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Posts published in “Day: April 15, 2015”

Police chase ends in shooting, suspect killed

Suspect lies on ground, shot after a high-speed police chase. (Photo courtesy Allan Jamail)
Suspect lies on ground, shot after a high-speed police chase. (Photo courtesy Allan Jamail)

HOUSTON — A suspect is dead after a police chase ended in a shooting Wednesday morning in the North Shore/Channelview area.

According to police, the chase started after Houston Police Officers were conducting an operation near Highway 59 and Crosstimbers when they observed a car making unsafe lane changes. The chase began after a patrol unit did a traffic stop but the driver of the blue Chrysler 300 refused to stop and chase ensued at around 10:40 a.m.

The suspect drove from the Eastex onto Beltway East, then south on the Sam Houston Tollway. Spike strips were used in an attempt to slow down the vehicle, but failed. The chase ended on Wallisville Road and N. Castlegory in Northeast Harris County where the suspect’s car crashed into a small white car. He then lost control and crashed his car into an SUV near the Wendell Ley YMCA.

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Channelview FFA auction highlights successful show

Madisyn Beach shows her Grand Champion Steer at the Channelview ISD Livestock Show at the Allen Hall Fairgrounds on April 11. Beach's steer sold for $6,000.
Madisyn Beach shows her Grand Champion Steer at the Channelview ISD Livestock Show at the Allen Hall Fairgrounds on April 11. Beach’s steer sold for $6,000.

The bids were going fast and furious between prospective buyers and students proudly showed their animals as the auction highlighted the conclusion of the 52nd annual Channelview ISD Livestock Show on Saturday, April 11.

As of press time, funds raised from the livestock sales were still being totaled. Funds from the event go toward the Channelview FFA Scholarship Fund.

The week-long event featured many livestock, horticulture and craft exhibits. In addition, the annual parade took place before the auction with the route traveling between Schochler Elementary and Channelview High School. Longtime FFA supporters and livestock show buyers Walter and Martha Tutor served as Grand Marshalls of the parade.

Of particular interest was the bidding for Madisyn Beach’s Grand Champion Steer, which earned $6,000 with Tutor Security’s winning bid. Alexis Brown’s Reserve Champion Steer also brought in quite a payday, as it was purchased by Tubular Services for $6,500.

Other major winners included:

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Stephens EKG bill passed in Texas House

AUSTIN – Nearly three years since Cody Stephens died of sudden cardiac arrest the Texas House approved HB 767. Cody wore number 76 for the Cougars, but did not have a heart screen done prior to practicing to play for Tarleton State University.

Chairmen Wayne Smith, Dan Huberty, and Sylvester Turner, enabled passage of HB767 on the third reading last Tuesday, the vote went 60 to 40. The day before it had tentatively passed 86 to 57. It was a bi-partisan effort to pass as some Republicans in the House are against any new regulations.

“This is not about somebody making a decision for the school board,” said Scott Stephens, explaining that the bill is really moving the tests performed on potential athletes into the 21st Century.

“The bill would not go into effect until the next school year, 2016-2017,” Stephens said, “that gives the U.I.L. a year to get ready.”

The bill puts the non-invasive electrocardiogram test of heart electrical activity as part of the regular check-up done on high school kids. The bill now allows parents to opt out of having the test done on their child “for any reason.”

The bill unanimously passed the House Education Committee and members of the committee stood and applauded the decision. (more…)

NORTH SHORE Rotary prepares for 40th Annual Catfish & Crawfish Boil May 16th

NORTH SHORE ROTARIAN JIM MILLS, owner of Pineforest Jewelry on Uvalde, displays the Toyota pick-up truck, which is one of the two vehicles that the winner of the Raffle can choose on May 16th. Tickets are available from any Rotarian, or at the Pineforest Jewelry store. Mills dog friend “Dutch” might be able to give you a tip on which ticket will be the lucky one.
NORTH SHORE ROTARIAN JIM MILLS, owner of Pineforest Jewelry on Uvalde, displays the Toyota pick-up truck, which is one of the two vehicles that the winner of the Raffle can choose on May 16th. Tickets are available from any Rotarian, or at the Pineforest Jewelry store. Mills dog friend “Dutch” might be able to give you a tip on which ticket will be the lucky one.

NORTH SHORE – Rotarians are busy preparing for their annual fundraiser, the 40th Annual Catfish Fry & Crawfish Boil, that will be held at the Rotary Pavilion next to the Courthouse Annex at 14350 Wallisville Road, Saturday May 16th.

This annual event brings out almost a thousand people each year, eager to try the fresh catfish and crawfish seafood meal and try to win a new car in the raffle.

This year’s prize is either a new Toyota Camry or a Toyota Tundra pick-up, courtesy of Community Toyota in Baytown. There are a total of 20 prizes in the drawing, which costs $100 to enter, and includes 2 meals with your raffle ticket. Also available are meal tickets for a $10 donation for one serving. Food will be served from 11 am to 3 pm, but come early for there is a high demand.

There will also be a entertainment, and a live auction and a silent auction, and each year about 100 unique items are up for bid. There is a lot of interest in this, due to the special types of prizes.

North Shore Rotary uses the proceeds from the event to fund community projects all year long, including youth projects, scholarships, and international projects.

Major Sponsor this year is the Holiday Inn East. Come and have a good time, plenty of free parking.

NORTH CHANNEL CHAMBER: Mattress Mack speaks at luncheon

mattress mackI’ve known Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale since about 1980, when we both arrived in Houston from “up north” — he Dallas, me Pennsylvania. Over the years, I have heard him speak dozen of times, yet I never tire of his message, and his delivery. His energy, dedication, and focus is amazing for a man with 300 employees, and major health problems.

His message is about hard work as the key to success, and the importance of the customer and his or her interests.

Over the years, his “stump speech” has been refined, and now it is not just about his life’s story of creating a successful business, but more about the trials, challenges, and triumphs he and his family faced along the way, and the importance of relationships.

Do you know anyone else as optimistic, with a big smile, who has had their building set on fire by an arsonist, undergone major heart surgery, and had a daughter with a serious debilitating disease, OCD?

Mack paced the stage of the San Jacinto Monument Room last Friday, as he told his story to an enthralled room of Chamber members and guests.

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Texas: Botsky’s

botskys hot dogBy Russell A. Graves

The menu speaks volumes: MacDaddy & Cheese, Slawdog Millionaire, and other fun and catchy names hint at the fun you’ll have in this downtown Lake Charles, Louisiana eatery long before the hot dogs are delivered to your table.

This unique eatery does one thing and does it remarkably well. They specialize in hot dogs.

I parked just down the block on Pujo Street and headed west towards the place and one of the first things I noticed was the simple sign hung from the vintage building’s facade. It features a mythical creature: the jackalope.

This is my kind of place.

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