That child molester from the Brenham area will spend many years behind bars.
23-year old Eric Alcala has been sentenced to fifteen years in prison by State District Judge Reva Toslee-Corbett.
Alcala pled guilty to the 1st degree aggravated sexual assault of a child in November and asked the judge for punishment.
Alcala’s arrest in February 2015 was widely covered. He was accused of continuous sexual assault of a child under 14.
Police say the acts continued over a two month period.
New court documents allege money was laundered to help David Fuentes win a seat on the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court.
The legal papers, filed Wednesday morning by Houston Attorney Cris Feldman, accuse Weslaco Personal Injury lawyer Ezequiel Reyna Jr. of laundering cold cash through Fuentes’ personal checking account in his 2016 Commissioners Court. Reyna is Fuentes’ uncle.
A.C. Cuellar was Hidalgo County Commissioner from 2012 through 2016 until David Fuentes won a hard-fought Democratic primary in March. Fuentes loaned his own campaign $400,000, but there is evidence the money was illegally funneled to Fuentes.
“This is sadly the latest chapter in a sordid history of unscrupulous campaign tactics in the history of Rio Grande Valley politics”, says Houston Attorney Cris Feldman. “The buck literally stops here with today’s court filing.”
The new lawsuit accuses Fuentes of failing to report tens of thousands of dollars in contributions and expenditures, part of his scheme to violate Texas election law. Reyna has been joined as a Defendant in the uncle/nephew conspiracy to secretly influence the March 1, 2016 Democratic Primary.Plaintiff's First Amended Petition and Request for Disclosure
Residents surrounding the noisy 5-acre outdoor White Oak music “mosh pit” are calling on Mayor Sylvester Turner to put the nuisance on the agenda of next week’s City Council Meeting.
In early January, Mayor Turner promised “a deep dive” to see if White Oak had violated terms of the agreement with the City of Houston. Since then White Oak has declared the City Sound Ordinance unenforceable, with their own expert stating HPD lacks the training to measure noise violations.
“It is time for City Council to act. We want Mayor Turner to detail what his investigation has shown, and what the City plans to do to protect Houstonians from noise polluters,” says Cris Feldman, Attorney for the residents. “Taxpayer’s deserve transparency and full disclosure next week.”
Wednesday, State District Judge Kristen Hawkins issued a temporary injunction against the controversial outdoor concert hall, agreeing the noise was interfering with the people living in three Houston neighborhoods.
The trial produced evidence White Oak Developers grossly misrepresented their outdoor concert plans. It also confirmed Houston City Hall approved the deal when the White Oak developers had a 2014 sound study which promised there would be lots of noise complaints if the White Oak mosh pit was approved.
“It is time the City of Houston release the names of all the developers of this ill-fated plan, and take action to stop the construction of a permanent outdoor stage,” says Feldman.
An investigation by Dolcefino Consulting and the news website San Angelo Live have finally sparked politicians in San Angelo to ask the questions they should have asked nearly three years ago!
Did Republic waste ever provide the 6.3 million dollars in promised refunds for overcharging 2,000 business customers in San Angelo?
After public records prove the City never completed an audit of the overcharging as they promised taxpayers, we now know no one from the City ever asked for the proof of refunds. Late Wednesday, San Angelo’s City Attorney’s Office confirms they have finally asked Republic for the information.
You know what Republic said! It’s confidential.
Can you imagine? San Angelo gave Republic a contract that could earn them 260 million dollars over ten years, but Republic doesn’t have to tell them if they ever refunded the money they promised to give back.
Republic cites ongoing litigation as one of the reasons they are clamming up.
The City of San Angelo is also admitting tonight they haven’t been able to find any other checks proving taxpayers ever got the money Republic had cheated from City Departments, about $100,000. Checks for only a fraction of the money can be accounted for after months of asking.
The Republic controversy is now a political issue in the Mayor’s race.
Brenda Gunter, a San Angelo businesswoman running for the office called the recent disclosures on Republic shocking, promising accountability if she wins the office and a review of the lucrative garbage deal.
“It was a contentious fight. I am shocked and I don’t understand why someone would not follow up. They gave the citizens a nod and then closed the door.” “Did we do right by the citizens and the business community. If the answer is no. We must correct it to yes.”
Councilwoman Charlotte Farmer, a supporter of the Republic deal declined to comment citing “litigation” and claimed she hadn’t seen the records we have seen.
“I informed Ms. Farmer that the records we obtained were public records, and as a City Councilwoman she had the opportunity to get the records herself, or ask the questions she apparently never bothered to ask,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of the Houston based Investigative Communications firm Dolcefino Consulting.
The Mayor and City Manager have been silent, refusing to answer questions from Dolcefino Consulting.
Dolcefino Consulting has been forced to file a formal criminal complaint to the Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, seeking phone records from five Houston School Board Members.
“Since March of 2016, we have repeatedly asked H.I.S.D Board Members to follow the same rules as elected officials all over the State of Texas,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting.
Detailed phone records of their governmental communications are clearly public records. Sadly, the HISD Board Members have refused to act as elected officials all across the state of Texas. That refusal now requires Dolcefino Consulting to pursue enforcement of the Texas Public Information Act by the newly elected District Attorney.
Texas law requires the complaint of intentional withholding to be filed against the custodians of public records at H.I.S.D, in this case Attorneys representing H.I.S.D, but Dolcefino Consulting has identified the public officials who refuse to provide the detailed records from their providers. The H.I.S.D. Board Members claim they are not required to get the records.
The Houston School Board Members identified in the complaint are Rhonda Skillern Jones, Manuel Rodriguez, Jolanda Jones, Wanda Adams, and Diane Davila.
In recent months, Dolcefino Consulting has represented neighborhoods fighting the renaming of public schools and the former Auditor of H.I.S.D, Richard Patton. Patton was fired after reporting possible illegal activities to School Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
It is important to know that H.I.S.D. School Board Member Mike Lunceford voluntarily provided phone records to Dolcefino Consulting.
The investigation of that controversial County Road 79 road deal in Colorado County is exposing new potential conflicts of interest.
Dolcefino Consulting’s investigation has already helped spark a probe by the Texas Rangers of County Judge Ty Prause. He was the swing vote when Colorado County Commissioners moved to take historic private property for a county road.
Landowner Lesley Carey took the Commissioners to court, and now hearing the latest news, has filed new court papers, questioning the Judge’s conduct. Carey hired Dolcefino Consulting to get to the bottom of the road shenanigans. While searching real estate records, we uncovered another land deal that deserves some ‘splaining.
In June of 2014, Colorado County Commissioner Doug Wessels bought some property near the coast in Matagorda, Texas. Maybe it was just a coincidence, but the seller was John Faltisek, owner of Faltisek paving, who gets lots of business from Colorado County. Three months before the real estate deal with Wessels family, Faltisek got a lucrative county contract. Over the next 2 and a half years, Faltisek was awarded more paving contracts worth three quarters of a million dollars.
Wessels wouldn’t tell us how much he paid for the property, except that it was more than the appraised value of $30,000. He also claims the property wasn’t for sale, until he called Faltisek to ask.
Sounds like something a County Commissioner might want to disclose, in public, so folks would know.
Did either John Faltisek or Commissioner Wessels ever reveal their real estate deal to taxpayers?
Nope. Wait, it gets better.
Wessels admits he did wonder about a potential conflict, but got the OK to vote anyway, and not mention it to taxpayers.
We figured Wessels probably asked the County Attorney, after all, that would be the guy elected to answer those questions and, after all, he is also the local District Attorney, you know, the guy who prosecutes ethics violations.
So did Wessels talk to Jay Johannes? Nope. Wessels asked his frequent phone pal Judge Ty Prause for conflict advice. The same guy now under scrutiny for his possible conflicts of interest.
Who knows what will happen to the Rangers probe, but it is safe to say Colorado County Commissioners have some ‘splaining to do.
They should start with a new vote, changing their mind on the road deal that’s now covered with mud.
Three times in the past few weeks Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has chosen secrecy over transparency. It is time for Houstonians to start demanding answers. It is time for Houston reporters to demand the access to records they are now being denied.
The latest example…
The widening controversy over the White Oak mosh pit, the outdoor concert hall that has become a weekly nuisance to hundreds of Houston taxpayers.
Forget what side you are on. All Houston taxpayers have a fundamental right to know how the deal went down. Here’s why.
The few documents the City of Houston has released prove the secret investors would only do the White Oak deal if City Hall promised a tax kickback of some of the revenues, a rarely used
economic deal called a 380 agreement. A million dollars of tax money may be shared with the White Oak investors, who don’t live in the neighborhood they are now assaulting.
Apparently. the Mayor thinks it is OK to pledge your money and then keep you in the dark about whether the deal was on the up and up, regardless of when it was hatched. Turner uses the ole “the deal went down before I was Mayor story.” In fact, pictures prove the Mayor has met with developers at least twice since he has been in office and knew residents were growing outraged at the school night rock shows keeping their children up.
Now the City is trying to use the complaints of residents as a pretense for hiding public records.
In a letter to the Texas Attorney General, the City complains the records should be kept secret because residents are now suing White Oak to stop the noise, and city lawyers go farther, using
complaints residents made to Houston City Council in a public session against them. That’s just wrong!
At the last City Council meeting, Turner promised his administration would take a deep dive into the 380 agreement as more City Councilmembers started rightfully questioning the deal.
Just for the record Mr. Turner, taxpayers have a right to their own deep dive, especially the families around White Oak whose tax money is being used to ruin their evenings. I don’t know
of anyone in the neighborhood that has been contacted since to offer evidence, or a time frame for this “deep dive” to be completed.
Members of City Council should demand full disclosure, and voters should wake up. This is your money.
On January 19th , Houston Attorney Cris Feldman will go to court to try to stop the noisy outdoor concerts. White Oak families are having to hold fundraisers and use their hard-earned money to
fight a battle that Mayor Turner could, if he wanted to, stop today.
A photo op while you are fixing potholes is neat Mr. Turner. Transparency is too.DC RESPONSE TO AG- RE COH TPIA JANUARY 13TH 2017 (ATTACHMENTS)
Residents living with the noise of the 5-acre White Oak mosh pit at night welcome the Mayor’s decision to take a “deep dive” into the financial deal the City of Houston made with developers
of the noisy outdoor concert hall, a deal that could give them a million dollars of your tax money.
It is a rare economic deal given just a few times a year.
While this investigation is going on, the residents of the three neighborhoods want and expect the City of Houston to deny any new permits, including the renewal of an outdoor sound permit, scheduled to expire January 28 th , 2016 and to halt construction of a permanent stage.
They also want the transparency the Turner administration has refused to provide on the White Oak deal.
In the last few days, the Turner administration has fought at least three requests for records detailing the supporting documents used to justify the City Hall deal, including e-mails and
phone records of key City Hall staff members. They want to keep them secret. Why?
“The Houston Police Department recorded more than 85 noise complaints once the outdoor concerts started on a temporary stage,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino
Consulting. “The Mayor can order release of these records today. What’s the big secret?”
Houston Attorney Cris Feldman will seek a temporary injunction against the outdoor amplified music on January 12 th, and will seek the shutdown of the outdoor amplified music, which blares
through homes like a knife until 11:00pm, even on school nights.
In the meantime, Mayor, turn over the records.
Let the sunshine in.
Residents of neighborhoods around the 5-acre White Oak music “mosh pit” will appear before Houston City Council tomorrow morning at 9:00 am to request a full investigation of the
handling of the project by the Turner administration.
“It is time for the Mayor and the District City Councilwoman protecting this assault on thousands of Houstonians to tell the public the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth,” says Wayne Dolcefino, a spokesman for people who are only seeking silent nights in their homes.
Houston taxpayers may not know it, but they are investors in the White Oak nuisance that has been created, because Houston City Hall signed a rare emergency deal to share tax money with
the developers. The 380 agreement was called an emergency when it was voted on by Houston City Council. The agreement calls for the City to be given a list of investors before handing
over any public money. The Mayor’s Office says that list does not exist.
“It appears the White Oak Music Hall has violated this agreement, and Houston City hall has been negligent in protecting taxpayers, says Dolcefino. “It is time for members of Houston City
Council to demand answers.”
In addition to documenting possible violations of the economic deal, residents have a right to know why the City of Houston has allowed White Oak to routinely operate stages without the
proper permits over the last year.
“In the last several days, Mayor Turner has sought to keep secret the very documents justifying the use of tax money on this project”, says Dolcefino. “That is wrong, and it raises questions about who is being protected and why.”
A hearing to enjoin White Oak from staging outdoor amplified concerts anymore is scheduled for court January 12 th. Residents will be available to the media after their City Hall
The Colorado County District Attorney has asked the Texas Rangers to probe the controversial County Road 79 land deal.
The move comes days after Dolcefino Consulting raised questions about the timing of real estate transactions involving the family of County Judge Ty Prause.
By now the details of this fight near Eagle Lake are becoming well known. Groups representing half a million Texans are on the side of a landowner fighting the takeover of an abandoned trail on her property for a needless extension of County Road 79.
It appears the main beneficiary of the road deal is Alleyton Resources, a big player in those parts.
That’s why the real estate transactions are raising questions.
In July of 2013, after Colorado County adopted a new road map for the county, Schindler Land and Cattle sold 77 acres worth about $600,000 to Darcy Todd Barten, former President of Alleyton. Schindler is a limited partnership of the Prause family. Prause voted on the 79 Road Deal, and never mentioned the prior real estate deal.
The timing of another real estate transaction is also being questioned by landowner Leslie Matthews Carey, who is waging a legal battle with the county over the road deal.
Matthews sued Waller County on February 9th of 2015. Records show Judge Prause offered to change his vote but then changed his mind days later. On February 24th, just days later, the Judge’s mom sold her home to Darmore, an investment company owned by Darcy Todd Barten.
The judge says the transactions have nothing to do with the 79 Road deal and that’s why phone records are important. The Judge says he couldn’t provide us phone records around the time without a subpoena for ATT.
That is one of the reasons the District Attorney is asking for an investigation.
And it is not the only real estate deal involving Colorado County officials that deserve scrutiny. Stay tuned.