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Posts published in July 2022

100˚+ Heat Wave setting records

HARRIS COUNTY – For at least 18 days since the beginning of the year, Southeast Texas has experienced record setting temperatures of 100˚+. In the month of July, we are on track to set the hottest month on record, checking records all the way back to 1889. Little to no rain is forecast to alleviate this problem for the next week or more.

Authorities are advising about Heat Stroke, and other measures to deal with the excessive heat.

Heat Safety & Heat Stroke: What You Need to Know During a Heat Wave

When you live in Southeast Texas where the summers are always hot, a heat warning or advisory may not seem like a big deal. But, right now, it’s excessively hot, and it’s a good time to brush up on heat safety.

Heat stroke, also referred to as sun stroke, is when a person’s body overheats as a result of exposure to hot weather. When it’s particularly hot outside, your body temperature can rise faster than your body’s cooling mechanisms (such as sweating) are able to lower it. In addition, heat that’s accompanied by high humidity (above 75%) can reduce the effect sweat has on lowering your body temperature.

“In most cases, heat stroke results from exercising outside in the heat without proper hydration. But, when it’s really hot outside, a person doesn’t have to be exercising to develop heat stroke,” said Dr. Gregory Terry, a primary care physician with Houston Methodist Baytown.

Here’s what you need to know about heat stroke and staying safe in the heat during a heat wave.

The signs and symptoms of heat stroke:

The most common symptoms of heat stroke include:

—A body temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, as measured by a rectal thermometer
—Sudden confusion or hallucinations
—Difficulty walking

“People suffering from heat stroke may also experience racing heart rate, rapid breathing, overly warm skin or skin redness, vomiting or diarrhea, muscle cramps and weakness, and throbbing headaches,” said Dr. Terry.

Heat stroke is an emergency requiring immediate medical attention

The high body temperature associated with heat stroke can damage your brain, heart, kidneys, muscles and other organs. “The longer heat stroke is left untreated, the more damage can be done to these vital organs — increasing the risk of longterm complications and even death,” added Dr. Terry.

This means heat stroke is a medical emergency. If you or someone you love is showing signs of heat stroke, call 911 immediately.

While waiting for help to arrive, try to cool the person down by:

—Moving him or her into the shade or air conditioning
—Removing clothing
—Applying wet towels to the head, neck, armpits and groin or soaking in a cool bath

Heat stroke is preventable

First of all, a person’s risk of experiencing heat stroke is predictable. As soon as your local officials issue a heat alert, especially if it’s a heat advisory, that’s your cue to take extra precautions to stay safe outdoors.

Given the serious nature of heat stroke, it’s important to take steps to prevent heat stroke from happening altogether.

Tips for preventing heat stroke:

—Stay hydrated
—Avoid being in a parked car
—Wear loose-fitting clothing outdoors
—Exercise indoors or early in the morning
—Take frequent “cool down” breaks in the shade if you work outdoors
—Apply (and reapply) sunscreen
—Limit alcohol while in the heat
—Swap outdoor activities for indoor ones

IMPERIAL VALLEY: 2 Dead, 3 injured in Carjacking crash

The overturned Jeep struck a tree on Imperial Valley. The tree had to be cut away from the wreckage to extricate the passengers, 2 of whom were declared dead at the scene, and 3 injured.

NORTH HOUSTON – A carjacking by six youths that started at a car wash on Bammel North Houston, ended in a chase by HCSO deputies, and a crash into a tree on Imperial Valley Drive that killed two youths and injured three.

Deputies said they responded to the reports of a carjacking at a carwash near Bammel North Houston around 10 p.m. last Wednesday evening. According to investigators, a 17-year-old was washing his Jeep Wrangler when six men carjacked him. A deputy later located five of the suspects with the teen’s vehicle near Imperial Valley Drive and Greens Road, investigators said.

The deputy attempted to make a traffic stop but the suspects in the stolen vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit ensued, HCSO said.

Deputies said that the suspected getaway driver lost control of the vehicle when they passed Fairview Park Drive heading northbound on Imperial Valley Drive, which caused the Jeep to strike a tree.

Debris from a fence, the Jeep, and a tree that had to be cut down, mark the scene of the fatal accident on Imperial Valley after the carjacking chase and crash.

BACK TO SCHOOL: School started July 18 at four Aldine campuses

Additional Days School Year program

HOUSTON – Aldine ISD has expanded its Additional Days School Year (ADSY) program to two more campuses as Harris Elementary and Smith Elementary will welcome students on the first day of instruction on Monday.

Students at Harris and Smith will attend school for 210 days during the 2022-2023 school year, while staff will attend eight days of professional development for 216 days, a news release from the district said.

After its pilot launch of ADSY at Vines Primary and Ermel Elementary in the 2021-2022 school year, the district moved to expand the program.

“Based on the amazing year both Ermel and Vines had implementing ADSY at their respective campuses, we are looking forward to implementing the initiative here at Smith,” Smith Principal Ida Carter said. “We are thrilled to bring the opportunity of carrying the momentum of each school year through to the next for our students while also applying innovative learning practices that will equip our students with the tools, they need to be successful in life.”

Suspect Sought in 3 Shooting Incidents

Houston police have released surveillance photos of a suspect wanted in three shooting incidents that occurred at multiple locations on Saturday (June 25).

The suspect is described as a male in his late 20s to early 30s, with a slim build, wearing eyeglasses and a beanie. He spoke broken Spanish. Surveillance photos of the suspect are attached to this news release.

The victims, Acner Baz, 34, Jennifer Heath Espeseth, 49, and Wilmer Tomas Paguada, 53, suffered minor injuries.

HPD Major Assaults and Family Violence Division Detective L. Hicks reported:

About 2 a.m., Mr. Baz was stopped at the traffic light at Telephone Road and Bellfort Street. He advised officers the suspect approached him and demanded his vehicle. The suspect shot into the vehicle. Baz exited and, as he ran away, the suspect fired more shots at him before driving away in his vehicle. Baz sustained a cut along the bottom of his left ear.

City, County join in Gun BuyBack program

HOUSTON – As part of his One Safe Houston initiative, Mayor Sylvester Turner is holding a Gun Buyback program to reduce the number of guns on our streets. The City – County Partnership will reduce the number of Unwanted Guns on our streets.

To make Houston’s homes and streets safer and free from violence, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Office and Police Chief Troy Finner announce a gun buyback program that will take place July 30. With no questions asked, residents can turn in firearms in exchange for gift cards in the amount of $50, $100, $150 and $200 – depending on the type of gun. It’s part of a coordinated effort to reduce violent crimes.

The event, in partnership with Harris County Precinct One Commissioner Rodney Ellis, the Houston Police Department, and Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, will take place from 8 a.m. – noon on Saturday, July 30, at 3826 Wheeler Ave.

Garcia at White House Workforce Summit

Harris County Pct. 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia, second from right, participated in the Workforce Summit of the American Rescue Plan. The discussion and presentation was live streamed throughout the nation. Above, panel members are welcomed to the discussion by White House American Rescue Plan Coordinator Gene Sperling.

Comm. Garcia’s Employ2Empower program recognized

Harris County, TX — Wednesday, July 13, Commissioner Adrian Garcia traveled to the White House to discuss the ARPA-funded Employ2Empower countywide homeless workforce initiative, which originally began as a pilot program in Precinct 2. Commissioner Garcia joined Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, plus other officials from around the country for a series of events to discuss EMPLOY2EMPOWER.

Commissioner Garcia gave prepared remarks at 11:40 a.m. CST, and he was available for interviews (in both English and Spanish) starting at approximately 12:30 p.m. CST.

The White House Summit on the American Rescue Plan and Workforce with Vice President Harris was held on July 13 in Washington DC.

Lone Star College’s Law Enforcement Academy hosted at East Aldine campus

Twelve cadets began the full-time Law Enforcement Academy program on June 8 as the inaugural class at Lone Star College-East Aldine Center.

HOUSTON (July 12, 2022) – The Law Enforcement Academy is currently enrolling for this fall’s program to train the next group of cadets for careers as Texas peace officers.

Beginning in October, the 11-month, part-time program at Lone Star College-East Aldine Center provides cadets with a significant amount of skills-based training, including driving, firearms, emergency medical assistance, arrest and control tactics, and de-escalation training.

Griner trial in Russia update


Houston native and Nimitz graduate Brittney Griner, a WNBA star basketball player, remains in a Russian jail after her third day of trial last Thursday. She has pleaded guilty to a minor drug charge, and the third day of her trial consisted of character witnesses. US officials were present at the proceedings.

She has been able to communicate with her family, wife, and President Biden through written out emails and letters.

Her next day in court is July 26th. Experts say her conviction is almost certain, with imprisonment for up to 10 years, unless the US is able to bargain for her release.


Harris County Public Health Now Administering COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Under 5 Years Old

Vaccination for children 6 months to 4 years follows the recent approval by FDA, CDC, and DSHS

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is now administering the COVID-19 vaccine to children 6 months to 4 years old. This follows the recent emergency use authorization given to both Pfizer and Moderna by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with approval by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

HCPH encourages parents or guardians to first seek a COVID-19 vaccine for their children from their primary care provider or pediatrician. HCPH will provide vaccines to children at its vaccination sites to residents who cannot obtain it otherwise.

All COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are safe and effective and have proven to provide strong protection against severe illness, hospitalizations, and death, including the latest version approved for children aged 6 months to 4 years old.