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Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary hosts Scholarship Award Ceremony

Galena Park High School scholarship winners with school principal Tony Gardea, Superintendent Dr. Angie Williams, Assistant Director for Maintenance I.A. “Abby” Abou-Awdi, and Rotary President Maria Rodriguez.

Galena Park High School scholarship winners with school principal Tony Gardea, Superintendent Dr. Angie Williams, Assistant Director for Maintenance I.A. “Abby” Abou-Awdi, and Rotary President Maria Rodriguez.

The Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary Club celebrated 28 Galena Park High School graduating seniors by presenting them with college scholarships ranging from $500.00 to $1,500.00.

Small Club President of the Year for Rotary District 5890, Maria D. Rodriguez, and Club Secretary Ibrahim Abou-Awdi were joined by District Governor Lisa Faith Massey, GPHS Principal Tony Gardea, and GPISD Superintendent Dr. Angie Williams in presenting each student with monetary recognition of their determination and hard work.

The Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary Club is open to membership from business owners and other interested community members. They meet weekly at 12 noon for lunch at the Alvin D. Baggett Community Building, 1302 Keene St., Galena Park TX 77547. Lunch is $10.00. The fundraising work of the small club of Galena Park/Jacinto City is reflected in the awarding of these 28 scholarships. Congratulations to all involved.

MAYOR’S SON ARRESTED FOR CHILD PORN

SERGIO JESUS MOYA

SERGIO JESUS MOYA

GALENA PARK – Early on the morning of Friday, May 29 a police task force from the Houston Police Department raided a house on 9th Street, They arrested the occupant, Sergio J. Moya, and confiscated several computers, according to authorities.

The Galena Park Mayor’s son, Sergio J. Moya, age 26, was charged with three counts of possession of child pornography, and housed in the Harris County jail. His bail was set at $70,000 for the three counts, and on Monday morning he had a hearing before Judge Brock Thomas in Criminal Court No. 338. At that time, represented by attorney Chip Lewis, he was released on bond and ordered to appear at the next hearing on Friday, July 17th.

Moya had been employed for about a month, as a dispatcher for the Precinct 2 Constable’s office, and as an unpaid Reserve Deputy Constable, but after the arrest he was fired by Pct. 2 Constable Chris Diaz. Ironically, Moya had completed police training at the Academy, where Diaz had presented him his certification.

No details of the charges have been made public at this time.

In an interview with the media on Friday, May 29, Mayor Esmeralda Moya emphasized that her son was cooperating with authorities, and that some details of the public charges were not correct. She claimed he did not own any computers and questioned the charges against her son. She pointed out that the raid was not at her house, contrary to some reports, and that her son lived in a house next to hers.

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Controversial Galena Park contracts tabled without action by Council

GALENA PARK COUNCIL MEMBERS decided to table the two contracts that were on the Agenda of the Special Meeting called for Friday, May 29 at 3 p.m.

GALENA PARK COUNCIL MEMBERS decided to table the two contracts that were on the Agenda of the Special Meeting called for Friday, May 29 at 3 p.m.

GALENA PARK – A special Executive Session of the City Commission was called for Friday, May 29 at 3:00 p.m. for the purpose of “discussing personnel matters regarding an employment contract for the City Administrator and the Chief of Police.”

The impetus for the employment contracts had been the result of a negative vote in May on these two provisions in the City Charter Amendment election.

City Administrator Robert Pruett, and Chief of Police Jonathan Rader, believed that they should have an employment contract with the city that detailed their duties and authorities, their pay scale, and other employment terms such as vacation, personal time off, and termination. To date, their employment had been only at the resolution of the City Commission, as acted on at previous meetings.

It was felt by the two men that in lieu of a Charter Amendment calling for codification of their positions, that a formal contract would be advisable.

However, this action was not without controversy. Mayor Moya immediately said that the parties involved did not understand that the Charter election was a vote against their office holding, especially the articles referring to their positions. She noted that the public vote was 2 to1 against establishing these positions in the City Charter. As she had said since her election last May, the public wants a change in the administration of the city.

After reviewing a draft copy of the Employment Agreements, Moya pointed out that they were highly in favor of the employee, and not in the best interests of the city.

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Maria Rodriguez awarded District 5890 “President of the Year”

MARIA RODRIGUEZ WITH ROTARY PRESIDENT’S AWARD.

MARIA RODRIGUEZ WITH ROTARY PRESIDENT’S AWARD.

At the Rotary District 5890 Convention, held in May in New Orleans, the district awarded Maria Rodriguez, president of the Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary Club with the award for president of the “Small Club of the Year.” She was nominated for the honor by Assistant District Governor Bill Parlko of the North Shore Rotary Club, who has worked with her on a number of community and Rotary projects.

There are over 60 clubs in the district, so the competition was intense. Maria is seen here with the sculptural award, signifying the International Theme for the Year, “Light Up Rotary.” Maria has been president for the 2014-2015 year, during which the club increased its membership, held community food fairs and health fairs, the annual Million Dollar Meal, a Gold Tournament, a Cake Auction, and a popular Country Fair, and awarded scholarships to 28 students. The Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary Club celebrated with the 28 Galena Park High School graduating seniors by presenting them with college scholarships ranging from $500.00 to $1,500.00 at the club luncheon on May 26 at Baggett Center.

The club also sponsors an Interact club for students at Galena Park High School. Maria is employed by the Galena Park ISD and works at Galena Park High School. Congratulations to her, and the club.

COMMUNITY PROFILE: K-9 patrol dog will honor memory of fallen deputy “Trey” Valdez III

EAST ALDINE BOARD MEMBERS pose with the K-9 that was purchased to honor the memory of fallen Deputy Jesse “Trey” Valdez III. Pictured in front are Valdez’s mother, and HCSO Sgt. Chris Adolph with the dog Trey and Valdez’s son, also Trey Valdez.

EAST ALDINE BOARD MEMBERS pose with the K-9 that was purchased to honor the memory of fallen Deputy Jesse “Trey” Valdez III. Pictured in front are Valdez’s mother, and HCSO Sgt. Chris Adolph with the dog Trey and Valdez’s son, also Trey Valdez.

Board members and the public viewed the new K-9 member of the Sheriff ’s patrol unit, a dog that was purchased by the East Aldine District for use by a sheriff’s unit that at one time included fallen deputy Jesse “Trey” Valdez III.

Deputy Jesse “Trey” Valdez III was killed in a head-on crash in Highlands on Oct. 29, 2014.

Deputy Jesse “Trey” Valdez III was killed in a head-on crash in Highlands on Oct. 29, 2014.

Valdez worked with the East Aldine deputies at the storefront unit, and then was assigned to District 3 units working in East Harris County and the North Shore areas.

On the early morning hours of Oct. 29, 2014, Valdez’ patrol car was struck head-on by a car that allegedly crossed the centerline on westbound Wallisville Road, near Highlands. Valdez died in the accident, and the driver of the other car, Kelly Jo Ivey, has been charged with manslaughter and remains in jail.

Many benefits have been held since then for the family, including his son Trey. East Aldine paid $10,000 for the dog and its training.

Deputies who worked with or knew Valdez want to keep his memory alive with the patrol work that the dog, named “Trey” will undertake.