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HUNTSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICER RECEIVES AWARD

The “Men and Women in Blue” are around 24-7 to protect us from harm, and they have, in countless situations, saved members of the public during medical emergencies.

A Huntsville Police Officer recently responded to a life-threatening emergency, and he was recognized and given an award for it at the last regular session of the Huntsville City Council. He is HPD officer David Gonzales.

Huntsville Police Chief Kevin Lunsford did the honors . . . .

Officer David Gonzales was awarded the Huntsville Police Department Lifesaving Award.

MAN INDICTED ON TWO COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AGAINST A PUBLIC SERVANT

KBTX reports that 20-year-old Cristian Garcia has been indicted by a Walker County Grand Jury for two counts of aggravated assault against a public servant.

Garcia is accused of charging toward a Huntsville Police officer with a hatchet in the parking lot at Walmart on January 11th of this year.

The officer had to begin firing on Garcia after he failed to respond to repeated commands to drop the hatchet. The officer even used a taser to try to stop him.

Garcia received two gunshot wounds and was transported to the hospital. He was later booked into the Walker County Jail and later bonded out.

The incident is under investigation by Texas Rangers.

HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY KIRSTJEN NIELSEN TESTIFIES TO HOUSE COMMITTEE ABOUT BORDER SECURITY

Is there an illegal migrant emergency at our border? You decide.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified on border security before the House Homeland Security Committee Wednesday . . . .

Secretary Nielsen told the committee, “We have drugs, criminals and violence spilling into our country every week.” She said, “Over 60% of the current flow are family units and unaccompanied alien children, and 60% are non-Mexican.

Secretary Nielsen added . . . .

LOCAL SCAM UPDATE

Here’s an update on the latest scams going on:

The Huntsville Police Department has been receiving numerous calls over the past several days in which people purporting to be a utility company are calling persons and advising them they owe money to the company and, unless the victim’s credit card information is provided over the phone immediately, their utilities will be turned off. Additionally, persons alleging to be deputies with the Walker County Sheriff’s Department are calling people telling them they missed jury duty and a warrant is out for their arrest. If the victim does not provide credit card information over the phone, a deputy will be dispatched to arrest them. These calls are scams. Neither companies nor law enforcement will make phone calls demanding credit card information be provided over the phone immediately. If you receive a call like these, or similar calls, do not provide the person calling with any information. Hang up and call the official number for the business or government entity to verify your standing with them.

TEXAS HOMEOWNER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM APPLICATION FAIR

Precinct #3 Commissioner Bill Daugette informs us that the Texas Homeowner Assistance Program will host an application fair in Walker County to assist homeowners still in need of Hurricane Harvey recovery aid. The events are designed to encourage residents to apply for the Homeowner Assistance Program, which is providing more than $258 million in housing assistance to hurricane survivors across the HGAC-E/Gulf Coast region.

At each application fair, application coordinators and program representatives will be available to help homeowners complete a program application for assistance and answer any questions. Applications take approximately 30 minutes to complete, and homeowners are encouraged to call 1-844-893-8937 to schedule an appointment at an application fair.

The application fair is scheduled for March 15, 4 – 8 p.m., March 16, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Daisy’s Diner 3687 State Highway 19 in Riverside.

UPDATE ON U-S EUROPEAN AND TRANSPORTATION COMMAND HEARING HELD TUESDAY

We have an update on how well-equipped the U-S military is in it’s potential defense of Europe, when it comes to Russia.

The Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on U-S European and Transportation Commands was held in Washington.

NATO Supreme Allied Commander General Curtis “Mike” Scaparrotti was asked if the U-S has the right posture and capabilities to handle the deterrence of Russian aggression in Europe.

General Scaparotti said they’ve “made progress in European Command.” He said they’ve “improved the readiness,” but he’s “not comfortable yet, with it . . . .”

COUNCILMEMBERS HEAR CITIZEN PARTICIPATION REQUEST ON ERADICATING AT-LARGE POSITIONS

At last night’s regular session of the Huntsville City Council, one of the agenda items that gave birth to much discussion was a Citizen Participation Request from Timothy Charles Owl Davis who addressed councilmembers on eradicating at-large positions on the council and having two ward seats per ward in place . . . .

Several councilmembers responded to Mr. Davis’s statement. Councilmember Tish Humphrey, for example . . ..

Also among others, Councilmember Dee Howard Mullins commented . . . .

COMMISSIONERS DISCUSSED TWO RIVERSIDE PROJECTS IN COURT THIS WEEK

At Walker County Commissioners’ Court “Special Session” Monday afternoon, commissioners discussed possible action on two projects to be completed by Walker County Precinct #3 for the City of Riverside.

Precinct #3 Commissioner Bill Daugette explained that in one of the projects . . . .

Regarding the other project . . . .

The projects to be completed were approved by commissioners.

WEATHER SAFETY ADVICE

It’s Severe Weather Awareness Week in Texas through Friday the 8th.

On our “Around Town” program over the weekend we discussed various ways to deal with various emergency situations, including weather.

One of our guests on the program was City Emergency Management Coordinator James Waldo. He told us where to find information on the kit you can put together in preparation for any kind of emergency.