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Posts published in “Day: July 26, 2018

US 90 cycle crash kills local woman

Traffic investigator check the scene of US 90 at the access road in front
of Friendly Ford of Crosby where the guardrail was struck Sunday night
at about 6:05 p.m.

CROSBY – A Sunday outing turned tragic when a blue Harley-Davidson motorcycle tried to enter US 90 from the southbound feeder at the 2400 block.

Witnesses say some riders on bikes had been racing along on their way to an event closer to Houston at about 6:05 p.m. on July 22. Apparently, the motorcycle hit the guardrail marking the entrance to the highway.

The motorcycle was being driven by Martin Stephen McKinley and his sister-in-law, Aliecia Wright Pruitt, was riding behind him.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office report says, “Witnesses advised McKinley was traveling at a high rate of speed just prior to the crash, and that he had been drinking alcoholic beverages.”

Theft of historic jewel leads to Highlands man


Two people were arrested last Saturday by West Columbia police and the Brazoria County Sheriff’s department for the theft of a precious jewel from the historic Varner-Hoff Plantation Historic Site in West Columbia.

Arrested for the alleged theft were Carla Fuentes, 26, of Freeport, and Tirso Miguel Perez, 24, of Highlands, TX. Court records show that Perez has a history of as many as 13 theft convictions.

The pair tried to sell the brooch at a jewelry store, but the owner recognized the piece and called police.

Cedar Bayou to benefit from Flood bonds

Pct. 2 Commissioner Jack Morman talks with Luce Bayou and Cedar Bayou watershed residents at the I.T.May Community Center last Thursday.

HUFFMAN – Thursday, July 19, at the I.T. May Community Center, a public meeting was held to discuss the $2.5 Billion bond proposed by the Harris County Commissioner’s Court to sponsor comprehensive flood relief programs by the Harris County Flood Control District.

The measures are to initiate a comprehensive flood control program that begins in the north of the district all the way to the sea. The meetings focus on the needs of local populations and interact with the neighborhoods through a series of meetings. The H.C. Flood Control District presented 14 proposed anti-flood projects to be paid for by the bond.

Cedar Bayou has been flooding for decades now and a study of the watershed has been completed.

In the HCFCD proposal the upstream Cedar Bayou Project would receive $74M from the bond for right of way acquisition, design and construction of channel conveyance improvements and stormwater detention basin upstream of FM 1960. This 1% floodplain could be reduced in size from about 1,500 acres to less than 100 acres.

Another upstream project on Cedar Bayou would cost $11M but almost entirely eliminate the flood risk along upper Cedar Bayou.

Dayna Steele runs for Congress TX-36

Seeks to unseat incumbent Babin

CROSBY – A candidate for the U.S. Congressional seat representing the east part of Baytown to the Louisiana border including Highlands, Liberty and Crosby, District 36, was in Crosby last weekend interviewing with the Star-Courier about the upcoming election at the intersection of U.S. 90 and FM 2100. Dayna Steele never worked in politics before, she was busy working in radio, most famously on Rock 101 for 14 years, television and writing 8 books that have sold well.

What does the Democratic candidate know about recent incidents in Crosby?

“I know that what happened after Hurricane Harvey and the incident at Arkema. Locals told me that the chickens refused to eat feed off of the ground. I started doing a little research and looking into what happened. I live in Seabrook, so I live close to all the plants. I have done a lot of crisis communication training for the executives in those plants, so I know what can go wrong and I was very concerned with what happened at Arkema. That is one of the many reasons I decided to run against Brian Babin. ”

Sylvia Garcia resigns Legislature

Seeks TX-29 Congress seat

State Senator Sylvia Garcia has submitted her resignation in a letter to Governor Greg Abbot, earlier this week.

Garcia is running for the seat that was vacated by Congressman Gene Green, Texas District 29. Her name will be on the November ballot, as well as a Republican opponent, Phillip Aronoff.

In her letter to Abbott, she said, “It has been an unbelievable honor for me and my family to serve the diverse, proud, working class constituents of Senate District 6 who contribute immensely to our state and want nothing more than to provide a good life for their family.”

Her term will end Jan. 2, 2019. She asked Abbott to call an election to fill her seat in the next election in November.