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Posts published in “Day: July 1, 2010

HomeTowne on Wayside opens new senior housing complex

A new apartment complex for seniors, over 55, opened last month at 7447 N. Wayside Drive, near the corner of Ley Road.

The development consists of several hundred apartment units, with one and two bedroom units priced from $529 to $699. The project is seen as a sign of economic recovery, according to City Councilman Jarvis Johnson, who was present for the ribbon cutting on June 10th, along with Rick Simmons of the Integrated Real Estate Group, the developer, and Gilbert Gerst of JP Morgan Chase, the lender.

Johnson recognized the developer for bringing affordable, high quality senior living to the Settegast Community of Houston. He said that this is the first investment of its kind in this area, bringing a gated community where seniors can enjoy the peace of mind of a truly secure environment, maintained and operated by a professional staff.

Integrated Real Estate Group worked with Mt. Canaan Baptist Church, the City of Houston, and JP Morgan Chase to bring about the development.

The living units have the following amenities: one bedroom units are 775 sq. feet in size, and two bedroom, two bath units are 1,039 sq. feet.

Units include large walk-in closets, fully equipped kitchens with appliances, ceiling fans, washer and dryer in each unit, and where required, handicapped facilities.

The exterior facilities include a gated community, elevators for the three story buildings, clubhouse with beauty salon/barbershop, fitness center designed for active seniors, gazebo with cooking and picnic facilities, community garden, some covered parking, and more.

For information, call 713-631-8500 or stop at 7447 Wayside.

Houston Councilman Johnson arrested for evading arrest

Denies charges, including speeding

HOUSTON — City Councilman Jarvis Johnson is scheduled to appear in court this week to face a charge of felony evading arrest following an incident that occurred on June 30.

On June 30, around 9:45 p.m., a Houston police officer attempted to stop an alleged speeding vehicle in the 2300 block of the Eastex Freeway service road.

HPD spokesman John Cannon said Officer Steven Running turned on his emergency lights and siren and followed the vehicle five or six blocks before it pulled into a private driveway and stopped at 2606 Staples.

When Running approached the 2003 Toyota Sequoia, he learned that Johnson was driving.

Johnson, in a statement, denied that he was trying to flee the officer. At a later news conference on Friday, he denied fleeing or leaving his car. He identified the woman in the car with him as his secretary.

“Last night (June 30) was an unfortunate situation where the officer erroneously surmised that I was speeding and fled his warning — a claim I vehemently deny. At no point did I drive over 45 mph, run stop signs, or maneuver around any vehicle. I acted in no way that would give any indication that I was attempting to flee or evade apprehension.”

Johnson was reportedly driving 62 mph in a 45 mile per hour zone. Johnson was arrested. he later posted $2,000 bail and was released.

Donna Hawkins, with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, said that Johnson is scheduled to make his first court appearance, in the 209th Criminal Court on July 6.

In his statement Johnson questioned whether the arrest was related to formal complaints the councilman had made about the number of “speed traps” in his district.

There have also been accusations of racial profiling made by members of the community.

Carjacking on Mesa leads to high speed chase, crash

Houston Police report that a carjacking occurred last Monday, July 5th at about 2:30 a.m. in the drive-thru lane of the Jack In the Box fast food restaurant at Mesa and Tidwell roads in North Forest.

The car was stolen, and the two women occupants kidnapped and sexually assaulted for hours, according to police reports.

The women were in a yellow Mustang convertible, and are reported to be in their twenties, but are otherwise unidentified.

After abducting the women, the suspect forced them at gunpoint to drive around the area, and allegedly repeatedly sexually assaulted them.

At one point, the women tricked the gunman into driving to an apartment on Beltway 8 near Atascocita, under the ruse of getting money. Once they were there, one of the women notified her brother by cell phone, who came out of the apartment with a gun, and confronted the suspect, firing at him. At that point, the other woman escaped from the car, and the suspect drove off in the Mustang. At this point, Houston police were alerted to the crime, and pursued the fleeing vehicle, which crashed near Wilson Road and Beltway 8, completely demolishing the yellow Mustang and seriously injuring the driver, who was in critical condition.

Teen killed in fight over girl, suspect charged

Charges have been filed against a suspected arrested in the fatal stabbing of a male at 7800 Tidwell about 3:45 p.m. on June 11.

The male suspect, 16, has been referred to Harris County juvenile probation authorities on a charge of murder.

The victim, Marvin Limon, 16, of Houston, suffered stab wounds to the chest and was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

HPD Homicide Devision Sergeant R. Blain said that a large group of teenagers met under a bridge at Tidwell and Parkhurst to watch two individuals fight.

Many people in the group then began to fight, resulting in Limon being stabbed in the chest.

Witnesses identified the juvenile suspect as the person responsible for stabbing Limon and told investigators the initial fight might have been over a girl. The suspect was questioned and subsequently confessed to the stabbing.