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Sugar Land sets guidelines for crime prevention cameras "What I have been told by the city attorneys is that you could The cameras would capture get information on any vehicles license plate information from cars registered to you but not one entering or leaving the city and anyone else's," Brinkely said. could be used as an investigative Mitchell expressed frustration tool to solve crimes, said Brinkley. that Brinkley hasn't provided Mitchell cast the only dissenting specific information on the vote in the discussion of Resolution effectiveness of LPR cameras in 1308 that set policy guidelines other cities or even at the First detailing how LPR camera data will Colony Mall/Town Square area be collected, stored and who will where the city currently has three have access to it. cameras. The resolution requires that a "First Colony Mall is not a specially appointed officer within good example of the test product the department have administrative because most of our crimes occur oversight of the LPR system. in the mall itself," Brinkely said. In addition, images captured by "Finding a license plate number in the LPR cameras will not be a petty theft case would be next to kept longer than 30 days. The impossible." information will not be shared with The current expansion plan could the public and the monitoring will lead to a city-wide LPR camera be done passively and not in real system possibly by 2015. time. "City Council told us to Councilman Harish Jajoo asked implement a pilot project for a if citizens could obtain some of the year, come back and assess it and images by filing an Open Records analyze the good and the bad and Request. the council would decide whether to expand it city wide," Brinkley said. FORT BEND In addition to the three LPR DRIVING SCHOOL cameras at the mall and Town Serving the students of Fort Bend for over 25 years Square, Sugar Land has five mobile systems on police vehicles. CAMERAS, continued from page 1
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Stafford MSD wins 4th consecutive budget award CFO Carla Merka said, "I am proud of the continued up to date budget practices, efforts of the SMSD Business identify short and long term Department to earn this budget goals, promote fiscal achievement. Even though our management, and facilitate resources are limited due to growth and development the current financial hardships imposed on public schools, the for their budget staff. SMSD business staff members "As the only municipal are committed to producing an school district in the state, outstanding budget document the school district budget that provides transparency is developed, analyzed and to our stakeholders." approved by the SMSD Board The award was created by of Trustees and the City of the Association of School Stafford City Council," said Superintendent Dr. Land Hindt. Business Officials International, "The school board trustees and founded in 1910. ASBO is council members meet regularly a professional association that provides programs and with me and Chief Financial services to promote the Officer, Mrs. Carla Merka, to highest standards of school create a budget that provides business management our students with the best educational experience possible practices, professional growth, and the effective use while also being fiscally of educational resources. responsible to our taxpayers." SMSD, continued from page 1
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Grow houses busted in Mission Bend consisting of three growing rooms in each residence. A total of 234 marijuana Drive and one in the 6900 plants were seized along with block of Santa Rita Drive.” all the equipment necessary He said that the investigation to run a grow operation with a distribution plan. Haenel was initiated by two deputy said the street value of the sheriff’s that patrol that area marijuana was approximately $ of the county. He indicated 1,053,000. that the officer’s heightened Joseph Milton Rowland, sense of awareness of the area 35, was arrested and booked they serve resulted in enough on Possession of Marijuana probable cause to obtain a search warrant for the two (greater than 50 pounds, less locations which resulted in the than 2,000 pounds); a first discovery of a sophisticated degree felony. Rowland’s bond indoor marijuana operation was $50,000. GROW HOUSE, continued from page 1
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he threatens the officer with the knife. The kid was ordered to drop the knife, and just to prove he owned more stupid than the law allows – he threw the knife at the officer. Suffice to say he was taken into custody. Just say’n…never take a knife to a potential gun fight.
Anyway, this kid waves the knife all around be’n bad and all, then bolts from the store. Imagine his surprise when he runs out the door of the store right into the responding policeman! Gotcha! Then to add insult to injury…
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