‘No Water, No Rent’: Houstonians Risk Eviction To Organize Rent Strike Following Winter Storm – Houston Public Media
After two weeks without water, tenants decided on a strike. But at the Villas del Paseo apartment complex in West Houston, renters were without water for more than three weeks. Organizers with the Houston Tenants Union say about half of residents in the 383-unit complex are participating in a rent strike after deciding not to pay rent on March 1. Organizers say water has been restored to most units over the past week. Still, deciding to participate in the rent strike was a difficult decision, she said.houstonpublicmedia.org
Applications for U.S. passport will be accepted at 2 Houston Municipal Court locations starting Monday
HOUSTON – The City of Houston Municipal Courts Department will soon begin accepting passport applications at two locations on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. Starting Monday, both the Central Houston (at 1400 Lubbock) and the West Houston (3203 South Dairy Ashford) Municipal Court locations will be designated as an Acceptance Facility for U.S. passport applications for U.S. citizens planning international travel, the city announced in a news release. Effective Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, Houston Municipal Courts will begin accepting passport applications on behalf of the @StateDept. pic.twitter.com/1pyzTT5vQ2 — HoustonMunicipalCrts (@HoustonMunCourt) January 29, 2021Appointments are required before visiting one of the two Acceptance Facility locations. AdCentral Houston Municipal Court1400 Lubbock, HoustonWest Houston Municipal Court3203 South Dairy Ashford, Houston
Houston author J. Elle hopes to ‘inspire a movement’ in new YA Fantasy novel inspired by Third Ward
HOUSTON – A Houston-native author is tackling racism, privilege and empowerment in her new, debut novel. Author J. Elle spoke to KPRC 2 about her book described as the 2018 film “The Hate U Give” meets DC’s “Wonder Woman” taking place in a “Black Panther” world. Elle said she hopes her book can “inspire a movement and plant the seeds of change.”From inspiration to publishingElle told KPRC 2 an image rooted in her mind brought her to the keyboard. Ad“Writing is like exercise, like I just sat there (at my desk) one morning and started drafting what came to mind,” she told KPRC 2. My neighborhood lives in the pages of this book,” she told KPRC 2.
What's Inside: VYPE Houston 2020-2021 Basketball Preview Magazine
Amidst a global pandemic, with COVID-19 safety procedures in place, VYPE has produced its third citywide preview magazine of the year. VYPE held its annual basketball photoshoot in October on The Cannon campus in West Houston. Player features, 50 team previews, player rankings and VYPE's preseason team rankings and absolutely amazing photography are all inside this book. The 2020 VYPE Houston Basketball Preview magazine will start to be available next week at select retailers around Houston, including select Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steak Burgers, Academy Sports & Outdoors, McDonalds and Sun & SkI's. - CLICK HERE TO ORDERAlso CLICK HERE to view and order any photo taken at the 2020 VYPE Houston Basketball Photoshoot powered by Whataburger.
White Elm Cafe Bakery brings scrumptious pastries and Mediterranean-style cuisine to West Houston
HOUSTON A brand new cafe has opened in West Houston with a little bit of inspiration from the Mediterranean. White Elm Cafe Bakery, located at 14079 Memorial in Houston opened their doors at 10 a.m Monday morning. Owners Scott and Stacy Simonson, along with partner Chris Ramirez offer a full-service cafe and in-house bakery with Katz Coffee and fresh baked pastries perfected by the Bread Man himself, Tasos Katsaounis. A full coffee menu and Espresso bar is also available. IF YOU GO:White Elm Cafe BakeryAddress: 14079 Memorial, Houston
Chabad Centers of Houston to give out Passover kits to Jewish Houstonians
HOUSTON – Reserved Seder-to-Go kits can be picked up by individuals and volunteers in drive-thru fashion on Tuesday at multiple locations for Passover. The kits can be picked up at the Chabad of Uptown, located at 4311 Bettis Dr., at 11 a.m. - noon and at Chabad of West Houston, located at 12645 Whittington Dr., from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. is still taking reservations for kits to deliver to Jewish patients at Texas Medical Center area hospitals. With 12 Chabad centers throughout the Houston metropolitan area, a spokesperson said Chabad has been well-positioned to provide for the widespread Jewish community. Rabbi Dovid Goldstein said that he distributed nearly 100 kits at the West Houston location.
Volunteers fan out Saturday to help explosion victims prepare for incoming rain
Volunteers fan out Saturday to help explosion victims prepare for incoming rainVolunteers pitch in Saturday morning to help homeowners whose houses were damaged from the West Houston explosion. Volunteers pitch in Saturday morning to help homeowners whose houses were damaged from the West Houston explosion. Photo: On Scene Photo: On Scene Image 1 of / 92 Caption Close Volunteers fan out Saturday to help explosion victims prepare for incoming rain 1 / 92 Back to GalleryAs investigators huddle Saturday morning to continue their probe of a massive west Houston explosion that killed two people Friday, volunteers are fanning out to help those with damaged homes prepare for incoming rain. We love our neighborsThe early-morning explosion Friday at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing killed two workers, Frank Flores and Gerado Carasquillo. Residents in the area told the Chronicle they thought the explosion was so severe they thought it stemmed from a missile.chron.com
Victims in West Houston blast identified
Victims in West Houston blast identifiedPolice identified the two victims of the early-morning blast at the Gessner factory as Frank Flores and Gerado Castorena. City officials must have open and honest conversations about how to mitigate the risk of chemical explosions like this blast that damaged 214 homes. Houston Fire Department firefighters make their way through debris near the site of an explosion at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Houston Fire Department firefighters make their way through debris near the site of an explosion at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Photo: Godofredo A. Vsquez, Staff Photographer Photo: Godofredo A. Vsquez, Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 70 Caption Close Victims in West Houston blast identified 1 / 70 Back to GalleryThe investigation into the cause of the explosion is expected to take three to four days, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said.chron.com
Dramatic before and after photos show effects of west Houston explosion at manufacturing plant
Dramatic before and after photos show effects of west Houston explosion at manufacturing plantBefore and after photos show dramatic effects of West Houston explosion Before and after photos show dramatic effects of West Houston explosion Photo: Google Photo: Google Image 1 of / 129 Caption Close Dramatic before and after photos show effects of west Houston explosion at manufacturing plant 1 / 129 Back to GalleryTwo people are dead after an explosion at a manufacturing plant shook the Westbranch neighborhood early Friday. Just 24 hours ago the building stood erect in the busy subdivision. On Friday morning, however, firefighters and other law enforcement officials were asking residents to watch for debris that may have flown into neighboring yards. Click through to see before and after photos of Watson Grinding and Manufacturing - the plant at the center of Friday's explosion. Read her on our breaking news site, Chron.com, and on our subscriber site, houstonchronicle.com.chron.com
Haircut triggers shooting at W. Houston barber shop
Haircut triggers shooting at W. Houston barber shopA barber shop employee was shot three times during a customer's dispute over his son's haircut, deputies say. A barber shop employee was shot three times during a customer's dispute over his son's haircut, deputies say. Photo: Google Maps Photo: Google Maps Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Haircut triggers shooting at W. Houston barber shop 1 / 1 Back to GalleryAn irate customer at a West Houston barber shop shot an employee multiple times Saturday during an argument over a haircut given to the gunman's son. The employee of the shop in the 23900 block of Franz Road, described by authorities as a black male, has been taken to the hospital in serious condition. The shooter fled the scene in a gray sedan, possibly a Honda Accord, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.chron.com
Mercury spill dangers: How to protect your family and symptoms
Mercury spill dangers: How to protect your family and symptomsOfficials responded to the scene of a mercury spill on the intersection of Westview Drive and West Sam Houston Parkway North Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Houston. Officials responded to the scene of a mercury spill on the intersection of Westview Drive and West Sam Houston Parkway North Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Houston. Photo: Godofredo A. Vsquez, Staff Photographer Photo: Godofredo A. Vsquez, Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 7 Caption Close Mercury spill dangers: How to protect your family and symptoms 1 / 7 Back to GalleryWhile small mercury spills can occur from time to time when medical or scientific equipment is accidentally broken, major incidents are relatively rare. RELATED: Dangerous mercury spill sparks massive police and fire response in West HoustonThe serious effects can include kidney damage and respiratory failure. How to protect your family during a mercury spillIf youre near a small mercury spill such as from a broken thermometer or florescent light bulb you should leave the area and ensure no one walks through the mercury.chron.com
Residents look back on 27th anniversary of Houston tornado outbreak
"I had two teenagers in the house and I yelled in my mom voice 'tornado' as loudly as I could, and by then it was quite loud," said Hendee, the west Houston resident. "After striking the Kelliwood area, the twister moved northeast and struck the west Houston airport, destroying several hangers and totaling 21 airplanes worth over $3 million. "I surveyed the tornadoes and the worst damage I saw was out at Channelview," said Marshall.The tornado that tore through Channelview was one of six tornadoes to the Houston area that day. "You had entire houses on the ground and then two houses, like, nothing wrong with them," said Hathorn. Well, you have to understand, Houston is far enough south that even in the wintertime, it is prone to severe weather," said Marshall.abc13.com
Police identify suspect in fatal red light crash in West Houston
Police identify suspect in fatal red light crash in West HoustonOfficials on Sunday identified a 29-year-old man who killed a 21-year-old woman after he allegedly sped through a red light and collided with her car. Adokoe Akue will face charges of manslaughter and reckless, aggravated assault in connection to the crash near the intersection of Westheimer Road and South Dairy Ashford, said Charles Cornelius, a vehicular crimes investigator with the Harris County District Attorneys Office. The crash instantly killed the 21-year-old woman, who has not been identified and caused a fractured arm and serious internal injuries to a male passenger in her car, according to authorities. Akue was hospitalized with a fractured leg. He will be held on $40,000 bond.chron.com
21-year-old woman killed in crash on Westheimer in West Houston
21-year-old woman killed in crash on Westheimer in West HoustonThe crash occurred near the intersection of Westheimer and South Dairy Ashford Road, police said. The crash occurred near the intersection of Westheimer and South Dairy Ashford Road, police said. Photo: Google Maps Photo: Google Maps Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close 21-year-old woman killed in crash on Westheimer in West Houston 1 / 1 Back to GalleryA 21-year-old woman was killed in a car crash Saturday morning when a man sped through a red light on Westheimer Road in West Houston and collided with her car, officials said. The woman was killed instantly when the crash occurred around 9:15 a.m., near the intersection with South Dairy Ashford, according to Charles Cornelius, a vehicular crimes investigator with the Harris County District Attorneys Office. A passenger in the womans car had a fractured arm and serious internal injuries, Cornelius said, but he is expected to survive.chron.com
Houstons Dan Crenshaw, Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez among top 10 fundraisers in U.S. House
Houstons Dan Crenshaw, Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez among top 10 fundraisers in U.S. HouseHouse Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., is the top fundraiser in the U.S. House in 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., is the top fundraiser in the U.S. House in 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Photo: Patrick Semansky, STF / Associated Press Photo: Patrick Semansky, STF / Associated Press Image 1 of / 12 Caption Close Houstons Dan Crenshaw, Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez among top 10 fundraisers in U.S. House 1 / 12 Back to GalleryNobody in Texas running for the U.S. House in 2020 is raising money quite like Dan Crenshaw. For subscribers: Houston Rep. Dan Crenshaw aims to build his GOP brand independent of TrumpThe second-best fundraiser in Texas is another new Houston-area member. Dan Crenshaw - Houston Republican in his first term, $2.7 million 8.chron.com
18-year-old arrested after video shows car speeding past bus, nearly hitting child
HOUSTON - A Houston driver has been charged and arrested after he was seen speeding past a stopped school bus in West Houston. Julio Coreas, 18, was charged with reckless driving and taken into custody Tuesday after the viral video led to an investigation. It was her daughters first time riding a school bus and Kirk-Taylor wanted to capture the moment. In that moment a blue Toyota Corolla blew past the bus, narrowly missing Kirk-Taylors daughter. Police said they are following school buses in order to catch traffic violators and they hope Coreas arrest will teach others to follow the law.
Harvey: 2 Years Later
Hurricane Harvey made landfall 2-years ago. Sahar Abed lives in the Bear Creek area in West Houston. It was crazy the water was about six feet and everything was under the water. It took Abed and her husband 8 months to rebuild their home and replace what was lost. The worst time in my life actually Im still getting emotional about that, Abed said.
Cyclist dies after SUV strikes him in West Houston, bicycle stolen from scene, police say
Cyclist dies after SUV strikes him in West Houston, bicycle stolen from scene, police sayHouston Police officers responded around 10 p.m. Monday to reports of a major accident night involving a bicycle and a vehicle in the street at the inbound service road of the Katy Freeway at Beltway 8, said Houston Police Lt. Larry Crowson. The incident occurred in the intersection of the service road of Katy Freeway, Crowson said. Officers believe the bicycle was traveling north on the Beltway 8 service road while the vehicle was headed eastbound on the Katy Freeway service road, he said. The driver of the Hyundai Santa Fe SUV remained at the scene, and officers do not believe he was impaired, Crowson said. Officers have reason to believe the bike thief may have been a friend who was riding with the cyclist on a separate bicycle, he said.chron.com
Man's body found steps from West Houston apartment
Man's body found steps from West Houston apartmentThe body of a man was found just steps from the door of an apartment in West Houston early Monday, police said. The body of a man was found just steps from the door of an apartment in West Houston early Monday, police said. Photo: OnScene.TV Photo: OnScene.TV Image 1 of / 7 Caption Close Man's body found steps from West Houston apartment 1 / 7 Back to GalleryThe body of a man was found just steps from the door of an apartment in West Houston early Monday, police said. Houston police were called out to an apartment complex in West Houston around 2:30 a.m. at the 6400 block of Westheimer Road after reports of yelling, and gunshots. Lt. Larry Crowson said officers began checking the courtyard of the complex and discovered a man's body on the porch of a first-floor apartment.chron.com
Michelin-rated restaurateur Tim Ho Wan dives into Houston market
His next stop is NewQuest Properties Katy Grand in West Houston. Tim Ho Wan Dim Sum Specialists will be nestled within Phase II of NewQuests 53,521 square-foot Asian village, a collection of upscale restaurants and retail. "The fact that Michelin-rated Tim Ho Wan has chosen Katy for its first location in Texas shows how special the city and NewQuest's project are," says Heather Nguyen, a development partner for Houston-based NewQuest. "Katy Grand will be 'the place' to go to try a concept and know it's best of the best." With restaurants like Tim Ho Wan, Katy Grand will be an international destination for Houstonians seeking Asian culture close to their homes."