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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 Volume XXXVI • No. 15 After hearing from people on both sides of the controversial red light camera program since August, Sugar Land's Traffic Safety Task Force has recommended that the program continue with a few tweaks. Task force chairman, Harvey Zinn, asked the City Council on November 19 to consider four modifications--whether the 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 Task force recommends keeping Sugar Land's red light cameras By Betsy Dolan Saving hundreds on car insurance is. addition of one-second to the yellow light length time would improve safety, evaluating signage to better inform drivers, review current fine assessment the current wording in the "notice of violation" to make sure it is accurate and non-threatening. The City Council did not take action on any of the proposed recommendations. Mike Goodrum, Executive Director of Management TASK FORCE continued on page 5 Hurricane season ends last day of November pantries would welcome them as donations, especially this time of For those that stocked up on the year. canned goods and bottled water Those here when Hurricane over the last couple of months Ike hit in 2008, probably starting in June, many are remember the massive power probably glad that it turned out to outages and that’s probably what be for nothing. Hurricane season most readily comes to mind. in the Gulf Coast area impacting Some in Fort Bend County were Fort Bend County, which runs for reported to have been without six months and ends the last day electricity for almost two weeks. of November, will have turned Even though this hurricane out to be quiet. There were no season was quiet, emergency hurricanes reaching landfall. It's management officials are always something to be thankful for quick to point out that it only this season. If the stocked up takes one storm to make it a bad food items are in the way, food year. The Fort Bend Office of Fort Bend Star will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of The Star office will open Monday at 9:00 a.m. “Take A Stand” on Bullying Services, said the police department will come back in 45 days with an agenda item for the council's consideration. The task force held their last meeting on November 14 and voted 9-1 to keep the red light camera program. Despite the city's claims that the cameras have reduced accidents by 58%, the task force was not convinced. Thankful for no hurricanes here By Elsa Maxey Wednesday, November 27, 2013 Emergency Management (OEM) maintains a close relationship with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is the federal agency focusing on the condition of the oceans and the atmosphere. It issues seasonal forecasts in May and updates in August. This go-round the hurricane update called for a 70 percent chance of an above-normal season across the Atlantic Basin and 13 to 19 storms were named, HURRICANE, continued on page 5 Texas A&M AgriLife Extension of Fort Bend County and the Sugar Land Skeeters partnered together to take on bullying at Wessendorff Middle School in Rosenberg. Four hundred fifty seven and minor league mascot Moe Skeeter joined the Extension Service to promote teamwork in the final inning of the Take A Stand bullying prevention program. See related article page 5 AMF Stafford Bowling wants to "Diversify Customer Experience" By Karen Daniels For the past 35 years, AMF Stafford Lanes has been on Highway 90 at the Southwest Freeway. Leagues, lessons, celebrations big and small, have been attended by millions. At the November Planning & Zoning meeting, in construction and facility issues, John Isbell, project manager with AMF Stafford, Rendering of Volleyball courts “Officer Mike” Places in Fort Bend low on traps king of the mountain   EEEEK! Rodent population going indoors AMF, continued on page 5 By LeaAnne Klentzman By Elsa Maxey The Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force sniffs out a ton of marijuana headed north on US 59, with the assistance of “Deputy Mike” on the afternoon of Nov. 19, 2013. Narcotics task force members conducted a traffic stop on US 59 at University Boulevard in Sugar Land on the northbound side of the freeway. Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel said, “During the If you check for mouse and rat traps at the stores in this area, they’re probably low on their supplies or out of them altogether. This is the time of the year as the weather is getting colder that the population of rats and mice take up residence in homes, offices, warehouses, HURRICANE, continued on page 5 storage facilities, or anywhere food and water are available, report those in the industry that deal with the critters. Locals have probably spotted them already, accounting for the shortage of traps. One pest control professional said that “in the fall, as their normal supply of seeds and plants diminish, they may invade your home looking Deputy Mike sits on top of confiscated Marijuana EEEEK, continued on page 5 Handled-by Katy man arrested for sexual assault of student By LeaAnne Klentzman Bend Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Owner and coach at Xcel Haenel. Athletics, Devincent Phillips, was Phillips was arrested and charged with sexual arrested at his assault stemming from a report gym in the made by a female student at his 500 block of business. South Mason Devincent Phillips “In late October, the girl made road near Katy an outcry about the assaults that Thursday afternoon by Fort Bend occurred when she was a student detectives. Haenel said Phillips at the facility. The victim said was taken to the Harris County she was assaulted by the coach on three occasions,” said Fort KATY MAN, continued on page 5 By LeaAnne Klentzman SHOP LOCAL and see our Holiday Gift Guide 2013 inserted in this week’s Fort Bend Star. for new food sources.” He also said that disturbance of a nest will cause a relocation due to construction or lot clearances. Once indoors, they will gnaw on doors, floor boards, carpet, Long ago, in a faraway galaxy, “Handled-by” was a term used by the popo to CRIMINAL indicate that they OF THE WEEK had handled the problem; no report taken, no report necessary. Well, in an interesting and harrowing collection of events over the weekend… a resident in rural Fort Bend County took Handled-by into his own hands. DUMB HANDLED-BY, continued on page 5 NAME BRAND APPLIANCES & ELECTRONICS 30% to 50% OFF * YOUR ONE STOP HOME THEATER APPLIANCE AND PROFESSIONAL BLACK ELECTRONICS DESIGN AND FRIDAY SOURCE Visit our website for a full list of specials at INSTALLATION Specials * on selected items 16820 S.W. FREEWAY • SUGAR LAND • 281-277-1522 FINANCING AVAILABLE STORE HOURS: 10-7 MON-SAT • 12-5 SUNDAY

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