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Known as one of the largest citites in the state of Texas, Houston is home to many things. Such as the visitor center of NASA’s astronaut training and flight control complex. Texas Medical Center; the world’s largest amalgamation of research and healthcare institutions is also part of Houston, Texas. The city is home to many great dining and shopping establishements, along with a great nightlife to keep you going all hours of the day. Some of the notable annual events include the famous Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest.
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The world famous annual 20 day Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, WorldFest: Houston International Film Festival, and Comicpalooza the largest pop culture convention in the state of Texas, you'll never have a dull moment in the great city of Houston. Search for top events in Houston

Districts of Houston Downtown - Home to the Skyline District, Theater District, Historic District, and Warehouse District. High finance, big business, and many other headquarters of Fortune 500 companies are home to Downtown Houston. The Houston Symphony, Alley Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars and Houston Ballet area all part of one of the largest theater districts in the U.S. Neartown (Montrose, Midtown, EaDo-East End) - Neartown offers many resale fashion shops, eclectic shopping as well as antique stores and is a large area of the LGBT population. North Loop (The Heights, Washington Corridor) - A large population to wealthy artists, musicians, and other professionals. The Heights still being a dry area brought on the opportuinity for a large number of BYOB restaurants. South Loop (South Main, Museum District, Med Center) - To the south and east of downtown you'll find Rice University and many other attractions the South Loop has to offer. Such as, Hermann Park, Reliant Stadium, and the Texas Medical Center. West Loop (Uptown, River Oaks, Upper Kirby & Greenway, West U) - On this side of the loop you will find the Galleria, a high-end shopping complex along with the tallest building (the Williams Tower) outside of a dowtown area. Nearby River Oaks is home to Houston's most exclusive neighborhoods containing unbelievable mansions and businesses. Outside 610 (West Houston, East Houston, North Houston) - Many travels find their way to these as they contain the NASA/Space Center Houston, nature centers and other interesting day trips.

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Weather Forecast for Houston

Overnight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 78. Calm wind.

Saturday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 92. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 78. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunday

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 94. Heat index values as high as 102. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 79. South wind around 5 mph.

Monday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 95.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 80.

Tuesday

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Sunny, with a high near 96.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 79.

Wednesday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 96.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 79.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 96.

Thursday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 78.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 95.

Locals Tips

Figure out how to navigate Houston like a local - how to get around Houston, find top events like the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and where to find the best TexMex in town (DDUX CEO vote is anything on the lunch menu at Irma's Original or the Queso appetizer and steak fajitas at Escalante's, but hey, there are plenty of other great to choose from!), navigate the Downtown Tunnels, and the best place to spot alligators near Houston. Read more to get all the best tips for enjoying the Houston area like a local.

Houston News and Events

Houston astronaut accused of hacking ex-spouse's bank account from space

Summer Worden said her 6-year-old son is her world.

"He's an outgoing, charismatic little boy, and everybody who interacts with him just falls in love with him," said Worden.

Worden said the child was conceived through in vitro fertilization and carried by a surrogate. "He is mine biologically, I had him all by myself," said Worden.

She said since the child was a baby, he has had a magnetic personality. When her son turned 1, Worden said she met Anne McClain. Worden and the astronaut were married eight months later but three years into the relationship, she said things got rocky.

"I protect my son with everything I have. That is my No. 1 priority, but I didn't sense at that time that she was anybody that I needed to protect him against. I trusted her," Worden said.

In 2018, McClain asked a judge to grant her shared parenting rights of the child, saying in documents, "She was there for his first steps and first words" and that they had "a very healthy and deep parental relationship."

Later that year, McClain filed court documents alleging that Worden assaulted her. Worden maintains that they never had a physical altercation. Those charges were dropped, and Worden filed for divorce, but she said that the ongoing battle in Texas didn't stay on Earth.

"USAA Bank did give evidence to my attorneys that she did access my bank accounts," Worden said.

According to Worden, in 2019, McClain broke into her bank accounts while she was on board the International Space Station. Worden gave KPRC the letter that her attorney sent to the NASA inspector general documenting the alleged breach.

"I was shocked and appalled at the audacity by her to think that she could get away with that, and I was very disheartened that I couldn't keep anything private," said Worden.

Worden's parents also sent a letter to the NASA Office of the Inspector General citing the allegation in space.

The attorney representing McClain, Rusty Hardin, offered this statement:

"Family cases are extremely difficult and private matters for all parties involved. Neither Anne nor we will be commenting on this personal matter. We appreciate the medias understanding and respect, as maintaining privacy, is in the best interest of the child and family members involved."

NASA responded to questions submitted by KPRC with this statement.

"NASA has no statement on this and does not comment on personal or personnel matters. Anne McClain is an active astronaut."

Worden said that a court date has not been set in the custody case. The divorce case is set to be finalized in October, but she said her main concern is her son.

"As a parent, this is my most basic liberty, I feel like, to have my son and enjoy raising him and make good decisions for him, and nobody has the right to step in on that," she said.

HPD chief double downs on comments: 'I stand by that, we had probable cause to be there'

The first mug shots of former Houston Police Department narcotics Officers Gerald Goines and Stephen Bryant were released Friday night.

The images were released hours after an announcement was made by Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg regarding alleged criminality, including two murder charges, by HPD officers in the deadly botched raid on Harding Street nearly seven months ago.

The raid claimed the lives of Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas.

Ogg had a message to the families of the victims during her lengthy news conference.

"I want to tell them how sorry we are as a city and as a county for the actions that resulted in the loss of their loved ones' lives," she said.

Channel 2 Investigates was in court Friday as Goines and Bryant went before the judge.

Following their bond hearing, Goines' attorney, Nicole DeBorde, expressed her dismay over her client being directly charged unexpectedly.

"A little disappointed and surprised that in a case that is as serious as this one, the district attorney's office did not bother to vet it with a grand jury," DeBorde said.

Hours after the charges were announced, Chief Art Acevedo held his own news conference. The chief answered a lot of questions but did not want to answer one of Channel 2's inquiries, telling reporter Sophia Beausoleil, "I'm not going to get into a debate with Mr. (Mario) Diaz you know on every little piece."

The chief was not happy with a question regarding an exchange from last Feb. 15. During an interview, the chief said, "It's really important for the community to realize, we still had a reason to be at that home."

Channel 2 Investigates reminded Acevedo: "Chief, you indicated you had reason to be at that home. There appears to be no reason listed in this affidavit."

Acevedo's response was, "But remember, that affidavit is but one piece of a very comprehensive investigation."

However, on Friday, when a reporter asked about it on two occasions, Acevedo had this reaction: "I stand by that. We had probable cause to be there."

When the question of a right to be in the home was asked again, the chief said: "Tell Mario Diaz that I think it's great that he's watching and that I appreciate it, but the probable cause, let me just tell you this … if I was investigating this we would have done a search warrant based on what we knew, we would have done it right and we probably wouldn't be here today."

The chief then added a bit later: "We are a nation where the rule of law matters, so tell Mario thanks for watching. I appreciate it."

We are hoping the chief addresses the question in full in the near future.

2 former HPD officers charged in botched Harding Street raid

Two former Houston Police Department officers charged in connection with the deadly botched raid at a home on Harding Street earlier this year turned themselves in Friday afternoon.

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said former Houston police Sgt. Gerald Goines has been charged with two counts of murder in connection with the Jan. 28 raid during which Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas, who lived at the home, were killed.

Former Houston police Sgt. Steven Bryant was charged with tampering with a government document in connection with the case, Ogg said.

Ogg said Goines is accused of lying in the affidavit used to obtain a no-knock warrant that was executed at the home and led to the deadly shooting.

VIDEO: Ogg discusses charges in Harding Street case

Bryant is accused of lying in a supplemental report that was filed two days after the raid.

"This is a case like none other we've seen," Ogg said.

Both Goines and Bryant turned themselves in to authorities Friday afternoon and were booked into the Harris County Jail. Both were seen leaving downtown after making their bail.

Former HPD officers heckled while leaving Harris County Jail

Nicholas family reacts to charges being filed

The family of Nicholas released the following written statement about Friday's developments in the case:

"The indictments today of former HPD Gerald Goines and Steven Bryant are important developments, but they should be only the beginning of the pursuit of justice in the police killings of Rhogena Nicholas and Dennis Tuttle.

"The Nicholas family's search for the truth of what happened to Rhogena also continues. Our independent investigation is focused not only on HPD Narcotics Squad 15, but also about the conduct, pattern and practices of HPD before, during, and after the out-of-control, unjustified execution of Rhogena in her own home.

"We still seek a court order for sworn depositions of HPD Captain Paul Q. Follis and HPD Lieutenant Marsha Todd, and HPD police department personnel involved in the management of HPD Narcotics Squad 15. We believe the court has sufficient basis to order the depositions requested to investigate possible wrongful death, civil rights, and other legal claims.

"Finally, the Nicholas family is grateful for the work of the Harris County District Attorney's Office as well as all city, state and federal law enforcement personnel committed to a complete investigation of this terrible incident. They remain hopeful that the justice system will succeed in helping prevent other families from ordeals like theirs."

Local officials and leaders react to charges being filed

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner released a statement:

"An indictment of two police officers was announced today and the legal process will run its course. The City will fully cooperate in seeing that justice is done.

"HPD's responsibility is to protect and serve. The overwhelming number of police officers do that every day, often at the expense of their safety.

"We will work even harder to earn the trust and respect of the public we are obligated to serve.
We hope and pray that the community and police will continue to work together for the safety of our city."

HPD chief talks about Harding Street raid after two former officers charged

Neighbors welcome news of charges

Joseph Castaneda has lived on Harding Street his whole life and knew the couple who were killed inside their home during the botched raid.

"I used to see Dennis ride his long skateboard all the time and walk his dog. That's the best memory I have of him," Castaneda said. "And Reggie, you know, she was always, she was a good neighbor."

He believes Friday's news is a step in the right direction for his neighbors.

"One step closer to I guess our legal system getting better, getting more accurate, hopefully, build some more trust with the community and with law enforcement, too," Castaneda said.

"There are good cops. Then there's bad cops. Good people, bad people, nobody is perfect, but still, this day in age there needs to be a lot more good than bad, you know? Why did it have to be like that, though? Why lie?" said Castaneda in regards to Goines.

Mother accused of shooting high school student who she says bullied her daughter

A mother is charged after being accused of shooting a high school student when a disturbance broke out Friday in northwest Harris County, constables said.

Precious Latoya Folks was charged with aggravated assault.

The shooting was reported around 5 p.m. in the 20300 block of Yosemite Falls Drive to a call about a large crowd of juveniles fighting and reports of a gunshot.

Officials said the juvenile was taken to Tomball Hospital, where he went into surgery.

Folks' husband said the altercation started with ongoing conflicts between their daughter, a boy and his older sister. He said the boy and his sister started to bully their daughter after several confrontations involving all of the different parties.

He said when his daughter rejected the boy and at some point punched him in the stomach, the boy told his sister, who then started to bully Folks' daughter.

The husband said his wife came driving up trying to defend their daughter. He said his daughter and other students attend Klein Cain High School.

Folks was arrested and was being held at the Harris County Jail.

'He laughed about it': Tipster who led to arrest of teen accused of fatally shooting another speaks

A 16-year-old boy was charged with the murder of another teen in Fort Bend County.

FBCSO said the victim was Matthias Konrad, 16.

The victim and the suspect were both students at Lamar CISD's George Ranch High School.

A girl, who didn't want to be identified, said the shooter confessed to the killing.

"He actually told me that he killed him. He said it with no hesitation. He laughed about it. He actually thought it was funny that he killed him," she said.

Investigators said the teen killed Konrad at a park on Savannah Moss Drive in Richmond Thursday afternoon.

She said the 16-year-old shooter called her seconds after shooting Konrad.

"He said to me that, 'I was about to rob Matthias, but he started fighting me back,'" she said. "Then, he grabbed a gun and shot him in the face, in his chest and in his back."

She called 911 and led officers to the suspect's home a block away, where they arrested him.

Investigators said they found a gun inside.

"I know somebody just got murdered and I know who their murderer is, I'm not gonna sit back and just let them be free. Because you don't deserve it," she said.

Investigators said the suspect was on Snapchat, showing the medical helicopter flying the victim to the hospital, a gun and what appeared to be a cut-off ankle monitor.

Investigators said he was wearing an ankle monitor before the shooting.

"He was an innocent kid that had his life taken for no reason," the girl said.

Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office cannot release the suspect's name or criminal history because he's a juvenile.

George Ranch High School starts school on Monday. The district was planning on having grief counselors available for the students.

The school's principal, Heather Patterson, sent a letter to parents that read:

We are saddened by the death of a member of our Longhorn family, Matthias Konrad, an 11th grader, who passed away yesterday.

When the new school year begins on Monday, the District Crisis Counseling Team will be available on campus. They will also be available as needed throughout the week.

If you have any questions regarding how to help your child cope with the grieving process, please contact the George Ranch High School administration. Students can also call the H.O.P.E. Line -- a 24-hour crisis hotline -- at 832-223-4673 to talk about any concerns they may have. This is an anonymous and confidential service provided for the Lamar CISD community.

Service arrangements are unknown at this time; however, we will share this information with students if the family makes it available.

Please keep the Konrad family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We wanted you to be aware of the situation in case your child has questions or concerns.

Police: 3 killed, 2 injured in two shootings in southeast Houston

Three people have been killed and two others have been injured in a pair of shootings in southeast Houston, police said.

The first shooting was reported about 12:30 p.m. on Southwind Street, near Calhoun Road. Police said two people were killed and two others were injured in that shooting.

Investigators said they got a call about shots being fired from a white Chevy Impala. Within six minutes, police arrived to find a dead man's body on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds.

Police said was a man shot in the head area, possibly the ear, was found in the back seat of a Pontiac Grand Prix. Also in the car was another man and a woman who were both shot. The three wounded victims were taken to a hospital. While the woman and the man who was shot in the head area survived, the other man died.

As far as evidence, no weapons were found, but several 9mm rounds were found at the scene. A witness, who is not cooperating with police, is a documented gang member, according to Chief Pete Lopez. Lopez said they are treating the case as an act of gang violence.

The second shooting happened about a half-hour later on Clearway Drive, about 3 miles away from the first shooting scene. Police said the same Chevy Impala which was spotted at the first scene was found on the 9300 block of Clearway. When police arrived, they said they found one man shot in the chest. That person was taken to the hospital and later died. There was another person found in the car.

"Inside the car was another black male who is being detained but is not being cooperative, so we're going to process him as a potential suspect. There were no weapons recovered at the scene on Clearway but there were several .223 mm rifle rounds found at that scene," Lopez said.

Police said the two shootings are related.

"At this time we believe it's possibly gang-related. One of the witnesses here at this scene [on Southwind] is a documented gang member, so that's how we're going to treat this scene," Lopez said. "We're also going to help out and put more resources in this area and tactical teams to make sure that we avoid any possible retaliation shootings."

Rain chances increase this weekend for Houston

Chances of rain are going up for this weekend in Houston.

A slug of tropical moisture is arriving in Southeast Texas on Friday, pushing the chances of widespread thunderstorms to 60%. Otherwise, look for a mix of clouds and sun with temperatures in the 90s.

The chance of rain remains elevated through the weekend, so it's a good idea to make sure you have an indoor backup for your outdoor plans.

Temperatures will remain in the low to mid-90s through the weekend.

Labor Day cold front?

A cold front is still expected to arrive in Southeast Texas by Labor Day weekend. While it won't push temperatures down a lot, it will drop humidity levels and make the weather feel a lot more comfortable.

Tropics

A system being monitored off the East Coast has a 60% chance of becoming the next named storm, which would be Dorian. There will be no impacts to Texas from whatever develops. Chantal continues spinning over the Northern Atlantic. Get more info in the Hurricane Headquarters section.

Transit center reopens after METRO bus hits two pedestrians

A METRO transit center in southwest Houston that was closed due to unscheduled repairs following a bus accident has reopened.

According to METRO, a driver lost control of the bus, hit a column and two pedestrians who were at the stop around 11 p.m. Thursday at the Bellaire Transit Center on Bellaire Boulevard near South Rice Avenue.

The center was closed after the accident as crews work to clean up debris and the Bellaire Fire Department was also called out to make sure there was no structural damage, METRO said. Officials said it reopened about 1 p.m.

There were 35 people on the bus at the time of the accident, METRO said. There were no reported injuries for the driver or passengers.

According to METRO, there were buses still in service, but they were using detoured routes.

The condition of the pedestrians is unknown.

Massive apartment fire sends flames shooting over 100 feet in air, dozens displaced

Several families are displaced after a massive blaze consumed an apartment building in northeast Harris County.

According to authorities, the fire broke out just before 1 a.m. Friday at the Haverstock Hill Apartments on Aldine Bender Road near Lee Road.

When firefighters arrived, smoke was billowing from the building and flames shot up between 100 and 150 feet in the air as people scrambled to get out of their apartments.

It took over an hour to get the blaze under control, and video showed the moment the stairs and building began to collapse.

WATCH: Apartment starts to collapse during massive fire

One woman said neighbors were frantically trying to get people out of their units, so they were banging on doors, throwing bricks or anything they could use to get the attention of people on the second and third floors.

"Somebody was bammin' and bammin' telling us to get out," said resident Carolyn Dalcour. "When we were trying to get out, (there) was fire and pieces of lumber that had fallen from the third floor all the way down to the front of my door, so we just grabbed my purse with my bank card and stuff in it and money and ran out. Couldn't grab nothing, no clothes, just what I got on because I (was) sleep. I took my medication -- I'm on 18 pills a day -- and ran out the house."

Ireadair Emer has a prosthetic leg and her daughter, who lives nearby, had to rush over to help Emer escape the blaze.

"Toughest part is knowing that I am handicap and I didn't really have nobody," Emer. "(I) could smell the smoke. I don't know really how close it was to me. (My daughter) helped me put on my leg and I walked out with her, she was like, 'Come on mama, come on mama,' I came out naked and everything."

Emer, like the other resident of the building, lost many of her precious memories in the fire.

"My son's urn is up in there, my grandson urn," Emer said. "They already passed, so a lot that's close to me is gone."

Firefighters said the fire-damaged 24 units and 24 families have been displaced. Authorities said all residents are accounted for and there have been no reports of injuries.

The Red Cross is on the scene and working to rehome the displaced residents. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Travis Scott opens pop-up shop, gives out VHS tapes of upcoming Netflix documentary

Houston-born rapper Travis Scott stopped by the Bayou City and he brought gifts for his fans.

Scott has heavily promoted his love for Houston through his music, especially in his latest album, "Astroworld."

The rapper took time Thursday to show the city and local fans a little more love and promote his new Netflix documentary with a pop-up event in northwest Harris County.

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Hundreds lined up outside the Movie Exchange near the northwest freeway and West 34th Street for a chance to meet Scott and pick up a VHS copy of the documentary.

His documentary, titled "Look Mom I Can Fly," is expected to debut Aug. 28 on Netflix.

Scott's appearance in Houston is earlier than expected. He is scheduled to play Sunday in Houston Rockets player James Harden's charity softball game.

Montrose Cheese & Wine debuts in Neartown - Montrose

figure {width:100%;height:auto;} figure img {width:100%;height:auto;} In need of some wine? A new business has you covered. Located at 1618 Westheimer Road in Neartown - Montrose, the new arrival is called Montrose Cheese & Wine.

According to the business's website, Montrose Cheese & Wine highlights "small producers in our rotating selection of 12-15cheeses and 125 wines." In the shop, look for Cornerstone cheese (raw cow's milk from Parish Hill Creamery, Vt.), Alisios cheese (70% cow's milk and 30% goat's milk cheese from the Canary Islands, Spain), a selection of pastries and the cheese & meat board specialty. The spot also has plans to offers classes and host events. (Check out the full selectionhere.)

The new cheese shop has proven popular thus far, with a five-star rating out of six reviews on Yelp.

Kitty J., who was among the first Yelpers to review the new spot on August 17, wrote, "What a great addition to the Montrose neighborhood! A good place to grab a bottle of wine and some cheese on your way home from work or have a glass of wine and a cheese board on the awesome covered terrace."

And Julie B. wrote, "Fantastic little gem in Montrose. The service is outstanding and the wine selection and prices are fantastic. Highly recommend the cheese and meat board paired with a yummy glass of wine."

Swing on by to take a peek for yourself: Montrose Cheese & Wine is open from 10 a.m.8 p.m. on Monday-Saturday and noon8 p.m. on Sunday.

Want to keep your finger on the pulse of new businesses in Houston? Here's what else opened recently near you.

This story was created automatically using local business data, then reviewed and augmented by an editor. Click here for more about what we're doing. Got thoughts? Go here to share your feedback.

16-year-old charged with murder in connection with deadly shooting

A 16-year-old has been charged with murder after authorities said he shot another teenager to death in Fort Bend County, according to deputies.

The shooting was reported Thursday afternoon on Macek Road near Tara Drive.

Maj. Chad Norvell, of the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, said 16-year-old Matthias Konrad was shot in the face and chest and was in very serious condition when he was flown to the hospital. About 4:45 p.m., Norvell reported Konrad had died.

A resident in a nearby subdivision said she heard loud noises at the park around 1:30 p.m.

"I heard two pops," she said.

The woman didn't want to be identified but said that when she looked out her window, she saw a teenager headed down the street.

"I saw him walking up the sidewalk, and I thought to myself, 'I wonder what that was?'" she said.

According to deputies, the suspect posted a video of the medical helicopter on Snapchat.

A Crime Stoppers tip led deputies to a home three streets away from the crime scene.

Authorities said a 16-year-old was arrested at the home. Officials also said they believe the weapon is inside the house.

'We have our kids here': Family befuddled as to why they were targeted in drive-by

"You could've killed someone. You could've killed kids. We have babies here. We have our kids here."

That's what a homeowner said after someone drove by and fired several rounds at the family's home.

What happened

Around 5:30 a.m. Thursday, the homeowner said at least seven shots were fired at the house in the 9000 block of Fuqua Breeze Drive, in southeast Houston.

Still too afraid to reveal their identity, the family said when they heard the gunshots, they took cover.

"I pulled the babies on the floor, and I was just down on the ground with them ... locked the door, because I heard the alarm and I didn't know if someone was in the house," the homeowner said. "I was thinking somebody was in the house and my husband was yelling to get down on the floor."

After making sure the children were OK, the homeowners checked surveillance video to see what happened.

Where did the bullets hit?

Several shots struck vehicles in the driveway.

In the video, you can see parts of brick flying off the house as the bullets hit.

Close call

One bullet went through a wall and into a child's bedroom.

"If it had gone a foot up, my son's bed is right there against the wall, and it would have hit him," the homeowner said.

Mistaken identity?

The family said they're not sure why they were targeted and think it could be a case of mistaken identity. Either way, they want whoever is responsible for the shooting to pay for what they've done.

"You can't do stuff like this to people, ... almost killing somebody and get away with it. It's not OK," the homeowner said.

Missing teen was last seen in north Houston, Texas EquuSearch says

A 15-year-old Houston boy is missing, according to officials.

According to Texas EquuSearch, Daniel Ceron Jr. was last seen in north Houston on Monday.

Officials are calling his disappearance "both puzzling and confusing."

"We don't know why or how this young man disappeared, but we know that he needs to be found," Texas EquuSearch officials said in a news release.

What he looks like

Ceron is described as being slender and has a short haircut. He was last seen wearing a blue and gray lightweight jacket, a black muscle shirt, blue shorts with the Captain America logo, a baseball hat with the image of praying hands and black shoes.

What to do if you see him

Anyone with information about Ceron's whereabouts is asked to call the Houston Police Department at 832-394-1840 or call Texas EquuSearch at 281-309-9500.

Retired Marine tracks down family to return Purple Heart found in pawn shop

It was at the Wright Pawn and Jewelry Shop where a life-changing moment happened.

One retired Marine happened upon a Purple Heart belonging to a Houstonian who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Battle off Samar in World War II.

He did his research, and months later, he was able to reunite the medal with the sailor's family.

A new mission for a retired Marine

Jerry Patterson, a World War II enthusiast and retired Marine, has a hobby of looking around the Wright Pawn and Jewelry shop in west Houston. In early 2018, the shop acquired the Purple Heart in an estate sale, hoping to prevent the honor from being passed around, and with hopes to reunite the Purple Heart with the sailor's family. Patterson was determined to do the work to make it happen and started on his journey to search for the medal recipient's family.

"Purple Heart medals frequently have a name of the recipient on the backside ... this one did," Patterson said. "[The name was] Chelakis, Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Forrest Chelakis."

The retired Marine knew his next mission was about to begin.

"All over Houston there are boxes with old medals that somebody soon to pass may know the story, and that story needs to be passed down," Patterson said. "Now (Chelakis) is an unusual name. So I looked him up and saw that he was killed in the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Battle off Samar on Oct. 25, 1944, and that he was from Houston, and I thought, 'Maybe there is someone who is still living in Houston that would like this.'"

A precious moment: Holding a hero's heart

After months of painstaking research and getting to know more about this once stranger's story, Patterson found himself sharing the sailor's story with Cody Chelakis, the great-nephew of Forrest Chelakis, to whom the medal belonged.

"Nice to meet you," Patterson said to Cody Chelakis, who came to the Wright Pawn and Jewelry shop to receive the Purple Heart Thursday.

"This is your great-uncle's Purple Heart," he said.

Patterson handed Cody Chelakis the medal. Cody Chelakis held his great-uncle's Purple Heart in his hands, silent, and began to cry.

"He risked his life for (us) ... to protect all of us," Cody Chelakis said in tears. "It means a lot to me and my family because nobody else in my family knows about this."

Patterson began to share with Cody Chelakis other medals that his great-uncle earned and also filled him in on the history of the sacrifice his family member made.

"I'm so thankful for this," Cody Chelakis said. "I'm so proud of my family and who we have become."

He said he would share his story for generations to come.

The fierce Battle of Leyte Gulf

Forrest Chelakis was involved in an engagement off the East Coast of the Philippines, the Battle off Samar. More specifically, Forrest Chelakis was involved in the largest naval battle in World War II, The Battle of Leyte Gulf.

Forrest Chelakis made the ultimate sacrifice. It was the morning of Oct. 25, 1944, when the Destroyer USS Hoel and other U.S. Navy warships were engaged in a fierce battle of survival against greater firepower and numerically superior elements of Japanese Navy task force.

Of 253 men, only 86 survived.

The purpose of the destroyer ships was to protect the aircraft laden escort carriers. It was the USS Hoel's and the other U.S. destroyers' 5-inch guns against the 14-inch guns of an already numerically superior Japanese naval force. American sailors on the destroyers were forced to strike from a very vulnerably close distance to make impact.

"The destroyers at that time had a range that was far less than that of the Japanese cruisers and battleships, but notwithstanding, they continued to fight till they sank," Patterson said. "It was practically a suicide mission, and they knew that, but they fought to the end."

Forrest Chelakis' remains are likely in the Philippines along with many others' whose remains were never found. However, the Purple Heart gave comfort to the Chelakis family, who did not know a lot about this history.

"I can't wait to share it with our family," Cody Chelakis said.

Sharing stories for generations

Patterson and Cody Chelakis are on a mission to keep these heroes' memories alive.

"Definitely, his story will be shared because my kids, when I have kids, they're going to know where we came from, how proud how I am of my family and they're going to be proud of who they are too," Cody Chelakis said.

Patterson said he wants to encourage people who have veteran loved ones to continue to share these precious medals and the stories behind them for generations to come.

"All over Houston, there are boxes with old medals that somebody soon to pass may know the story, and that story needs to be passed down," Patterson said.

Houston attorney Jeffrey Stern held on no bail

A federal magistrate denied bail Thursday for Bellaire attorney Jeffrey Stern.

Stern was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of tax fraud, obstruction of justice and witness tampering.

The charges stem from an alleged criminal conspiracy that government investigators say went on for more than a decade.

During Thursday's 3 1/2-hour hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Johnson argued that Stern shouldn't be allowed bail, laying out the government's case for the magistrate, Peter Bray

Johnson said Stern engaged in barratry, the illegal practice of paying runners to recruit defendants for personal injury lawsuits. He said Stern tried to cover it up through tax fraud, hiding or destroying documents and pressuring potential witnesses not to cooperate.

The government went through the 187-paragraph indictment to show where Stern allegedly tampered with witnesses and tried to obstruct the government's investigation by hiding or destroying documents, destroying evidence or creating false evidence to short-circuit the government's investigation.

Stern's lawyers argued that the government's case has yet to be proven and that Stern has roots in the community that ensure he's not a flight risk.

One example presented to the judge was that Stern notified the government before leaving for Europe earlier this month for a vacation with his wife and stepson. He was arrested Saturday at Bush Intercontinental Airport when he returned.

After hearing the arguments, Bray declared Stern a flight risk.

"There are no conditions, by clear and convincing evidence, no condition I could set that would ensure the safety of the community," Bray said.

With that, the judge remanded Stern to custody to await trial.

Stern will have another chance to argue for bail to be set when his case goes before Judge Lee Rosenthal.

KIPP co-founder sues school for defamation after sexual assault allegations

KIPP Houston Public Schools is at the center of a new lawsuit filed by its co-founder, Mike Feinberg, who was terminated in 2018.

Feinberg was dismissed after a former student came forward and made allegations of sexual abuse in the late 1990s.

The charter school, which is known for serving the educationally underserved community, hired a third-party firm to investigate the allegations, but did not conclusively confirm any wrongdoing.

The firm did provide evidence of sexual harassment involving Feinberg and an adult former KIPP student, employed in 2004. The allegation led to a financial settlement at the time.

"The truth is that I'm an educator in good standing and I did nothing but great work for the children and families of Houston and Texas. And across the country," Feinberg said.

What happened Thursday

During a press conference, Feinberg and his attorney, Mano DeAyala, said they filed a lawsuit to try to clear Feinberg's name.

"A defamation lawsuit for the statements they made against Mike back then," DeAyala said.

Feinberg is seeking monetary relief of over $1 million.

Feinberg said he tried talking to KIPP officials before he filed the lawsuit, but they would not cooperate.

"I've spent months talking with KIPP in hopes that they would do the right thing and help correct the record and clear my name, but they've refused," Feinberg said.

Feinberg's message to the KIPP community: "My dispute is not with the KIPP students, the alumni, the educators and the families."

KIPP's response:

Sehba Ali, CEO of KIPP Texas, and Richard Barth, CEO of the KIPP Foundation, said: "This is a baseless and frivolous lawsuit. Mr. Feinberg's employment was terminated last year after thorough investigations uncovered credible instances of misconduct incompatible with KIPP's values. We regret Mr. Feinberg is choosing to put the women who came forward to share painful experiences, the witnesses who supported them, and the entire KIPP community through further distress."

Restaurant Report Card: Rodent droppings, live cockroaches lead to health citations

KPRC's Bill Spencer makes his weekly rounds to restaurants in town to make sure they are keeping up to the health standards in Houston.

Click here for other Restaurant Report Card recaps.

Here's a closer look at the restaurants that Spencer reported on this week.

Click on the restaurant name to see the full reports.

Fajita Flats - 2929 Fondren Road

Violations: Found "food not safe for human consumption." Discovered mold growing on tamales in the cooler. Also found tamales, beans, charros, rice, pork, chicken and beef being stored at unsafe temperatures.

Maya International Bar And Grill - 5941 Bellaire Boulevard

Violations: Discovered two live cockroaches on the wall by the food service station.

Lucky Village Chinese Buffet - 10755 Westheimer Road

Violations: Critical violation: Discovered rodent droppings under the buffet line and also near the soda fountain station.

Flamingo Chill - 6404 Airline Drive

Violations: Discovered two live cockroaches, one on the food prep table and the other near the walk-in-cooler.

A look at 5 most expensive flood projects being worked on in Harris County

Hurricane Harvey exposed Houston's high risk of flooding.

In the wake of the storm, Harris County has taken dozens of measures to protect its citizens from being put in harm's way during future storms.

The risk of Harvey-like events could even increase in the future.

The county is "taking the challenge head-on by investing billions (of dollars) in flood control, housing and emergency preparedness," according to the Harris County Thrives website.

Click here to see the full project map By the numbers $6.8 billion in total funds expected to be used for flood mitigation projects $2.2 billion in total funds that have been allocated to date 200+ projects either active or planned to help with flood control

Here's a look at the most expensive projects in the Bayou City:

No. 5 - Rehabilitation of channels upstream of Addicks Reservoir Budget: $41.3 million

The Harris County Flood Control District began a major investigation of the current condition and capacity of all channels for which it has property rights that flow into Addicks Reservoir.

The goal of this project is to assess and repair impacts from recent flood events on channels that carry stormwater into the federal reservoirs. The project is limited to channels within Harris County and for which the Flood Control District has property rights. Rainfall within the 138-square-mile Addicks Reservoir watershed drains along 159 miles of open waterways, including Langham Creek and its major tributaries, such as South Mayde Creek, Bear Creek and Horsepen Creek.

No. 4 - Channel improvements from State Highway 249 to Willow Creek Budget: $56.1 million

This project aims to improve conveyance along HCFCD Unit M124-00-00, from State Highway 249 to Willow Creek.

Recent action:

July 30, 2019 Harris County Commissioners Court authorized a $1.6 million agreement with an energy company to adjust pipelines in connection with this project.

April 30, 2019 Harris County Commissioners Court authorized the Harris County Flood Control District to submit an application to the U.S. Department of Commerce/Economic Development Administration for a $3 million grant, with a required match of $3.5 million, for the Willow Creek Stormwater Detention Basin project.

Nov. 13, 2018 Harris County Commissioners Court approved a $901,245 agreement with an engineering firm to conduct preliminary engineering in support of this project.

Aug. 28, 2018 Harris County Commissioners Court authorized negotiations with an engineering firm for preliminary engineering and final design of this project.

No. 3 - Design and construction of Woodland Trails stormwater detention basin Budget: $63.5 million

This stormwater detention basin facilitates completion of the federal project on White Oak Bayou which could reduce the risk of flooding for 1,800 structures in the 2% floodplain.

Recent action:

Sept. 25, 2018 Harris County Commissioners Court authorized and initiated this project.

Sept. 25, 2018 Harris County Commissioners Court authorized submission of an amended application to the Texas Department of Public Safety for a grant in support of this project.

No. 2 - Schiel stormwater detention basin Budget: $87.5 million

This project is part of the Little Cypress Creek Frontier Program, which focuses on the 52-square-mile Little Cypress Creek watershed in northwest Harris County. This area, which is experiencing rapid development with the construction of the Grand Parkway, lacks sufficient natural drainage to accommodate expected growth. By collaborating with landowners and developers, the program works to identify a large-scale, mutually beneficial plan for drainage that cost-effectively maximizes stormwater mitigation, flood damage reduction and water quality, as well as opportunities for public recreational amenities and open space.

The Schiel basin project involves design and construction of a stormwater detention basin to reduce flooding risks in the Little Cypress Creek Watershed. This basin will help reduce existing flood levels and allow for future stormwater infrastructure improvements that will reduce the risk of flooding in this area.

The basin site, which is expected to include more than 580 acres, is located north of Highway 290 and west of the Grand Parkway, near the intersection of Bauer and Schiel roads, in northwest Harris County.

When complete, the basin is expected to hold a total of approximately 1.6 to 1.9 billion gallons, or between 5,000 and 6,000 acre-feet, of excess stormwater.

Recent action:

Jan. 8, 2019 Harris County Commissioners Court declared a public necessity and authorized the acquisition of three tracts of land in support of this project.

March 26, 2019 Harris County Commissioners Court approved a $2.23 million addition to a contract with an engineering firm to conduct design, bidding and construction stage engineering services in support of this project.

No. 1 - Little Cypress Creek Frontier Program Budget: $111.6 million

The Little Cypress Creek Frontier Program is one component of the Harris County Flood Control District's overall Frontier Program, which is an organized effort to plan for regional drainage infrastructure in advance of future land development.

The Little Cypress Creek Frontier Program focuses on the 52-square-mile Little Cypress Creek watershed in northwest Harris County. This area, which is experiencing rapid development with the construction of the Grand Parkway, lacks sufficient natural drainage to accommodate expected growth.

By collaborating with landowners and developers, the program is working to identify a large-scale, mutually beneficial plan for drainage that cost-effectively maximizes stormwater mitigation and water quality, as well as opportunities for public recreational amenities and open space.

Major components of the Little Cypress Creek Frontier Program plan include: Kluge Stormwater Detention Basin Zube Stormwater Detention Basin Little Cypress Creek Tributary Kleb Woods Stormwater Detention Basin Bauer-Hockley Stormwater Detention Basin Schiel Stormwater Detention Basin Recent action:

March 12, 2019 Harris County Commissioners Court approved a $1.35 million agreement with an engineering firm for additional services needed to update the master plan and provide program management and staffing in support of this project.

Jan. 8, 2019 Harris County Commissioners Court authorized negotiations with an engineering firm for the final design of this project.

Dec. 18, 2018 Harris County Commissioners Court formally accepted the Little Cypress Creek Watershed Master Drainage Plan and authorized the Flood Control District to proceed with implementation of the master plan, acquisition of right-of-way and design, and construction of stormwater detention basins and channel improvements to reduce flooding risks in the Little Cypress Creek watershed.

30,000 wishing lanterns will light up River Walk this weekend

Saturday 30,000 wishing lanterns will light up the River Walk as a symbol of hope, wishes for the future and a way to honor loved ones.

This light up the night event allows revelers to personalize lanterns before they're released into the water.

"People express themselves in ways we could not have imagined. They write on their lanterns to express grief, their aspirations for education, love, health, and harmony in their lives, and the greater good of all," said Executive Director of the San Antonio River Walk Association Maggie Thompson.

Lanterns on the Water began in 2017 with 2,500 people and grew to more than 15,000 participants in 2018.

Admission to the event is free and wishing lanterns are sold online at TheSanAntonioRiverWalk.com.

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Lanterns will also be sold at the event for $5 each, while supplies last.

Participants who attend between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. can enjoy music and dance performances at the Shops at Rivercenter lagoon or the Convention Center lagoon.

Lanterns will remain in the water until 10:30 p.m., giving guests time to enjoy the event long after the launch.

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Pickup for presale lanterns will be at the street level of 368 E. Market Street and any unclaimed pre-purchased lanterns will be launched on the purchaser's behalf, according to a press release.

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