Here are things to know for Wednesday, June 2:
1. Child found dead in Jasper motel room believed to be missing 6-year-old Samuel Olson, HPD says
An investigation is underway after a child was found dead Tuesday evening in a motel room in Jasper, according to Houston police chief Troy Finner. It has been reported that the child’s body is believed to be missing 6-year-old Samuel Olson and two possible suspects are in custody.
The possible suspects will be interview by homicide detectives on Wednesday, Finner said.
According to reports, officers were called to a Best Western Inn, located in the 200 block of West Gibson Street just before 6 p.m. about a body being found.
Jasper Police Chief Gerald Hall told KJAS.com that he and others believe the body is the missing 6-year-old boy from the Houston area. Hall also told reporters that a person had been detained, however, he did not elaborate on the arrest. According to reports, Hall said the body of the child was found in a tote bag located in a room on the west side of the motel complex. He also said there were indications were that the body had been there for some time, according to reports.
2. Woman accused of shooting Katy nail salon owner during fight over price of service
Investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman wanted in connection with the shooting of a nail salon owner in Katy.
On Saturday, May 29, deputies responded to reports of a shooting at a nail salon located at 21945 Katy Freeway in far west Harris County.
Deputies arrived at Katy Nails and found that the 42-year-old store owner had been shot by a woman who fled the scene. Investigators said two women entered the nail salon and were given a manicure and pedicure. Investigators said both women were unhappy with the price of the services and were arguing with the owner. The suspect paid and left the store while the other woman continued to argue with the owner, according to deputies.
The suspect re-entered the store and started arguing with the owner, according to investigators. Investigators said when the owner attempted to push the woman out of the store, she shot him with a handgun.
3. Another female deputy set to come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Harris County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office
Another female deputy is set to come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against the Harris County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office.
The female deputy is expected to share her story in a news conference Wednesday morning at 10 a.m.
Her attorney says her Precinct 1 commander repeatedly touched her and fondled her during an undercover operation, and she was instructed to let him do so.
The attorney says she was a victim of sexual misconduct at the hands of top officials inside the Harris County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office. Her attorney also adds there is a shocking photo of an undercover operation they are set to release Wednesday.
4. Gov. Greg Abbott signs slate of legislation to penalize cities that reduce police budgets, increase criminal penalties for protesters
Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a slate of legislation Tuesday that targets protesters and restricts cities’ abilities to reduce police budgets.
In a ceremony attended by state law enforcement associations and bill authors, Abbott signed four Republican-backed bills aimed at widespread protests over police killings of Black and Hispanic Americans and calls to reduce spending on law enforcement.
House Bill 9, a priority bill for the lower chamber, requires jail time for people who knowingly block emergency vehicles or hospital entrances after a California incident last September where the sheriff’s department said protesters blocked a police car with two injured officers from entering a hospital.
5. ‘We’re keeping a positive attitude’: Galleria area businesses brace for 59/610 Connector Ramp closures expected to impact drivers for months
Two critical connector ramps at the interchange of the Southwest Freeway and the West Loop are closing starting this Thursday.
The project near the Galleria is about to slow down Houston for at least the rest of the year.
It’s a huge headache for businesses in the area.
First, they had to survive the pandemic, now this years-long construction project could make it a lot tougher for these shops to attract and keep customers.