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List your car for sale online FREE at The Fort Bend / Southwest STAR 4655 Techniplex Dr. Suite 300, Stafford, Texas 77477 E-Mail: • Website: Office: 281-690-4200 • Fax: 281-690-4250 • TOLL FREE 1-888-430-7478 Volume XXXV • No. 49 Sugar Land's City Council has appointed 11 members to a task force that will evaluate the future of red light cameras. The Traffic Safety Task Force will work for about 120 days to develop a recommendation that could include elimination of Sugar Land's red light program; modification of the program; or continuation of the program. Members include Chairman Harvey Zinn, Ruth Barrett, Erin Williford, Anne Magoon, Mark Hudec, Mike Wong, Linda Bell Spears, D.V. Kumar, Noel Mascarenhas, Ted Siwierka and Bill Roy. Mayor James Thompson formally asked City Manager Alan Bogard to provide the group with any information they might need. "I want to stress that this is an independent decision," Thompson said.  "All meetings will be held under the Open Meetings laws and I, as well as the entire council, will take the recommendations of this committee very seriously." The task force will hold their first meeting August 1 and will provide an opportunity for extensive public input throughout Close to 150 patio homes and townhomes are expected to be available for purchase by the end of the year in Sugar Land at the Imperial site on U.S. 90A near SH 6.  When plans were first announced to have residential housing as part of the 716 acre developing site at what is called Imperial Sugar Land, there was substantial uproar in the community along the same lines of what was recently witnessed in Missouri City before a city council meeting this month about multi-residential housing.  In that city, not unlike the case in Sugar Land, there was misinformation, angry exchanges and even some confusion about RED LIGHT, continued on page 4 the use of land for that kind of residential housing. But in spite of the prevailing votes by elected officials to move forward on both of those accounts, there continues to be concerns by some relating to school overcrowding, falling home values, and increased crime rates that may be impacted by the new housing.   But in Sugar Land, the developer announced the first residential neighborhoods in Imperial Sugar Land to consist of 116 patio homes to cost between “the $300’s to the $700’s,” some with waterfront views, and 27 single and two-story townhomes facing what is called a signature, tree lined Imperial Boulevard, are these concerns consistent with the type of housing proposed for the area given their target market?   Both these types of homes are designed to appeal to empty nesters, according to the developer.  There are those who have raised families but may prefer to stay and move to what is considered to be lowmaintenance homes and a short walk to the historic district, the weekly Farmer’s Market and Constellation Field. At this time that area at Imperial Sugar Land currently includes work on a grand looking entryway on SH 6 across from the airport.  A signature fountain is also reportedly expected to be finished by the end of the year and builders for both the patio homes and townhomes will be announced in August.  As for the concerns raised, only time will tell. Rosenberg Police nab man with cache of gun paraphernalia By LeaAnne Klentzman Last Friday, Rosenberg Police responded to a theft in progress at the Rosenberg Academy store in Brazos Town Center.  As they converged on the store, the alleged suspect vehicle was spotted leaving the area.  BAM! – They stopped the car.  Low and behold, with little to no searching they discovered what was described as “A cache of handgun magazines, magazine pouches, knives, etc., most of it belonging to the Academy Sports.”  Then to ice the crook cake, officers discovered a handgun 4405 Highway 6 • Sugar Land in the alleged suspect's vehicle.  Just so ya' know this guy is a felon.  Thus, he is not allowed, to possess said firearm. The perpetrator identified in this caper is Monte Martin.  He was arrested at the scene and charged with Felony Theft and Possession of Firearm by Felon. 2013 Sugar Land Superstar Named Semifinalists Sugar Land City Council to hold public hearing on $50 million bond election recommendation through May to prioritize projects, consider phasing Sugar Land residents will have opportunities and evaluate the chance to give their input funding.  They recently presented on a planned $50 million dollar their recommendations to the November bond election for Sugar Land City Council July 16.  four quality of life projects.  The measure involves a festival The public hearing has been site, a community park, hike and scheduled for August 6 during the bike trails and Phase 2 of the regularly scheduled City Council Brazos River Park. meeting. Festival Site   A citizens' bond committee The planned $5.9 made up of more than 100 million festival site will be residents met from March located on 52 acres near U.S. By Betsy Dolan  First Colony woman arrested for sexual assault of child By LeaAnne Klentzman Sugar Land Police announced last week that they had arrested a 33 year old First Colony resident for sexual assault of a child.  In the announcement of the arrest, Sugar Land Police spokesman Doug Adolph said, Sarah Marie Torres, 33, was arrested on July 16 for the sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy.  The victim was identified only as a former boyfriend of Torres’ daughter. Adolph said, “The teen told a family member about a sexual relationship with his ex-girlfriend's mother, and Sugar Land Police were notified of the assault on June 3.”  As part of the Sarah Torres investigation the teen's mother provided evidence to police that she believed tied Torres to the assault.  According to police, the sexual assault reported was believed to have occurred at the child’s WOMAN, continued on page 4 FBISD Ridgegate elementary teacher arrested on two counts On July 16, Texas Southern University (TSU) Police arrested Kenyan Rodgers who has been a teacher at Ridgegate Elementary since February 2, 2004. Rodgers was charged with one count of Indecency With a Child by Contact and one count of Aggravated Sexual Assault and has been in the Harris County Jail since his arrest. These charges are a result of a TSU Police investigation which Turn your unwanted precious metals into CA$H! began on July 15 involving a 13year old female victim. Rodgers is on administrative leave. Fort Bend ISD Police are conducting a separate investigation. The safety of our students is our highest priority, and anyone with information about any inappropriate conduct is asked to contact the Fort Bend ISD Police at (281) 634-5500 or the Crime Stoppers Hotline at (281) 491-TIPS (491-8477). Sell your gold, silver and copper directly to the refinery -- No Middle Man! 3599 Highway 6 Gold & Silver Refinery Wednesday, July 24, 2013 the process. The creation of the task force follows a report to City Council on June 4 that determined a petition with over 3,000 signatures that called for the end of the red light camera program was invalid because the petition did not meet the requirements of the City Charter. The petition was spearheaded by H.F. Van Der Grinten (Captain Van) and Ray Patel, long time opponents of the city's red Photo by Terry Halsey light camera program.  Van Der Sugar Land Town Square named six semifinalists to advance in its 8th annual Sugar Land Superstar competition. Grinten had hoped the petition Pictured (L-R) are Brayln Medlock, Taylor Breedlove, Reagan Johnson, Dani Beale, Jenea’ Brown and Kelsey Morrow. For more information, visit See related article on page 4 Prevailing plan with first neighborhoods announced for old sugar factory site By Elsa Maxey 281-203-6900 Fort Bend’s most in-depth news coverage • Check our website Sugar Land appoints citizen task force to study red light cameras  By Betsy Dolan TOM MALER Sugar Land, Texas 77478 (By Kroger at Settler’s Way) No one can pay higher than us! We pay up to 98.5% of the market value! 2 8 1 . 3 1 3 . 9 9 9 9 • W W W. K K B G O L D R E F I N E RY. C O M • W E A L S O B U Y D I A M O N D S Bring 300 $ 500 $ 1000 $ Bring Bring 59 and University behind the University of Houston at Sugar Land campus.   Mary Favre, who chaired the festival portion of the Citizen's Bond Committee recommendations says several promoters would like to hold large multi-day events in Sugar Land but the city currently doesn't have a large enough venue.  She cited the 3-year old Hang Out festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama which is estimated to have generated $30 million dollars for the local economy.  "When you are thinking about inviting 30,000 people to a party there are logistics to overcome and we have worked hard on that," Farve said referring to multiple access points in and out of the festival site as well as ample parking and shuttle capabilities. BOND ELECTION, continued on page 4 High Timez at High Dreamz By LeaAnne Klentzman Recently sheriff’s deputies responded to an aggravated robbery over CRIMINAL OF THE WEEK at a shop on High 6 called High Dreamz.  Yep, while they were there some lofty stories were told.  Seems a BIG guy came into the store on Highway 6 South between Old Richmond and Bissonnet holding what he told the clerk was a gun….. all wrapped up in news print DUMB HIGH TIMEZ, continued on page 9 worth of Gold or Silver, get $20! extra worth of Gold or Silver, get $50! extra worth of Gold or Silver, get $ extra 80! Coupons limited to public only. Coupons must be presented before appraisal. One coupon limited to one transaction. Expires: 7-31-2013

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