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KSAM News

INFO ON COVID-19 VACCINE RESOURCE

Front-line healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities (called Phase 1A), plus people over 65 or with a chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID‑19 (called Phase 1B), are currently eligible to receive the COVID‑19 vaccine.

If you would like more information on this, go to our web page and look for the COVID-19 link for official information and local resource page.

POLICE NEWS

Looking at police news over the past several days, on Saturday an unattended police vehicle was struck while parked in the 200 block of State Highway 75. No injuries were reported. A theft was investigated in the 600 block of 11th Street.

On Monday, a handgun was stolen in a vehicle burglary in the 2400 block of Lake Road. In the 100 block of 16th Street, an unknown suspect stole two shotguns from a vehicle. In the 600 block of Avenue H, Brandon Reece was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and fleeing. In the 100 block of Mathis Road, Jerri Pratt was arrested for evading in a vehicle and DWI. In the 2000 block of 11th Street, Ryan Daigle was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and tampering. In the 300 block of Smith Hill Road, Corey Dixter Jimerson was arrested for failure to ID as a fugitive, possession of a controlled substance and on a parole violation warrant.

On Tuesday, Jennifer Tedor was arrested in the 1200 block of Josey Drive delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. Property was damaged in the 300 block of 13th Street. A vehicle burglary was investigated in the 2800 block of Lake Road. Another vehicle burglary was investigated in 1400 block of Avenue N. A vehicle was reported stolen in the 500 block of Bowers Boulevard. An unknown person stole property off a porch in the 2400 block of Avenue S. At State Highway 19 and Old Colony Road, Terrance Cole was taken into custody for failure to ID as a fugitive, possession of drug paraphernalia, on a Blue Warrant and on a Brazos County Warrant, and Demetria Jones was taken into custody for hindering apprehension. At U-S 190 and FM 2929, Adrianna Longoria was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, and Mark Sawyer was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. At U-S 190 and Geneva Road, Tommy Price and Bruce Cunningham were arrested for possession of a controlled substance. In the 600 block of I-45 South, Mary Kalu was arrested for criminal trespass. In the 400 block of State Highway 30 East, Terron Gambrell was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

DPS RECOGNIZES AMBER ALERT ANNIVERSARY

The Texas Department of Public Safety joined the country in observing national AMBER Alert Awareness Day, remembered this week, marking 25 years since 9-year-old Amber Hagerman of Arlington, Texas, was abducted.

In response to Amber Hagerman’s death, law enforcement and broadcast media representatives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area created the first AMBER Alert program, which served as a nationwide model for alerting the public about abducted children. All 50 U.S. states and several other countries now have an AMBER Alert program.

SAM HOUSTON MEMORIAL MUSEUM HAS A TRAVELING EXHIBIT ABOUT EL CAMINO REAL

The Sam Houston Memorial Museum will present “El Camino Real de los Tejas:  Its History, People and Places,” a traveling exhibit that looks at the trail that extended from Mexico, across Texas, and into Louisiana. Some may know it as the King’s Highway or the Old San Antonio Road.  Today, the trail is designated as a National Historic Trail. 

El Camino Real will be on display until March 21, 2021 in the exhibit gallery at the Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center, a part of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum Complex in Huntsville, Texas.  Exhibit gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. 

CITY HELD SECOND DAY OF STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION TUESDAY

Tuesday evening, Huntsville City Councilmembers, department heads and members of the public met in the Library Community Room for a second Strategic Planning Session for 2021.

City Manager Aron Kulhavy got the discussion underway . . . .

Last night, Mr. Kulhavy asked for any new ideas and any clarification or rejection of the previous night’s ideas. He had posters up on the wall of Monday night’s input on City needs to focus on in the new year. He gave councilmembers circular stickers to place on the posters to prioritize their view of the most pressing needs listed.

Although this is not meant to be an accurate forecast of the final priorities, some of the more heavily voted priorities included:

–Consider zoning requirements for consistent development standards around town specifically where commercial/multifamily residences abut neighborhoods.

–Continue downtown street and sidewalk improvements.

–Review and consider rental property occupancy standards.

–Increase “luring” and marketing of businesses to town.

–Consider construction or participation in the construction of a driveway between Walmart and Aaron’s Rents.

–Consider widening FM 1374 from I-45 Veterans.

–Provide additional staff recognition programs.

–Work with Junior Service League to facilitate the construction of an inclusive playground at Kate Barr Ross Park.

–Review feasibility of building a sports complex.

–Review and create programs for youth and teens.

–An Economic Development Sales Tax

–Review Staffing levels and funding sources for increasing Fire Department Personnel.

–Review Staffing levels for the Police Department.

CORONAVIRUS & TESTING UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of Tuesday, January 12th, yesterday, there were 1,773 active cases of Coronavirus in the community with 41 fatalities. Among TDCJ offenders, there were 231 active cases reported with 38 fatalities.

Curative testing kiosks for Coronavirus are located at 125 Medical Park Lane and at the Storm Shelter 455 State Highway 75 North in the West Parking Lot by appointment only at Curative.com.  It’s available daily from 8 AM to 5 PM.

UPDATE ON IMPEACHMENT & 25TH AMENDMENT VOTE

The House is expected to cast votes to impeach President Trump some time today. Late Tuesday, the House voted to pass a resolution which asks Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office. Pence has already indicated he would not take 25th Amendment action.

COMMISSIONERS LOOK AT BRINGING SALVATION ARMY TO WALKER COUNTY

At Commissioners’ Court Tuesday morning, commissioners looked at allowing the Salvation Army to have an office at 344 South Highway 75 North in Building 300.

Walker County Emergency Management Coordinator Butch Davis addressed the court on the matter . . . .

Mr, Davis added that, “If the court’s agreeable, then we’ll bring back an Interlocal Agreement with the Salvation Army to the court to see and approve.”

Commissioners approved the office request.

COMMISSIONERS’ COURT MOVING FORWARD ON REPAIRING AMBULANCE

At Commissioners’ Court Tuesday morning, EMS Director John Nabors passed along the story of how a bull and one of their ambulances had an accidental confrontation on the road in which both the bull and the ambulance lost. A number of efforts had been made to repair that vehicle that had presented various issues.

Mr. Nabors discussed with the court about what the best course to follow was to get the ambulance back up and in service in a cost-saving way. Commissioner Bill Daugette who, among commissioners, made some recommendations on how to move forward, summarized the status of the ambulance issue for us . . . .

SHSU LAW, ENGAGEMENT AND POLITICS GROUP EMBARKS ON CIVIL RIGHTS THEMED TRIP

SHSU Political Science Professor Mike Yawn has informed us that the LEAP Center—LEAP stands for Law, Engagement And Politics–is doing a nine-day trip of civil rights and other educational sites across five states.  The Civil Rights component of this is primarily a recognition of the inauguration of Kamala Harris being the first female and first person of color as VP.  They left yesterday (Tuesday), with this itinerary:

  • Jan 12: Marshall and Caddo Lake (boat tour of Caddo Lake)
  • Jan 13: Vicksburg and Jackson, MS (Civil War Battlefield, Jackson Museum of Civil Rights, Medgar Evers home; State Capitol)
  • Jan 14: New Orleans (Homer Plessy grave, New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, WWII Museum, Louis Armstrong Park)
  • Jan 15: Biloxi, MS and Mobile, AL (Ohr-Okeefe Museum, Walter Anderson Museum)
  • Jan 16: Montgomery, AL (MLK Church, State Capitol, MLK Home, Rosa Parks bus stop)
  • Jan 17: Birmingham, AL (Jail site where MLK wrote his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail. The Vulcan, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham Museum of Arts)
  • Jan 18 (MLK Day): Memphis, TN (Lorraine Motel, where MLK was assassinated)
  • Jan 19: Little Rock (Little Rock Central High, MacArthur Museum, State Capitol)
  • Jan 20: Trip Home (Watch Inauguration, and either Melrose Plantation or Hot Springs Natl Park)