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the petition to contact their city council members and demand action. "The petty technicalities raised by the City Secretary do not change the fact that the people clearly want to vote on this issue and such a vote should be allowed", Van Der Grinten wrote. "The only task this task force is handling is pushing the issue beyond election day." Byron Schirmbeck, an attorney with Texas Campaign for Liberty, who claims to have been involved in every red light camera petition and election in Texas, said that city councils will often employ "delaying and bullying" tactics. "This isn't about red light cameras anymore. It is about a government denying its citizens their right to vote." Schirmbeck said. "Sugar Land knows that

ticket cameras and they get tossed out by as much as 77% every time the people get a say." Bogard and Mayor James Thompson mentioned continued support for the program from the Sugar Land Police Department and their hope that the citizens can learn the facts about the red light camera program. "I've heard people mention tonight that there are hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. That is absolutely not true. There is no statistical data to prove that there are more rearend collisions nor were yellow lights shortened so we could collect more fines," Mayor Thompson said. After program expenses are paid and half of the net income is given to the State of Texas, Sugar Land will clear about $210,000 this year from fines collected from red

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funds represent .3% of the city's general fund budget and must be used for traffic enforcement purposes. The red light camera program was approved in 2007 as a way for Sugar Land to become one of the safest cities in America. There are currently four intersections with red light cameras: Eldridge and West Airport; 90A and Dairy Ashford; Highway 6 and SW Freeway and Highway 6 and Lexington. The city has a contract with American Traffic Solutions to install and operate the red light cameras. Bogard recommended that the task force conduct its meetings in accordance with the Open Meetings Act and provide an opportunity for extensive public input. City Council is expected to take action on the appointment of the task force on June 18.

Marshall, Ford to square off in Missouri City run off election Saturday, June 15 Marshall was first elected to the city council in 2009 after the retirement of long-time District A councilwoman Eunice Reiter. the University of Houston and Marshall, who is seeking his third a masters in architecture from Prairie View A & M will become term, owns an office supply and the only woman currently serving printing business, has served on Missouri City's Planning and on the council. Ford has lived Zoning Commission, is active on in Missouri City for 35 years his HOA board and with Little and has 14 years working in League. community development and "Public safety and smart urban planning. economic development are two "I believe the inability for important issues for Missouri leadership to collectively grow the city is the most pressing issue City," said Marshall. "I want for Missouri City," she said. "My to make sure we are bringing the services that people need intent is to propose a substantial economic development plan that will improve property values, increase sales tax revenue, create jobs, businesses and retail locations along major corridors so that our city is a safe, vivacious community for STAHL, continued from page 1 everyone to enjoy." world the components are going to. During a tour of their new facility, one of the products the company manufactures, circuit breakers, was on display. TRAFFIC STOP, from page 1 If a company works in an area that has hazardous in the 2800 block of U.S. Hwy materials, and that circuit 59 for a traffic offense. Warren breaker were to trip, there said, “Upon further investigation, could be a spark, and that spark officers located a hidden could trigger an explosion. compartment in the vehicle R. Stahl manufactures the equipment to prevent these containing approximately 25 gasses from igniting. Rather pounds of Heroin.” The two occupants of the than encasing the breaker in vehicle were identified as a cement box, the technology Christopher Clark, 44, of was invented to make the Houston, and Alejandra Oropeza, 36, of Katy. According to Warren, both Clark and Oropeza were arrested and charged with Manufacture and Delivery of MORE, continued from page 1 a Controlled Substance. The street value of the seized heroin lives…... Surprise!!!! Twernt is reportedly in excess of $2.3 noth’n there but marijuana plants. million dollars. Seems that “grow house” was At press time Clark and Oropeza both remain in jail, each crammed packed with enough with a $250,000 bond. marijuana to have a street value MARSHALL, continued from page 1

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Petition to ban red light cameras found to be invalid Fish tale mullet no election in Texas has ever light cameras, Bogard told the now has a face approved of these automatic council. He reiterated that those PETITION, continued from page 1

to become a firefighter. And so that's why it's particularly hard on our department because they encouraged her so much to follow her dreams and her desires, because she was a first-class firefighter." Councilman Willis also asked that citizens stop by and visit the fire stations to show their support.

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to the residential areas but also attracting large companies to our business parks so that we can ease the tax burden on our residents. We also have aging infrastructure like drainage, streets and sidewalks that need attention in some of our older areas." District A has had close races in the last four election cycles with Reiter beating Rodney Griffin by just three votes in 2007. In 2009, Marshall beat Griffin by just 60 votes and by just 33 votes when the two faced off again in 2011.

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individual breakers explosionproof in case of an electrical event. Martin Schomaker, CEO of the Waldenburg, Germany, headquarters, flew in for the open house and said that R. Stahl has seen "double-digit figures in growth" and that the Stafford location "is the fastest growing subsidiary worldwide." R. Stahl is a publicly traded stock. When it first appeared on the stock exchange, shares traded at 5 Euros each. Now their shares trade at 35 Euros each. The Stafford location handles all of the orders for their United States customers.

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Then in another wave of bad luck, the pistol toting mullet discovered the car he had just hijacked was a standard transmission; he could not drive a stick shift! So, mullet man jumps to Plan B. Yes, to add insult to injury, or… felony on top of felony… mullet man takes the Photo of Suspect fisherman he has already robbed at gunpoint, forces him into the car, and makes drive him to Stafford. Once in Stafford near Wright Road and Kirkwood Drive, mullet man got out of the fisherman’s car and disappeared. The fisherman drove immediately to a nearby gas station, flagged down a Stafford police officer who then contacted Sugar Land police to come and assist the victimized fisherman. At the time of the incident, the suspect was only described as a 16 to 17 year old male about 5’7”, with a thin build and short hair. He was wearing black pants, a red hoodie and blue latex gloves. Now Sugar Land police have released a sketch of the suspect. Anyone with information should call the Sugar Land Police Department at (281) 275-2540 or Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at (281) 342-TIPS (8477).

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