FLOOR NOW PAY LATER Ask Us About Special Financing OCT. I NOV. 10, 2014 FLOORS LONE STAR FLOORS NO INTEREST w w w. L o n e S t a r F l o o r s . c o m 281. 564 .1345 if paid within 12 months. 10009 HIGHWAY 6 • SOUTH (Betw e e n B i s s o n n e t & O l d R i c h m o n d ) INSIDE STORY | Sugar Land tabs economic development director, page 13 the Public p. 3 Sugar Land PD makes DWI arrests the Opinion p. 4 Making teachers a priority Star Spotter p. 12 WEDNESDAY | AUG 13 | 2014 Fort Bend / Southwest • Volume 36 • No. 51 Local entertainers excel Visit www.FortBendStar.com Some citizens object to security cameras in FBISD schools By Michael Sudhalter ings with adequate coverage in common areas of each Given the ongoing conschool which include encerns about school safety, trances and exits, hallways, Fort Bend ISD is preparing cafeteria, and other places to spend approximately where students may congre$14.1 million on security gate.” cameras for district schools. The FBISD board of The district currently trustees will vote on Monhas 2,098 analog cameras, day to decide whether to put but if the proposed $538 the proposed bond on the million bond passes, the cur- ballot for the Nov. 4 election. rent cameras will replaced The security cameras with 3,700 internet protocol represent a little less than (IP) cameras “to provide the half of the $30.1 million alschools and support buildlocated to Safety & Security msudhalter @ fortbendstar.com in the proposed bond. Missouri City resident Yvonne Larsen spoke at a Bond information meeting on Aug. 4 and questioned the legal and constitutional use of the security cameras. According to the district, the Texas Education Code does not require permission or consent to use videotape or voice recording, if the purpose of the recording is to be used only for purposes of safety and discipline. Missouri City resident Kris Allfrey, who lost a FBISD Board of Trustees election in May, said on Facebook that the district should address crime on campus in ways other than the installation of new caeras. “Cameras just record the crime,” Allfrey said. “They do nothing to stop the behavior.” According to the district, the tax rate will not in- Editor’s note: This week’s story on the proposed Fort Bend ISD bond is the first in a series of stories. This story focuses on school security, while others will look into school construction, facilities, and more. H SEE SECURITY, PG 6 The Gift of Life Page 7 Ty Stubbs has Fort Bend Christian in position for a banner year. The owner of Collision Connection in Missouri City has filed a lawsuit against employees of the City of Sugar Land in regards to the city’s towing contract. Ethics complaint (Photo by Michael Sudhalter) A Sugar Land resident is still waiting to hear from the Texas Ethics Commission Lawyers cry foul over Sugar Land towing contract See story on page 13 INSIDE TODAY’S STAR Clements Volleyball preview Page 7 Sugar Land native writes baseball history book Page 13 Glass Show coming to town Page 16 The Fort Bend Star now has a partnership with KHOU Channel 11 ABOUT US The Fort Bend Southwest Star 4655 Techniplex Dr. Suite 700 Stafford, Texas 77477 281-690-4200 281-690-5200 fax email@example.com www.fortbendstar.com THE INDEX Fort Bend’s Finest.....................2 Classified............................ 8-10 Community Calendar.............11 Fort Bend Starspotter............12 Real Estate Showcase.. 14 & 15 By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter @ fortbendstar.com Lawyers representing Missouri City residents Andre Graves, and his mother, Frances Hernandez, share their amazing story of Graves’ survival from a a longtime owner of a Misrare illness. He received four pints of blood from the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, and now, the family encourages others souri City-based towing to donate blood. (Photos by Michael Sudhalter) business filed a suit on Monday in Fort Bend District Court, alleging that the city of Sugar Land unfairly awarded its tow By Michael Sudhalter truck contracts. msudhalter @ fortbendstar.com The lawsuit, which Andre Graves doesn’t doesn’t seek monetary know the people respondamages but rather to void sible for saving his life Help save a life before the current contracts, isn’t more than a decade ago, the Sugar Land Skeeters against the city itself, but but tears come to his eyes take on the Camden Riv- names several individuals when he thinks about it. ersharks between 11 a.m. in their official municipal The 11-year-old Misand 7 p.m. on Saturday capacity. souri City resident believes at Constellation Field for John Elias has owned that divine intervention a chance to throw out the and operated Collision played a role in first pitch. The all-day Clinic for approximately delivering four pints of blood drive begins in the 30 years and is one of the blood to save him from a exclusive Insperity Club, towing companies that had deadly illness in 2003. where donors will have a contract with the city for “God helped a me a lot,” the opportunity to meet many years. said Graves, who’s entering Andre Graves, left, and his mother, Frances Hernandez, share the players from 11 a.m. In March, the Sugar the sixth grade at Quail a light moment outside their Missouri City home. Graves’ life to 3 p.m. The blood drive Land Police re-did its Valley Middle School. was saved by blood donors 10 years ago. (Photos by Michael Sudhalter) continues until 7 p.m. towing contracts, and the Graves and his mother, Donors should drink number went from apFrances Hernandez, have to 7 p.m. Saturday before On May 15, 2004 — plenty of water and eat a proximately 11 towers to become active with the the Sugar Land Skeeters’ Hernandez’s first Mother’s hearty meal prior to givGulf Coast Regional Blood game at Constellation Day ‚ “she took Graves to ing. H SEE TOWING, PG 6 Center (GCRBC). They Field. a Memorial Hermann hosrecorded a public service Graves was born six pital where they figured announcement for the non- weeks pre-mature on July out the situation was more profit organization and 4, 2003, and it affected his serious than doctors elseappeared on one the orga- immune system. where had thought. nization’s calendars. “Prematurity definitely Graves’ abscess rupHernandez tries to played a part in the se- tured, and the resulting encourage friends and co- verity of his situation,” infection went into his workers to participate in Hernandez said. chest cavity. He had troublood drives. Donors must When Graves was 10 ble breathing and ran a be at least 17 years old. months old, he developed high fever. “I instill in Andre how a Retropharyngeal abscess His blood pressure important it is to pay it behind his throat. dropped, and doctors were To schedule appointment, call: • PAIN MANAGEMENT forward,” Hernandez said. “He’d run high fevers concerned his lungs would DR. 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