Governor Greg Abbott this week announced $15 million in federal Operation Stonegarden Grant Program (OPSG) funding to increase operational capabilities of federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies along the border. The grants are part of the $30 million in Operations Orders approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the current year’s grant program. These funds ensure that law enforcement partners are equipped with the resources they need to confront the complex and dynamic challenges that exist along the Texas border.
In Huntsville Police news, on the day shift last Friday, damage to property was reported in the 1700 block of 7th Street.
On the night shift Friday, a known suspect assaulted an ex-boyfriend in the 900 block of University Drive. An unknown suspect passed counterfeit money in the 200 block of I-45 South. Johnny Moralez was arrested for assault in the 1100 block of Thomason Street.
On Saturday’s day shift, an unknown suspect caused property damage in a case of criminal mischief in the 100 block of Willowbend Drive. A vehicle burglary was reported in the 2500 block of Pine Shadows Drive. In the 300 block of Avenue M, Datravies Jabbar Merchant was arrested for tampering/fabricating physical evidence.
On Monday’s day shift, a known suspect was reported to have disclosed intimate visual material online in the 300 block of Graham Road. A vehicle burglary was investigated in the 900 block of Avenue N.
On the night shift Monday, Juan Gabriel Silva Robles was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in the 2400 block of Lake Road. In the 500 block of 11th Street, Markus McGary was arrested for fighting and public intoxication. At the same address, Nicholas Delossantos was arrested for public intoxication and an out-of-county warrant.
Sam Houston State sophomore Clayton Fritsch is now a budding international track and field star.
Fritsch won the pole vault competition for Team USA at the 2019 U-23 North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association Championships Sunday in Querétaro, Mexico. His mark of 18 feet, 4 ½ inches also set the meet record.
Fritsch’s teammate, Kansas freshman Zach Bradford, also cleared 18 feet, 4 ½ inches, but it was on his second attempt which gave Fritsch the lead after he cleared that height on his first vault. Both missed all three attempts at the next height to seal the victory for Fritsch.
Rice freshman Natan Rivera from El Salvador placed third at 16 feet, 9 inches.
Since the Supreme Court recently rejected the Trump administration’s effort to return the citizenship question to the next U-S census, saying that their justification for it “seems to have been contrived,” they left an opening to provide another reason for the question’s inclusion.
Attorney General William Barr is looking at how to resolve the situation, so the census would be included.
Presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway commented on the matter, as she talked with reporters outside the White House Tuesday . . . .
The status of denuclearization negotiations between the U-S and North Korea since President Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong Un at Korea’s demilitarized zone came up at Tuesday’s State Department briefing.
Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus told reporters . . . .
On Tuesday, the U-S Secret Service held a program entitled “Secret Service 2018 Mass Attacks in Public Spaces Report.”
Director of the U-S Secret Service, James Murray, passed along interesting profile information in regard to perpetrators of mass attacks in public . . . .
Leftist New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez last Friday said she would be okay with abolishing the Department of Homeland Security because it would undo “a lot of the egregious mistakes that the Bush administration did.”
She made the comment as a guest on the New Yorker Radio program with David Remnick.
She went on to say that, “We never should have created DHS in the early 2000’s.”
The Wynne Home Arts Center has some creative endeavors scheduled for kids this summer.
Spokesperson, Esmeralda Mata, stopped by the newsroom to tell us all about it . . . .
The Huntsville Item reports that Sunday the Huntsville Pinto All-Stars pulled off a spot in the Pinto World Series, winning over Crosby at the Region Tournament held in Friendswood. The Pinto World Series is scheduled for July 24th through the 27th in Youngsville, Louisiana.
Northbound and Southbound IH-45 and PR 40 will be closed from 8:00 PM until 4:00 AM on multiple nights in the coming weeks. Weather permitting, closures will start on the evening of July 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 20th & 21st. All IH-45 traffic must exit using the PR 40 exit ramps (Exit 109). Traffic will be directed across PR 40 to access IH-45 at the entrance ramps. PR 40 will be closed to traffic between the IH-45 ramps. PR 40 will also be closed to westbound traffic from SH 75 to IH-45. This closure is necessary to place beams & install bridge deck panels over PR 40. Message Boards have been placed advising of the closure. Detour signs and law enforcement will be placed along the detour routes to alert and guide traffic through the detour.