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Houston Transgender Woman Files Lawsuit After Landlord Barricades Apartment Door!

Houston Transgender Woman Files Lawsuit After Landlord Barricades Apartment Door!

A Montrose Transgender Woman Barricaded Inside Her Montrose Apartment By Landlord Has Filed A Lawsuit

(HOUSTON) — A transgender woman in Houston has filed a civil lawsuit against her landlord and management company after  they barricaded the woman in her Montrose area apartment, legal documents state. The woman had recently filed an appeal for wrongful eviction.

Included in the civil action filed in Harris County; False Imprisonment, Wrongful Eviction, Emotional Distress, and Retaliation. The lawsuit seeks more than $75,000.

According to the lawsuit, the transgender woman is identified as Ms. Gutierrez. Gutierrez was home in Montrose watching television on or around February 24, 2015 when a maintenance man arrived and started building a three-sided enclosure over her front door.

The court records describe the landlord as Norman Stettner. A maintenance man directed by Stetter, placed an 4×9 piece of plywood over the front door of Ms. Gutierrez’ rented unit. The maintenance man proceeded to nail shut and barricaded the door with garbage cans, the lawsuit details.

Ms. Gutierrez placed a call to Houston 911 services, where Houston Police and Houston Firefighters arrived and removed the barricades, allowing Ms. Gutierrez to be freed.

Stetter Industries Inc., has denied all allegations in a filed legal response. The case is currently set for trial.

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Individual Diagnosed With Meningitis After Bunnies On The Bayou

Individual Diagnosed With Meningitis After Bunnies On The Bayou

An Individual Who Attended Easter Weekend’s Bunnies On The Bayou In Houston Has Been Diagnosed With Meningococcal Meningitis According To Health Officials!

(Houston) – An individual who attended Bunnies on the Bayou  on Easter Sunday has been diagnosed with Meningococcal Meningitis, the City of Houston’s Health Department announced late Saturday. Health officials and Bunnies on the Bayou are in the process of notifying attendees.

‘There may be unrecognized cases who were in close contact with this person,’ a e-mail released to the LGBT community from Bunnies on the Bayou explains. ‘This is an example of public health in action in order to prevent further cases.’

“The City of Houston Health Department contacted us about one person who was confirmed and treated,” Josh Beasley, board member for Bunnies on the Bayou explained to About News. BOTB is an non-profit, and one of Houston’s oldest and most prestigious organizations that raises money to help many different LGBTQ charities.

“To our knowledge, this is the first time in 40 years something like this has happened,” Beasley says.

Meningococcal meningitis is a rare but serious infection that can be fatal or cause great harm without prompt treatment. As many as one out of five people who contract the infection have serious complications.

Each year, approximately 1,000 people in the U.S. get meningococcal meningitis, which includes meningitis and septicemia (blood infection).  According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 15% of those who survive are left with disabilities that include deafnessbrain damage, and neurological problems.

“The epidemiologist said there was a lower risk of transmission in this case, but asked if we would email information out just in case,” Beasley said.

The symptoms include sudden onset fever, headache and stiff neck. Nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, and confusion are also symptoms. Symptoms may appear quickly or over several days, typically within 3-7 days after exposure. The virus is not spread by causal contact nor is it airborne.

Officials ask if you have experienced any of the above symptoms please contact your health care provider immediately. For any questions or concerns you may also contact the Houston Health Department at 832-393-5080.



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Vehicle Recovered In Case Of Gay University Of Houston Student!

A Houston news outlet is reporting the 2016 Orange Jeep Renegade of missing University of Houston student An Vinh Nguyen as been recovered and in the custody of law enforcement.

Harris County Sheriffs Department Was Holding The Vehicle Of An Vinh Nguyen At Their North Side Impound Lot Since Last Week.

HOUSTON — A Houston news outlet is reporting the 2016 Orange Jeep Renegade of missing University of Houston student An Vinh Nguyen has been recovered and in the custody of law enforcement authorities.

According to KTRK-13Detectives would not reveal where they discovered the Jeep or what condition it was in at the time.’ But admitted it has been in their possession for about a week, Nguyen’s family gave consent to search it.

KTRK-13 reporters spotted the vehicle on Wednesday in the sheriff’s impound lot on the north side of Houston.

It has been over two weeks since the University of Houston student disappeared.

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Investigation Into Missing Gay Houston Student Sheds No New Details

Investigation Into Missing Gay Houston Student Sheds No New Details

The Investigation Into A Gay University of Houston Student Missing For More Than 11 Days Sheds No New Details.

(HOUSTON) — It’s been more than eleven days since An Vinh Nguyen, a 27-year old University of Houston student, and a member of the Houston LGBTQ+ community went missing. The mysterious disappearance has left family and community members in a state of shock.

Harris County Sherriff’s Department, the lead law enforcement agency investigating Nguyen’s disappearance, tells About News the case is a ‘priority,’ even though community and family members do not feel the same. Texas-based Equusearch, a missing person’s non-profit has joined the search.

Nguyen, a student at the Hilton School of Restaurant and Hotel Management at the University of Houston, was last seen on the evening of Friday March 31, 2017.Investigation-Into-Missing-Gay-Houston-Student-Sheds-No-New-Details Investigation Into Missing Gay Houston Student Sheds No New Details

“He made us fish tacos,” Bobby Johnson, a friend and co-worker stated. “He left my home about 10:30 to work on a paper.” That was the last time Nguyen was seen. According to Johnson, Nguyen did not show up for work on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Ella Eye’s in Tomball, Texas.

The last call placed from Nguyen’s cell phone was to a man in Houston on business from New York. Calls and text messages to the phone from About News have gone unanswered.

Volunteers last week canvased the Montrose and Midtown area with missing person flyers hoping to gather any new information. Until Nguyen’s car is found, “We don’t know whether to go east, west, north, south or what,” Equusearch search operations director Frank Black said.

Nguyen’s orange 2016 four-door Jeep Renegade has not been located, and family say there has been no activity on his banking account or Harris County EZ tag pass since March 30, 2017.

Nguyen’s cell phone has been off since his disappearance. Sheriff’s official would not reveal if investigators had ‘pinged’ Nguyen’s last known location of his phone. Black said Nguyen has been described as “dependable” and that his phone is off, which is unusual. The car didn’t have a tracking device. “We’ve got a big concern,” he said.

Officials ask anyone with information about Nguyen’s whereabouts to contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office or Texas EquuSearch at 281-309-9500.

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