GALENA PARK – Sunday, October 6th at approximately 9 PM, according to Maria and Francisco Hernandez, 65 and 69, they said two males and a female forced their way into their 7th Street home making demands for their grandson.
Police say 24-year-old Jorge Salman, 27-year-old Dominique Salazar, and 29-year old Genesis Martinez forcibly entered the elderly couple’s home. Forced entry into a home is burglary.
Once inside the home the trio attacked the grandson and ended up attacking his grandparents as well.
Police say during the attack, Salman and Salazar pushed Maria to the ground and punched Francisco in the stomach. A translator there said, “Francisco has a pacemaker, he could’ve had a heart attack.”
Galena Park Police Sgt. Drew Scroggins said the two males, Salman and Salazar, were arrested for burglary with intent to commit assault, while the female, Genesis Martinez, was charged with burglary.
Galena Park LULAC Council 4703 gave out $12,500 in scholarships to college-bound students from our local area this evening. Thank you to LULAC member Justice of the Peace Joe Stephens who came out to share his life story of success and words of encouragement to these students and Lt. Charles Brown from Constable Chris Diaz’s office. If you are an incoming senior in high school and you want to apply for the LULAC scholarship go to the LNESC.org website to get the application in February 2020. Pictured with the students are Judge Joe Stephens, Lt. C. Brown and LULAC President Cruz R. Hinojosa, Jr.
Exploding fireworks mark Independence Day celebration in Jacinto City and Galena Park. Jacinto City and Galena Park had thousands of celebrant’s turnout to see their fireworks celebrating Independence Day. For 50 years the two cities have used giant exploding bursts of fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July. Both cities share the cost of the display that uses the vacant acreage between the cities to shoot off the fireworks.
Daniel T. Arenales, Naya S. Edwards, Jason D. Boudreau, Nicholas Carmona Morales, Luke R. Chavanne, Jazmine Chavez , Noah E. Jones, Natalia Martinez, Josh Dominique T. Monta, Francis M. Sampson with Principals and Superintendent Angi Williams.
GALENA PARK/JACINTO CITY OFFICERS OF THE YEAR: Left to right Bryan Clements, receiving the plaque for Corporal Jason Curry and Deputy White for Pct. 2; Officer James Tidwell for Galena Park Police Department, Officer Jason Curry for Jacinto City Police Department and Club president Jennifer Ledwith.
THE GALENA PARK/JACINTO CITY ROTARY CLUB held their annual Cake Auction to raise money for scholarships. This year they raised a total of $9000 for Galena Park High School scholars. Bidding on the cakes was lively, and the high bidder for the cake seen above was Jeff Miller, at left, who bid $800 for this special cake shaped like a GP. Seen in the picture are Jeff Miller, Maria Rodriguez, and Don Nichols. The cake was made by Gladys Gutierrez. MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 12.
Galena Park, TX. March 20, 2019 – In January, Galena Park City Commissioner Rodney Chersky stepped down to become the city’s new police chief. After being re-elected in May 2018 with 61 percent of the vote, Chersky moved out of the city.
According to Chief Chersky, “City Attorney Robert Collins advised me I could continue as Commissioner to fill out my new term, but I would not be able to seek re-election because of no longer being a citizen of the city. My leaving the city was only temporary, and I’d planned to move back before the next election.”
Chief Chersky said, “In late 2018 I was approached by several police officers about becoming the police chief, since the new interim chief Sergeant James Knox didn’t want to become the permanent chief. Knox had agreed to assume the chief’s duties until a permanent chief could be hired. He had served as Interim Chief before under three mayors.”
“Mayor Moya in January approached me and asked me if I would be interested in the chief’s job. After giving it lots of thought and being assured by the mayor she’d do everything possible to work with me to help make the needed improvements I wanted to make, I decided to accept the appointment,” said Chief Chersky.
Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 3 PM was a day that will go into history for the Galena Park ISD community. The Army National Guard, UIL and MaxPreps came together to bring the GPISD community a proud day. The event was billed as a Pep Rally and it surely was, as thousands of fans, family and students packed the stadium cheering their Mustangs.
The Master of Ceremonies was Casey Johnson, a North Shore High teacher who kept the program agenda moving forward and lively with his occasional encouragement and stirring up the crowd to get loud cheers for their Mustangs. The Mustang Nation was “in the house” and let it be known they love their East-Side Boys.
Terri Moore, Assistant Superintendent at Galena Park ISD, introduced elected officials who presented proclamations or resolutions honoring the team. Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner, Jacinto City’s Mayor Ana Diaz, Galena Park’s Mayor Esmeralda Moya, Senator Carol Alvarado, State Representative Ana Hernandez, County Commissioner Adrian Garcia, Constable Chris Diaz, GPISD Trustees Jeff Millier, Wilfred Broussard and Yuroba Harris, representing Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia, who couldn’t attend. Mayors Turner and Ana Diaz proclaimed North Shore Mustang Day in their cities.
Bill Moore representing MaxPrep for Andy Beal, President and Founder, gave a press statement proclaiming the undefeated North Shore Mustangs 6A Division I number one in the nation. Maxprep is a CBS Sports Digital property, and it’s the online high school sports leader devoted exclusively to the coverage of high school sports, and uses an intricate program to determine team rank. The computer-based system utilizes the huge number of game results played nationwide each season. The Mustangs set a school record for most wins in a single season; evaluations included strength of schedule, talent, quality wins and returning starters, and to qualify for the Nation’s number one rank, you must have won a state championship.
The Mustangs trampled their opponents to the tune of a 41 point average margin of victory. They set a school record for most point scored in a season with 854 (53.4 average).
Allan Jamail, NC Star writer, asked Coach Kay for a prediction and goal for 2019. Kay said, “I can’t predict this far out. We’re losing some great senior talent, but we have a good crop of upcoming players we’ll work to develop to try to fill in for those we’re losing.
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.
The Galena Manor Civic Club came together for their annual Christmas party at the Galena Park Alvin Baggett Community Center. President Rosemary Coreathers and club officers put together a Christmas celebration dinner with delicious food and desserts. Members enjoyed traditional Christmas music mixed with religious and spiritual songs. Drawings for door prizes was exciting and fun filled for everyone.
The 2019 membership drive is underway, and anyone interested in joining can call President Coreathers at 832-755-6294 or email email@example.com to learn how they can join the club.
The civic club meets monthly on the 3rd Monday at 6 PM at the Alvin Baggett Community Center, 1302 Keene Street, Galena Park, Texas. Citizens interested in joining the civic club can come to a monthly meeting to learn the benefits of being a member.
Houston, TX. — Thursday, November 8, 2018 — The Galena Park Yellow Jackets traveled to Houston Independent School District’s (HISD) Butler Stadium to take on the Wisdom Generals in their final district game of the season.
Coach George Young had the Yellow Jackets well prepared for the Generals and the team played near flawless on both offense and defense.
The offense made 445 total yards, rushing for 265 yards and passing for another 180 yards. Their 10 touchdowns gave them their season high of 68 points.