5 things Houstonians need to know for Wednesday, September 22



Here are things to know for Wednesday, September 22:

1. Houston Police Union Calls for Judge to Resign After Low Bond Man Shoots Two HPD Agents

The president of the Houston Police Officer’s Union is calling for the resignation of a Harris County judge after allowing a repeat offender, who has since been accused of shooting two Houston police officers, out of jail.

Deon Ledet is accused of killing senior police officer William “Bill” Jeffrey, a 30-year veteran of the department. The other officer, Sgt. Michael Vance, has been shot several times and is in stable condition. It could take him months to recover.

“He must have integrity to resign,” said HPOU chairman Doug Griffith. “Until he decides to step in and explain himself, we will continue to pursue him. I will actively seek out people who will come forward against him.

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2. Mayor Turner fires housing manager who accused him of “parody” of tender process

Mayor Sylvester Turner on Tuesday fired his director of housing and community development after accusing the mayor of a “masquerade” bidding process to funnel city money to a particular developer.

“Unfortunately, I have reached a point where I can no longer respond to this administration’s tenders for this development,” said Tom McCasland at a committee meeting on Tuesday morning.

At one point during McCasland’s explosive remarks, there was an audio and video interruption to the public stream of the town reunion.

A spokesperson for the mayor said the issue was a technical difficulty and unintentional.

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3. Former doctor accused of stealing COVID vaccines is now suing Harris County

After months on the defensive, Dr Hasan Gokal went on the offensive on Tuesday morning.

“Well, I hope we can finally right some of the wrongs that have happened along the way,” Gokal said in an interview with KPRC 2 Investigates.

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Gokal is suing his former employer, Harris County and Harris County Public Health.

“From the start, I was never asked what had happened. I have been charged. These are unfair things for anyone to experience, ”Gokal said.

Gokal’s team has filed a 14-page complaint in which they ask for monetary relief of more than $ 1 million in response to everything he has endured since January.

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4. Houston man pleads guilty to federal charges for fraudulently obtaining $ 1.6 million in P3 loans

A Houston man pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges for securing more than $ 1.6 million in loans from the Paycheck Protection Program, designed to help struggling small businesses pay their employees and stay on. flooding during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lee Price III, 30, submitted two fraudulent PPP loan applications to two different lenders on behalf of 713 Construction LLC and Price Enterprises Holdings LLC, according to court documents. The loan application for 713 Construction LLC was submitted on behalf of a deceased person shortly before the application was filed, according to court documents.

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Price received more than $ 1.6 million in PPP loans through the combination of the two loan applications, according to court documents. He falsely represented the number of employees and the payroll costs in each of the PPP loan applications, prosecutors said. Price also submitted fraudulent tax records and other documents, prosecutors said.

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5. Texas ban on school mask warrants sparks federal investigation for possible violation of rights of students with disabilities

The federal government is investigating the Texas Education Agency after estimating that its guidelines banning mask warrants in schools last week could “prevent school districts across the state from considering or meeting the needs of students with disabilities.”

The US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights launched the investigation on Tuesday, just days after the TEA quietly updated its public health guidelines. The state agency said on Friday that school districts again cannot demand face coverings, citing that the courts are not blocking Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order banning local mask warrants.

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The agency did not immediately respond to the request for comment or indicate how or if it would implement the order or whether every school district in the state had been notified of the change.

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