Press "Enter" to skip to content

Northeast News

Fatal crash on Aldine Mail Route

After the horrendous crash, the cars lie in the ditch along Aldine Mail Rte. The woman driving the red pick-up died after being hit by the SUV.

A 14-year-old Aldine boy has been charged with murder after his SUV struck a pick-up truck and killed the woman driver.

The accident occurred last Tuesday at about 2:20 pm, at the corner of Aldine Mail Route and Aldine Westfield Road.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told the media that the SUV driver was traveling at a high rate of speed westbound on Aldine Mail, failed to stop at a red light, and struck the side of a red Ford F-150 pick-up headed southbound on Aldine Westfield. The driver of the pick-up, Silvia Zavala, 45, was killed in the accident.

The GMC Acadia SUV that struck the truck had three teenage boys inside, who had been throwing eggs at passing cars. One of the cars hit by the eggs decided to chase the boys, and they were traveling at a high rate of speed to avoid being caught. Some reports say the driver of the car chasing them brandished a gun, adding to the mayhem. The 14-year-old SUV driver suffered a broken ankle, one other was injured and taken to LBJ hospital, and the third was not injured, in spite of the fact that both vehicles were thrown up into the air by the impact, landing in a ditch along Aldine Mail Route. The pick-up in which the woman died was upside down, and torn apart by the crash.


Congressman Gene Green honored by Aldine ISD Trustees

U.S. Congressman Gene Green, center, was honored by the Aldine ISD Board of Trustees during its Dec. 18 Board meeting. Congressman Green was honored for his 25 years of dedicated service to the district while serving in the U.S. Congress. Pictured with Congressman Green and his wife Helen, were: (l-r): Vice President Paul Shanklin, Board Member Patricia Ann Bourgeois, Board Member Dr. Kimberley Booker, Board Member Dr. Viola M. Garcia, Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney, President Steve Mead, Secretary Rose Avalos, Assistant Secretary Connie Esparza and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Selina Chapa.

During the Dec. 18 Board meeting, Aldine ISD honored U.S. Congressman Gene Green for his decades of dedicated service to the school district.

Congressman Green is retiring after serving the North Houston area and Aldine for 25 years.

AISD thanked Congressman Green for his outstanding support of the district as a parent, a state representative, a state senator and as a U.S. Congressman. Mr. Green has supported Aldine ISD by holding an annual job fair at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center, he’s supported the district’s C.H.I.C.K.E.N Club, supported the district’s FFA students by purchasing student projects at the annual Sale of Champions, held financial and immunization workshops across the district and played in the M.B. “Sonny” Donaldson Golf Tournament, which benefits the Aldine Education Foundation.


DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jonzell Prudhomme’s big senior season lands him honor

Davis High School senior linebacker Jonzell Prudhomme was named the 2018 Northeast News’ Defensive Player of the Year.

By Mike Keeney, Contributing Writer

The future is indeed bright for Jonzell Prudhomme.

The 6’2″, 220-pound senior linebacker turned in quite a year for the Davis Falcons.

Prudhomme recorded 49 solo tackles, 37 assisted tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 11.5 quarterback sacks, 2 interceptions (one he returned for a touchdown), seven batted ball, five pass breakups and nine quarterback hurries.

Those numbers added up to Prudhomme being named the 2018 Northeast News’ Defensive Player of the Year.

He had a busy season indeed, and will also have a busy winter as he decides which college he wants to choose to continue his academic and athletic career.

Prudhomme has already visited the Air Force Academy and will visit West Point in January. He is also drawing interest from Kansas State, New Mexico, Sam Houston State, the Naval Academy, Fresno State and a host of other schools.

“I really liked the Air Force Academy and I am looking forward to visiting West Point,” Prudhomme said.

James Showers, his coach, said whoever lands Prudhomme will be getting a special player.

“Jonzell is a workhorse who does not let up,” Showers said. “He’s very smart and can analyze a play before it happens. His strengths are his football IQ and his relentlessness to make plays. Jonzell has a true passion for the game.”


Year in Review 2018

Compiled from the files of the Northeast News


Houston Independent School District Board of Education approved plan to rebuild 4 Harvey-damaged schools. Aldine Independent School District named schools to honor individuals. Northeast News named Dominic Livingston and Jacoby Simpson as Co-Defensive Players of the Year. A total of 11 candidates competed for Congressman Green’s seat (TX29), 7 Democrats and 4 Republicans. North Forest High School celebrated transition to new high school.


Aldine FFA livestock show rewards students’ work. Local Channel 2 sponsored flood forum with Mayor Turner and Judge Emmett to explore solutions to flooding. Texas Central picked high-speed rail train station site at Northwest Mall. Congress voted to keep government offices opened. East Aldine District reviewed crime stats at safety forum. Congressional candidates for District 29 spoke at East Aldine District. Pct. 2 met with public on improving drainage.


Primary Election day for Congress in District 29 set for March 6. Rodeo Time in Houston. Senator Sylvia Garcia won Congressional District 29 seat. New station for Houston Police Department opened in North Belt Division. Two fires destroyed 16 apartments and building in North Houston. Aldine ISD selected Teachers of the Year. UT Clinic Jensen held open house and festival. Thousands of students rally for stricter gun control in downtown Houston.


Aldine Noon Optimist Club donates bikes to Aldine ISD schools

Carroll ES winners Samara García and Brandon López pose with Steve Mead and their new bicycles.

The nonprofit donated two bikes to every elementary school to award as prizes for literacy achievements.

For years, the Aldine Noon Optimist Club has supported Aldine ISD schools and students. This year was no different. The nonprofit donated 78 bikes — one for a boy and one for a girl — to every elementary school, which awarded the bikes as prizes for success in the reading initiative.

Steve Mead with the Aldine Noon Optimist Club delivered the bikes to each campus. Mead is also an Aldine Board Trustee.


OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jacorey Howard delivers huge season for Mustangs in 2018

Head football coach Hank Semler congratulates Aldine High School running back Jacorey Howard after being named the 2018 Northeast News’ Offensive Player of the Year. It marked the second straight year that Howard won the award. He and former MacArthur High School star quarterback Odell James is the only other two-time NE News Offensive Player of the Year.

By Mike Keeney, Contributing Writer

Jacorey Howard had a season to remember in 2018.

It was a tough one for the Aldine Mustangs, but the senior running back kept things interesting by rushing for 1,417 yards, averaging 6.6 yards per carry and scoring 13 touchdowns. He also added 101 passing yards for a total yardage on the season of 1,517 yards.

Not bad for a kid who missed the last two games with a sprained ankle.

For his effort, Howard was named the 2018 Northeast News’ Offensive Player of the Year. He also won the award after the 2017 season when he played quarterback for Hank Semler’s team. Howard and former MacArthur High School star quarterback Odell James are the only two-time winners of the award.

On Dec. 19, Howard signed a national letter of intent with Texas Southern University.

He also had offers from Rice, Lamar and Northern Iowa.

“TSU has a great medical program and I want to be an occupational therapist,” Howard said of his decision to stay close to home to play his college ball.


Alvarado Wins Election for Texas Senate

CAROL ALVARADO celebrates her election victory Tuesday night at her watch party at the Raven Tower. (Photo by Michael Wyka)

HARRIS COUNTY – State Representative Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, was the winner of a special election held Tuesday December 11, to fill the seat in the Texas Senate District 6, vacated by Sylvia Garcia.

There were four candidates running for the position. Alvarado finished with just over 50.4% to avoid a run-off. Democratic State Representative Ana Hernandez received 24% of the vote, Republican Martha Fierro 23%, and Democrat Mia Mundy 2.1%.

Turnout was light, with only 5% of the eligible voters turning out.


Warrant service leaves 3 officers shot, gunman dead in Aldine

Deputy James Smejkal III was wounded.

NORTH HOUSTON – A task force of Sheriff’s deputies and Texas police officers came under fire last Tuesday, when they attempted to serve an arrest warrant on a man living on Hartwick Street in Aldine.

Two officers from the state Fugitive Apprehension Unit, and one Sheriff’s deputy were wounded by gunshots from Daniel Trevino, 25, who subsequently took his own life, according to Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

The incident started about 1:15 pm on Tuesday, and ended about 6:15 when the Sheriff’s SWAT team determined that Trevino was dead. Chief Deputy Edison Toquica said the warrant was for violation of a protective order for the woman who was living with Trevino.

Upon arrival at the home at 5013 Hartwick, Trevino opened fire on the officers, wounding three. Deputy Smejkal was injured in the hand, while one state officer was wounded in the leg, and the other more seriously in the face, torso and ankle.

After the initial shooting, officers attempted to negotiate with Trevino about two and a half hours, but finally had to use force to end the standoff. During the negotiations, Trevino claimed he was wounded, but would not come out.


Holiday cheer spread at the Annual Nadine Kujawa Gala

Former Aldine ISD Superintendent Nadine Kujawa, right, her husband Harry and AISD Board President Steve Mead applaud following a performance by Aldine ISD students at the 15th Annual Nadine Kujawa Senior Citizen Gala, held Monday, Dec. 10 at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center.

Senior citizens in the Aldine community were treated to plenty of holiday cheer during the 15th Annual Nadine Kujawa Senior Citizen Gala, held Monday, Dec. 10 at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center.

More than 500 senior citizens from the Aldine community attended the event, which is named after former Aldine ISD Superintendent Nadine Kujawa. Mrs. Kujawa, along with her husband Harry attended the event, as did Aldine ISD Board President Steve Mead and State Reps Armando Walle, Ana Hernandez and Carol Alvarado.

The Master of Ceremony was Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney.


East Aldine District holds annual Awards Ceremony

DAVID HAWES, East Aldine District executive director, was emcee for the evening.

The East Aldine District held its annual Strategic Partner Awards ceremony and dinner, last Friday evening at the Greer & Lowdermilk Conference Center in Interwood.

This annual event recognizes and thanks the many partners that have worked with the District in achieving their goal of improving the quality of life in Aldine.

About 100 persons attended the ceremony, in spite of heavy rains and street flooding. Emcee for the evening was East Aldine executive director David Hawes. Awards were presented in the following categories: