Two people were arrested last Saturday by West Columbia police and the Brazoria County Sheriff’s department for the theft of a precious jewel from the historic Varner-Hoff Plantation Historic Site in West Columbia.
Arrested for the alleged theft were Carla Fuentes, 26, of Freeport, and Tirso Miguel Perez, 24, of Highlands, TX. Court records show that Perez has a history of as many as 13 theft convictions.
The pair tried to sell the brooch at a jewelry store, but the owner recognized the piece and called police. (more…)
A man died on July 30 in an accident that Harris County Sheriff’s Accident Investigators say may be related to speed. Witness indicate a 2004 Mazda 6 in the 13,500 block of US 90 at 2:00 a.m. was going over 100 m.p.h. and the witnesses could not indicate a reason for the speed. Investigators determined that the car had yawed leaving the highway then rolled end over end and then side to side before coming to rest on the roadside. Deputies determined that Juan Clemente-Mejia was ejected from the vehicle and that he was the sole occupant and the only person injured. There were no signs of life when he was found and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
HOUSTON, TX — Congressman Gene Green will be hosting his Annual Immunization Day on Saturday, August 11, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at North Shore Senior High School (Galena Park ISD), 353 North Castlegory, Houston, TX 77049. In addition to providing free immunizations for children, the event will give parents an opportunity to speak with Congressman Green about preventive health initiatives.
“Immunizations are one of the most important disease prevention steps we can take to protect our children,” said Green. “This is a great opportunity for children to get the shots they need for school at no cost.”
Parents are encouraged to bring their child’s immunization record to ensure that all necessary shots are received.
AUSTIN — July 25, 2018 — Whether you’re in need of book bags, blackboard chalk or bell-bottom pants, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding shoppers they can save money on those and certain other items during the state’s sales tax holiday. This year, the sales tax holiday is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-12.
The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced below $100 from sales tax, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend.
“As Texas families begin the process of replacing their beach bags with book bags, Texas’ sales tax holiday is the perfect opportunity to save some money on the supplies families need before the school bell rings,” Hegar said. “As a dad to three young children, I know how these expenses can add up.”
Lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller’s website at TexasTaxHoliday.org.
THE GALENA PARK/JACINTO CITY ROTARY CLUB held their annual installation of officers last Friday night at the home of Maria Rodriguez. Pictured above are District installing officer Derrill Painter, President Elect Marcos Ramos, new President Jennifer Ledwith, Past President Bryan Clements, Interact Director Maria Rodriguez, Secretary Ernesto Paredes, and Treasurer Eileen Brightwell. Not pictured President designate Juan Flores.
Bryan, TX — Disaster City — Monday, July 23, 2018 — Galena Park Fire Chief Paul Gregory took a group of his firefighters to Texas A & M College Station, which is in its 89th year of Fire Training and Emergency Responders Training, to upgrade emergency responders’ training and certification.
Chief Gregory, one of five hundred instructors there, said, “There’s about 1,800 emergency responders here from all over Texas who’ll have five days of extensive training and testing in various fields of firefighting, emergency rescue, hazardous materials and Emergency Medical Training.”
Disaster City is located in College Station, on a 52-acre training facility that delivers the full array of skills and techniques needed by today’s emergency response professionals. The site has a building collapse area, rubble pile area, technical skills training area, and a transportation disaster training area, to name a few. The training is realistic, large-scale, and hands-on, and attracts more than 45,000 emergency responders from all 50 states and more than 45 countries each year. (more…)
The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office and Crime Stoppers need the public’s assistance in providing any information regarding a fire at the ISGH Northshore Mosque, located in the 13800 block of Brownsville St, Houston, TX 77015.
The incident occurred on July 19 at approximately 4:30 a.m. An unidentified person or persons placed ignitable liquid on door of the mosque and set the door on fire. The fire was limited to the door because of the quick actions of the grounds keeper.
Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office fire investigators also found a car owned by a mosque leader with all four tires slashed. Investigators believe both incidents are related.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to felony charges or an arrest of the suspect(s) in this case. Information may be reported by calling (713) 222-TIPS (8477) or submitting tips online at www.crime-stoppers.org. All tipsters remain anonymous.
HOUSTON, Texas – The Washburn Tunnel will be closed for 10 days, beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, July 23rd to 7 a.m. on Thursday, August 2nd . During this time, crews will be conducting in-depth maintenance to the Tunnel lining, as part of the Washburn Tunnel Concrete Repairs project.
Drivers are reminded to use alternate routes during the closure. Alternate routes include I-610 East Loop Freeway, Sam Houston Parkway, and Highway 146.
“The Tunnel is nearly 70 years old, and this maintenance has to take place as necessary from time to time to keep it safe and sound,” said Commissioner Jack Morman.
JACINTO CITY, TX. – Tuesday, July 10, 2018 – About 100 patrons at the 60 year old Jacinto City Café were surprised when Lupe Valdez, Democratic Party Gubernatorial candidate, dropped in for lunch along with State Senator Sylvia Garcia.
The locals crowd in for breakfast and lunch daily, except for Sundays, ordering off the full menu. The café is well known for its good prices and home-style cooked food served from the steam table, bringing in daily about 200 people from the Jacinto City, Galena Park and North Channel area.
The 2018 Texas gubernatorial election will take place on November 6, 2018 to elect the Governor of Texas, concurrently with the election of one Texas’s U.S. Senate seat, as well as other congressional, state and local elections throughout the United States and Texas. Incumbent Republican Governor Greg Abbott is running for re-election to a second term in office and will face Democrat Lupe Valdez, the former Sheriff of Dallas County, as well as Libertarian Mark Tippetts, a former member of the Lago Vista city council.
JACINTO CITY – Police were called to a home in the 11000 block of Verano Street last Thursday, July 12th at about 1:30 pm. What at first seemed like a missing child report on two grandchildren, called in by a frantic grandmother, developed soon into a much more horrendous crime.
At 2:20 pm a shooting was heard in the 14000 block of Edgeboro Street in the Sheldon area, near the intersection of old US90 and Beltway 8.
At that location, authorities discovered the bodies of the two missing children, Phillip Bernal, 12, and Sarah Wolfe, 8. They were in the back yard of a family home. Also in the yard was the body of the father, Cimarron Wolfe, 38, who was dead of a self-inflicted gunshot.
Harris County Sheriff ’s investigators reported that the father had shot and killed the two children before killing himself. They said that the apparent motive was a domestic argument in the family. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said “It’s definitely a dark day here in Harris County, another situation of family violence. This happens too often and it’s very sad and unfortunate.”
A new Emergency Treatment facility has opened on Beltway 8 East, near Wallisville Road.
A ribbon cutting was held on Monday of this week, to officially open the facility known as “HCA Houston ER-24/7.” The Emergency Room is part of the Bayshore Medical Center, an HCA affiliated hospital.
HCA decided not to reopen their full service hospital, East Houston Medical Center on I-10, after it flooded last year with several feet of water over the first floor. This ruined all the medical equipment, making it too expensive to reopen, and with no guarantee it wouldn’t flood again, according to Jeanna Bamburg, CEO of Bayshore Medical Center.
The new ER is for minnor emergencies, with lab, radiology, and treatment rooms. It is staffed 24 hours, 7 days a week, with doctors and nurses. Major problems can be transferred to Bayshore Hospital. The ER-24/7 is located on the frontage road southbound, and can be reached from the Beltway or Wallisville Road. The official opening was Monday, and the staff is now treating all types of medical problems.