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R the STA ss ALL .com i r m e n’t tat Sta Do l Es end ea rtB d Rw.Fo n Be ww rt Fo ow Sh Winning isn’t everything. 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 Saving hundreds on car insurance is. TOM MALER 4405 Highway 6 • Sugar Land 281-203-6900 Some discounts, coverages, payment plans and features are not available in all states or all GEICO companies. GEICO is a registered service mark of Government Employees Insurance Company, Washington, D.C. 20076; a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. subsidiary. GEICO Gecko image © 1999-2012. © 2012 GEICO. Fort Bend’s most in-depth news coverage • Check our website Volume XXXVI • No. 11 Does a “no” vote on Sugar Land bond projects mean you’re not a proud resident? Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Sugar Land Town Square turns into Halloween Town Community advocate files ethics complaint against city By Elsa Maxey   As of yesterday, Tuesday, the City of Sugar Land “has not been notified by the Texas Ethics Commission of any complaint filed with them relating to the November 2013 bond election,” said city spokesperson Doug Adolph about a complaint filed by and provided to media outlets by Diana Miller, founder of Sustainable Sugar Land this month naming City Manager Allen Bogard as a respondent. The commission’s attorney on the matter, Tim Sorrells, contacted by the "Star" twice this week, has not been available to respond to questions.  At press time, the entire legal staff of the commission, eight attorneys including Sorrells, was in a commission meeting which could last until the end of the day, said an office representative and that no one else could provide feedback, even to confirm the filing.  One could surmise that the meeting may have included the complaint filed against Sugar Land, but that would be mere speculation. In the sworn document filed on October 17 (see complaint online) by 29-year Sugar Land resident, Miller, who is referred NO, continued on page 5 Officer down ... but not out By LeaAnne Klentzman Officer Ann Carrizales Former Marine, military police officer, mother, Stafford Police officer, and one infuriated patrol officer! Ann Carrizales was on routine patrol in the wee hours of Saturday morning October 26, when she came across a sedan stopped in a moving lane of traffic in the 12700 block of Murphy Road between W. Airport and Fountaingate Drive. Officer Carrizales checked out with the dispatcher and approached the vehicle. According to Stafford Police, as she approached the car talking with the driver, the passenger, later identified as Sergio Francisco Rodriguez, 21, a purported gang member from Honduras shot her twice, once in the chest and once in the face. OFFICER DOWN, continued on page 5 Meadows Place Mayor declares “War on abandoned homes” By Karen Daniels The City of Meadows Place has a problem with empty houses. At the October City Council meeting, an agenda item to repeal and replace sections of the city's current code of ordinance, quickly became a divisive subject. Mayor Charles Jessup has been working on this solution for a year. "This is the first question I get from residents, complaining about the house next door that is dilapidated or abandoned." This redefined ordinance, "Will not be a hammer, but it will give us teeth." Mayor ProTem Terry Henley made a motion to table this agenda item MEADOWS, continued on page 5 Birds of Prey program offered Photos by Joey Belleza Halloween fun seekers gathered at Sugar Land Town Square last Sunday for a screamingly good time with awesome entertainment, delicious food and sweet treats for all. Superheroes, monsters, princesses and fairies were among those who made it a perfectly fun family event. (Top left photo) The cute Minions in Black, represented by Nicholas and Jonathan Lee, were the crowd favorite and awarded first place in the kids’ costume contest category. Residents have until November 15 to give feedback Missouri City unveils preliminary plans  for $40 million bond referendum By Betsy Dolan Missouri City's Bond Exploratory Committee (BEC) has designated how $40 million would be divvied up in a proposed bond referendum in May. Residents have until November 15 to provide their feedback. The bond package calls for $13 million to be spent on transportation, $10 million on facilities, $8 million on public safety, $6.5 million on drainage and $2.5 million for parks and recreation. While specific transportation projects have not yet been identified, improvements would include maintenance such as paving, sidewalks, and landscaping as well as widening projects. The drainage project would include improvements to the VOTE By LeaAnne Klentzman EARLY VOTING ENDS FRIDAY, NOV. 1st ELECTION DAY - TUESDAY, NOV. 5 th Halloween decorations, but then seconds later realized he was looking at a crime scene and the suspect was right in Ross Lawrence front of him, the victim’s son. According to sheriff’s spokesman, Bob Haenel, the bodies of Steve and Laquita PARRICIDE, continued on page 5 Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center closing in on $3.65 M goal By Betsy Dolan Shown is Steve Hoddy with an Andean Condor with a wingspan of over 10 feet! You can see all this and much more at Brazos Bend State Park on Saturday, November 2 at 2:30pm. For one day only Master Falconer and environmental educator Steve Hoddy founder of EarthQuest will present a Birds of Prey Program to the public. The program will be held in the lawn area in front of the park’s nature center.  Feel free to bring lawn chairs, blankets or just sit in the grass. The program is free of charge with regular park admission. Donations will be accepted and will go to EarthQuest. For more information visit their website or call the park at 979-553-5101. With under a million dollars to go, the Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center is gearing up for their final push to raise $3.65 million by December 31. The project, which will be a partnership with the nationally recognized Children's Museum of Houston (CMH), will be located in a 10,000 square foot existing brick building in the historic Imperial Development and is slated to open in the summer of 2015. After meeting the George Foundation’s $1-million matching challenge grant months ahead of the October 31 deadline, FORT BEND, continued on page 5 Turn your unwanted precious metals into CA$H! Bring Gold & Silver Refinery Sugar Land, Texas 77478 (By Kroger at Settler’s Way) 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 r y. c o m 300 $ 500 $ 1000 $ Sell your gold, silver and copper directly to the refinery -- No Middle Man! 3599 Highway 6 BOND, continued on page 5 Parricide takes place in the Village of Weston Lakes Homicide again strikes the Village of Weston Lakes in far west Fort Bend County. Friday afternoon about 3:45 pm. the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a woman screaming and a man with a body at a home on Watersmeet in Weston Lakes. When the first deputy arrived on the scene he momentarily confused what he saw for Photo by EarthQuest Willow Waterhold Watershed as well as mitigate future flooding as the city's growth continues. Public safety improvements would include the property purchase, design, construction of Fire Station #6. The measure also calls for buying a new fire truck. Developing a plan to build a new city hall and repairing the existing structure make up the Bring We also buy DIAMONDS Bring No one can pay higher than us! We pay up to 98.5% of the market value! LOCAL BALLOT ITEMS Sugar Land parks and trails bonds, Fort Bend County mobility bonds, more Texas Constitutional Amendments. Visit Dumb, Dumber, and Dumbest By LeaAnne Klentzman Some folks are just too dumb to walk amongst us… Early last CRIMINAL OF THE WEEK S a t u r d a y morning three of their kings were out and about in Stafford – and made an error in judgment that they will long live to regret. They just thought they got ahold of the Devil that DUMB DUMB, continued on page 5 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: 11-30-2013

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