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Posts published in “Day: February 22, 2011”

Man sentenced for harboring illegal aliens on Vashti Drive

A previously convicted Mexican national illegally in the United States, who conspired to harbor other illegal aliens and possessed a firearm in violation of federal law, has been sentenced to prison, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced last weel.
Elicio Moctezuma-Cisneros, 30, citizen of Mexico, previously convicted of kidnapping and robbery, pleaded guilty on June 22, 2010 to conspiracy to harbor aliens, being an alien in possession of a firearm, and illegally re-entering the U. S. after being deported.
U. S. District Judge Nancy Atlas, accepted Moctezuma-Cisneros’ guilty pleas and convicted him of each of the three federal offenses. Judge Atlas sentenced Moctezuma-Cisneros to 46 months imprisonment without parole on each of the three convictions. The court has ordered that the sentences be served concurrently. Moctezuma-Cisneros is subject to deportation upon release from prison.
The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HIS) initiated in March 2010 after a shootout at a residence located on the 200 block of Vashti Drive in Houston.
The residence was being used as a stash house to harbor illegal aliens. Moctezuma-Cisneros, along with Juan Santiago Hernandez, 19, were guarding approximately 80-90 undocumented aliens at the Vashti stash house until smuggling fees were paid by their relatives/friends to the alien smugglers. The undocumented aliens would be released upon payment of the fees to the smugglers.
On March 29, 2010, the Vashti Drive alien stash house was raided by Kenneth Barahona, 18, of Honduras and an unknown suspect dressed in law enforcement gear – ICE and POLICE shirts with the intention of stealing the “load” of smuggled aliens.
Moctezuma-Cisneros and Kenneth Barahona exchanged gunfire and both suffered gunshot wounds and have since recovered.
Barahona was charged in a separate but related case and has since been convicted of conspiring to harbor illegal aliens and being an alien in possession of a firearm.
In November 2010, Barahona was sentenced to 100 months in federal prison by Judge Sim Lake. Moctezuma-Cisneros’ co-defendant, Hernandez, was sentenced to 46 months in October 2010 by Judge Atlas for conspiring with Moctezuma-Cisneros to harbor illegal aliens.
Both are presently in federal custody serving their sentences.
In custody since his March 2010 arrest, Moctezuma-Cisneros will remain in federal custody until transfer to a U. S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be designated in the near future where he will serve his sentence.

Deputies capture fugitive on Aldine Mail

NORTHEAST– Sheriff’s deputies, in a press conference last Friday, said that a horrendous case of spousal abuse ended when the man responsible was apprehended in a traffic stop on Aldine Mail Route.
Gregory Longoria Jr., 39, was charged with felony aggravated assault of a family member, and is being held without bail.
Sheriff’s officers said that the ordeal started at noon on Wednesday, when Longoria allegedly kidnapped his estranged wife, and held her for 17 hours. During that time he allegedly physically abused her, beating and burning her, and photographing her nude.
The woman was allegedly taken from her parents home on Wimberly Street, after he threatened to kill the parents. He then took her to his apartment on Wayforest Drive, north of Greens Road, where the abuse took place.
On Thursday morning, the woman escaped by convincing Longoria she needed to leave for a job interview.
Later in the day, at 6:45 p.m. Sheriff’s deputies saw him leave an apartment near Aldine Mail Route, and arrested him.

Aldine ISD FFA students top $176K mark at 52nd annual Livestock Show

Despite inclement winter weather, the Aldine community once again stepped up to the plate and rewarded Aldine ISD FFA (Future Farmers of America) students by spending more than $176,000 on student projects during the 52nd annual Livestock Show and Country Fair, held Feb 4-6 at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center.
The Sale of Champions was moved from Friday to Saturday due to the ice storm that struck the Houston area early Friday morning, and even though buyers had to wait an extra day to bid on projects, they came through once again for Aldine ISD’s students, said Franklin Higgins, director of career and technical education.

“We had to adjust our schedule because of the weather, but the 52nd annual Livestock Show and Sale of Champions was another successful one thanks the Aldine community’s unwavering support,” he said. “We can’t thank our community enough for the continued support they show to our hard-working students. We had another successful show because so many people and groups made a special effort to support our students as buyers.”
The final tally was $176,650. More money will be coming in when the district holds the Art Auction and Breakfast, which has to be postponed due to the ice story. Last year’s auction generated $8,000.
The money raised by AISD ag students is theirs to use for college scholarships or to fund future FFA projects during the 2011-12 school year.
Nimitz High junior Tyler Kelch raised the grand champion steer for the second consecutive year. His steer was purchased by A Contact Electric Rentals, LP, for $16,000. The reserve grand champion steer was raised by Michaela Tennyson of Nimitz High raised the reserve grand champion steer. First Construction Group purchased it for $8,000.
Kelch also raised the grand champion pig. It was purchased by the Superintendent’s Group for $7,250. Treyvion Johnson of Eisenhower High raised the reserve grand champion pig. It was purchased by the Eisenhower Vertical Group for $5,250.
The grand champion goat was raised by JaWaun Taylor of Aldine High. It was purchased by the Aldine Vertical Group for $5,500. The reserve grand champion goat was raised by Geary Evans of Nimitz High. It was purchased by the Operation Director’s Group for $3,700.
The grand champion lamb was raised by Taylor Palermo of Nimitz High. It was purchased by A Contact Electric Rentals, LP for $4,750. The reserve grand champion lamb was raised by Ashley Rodriguez of Nimitz High. It was purchased by AXA Equitable for $2,750.
The grand champion turkey was raised by Damaris Palacios of Nimitz High. It was purchased by the Aldine Buyer’s Group for $4,750. The reserve grand champion turkey was raised by Johnson of Eisenhower High. It was purchased by Beasley Tire Service, Inc. for $2,600.
The grand champion turkey hen was raised by Taylor of Aldine High. It was purchased by C and M Machining for $3,000.
The grand champion broilers were raised by Kelch of Nimitz High. They were purchased by A Contact Electric Rentals, Inc. for $3,750. The reserve grand champion broilers were raised by Palermo of Nimitz High. They were purchased by the Nimitz Vertical Group for $1,800.
The grand champion fryer rabbits were raised by Jaizel Juarez of MacArthur High. They were purchased by the MacArthur Vertical Group for $3,750.
The grand champion horticulture project was produced by Kelch of Nimitz High. It was purchased by the Nimitz Vertical Group for $4,100. The reserve grand champion horticulture project was produced by Brandon Alcala of Nimitz High. It was purchased by the Nimitz Vertical Group for $1,800.
The scholarship cake was produced by the MacArthur High FFA and was purchased by the MacArthur Vertical Group for $1,300. The runner-up scholarship cake was produced by the Nimitz high FFA and was purchased by the Nimitz Vertical Group for $1,400.

East Aldine District studies area expansion, delays work on Aldine-Westfield intersections

NORTHEAST– Directors of the East Aldine District met last Tuesday evening, and took action on several projects within their District.
Due to the City of Houston’s plans to repave all of Aldine-Westfield’s two lanes, the District delayed action on its projects to widen and improve intersections with left turn lanes, at A-W and Aldine-Bender, Lauder, Bertrand, and Hopper. The engineering firm, Montgomery and Barnes, recommended that the District wait until overlay paving was complete before the District committed this money. However, due to the urgency of improvements at Lauder, they recommended that maintenance funds be used for minor widening work there.

In the financial report from accountant Jack Roland, it was noted that the economy seemed to be improving, and that receipts from the sales tax were $342,783 last month, an increase of 21% from the previous year in January.
The District continued its commitment to improvements in water and sewer lines, with payments to Harris County for work in Zone 11 east of US59.
In other board business, discussion ensued regarding the need to charge a uniform sales tax throughout the district. Since some areas are still paying 7 1/4 percent, a sales tax vote will be required in the near future. This is primarily the area east of US59, according to the Executive Director, David Hawes.
The District is considering annexation of three new areas, and will request action from the State Legislature to permit this to happen. Executive Director Hawes pointed out the areas on a map for the benefit of the board and the public. They will include two small tracts north of Aldine Bender, one extending to Greens Road, the other to Houston’s airport jurisdiction. The third area will be the Colonial Hills subdivision.
Hawes said that inclusion of these areas will allow EAD to have control of two flood control basins, Lauder Road Basin and Aldine-Westfield Basin, which can be developed into park areas. Federal airport funds will also be available for these basins. Some additional sales tax revenue may also be collected.