Jan. 8, 2019 – Harris County Sheriff’s Office homicide investigators have filed a capital murder charge against Larry D. Woodruffe, 24, and Eric Black Jr., 20, for the Dec. 30 shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes.
Jazmine’s mother was driving Jazmine and her three sisters southbound on the East Sam Houston Parkway feeder road near Wallisville Road at approximately 6:50 a.m. on Dec. 30 when they were fired upon by someone in another vehicle.
Investigators identified Woodruffe, and Eric Black Jr. as suspects based on a tip. Subsequent investigation revealed evidence that corroborated the tip, and both men were taken into custody on Jan. 5 in East Harris County.
Woodruffe was booked into the Harris County jail on a felony drug possession charge, pending further investigation.
Black then admitted to taking part in the shooting and was charged with capital murder.
Austin, TX — Tuesday marked the beginning of the 86th session in the Texas Senate, a 140-day term in which state leadership has pledged to tackle the complex issues of public school finance reform and property tax reform. Governor Greg Abbott was on hand to welcome the members, new and current, and promised to finally resolve these issues.
“We are going to step up and address it,” he said.
Other major issues facing the Legislature this session include state pension funds and contracting oversight, but like Abbott, Senate leader Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and newly elected House Speaker Dennis Bonnen have highlighted property tax and school finance reform as critical issues this session.
College’s effect equals 2.4 percent of region’s total gross regional product
PASADENA, Texas – A recent study has found that San Jacinto College had a $1.3 billion impact on the region’s economy in fiscal year 2016-17.
The study, conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), reported that the impacts created during the 2016-17 fiscal year are comprised of $143 million in added income from operations spending, $24.4 million from student spending, and another $1.1 billion from alumni. The College’s impact equals 2.4 percent of the regions gross regional product, and a total of 13,044 jobs.
“This study takes into account the investments of our students, our taxpayers, and our communities,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor. “It reflects our ongoing efforts and commitment to improve our communities and the Gulf Coast region by providing an educated and skilled workforce, and offering our students a quality education that allows them to pursue a San Jacinto College has $1.3 billion impact on local economy College’s effect equals 2.4 percent of region’s total gross regional product higher education credential or gain and maintain employment in high-demand careers.”
In return for their investment in the College, the present value of the higher future earnings that San Jac’s students will receive over their working careers is $1.6 billion. This amounts to a return of $6.30 in higher future earnings for every dollar that students invest in their education. The study also found that students receive a 19.8 percent annual return on their investment in a San Jacinto College education.
AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation announcing Tuesday, January 29, 2019, as the special election date to fill the Texas House of Representatives District 145 seat recently vacated by former Representative Carol Alvarado.
Candidates who wish to have their names placed on the special election ballot must file their applications with the Secretary of State no later than 5:00PM on Thursday, January 3, 2019.
Early voting will begin on Monday, January 14, 2019.
A suspect is in custody after a man was found shot to death in a pickup truck in east Harris County last Saturday, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. When deputies arrived around 6 a.m. at Magnolia and Holly, south of Crosby, a man was dead in the passenger seat of the truck, which was parked in the driveway of a home, authorities said.
The bullet had came through the passenger-side window, authorities said.
A possible suspect has been detained. Investigation continues.
December 19, 2018 — Santa Claus (Roger Matheny) and Congresswoman elect Sylvia Garcia made a visit to the residents at Jacinto City Health Care and Rehabilitation Center. The Christmas party was a thrill to everyone both residents and health care workers. Garcia said seeing the happy faces on the residents was the best Christmas present she could ever ask for.
If you would like to help on the upcoming Easter party, please contact NC Star writer Allan Jamail at: email@example.com
Arlington, TX. — AT&T (Cowboy) Stadium — On Saturday, December 22, 2018, the Galena Park ISD Mustangs spoiled the “home-field advantaged” Duncanville Panthers’ Christmas and New Years too.
At the start of the battle of the two Texas powerhouses, Texas Governor Greg Abbott came out from the Panthers sideline to toss the coin, wearing a Duncanville shirt. Abbott, a graduate from D’Ville, cheered from the sideline during the game for his Panthers. But even a Governor’s State of an Emergency couldn’t give his team the crown. The East Side Boys wouldn’t be intimidated and won 41 to 36.
Duncanville traveled only a few miles and five minutes to get to the game, while the Mustangs traveled 250 miles and 4 hours to play. Last week the undefeated 14 – 0 Panthers played on the same field beating Allen to reach the championship game.
On the game’s first play, it took only 10 seconds into the game for North Shore’s defensive lineman Jordan Revels to force a fumble on Duncanville. The alert Ashton Reynolds scooped up the ball trotted nine yards for a 7-0 lead.
After an undefeated 15 game winning streak season, and the state crown within reach, the visiting Mustangs found themselves in a never-before position. They found themselves trailing 35 to 36 in the fourth quarter with 63 seconds on the clock and 78 yards away from the Panthers’ goal.
Using the clock wisely, the offense moved the ball in 8 plays to the Panthers 35 yard line, leaving only 11 seconds remaining. After a failed pass attempt and a 10 yard penalty using 8 seconds, Coach Kay then used his last timeout with 3 seconds on the clock.
After 64 quarters of outstanding coaching this season, Kay had only one play he knew of that could give his team and their fans the title: THE HAIL MARY pass. After calling the play, Kay took off his headset to watch the season’s last play.
Rushing – Zach Evans 104 yds. (16 consecutive over 100 yard games), Dematrius Davis 90 yds, John Gentry 3 yds, Roger Hagan 1 yd.
Passing – Dematrius Davis 333 yds – (history making 5 touchdowns, history making longest 80 yd.TD).
Receiving – Shadrach Banks 179 yds (2 TD) – (80 yd. history making longest TD catch), Chance Pillar 42 yds, AJ Carter 53 yds (1 TD), Zach Evans 14 yds, John Gentry 33 yds (1TD), Jordan Revels 8 yds (1 TD) Zorhan Rideaux 4 yds.
Extra points – John Villalobos 3 (16 game perfect season no misses).
Center Snaps – Luke Chavanne (16 game perfect season no miss snaps).
Leading tacklers – Keyoon Stewart 10, Daymond Lewis 10, Marco Crawford 10, Cory Flagg 8, Dorian Hewett 7, Jordan Revels 6, Tony Bradford 6, Ashton Reynolds 5, Darius Fitzpatrick 2, Joseph Wilson 2, Upton Stout 2, Marcus Cockrell 1, Kevin Gilliam 1.
Quarterback Dematrius Davis passed 45 yards, deep into the corner of the end zone, and AJ Carter came down in a crowd with the winning catch. This was the last play of the game, taking away a 36-35 lead that Duncanville had just claimed in the last minute, too.
North Shore wins the UIL 6A Division I State Championship, played Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
On Saturday, December 15, 2018, at NRG Stadium, the North Shore Mustangs romped on the Lake Travis Cavaliers, bringing the Mustangs within one game of a state championship title. The 51 to 10 lopsided score put into Lake Travis’s football history as the worst playoff defeat ever.
The super-charged Mustangs came out on the field and waged a relentless four quarter assault of rough and tumble football on both offense and defense. After dominating the Cavaliers for three quarters with his starters, Coach Jon Kay began substituting his talented backup players into the game, who continued the domination.
The Mustang offense was hitting on all cylinders as running back Zach Evans ran for 196 yards and four touchdowns, while sophomore quarterback Dematrius Davis gave them plenty of balance with 231 passing yards for two scores.
The galloping Mustang offense made 7 touchdowns (TD’s), Zach Evans ran for 4 TD’s, John Gentry ran for 1 TD, quarterback Dematrius Davis passed to Zorhan Rideaux for 2 TD’s and John Villa lobos kicked a field goal. They garnered 557 total yards and 28 first downs. The Cavaliers only got half as much, with 268 yards and 14 first downs.
At the end of the game many of the fans cheered the players with the continuous chant, “EAST SIDE BOYS SHOW’D UP.” Fans have tagged the team “East Side Boys” for several years.
Kay’s 15 – 0 undefeated Mustangs head to Dallas to play the undefeated 14 – 0 Duncanville Panthers. These two will battle it out at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 22nd, at the AT&T Cowboys Stadium, with the UIL 6A Division I state title on the line.