K9s4COPS Fundraiser Attracts Dogs and Big Donors
October 28, 2011

Generous Houstonians opened their hearts and their wallets Thursday night at a fundraiser benefitting a non-profit group that supports local law enforcement.

K9s4COPS is composed of people who donate their time and effort to provide police agencies with a well-trained canine companion that can assist in crime fighting.  The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is a recipient of the group’s  generosity.

Founder KK Schiller says she started the organization after seeing  a sad story on the news about a sheriff’s deputy whose four-legged partner was killed by two burglary suspects the police dog was chasing.

Like many  departments, the HCSO does not always have enough resources to purchase and train dogs.

During Thursday night’s event, two King Shepherd puppies were auctioned for more than $70,000.  Overall, the successful event raised more than half a million dollars.

Guests for the evening included: Mayor Annise Parker, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia and special guest, private investigator Bill “Wild Bill” Stanton.

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Steelers Quarterback Gives Donation to K-9 Unit
October 4, 2011

STEELERS QB CONNECTS WITH HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE FOR BIG GAIN

 (news release from Sheriff’s Office) 

(HOUSTON, TX) — The Houston Texans came out as top dogs in their gritty football game Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has now racked up an impressive statistic with the Sheriff’s Office and the law-abiding public in the Houston area.

Through his charitable foundation, “Big Ben” donated $9,000 that will be used to provide the Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit with a dog trained in narcotics detection and patrol assistance. The gift will add a 16th dog to the team.

Two days after cheering the Texans’ victory, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia expressed thanks and cheered today for the 6-foot-5 quarterback’s big heart.

“Ben Roethlisberger scored big on the field that matters most to me – keeping Harris County safe!,” said Garcia, a Houston native who has rooted for the Texans and Oilers to triumph over the Steelers for years. “Increasing the number of K-9s that can detect drugs, bombs and hidden humans has been important in my effort to keep our community as crime-free as possible.”

“Maybe it helps that we both wear Black and Gold!” Garcia added, referring to the Steelers and Sheriff’s Office uniform colors.

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation distributes grants to police and fire departments in Pittsburgh and the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers this season. The Foundation invited law enforcement agencies in the nine cities to submit proposals detailing their needs.

The foundation worked through The Giving Back Fund and K9s4cops of Houston to provide the funds to the Sheriff’s Office. The donation of a dog acquired with Roethlisberger funding will be submitted for approval by Harris County Commissioners Court. K9s4cops donated dogs to the Sheriff’s Office in April.

(KK Schiller is the founder of K9s4Cops)

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Harris County Sheriff’s Office Busts Alleged Church Thief
June 13, 2011

HCSO: Thief prays with sticky fingers

(news release)

 

(HOUSTON, TX) – A woman has apparently been caught on video breaking the Eighth Commandment while at a Sunday church service; investigators with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) believe there may be more victims.

God and a camera were watching Cynthia Gonzalez, aka Cynthia Martinez, as she allegedly stole from a woman’s purse after the woman got up to receive communion. HCSO investigators say this was a frequent practice for Gonzalez as she’s ‘prayed’ on parishioners at several area churches.

 

Gonzalez has been charged with credit/debit abuse related to another church theft case in April and has been released on bond. Charges related to the case on video are pending. Gonzalez has a history of financial crimes in Harris County and Galveston County dating as far back as 1991. 

HCSO investigators would like to clear more similar cases. Victims who have had their property stolen while at church service are urged to call the HCSO’s Burglary and Theft unit at 713-967-5770.

Video of Gonzalez can be found at www.youtube.com/hcsotexas

Donated K-9 Deputies Report For Duty At Harris County Sheriff’s Office
April 7, 2011

 HCSO’S NEWEST K-9 DEPUTIES   

(HOUSTON, TX) – The Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) welcomes four of its newest members – K-9 Deputies Boomer, Fozzie, Mikey and Tamara.

On April 5, Commissioner’s Court approved the donation of the animals from K-9’s 4 Cops, a nonprofit organization that provides law enforcement agencies with specially trained canines. The K-9 deputies are highly trained dogs that can detect controlled substances, explosives, suspects, and missing or lost people.

“This is a tremendous donation,” said Sheriff Adrian Garcia. “With current budget constraints we are extremely grateful to K-9’s 4 Cops for the addition of these newest members to the HCSO. These trained dogs are valuable partners to our law enforcement community.”

The donation consists of two Belgian Malinois, one giant Schnauzer and one German Shepherd and brings the HCSO K-9 units to a total of 13.

A big thank you to K-9’s 4 Cops!

(FROM 2 ON THE BEAT)

K-9;s 4 Cops is the brainchild  of Houston socialite Kristi Hoss Schiller.  (pictured with Sheriff Garcia and former Harris County Judge Rocke Eckels)  Kristi has brains, beauty and a big heart for taking on such an important project.

 

Harris County Sheriff Seeking Help With Unsolved Murder
March 17, 2011

(HOUSTON, TX) – Investigators with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Cold Case Unit need the public’s help in solving the 1987 murder of a Katy-area real estate agent.

On Friday, November 6, 1987, Ester Collins was working as a sales representative for Standard Pacific Homes. At approximately 4:15 p.m., Mrs. Collins was found bound and stabbed to death inside a model home at 22307 Kent Falls Dr. in the Cornerstone subdivision. Ms. Collins, 35, was the mother of two.

Anyone with information about the killer(s) in this case is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS (713-222-8477) or the HCSO’s Cold Case Unit at 713-967-5911.

This is one of several cold cases that the HCSO is featuring every week in hopes of gathering new information that may help solve them. For many of these cases, there is very little information, so investigators are relying solely on the public’s tips.

TWENTY-YEARS-OLD NEW YEAR’S EVE MURDER REMAINS UNSOLVED
December 31, 2010

 (News Release from HCSO)

(HOUSTON, TX) – Investigators with the HCSO’s Cold Case Unit need your help in solving a New Year’s Eve capital murder that happened ten years ago.

 It was Monday, Dec. 31, 1990. Tilmer Avery was at his apartment at 717 Richcrest Dr. in north Harris County celebrating the incoming year with family. About 10:30 p.m., four men armed with guns forced their way into the apartment. Mr. Avery, 46, was shot and killed and the apartment was ransacked.The suspects were described only as black males in their teens or early 20’s. They fled the scene in a dark pickup truck.Anyone with information about the attackers in this case is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS (713-222-8477) or the HCSO’s Cold Case Unit at 713-967-5911.

This is one of several cold cases that the HCSO is featuring every week in hopes of gathering new information that may help solve them. For many of these cases, there is very little information, so investigators are relying solely on the public’s tips.

  

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