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Jacinto City Police recognized for robbery arrests

Jacinto City Police Department Personnel receiving recognition plagues. L – R: Lt. D. Walker, Patrolman O. Elizondo, Cpl. A.J. Seydler, Dispatcher Esther G. Perez, Chief J. M. Ayala, Sgt. B.J. Silva, Sgt. E. Ramos, Patrolman A. Kamali and Patrolman T. Hodges. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City, TX. – June 28, 2018 — At the Jacinto City Council meeting, Lt. D. Walker, Sgt. B.J. Silva, Sgt. E. Ramos, Cpl. A.J. Seydler, Patrolman O. Elizondo, Patrolman T. Hodges, Patrolman A. Kamali and Dispatcher Esther G. Perez were recognized for their outstanding service to the city. Police Chief Joey Ayala commended them for their quick action in two separate armed robberies between April and May that cumulated in the felony arrest of eleven robbery suspects.

Chad Burke, President of The Economic Alliance Corporation for the Houston Ship Channel region, in which the city is a member, gave their annual report.

Allan Jamail, founder of the Keep Jacinto City Clean Committee, questioned how building work at 10902 Lane Street on a home was allowed for six months without a valid building permit. City Manager Lon Squyres said currently a Stop Work Violation Red Tag has been placed on the building and the owner has been notified of the violations to the city’s building code and the requirement to obtain a building permit before any future work can continue.

Wet Independence Day doesn’t dampen celebrations

Photo by Allan Jamail

July 4, 2018 – Galena Park and Jacinto City had their annual 4th of July celebration. Earlier, parts of Harris County recorded record setting rains of 10” inches for this Independence Day. The 2 cities share the cost for the fireworks display, which brings thousands of celebrants to the area to see the 25 minute show.

Jacinto City Council takes Oath of Office

L – R: Councilman Jimmy Rivas, wife Shelly Rivas, wife Mary Robinson, Councilman Gregg Robinson, wife Vickie Lee, Councilman Allen Lee and Justice of the Peace Judge George Risner. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

New Swimming Pool Grand Opening on Saturday, May 2

By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City, TX. – On May 10, 2018 at the city council meeting, Justice of the Peace Judge George Risner gave the Oath of Office to Councilmen Jimmy “JJ” Rivas, Gregg Robinson, and Allen Lee, all of them unopposed in the city election.

The city’s government is composed of a mayor and five council members serving a two-year term in staggered elections. Three of the five council members were on the ballot this year with the mayor, and two council member positions are up for election in May of 2019.

The monthly salary and benefits for mayor and city council was unanimously approved with council members receiving $350 in salary and $225 for auto expense. The mayor’s monthly salary is $400 with $300 auto expense. Councilman Allen Lee was approved as Mayor Pro Tem to act in the mayor’s absence.

Kyle Reed, Public Works Director said the city’s 2017 Consumer Confidence Report met the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) safe water regulations. The city’s main source of drinking water is purchased from the city of Houston, coming from Lake Houston. The lake water is pumped to a water purification plant that treats and tests it to insure it meets the EPA guidelines before it’s distributed to Jacinto City’s consumers.


Rotary Club recognizes Officers of the Year

L-R: Bryan Clements, GP/JC Rotary Club President, Pct 2 Deputy Constable Cpl. Mark McGinnis, GP Sgt. Mike Knox, GP Chief Rick Gonzales, JC Patrolman Ali Kamali and JC Chief Joe Ayala (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park, TX. – On Tuesday, May 15th, 2018, the Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary Club recognized Law Officers of the Year from police departments of Galena Park, Jacinto City and the Precinct 2 Constable’s Office.

Galena Park Interim Police Chief Rick Gonzales, since taking office in February, chose Sergeant Mike Knox, a 30 year veteran of the department, as the Officer of the Year. Gonzales said, “Sgt. Knox is my Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the department this year. Our department wouldn’t be the same without him; I quickly learned I could depend on him to take care of any assignment given.”

Jacinto City Police Chief Joe Ayala named Patrolman Ali Kamali as his officer of the year, calling him a true public servant. “His recognition comes due to his outstanding service to the community, he has a big heart and makes it a habit to check on the concerns of our elderly and at times he goes out of his way taking expenses out of his own pocket to make it better for someone in need,” Ayala said.


Rotary member cuts hair to raise $130,000 for Polio Plus

Left: Maria Rodriguez with her normal look. Right: Maria after a $130,000 haircut.

By Ernesto Paredes

At the Rotary District 5890 (Houston) Conference held in San Antonio last Saturday, April 28, 2018, one of the participants made a personal sacrifice to raise a large sum of money for Rotary’s major project, Polio Plus.

The conference was called On the River, A Fiesta Of Service. During the Governors Banquet, Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotarian Maria Rodriguez took the initiative of “Service above Self” and asked one of the members if he would donate $10,000 to help rededicate the fight against Polio. If so, she would shave her hair. He took the challenge and so did others present and within 30 minutes she raised $130,000.00 for the Polio Plus Foundation.

Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary raises $10,000 at annual cake auction scholarship drive

Senator Sylvia Garcia with her $310 winning bid chocolate Reese Explosion cake baked by Letha Garcia. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Jacinto City, TX. – April 17, 2018 — The Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary Club held their annual cake auction, setting a fund-raising record.

According to Maria Rodriquez, Director and 2018 Chairperson, the auction raised nearly $10,000 to benefit students with scholarships. Amir Khan, CEO of Ashland Hospitality, Inc., made the highest bid of the event, of $500 for a German Chocolate cake baked by Brandon Ceniceros with the GPHS Culinary Class.

Rodriquez, the club’s Past-President, said, “We doubled the money collected from the past years.” She baked and donated 9 of the 43 cakes auctioned, and serves as the Rotary District 5890 official photographer.

Standing L – R: Maria D. Rodriguez, GP/JC Rotary Club, Past-President, Bill Palko, District 5890 Rotary Club Governor, Aliyah Silva, Lupita Ramírez, Pamela Pérez, Bryan Clements, GP/JC Rotary Club, President, Astrit Flores, Crystal Arguelles, Daniela Lira, and Jennifer Ramirez. Kneeling L – R: Oscar Silva, Galibadlo Villareal, Ju-Juan Morín.

Galena Park/Jacinto City CIP displays Emergency equipment & planning

Pictured to the right, David Wade Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (Harris County), – Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council Philip Cutler, Chris Collier, Mayor Esmeralda Moya & Austen McMillian. Mayor Moya said, “I fully support the Galena Park-Jacinto City Community-Partnership (CIP) which if there’s a disaster it will protect and save citizens lives. It’s all about the citizens.” In the background is a portable emergency hospital and in a time of need it can be quickly erected in less than an hour with 16 hospital beds to treat victims and to provide doctors and medical personnel with everything needed to stabilize victims until they can be transferred to a hospital. (Photo by Allan Jamail.)

By Allan Jamail

GALENA PARK – Unbeknownst to most Harris County residents, representatives from cities and county governments meet monthly with industries to plan for an emergency disaster event on how to better protect the citizenry.

The Galena Park-Jacinto City Community-Industry Partnership (CIP) met with Diane Sheridan CIP facilitator and heard reports on local plant conditions and how the plants would collectively respond to an emergency. The attendees learned the industry and community capacity for managing major industrial fires, explosions and toxic releases, and then toured and learned how the emergency equipment can be used.

Allan Jamail, writer for the North Channel Star and former Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC) of Jacinto City, said he’s proud of the improvements made to protect the communities since he served in the 1980’s. “Today with the advance technology of emergency equipment and the coordination of governments and industry planning it will mitigate or lessen the severity of the impact on communities should a disaster occur in Harris County,” Jamail said.

The East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA) announced the release of a new CAER Online member alert notification system. This new system will provide a simpler, more intuitive website for EHCMA member companies to post informational and alert messages to the membership and general public. Community members can visit this website to view posted messages online from EHCMA member and nonmember facilities or local offices of emergency management.


Jacinto City Police arrest armed robbery suspect

Gregory T. Cromwell Jr.

By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City, TX – Monday, March 26, 2018 at midnight the police responded to a call at the service station in the 10200 block of I-10 East Freeway of a suspect attempting to shoot someone. Upon arrival officers observed a suspect breaking out the locked glass door with a gun to gain entry. The suspect saw the officers, dropped his gun inside the shattered glass door and fled on foot, after a foot chase officers apprehended the suspect identified as Gregory T. Cromwell, Jr.

Cromwell earlier was trying to extort money at gunpoint from a person outside the station. The robbery victim (complainant) went inside the station under the pretext to get the money the robber demanded from the ATM machine. The complainant once inside told the store clerk of the robbery who then placed the store in lockdown mode and called the police.

Police transferred Cromwell to the Harris County Jail where’s he’s being held with no bond after he was charged with Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon. He has a prior felony conviction record of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Jacinto City gets new ambulance

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Fire Chief Rebecca Mier, City Manager Lon Squyres, Senator Sylvia Garcia, Jacinto City officials and citizens at ribbon cutting for the new ambulance. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City, TX. – February 19, 2018 – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Jacinto City officials came together for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the acquisition of the city’s latest addition to their emergency fleet.

Lon Squyres, City Manager of the city and former fire chief said, “The new unit was purchased from Frazier Ambulance Company. The grant enabled us to purchase a state of the art unit made for the Gulf Coast climate. Rather than relying on a typical automotive AC system this unit has a 110V HVAC system powered by on board generator. In fact the generator provides primary power for the patient compartment, then the truck’s standard 12 volt system supplies back up power if needed. The stretcher is hydraulic so we don’t risk patient or staff safety trying to lift patients in to the unit. All lighting is LED so there is very little power drain on the unit.

“The ambulance cost was $165,000 but $90,000 was funded by a federal grant that Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee located and secured. I would have loved to have this unit when I was young medic,” Squyres said.

Congresswoman Lee said, “Jacinto City now has a new ambulance with modern equipment that will provide for the well-being of city residents. This is an important asset to ensure their safety and security. It’s an example of government’s helping government’s.”


TxDOT holds meetings on I-10E improvements

The Houston District of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is currently holding public meetings in neighborhoods at four locations along the I-10 corridor.

These meetings are called “open house formats (no formal presentations)” and are meant to show the public areas under study, and to receive comments from persons interested in interacting with the planning process.

I-10 is under study because it carries a high volume of auto and commercial traffic, and this is expected to increase in the future due to activity and expansion in the petrochemical industry on the East side of Harris and Chambers County.

The study is known as a PEL (Planning and Environmental Linkages) study, required by the federal government. The purpose is to gather feedback during planning to inform the environmental review process, including the National Environmental Policy Act. The study encompasses I-10 East from I-69 near downtown Houston, to State Highway 99 (Grand Parkway) in Chambers County.

Public meetings were held last week, and this week, at Barbers Hill High School, Goose Creek Memorial High School, Channelview High School, and Mickey Leland College Prep Academy.

The format was to show large photos and maps of the highway, broken into sections, with drawings that indicated environmental concerns, and aerial photos displaying current road alignments and cross-sections. Forms were provided for public comments to be submitted.

For anyone missing the meeting but wanting to see the information, it is available at the TxDOT offices on Washington Avenue in Houston. It is also on the internet, at the following address: https:// The study would include the city areas of Houston; Jacinto City; Baytown; and Mont Belvieu.