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Car Care Clinic and Car Seat Check-Up event on Thursday, Apr. 17, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Northline Commons, located at 4400 North Freeway, Houston, TX, 77022.

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Community Calendar Safe Riders (child car seat education) program every Tuesday. Contact 1-800-252-8255 for more information and to register for class. HCSO Town Hall, April 8, North Shore Senior High School Auditorium 353 N. Castlegory in N.E. Harris County, 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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New Faces at HCSO P.1 Car Care Clinic P.2 HCSO Town Hall P.3 C old Case Marks 5 Years P.5

New Faces Around the HCSO

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia recently announced a new addition to the Command

Staff by welcoming Marlin Suell as the Executive Bureau’s new Assistant Chief. Assistant Chief Suell has a long, successful and decorated law enforcement career which started in 1989 as a detention officer at the Smith County Sheriff ’s Office in Tyler, Texas. There he gained valuable law enforcement experience as a patrol deputy, criminal investigator, DEA task force agent and as a supervisor. Chief Suell is joining the HCSO from the Dallas County Sheriff ’s Office, where he served as assistant chief for inmates housing from 2008 and was promoted to chief deputy of Detention and Administration in 2009. “I am extremely excited about having this opportunity to serve as part of Sheriff Adrian Garcia’s Command Staff. I am even more ecstatic

to serve the citizens of Harris County,” Chief Suell said. “The staff has made this transition from the second largest Sheriff ’s Office in Texas (Dallas County Sheriff ’s Office) to the largest Sheriff ’s Office in Texas (Harris County Sheriff ’s Office) seamless.” While at the Dallas County Sheriff ’s Office, he managed a $98 million operating budget and over 1,600 sworn, civilian and clerical personnel. “Assistant Chief Suell understands the value of customer service and team work as it relates to the public and to his employees,” Sheriff Garcia said. “I am honored that he has accepted the challenge to help me serve some of the finest public servants and the finest citizens of our great county.” Chief Suell says he is passionate about people and serving those he works and comes in contact with every day. “I hope to make a positive mark on this excellence-driven department and am eager to move forward in achieving great bounds,” he said. Chief Suell’s arrival to the HCSO is reflective of the positive changes happening in the organization. HCSO recently expanded its media relations and community engagement staff by welcoming Parisa Safarzadeh as the Social Media Manager, Naheeda Sayeeduddin as the Digital Content Specialist and Ryan Sullivan as the new Community Affairs Manager.


Monthly Crime Roundup Investigators with the Harris County Sheriff ’s Office Robbery Division have arrested and charged two men with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, and are seeking information on five other suspects, in the robbery of a pawn shop in

Is Your Car Working Up To Speed?

Having your car break down on a busy roadway is a nightmare for any driver. It can also be a safety risk for drivers and passengers involved. While the Harris County Sheriff ’s Office offers aid to stranded drivers through the Motorist Assistance Program (MAP), the HCSO wants drivers to take proactive measures to ensure their vehicles are in tip top shape to minimize the likelihood of breakdown on the road. To help drivers prepare for the upcoming road trip season, the Sheriff ’s Office, along with several community organizations, is working together to hold a free drive-thru community Car Care Clinic and Car Seat Check-Up event on Thursday, Apr. 17, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Northline

Commons, located at 4400 North Freeway, Houston, TX, 77022. After all, Maintenance Matters! AAA Texas approved auto repair shop technicians will be conducting free 38-point visual maintenance inspections for the public at the drive-thru event. Each visual maintenance inspection takes about five minutes, and event organizers will offer several lanes to get motorists through the process quickly. HCSO deputies and representatives from Safe Kids Greater Houston will also be on site to offer free car seat checks. The Car Care Clinic will be preceded by a phone bank on Wednesday, Apr. 16 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. that will allow the public to call in with car main-

tenance and car seat safety questions. English and Spanish techs will be answering callers’ questions. The public number to call for English is: (713) 866-7021 and for Spanish: (713) 866-7032. Community organizations working together to hold this event include the Harris County Sheriff ’s Office MAP, AAA Texas, Texas Department of Transportation, and Verizon Wireless with additional support provided by Houston TranStar, Safe Kids Greater Houston, Houston-Galveston Area Council, Houston METRO, SAFEClear Program, Greater Northside Management District, Northline Commons and the Houston Car Dealers Association.

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north Harris County. Robbery investigators say that Leonard Patrick and Delmond Broussard, and at least five other masked suspects, entered the Top Dollar Pawn located at 3500 block of Little York at around 2 p.m., Mar. 31. Two other suspects led the manager at gunpoint to the store safe where he was ordered to open it and empty the contents.

HCSO deputies arrested and charged three men with robbery in at least two separate robberies in west Harris County. Deputies were called to Draft Picks Sports Bar in the 17000 block of F.M. 529 at Queenston Blvd. at around 11:45 pm on Mar. 19. Deputies found bar patrons were holding down one of the suspects identified as Patrick Ridioux, after he and two other suspects punched a woman inside the bar and stole her

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TOWN HALL OUR COUNTY. OUR CONCERNS. OUR FUTURE.

HCSO To Host Community Town Hall

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to learn how the different departPublic input is a vital element in ments in the county are working to allowing the Harris County Sheriff ’s April 8, 2014 keep Harris County safe. On hand Office to better serve the commu6:00 pm8:00 pm to speak and answer questions will nity. For this, the HCSO will be be Sheriff Adrian Garcia, District holding a Town Hall on Apr. 8 from Attorney Devon Anderson, Precinct 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the North Shore 2 Commissioner Jack Morman, Senior High School Auditorium in Precinct 8 Constable Phil Sandlin, northeast Harris County . North Shore Precinct 3 Constable Ken Jones, This will be a great opportuSchool Auditorium Galena Park I.S.D. Police Chief nity forHigh residents of Harris County Bryan Clements and more. to attend and ask questions or voice 353 N. Castlegory Residents of Harris County will concerns. Residents will also get Houston, TXa chance 77049also have the opportunity to meet

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one-on-one with members of the HCSO’s Crime Prevention Unit, HCSO Explorers, Crime Stoppers of Houston and others at. This is your opportunity to tell us how we’re doing. Help us help you. Students are encouraged to attend, along with their families. Some students may even be eligible to receive extra credit for attending the town hall from participating schools.

FEATURING HCSO Mourns Fallen in Fort Hood Tragedy Sheriff Adrian Garcia D.A. Devon Anderson Commissioner Jack Morman Constable Phil Sandlin Constable Ken Jones Chief Bryan Clements

was shattered Wednesday as gunfire HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS – erupted at Fort Hood. My thoughts The Harris County Sheriff ’s Office are with the families of the fallen, mourns Wednesday’s tragic loss and their comrades in service.” of life on the base of Fort Hood, Formed in 1837, the Harris County just outside of Killeen, Texas. The Sheriff ’s Office has a rich history of thoughts and prayers of the entire employing military veterans. The HCSO family are with the soldiers, full service Military Liaison Office friends and family members affected provides care packages for deployed by Wednesday’s events. personnel, counseling sessions, Post “My thoughts are with the brave Traumatic Stress Disorder educamen and women of Fort Hood as Attend to ask questions, voice your tion, Veteran Affairs Loans certifidetails unfold regarding Wednesday’s concerns & said learn how we’re working cates, recruiting of wounded veterunspeakable tragedy,” Harris ans, assistancesafe. with living and family Countytogether Sheriff Adrian Garcia via a to keep Harris County hardship, and much more. statement. “After facing untold danOn Thursday, acting Sheriff, gers on the battlefield, our service Chief Deputy Armando Tello, men and women assume a measure offered the full support of the Harris of safety at home. That promise

County Sheriff ’s Office to the Fort Hood community in the wake of Wednesday’s shooting. See something? Say something! iWatchHarrisCounty is the HCSO’s free mobile phone app that allows the public to report suspicious persons and/or activity anonymously, anywhere, any time. For more information please visit www.iWatchHarrisCounty.com. We watch Harris County and so should you.


TOWN HALL OUR COUNTY. OUR CONCERNS. OUR FUTURE.

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April 8, 2014 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm

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North Shore High School Auditorium 353 N. Castlegory Houston, TX 77049

FEATURING Sheriff Adrian Garcia D.A. Devon Anderson Commissioner Jack Morman Constable Phil Sandlin Constable Ken Jones Chief Bryan Clements Attend to ask questions, voice your concerns & learn how we’re working together to keep Harris County safe.


HCSO’s Cold Case Division Marks 5 Years (HOUSTON, TX) – The Harris County Sheriff ’s Office Cold Case Unit is celebrating its 5th year anniversary. Since the unit was reconstituted in 2009 by Sheriff Adrian Garcia, its investigators have solved 18 cases involving 22 victims and 21 suspects. Their conviction rate is 100 percent. “I am so proud of the work of our cold case unit,” said Sheriff Adrian Garcia. “They have a tough job because in criminal investigations time is of the essence. These guys invest so much time and effort into bringing justice to those who for years have been seeking it for their loved one.” The oldest case solved was the 1979 murder of Santiago Godinez. Charges against his killer, Martin Palacios Gutierrez, were filed in 2010. Gutierrez was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2012. “We receive a great deal of inquiries from the families and friends of murder victims,” said Sgt. Eric Clegg, one of the HCSO’s two cold case investigators. “Many believe that

their loved one’s murder case is closed simply because it has been unsolved for many years. We assure them that no case will ever be closed until justice is brought. We make it clear to these folks that their loved one’s case is not forgotten and everything possible will be done in order to bring them closure. Our mission is to diligently seek justice for all that we serve.” The youngest victim among the solved cases was 19 year-old Sherri Strong. Strong was strangled to death in 1982 by her boyfriend, Manuel Richard Pena. In April 2013 Pena was sentenced to life in prison for her murder. “After receiving a guilty verdict and a life sentence in the Sherri Strong murder case, Rebecca Sweetman, our cold case analyst, and I went to a nursing home in the Woodlands to visit Sherri’s mother,” said Sgt. Clegg. “She could not attend the trial and did not know the outcome. We told her of the news and we watched her face light up as if years of sorrow

had been finally lifted. She cried and thanked us. Sherri was only 19 years old when she was murder; it had been over 30 years of waiting for the elder Strong.” “It was our way of making sure that she knew,” said Sweetman. “We felt a responsibility to make sure that she knew, that she could rest easy, that he was going to jail.” Coincidentally the nursing home where Mrs. Strong was living in was the same nursing home Sweetman’s mother had passed away in 13 years earlier. “Had that been my family, I would’ve wanted my mom to have that closure,” Sweetman adds. The oldest victim was Clarence Payne, 88. His 2004 murder was the first case to be solved by the newly reconstituted Cold Case Unit in 2009. See something? Say something! iWatchHarrisCounty is the HCSO’s free mobile phone app that allows the public to report suspicious persons and/or activity anonymously, anywhere, any time.

Community Awareness: Child Abuse April is designated as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This is a time to acknowledge all the families and communities that are working together to prevent child abuse and for them to engage in activities and strategies to prevent this kind of crime from happening; Proudly we recognize that the Sheriff ’s Office is part of this program and is going the extra mile to help and create consciousness about child abuse. This year the National Child Abuse Prevention Month is celebrating its 40th anniversary after the first federal child protection legislation was signed by President Nixon in 1974. Since then, several communities have launched their own awareness programs, bringing the people together against child abuse.

Since 1992, the HCSO has partnered with the Children’s Assessment Center (CAC) and worked hand in hand to investigate crimes against children, including sexual and physical assault. The HCSO’S Crimes Against Children Unit Investigates on average 2,000 cases per year. According to Lt. Ruben Diaz, who heads the unit, “CAC Investigators are in the business of helping those victims that are unable to help themselves. We stand for what should be most precious to us all, the children.” Continued efforts are needed to stop this kind of abuse and the HCSO is looking forward to the kickoff of this year’s Child Abuse Prevention Month and the programs it will offer to the community so that it is more prepared and educated to

help prevent this type of crime. If you believe a child is being abused you can report crimes against children anonymously using the free iWatchHarrisCounty mobile phone app or by calling Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. For more information please visit www. iwatchharriscounty.com We watch Harris County and so should you.


The HCSO Beat April 2014