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Posts published in “Day: March 31, 2011

Suspects chased back to Crosby

CROSBY– A chase from the Eastgate area just over the Liberty County Line South on U.S. 90 led law enforcement down Runneburg Rd. at high speed around 1:20 p.m. last Friday.
Liberty County Sheriff’s Office increased patrols near the border after numerous complaints of homes being burglarized and copper thefts recently.
A patrol saw four men in a dark truck leave a house later reported burglarized early morning March 25. A suspicious dark blue pickup spotted around 1 p.m. that day is believed to have been related to that burglary of a home on C.R. 6021.

When the deputy’s top lights came on so did the chase. Harris County Sheriff’s Deputies and Precinct 3 Constables’ Deputies got involved once the county line was breached.
At high speeds past the churches that had their air conditioners stripped for copper, the school administration building that lost air conditioning units to burglars, the kindergarten holding Crosby’s most precious treasure, past the barber shop that had been hit for an air conditioning unit just over a week ago, the stop sign and the dead end sign as Runneburg splits at two homes before hitting the railroad tracks a dark blue crew cab Silverado streaked with sirens and patrol cars right behind.
According to Magarette Wheddon, who was playing and chatting with her granddaughter on her porch, “About the time we sat down I heard sirens coming way down and I thought they are getting louder and louder. By the time I thought that, they were in the yard here. A black, navy blue truck’s doors flew open with the law right behind them. I saw 2 go on one side of my neighbor’s house and the other run past the left side of her house and the law pulled up blocking the way of another. I saw the law pulling their guns so I opened the door and yelled to my granddaughter, ‘Run to Papaw.’ I got the door locked and kept watching as cars went up and down the railroad tracks. We heard helicopters flying nearby and just stop in midair. Finally, I got the attention of one of the officers, he was from Liberty and he said they had got them all.”
When the truck stopped “The doors flew open and they just barreled out. One of the law come out from behind the woods and caught one that ran closest to the woods.” said Wheddon.
The helicopter flew near F.M. 2100 and Live Oak where a man in a black tee-shirt ran into a Precinct 3 Deputy’s Patrol Car. He was the last of four apprehended at 1:40 p.m., according to a neighbor. His description would match the one of the man that ran left of the neighbor’s house.
Another nearby house was being covered with crime scene tape and a detective was approached by the homeowner of the now yellow taped house, “Why are you doing that?” she asked.
“Well, we believe they threw a gun nearby.” said the detective.
“Oh,” she answered, “I though I saw them throw something over here.” and they walked directly up to a pistol, which the detective began to process.
The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office indicates Clyde Perry, 24, William Richardson, 29, Joshua Warthem, 26, and Adolph Ramirez, 28, have been charge with burglary of a habitation and evading arrest. They were booked into Liberty County Jail.
Items like televisions found inside the truck were identified by the homeowner as having been taken from the C.R.6021 home.
Yet, another related local story concerns another truck that left its owner’s presence on Feb. 18 in the company of one of the suspects. It was recovered on March 25 in the Sundown Meadows neighborhood on Misty Way. That morning the truck’s owner states she saw four men get into a navy blue crew cab and drive away, leaving behind the missing truck. As the woman worked with a Precinct 3 Deputy to recover the truck, dispatched called and asked the woman that reported missing the truck if one of the suspects by name had previously been in possession of the missing truck. She said she told dispatch he had, she was told that more patrols were on the way.
Mother and daughter had just returned from the truck recovery to Miller-Wilson Rd. as the truck the four men had gotten into zipped into the dead end area at the end of Runneburg followed by a bevy of law enforcement.
Small world, small town.

TOWN HALL: Huberty fields concerns

CROSBY – Representative Dan Huberty, (R-127), addressed local concerns at a meeting at Newport Elementary on March 26.
Although the meeting was not crowded it contained the notably interested in an efficient Crosby ISD. The meeting was opened by Dr. Keith Moore, Superintendent of Crosby ISD.
Huberty is championing efficient schools that spend about $6000 a year per student and getting good results as against schools spending in excess of $8,000 to $12,000 per student a year and getting so-so results.

He was once President of Humble ISD School Board and now is on the Public Education Committee. He also has been named to the powerful State Affairs Committee as a Freshman Representative.
Huberty shows a firm grasp of how the State came to have a shortfall in funding. “Every tax base in the State went down.” and “The $12 Billion dollars that came from the one time Federal Stimulus was applied to the states long term debts.”
Attendants were educated on the financial mistakes of the last session. The new business tax that was to generate $20+ Billion dollars in revenue actually brought in about $3.7 Million. The State passed a tax initiative that was to allow districts to roll back taxes or not with an incentive to be matched by the State for 15% more matching funds if the districts determined they need the taxes for schools. However the state is unable to meet that responsibility. Huberty indicates that by passing House Bills 4 and 275 it will generate about $4 Billion dollars for next year to be divided $2 Billion for education and $2 billion for health and human services.
Now just to make sure everyone is on the same page, Crosby ISD is trimming $3.2 Million from its budget in hopes that will be enough funds that the State will not be able to provide.
“The worst case scenario that Crosby was looking at will not be happening.” said Huberty with a glare of red-faced determination in reference to a reported $5.3 Million shortfall for Crosby.
He laid out a plan to take $3.1 Billion from the “rainy day fund,” get the state to start rewarding districts for efficiency and take the initiative to be more responsible with unfunded mandates such as the S.T.A.A.R. testing. He has authored a bill to put that change in the T.A.K.S. testing off until 2013–2014.
Huberty discussed the varied suggestions to make up for the current shortfall such as closing loop holes and reducing exemptions in the Senate and House budget arguments
Although he contends that the legislative process with regard to the budget is getting better day by day he also states that “education is about $7 Billion on the bi-annum in the hole.”
He focused on Crosby’s situation being that there is low property wealth.
“We are going to change how we fund education on a go forward basis in the State of Texas. The point is that I’m going to fight to make the best deal for these efficient school districts.”
Huberty has authored or coauthored 19 bills. He has filed legislation to repeal duplicate reporting in House Bill 1130, cutting redundancy and inefficiency in reporting the number of special education students in each district. The T.E.A. already files this with the federal government why go through the same expense twice.
House bill 868 would empower entities other than school districts to calculate the benefits of a roll back tax if they can get their constituent citizenry to pass it.

Liberty Co. holds candlelight vigil for Crime Victims

LIBERTY COUNTY— The Office of Liberty County District Attorney Mike Little has issued a county-wide invitation to attend the candlelight vigil for crime victims and child abuse victims which will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the Liberty Center, City of Liberty Municipal Complex, 1829 Sam Houston Ave.
The Liberty County District Attorney’s Office, the Liberty County Attorney’s Office, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Bridgehaven Children’s Advocacy Center, BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse), MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), and New Horizon Family Center are co-sponsoring the vigil.

The purpose of the vigil is to help the public honor victims of crime, their families and those who serve them and to alert the public to the realities of crime, and express hope for a less violent future.
The vigil is a part of the local observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which is scheduled for the week of April 10 to April 16. The theme of Crime Victims’ Rights Week this year is “Reshaping the Future, Honoring the Past.”
This theme will be observed by the Liberty County District Attorney’s Office, the Liberty County Attorney’s Office, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Bridgehaven Children’s Advocacy Center, BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse), MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and New Horizon Family Center, along with thousands of victim service and allied professional organizations and agencies across the United States. National Crime Victims’ Rights Week will be observed across our nation by victims and survivors and the professionals and volunteers who assist them
This year’s theme – “Reshaping the Future, Honoring the Past” – evokes victims’ past struggles and our Nation’s duty to help them build stronger lives. The past that we honor points to a future when all victims are respected, the laws to protect them are enforced, and the resources they need are in place and accessible to them. Justice demands no less.
Another very important purpose of the vigil is to commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month which is the month of April. It is a time to focus on ways not only to protect children but also to prevent abuse from occurring. This is your opportunity to make a difference in young lives. It is hoped that this vigil will impress upon everyone that every child is entitled to be loved, cared for, nurtured, and secure and that preventing child abuse is the responsibility of all citizens. Child Abuse Prevention Month is an opportunity to highlight the role we all can play to support parents and families.
District Attorney Mike Little encourages all people in our area to join all people in America in the commemoration of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and Child Abuse Prevention Month. “Nobody wants to be a victim of violence and, when a crime occurs, those who are victimized need to be aware that they have rights within our criminal justice system and that there are many services to assist them in coping with the victimization,” Little explained.
For additional information call Kathy Lowe at the Liberty County District Attorney’s Office 936/336-4611.

Barbers Hill ISD salutes corporate neighbors

MONT BELVIEU— Industry has played a significant role in Barbers Hill since the oil rush of the early 1900s. In fact, industry is what transformed the Hill from a sparsely populated farming community into a growing Houston suburb of the 20th and 21st centuries.
“Partnerships with local industries are a win-win situation,” said Superintendent Dr. Greg Poole. “So much of what we do in the education sector depends on a solid, supportive community – whether that’s families or businesses. We couldn’t ask for more supportive neighbors in either of those areas.”
Today, Barbers Hill’s largest industries are Enterprise Products and ExxonMobil Plastics. Both companies make vital contributions to public education . . . from the tax dollars they pay, to the Education Foundation donations they make, to the advisory boards on which they serve.

Enterprise Products has formed a unique partnership with Barbers Hill Education Foundation, pledging more than $1 million over the next 10 years. Foundation grants awarded annually to teachers directly support innovative classroom projects that may otherwise go unfunded – projects like the Grow Lab and ProScope Microscope project at Barbers Hill Middle School, or the Turn It software assisting high school students in Language Arts classes.
ExxonMobil has made an impact in tangible ways as well – through volunteer participation in events like Science Day and Robotics Day for Middle School students and in sponsoring Girls in Engineering.
Coordinated by eighth-grade science teacher Denise King, Science Day brought in nearly a dozen volunteers from ExxonMobil for a day of beakers and goggles, measuring, predicting and observing results.
“The day that the engineers of ExxonMobil came to our school was a blast!” said one eighth-grader. “I loved getting to work with acids and bases and had a really great time learning what chemical engineers do for a living. This just might be the career I would like to pursue.”
King offered a broader perspective of industry’s involvement in the teaching process.
“Science Day and Girls in Engineering are essential to the science curriculum at Barbers Hill Middle School,” King said. “Both events provide our students with relevant and fun hands-on experiments in the areas of chemistry and engineering. But even more than that, they provide the unique opportunity for our students to interact with people who have chosen careers in science.
“Students are the future employees of the industry that supports and surrounds our community. Our goal is to grow future scientists by making science exciting and interesting for students today,” King said.
In February, 60 eighth-grade girls from Barbers Hill Middle School participated in ExxonMobil’s Girls in Engineering Day – a time for girls to see first-hand what engineers do and where they work, and how chemistry applies to the real world. It’s also an opportunity for the company to reinforce what’s being taught on a daily basis in classrooms.
“ExxonMobil is committed to math and science education, and we look for ways to positively impact the communities in which we operate,” said Jennifer Chan, Mont Belvieu Plastics Plant Manager. “Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day is just one way in which we try to bring the fun of engineering to young girls who may not have been introduced to the concepts or believed they had real opportunities in this field.
“We aim to encourage the program’s attendees to explore this area of study and to start early to
ensure they are on the right track to enjoy future success,” Chan said.
ExxonMobil also responded quickly last fall to one teacher’s request for a grant that would allow students to construct miniature robots.
Middle School Language Arts teacher Karen Webb saw the opportunity for students to work together and apply concepts they’d discussed while reading the novel, Freak the Mighty.
Not only did ExxonMobil provide part of the funding for the project, they also provided engineers to help students as they began the construction.
“It was an awesome learning opportunity for my students in so many ways – in teamwork, mechanics, creativity and engineering,” said Webb. “I appreciate ExxonMobil’s commitment to education that makes a project like this possible.”