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GEICO Gecko image ©1999-2014. © 2014 GEICO Fort Bend’s most in-depth news coverage • Check our website Volume XXXVI • No. 25 Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Stafford Police Officer Ann Carrizales goes to Washington Fort Bend County buys Gordon Ranch Park By Karen Daniels By Elsa Maxey As the personal guest of US Congressman Pete Olson, Stafford Police Officer Ann Carrizales attended the State of the Union address in Washington D.C. last week. As you know, last October, Officer Carrizales was shot twice at close range when she approached a vehicle that was in the middle of the road with a green light, but not moving. Two thoughts raced through her mind as she walked closer, “This person either needs my help or is up to no good. Everything about it was odd.” The shots knocked her to the ground, but Officer Carrizales got back up and chased them in her patrol car, assisting in the arrest of the alleged gunman, Sergio Francisco Rodriguez. Congressman Pete Olson followed the story, continually speaking with Fort Bend County announces the acquisition of the 112-acre Gordon Ranch Park, located off FM 359 in West Fort Bend County, for $3.6 million and it plans to lease this park area to the Houston YMCA. The Gordon Ranch was purchased with $3.5 million contributed by the George Foundation and the Henderson-Wessendorff Foundation, both of which are located in Richmond; and billionaire Dan Harrison III. The county’s share was $100,000. Here, Officer Carrizales is shown Shown is Officer Carrizales with Commandant of Marine Corps General with Willy of "Duck Dynasty". Amos. Officer Carrizales, even meeting her family. He was “honored” to have her as his guest and introduced her to “other members of Congress who have a law enforcement background.” During their time together, she and the Congressman talked about boxing, movies, and military Father and stepmother charged with child abuse The youngster did not attend school and was in the custody “A man and wife, who live in of his father and step-mother. As the Sugar Land area, have been the case unfolded investigators indicted on multiple accounts learned that the abuse could have of Injury to a Child", been going on for at least said Fort Bend Sheriff’s a year. spokesman Bob Haenel. The boy’s father Jorge This case came to Estrella and stepmother light in late 2013 when Aide Estrella were a 9 year old boy was arrested in December able to get free from of 2013. Jorge Estrella the closet where he had bonded out of jail Jorge Estrella been locked up. On in January 2014 on November 23, 2013 the two charges of child youngster climbed out endangerment with a second floor window a bond of $125.000; of the family residence his wife, Aide Estrella in the 16400 block of remains in jail on Flint Run Way in the three charges of child Village of Oak Lakes endangerment. The subdivision seeking indictment of Aide Aide Estrella help. An area resident Estrella indicates that notified authorities for the the boy suffered burns to his child. Sheriff’s spokesman Bob body and neither his father nor Haenel said, “The victim told stepmother provided proper investigators that he had been medical treatment, food or safe locked in a closet for several days, living conditions. fed only once a day and there was No further information was evidence of burns on his body.” available on the child. By LeaAnne Klentzman Rough week for crooks they just did that to an off duty cop that would show’m. Well, This past week two off there ya’ have it. Seems that duty police officers have shot nice off duty Houston officer suspects in the act. who had just moments One collection of brain before been enjoying a trusts tried to rob an offmovie appears to have duty Houston officer; been in a giving mood, the other a burglar tried he generously shared to steer-dog the officer. CRIMINAL several bullets with the OF THE WEEK Fatal error! carload of crooks trying What we have here to rob him. Wouldn’t ya’ just appears to be catastrophic love to have been a fly on miscalculation on the part of the window inside that car … crooks with exceptional target as it sped away, everybody acquisition on the part of the bleeding. So what do ya’ think cops. Yess’um, how many they told the doctors when times have you watched the news and thought, oh man … if CROOKS, continued on page 4 By LeaAnne Klentzman DUMB memories. “He is genuinely a good man. And funny.” Officer Carrizales called the trip to Washington D.C. “life changing” , however a few days before the trip she experienced anxiety and uncertainty about going. It would be the first time Officer Carrizales was away from her family since the shooting. She would be traveling alone to a new city where she knew no one, during extreme winter weather. Her husband Christopher, son Joseph (19) and daughter MiKayla (10) encouraged her to go, saying, “You’re going!” In Washington, the trip was “very emotional” as she visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and found the names of two family members inscribed on the wall. She also visited the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and found the name of fallen FBCSO Deputy John David Norsworthy Jr. The memorial is dedicated to commemorating the service and sacrifice of officers who have died in the line of duty. The following are some other experiences that Officer Carrizales shared about the address: Highlight of the trip: Meeting Commandant of Marine Corps-General Amos STAFFORD POLICE, continued on page 4 Fort Bend Green helps “Fort Bend Green has been involved in raising the funds and helped facilitate and negotiate on with the current owner,” Fort Bend Green Executive Director Kim Icenhower told the Star. Established in 2008, Fort Bend Green is a 501(c)3 organization facilitating partnerships to close what is referred to as the projected green space gap as Fort Bend grows. It also supports the county’s efforts to maintain the National Parks Service recommended ratio of PARK, continued on page 4 Sugar Land theater and infrastructure projects moving ahead By Betsy Dolan Sugar Land City Council recently approved a $1.1 million contract with Metro City Construction, L.P. for drainage improvements in Sugar Mill. The improvements will reduce the risk of street ponding and flooding previously reported in sections one, two and three of Sugar Mill, an area surrounded by Eldridge Road, Lakeview Drive, Wood Street and Greenbelt Drive. The project builds on drainage work that was completed in 2011. Since then, the City focused on acquiring easements and a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Construction will soon begin on two storm sewers along Rolling THEATER, continued on page 4 Big plans set for Houston Community College HCC - Southwest Campus years from the bond issue date. When it comes to the future Last year citizens approved of the Houston Community a $425M bond to expand and College Southwest Campus, update the Houston Community Trustee Sane used one word College System. The HCC repeatedly: Partnerships. She Southwest Campus is one of is looking to form partnerships the largest of it’s nine districts, in both the private and public and Board Chair of Trustees, sectors. Joint projects with Neeta Sane, took a moment to Stafford MSD; with Stafford and sit down and explain how the Fort Bend business communities; money assigned to District VII, as well as government entities. will be spent. Trustee Sane is In regards to SMSD, she beginning her second term (terms would like to continue the are 6 years) as a trustee and was dialogue so that high school At the Swearing-in ceremony were: HCC Board Chair Neeta Sane sworn-in as Chair on January with Deepak Sane, Senator John Whitmire, Munir Ibrahim, Parvin 23, 2014.. Her district campuses BIG PLANS, continued on page 4 Bagherpour and Alief ISD Board President Rick Moreno. include Stafford, Missouri City, Gulfton, and the West Loop. The campus located in Stafford will receive $27M of the bond money and the Missouri City campus will receive $21.5M with an additional $1.5M for Detective Shelley Nicodemus was the passenger on the 2007 By LeaAnne Klentzman an athletic field (not part of the died at the scene. Detective Harley-Davidson motorcycle bond). The Stafford Campus has Vehicular manslaughter Moses Perez suffered head and and was found about 30 feet plans to construct a new Work charges against a former sheriff’s back injuries and was flown to a from the motorcycle. Perez Force building. For the first time, detective have been reduced to Houston Hospital. At the time of was found closer to the bike.” HCC will have a school that Class B Misdemeanor DWI. the accident, Sheriff’s spokesman is solely dedicated to teaching, Early one October Sunday Bob Haenel said, “Nicodemus VEHICULAR, continued on page 4 and in some cases, certifying morning in 2012, Fort Bend students for the industrial sector. Sheriff’s Detectives Moses Programs include electrical, Perez and Shelly Nicodemus plumbing, manufacturing, and were involved in an off duty technology. Trustee Sane said, motorcycle accident. At the “There is a need. We want to time of the accident Assistant prepare the workforce that is Katy police chief Tim Tyler already here. HCC is number said Detective Moses Perez and one in producing work force Detective Shelley Nicodemus ready graduates in Houston.” were traveling west bound This is a perfect fit for the City of along the feeder road of I10 Stafford. Ground breaking for the between Katy Fort Bend Road new building is expected to begin and Pin Oak Road inside Katy in Fall 2014, and as part of bond city limits, when the motorcycle project policy, construction must on which they were riding be 80% complete within three careened out of control. Moses Perez and Shelly Nicodemus By Karen Daniels Vehicular Manslaughter charges reduced for former detective

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