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2 dead, 3 wounded in Airline Drive shoot-out

Two people died and several were others injured in a shootout near a north Harris County flea market Sunday afternoon, deputies aid.

According to officials with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, thousands of people were at a flea market in the 8700 block of Airline Drive near West Gulf Bank Road around 1 p.m. when two groups of people began shooting at each other.

Two people were pronounced dead at the scene, while three others were transported to various hospitals. Their conditions were not known.

The victims were all part of the altercation and no innocent bystanders were harmed, deputies said.

Run-off Election May 24

Texas voters get another opportunity to cast ballots starting May16 in primary runoff elections slated for both Republican and Democratic candidates. The election is May 24, with early voting running until May 20.Statewide runoff races are slated for attorney general and land commissioner in both parties, lieutenant governor and comptroller in the Democratic race, and railroad commissioner on the Republican side of the ticket.

More information can be found about particular races at harrisvotes.com. Voters who cast ballots in one party’s primary cannot vote in the other party’s runoff election. However, voters who did not cast ballots in the primary can vote in either party’s runoff.

County votes $4 million for Youth crime prevention

Funds targeted to groups that help at-risk kids

Harris County announces a Youth Reinvestment Fund to engage at-risk youth to prevent crime before it happens; to Support the work of grassroots organizations to zero in and eliminate root causes of gun violence and crime.

Judge Hidalgo joined Commissioner Rodney Ellis and other local leaders last week to announce another new initiative aimed at reducing crime across Harris County.

Approved by Harris County Commissioners Court in April, the $4 million Youth Reinvestment Fund will prevent crime, including violent gun crime, before it happens by supporting local organizations who engage at-risk youth and support strategies proven to divert young people away from the criminal justice system.

Research consistently demonstrates that investing in early childhood intervention among at-risk youth effectively decreases the likelihood of young people becoming adult offenders later on in life and saves taxpayer dollars in the long run.

United States moves Griner status to priority

Nimitz HS star in Russian prison; WNBA teams show support

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration has determined that WNBA star Brittney Griner is being wrongfully detained in Russia, meaning the United States will more aggressively work to secure her release even as the legal case against her plays out, the State Department said.

“The U.S. government will continue to undertake efforts to provide appropriate support to Ms. Griner,” the department said.

Griner was detained at an airport in February after Russian authorities said a search of her bag revealed vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis. Since then, U.S. officials had stopped short of classifying the Phoenix Mercury player as wrongfully detained and said instead that their focus was on ensuring that she had access in jail to American consular affairs officials.

Now, though, U.S. officials have shifted supervision of her case to a State Department section — the Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs — that is focused on negotiating for the release of hostages and other Americans classified as being wrongfully detained in other countries. A consular officer did visit in March.

“Brittney has been detained for 75 days and our expectation is that the White House do whatever is necessary to bring her home,” said Griner’s agent, Lindsay Kagawa Colas.

BIG Improvement program expands

East Aldine grant program now covers Facades, more

The East Aldine Management District (EAMD) Board of Directors has established and funded the Façade Grant program for the EAMD, as part of the original BIG (Business Improvement Grant) program. The program provides grant funds to EAMD commercial property owners, within the district boundaries, in support of revitalization on a case-by-case basis.

Grants are available on a 50/50 basis with a cap of $10,000 per grant. Grant funds will only be approved for facades and signs which are in alignment with the City’s Code of Ordinances. Eligible projects include but are not limited to the following:

(1) Façade renovations (visible to the public)
(2) Awning installation
(3) Outdoor lighting
(4) Landscaping
(5) Signage
(6) Roof and foundation repairs
(7) Exterior Painting
(8) Parking Lot Improvements
(9) Power Washing Applications for the program are reviewed by the EAMD Board.

In addition to review for basic eligibility requirements, applications will be reviewed for:

UPDATE: CONCERT POSTPONED

THE CONCERT ORIGINALLY PLANNED FOR TOMORROW NIGHT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

This is an update to a story that was published earlier (this week in print, and this evening online). We apologize for any confusion, and will publish details on the rescheduled concert when we get them.

Business Luncheon targets Economic Development for area

East Aldine District held a Business Networking Luncheon on Thursday, April 28 at their District Office Building meeting room. The purpose of the luncheon was to let prospective businesses learn about possibilities in the East Aldine area.

Participating were real estate agents, developers, business owners and others who joined for the inaugural business networking lunch at East Aldine Town Center! Be sure to follow East Aldine District, on social media or the NORTHEAST NEWS, and sign up for a newsletter at the District website to receive info on future networking events: https:// aldinedistrict.org

Rep. Sylvia Garcia has COVID-19

HOUSTON – U.S. representative for Texas, Sylvia R. Garcia, announced she has COVID-19 on Wednesday.

Rep. Garcia released this statement:

“This morning I tested positive for COVID-19. Fortunately, I’m fully vaccinated and boosted — so my symptoms are mild. I’ll follow CDC guidelines and I expect a full recovery. I’ll be quarantining and focusing on getting healthy. I will work virtually, and my office will remain open and ready to serve you!”

Garcia was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2018. She represents the Texas 29th Congressional District.