlands. Next is a 112-mile bike course that will take participants west through the scenic, rolling farmland of east Texas. The day ends with a 26.2-mile run course entirely within The Woodlands that concludes with a spectacular finish on Market Street. Congratulations to those who competed and completed the grueling challenge!