See our PHOTO CONTEST Winners on page 15 The Fort Bend / Southwest STAR Search 1,000’s of new and used autos online 4655 Techniplex Dr. Suite 300, Stafford, Texas 77477 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org • Website: www.fortbendstar.com Office: 281-690-4200 • Fax: 281-690-4250 • TOLL FREE 1-888-430-7478 Volume XXXIII • No. 37 HHH Family Owned and Locally Operated • An Official Fort Bend County Newspaper 2011 Surf’s Up School’s Out Wednesday, April 27, 2011 8th hole lake claimed by several Ownership issue addressed by Quail Valley residents The azaleas are in bloom, the wild flowers are out, the cold weather is gone. Time to hit the beach, because “Surf’s Up!” OakBend Medical Center is the title sponsor for the 2011 Surf’s Up School’s Out, benefitting the Lamar Educational Awards foundation (L.E.A.F.). The dinner, dance and auction will be May 6 at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds. Dinner is served from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with a live dessert auction following immediately. The dance starts at 8:30 p.m. with entertainment by Fort Bend County’s favorite party band, The Triumphs. OakBend Medical Center’s Chief Executive Officer Joe Freudenberg, and Sue McCarty, front row: Jody Jones Noirot, and Susan Carruth. Individual tickets are $25, which includes a chicken-fried steak dinner catered by Vincek’s. Tables for groups of 10 or can be reserved for $250. For ticket information or to reserve tables call Janice Knight at 832-223-0334. Libel suit finally goes to trial After eight long years, a libel suit filed against the Star by the son of Chief Deputy Craig Brady is going to trial this week in Judge Thomas Culver’s courtroom. In a story entitled, Deputy Brady’s tape collecting called “Roadside Suppression,” Wade Brady was given a Minor in Possession ticket and after he was found “not guilty” by a jury, his father arranged to have all the deputies involved in his ticketing gather and surrender audio tapes as part of an expunction action. The story pointed out that the expunction order was past the time limit. The Star contends that the story was about Craig Brady, the chief deputy who is a public official and has to meet higher standards about proving libel and that Craig Brady is hiding behind his son to sue the Star, a frequent critic. Representing the Star is the firm of JacksonWalker, which defended the libel suit against Oprah Winfrey in Amarillo. Houstonion John Edwards is the lead attorney and sitting second chair is Amanda Bush Hurry, Smurry By LeaAnne Klentzman Last week, a guy was weaving along a Rosenberg road, then he rolled a couple of stop signs, then he flat blew a third one and the cop behind him pulled him over. Imagine the officer’s surprise when the driver, a law enforcement official, got out and told him: I’m in a hurry. I’m late for a meeting. Just give me your phone number and I’ll call you later. Then got back into his county car and left the officer standing there, hold’n down the pavement. See HURRY, page 7 from Fort Worth. The Star had previously asked that the suit be dismissed because Wade Brady had not been libeled. After Judge Culver denied a summary judgement, the suit was appealed but the lower court's ruling was affirmed. “Deputy Craig Brady and another newspaper tried to portray the appeal as the final deposition of the suit,” said Bev Carter, Star publisher. “However, it was simply the denial of a motion for By Elsa Maxey Too many different answers on the same questions about the 8th hole on Quail Valley's Golf Course … “First the city owns the lake, then the city doesn't own the lake. Makes you wonder if anyone in city hall has a clue as to what is really the case. I guess it depends on who you ask,” said Missouri City resident Deborah Jackson. Jackson is concerned about the lake at the city’s golf course on the 8th hole that “will look horrible and our property values will dive, not to mention trying to sell a home with back property like that.” Jackson, who has lived in Quail Valley for five years, and longterm resident Ed Powell along with others in the neighborhood are concerned about the state of the lake, as is Charles Butera, who heads the Quail Valley Fund that serves as a point of contact between the neighborhood and the city. The current drought conditions are clearly to blame for the dry lake “quickly becoming an eye sore to those who live on it,” says Jackson. The lake does not have a natural water source and relies on rain for a sustainable water level, according to city information. Particularly at this time, the state has advised local entities to conserve water supplies due to the a summary judgement, which is a judgment rendered by the court because no material issue of fact exists and one party or the other is entitled to a judgment as a matter of law.” The Star has been a frequent critic of the sheriff’s department under Milton Wright and has accused him of turning the running of the department over to Craig Brady. By Elsa Maxey The civil trial is expected to It looks like Fort Bend ISD take approximately two weeks. got some help from students in voicing a message aimed at the state legislature. For the students, it was probably a real life lesBy LeaAnne KLentzman as Xanax from the pharmacist, son in government complete A Richmond pharmacist has said Neinast. Those controlled with first amendment rights, the been arrested for delivering substances were delivered to the right to assembly, and it was controlled substances to under- undercover officer in unmarked also sanctioned by school officover officers. prescription vials in a cardboard cials. Campus and Sugar Land Wednesday, April 20, a box according to authorities. Police were also in the loop about pharmacist for the Richmond The pharmacist has been iden- a student organized rally last Professional Pharmacy, tified as Bright Wokocha, Wednesday and they were on-site in the Richmond a licensed and registered ensuring safety. Professional Building, pharmacist in the State As the Easter three-day weeklocated at 1601 Main of Texas. Wokocha was end kicked-off, surprising news #107, was arrested and arrested and charged came from State Education charged with Delivery of with Delivery of a a Controlled Substance, Controlled Substance; said Richmond Master a felony. Officers also Bright Wokocha Sergeant Lowell Neinast. seized a large amount Neinast said the arrest was of United States currency from the result of an investigation Wokocha which will be held conducted by undercover offi- pending forfeiture proceedings in cers from the Houston Police Fort Bend County, said Neinast. Department. Those officers were Wokocha voluntarily surable to acquire several tablets rendered his DEA and DPS of Hydrocodone, also known as controlled substance registraLorCet or LorTab and several tion numbers for the Richmond tablets of Alprazolam also known See PHARMACIST, page 7 Richmond pharmacist arrested This drying lake is on the 8th hole at the Missouri City golf course in Quail Valley. Residents want to know who owns it and how it can be filled with water to restore it and not adversely impact property values. worst drought in 40 years currently occurring in Texas. Governor Rick Perry recently told Texans to pray for rain, coincidentally the same expression Mayor Allen Owen used as part of an explanation to a resident about how to get water back into the city’s lakes. But the dry lake condition addressed by the residents has been a concern since January, when the city was contacted. “We have any number of inquiries on this,” said City Manager Frank Simpson in response to the "Star’s" query last week. The “lake behind # 8 we understood to be the lake behind the green of #8,” stated Simpson in an email to Quail Valley Fund’s Butera. “If that is the lake Ms. Jackson is referring to, then the City does not own it. If she was referring to the lake that is next to the #8 tee, then the City does own that.” Jackson says, “I think at this point, I just simply want a clear cut answer as to who owns the lake and who is to take responsibility for it.” But, ownership of the lake really does not matter in relation to why the water level remains down, according to city accounts which also indicate that lake water level concerns have been raised over the past 20 years, and a 2009 study it commissioned addressed a water balancing analysis about this recurring condition. As for the property by the 8th hole with the lake, a portion is owned by Missouri City, a portion by Ynanda Corp. and the immediate adjacent areas are owned by See 8th HOLE, page 6 Fort Bend ISD Clements High School students protest teacher cuts Commissioner Robert Scott Friday evening. An announcement about Texas receiving $830 million in federal money for use towards public education this year prompted Scott to release an important statement. “We will work with lawmakers to get this much needed funding to our school districts as quickly as possible,” he said about Texas receiving the federal funds from the U.S. Department of Education. The money comes a year after most states received their portion of $10 billion set aside to protect education jobs. The Texas funds were held up in a political dispute reported between Democratic U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Austin and Republican Gov. Rick Perry. Speculation indicates that the funds will be used to factor into the state’s current budget under development, which may free up more funds for additional spending. As for the students rally, the high school students had picked Town Center as their original location, but a permit was needed from the property owners since the city could only authorize the students to assemble on the city hall steps, they said. See CLEMENTS, page 7 Nine Fort Bend Women at Roller Derby League Gang activity gets Missouri City man 21 years By LeaAnne Klentzman City in August of 2008. He was A Missouri City man was also charged with Engaging in sentenced to 21 years in prison Organized Criminal Activity last week after being convicted which enhances punishment for by a jury in the 4500th certain crimes when they District Court. are gang-related. “Deandre Ashton According to Assistant Ward was sentenced to District Attorney Celena 21 years in prison on Vinson, “Forever About April 18, 2011 after a Bread” (FAB) and “100 jury convicted him of Click”, who are rival Engaging in Organized gangs, were involved Criminal Activity,” said Deandre Ward in an altercation at an a spokesman for the District Elkins High School football Attorney’s Office. game on August 16, 2008. After Ward, 21, was indicted after a the game, gunshots were fired gang-related shooting in Missouri See MO CITY, page 6 Nine local women in the Fort Bend area play roller derby for the Houston Roller Derby League. They may be mean and tough on the track but these women are your sweet average local gals around town. The season starts from April through October every third Saturday of the month. For more information about roller derby and these women visit www.houstonrollerderby.com. Shown from l-r: Marian Niz aka Rosie the Ribhitter, Denise Cresini aka Maulin Angel, Lora Turner aka Lipstick Assassin, Sheila Kircus aka Kym Karsmashuin, Angela Sanders aka Hard 2 Handle, Lisa Bernas aka Lisa Lava, Meg Lewis aka Leather and Mace. Not pitcured Jody Volet aka Billie Basketcase.