Harris County Sheriff’s Office Robbery Division investigators have charged four men believed to be part of a national robbery group responsible for numerous robberies in east Harris County, Beaumont, and West Orange area. They are identified as: Jeremiah Palmer (DOB 09/23/96), Kirk Jones (DOB 08/18/94), Zachary Johnson (DOB 06/12/97) and Anthony Nichols. Palmer and Jones are charged with aggravated robbery for the October 16, 2014 robbery of an AT & T store in the 2100 block of US 90. There they stole about $33,000 worth of merchandise. Investigators say that Palmer and Zachary Johnson robbed the Verizon store in the 15300 block of Wallisville Road a few hours later. All four men are part of a crew that has robbed businesses in the east Houston area to south east Texas and have ties to a criminal enterprise in the Atlanta, Georgia area that purchases stolen merchandise. All four men were armed when they entered the stores demanding cash and merchandise, specifically iPhone 6 and Android phones. The four suspects netted over $56,000 worth of phones in their robberies. Authorities in the Atlanta, Georgia area recovered stolen phones from two of the suspects in an unrelated incident. The phones and information on a stolen vehicle that was recovered in the east Harris county robberies broke the case for HCSO investigators. All four suspects are currently in the Jefferson County Jail in Beaumont, Texas on aggravated robbery charges, awaiting extradition to Harris County. The photos of the suspects are in order of identification. See something? Say something! iWatchHarrisCounty is the HCSO’s free mobile phone app that allows the public to report suspicious persons and/or activity anonymously, anywhere, any time. For more information please visit www.iWatchHarrisCounty.com. We watch Harris County and so should you.
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(Irving, TX) – AAA Texas projects 3.6 million Texans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2007 and a 5.2 percent increase over 2013. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, November 30.
Across the nation AAA Travel projects 46.3 million Americans will take a trip for the Thanksgiving holiday which is a 4.2 percent increase over last year. The average distance traveled this Thanksgiving will be 549 miles round trip and Americans will spend an average of $573 during the holiday weekend.
“This year more people will give thanks for the opportunity to travel to share a traditional feast with friends and family,” said AAA Texas Vice President Branch Operations, Rhonda Wilson. “People are more optimistic about the future as a result of improvements in several key economic factors, including employment, GDP and disposable income which are boosting consumer confidence and the desire to travel,” said Wilson.
Automobile travel will continue to be the primary mode of transportation this Thanksgiving as with other major holidays because it is the most economical way to travel for most people. All modes of transportation will see an increase this year over last year.
- Automobile – 3.3 million Up 5.2%
- Air Travel – 235,300 Up 4.0%
- Other Travel (Trains, Buses, Cruise Ships) – 96,000 Up 5.3%
- Total Texas Travel Volume – 3.6 million Up 5.2%Nationwide
- Automobile – 41.3 million Up 4.3%
- Air Travel – 3.5 million Up 3.0%
- Other Travel (Trains, Buses, Cruise Ships) – 1.5 million Up 4.3%
- Total U.S. Travel Volume – 46.3 million Up 4.2%
- As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 54 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.
- On AAA.com, travelers can find more than 58,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants using the TripTik Travel Planner or the searchable Travel Guides at AAA.com/Travel. Every AAA Approved establishment offers the assurance of acceptable cleanliness, comfort and hospitality, and ratings of One to Five Diamonds help travelers find the right match for amenities and services. AAA’s collection of downloadable eTourBook guides for tablets and smartphones is available free to members at AAA.com/ebooks.
- AAA’s digital tools for travel planning on the go include the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Travelers can use the app to map a route, find current gas prices and discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Travelers can learn more at AAA.com/mobile.
- AAA offers travel planning resources
- The national price of gasoline has fallen below $3.00 per gallon for the first time since Dec. 22, 2010, a welcome gift for travelers as they head into the busy holiday travel season. AAA predicts travelers will likely pay the cheapest Thanksgiving gas prices in five years. Nearly 90 percent of holiday travelers will drive to their destination nationwide.
- Impact of gasoline prices on travel plans
The 2014 Splendora ISD Holiday Card Contest finalists were announced at the Board of Trustees’ November board meeting. The campus winners are High School-Kristen Humphrey; Junior High-Presley Jones; Peach Creek-Shyanne Bauer; Piney Woods-Jannet Reyes; and Greenleaf-Esmeralda Flores. The Board will select one card to be the District Christmas card and that artist will be recognized at the December board meeting.
This summer Splendora ISD’s elementary campuses participated in Scholastic’s SUMMER READING CHALLENGE, also known as READ FOR THE WORLD RECORD, that challenged the students at each campus to read every day during the summer. The District joined forces with teachers and students across the nation to encourage students to read and compete locally for bragging rights during the next school year.
Students were provided access to a plethora of resources through Scholastic’s online SUMMER READING website, where they could read any book of their choice, participate in reading blogs, activities, games, and author videos, and log their reading minutes. Additionally, the Curriculum & Instruction Department challenged the elementary campuses to compete with each other. The campus who read the most collective minutes over the summer would receive an award banner and bragging rights for the entire school year!
Splendora ISD is proud to announce that PEACH CREEK ELEMENTARY students and teachers won the District Wide Summer Reading Challenge by reading a total of 13,922 minutes during the contest period! Peach Creek Elementary Principal Julie Gillespie was presented with the banner at the November 17th Board meeting.
(Irving, TX) – The statewide average price for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel in Texas is now $2.66, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is seven cents less than one week ago and 34 cents less than one year ago. Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in the Lone Star State, drivers in Beaumont and Houston are paying the most at $2.67 per gallon while drivers in Amarillo are paying the least at $2.57 per gallon. Texans are paying 19 cents less than the national average of $2.85.
The price at the pump is closely tied to the wholesale price of crude oil, and falling global oil prices have been the primary contributing factor to the price at the pump declining over the last couple months. This has been the longest streak of declines since 2008. The downward pressure on prices is expected to continue through the Thanksgiving holiday, meaning drivers are likely to be giving thanks for the cheapest seasonal prices since 2009.
“With Thanksgiving just a week away we encourage folks who are planning a road trip to inspect their vehicles before heading out on the road,” said AAA Texas/New Mexico Representative Doug Shupe. “Making sure your vehicle is maintained according to manufacturer recommendations will not only maximize your car or truck’s fuel efficiency but also decrease the likelihood of a breakdown on the way to your Thanksgiving celebrations.”
To help members and non-members identify quality auto repair shops that can assist in the maintenance and repair of their vehicles, AAA offers the Approved Auto Repair program as a free public service. AAA-approved repair facilities meet and maintain high professional standards for training, equipment, cleanliness and customer service. Motorists can look for the Approved Auto Repair sign at local auto repair facilities, or search for a nearby AAA-approved shop online at AAA.com/Repair. AAA Texas branch offices throughout the state can be found by visiting www.AAA.com. Follow AAA Texas on Twitter: @AAATexas and Facebook: www.facebook.com/AAATexas.
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(HOUSTON, TX) – A former Channelview youth minister has been arrested in New York City for the sexual assault of a child in Harris County. Investigators believe there may be more victims and if so, are asking them to please come forward. Jude Ramdial, 33, was a former youth minister at the Woodforest Worship Center Church of God in Channelview. He’s accused of sexually assaulting a female member of the youth group. The victim is now an adult and recently reported the assault to the authorities. Ramdial is also accused by two other former youth members of indecency with a child. Due to the alone time Ramdial had with members of the youth group, HCSO investigators believe there may be more victims who have yet come forward. Ramdial moved to New York after his ministerial credentials were revoked by the church. There he and family members established the HopeNYC church where he served as ‘pastor’ until his arrest this week. Anyone who has been a victim of Jude Ramdial is asked to report it immediately to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Crimes Against Children by calling 713-830-3203. See something? Say something! iWatchHarrisCounty is the HCSO’s free mobile phone app that allows the public to report suspicious persons and/or activity anonymously, anywhere, any time. For more information please visit www.iWatchHarrisCounty.com. We watch Harris County and so should you.
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Coach of the Week HOUSTON – Nov. 19, 2014 – Head Coach Sam Parker started his Spring High School Lion’s afternoon practice by accepting congratulations for being named as the Houston Texans Coach of the Week. Brett Stewart, Houston Texans marketing coordinator, presented Parker with the award and a $1,000 check for the school’s football program. “Coach Parker has done a great job all season and particularly with the recent win against Klein Oak. We wanted to recognize him for what he has done for this program,” said Stewart. Parker gathered his staff and team and told them that it was their high levels of performance that brought this recognition to Spring High School. “I’m grateful for our players and our staff, because without them this award would not be here. I’m honored by this recognition,” said Parker. Spring High School Principal Tia Simmons said that she was thrilled to see Coach Parker receive the award, and was extremely proud of his team’s success, adding, “They have helped our school get off to a great start this year, and we are so proud of him, his staff and his team.