Wayne Dolcefino and Dolcefino Consulting statement on the death of our friend Trent Seibert:

This is so unfair. Just forty-seven years old. Such a loss. Trent was a rare breed of watchdog investigative journalist. It consumed him. The fight for transparency and government honesty was like oxygen for him. He fought on the front lines for truth like few people I will ever know.

He was a friend. Such an ally in the fight against arrogance and political corruption in Houston.

In the war to preserve the public right to know he was always willing to charge up the hill next to me, whether at 13, or in recent years at my company. I cant put into words how much I will miss him.

You can read more about the life of Seibert here.

“So many memories…such an awesome colleague. Channel 13 viewers loved Ed Brandon because he was the same person on TV that he was in real life, part of the magic that was Channel 13. Ed was a key ingredient in the greatest run in what is the story of a great TV station. His death reminds us all of great memories. I mourn the death of a friend. I smile at the memories.”
– Wayne Dolcefino

You can look all the way back to the Bible and find stories of brother versus brother, but more recently sibling rivalries end up getting hashed out in sports, or courtrooms.

This week the brothers Hotze will square off in front of Harris County Judge Fredericka Phillips for control of their father’s company.

Mark, Richard and Steve Hotze are accused of trying to oust their brothers Bruce and David to gain control of Compressor Engineering Corporation, the company their dad Ernest Hotze founded back in 1964.

Court documents accuse Mark, Richard and Steve of breach of fiduciary duties and several types of fraud.

Representing the three brothers is John Zavitsanos, a Democrat whose law firm was the top contributor to Judge Phillips’ 2016 campaign. That doesn’t jive with Steve Hotze’s rhetoric of conservative and republican Christian values.

“If family values mean gypping your brothers out of the family company, I guess Steve Hotze could be called a family man,” said Wayne Dolcefino, president of Dolcefino Consulting. “Steve Hotze carries a lot of weight in Texas conservative circles. I guess they don’t know him like his own family knows him. I think it’s time Texans shined a bright light on him to see if he practices what he preaches.”

Thursday’s hearing starts at 9am in Harris County District Court.

Wayne Dolcefino to lead HCC misconduct investigation, school trustee announces (KPRC 2)

Houston Community College Trustee Dave Wilson on Thursday announced an investigation into misconduct.

Wilson said that Wayne Dolcefino will lead the investigation into the school after Chris Oliver’s recent bribery conviction.

Wilson expressed his disappointment in Oliver’s actions and felt the school needed an independent investigation for the benefit of the students.

Oliver, 53, was originally charged March 9 and pleaded guilty May 15.

HCC trustee hires consultant, lawyer to look into money troubles (Houston Chronicle)

Houston Community College trustee Dave Wilson, expressing doubt with the impartiality of the college system’s internal investigation into procurement practices, hired consultant Wayne Dolcefino and attorney Keith Gross to investigate procurement, facilities, employment and related financial matters.

Two months ago, Houston television personality Wayne Dolcefino was seriously injured in a head-on car collision on Highway 87 near Brady, Texas.

Now the Crosley Law Firm has begun the legal effort to recover damages for the serious and permanent injuries suffered by the long-time investigative reporter. A lawsuit has been filed Friday in Travis County against the driver ticketed in the crash and against AT&T, the company he works for.

“This accident is the result of gross negligence, and AT&T, through its employee, has refused to cooperate in our investigation,” says Tom Crosley. “Anyone who knows Wayne Dolcefino knows that he will fight for the truth. We are 100% committed to helping him during this process.”

Dolcefino suffered multiple fractures and head injuries in the accident, and faces his latest surgery two days after the Fourth of July Holiday.

Dolcefino has been in a wheelchair since the accident.

Dolcefino was highly decorated as an investigative reporter with KTRK TV in Houston. Since 2012 he has been operating a successful crisis management and investigative communications firm.

Tom Crosley is available for media interviews at tom@crosleylaw.com.

Wayne Dolcefino is available for media interviews at wayne@dolcefino.com.