5 things for Houstonians to know for Monday, March 7

SWAT standoff in Richmond (KPRC)

Here are things to know for Monday, March 7:

1. 15-year-old shot during drive-by shooting in NE Harris County, HCSO says

A 15-year-old boy is in stable condition after he was reportedly shot during a drive-by shooting in northeast Harris County Sunday evening.

Officials said the shooting happened around 5:30 p.m. in the 11900 block of Greenrock Lane.

Investigators told KPRC it was unclear if the teen was targeted but were working to find out who is responsible.

“We work hard for everyone, adults or juveniles. But when it’s a juvenile, we definitely want to make sure we bring these people to justice,” said HCSO investigator Isaac Barnett.

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2. FBCSO: Man barricaded inside Richmond home found dead following nearly half-daylong SWAT standoff

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a man was found dead following a SWAT standoff in Richmond Saturday.

Deputies were dispatched to a family disturbance and shots fired call at a home in the 18000 block of Fairy Wren Lane around 3 a.m.

A woman said her husband fired a weapon at her during a dispute. The wife and two children were evacuated safely from the home, while the husband remained inside, deputies said.

Fort Bend Regional SWAT and a negotiator were called to the scene.

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3. More than 3,000 people forced to vacate after fire marshals shut down ‘Baywatch Weekend’ in north Harris Co.

An event hosting more than 3,000 people was shut down on Saturday night after officials from the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office said its promoter did not have a permit to have that many people in attendance.

The function took place at the Maya Lagoon Park in the 2000 block of Connorvale Road in north Harris County.

According to officials, residents in that neighborhood began complaining as the thousands of event-goers began flocking to the park for the Baywatch Weekend event.

Officials from the HCFMO were called and issued a stop-work order on the event. Those in attendance were asked to leave the property immediately, which caused heavy traffic throughout that area for some time afterward.

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4. 10,000 ballots left uncounted after unofficial results posted on election night, Harris County elections administrator says

The office of Harris County Elections Administrator Isabel Longoria announced an oversight of approximately 10,000 mail-in ballots not added into March 1′s election count.

Around 6,000 Democratic and 4,000 Republican ballots were identified early Saturday.

According to a statement from Longoria’s office, the oversight occurred between the hours of 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. as political party members of the Central Count Committee scanned the ballots into a computer but were not transferred and counted.

The office says they are coordinating with the Secretary of State’s office to investigate the steps that took place.

All 10,000 ballots will be added to the final count on Tuesday.

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5. Russia’s arrest of Brittney Griner, WNBA basketball star from Houston, adds to escalating global conflict

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine intensifies, the former Soviet power announced on Saturday that it detained an American basketball player from Houston last month, the latest in the quickly worsening relations between Russia and the United States.

Brittney Griner, a Baylor University graduate and seven-time WNBA All-Star center for the Phoenix Mercury, was arrested at Sheremetyevo International Airport near Moscow after arriving from New York in February with what Russian officials said were vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage.

The Russian Federal Customs Service said it had filed the drug charge, which can carry a prison sentence of up to 10 years. The Russian news agency TASS identified Griner as the person who had been arrested. Many WNBA players compete in Russia, where salaries are higher, during the American league’s off-season. Griner has played for the Russian team UMMC Ekaterinburg since at least 2014.

The WNBA could not be reached Saturday and neither could Griner’s family. But her agent, Lindsay Kagawa Colas, told CBS News that they are aware of her case.

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