Don’t forget, election day in Walker County is tomorrow, Saturday, at the Walker County Annex at 1301 Sam Houston Avenue.
It’s a runoff election for the At-Large Position #2 slot on the Huntsville City Council between Dee Howard and William E. Bayne.
After the polls close on Saturday evening, updates will appear at the top of the City’s elections page at HuntsvilleTX.gov/Elections. All results are unofficial until canvassed by the City Council at an official meeting.
Beginning at 8 tonight and ending at Noon on Saturday , December 15, 2018 the West Frontage road from South of FM 1375 to the IH-45 entrance ramp will be closed, weather permitting. The reason for this closure is to allow TXDOT to place remaining concrete pavement on the west frontage road. Motorists should consider an alternate route. Drivers should exercise caution and be prepared for extended delays during this closure.
In Huntsville Police news, on the day shift Tuesday a case of criminal mischief was investigated in the 3600 block of Sage Lane. Two thefts were reported, one in the 3000 block of State Highway 30 and another in the 1900 block of Sam Houston.
On the night shift Tuesday, Tasheria Merchant was arrested at Pine Shadows Drive and Highway 75 North on a PD warrant for receiving stolen checks.
On the day shift Wednesday, a theft was investigated in the 3100 block of Montgomery Road. A stolen U-Haul trailer was recovered in the 2900 block of Sam Houston Avenue. A known suspect stole a White Ford Escape in the 100 block of State Highway 30 East. An unknown suspect was reported to have exposed himself in the 2700 block of Angier Road. Marijuana was found in a common area at 1010 8th Street.
On the night shift Wednesday, Charles Sturrock was arrested for burglary of a vehicle in the 1600 block of State Highway 30 East. He was also charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle at State Highway 30 East and State Highway 19.
There is in Huntsville a special prison ministry called Restorative Justice Ministries. Locally it’s headed by Dr. Ed Davis.
And, they’re looking for volunteers to help them out. We talked to Ed recently about the ministry . . . .
Ed will be our guest on “Around Town” right here this weekend. If you’re interested in volunteering for this great helping ministry, you can call them at 291-2156.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has released the Texas Gang Threat Assessment, which was developed to provide a broad overview and update of gang activity in Texas.
Governor Greg Abbott said, “The findings in this report are further evidence that the State of Texas must continue to do all it can to proactively and aggressively combat gangs operating in our state.” He said, “Over the last few years, we have expanded the number of Texas Anti-Gang Centers, and initiated and supported violent crime task forces in our state.”
Significant findings in the assessment include:
Gangs are a significant threat to public safety in Texas.
Gangs in Texas continue to work closely with the Mexican cartels.
Gangs assessed with a Tier 1 ranking pose the greatest gang threat to the state.
Some members within traditional gangs, such as Texas Syndicate and Texas Mexican Mafia, operate independently of the gang.
Younger gang members are relinquishing traditional gang structure and rules, opting for less organizational oversight and the freedom to serve in self-interested roles.
Motorcycle gangs continue to challenge the dominance of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang in Texas.
Gangs use social media to communicate, boast and recruit.
Thursday, legislators spoke to reporters after a closed-door briefing with the Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Louisiana Republican Congressman Steve Scalise was one of the lawmakers who fielded questions . . . .
State and local officials joined Comptroller Glenn Hegar Wednesday at a groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the Texas Bullion Depository in Leander.
Hegar said, this is “the first ever state-administered gold bullion depository.” The depository operator is Lone Star Tangible Assets.
The 40,000-square-foot facility will be built on 10 acres. Construction is expected to be complete in late 2019.
Chairman of Lone Star Tangible Assets, Matt Ferris, said, “This vault will be the largest Class 3 vault in the state. It will weigh as much as 10 NASA space shuttles and have the capacity to hold up to $350 billion in precious metals – more than is currently held in Fort Knox.”
TxDOT Press Release:
WALKER COUNTY – Beginning at 8 PM on Friday, December 14, 2018 and ending at Noon on Saturday , December 15, 2018 the West Frontage road from South of FM 1375 to the IH-45 entrance ramp will be closed , weather permitting. The reason for this closure is to allow TXDOT to place remaining concrete pavement on the west frontage road. Motorists should consider an alternate route. Drivers should exercise caution and be prepared for extended delays during this closure.
To alert drivers to the closures and detours, changeable message signs will be placed in the southbound direction of the West Frontage Road prior this closure.
The West frontage temporary closure is for the construction of concrete pavement and the new southbound permanent entrance ramp to IH-45. The IH-45 lane closures, lane shifts, ramp relocations, and Frontage Road construction are part of the reconstruction of IH-45 that will involve replacing the existing four-lane divided highway with a six-lane highway with a concreted median barrier in southern Walker County. The project is scheduled to be completed in September 2021.
During the 4.5-year project, multiple lane shifts and relocation of traffic will take place at various times to accommodate construction activity.
For more information, contact Bobby.Colwell@txdot.gov or (979) 778-9764.
Wednesday, President Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, was sentenced to three years in prison by a federal judge in New York, after he pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations, tax evasion and lying to congress.
Cohen doesn’t have to show up for prison until March 6th. In addition, he has been ordered to pay $1.4 million in restitution, pay a fine of $50,000 and forfeit $500,000. In court before the sentencing, Cohen said, “blind loyalty” to Trump caused him “to take a path of darkness instead of light.”
The runoff election for City Council Position 2 At-Large will run from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Dee Howard and William E. Bayne filed to run for the Council seat being vacated by Tyler McCaffety, who did not file for re-election. All voting on election day will be at the Walker County Annex.
After the polls close on Saturday evening, updates will appear at the top of the City’s elections page at HuntsvilleTX.gov/Elections or HuntsvilleTX.gov/Elecciones. A note above the results grid will indicate when all unofficial totals have been listed. All results are unofficial until canvassed by the City Council at an official meeting.