KSAM News

KSAM News

WALKER COUNTY AND CITY ELECTION RESULTS

We have the unofficial local results for the November 5th elections in Walker County.

Ward #4 Councilmember Joe Rodriguez wins a fourth term with 68.23 percent of the vote.

Daiquiri Beebe won the race for councilmember of Ward #1 with 52.58 percent of the vote.

Blake Irving will take over the Ward #3 Councilmember position. He won with 69.47 percent of the vote.

Russell Humphrey ran unopposed for the Ward #4 council position.

In the Huntsville Board of Trustees race, Tracy Lynch Stoudt was re-elected with 53.36 percent of the vote, and J-T Langley will continue in his Trustee position with 52.4 percent of the vote.

In the New Waverly Mayoral race, Nathaniel James was re-elected to a second term with 84.03 percent of the vote.

In the race for New Waverly City Council, two candidates won the votes to serve on the city council–Lisa Koonce picked up 45.45 percent of the vote, and Michael Lucas garnered 36.9 percent of the vote.

Leigh Ann Klawinsky won a seat on the New Waverly ISD School Board with 73.13 percent of the vote.

The new Emergency Services District No. 3 proposition was approved by voters by 62.41 percent of the vote.

WALKER COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT BOARD OF MANAGERS WILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING THIS AFTERNOON

The Board of Managers of the Walker County Hospital District will have a special meeting open to the public today at 12:30 PM in Suite #515 of the First National Bank in Huntsville.

After the meeting is called to order, the Board will adjourn into closed session to meet with attorneys to ask questions and receive attorney-client privileged information from the District’s attorneys and financial consultants in connection with the proposed Purchase Agreement and Member Substitution Agreement to be entered into with Walker County Hospital Corporation in the event that Walker County Hospital Corporation files a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy proceeding, including all of the ancillary agreements, and the proposed agreements to be entered into with Community Hospital Corporation, and various related matters.

Any action as a result of this session will occur when the open meeting is reconvened.

The hospital district has had remaining negotiations underway with Community Hospital Corporation to eventually begin operations of the hospital in a joint venture.

POLICE NEWS

In Huntsville Police news looking back over the past several days, on the day shift last Friday a vehicle burglary was reported in the 1200 block of Avenue O.

On Friday’s night shift, a known suspect assaulted a victim in the 400 block of MLK. In a case of criminal mischief, property was damaged in the 3300 block of Powell Road.

On the day shift Saturday, property was reported stolen in the 100 block of I-45 South. In the 700 block of Hickory Drive, Christopher Morgan was arrested for possession of a criminal instrument and mail theft.

On the day shift Sunday, a known suspect was reported to have harassed a victim in the 2300 block of Avenue P. In the 1500 block of I-45 North, Morgan Wills was taken into custody for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. At the same location, Zachary Gehring was issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Sunday’s night shift, in a case of criminal mischief a possibly known suspect damaged property in the 1300 block of Cottonwood Road.

On Monday’s day shift, two vehicle burglaries were reported. In a burglary in the 2500 block of Lake Road, an unknown suspect entered a vehicle and removed a firearm. In the 4000 block of Sam Houston Avenue, an unknown person stole tools out of a tool box in the vehicle. In the 700 block of Hickory Drive, a rent check was stolen. In the 100 block of I-45 South, a victim’s purse was stolen.

On the night shift Monday at the intersection of Pine Street and Boettcher Mill Drive, William Aaron Bohanon was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

STATE SALES TAX REVENUE TOTALED $2.8 BILLION IN OCTOBER

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said that state sales tax revenue totaled $2.82 billion in October, 7 percent more than in October 2018. 

Hegar said, “Growth in state sales tax revenue was apparent across all major economic sectors.” He said, “The most notable growth was in receipts from the construction, wholesale trade and information services sectors.”

Total sales tax revenue for the three months ending in October 2019 was up 4.1 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Sales tax is the largest source of state funding for the state budget, accounting for 57 percent of all tax collections.

ELECTION DAY INFO

Today, November 5th, is election day in Walker County. Polls are open today until 7 PM.

Your polling location, a video to show you how to use Walker County’s new voting system, voting I-D requirements, sample ballots and information on the Constitutional Amendments for Texas are available on the Walker County Website. A link is available on our website, KSAM1017.com or KHVL.com.

In the Huntsville City Council election in competitive races, in Ward #4 Joe Rodriguez will be challenged by Emily Fuller and Jeff Lane. In the race for Ward #3, Mader Hedspetch will compete with Blake Irving. In the Ward #1 competition, it’s Daiquiri Beebe up against Joshua Baker for the council seat. Timothy Davis has pulled out of the race but will remain on the ballot since paperwork was turned in after the deadline.

In the Huntsville ISD Board of Trustees election, incumbents Tracy Stoudt and J-T Langley will be challenged by Shannon Williams and Cathy Schweitzer.

Looking at the City of New Waverly election, Jurrell Vance is running against mayoral incumbent Nathaniel James. Lisa Koonce, Michael Lucas and Cynthia Vance compete for two positions on the New Waverly council. For New Waverly School Board Trustee Position #7, Leigh Anne Klawinsky is challenging Incumbent Terry Munoz.

In the northern section of Walker County, voters will be able to vote on creating a third Emergency Service District which will provide funds for fire and EMS services in the Crabbs Prairie and Pine Prairie Area.

SUSPECT STILL LOOSE AFTER FRAUD INVESTIGATED AT AN ATV STORE

The Huntsville Item reports that they are still looking for a man who was wanted because of a fraud investigation who was one of four people who were trying to set up financing for an off-road vehicle by using a fake name at Ogden Powersports.

When the suspects showed up on Saturday morning to pick up the vehicle 33-year-old Jonathan Brown of Houston was arrested by police, while three passengers in a vehicle outside fled the scene. Two of the suspects were captured after a chase—23-year-old Aimee Collins of Houston and 23-year-old Jraqkhail Johnson of Fresno. They are still searching for the third suspect, a thin black man, possibly in his early 20’s, who was last seen in the 600 block of I-45 North, who was wearing glasses and dark pants.

TDCJ OFFENDER DIES FOLLOWING A USE-OF-FORCE INCIDENT

The Houston Chronicle reports that a corrections officer was fired and two officials were demoted to new positions following a use-of-force incident that caused the death of a TDCJ offender in October.

The offender was 63-year-old Frank Digges. The Chronicle reports “it’s not exactly clear” which part each of the employees who were disciplined played in the incident. Digges had been serving a life sentence for aggravated robbery.

The Chronicle reports that following the incident TDCJ started an internal investigation, as well as the Office of the Inspector General. The Special Prosecution Unit has investigators looking into the case.

BUTCH DAVIS ADDRESSES COMMISSIONERS’ COURT FOR FUNDS FOR FOOD FOR UPCOMING RACE IN WALKER COUNTY

At Wednesday’s Special Afternoon Session of Walker County Commissioners’ Court, Walker County Emergency Management Coordinator Butch Davis addressed the court on using budgeted funds to to buy food to be cooked and served to the Office of Emergency Management Staff, Huntsville Fire Department and Community Emergency Response Team volunteers during the big Rocky Raccoon Races February 1 through 2 & 8th, 2020 . . . .

Commissioners approved up to $500.