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Constable Silvia Trevino’s Appreciation Crawfish Cookout

Constable Silvia Trevino with elected officials at her 4th Annual Law Enforcement Crawfish Boil & Fish Fry. Front Row – L – R: State Rep. Christina Morales, JP Elect Judge Dolores Lozano, State Rep. Mary Ann Perez, Constable Silvia Trevino (centered crawfish shirt), State Rep. Ana Hernandez, State Senator John Whitmire & State Rep. Armando Walle. Back Row – L – R: City Councilman Robert Gallegos & JP Judge Victor Treviño III. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX. – June 12, 2022 – Precinct 6 Constable Silvia Trevino at her East End home had her 4th annual crawfish cookout to show her appreciation to her staff and others assisting her department. She gathered her deputies, administrative staff, law enforcement officers from various agencies and elected officials (see photo cutline) from East Harris County and community leaders to thank them for their work in Pct. 6.

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our Precinct 6 Employees than with our Annual Crawfish Boil. But most importantly thank you to all my Precinct 6 employees for your hard work and for another wonderful year of Public Safety,” Trevino said.

EPA meeting June 23 will report on Waste Pits

Rachel Jordan, at left, of THEA updated CHIC members last Thursday, May 26. Above, Ginnie Ramsey and Carolyn Stone of CHIC at the meeting in Channelview.

CHANNELVIEW – CHIC members and guests heard of recent activity regarding the remediation of the San Jacinto River Waste Pits, at a meeting held last month at the Channelview FD Station 3.

Public interest remains high regarding the waste pits, and the EPA plans a public meeting for everyone on Thursday June 23rd at 6:30pm at the Flukinger Community Center in Channelview.

GPJC CIP TOPIC: Recycling by Plants, Cities, County, and Individuals

David Clark, U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary showed how he stops bringing home restaurants plastic or Styrofoam food containers from leftover meals when eating out. He takes his own reusable take-home container to restaurants to bring leftovers home. If more people would take their own reusable containers when eating out this can save lots in the waste landfills. (Photo Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park, TX. – Thursday, June 2, 2022 at the Alvin Baggett Community Building, 1302 Keene Street, the first in-person Community-Industry Partnership (CIP) took place since the COVID-19 Pandemic forced meetings to take place via Zoom. The meeting was hosted by Hosted by Houston Cement.

Facilitator Diane Sheridan opened the meeting, and introduced Glenda Squyres as the Secretary, and said that CIP celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2021. Its formation began in October 2010 with a team of community members and plant representatives who developed ground rules and selected the core membership.

Sheridan explained the following topics:

• Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. (EPA)

• When we refer to recycling, we often mean avoid, reduce, reuse, and recycle.

• Recycle is the last step before disposal in the waste hierarchy.

Plant members, CIP cities, individuals, and the Harris County representatives attending presented what they do in recycling and what they recycle.

Highlands native new Hospital CEO

JEANNA BAMBURG

Houston, Texas — HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division President Troy Villarreal announced Jeanna Bamburg has been named chief executive officer of The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. Bamburg will assume her new role Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

A native Houstonian originally from Highlands, Bamburg has been the chief executive officer at HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast since 2012. Prior to serving as CEO, Jeanna served as chief operating officer at HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast when it was Bayshore Medical Center. Additionally, she has held positions of increasing responsibility in her 25 years with HCA Healthcare.

Bamburg has been named one of Houston’s Most Admired CEOs, Houston’s Women Who Mean Business and Houston’s Breakthrough Women.

“Jeanna has demonstrated expertise in improving patient safety and quality, expanding clinical service lines and HCA’s footprint in the community and transforming the hospital’s culture. She has dedicated herself to ensuring the hospital is a great place for patients, their families, staff and providers,” said Villarreal. “Her work ethic, talent and natural leadership ability make her a great fit to take the helm at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas.”

Cornyn’s Senate Panel drafts new limited Gun Safety laws

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), along with Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Cory Booker (D- N.J.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Lindsey Graham (RS.C.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), Angus King (I-Maine), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement:

“Today, we are announcing a commonsense, bipartisan proposal to protect America’s children, keep our schools safe, and reduce the threat of violence across our country. Families are scared, and it is our duty to come together and get something done that will help restore their sense of safety and security in their communities. Our plan increases needed mental health resources, improves school safety and support for students, and helps ensure dangerous criminals and those who are adjudicated as mentally ill can’t purchase weapons. Most importantly, our plan saves lives while also protecting the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans. We look forward to earning broad, bipartisan support and passing our commonsense proposal into law.”

The proposal includes:

EPA Waste Pits Meeting June 23

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be holding a San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site (SJRWPSS) Community Meeting this month on Thursday night, June 23rd at 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Martin Flukinger Community Center, 16003 Lorenzo St., Channelview, TX 77530. The meeting will be an in-person meeting, but you may also participate by phone by calling +1 202-991-0477 and entering the code 453688444#.

This meeting will contain important information the Channelview and surrounding communities and all who travel I-10 East will want to know.

C.H.I.C. WILL NOT hold our scheduled meeting at the Channelview Fire Sta. #3.

Additional info contact THEA Jackie Medcalf, Director at jyoung@txhea.org, Rachel Jordan, Asst. Director at AD@txhea.org, or Kristine Singleton at KSingleton@txhea.org or any of them phone 281 315-5242.

CHIC opposes permits for River Road construction

The Channelview watchdog group, CHIC, has learned that the Corps of Engineers has issued a Letter of Permission for work to build a barge terminal on a site near River Road in the SJ River Estates area.

Also, the Harris County Engineering Department has issued after-the-fact building permits to the owner of Riverside Grille, for work already done, according to Carolyn Stone of CHIC. She claims this is a favored deal that is denied other property owners.

TimTom Land Holdings on 06/ 06/22 received a USACE Letter of Permission (LOP) SWG-2021-00168 for removal 109 existing dilapidated pilings and install 10, 21-inch monopolies below the High Tide Line along the shoreline at 17433 River Rd,, Harris County, Channelview, TX in the San Jacinto River. CHIC became aware of Friday, June 10th. The removal of 109 “existing” pilings mentioned in the Project Description has already occurred without permission. The pilings removal was made in early 2021 and documented by community members.

The second LOP SWG-2022- 0200 addresses a scope of work already performed and additional work to be performed related to a structure the same parties are determined to operate as a restaurant, bar and boat/barge mooring facility.

JC Police Arrest Catalytic Converter Theft Suspects

Typical double catalytic converter model being stolen by sawing off from under vehicles with $100 portable saw. Converter replacement cost from $3,500 to $15,000 depending on the model. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

High Speed Chase ends in Crash, Capture

By Allan Jamail

JACINTO CITY, TX. – April 1, 2022, before noon, it was no April Fool’s Day for two suspects when they came into Jacinto City to steal catalytic converters. There is a nationwide epidemic of stealing expensive catalytic converters for resale. Because they’re made of rare materials there’s a big resale market for them. Thieves can steal them in less than 5 minutes from under vehicles in home driveways and parking lots using a $100 portable saw.

Jacinto City Police Communication’s Officer E. Perez, after receiving a call from a witness of a theft in progress, quickly dispatched patrol units to the shopping center at 11420 I-10 East Service Road to investigate. Officers arriving were informed of 2 black males leaving in a silver Chevrolet Malibu eastbound after having gone under a vehicle in the parking lot and removing its catalytic converters.

Jacinto City’s police units converged into the area and were informed by citizens that the police reportee was following the suspect’s car and gave the dispatcher the license plate number and location it was last seen. Officers swarmed that area, and one of the police units spotted the get-a-way car and gave chase using the emergency lights and siren. The suspects refused to stop and recklessly sped at high rates of speed through the parking lots in the 12,800 block of the East Service Road.

Abbott orders School Safety Study instead of Special Session on guns

Governor Greg Abbott, center, in Uvalde after the mass murder of 21 persons, announcing action that Texas will take to address the problem of mass shootings. Others at the press conference, L to R, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Senator Ted Cruz, and House Speaker Dade Phelan. Abbott charged the leadership of the Senate and House with studying solutions that could be enacted by the State to curb future massacres.

AUSTIN – In lieu of calling a special session of the legislature to deal with new regulations to curb mass shootings, as requested by several state legislators, Governor Greg Abbott today sent a joint letter to Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Dade Phelan requesting the Texas legislative leaders convene special legislative committees following last week’s tragic shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. The special legislative committees will be charged with examining and developing legislative recommendations on school safety, mental health, social media, police training, firearm safety, and more.

Cement plant to pay $400,000 due to air pollution lawsuit

“No one in Harris County should have to worry about struggling to breathe or suffering long-term effects from chemicals,” Harris County Attorney Christian D. Menefee says.

HARRIS COUNTY – An East Harris County cement facility must now pay county officials more than $400,000 after a lawsuit highlighted unsafe conditions being emitted into the area which directly impacted local residents.

According to information released from the Harris County Attorney’s Office, Menefee and The Attorney General of Texas resolved the matter with Sesco Cement Corp. out of East Harris County.

The lawsuit began when county employees decided to sue for the well-being of residents in the nearby community, citing violations of the Texas Clean Air Act, the Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act, and the Texas Water Code.

“Cement facilities that don’t follow the rules put communities at risk,” said County Attorney Menefee.

Galena Park child sexual assault suspect wanted

Hispanic male suspect sought

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park, TX. – June 8, 2022 – The Galena Park Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying, providing information and or any leads of who the suspect (see sketch) is who committed a Sexual Assault of a Child back in 2021.

Detective Jessica Bolanos and the police department received a report on November of 2021 of a sexual assault victim in Galena Park. During the investigation the victim made an outcry of being sexually abused by an unknown male (see sketch).

The suspect is a Hispanic male, approximately 25 – 30 years of age, average built, with very short black hair. He has tattoos on his forearms.

If you have information about the suspect contact the Galena Park Police and or Detective Bolanos at 713-675-3471.