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Easter observed with Egg hunts, Church Services

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The Easter Egg Hunt and photos with the Easter Bunny last Saturday in Jacinto City were typical of Easter celebrations for all ages, taking place from last Saturday through Easter Sunday.

At left, Mayor Ana Diaz and Constable Chris Diaz hand out candy and gifts to some of the children waiting in line for the egg hunt. At right, kids scramble to pick up the 5000 eggs provided by the city. Four of them had special prizes inside.

Religious services and Sunrise Services were also planned for this weekend.

Jacinto City Police foil gas station’s ATM burglary

The burglary was at this convenience store on Mercury Drive.

The burglary was at this convenience store on Mercury Drive.

JACINTO CITY – Police were called to the Come & Save food store and gas station at 1509 Mercury Drive last Thursday morning, when a would-be thief broke a storefront window, tied a rope around an ATM machine inside, and pulled it out into the parking area with his car.

The crime happened early in the morning, according to Jacinto City Police Chief Joe Ayala, but an alarm and video equipment brought a quick response from the Jacinto City police patrols.

The broken ATM machine.

The broken ATM machine.

On the surveillance video, the thief can be seen breaking open the ATM, and attempting to pull the cash out. Almost immediately one police cruiser arrives on the scene, and the thief enters his car and flees south on Mercury Drive. At that time, two other cruisers arrive and give chase, apprehending the thief a few blocks away. He has been identified as Gustavo Barriga, a 22 year old Hispanic male. He is currently in the Harris County jail, awaiting arraignment.

Assisting in the arrests were Jacinto City Police officers Cpl. Nieto, Sgt. S. Flores, and Officer D. Reyes. They were commended by Chief Ayala for their quick action and apprehension of the suspect.

Channelview’s student grabs spotlight, prize calf at Houston Rodeo Scramble

Channelview High School sophomore Yvette Leos hangs on tight to a calf during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Calf Scram- ble at Reliant Stadium recently. Leos wasn’t able to hang on to this calf, but ended up grabbing another one to take to the winner’s circle.

Channelview High School sophomore Yvette Leos hangs on tight to a calf during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Calf Scramble at Reliant Stadium recently. Leos wasn’t able to hang on to this calf, but ended up grabbing another one to take to the winner’s circle.

As she stepped into the dirt arena at Reliant Stadium, Yvette Leos looked up in amazement at the thousands of spectators and bright lights of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

She and 30 others took their place in the spotlight – a 3-acre spotlight, that is. Their objective: catch one of 15 calves and bring it back to the center of the arena. Her eyes watched carefully at the starter’s hat. As his hat dropped, she took off in a full sprint with her sights on catching a calf.

It was a task she truly took by the tail. However, the elusive calves had other ideas.

“On my first few attempts, I grabbed them by the tail and got dragged a good 10 yards. Then, on another attempt, I got kicked in the head to the point my ear was bleeding. I never felt a real headache until that moment,” said Leos, a Channelview High School sophomore and first-year Future Farmers of America member.

Calf scramble committee members tried to convince her to go to seek first aid, but Leos said, “I kept running away from them because I was determined I was going to catch a calf – nothing was going to stop me.”

In what Leos described as the “longest field ever,” she grabbed hold of the neck of a calf, fastened a halter on, and guided the animal into the square. “I was exhausted, but it was exciting to see the committee member’s flag go up as I pulled the calf across the line, she said. “Words cannot really explain how amazing it felt.”

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Motorcyclist killed on Market St.

Houston Fire Department cleans up the accident scene on eastbound Market Street, near the intersection with I-10 and Uvalde. A 44 year old male died when he lost control of his motorcycle after striking the curb.

Houston Fire Department cleans up the accident scene on eastbound Market Street, near the intersection with I-10 and Uvalde. A 44 year old male died when he lost control of his motorcycle after striking the curb.

NORTH SHORE – A motorcyclist died in a fatal traffic accident in North Shore.

The accident happened at 13400 Market Street, near I10 about 11:45 a.m. last Thursday morning, April 10, 2014.

According to the Houston Police Department, a 44-year-old man was driving a Honda motorcycle eastbound on Market Street when he failed to maintain a single lane and struck a curb. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

It was reported that a pickup truck may have been involved in the accident; however, there are some discrepancies, and a HPD report states that no other vehicles or individuals were involved in the accident.

North Shore boys and girls track team runs up the point total, clinch district championship

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On Thursday, April 10, 2014, the District 23-5A boys and girls track meet was held at the North Shore Senior High Ninth Grade Center track. Seven teams competed in the meet: Baytown Sterling; Beaumont West Brook; Channelview; Deer Park; La Porte; Port Arthur Memorial; and North Shore. The North Shore boys and girls track teams both won the district meet with astonishing point totals. This is the tenth year in a row for the boys’ team to win the district title.

Points are earned by placing in track and field events. In an individual event, point totals are as follows: 1st place – 10 points; 2nd place – 8 points; 3rd place – 6 points; 4th place 4 points; 5th place – 2 points; and 6th place – 1 point. In relay events, the point totals double. The boys’ team earned 248 points, 98 points more than the second place team. The girls’ team earned 221 points, defeating their closest opponent by 102 points! Multiple North Shore athletes finished in the top four in numerous events.

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The top four event qualifiers will compete in the area track meet, which will be held at Pearland High School on April 16. An astounding 19 boys and 16 girls will represent North Shore at the area meet, many in multiple events.

These athletes and their events are:

GIRLS

Aysha Anderson 300m hurdles, 100m hurdles, pole vault

Caylan Barnes – 4×100, 4×200

Teshaye Berry – 4×100, 200m dash, 4×200

Taylor Crouch – 4×400, 400m dash, high jump, triple jump

Zavier Fields – 4×400, 400m

Taelor Hanney – discus

Jukendrial Harvey – 100m

Desiree Horn – 4×100, 100m, 4×200, long jump

Deja Hughes – 4×400, 400m

Adriiana Jackson – 4×400, 800m dash

TyDesha Lewis – 4×100, 200m dash, 4×200, triple jump

Chardon Mucker – triple jump

Khala Scott – pole vault

Timara Simmons – 200m dash

Taryn Smith – 3200m run

Tarryn Surratt – 1600m run

BOYS

Bryce Alley – 4×100, 4×400, 4×200

Rasheed Corner – 4×400, 4×200 Eduardo Garcia – 1600m run, 800m run

Carl Guillory – 300m hurdles, 100m hurdles

Arno Hamilton – 4×100, 100m hurdles, long jump

Dashon Hamilton – 300m hurdles, 100m hurdles

Jalen Hart – high jump, long jump

Tristan Houston – 4×100, 100m, 4×200

John Joseph – 300m hurdles, 4×400

Robert Lewis – 4×400, 400m

Geren Mills – high jump

Zafir Murphy – pole vault

Enrique Perez – 3200m run

Kerwin Roach – triple jump

Daniel Skelton – 1600m run, 800m run

Austin Smith – discus

Keenan Sneed – 4×100, 200m, 4×200

Daven Steen – pole vault

Dionte Williams – 800m, 400m