The money was supposed to go to a charity that would pay for neighborhood events, but instead, prosecutors said, the longtime East End law enforcement official who created the nonprofit group more than 20 years ago gambled it away.
Harris County Precinct 6 constable Victor Trevino was indicted almost two years ago on several charges accusing him of financial misconduct, but details of the accusations finally were revealed Friday in a Harris County courtroom where the constable is on trial.
The details portray a lawman well-known in his community and a regular fixture at outreach events - including National Night Out and a pre-Halloween Fall festival - to be the same man who became a criminal, taking money from an organization he said was designed to help the people he served.
Among the accusations outlined by Assistant Harris County District Attorney Bill Moore was that Trevino diverted thousands of dollars from his charity for his own personal use, including cashing checks for cash to play slot machines with his wife at a Louisiana casino and to buy Lotto tickets.
During opening statements at Trevino's trial, Moore said the constable directed his bookkeeper to forge the signature of someone from the charity who is authorized to sign them.
The Constable's Athletic Recreational and Education Events Inc., a nonprofit Trevino remains president of, has delivered flowers to constituents on Mother's Day and put on boxing matches to benefit disadvantaged youth, Moore said.
Yesterday, Thursday, October 30, 2014, 2 hours ago
[...] order, her comments turned to the crash that killed Harris County Deputy Jesse Valdez. "Ms. Anderson is going to have to explain why - while she's accusing me of allowing drug dealers to run free - she, in fact, cut a sweetheart deal with someone who went out and killed a police officer," Ogg said at her campaign headquarters. Ogg's assertion that Anderson's office did not prosecute the accused driver - who was recently released from prison on parole - more severely in a 2013 methamphetamine case, drew scorn from the incumbent and outrage from local police unions. Officers of the Houston Metro Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 98, whose members include law enforcement who patrol the city's bus and rail operations, decided on Thursday to pull back their endorsement of Ogg. Ray Hunt, president of the Houston Police Officers' Union, posted a message on the organization's Facebook page on Thursday morning offering condolences to the Valdez family and Harris County deputies, but denouncing Ogg for "using this incident as a desperate attempt at political gain on the very day a family lost a loved one."
Yesterday, Thursday, October 30, 2014, 2 hours ago
Suspect crossed into oncoming traffic, police say, and collided with patrol car The friends of a Harris County Sheriff's Office deputy gathered Thursday night for a vigil near the scene of the fatal crash in which he was killed, hours after a judge declined to set bail for a woman accused of killing Deputy Jesse Valdez III. By contrast, Kelly Jo Ivey, 29, wearing a bright yellow jail uniform and sitting a wheelchair, said little while listening to prosecutors outline the allegations against her to state District Judge Denise Collins. Ivey has been charged with possession of methamphetamine for drugs found in her car after the fatal collision with Valdez on the county's east side. The prosecutor said Ivey, who was on parole after being released from prison earlier this month after being convicted of drug possession, remains under investigation until toxicology reports are completed.
Yesterday, Thursday, October 30, 2014, 3 hours ago
Ayahna's body weighed just 14 pounds when discovered in the southwest Houston apartment of her mother, 35-year-old Amber Keyes. The medical examiner's office ruled the death a homicide because of the evidence of neglect the girl had suffered, Bentley said. Doctors look for signs of child abuse, and that takes longer. After the discovery of Ayahna's body, CPS workers took custody of her younger sister and placed her with a relative of the girl's father. The girl's father, Armand Comb, who did not live with Keyes, said the medical examiner's ruling left him even more worried and confused.
Yesterday, Thursday, October 30, 2014, 5 hours ago
A Klein Independent School District student is facing expulsion after allegedly bringing a gun to school, officials said Thursday.
A tip from a student to administrators at Klein Forest High School lead to the search of the campus at 11400 Misty Valley and the discovery of a loaded pistol, officials said.
In a statement released Thursday, district officials said "appropriate student disciplinary action" has been taken but because of privacy issues could not elaborate.
However, state law mandates expulsion if a student is in possession of a firearm on school grounds.
Yesterday, Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6 hours ago
By the end of the attack, Beard had bitten through his tongue and suffered chipped teeth, a broken nose, a black eye and lacerations to the knees and elbows.
The Baytown Police Department's lack of response to the assault prompted activist Quanell X to hold a press conference Thursday, claiming they have been negligent in the case by allegedly ignoring witnesses, refusing statements and openly insulting Beard, all because he is gay.
Why won't you pick on some men who you know will fight you back? said the activist, gesturing to Beard's bruised eye and chipped tooth.
Whether you agree or disagree with his sexual orientation, or not, it does not give anyone the right to treat him like he's less than a human being and rob him of his human and civil rights.
Freed said that a police report was filed, and a citation for misdemeanor assault was filed against the main female attacker.
Yesterday, Thursday, October 30, 2014, 7 hours ago
City Attorney David Feldman said he will try to meet with the responsible parties before pursuing legal action, as he has in several other similar cases over the last few years.
Mayor Annise Parker's administration has made a habit of pursuing those who illegally remove trees on public land or public right of way, recovering $750,000 for the city in four cases.
Yesterday, Thursday, October 30, 2014, 8 hours ago
The offer required he plead guilty to a class C misdemeanor and retire, in exchange for dropping four felony indictments on charges that include misapplication of fiduciary property and tampering with a public document.
The investigation that led to the indictment found that a captain at Precinct 6 signed blank checks from the charity's bank account and that the signature appears to have been forged on other checks tied to that account.