16-year-old charged with capital murder in death of Houston teen
Scene where a 15-year-old boy was shot to death in Alief on Dec. 28, 2020. HOUSTON – Charges have been filed against a 16-year-old suspect in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old Houston boy named Ruben Pineda in December. The teen was arrested Thursday and referred to the Harris County Juvenile Probation Authorities on a charge of capital murder, according to Houston police. The name and photo of the juvenile suspect is not being released, as is customary in cases involving juveniles. The other suspect, Josue Barrera, 17, is still wanted and charged with capital murder.
Houston-area schools announce closures ahead of icy weather
School districts in the greater Houston region have begun to announce campus closures on Monday ahead of icy weather that is forecast to begin creeping into the area this weekend. Houston, Alief, Sheldon, Deer Park, Spring, Livingston ISDs, and Lamar and Goose Creek CISDs, announced they would pivot to online-only work and learning on Monday and Tuesday, and that campuses will be closed for all in-person instruction on those days.chron.com
Houston rapper Tobe Nwigue performs during Inauguration special “Celebrating America”
HOUSTON – A Houston rapper showcased his talents during a performance on the Inauguration special “Celebrating America” on Wednesday night. Tobe Nwigue, who is a Nigerian American from Alief, performed “Wake Up Everybody” along with performers Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes. He wrote on his Instagram it was “an honor to have them perform” with him during America’s special night. The performance also included his family and his baby children roaming in the background. The song, “Wake Up Everybody” is part of an EP from artist The Undefeated, called “Black History Always.”You can see the full performance below:
Investigation underway after 15-year-old boy shot to death in Alief
HOUSTON – Police are investigating after a 15-year-old boy was killed in a shooting in Alief on Monday night, according to the Houston Police Department. Police said the 15-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the shooting is unknown and no arrests have been made. According to HPD, preliminary investigation indicated there are at least two suspects in their late teens. Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
Man fatally shot in back of apartment complex in Alief, police say
HOUSTON – Police said they are trying to figure out what led up to a deadly shooting at an apartment complex in Alief Wednesday. Officers said around 10 p.m. they responded to a report of gunshots and people yelling at the Magnolia Terrace Apartments on Synott Road. According to investigators, they found a man dead in the back of the complex near a dumpster with several gunshot wounds. Police said there is no word yet on any suspect info or arrests.
Houstonians celebrate Filipino American History Month at pop-up museum in Alief
HOUSTON – Filipinos from all over Greater Houston gathered in Alief to celebrate Filipino American History Month. “Our Community Journey” was an interactive event hosted by local non-profits including O-C-A, FANHS, UniPro Texas and FilipinX Artists of Houston. The exhibit took place at the Alief Art House, a community space founded by a local Filipino artist. Many attendees also shared how they plan to leave their mark on the community and celebrate the rich diversity of Houston. “We are highlighting the Filipino American community here in Houston,” said Rea Sampilo, the event co-organizer.
Bye, Bye Beta
HOUSTON – Rain is the only thing left of Beta and it is moving through the Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. This batch of rain will continue to push into the mid-Atlantic states Friday before moving off shore this weekend. Here is a look at what Beta left behind in Southeast Texas:Heavy Rain with Storm Totals over 12′'! Beta has dropped over a foot of rain in some locations in southern Metro Houston. The heaviest rain fell from Ellington Field and Pearland to west Houston.
Houston rapper Tobe Nwigwe to stream global concert, The Pandemic Experience
Alief native Tobe Nwigwe is bringing fans into The Pandemic Experience. The global broadcast will feature a live performance from Tobe Nwigwe, Ivory Rogers, known as Fat, and producer LaNell Grant. Earlier this summer, Nwigwe dropped the new six-song project, The Pandemic Project. The songs, Try Jesus and Make It Home, carry powerful messages about the complexities of being Black, Christian and American. In I NEED YOU TO (BREONNA TAYLOR), Nwigwe demands Kentucky officials arrests the killers of Breonna Taylor. In it, the rapper reflected the sentiment of the national movement seeking justice for the 26-year-old EMT who was killed by plainclothed officers in March. All of yall who think we need more evidence is goofy, Nwigwe raps in the song.
How students, teachers, parents are adjusting to remote learning at Alief ISD
ALIEF, Texas – Monday marks the third day of the new semester in Alief Independent School District. Student engagementTeachers are laser-focused right now on finding the best ways to monitor their students to make sure each one is participating. Chambers said student engagement has never been more important, especially when it comes to measuring their success. It’s that students are demonstrating that they are mastering the content that the teacher is teaching. One way we can measure whether they are mastering that or not is through their engagement,” Chambers said.
Alief ISD: What you need to know about the districts 2020-2021 school plans
Virtual instructionThe student would receive 100% online instruction through Alief ISD Learns at Home or Alief Virtual School (Powered by Pearson). Alief Learns option is available to all Alief ISD students in English and Spanish. Key Differences in Alief Learns and Alief Virtual SchoolAlief Learns courses are through Schoology. Students who would like a full-time virtual learning environment for the duration of the 2020-2021 school year can use Alief Virtual School instead. The decision to place the student into Alief Learns versus the Alief Virtual School will be determined by both the parent/guardian and the school administration.
2 men shot while sitting in vehicle in Alief; search for suspect underway: Police
HOUSTON – Police said they are searching for a suspect on the run after two men were shot while sitting in a vehicle in Alief Thursday morning. Officers said the shooting happened at Sea Shore Drive and South Kirkwood at around 12:30 a.m. According to police, the men were in the vehicle when a red Cadillac drove by, opened fire and sped off. Officers said one man was shot in the arm and treated at the scene. The other was shot in the leg and taken to the hospital, police said.
Officials, parents react to TEA guidelines, STARR testing requirement for upcoming school year
Parents raised many concerns, including STARR testing being put back on the calendar for the upcoming school year. Katy Independent School District officials are working on a safety plan that will give parents the option of both online or in-person instruction. The district plans to finalize its plans within the next few weeks. STARR testing to resumeWhile school officials attempt to get students and teachers back safely, parents are not happy with the STARR testings back on the schedule. KPRC 2 reached out to the TEA Commissioner to see if districts would be given any more time or if state officials will consider moving STARR testing.
Houston rapper raises $100,000 for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other families affected by racism and police brutality
HOUSTON Rapper Tobe Nwigwe raised $100,000 to families affected by racism and police brutality. The Alief native said the proceeds came from Stop Killing Black People t-shirts sales. The families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Elijah McClain each received a $25,000 donation, Tobe Nwigwe announced on Instagram Wednesday. Stop killing black people. Tobe Nwigwe is a first-generation Nigerian-American who spreads inspirational, meaningful messages through his music.
The most affordable apartments for rent in Alief, Houston
9401 Coventry SquarePhoto: Apartment GuideListed at $625/month, this 540-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment, located at 9401 Coventry Square, is 23.7% less than the $819/month median rent for a one bedroom in Alief. Amenities offered in the building include secured entry. 10555 Spice LanePhoto: Apartment GuidePhoto: Apartment GuideNext, here's a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment situated at 10555 Spice Lane. 10615 Beechnut St.Photo: ZumperPhoto: ZumperFinally, this one-bedroom, one-bathroom rental situated at 10615 Beechnut St. Amenities offered in the building include secured entry, on-site laundry and a swimming pool.
Bowlers welcomed back to Alief bowling alley during Phase 2 of reopening
HOUSTON Bowlers were excited to be back at Emerald Bowling Alley in the Alief area after it reopened Friday morning. You just cant wait to get back into it, said Avid Bowler Eddie Johnson. The traditional bowling alley has made a lot of changes. As soon as people enter the bowling alley, signs reading, Spare some Space are on the ground. Just the fact that we can get back into bowling and can throw the ball, thats all people want, said Johnson.
Suspected drunk driver crashes into garage of home, deputies say
HOUSTON – A suspected drunk driver is in custody after deputies said he crashed right into the side of a home's garage in Alief. Deputies said the incident happened just after 3 a.m. on Birchaven and Westknoll, not far from Beechnut. Officers said no one was injured in the crash. Deputies arrested the driver at the scene on suspicion of DWI. He is expected to face charges.
High-performing Houston-area schools: Kerr High School embraces self-paced study
Alief Kerr High SchoolGrades: 9-12 | Address: 8150 Howell Sugar Land Rd, Houston, TX 77083 | Phone: (281) 983-8484 | Mascot: Alief Kerr TigerAlief Kerr High School is a Title I public school of choice in west Houston. 86 percent of Kerr High School students attend a post-secondary institution immediately after graduating high school. The school’s honorsU.S. News & World Report ranks Kerr High School the 40th best high school in Texas and the tenth best in the Houston area. In 2019, nonprofit Children at Risk ranked Kerr High School the second best high school in the Houston area and the eighth best in Texas. Kerr High School was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2010 and 2016.
Alief Hastings organize crawfish boil fundraiser to help recovering student
HOUSTON – Alief Hastings High School administrators, teachers and students organized a crawfish boil fundraiser Saturday afternoon for a beloved student in need. “The community has all come out,” said Lynette Miller, a teacher and the organizer of the fundraiser. Velasquez is lucky to be alive after being hit by a cafeteria worker, who investigators said was driving recklessly and hit the student. “It’s been a tough journey no doubt. “In Alief, Hastings...we’re all together and whatever happens, it affects all of us,” said student Kimberly Hernandez.
Man shot outside Alief business, search on for gunman
Man shot outside Alief business, search on for gunmanHouston police officers investigate a shooting in the 9000 block of Dairy Ashford Road on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. Houston police officers investigate a shooting in the 9000 block of Dairy Ashford Road on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. Photo: OnScene.TV Photo: OnScene.TV Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close Man shot outside Alief business, search on for gunman 1 / 5 Back to GalleryA Houston man is in critical condition after being shot outside an Alief business late Monday night. Paramedics rushed the man to a nearby hospital in critical condition, where he was last listed in surgery, Crowson said. Read him on our breaking news site, Chron.com, and our subscriber site, HoustonChronicle.com | Follow him on Twitter at @JayRJordan | Email him at email@example.com
Best of Houston 2020: Best Barbecue
Best Barbecue: Blood Bros. BBQIn a town where the national and (let's be honest) local food media rarely deviate from praising a handful of beloved chefs, three lifelong friends from Alief appeared seemingly out of nowhere to steal the national spotlight and redefine Texas barbecue. The culinary and cultural phenomenon that has been Blood Bros. Barbecue could not have been predicted not by their most loyal day-one pop-up fans. Yet, somehow, the Blood Bros. crew make it look easy. Wooing barbecue and restaurant critics from Austin to New York with dishes like Asian pepper-crusted brisket, smoked turkey banh mi, smoked pork belly steamed bao, musubi with housemade smoked spam, and brisket fried rice, the fellas from Southwest Houston have taken over the barbecue game in a major way. Blood Bros. Barbecue is our unequivocal choice for best all-around barbecue restaurant in Houston.houstonpress.com
Sheriff: Pedestrian shot before multiple drivers struck him in Alief
Sheriff: Pedestrian shot before multiple drivers struck him in AliefA man was shot multiple times early Sunday before three drivers struck him in the 7200 block of Sugarland Howell Road. A man was shot multiple times early Sunday before three drivers struck him in the 7200 block of Sugarland Howell Road. Photo: OnScene TV Photo: OnScene TV Image 1 of / 7 Caption Close Sheriff: Pedestrian shot before multiple drivers struck him in Alief 1 / 7 Back to GalleryA man was shot early Sunday before multiple drivers struck him in the Alief area, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Monday. The man, who police say was in his 20s, was found dead just before 2 a.m. in the 7200 block of Sugarland Howell Road. Gonzalez said an autopsy revealed the man was shot multiple times in the head before he was struck.chron.com
Houston up-and-coming rapper helps save man from jumping off roof in Alief
HOUSTON – A local rapper assisted officials save a man from jumping off the roof of a gas station in southwest Houston, according to a video posted on Instagram. “This man is about to jump off the roof,” Yung Ro said in the video. We straight.”Yung Ro got out of the car and ran toward the gas station. Once at the gas station Yung Ro yelled to the man of the roof. The man apparently came down from the roof using a contraption set up by officials, the video show.
Pedestrian struck, killed in Alief early Sunday
Pedestrian struck, killed in Alief early SundayGoogle Maps image of the 7200 block of Sugarland-Howell Road. Google Maps image of the 7200 block of Sugarland-Howell Road. Photo: Google Maps Photo: Google Maps Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Pedestrian struck, killed in Alief early Sunday 1 / 1 Back to GalleryA man was struck by several vehicles and killed early Sunday morning in Alief, the Harris County Sheriffs Office said. The man was struck by three vehicles, police said. Two of the vehicles fled the location and the third stopped after the female driver realized she struck a person.chron.com
Man dead, another injured in Alief drive-by shooting
Man dead, another injured in Alief drive-by shootingHouston police officers investigate a deadly shooting in the 6300 block of Gladewell Drive on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. Houston police officers investigate a deadly shooting in the 6300 block of Gladewell Drive on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. Photo: OnScene.TV Photo: OnScene.TV Image 1 of / 8 Caption Close Man dead, another injured in Alief drive-by shooting 1 / 8 Back to GalleryA man was killed and another injured Monday during a drive-by shooting in west Houstons Alief neighborhood, police say. The men were sitting in the garage of a house in the 6300 block of Gladewell Drive around 8 p.m., according to Houston Police Department Lt. Larry Crowson. Paramedics pronounced one of the men dead inside the garage while the other was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was in surgery as of late Monday night.chron.com
’Don’t stop.. we need you:’ Houston’s Lizzo shares inspirational tweet
On the left was when I worked for liberty taxes, as a sign spinner... on the right is my @nbcsnl debut. Lizzo reminded her 1.4 million Twitter followers: “Don’t stop... we need you. Your time is coming.”Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner also congratulated the Houston-raised star Lizzo on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/nuFjCTWfGs — Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) December 22, 2019Turner extended an invitation to Lizzo to be recognized by the city in January. No one knows where I’m from 🤦🏾♀️ smh — Feelin Good As Hell (@lizzo) December 23, 2019WATCH: Lizzo performs “Truth Hurts” on Saturday Night Live.
Ask 2: How did Alief get its name?
As part of our new Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. The Bayou City burb bears the name of an unlikely figure: The community’s first settler and postmistress, Alief Ozelda Magee. That year, the town gained its first settlers: Dr. John S. Magee and his wife, Alief Ozelda Magee, who moved to Dairy from Ellis County. AdIn 1895, Alief Ozelda Magee began operating the little community’s first post office out of her home. To honor the postmistress and avoid some confusion with another Texas town named Daisy, the U.S. postal service dubbed the town Alief.
Alief ISD worker accused of driving recklessly and hitting Hastings student with car identified
HOUSTON - Houston police identified the Alief Independent School District worker who was charged Wednesday in connection with a crash that critically injured a Hastings High School student. The wreck happened at about 2:40 p.m. near Hastings High School at 4410 Cook Road. Iheagwam faces an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge in this wreck, officials said. Alief ISD officials confirmed that Velasquez is a Hastings High School senior, and that Iheagwam was a district employee. "We ask for your thoughts and prayers for the student's recovery," school officials said in a written statement.
UPDATE: Officials now say Hasting High School student is in critical condition in wreck
KPRCHOUSTON - Houston police are at an Alief high school where a student was hit by a car on Wednesday afternoon. The wreck happened at about 2:40 p.m. near Hastings High School at 4410 Cook Road. A school district official said a car hit the student and then hit another car. *CORRECTION: On scene Vehicular Crimes investigators say the injured victim was transported to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in critical condition. #hounews https://t.co/035UNYr3FS Houston Police (@houstonpolice) October 23, 2019Police later issued a correction saying the injured victim was transported to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in critical condition.
UPDATE: Officials give conflicting reports on condition of Hastings High School student after crash
KPRCHOUSTON - Houston police are at an Alief high school where a student was hit by a car on Wednesday afternoon. The wreck happened at about 2:40 p.m. near Hastings High School at 4410 Cook Road. Houston police tweeted that the wreck was fatal and that the Vehicular Crimes Division was investigating. Alief ISD officials confirmed to KPRC that the victim was a student but said HPD's report is wrong and that the student is alive and in critical condition at the hospital. A school district official said a car hit the student and then hit another car.
Hastings High School student killed in wreck at school Wednesday, officials say
KPRCHOUSTON - Houston police are at an Alief high school where a student was killed in a wreck Wednesday afternoon. The wreck happened at about 2:40 p.m. at Hastings High School at 4410 Cook Road. The Houston Police Vehicular Crimes Division is investigating at the scene and confirmed the victim is dead. An Alief ISD spokesperson confirmed to KPRC that a student is a victim in the wreck. Copyright 2019 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.
The 5 best Vietnamese spots in Houston
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Vietnamese spots around Houston, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to satisfy your cravings. Roostar Vietnamese GrillPhoto: ronnie n./YelpNext up is Spring Branch West's Roostar Vietnamese Grill, situated at 1411 Gessner Road, Suite I. With 4.5 stars out of 1,249 reviews on Yelp, the Vietnamese spot, offering sandwiches and more, has proven to be a local favorite. Tau BayPhoto: thao l. /YelpTau Bay, a Vietnamese spot in Sharpstown, is another much-loved go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 148 Yelp reviews. Pho Ve DemPhoto: alice a./YelpFinally, over in Alief, check out Pho Ve Dem, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 127 reviews on Yelp.
Man shot, killed after argument in Alief apartment complex
Man shot, killed after argument in Alief apartment complexA man was shot and killed in the parking lot of an Alief apartment complex on Saturday night. A man was shot and killed in the parking lot of an Alief apartment complex on Saturday night. Photo: On Scene Photo: On Scene Image 1 of / 8 Caption Close Man shot, killed after argument in Alief apartment complex 1 / 8 Back to GalleryA man was shot and killed in the parking lot of an Alief apartment complex on Saturday night. Houston Police were called around 9 p.m. to an apartment complex in the 9400 block of South Dairy Ashford, where officers found a man with several gunshot wounds inside a pickup truck. RELATED: 12-year-old boy shot while riding in family's pickup truck on Gulf FreewayPolice spokesman Lt. Christopher Bruce said the man got into an argument with someone in the parking lot before being shot.chron.com
Young Deji And Tisakorean Perform In Downtown Houston
We back! screamed Young Deji as he stood center stage sporting black jeans and a camouflage Pimperelli vest. Yall having a good night? Young Deji and Tisakorean have come a long way over a this past year. Tisakorean was already releasing short videos with Deji and other artists in Alief where the two popularized the dance, The Woah. EXPAND Young Deji jumps up on stage Photo by DeVaughn DouglasTisakorean was all energy as he walked across the stage Thursday night.houstonpress.com