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Posts published in “Day: June 4, 2009”

Bodies of missing fishermen recovered


DWIGHT EISENHOWER DAM – Three brothers’ bodies were recovered from Big Eddy, a tributary that connects Lake Houston to the San Jacinto, on Monday.

According to Houston Police Spokesman Kese Smith, the bodies were discovered at about 10:00 a.m. Monday by another fisherman. There were no signs of foul play, “It appears at least one of them went into the water voluntarily because we found most of his clothes on the bank and part of another one’s but the third, the oldest went in without removing any of his clothes.”

“Where the clothes were, the bank is steep, the river drops off to about 10 feet deep there, for those that do not know how to swim, that is a serious factor.” Smith responded to questions.

Smith indicates the bodies were found about 90 yards downstream from some personal effects, clothing and fishing equipment. A Houston Police Dept. Lake Patrol Marine Diving Team made the recovery from the water near the low water dam. Houston Police had begun looking once advised by the family of the missing brothers Sunday Evening.

Surviving sister Estela Salvador said that Ernesto Salvador, 21, had decided to take younger brothers, Jose Alfredo Salvador, 14, and Fidel Salvador, 16, fishing three days after they had arrived in the U.S.A. from Michoacan, Mexico.

Estela at about 2:00 p.m. Sunday discovered her brothers missing; she had planned a surprise to take to her brothers at their fishing spot. She says she found only the truck and was concerned. She initially went searching herself and then contacted Ernest’s common-law wife, Anita Venegas.

Venegas says that the hardest thing for her will be to tell earnest and her’s 18 month old daughter about her father. He worked as a carpet installer.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office and other members of the family were contacted that evening. The family indicates they were unimpressed with the department’s search assistance. Sheriff’s Dept. counters that they had dispatched deputies on foot and in boats until 2:00 a.m. with megaphones, and spotlights. They say they called in a state helicopter to search but it was unable to detect anything even with infrared sensors.

The Mexican Consulate has been contacted to move the brothers’ remains back to Mexico.

San Jacinto River claims summer’s second life


HIGHLANDS — The dangers of the San Jacinto River has become apparent with the loss of two lives in as many weeks.

On June 5 Edgar Garay was celebrating graduation early with four friends at a beach party on the river. Around 1 p.m. witnesses say that Garay went under the water and never came up. An initial search was unsuccessful. Search and rescue crews later located the body around 3:30 p.m.

Garay, who was ranked 11th in his class at Stephen F. Austin High School, was recognized during commencement exercises on June 6.

The river claimed another life on Memorial Day.

Four friends had entered the river from the Magnolia Gardens side on May 25. The men told authorities that around 7 p.m. they decided to leave the river, but one of the group was missing.

The missing man was soon located and despite immediate attempts at C.P.R., he was pronounced dead at 7:25 p.m.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies who patrol the river regularly say that it is very deceptive. In addition to areas where the depth can go from a few feet to 10 or more feet instantly, the river offers zero-visibility and water temperatures that can drop 20 degrees below surface temperatures within just a couple of feet.

The San Jacinto River is also known to house debris, both natural and man-made such as rebar and even a few cars, which adds to the danger.

Hargrave OAP wins during first appearance at State UIL Meet


HUFFMAN – The Hargrave High School’s One Act Play, which made their first trip to the 3A State UIL walked away with awards in the areas of acting and technical services.

Curtis Allmon won a silver medal and was named a member of the All Star Cast. Bronze Medal winner Cody Tinnin was named Honorable Mention All Star Cast.

Jordan Smith was named Outstanding Technician among all the 3A schools competing at the meet.

This year’s one act play selection was “The Runner Stumbles” by Milan Stitt, a murder mystery about a priest who is accused of murdering a nun he has fallen in love with.

Aline Knighton, director of theatre and choir at Hargrave, said that work on their contest entry began in January. The state meet was the fifth level of competition for the students, which afforded awards for Hargrave along the way.

“In all my actors and technicians were honored with 29 medals during the course of the competition season,” she said.

STATE CHAMPS: Crosby writers win big


Recently, students from Crosby High took honors at the 4A State UIL meet. From left, Jennifer Londene (UIL Academic Coordinator), Alice Hoy (Yearbook Sponsor), Sheyna Webster- Fourth Place in Feature Writing; Maysie Ocera- State Champion Gold Medalist Ready Writing, and Rebecca Shaddix (AP English Teacher).

Rotary hears of Crosby Rodeo plans


RUSSELL ROGERS, PRESIDENT OF THE CROSBY FAIR & RODEO, spoke to the Highlands Rotary Club about the Rodeo, which starts this Friday, June 5th with a BBQ Cook-Off and performances by Roger Creager and Philip Griffin Band. SEE FLYER enclosed for other performers and schedule. Rogers explained that the Rodeo is a huge annual attraction, bringing business to the area, and benefiting students with college scholarships.

Dogs vs. Wives: The debate continues

Several weeks ago I ran a little humor blurb in one of my columns that basically asked the question, “Who is your better friend, your wife or your dog?” To find out the answer was “lock your wife and your dog in the trunk of your car for an hour. Then open the trunk and see who’s happy to see you.”

I mentioned then that blurb had been sent to me by one of our Crosby friends, Irene Cook. Maggie and I see Irene and Koko frequently in the mornings as we are taking our daily walks around Newport.

Well, Irene has sent me another bit of humor that brought smiles to my face as well as the face of spouse, Linda. We thought you might like to read this as well.

Why do some men have dogs and not wives?

There might be several reasons but here are a few that came to us from Irene:

1. The later you are, the more excited your dogs are to see you.

2. Dogs don’t notice if you call them by another dog’s name.

3. Dogs like it if you leave a lot of things on the floor.

4. A dog’s parents never visit.

5. Dogs agree that you have to raise your voice to get your point across.

6. You never have to wait for a dog; they’re ready to go 24 hours a day.

7. Dogs find you amusing when you’re drunk.

8. Dogs like to go hunting and fishing.

9. A dog will not wake you up at night to ask, “If I died, would you get another dog?”

10. If a dog has babies, you can put an ad in the paper and give them away.

11. A dog will let you put a studded collar on it without calling you a pervert.

12. If a dog smells another dog on you, they don’t get mad. They just think it’s interesting.

13. Dogs like to ride in the back of a pickup truck.

And last, but not least,

14. If a dog leaves, it won’t take half of your stuff.

I laughed out loud at several of the above and hope you enjoy them as well.

Such are the people, places and things that have touched my life in my home!