PAGE 10 H Wednesday, September 19, 2012 THE STAR See us online www.FortBendStar.com Jewelry store robbed Southbound lanes of US 59 equals cash cow By LeaAnne Klentzman A Zales Jewelry store in the Bella Terra shopping center was robbed, shortly after noon on Saturday September 8. Three men all dressed in black entered the store just east of the Bella Terra subdivision, south of FM 1093/ Westpark Toll Road. According to Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel, the three suspects entered the store, one wielding a gun. While the gunman ordered employees to the floor, his co-conspirators took out hammers and claw tools to access the backs of the display cases. Once the cases were accessible, the duo raked out the jewelry into trash bags and fled the store. The armed robbers fled the parking lot in a gold colored Chrysler 300, said Haenel. Information which leads to the apprehension and filing of charges on the suspect involved could earn a reward of up to $5,000. Anyone with information is asked to call 281-342-TIPS. FORT BEND DRIVING SCHOOL www.fortbendstar.com 20 Years Experience Commercial / Residential • Interior Exterior Painting • Hardi Plank Installation • Wood Replacement • Sheet-Rock Repair • Interior Carpentry • Cabinet Painting • Wallpaper Removal and Texturizing • Pressure Washing • Fence Repair/Replacement • Garage Floor Epoxy • Custom Staining • Roofing • Gutter Repair / Replacement • Faux Painting • Window Insulation • Rolled or Blown Insulation • Make Ready to Sell • Trash Removal-Clean Up 281.347.6702 281.731.3383 - Cell References Available BASHANS PAINTING & HOME REPAIR FREE As if by magic the Fort Bend Narcotics Task Force, along with their federal counterparts, have again found a stash of cash in a random vehicle traveling southbound along US 59. Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel said, “Members of the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force, and a Houston High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area initiative, seized $509,000 in U.S. currency last week concealed in a vehicle traveling south on U.S. 59.” According to law enforcement officials, the Task Force was on US 59 last Wednesday conducting Javier Lopez “Highway Interdiction” when Detective M.R. Hricko observed a tractor-trailer traveling on U.S. 59 near Cottonwood Church Road. Haenel said, “Hricko observed the tractor trailer make several erratic lane changes, and then conducted Special Crime Alert Serving the students of Fort Bend for over 25 years FortBendDrivingSchool.com By LeaAnne Klentzman firstname.lastname@example.org Fully Insured ESTIMATES HARDIPLANK ® NO PAYMENT UNTIL COMPLETION By LeaAnne Klentzman In this week’s special Crime Alert Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers, Inc. will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects in a September 12, Kingsbridge Wanted: Smarter crooks WANTED, continued from page 1 crooks are hitting the wrong houses! They are barging in all Rambo crazy and all - demanding safes, jewelry and cash! Only nobody in the house has a clue what they are talking about. So all you folks raising the undisciplined degenerates of tomorrow … PLEASE!teach them to read maps and pay attention! Heck, if ya’ would just teach’m that, maybe they wouldn’t become crooks. What a concept! Place aggravated robbery. Sheriff’s spokesman, Bob Haenel, said on Monday morning September 12, at about 12:30 a.m., deputy sheriffs responded to a home invasion robbery in the 9600 block of Weldridge Drive located in the Kingsbridge Place subdivision just north of the city of Sugar Land. Haenel said when the deputies arrived on the scene they discovered four victims inside the home bound with restraints. He said, “One male victim had been a traffic stop on the vehicle near Daily Road.” During that traffic stop, Hricko’s partner, a K9 unit named Mike, searched the truck and discovered $509,000 in concealed cash. The driver, identified as Javier Jose Lopez, 38, from Harlingen, Texas was arrested and charged with Money Laundering greater than $200,000. His bond was set at $125,000. The first degree charge carries a punishment of up to 99 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. The charge is also punishable with probation. Haenel said, “The vehicle and the U.S. currency was impounded by Task Force Agents and a Chapter 59 Seizure Affidavit was filed with the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office.” assaulted and was treated for a head injury by first responders from Northeast Fire Department and the Fort Bend County EMS.” Haenel went on to explain that the victims told the deputies that four Spanish speaking men entered their home and held them at gunpoint. Aside from the four adult victims Haenel said there were also two children in the home at the time of the incident; they were not harmed. The suspects were all dressed in black pants, shirts, gloves and ski masks. However, one victim told deputies that one of the suspects, although dark-skinned, did speak English. Haenel said, “Some of the (suspect’s) t-shirts had NARCOTICS on the back.” The intruders ransacked the home and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash said Haenel. Any information that leads to the apprehension and or conviction of these suspects could earn a reward of up to $5,000. Call Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office at 281-341-4665, Fort Bend Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 281-342-TIPS (8477) or text plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous. Great parent turnout at SMSD Board Meeting SMSD, continued from page 1 • Is the school in compliance with safety and fire codes? The fire marshal has been to all schools and the District is in compliance. The ratio for Pre-K - 4th is 22:1 and 5th - 12th is 25:1. • Are there enough desks and supplies? New desks have been ordered to accommodate the influx and have already arrived. The District has no shortage of books. Assistant Superintendent Marva Rasberry informed the board that the State is requesting more bully prevention and college and career readiness class time. Bond updates were given and so far the district is on time, on schedule and on budget. A vote to keep the board seat vacant until May passed unanimously. Man busted on marijuana grow house in New Territory MARIJUANA, continued from page 1 manufacturing, packaging, and selling of marijuana, said Haenel. The street value of the seized marijuana was assessed at $300,000. Justin Fonville, 32, was at the scene and arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana greater than 50 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds in a drug free zone. His bond was set at $150,000. According to county records, Fonville was handled for possession of marijuana in 1998 and possession of a controlled substance in 2000. There is no word if other arrests are expected or if more suspects were involved. NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE BAPTIST CHURCH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH HERITAGE BAPTIST CHURCH • 281-403-4994 SOUTHMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH • 281-499-2310 2223 FM1092 • Missouri City, TX 77459 Dr. Charles Murphy, Pastor Sunday Bible Study 9:30am - 6:00pm Sunday Worship 10:45am - 7:00pm Wednesday: 7:00pm Bible Study / AWANA "A Place To Call Home" - www.hbctx.org 4200 Cartwright Road, Missouri City, 77459 Contemporary Worship Service: 9:00am Sunday School: 10:15am Traditional Worship Service: 11:15am www.southminpres.org METHODIST CHURCH CHRIST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH • 281-980-6888 3300 Austin Parkway • Sugar Land, TX 77479 Sunday Worship: 8:15am - 9:45am - 11:05am the hub - 11:00am Sunday School for all ages - 9:45am www.cumcsl.org LUTHERAN CHURCH FISHERS OF MEN LUTHERAN CHURCH (LCMS) • 281-242-7711 CHURCH OF CHRIST MURPHY RD. CHURCH OF CHRIST • 281-261-5216 2025 FM 1092 • Missouri City Sunday Worship: 9:30am - 5:00pm Bible Classes: Sunday 10:45am Bible Study: Wednesday 7:30pm www.murphyroadchurch.org Anthony Baber, Kent Savage, James Grotte, Brian Janak, Julie Decker AGAINST the proposal: None PRESENT and not voting: None NEW HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH (ELCA) • 281-499-7611 The following table compares taxes on an average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year. 1424 FM 1092 Rd., Missouri City, 77459 Worship w/Holy Communion: 8:00 & 10:30 am 3900 Lexington Blvd., Missori City, TX 77459 Education hour for all ages: 9:15am Sunday Worship: 8:30am, 9:45am, 11:00am www.newhopelc.org Open Skies Worship: 8:30am • www.fumcmc.org Sunday School All Ages 9:45am FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH, LCMS 281-242-7729 431 Eldridge Road, Sugar Land, TX 77478 Worship @ 9:00am and 11:15am Bible Study, all ages, @ 10:10am www.sugarlandmethodist.org FOR the proposal: 2011 Austin Parkway - Sugar Land, TX 77479 www.fishersofmen.org Sunday Worship: 8:30am - 11:00am Sunday School classes for ages 2 & up: 9:40am FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH • 281-499-3502 SUGAR LAND METHODIST CHURCH • 281-491-6041 The Fort Bend Municipal Utility District No. 112 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2012 on Thursday, October 4, 2012, 12:00 p.m. at the offices of Schwartz, Page & Harding, 1300 Post Oak Blvd, Suite 1400, Houston, TX 77056. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. 800 Brooks St., Sugar Land Sunday: 8:00 am Traditional Worship 9:15 am Sunday School 10:30 am Contemporary Worship (Nursery Available) 4:00 pm Spirit of Life Worship NON DENOMINATIONAL BRIGHTON CHURCH • 281-988-7755 11925 SW Frwy 59 • Stafford (Between W. Airport and Murphy Rd.) Sunday Worship: 10:30am www.brightonhouston.org • Refreshing & Relevant SUGAR LAND CHURCH OF CHRIST • 281-561-0881 FREEDOM CHURCH • 281-240-1055 15590 Voss Road • Sugar Land • www.slcoc.org Sunday Worship Services: 7:00am • 10am • 5pm Bible Study (all ages): Sun. 9am & Wed. 7pm Tuesday Seniors' Bible Study: 10am 121 Wood ST. • Sugar Land, TX 77498 Sunday Worship: 11:00am www.facebook.com/freedomchurchintl Pastor - Bryan Eggenbeger Scripture of the week “Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good”—Eclesiastes 9:18 To place an ad in The Fort Bend County Worship Directory 281-690-4200 ABSENT: None Last Year This Year Tax rate $ 0.38000 / $100 $ 0.38000 /$100 Adopted Proposed Difference in rates per $100 of value $ 0.000 Percentage increase/decrease in rates (+/-) 0.00% Average appraised value $ 205,243 $ General exemptions available (excluding senior citizen’s or disabled person’s exemptions) $ 0 $ Average taxable value $ 205,243 $ Tax on average residence homestead $ 779.92 $ Annual increase/decrease in taxes if proposed tax rate is adopted (+/-) $ 22.21 and percentage of increase (+/-) 2.85% 211,088 0 211,088 802.13 NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code. Should you have any questions concerning this notice, please contact the tax office at 281-482-0216.