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Texas Central Partners’ recent loss in a Houston courtroom may be good news for Grimes County land-owners fearing imminent domain.
County Judge Ben Leman tells Navasota News, the firm in charge of the proposed high speed rail line proposed to run through Grimes, has been masquerading as a company with the right of imminent domain, and that ruling strikes a blow against its claims.
Leman says, TCP asked the Houston-Judge to rule that they are a rail road, they have the right of imminent domain, and they are a imminent inter-urban-electric-rail. But each were denied.
A statement from the rail-line argues the judge did not issue any opinion on TCP’s rights or company operations; he only declined its requests.
While the company was looking for a quick summary judgment, Lehman says it will now have to plead its case in the courtroom later next year. But while the battle isn’t over, he still feels pretty good as the company’s best efforts are being thwarted.
As the battle over the high-speed rail-line continues, here in Grimes County and across Texas, you’ll hear about it on Navasota News.
An undocumented-immigrant Navasota resident was arrested last week after the Navasota Police Department received a call from a College Station hospital who’s staff didn’t believe a baby’s injuries were accidental.
Chief Justin Leeth says the child’s father 30-year-old Julio Gamez admitted to inflicting the child’s injuries, and was arrested, and taken to the Grimes County Jail; charged with “injury to a child,” a first degree felony.
Leeth tells Navasota News you can do your part in keeping people safe by reporting anything you see that’s suspicious to them.
Gamez could spend the next five-years to life behind bars and be subject to a $10,000.00 fine if he’s found guilty. He also faces possible deportation following his trial; immediately if he’s found not guilty, or after his jail term if he’s convicted.
Now that the Navasota Theatre Alliance has packed-up all its productions for the old year, the group’s new president says things are looking good as the non-profit looks to 2017.
Sheryll Brown tells Navasota News the Alliance’s plays have either surpassed the national average of play attendance or at least was close to average. The group has also undergone several changes, including a more robust Board of Directors, new theatre seats, and, thanks to some grants, has accomplished several much-needed repairs to the old Sunny Furman.
The Alliance is also now realizing income from Navasota’s Hotel Occupancy Tax, Brown smiles, which are being used to promote the theatre outside of Grimes County.
As for the new year, she promises you can look forward to more Neal Simon plays, along with a renewed group focus on financial stability, grants and donations, to insure an ongoing, thriving arts community here in the County of Grimes.
This year’s top Navasota High School Senior had a little help applying to colleges across the country; and even had the chance for a free ride.
Celeste Tovar says she was first turned-on to a group called Quest Bridge by one of the schools’ earlier valedictorians.
Tovar tells Navasota News the program offered her a free way to apply to college. And on the group’s website, it boasts partnerships with some of the best, from Amherst to Yale.
The group asks students to rank their top four schools, and in her case it’s USC, Stanford, Yale and Princeton. If the schools accept the student, that means free tuition.
Unfortunately, Tovar continues, she was recently informed that not one of her four colleges picked her. But she isn’t letting that stop her, either.
Despite this, Tovar reports, the Quest Bridge program still lets her apply to a number of top colleges for free; a small consolation prize, but one she is using.
And while she figures out where she will go and what to study, Tovar hopes other Rattlers will also take advantage of Quest Bridge’s offer, and maybe get that free ride. For more visit www.questbridge.org
Flooding and prevention was on City Council’s in its latest meeting. Council accepted a small piece of property in the flood plain after its owner thought giving it away was her best option.
The City’s Sarah Korpita reports the property was located in the city’s Carver Neighborhood, and continues, it’s looking at another piece of land; held in trust after its previous owner stopped paying taxes on it.
City Manager Brad Stafford says the city will continue to collect more flood-prone land, via donations or from tax delinquent property.
And when it has collected enough in the flood-plain, he continues, the city can turn them into tools like detention ponds or green place areas, to keep residents and their home above water.
As the city continues its flood prevention plan you’ll hear about it on Navasota News.
One of Navasota’s finest was recently honored by City Council. For the second year-in-a-row, Mothers Against Drunk Driving recognized Officer Ernesto DeLosSantos as “Hero of The Highway” over several others in the Brazos Valley for keeping a weather-eye out for impaired drivers.
His boss tells Navasota News it’s always heartwarming to see cops recognized for doing a great job.
DeLosSantos is pro-active in his patrol duties, says a beaming Chief Justin Leeth, adding that, according to his numbers, this single officer is responsible for more than 36% of the Department’s DUI enforcement.
There’s a lot of through-traffic in Navasota, he continues, and this is just one more way his officers are keeping drivers safe. And with the holiday season already underway, he warns all party goers, if you are going to drink, plan ahead of time and get a sober-ride home. To do otherwise is just not worth it.
So the next time you get behind the wheel, you’d better be sober, or you may just get to meet officer DeLosSantos, or one his fellow officers on the side of the road.
A Navasota man is still residing in the Grimes County jail today, charged with the death of a local woman who was a passenger in an SUV he was driving nearly two weeks ago that crashed in the fifteen-hundred block of state highway 105 West.
Earlier this month, Navasota Police Chief Justin Leeth tells Navasota News, 32-year-old Jason Sauls was behind the wheel of a Ford Expedition, with 34-year-old Chala Densey and four children as passengers, when it left the roadway and flipped several times.
While the driver and all of the children were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, the Chief reports that Densey was pronounced dead at the scene by responding law enforcement. The results of an ordered autopsy are still pending.
Because initial lab results from Sauls, he continues, revealed a blood alcohol level above the .08% legal limit, a warrant for his arrest was issued and served on him upon his release from the hospital.
The Chief refused any further comment, explaining the investigation is still ongoing.
Saul is in custody on a $10,000.00 bond, facing a second-degree felony, for intoxication manslaughter. If he is convicted Sauls could spend the next twenty years behind bars, and face a fine of up to $20,000.00