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Posts published in “Day: May 27, 2021

Heroic youth foils fast food robbery

Scant facial features are visible in this depiction of the robber taken from surveillance equipment.

CROSBY – An attempted robbery on May 23 at 3:37 a.m. left a young man that refused a gunman’s demands shot and the attempted robber fleeing with miniscule loot.

Malacheye Simpson, 18, was working his shift at the drive through window of Jack In The Box Restaurant in Crosby.

Law enforcement has declined to discuss a case with the investigation ongoing and most information concerning this case comes from the victim, coworkers and relatives and the restaurant camera. Harris County Sheriff’s Office would not comment on any reward.

Malacheye Simpson, shooting victim, recalls the ordeal of robbery and defense of his workplace.

According to the victim himself, “A hooded figure comes up from behind me talking all crazy with a gun, telling me to give him the register. I told him, ‘No!’ and we started fighting.”

Brawling inside the restaurant ended outside, Simpson recalled winning the battle for the pistol but discovered he had been shot from above down through his body and fell to the floor. The trajectory of the bullet damaged his diaphragm, kidney, intestine and colon, but doctors indicate expectation to make a full recovery.

TEA releases statistics on local middle schools

AUSTIN – Urgent to the education process is work on educating 6th through 8th Graders. On April 22 the Texas Senate added more legislation to keep students up with the nation as focus shifts on testing to determine proficiency in a year when less than expected students are yet returning to the classrooms. Updated TEA statistics have been released concerning Crosby Middle and Highlands Junior High. Both are remarkably similar and surprising in differences. Highlands Junior High has a student population of 1,185. The student population of Crosby Middle is 1,428.

In Highlands, 46% of students scored at or above the proficient level for math, and 38% scored at or above that level for reading. At Crosby Middle, 60% of students scored at or above the proficient level for math, and 39% scored at or above that level for reading.

GLO, Feds deny flood funds to Harris County

Harris County and Houston officials learned Friday that the state GLO (General Land Office) and the federal HUD (Housing and Urban Development) had determined that these two governments would not receive any Flood Mitigation funding of the approximately $1 billion that was available, in the first round of allocations by the state.

The allocations are based on a formula to determine which communities are the neediest, according to GLO. Within Harris County, approximately $90 million was allocated to Baytown, Pasadena, Galena Park, and Jacinto City for flood mitigation projects that they had applied for.

Harris County had submitted an application asking for $900 million, according to Pct. 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia. Commissioner Garcia, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner issued statements expressing their displeasure and disbelief in news of the allocations not including local jurisdictions.

Commissioner Garcia said that he was upset, and “incredibly frustrated.” Judge Hidalgo said, “It is unconscionable that the very community hit with the most flooded structures by far during Hurricane Harvey received nothing as part of this Harvey Mitigation allocation.”

Mayor Turner said, “For the State GLO not to give one dime in the initial distribution to the City and a very small portion to Harris County shows a callous disregard to the people of Houston and Harris County.”

Judge Hidalgo said that she plans to ask HUD for a review of the criteria used, and assurance that the County will receive future fund allocations. She said the formulas that are used disadvantage large urban areas that are hardest hit.