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Narcotics Enforcement Team Receives National Award for Investigative Efforts

The Montgomery County Narcotics Enforcement Team received the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area award for Outstanding Marijuana Investigative Effort due to a yearlong investigation the task force has been working. Members of the Task Force attended the National Awards on February 8th in Washington D.C.

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Houston agents and Task Force Officers assigned to the enforcement team, a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Initiative led by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and comprised of multiple state, local, and federal agencies, conducted an investigation into a drug trafficking organization.

Walker County Sheriff Clint McCrae along with a local undercover narcotics investigator and Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson and Lt. Tim Cannon of the Montgomery County Narcotics Enforcement Task Force accepted the award.

Forest Service Will Conduct Controlled Burns

U.S. Forest Service fire personnel will be burning areas in the national forests during the next few months.

Sam Houston National Forest Fire Management Officer Jason Klawinsky, says “The public may see a helicopter overhead, smoke columns rising and smoke settling in low-lying areas at night.”

If drivers encounter smoke on the road, they should reduce their speed and use low beam lights to become more visible to other traffic. In some areas, Forest Service fire personnel visit property owners living closest to the burn areas to explain safety procedures and the benefits of fire.

Shooting At Florida High School

Wednesday, former 19-year-old Parkland, Florida high school student Nikolas Cruz began shooting others in a rampage that resulted in the deaths of 17.

Cruz had been expelled earlier from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School because of discipline problems.

Cruz was arrested off campus after he left the school. Reports say he has been talking to police investigators.

Reverend Scott Dornbush Passes Away

The Huntsville Item has reported that former senior pastor at Huntsville’s First United Methodist Church, Reverend Scott Dornbush, passed away Tuesday evening following complications from a heart attack in January.

Reverend Dornbush had currently been serving as pastor of Kingwood United Methodist Church. For information on memorial services, visit the Kingwood United Methodist Church Facebook page.

Huntsville ISD Trustees Meet

Huntsville ISD Trustees meet for a regular board meeting this evening at six at the Hawkins Administration Building.

The board will give special recognition to various students and staff members.

Director of Accountability and School Improvement Angee Andrus will present a Public Hearing on the 2016-17 Texas Academic Performance Report.

Tonight’s “Consent Agenda” includes Board approval of the use of the May 4th Student Holiday/Staff Development Day as an instructional day for students to make-up for the weather-related school closure in January.

Angee Andrus will present a report on the 2017 STAAR End of Course Results.

Superintendent, Dr. Scott Sheppard, will give a two-week update.

Police News

In Huntsville Police news, on the day shift Tuesday a theft report shows a possibly known suspect stole a firearm. In the 1200 block of El Road, Broderick Davison was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with serious bodily injury in family violence.

On Tuesday’s night shift, Dorian Harrison was arrested in the 1400 block of 10th Street for multiple city warrants and a warrant from the Montgomery County Sheriffs Office. In the 2200 block of Bobby K Marks Drive, a known suspect was reported to have threatened someone. Later, in the 2200 block of Bobby K Marks, Melvin Young was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

Citizen Input Request

The City of Huntsville is requesting your input. The City has been holding a series of public meetings seeking feedback on the City’s brand. Even if you haven’t been able to attend one, you can still participate by completing an electronic questionnaire. Fill in “Let your voice be heard!” on the City’s website search engine, and it will lead you to this story and links. It is brief, easy to complete and will help the City on this project. If you would prefer to have a questionnaire mailed or emailed to you, let them know at CitySecretary@HuntsvilleTX.gov or 936-291-5403.

The next opportunity to share your ideas in person will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 27, at City Hall (1212 Avenue M). The meeting will involve a presentation, open discussion, and the questionnaire, giving participants a chance to share their thoughts. The public is invited to attend.

Governor Abbott Announces New Hazard Mitigation Funding For Harvey Recovery

Governor Greg Abbott this week joined local leaders in Rockport and Houston, Texas to announce the availability of new funding for hazard mitigation projects along the Gulf Coast following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. This allocation of funding from FEMA will provide an estimated $1 billion for hazard and flood mitigation projects designed to both help Texas rebuild and reduce the risk of future damage from flooding and Hurricanes. The hazard mitigation funding will be operated by the Texas Division of Emergency Management, and cities and counties can now submit applications for projects.

The new hazard mitigation funds can be used in a number of ways, including:

  • Buyouts and elevations of flood prone properties
  • Drainage and reservoir projects that eliminate future flooding
  • Projects to lessen the  frequency or severity of flooding
  • Flood risk reduction projects (dams, retention basins, levees, floodwalls)
  • Large-scale channeling of waterways