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!CCUSEDFOUNDTOBEINNOCENTAFTER$.! CONFESSIONS By Cheryl Skinner The Innocence Project of Texas, a group dedicated to people accused and convicted of crimes they didn’t commit, last week issued a lengthy report critical of Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Deputy Keith Pikett’s hounds and their use in “scent lineups.� While supportive of police dogs used in other areas of police work, the group studied the use of Pikett’s dogs in a number of

high-profile cases throughout the state of Texas. They highly criticized the use of the animals by police and zealous prosecutors who have scant evidence and rely on the reactions of the dogs to arrest suspects and ultimately convict these people of crimes when they are later found to be innocent of the charges. Citing numerous cases that depended on the use of scent lineups. The group called the use

,OCALATTORNEYQUESTIONS CREDIBILITYOFSCENTLINEUP By Cheryl Skinner Richmond attorney Steven Gilbert has been practicing law in Fort Bend County for 30 years, handling high profile and mundane cases. But it has only been in the last few months that he has become known throughout the state and beyond as “the dog attorney.� Gilbert successfully prevented Fort Bend County Sheriff’s deputy Keith Pikett’s testimony on his blood hound

scent lineup from being entered into evidence and thus earned the new title. Pikett has become somewhat of a celebrity with his hounds being used at high profile murder scenes and other crime scenes for a number of years. “The jury always loves him and they love the dogs,� says Gilbert who describes Pikett as a very nice and likeable person. See LOCAL, page 7

&")3$POLICECHIEFPLANSTORETIRE 7ATCHDOGGROUPCALLEDFORINVESTIGATION By Cheryl Skinner Fort Bend Independent School District Police Chief J. L. Campbell announced last week he will retire from that position at the end of this year. In the meantime, a watchdog group is still calling for an investigation into allegations made by some of the members of the school police force on alleged mismanagement on the part of Campbell. In a letter to the district and the police department, Campbell said he would retire on December 31 of this year. He has served as the

police chief for 15 years. Citing a desire to go into business with his wife, which apparently has been in the offing for a while now, Cambpell said he would also do some consulting work after his official retirement. He did not disclose what type of business venture he was pursuing. Both Campbell and district officials have been mum on several allegations made by current members of the FBISD police force. See RETIRE, page 7

of the dogs “junk science� and are now asking the state Attorney General to investigate other cases in which Pikett’s dogs were instrumental in gaining a conviction. The Innocence Project’s report cited several cases in which Houston Police used Pikett’s dogs to get a conviction on people who were later found, mostly through DNA evidence or confessions by another party, to be innocent of the charges. They also cited cases in Yoakum County and in Victoria. The Victoria case has garnered the most publicity of any of the cases referred to in the study. In that case a retired Victoria Police official became the target of a murder investigation that captured front page headlines for weeks in that town. See SHERIFF, page 7

3UGAR,ANDPOLICE ARRESTRESIDENTFOR FELONYTHEFTAND MONEYLAUNDERING Sugar Land police have arrested Steven Lavine, 57, of Sugar Land, for multiple counts of felony theft and money laundering in a multimillion dollar scheme that victimized more than a dozen people. Lavine, the owner of THC Technologies in Sugar Land, was arrested September 22, on charges stemming from a 33-count 3TEVEN,AVINE indictment handed down by the Fort Bend County Grand Jury. He is charged with 11 felony counts each of theft, misapplication of See LAUDERING, page 8

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,ONEHOLDOUTDEADLOCKSJURY  by B.K. Carter The jury which was deadlocked last week as the Star went to press was polled in the trial accusing Charlene Hill of murdering her husband, and found to have voted 11-1 for convciction. This shocked many at the courthouse who had heard evidence in the case for two weeks and generally believed that Charlene Hill

was an abused woman who was protecting her own life when she shot her husband. Several attorneys had previously told this reporter that it is very hard for a woman who kills her husband to avoid a conviction based on abuse. They pointed out that juries tend to feel the woman should have left the marriage before and particularly if children

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traditional holiday while FBISD students cannot. In addition to concerns about the decision to eliminate the holiday, some teachers say the plan to add a day to the instructional calendar was ill-thought in the fact the extra day does not include corresponding pay for the extra work. See FAIR DAY, page 7

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By LeaAnne Klentzman A Lamar Consolidated bus driver was hit in the bus barn parking lot Monday and died later at a local hospital. Robert “Judd� Whitman, 61, of Fulshear was walking across the parking lot of the Lamar Consolidated bus facility on Avenue I Monday afternoon about 1.:30. Rosenberg police spokesperson Lynn Munford said a FedEx truck that was leaving the bus barn after making a

delivery struck Whitman. She that information gathered at the scene indicated that the FedEx driver did not see Whitman as he was in the vehicle’s blind spot. “The driver did not realize that he had hit Whitman and traveled approximately 30 ft before stopping to check his truck. The driver then realized that he hit a person and the police were called,� said Munford. See DRIVER, page 8

 



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OCTOBER 2 Concert in the Plaza Sugar Land Town Square will hold this concert in the Plaza, Friday, October 3, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Make plans to come hear “Jake & Elwood and the Texas Blues Brothers Tribute Band� as they entertain you with their unique sound. OCTOBER 3 Book signing at the library Reba McIntyre-Kindred will be at George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview, Richmond, Saturday, October 3, 2:30p.m. to 4:30 p.m.,, in the Meeting Room. She will read from her new book of poetry. Books available for purchase & autographing. For more info call 281341-2677. Proceeds beneit Friends of the Fort Bend Library organization. Bargain monthly book sale Friends of First Colony Branch Library,

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2121 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land invites you to their monthly book sale Saturday, October 3, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Good condition books, CDs, DVDs, (no magazines or encyclopedias) can be donated during regular library hours. Children’s items are especially needed. Call 281-416-0936 for more info. Fort Bend Delta Gamma brunch set The Fort Bend Delta Gamma Alumnae Assoc. brunch is Saturday, October 3, 10 a.m., La Madeleine Bakery & Cafe, 2675 Town Center Blvd., Sugar Land. For more information email the_science_ mom@yahoo.com. Saturday with the Master Gardeners Visit the Demonstration Gardens & talk to the volunteers who design and maintain them, Saturday, October 3, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., 1402 Band Road, Rosenberg. Park in front & walk to the back. Call 281-341-

7068 or www.fbmg.com. “Wash Away Alzheimer’s� fundraiser Emeritus at Sugar Land Senior Living is holding a car wash, & hot dog sale, Saturday, October 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 151 Commerce Green Blvd., Sugar Land. All proceeds going to the Alzheimer�s Association. OCTOBER 4 Visual statement of solidarity Sugar Land Life Chain, a visual statement of solidarity on the respect of life, will be held Sunday, October 4, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Highway 6 between Hwy. 59 & Settlers Way. If you are interested in participating by standing in prayer with a sign of support, contact your church or Marie McCoy at mariemccoyprc@yahoo,con or 218-610-3986. “N.H.O.P.� You’re invited by Willowridge Missionary Baptist Church, 2803 S. Main, Stafford to “N.H.O.P.�, an exciting Sunday School program, Sunday, Oct. 4, 9:15 a.m. Breakfast served. RSVP at 281-499-8003 ask for Stephanie.

OCTOBER 5 Learn job-search survival tips Fort Bend County George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview, Richmond, will offer this free, 3-part series, beginning Monday, October 5, 9 a.m. to noon, Meeting Room. The series will continue the next 2 Mondays, same time & place. Call 281-341-2677. Disaster Volunteer meeting Monday, October 5, 7 p.m., Southwestern Branch Office of the American Red Cross will hold this meeting for interested Disaster Volunteers. American Red Cross is located at 2610 BF Terry Blvd., Rosenberg. For info call Caroline at 281342-9480 or cegan@ghac.org. Intro to computer classes Mamie George Branch Library, 320 Dulles Ave., Stafford, will offer “Computers 101� Monday. October 5, 6 p.m. “Introduction to email� Monday, Oct. 12, 6 p.m. “MS Power Point� Thurs., Oct. 22, 10 a.m. “Excel Survival Basics�, Thurs., Oct. 29, 10 a.m. Classes

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9OUCANMAKEADIFFERENCE INTHELIFEOFASTUDENT You can be the caring adult who makes the difference in the life of a student. The keynote speaker will emphasis this fact from personal experience at the Mentoring Conference sponsored by ACHIEVE Fort Bend County on October 3 from 9:00am – 12 noon at the University of Houston/ Wharton County Junior College Sugar Land complex. Tracy L. Dieterich, CRPS, Senior Vice President Employee Benefits for Wells Fargo Insurance Services, Inc. 4RACY,$IETERICH will share that he now serves on the board of the organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters, that provided him with the mentor that changed his life. Due to the influence of his mentor, Dieterich stayed in high school, graduated and became the first person in his family to attend college. Dieterich received his bachelor’s degree in engineer-

ing from Texas A&M University. Emphasizing the importance of mentoring, Dieterich says,� My Big Brother didn’t have to do anything for me. He wasn’t related to me, he didn’t owe me anything, but he changed my life.� Whether you want to explore if mentoring is for you or to improve your mentoring skills, this conference is for you. It is open to all who are interested in mentoring in a faith-based group, community-based organization or one of the school districts in Fort Bend County. In addition to the keynote speaker, several break-out sessions will be conducted by skilled professionals. At the end of the conference, participants will have the opportunity to visit with representatives of the organizations and schools in order to discuss specific concerns and questions. Become one of the caring adults that make a difference through mentoring by attending the Mentoring Conference October 3 at the U of H/WCJC campus in Sugar Land.

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help you live longer and healthier. Senior Select Clinic - Sugar Land is located at 12221 South Kirkwood, Suite 100, Meadows Place. They offer complimentary seminars, wellness center, nutritional counseling, and informational brochures. The Sugar Land location will offer free flu shots to Seniors on Saturday, October 3 and October 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. For more information about Senior Select Clinics please call 713-234-7384.

3UGAR,ANDARRESTSHITANDRUNSUSPECT Sugar Land police have arrested a suspect in the weekend investigation of a hit and run incident in which 27-year-old Brent Hilton was run over while attending a neighborhood party. Hilton sustained multiple broken bones and serious internal injuries. Detectives have identified Blake Matthew Powell, 19, of Sugar Land, as the driver of the pick-

up truck which ran over Hilton. An arrest warrant for aggravated assault, a second-degree felony, was issued for Powell. Powell turned himself into the Sugar Land Police Department on the evening of September 23, 2009 without incident. A second degree felony punishment may include imprisonment of 2- 20 years and a fine up to $10,000.

STARRINGS...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................from page 2 are free & open to public. Reservations required by calling 281-238-2880. Tips on buying a digital camera Missouri City Branch Library, 1530 Texas Parkway, will offer tips on buying a digital camera on Monday, October 5, 7:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room. Free & open to the public. Call 281-499-4100 for more information. OCTOBER 6 - Dine & Donate Join the Ft. Bend Alzheimer’s Hope Council (formerly Ft. Bend AWARE) at Fish City Grill, 15980 City Walk, Sugar Land, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease. A portion of the receipts will go “Memory Walk�, upcoming on October 31. AAUW to meet American Association of University Women to meet Thursday, October 6, 7 p.m., Brazos Hall, U of H Sugar Land Campus. Members will tour the facility. For more info 281-980-1705. Intro computer classes First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, will offer free computer class “101�, Tuesday, October 6, 10 a.m., Conference Room. Other classes - Microsoft Word Survival, How to set up email, Power Point Survival. Free & open to public. Reservations

required & more info at 281-238-2800. OCTOBER 7 LegalLine answers questions Fort Bend Lawyers Care LegalLine will give free answers to legal questions to Fort Bend Co. residents only on Wednesday, October 7, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. All call answered regardless of income. Call LegalLine at 281-239-0015. This free service is offered monthly on the first Wednesday of every month. Free computer classes George Memorial Library, 1001 Richmond, will offer “Mouse Practice for Scaredy Cats� Wed., Oct. 7, 10 a.m., Computer Lab. Other classes offered are “Computers 101�, MS Word, MS Excel, Hands-on internet, How to set up free email account. Call for the dates & time for these classes. Registrations required and more info at 281-341-2604. OCTOBER 8 Parenting class offered Lamar CISD to offer this class at George Junior High, Rosenberg, beginning October 8, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and continuing for 6 consecutive weeks. Call Rosalie Ramirez by Oct. 1 at 832-2230400 to register. Take a book break Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge, Sugar Land, invites you to

take a book break Thursday, October 8, 1 p.m., Conference Room. Book to be discussed is “A Thousand Splendid Suns�. Free & open to the public. Bring a lunch if desired. Call 281-277-8934 for more information. Nithya Yoga offered Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge, Sugar Land, presents a special introductory program on Nithya Yoga (an ancient form of yoga) Thursday, October 8, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Meeting Room. Free & open to the public. For more information call 281-341-2677 or 281-277-8934. Learn about wardrobe’s fall colors George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview, Richmond, will have image consultant Tawnya Funderburke to share her insight & expertise on “How to Make Fall Look Good on You�, Thursday, October 8, 7 p.m., Meeting Room. Free & open to the public. Call 281-3412677 for more information. Green Thumb Seminar Fort Bend Master Gardeners will present “Soil and Composting� at the Green Thumb series on Thursday, October 8, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Cinco Ranch, at the “Lake House� 25202 Springwood Lake Drive, Katy. Free & open to the public, no pre-registration required. 281-394-

7195 ext. 7001 for directions and for more information www.fbmg.com or 281-341-7068. Teen activities at library First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, presents a variety of programs for young teens every month. Designed for youths ages 11-14 it will give them opportunities to participate in the branch’s Teen Advisory Council. Thursday, Oct. 8, 5:30 p.m. is Teen Advisory Council, and at 6 p.m. it’s teen movie night, Free & open to public. Refreshments served. Call 281-238-2800 or 281-341-2677 for more info. UPCOMING Fort Bend Education Foundation Festival The 4th Annual Festival will be held Saturday, November 7, 10 a.m to 3 p.m., Sugar Land Town Square Town Square. The event celebrates the diversity of cultures in the school district by highlighting traditions, arts, & foods. Go to www.fortbend.k12.tx.us/foundation/Festival.com. Annual Sugar Land Lions garage sale Now is the time to make your reservation for a spot at the biggest garage sale of the season! To be held Saturday, October 17, Sugar Land Community Center, Matlage Way, Sugar Land.

Deadline for space is August 31. For a reservation form call 281-937-7016 or mergonmarketing@aol.com. Put Garage Sale in subject line. Model and Talent Search Fort Bend Fabulous Model & Talent Search benefitting the Fort Bend Education Foundation is open to all children ages 5-18. Applications accepted September 26 and are available on line at ww.fortbendisd.com/foundation.. Celebrating cultures in our community The International Festival of Fort Bend 2009 will be held Saturday, October 17, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford. Family event & free admission. Parade, cultural performances, ethnic foods, arts & crafts, children’s attractions. Visit www.IF-FB.org or call 832-452-8747. ONGOING Free Senior activities Free fun activities for all senior citizens of Fort Bend the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Select Senior Clinics, 12221 South Kirkwood, Suite 100, Meadows Place. To RSVP call 713-234-7384. Al Anon group meeting The Sugar Land/First Colony Al Anon Group meets every Wednesday, 10 a.m.,

Christ United Methodist Church, 3300 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, Family Life Center, Room 304. Contact Renee at 281-414-5074. Interested in breastfeeding? La Leche League of Fort Bend has the answers. This group meets twice a month. This support group offers meetings, education, and support for new & expectant mothers. Call 281-277-4989 or 281-778-3433 for more info. Al Anon Family Group Does someone else’s drinking affect your emotional state of well-being? If you answered yes, then maybe this family group is for you. Call Jill at 281416-9005. Interested in Investing? The IBM Investment Club meets the first Wednesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. in Stafford. Come join us for a lively investment discussion and some refreshments. RSVP at 281-615-5946 or email leemdcam@aol.com. Toy exhibit - “Childhood Memories� Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge, Sugar Land will offer this exhibit throughout September & October of dolls & toys from over the years. Free & open to the public during regular library hours. For more information call 281-277-8934.

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#ITYSAW7ISDOMOF0LANNINGEARLYON.OW FOCUSIS â&#x20AC;&#x153;In 1962, none of us had any experience in administering a city,â&#x20AC;? says former Sugar Land mayor Bill Little. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to fly by the seat of our pants.â&#x20AC;? Mayor Little (the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second mayor, serving from 19611965) sought the assistance of the engineers and planners in the Houston firm Bernard Johnson (now, BJY); the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comprehensive city plans could be purchased through Federal grants, and the work would include engineering plans, zoning ordinances

and property assessments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought then, Well, we have a chance to make an ideal city,â&#x20AC;? says Little. The year was 1962; when the plan was finished, it was estimated that Sugar Land would have a population of 60,000 in the year 2000. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remarkably accurate, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say,â&#x20AC;? says Little, who worked for Imperial Sugar and then served as vice president of Sugarland Industries, 1962 to 1970, and saw Sugar Land first as a company town. Through the dedication of Ike

Kempner and William Eldridge, partners in the Imperial Sugar Refinery, the fledgling company town founded in 1908 became a safe and orderly community over the years. Streets, sewer lines, electric and gas lines, levees and fire and police protection were put into service, so when the city incorporated in 1959 many elements were already in place. Importantly, there was a strong sense of community pride among the residents. As the saying goes, The more things change, the more they remain the same. And the dedication to foresight and creating well thought-out plans remain guiding principles in 2009 for Sugar Landâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s City Council. In fact, the

Council has recently approved a document that will guide future policies taken by the City-Vision 2025. The document is the result of six monthsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work, including a retreat for senior management and a Community Summit in June where residents offered feedback on the draft document. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The process we went through in adopting Vision 2025 has been extremely valuable,â&#x20AC;? says Mayor James Thompson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the work weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done the last six months has really brought clarity on how we can improve Sugar Land, and ensure it remains one of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier cities.â&#x20AC;? Vision 2025 contains 11 valuebased principles that highlight key areas for the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future-

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registration form. Sports demonstrations will include a Fly ball course, a hyperactive, dog sprinting competition showcased by two area Fly ball teams, the Texas Twisters and the Canines in Action. Watch their award-winning dogs leap over hurdles, and make sure to speak with the onsite trainers for more sport information throughout the event. To welcome dogs to their new home away from home, local pet vendors will provide pet friendly games, manicures and pedicures, bathing and grooming, treats and doggie bags filled with helpful information at the activity stations located throughout the park. Food and drinks will be sold. Prior to the event, the First Colony Community Association has scheduled a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paws for A Cause Walkâ&#x20AC;? with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. For more information, contact the Sugar Land Parks and Recreation Department at (281) 275-2885 or visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/.

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enforcement. The STEP grant provides overtime to staff increased traffic enforcement in targeted areas during holiday periods, an extra resource that does not affect SLPDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s normal operations. The STEP grant combined with other grant funds ensures continued enforcement of intersections and speeding throughout the City.

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of elbow grease invested in the City over the years by Councils and staff. And of course the residents, always eager for involvement in their City as evidenced by the enrollments in the academies the City offers. Want to know more about Vision 2025? Or the various academies offered by the City? Or the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early history? All of this and much more can be found on the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, www.sugarlandtx.gov

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3AVETHE$ATE h7HATS5PIN 9OUR3UGAR,AND.EIGHBORHOODv The following District Town Hall meetings will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to offer City Council members and residents a chance to meet and talk in person about whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening in their respective districts. â&#x20AC;˘ District 2: Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Sugar Creek Country Club, 420 Sugar Creek Boulevard â&#x20AC;˘ District 1: Monday, Oct. 5, at the Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way â&#x20AC;˘ District 3 and 4 (combined): Thursday, Oct. 8, at Sugar Land City Hall, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North. During â&#x20AC;&#x153;Open Mikeâ&#x20AC;? residents can ask questions, express concerns or provide input on various topics. Key staff members will be on hand to answer questions and provide information specific to the district.

Sugar Land is divided into four districts, with a Council member elected to represent each area. District 1 is represented by Donald L. Smithers, District 2 by Donald G. Olson, District 3 by Russell Jones and District 4 by Michael Schiff. City Council also includes the position of Mayor, currently held by James A. Thompson, and At Large Districts 1 and 2, represented by Thomas Abraham and Jacqueline Baly Chaumette, respectively. Contact the City Secretaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office at (281) 275-2730 for a listing of neighborhoods in each district. Or find the information at www.sugarlandtx.gov by selecting City Government and then Single Member Districts. For more information about the District Town Hall meetings, call (281)275-2710.

3UGAR,AND&IRE$EPARTMENT URGESRESIDENTSnh3TAY&IRE 3MART$ONT'ET"URNEDv Once children touch a hot stove, as the clichĂŠ goesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;they learn an important lesson, stay away from hot stoves. This clichĂŠ doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take into account the pain and suffering from burns, which should not be part of the learning process. The Sugar Land Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for Fire Prevention Week 2009 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Oct. 4-10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to urge Sugar Land residents to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stay Fire Smart! Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Get Burned.â&#x20AC;? This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign focuses on ways to keep homes fire safe and prevent painful burns. Throughout the month of October, the fire department will be visiting area preschools and all elementary schools (thirdgrade classes) to teach how to plan and practice escape from a home in case a fire occurs. Additionally, residents are urged to attend the 3rd Annual Sugar Land Fire Department Open House on Saturday, Oct.

10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Sugar Land Community Center located, 226 Matlage Way. There will be activities for all ages, fire safety demonstrations and information about this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fire Prevention Week theme. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The most common types of burn injuries result from fire or flame burns, scalds and contact burns,â&#x20AC;? said SLFD Capt. Michael McLemore. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Burns are painful and can result in serious scarring and even death. When we take extra caution in our homes to ensure that the curling iron is out of our childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reach or pot handles are turned away from the edge of the stove, such injuries are entirely preventable. Keeping our homes safe from fire and preventing devastating burn injuries is a healthy change we can make happen.â&#x20AC;? For more information on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stay Fire Smart! Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Get Burned,â&#x20AC;? visit www.firepreventionweek.org.


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3UGAR,ANDSNEWDOGPARKWILL OFlCIALLYOPENINTWOWEEKS By Cheryl Skinner Attention all dog lovers and owners in Sugar Land - the city will host an open house of the newest park October 10 and all fur-kids are invited to come. City officials say dog owners are invited to unleash their dogs at Sugar Landâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pawm Springs Dog Park grand opening on Saturday, October 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Sugar Land Memorial Park, 15300 University Blvd. The specially constructed park is described as beach-resort style, tropical oasis for four-legged friends. Admission and activities are free so enjoy the exciting activities and entertainment which will include dog sport demonstrations, a doggie fashion show on a â&#x20AC;&#x153;catwalkâ&#x20AC;?, free photos with pets, a dog art exhibit and much more, officials promise. The doggie fashion show space is limited to the first 30 pet models. Therefore early registration is recommended. To register, visit A Dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Life Luxury Boutique, 16121 City Walk, and Darciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resort and Day

Spa, 7110 B Highway 6, to obtain a registration form. Sports demonstrations will include a Fly ball course, a hyperactive, dog sprinting competition showcased by two area Fly ball teams, the Texas Twisters and the Canines in Action. Watch their award-winning dogs leap over hurdles, and make sure to speak with the onsite trainers for more sport information throughout the event. To welcome dogs to their new home away from home, local pet vendors will provide pet friendly games, manicures and pedicures, bathing and grooming, treats and doggie bags filled with helpful information at the activity stations located throughout the park. Food and drinks will be sold. Prior to the event, the First Colony Community Association has scheduled a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paws for A Cause Walkâ&#x20AC;? with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. For more information, contact the Sugar Land Parks and Recreation Department at (281) 275-2885 or visit www.sugarlandtx.gov.

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The Gingerbread Market Makes Holiday Shopping A Breeze! Get ready to shop until you drop for great holiday gifts at Siennaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5rd Annual Gingerbread Market.

At its September 22 City Council Meeting, Meadows Place City Council voted unanimously to approve a proclamation to recognize Dulles High School as one of the top high schools in the Nation. The Meadows Place City Council also proclaimed Friday, September 25, as Dulles High School Day in the City of Meadows Place. Meadows Place Mayor Charles Jessup said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dulles High School has been doing an exceptional service for the community for close to 50 years and is one of the best high schools in the nation.â&#x20AC;? The proclamation cited that Dulles High School was ranked in the top six percent of high schools in the Nation by Newsweek Magazine and included in the magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s complete

list of the 1,500 top 2009 United States high schools, according to a ratio of the number of Advanced Placement tests taken by all students. Dulles was also recently named one of the top high schools in the Houston area (#17) by a Houston Chronicle report based on a Children at Risk Study to see who is doing the best at educating students and preparing them for post-secondary education. The City of Meadows Place also recognized that Dulles High School has 12 National Merit Semifinalists named for 2010, which are part of a nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

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Sienna Plantation Golf Club is continuing its popular junior golf program with a fall session that begins Oct. 6. Children ages five to 14 can participate in the four-week session, which will be held 5-6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday during October. The young golfers will learn golf etiquette and game basics. More advanced players also will learn competitive playing skills. After the eight hours of instruction, program participants will play a tournament. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This format worked really

well during our summer program,â&#x20AC;? said Sienna Golf Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tracey McKinney. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Five-toseven-years-olds comprised the largest age group, with more than 15 competitors. One of the boys in that age group took first place in the tournament after shooting a 2-over-14 on hole No. 3.â&#x20AC;? Participation in Sienna Plantation Golf Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s junior golf program has grown steadily since it was introduced in 2003, with a record 91 participants this past summer. The club held six weeklong sessions followed by the

Junior Championship. The fall program is open to everyone, although golf club members receive a $50 discount on the $250 registration fee. The session will be limited to the first 25 enrollees. Young golfers missing the fall session can participate in a spring break clinic that will be held March 15-19. For more information on the fall junior golf program or to register, contact Juliette Bentz at 281.778.4653, ext. 3, or visit www.siennagolf.com.

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WHAT HAPPENED? (1) 922-09: Line fuse at 2063 Masters Lane that is the terminal pole to an underground loop. Crew closed fuse and it held. (Normally try to close fuse when arrive because fault like a squirrel or tree may be cleared out of the way and Centerpoint can energize the loop again. (2) Later, same day, crew went back to same loop and used a radar device and determined primary at transformer #43 was bad. Repairs made to primary by splicing bad conductor. Work order created to replace spliced primary within 45 days. (3) After further review of this loop, Centerpoint will replace an additional 7 spans of primary while out there replacing the span that went bad on the 22nd. WARNING FROM CENTERPOINT: The crews will be working in the easement in the next 45 days. LOST/FOUND PETS: The Valley View Enews will post a missing pet if the person provides a contact number. Also, please note: They will â&#x20AC;&#x153;notâ&#x20AC;? be responsible for making the contacts. (i.e. if you find a lost pet, you can post a contact number or email address. If a reader of this Enews has your pet they are responsible for contacting you.) I assume this will be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;one timeâ&#x20AC;? post-

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phone numbers of the people who live next door to you and across the street. Then post it on your fridge! DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS? Email the PROUD HOTLINE at QVProud@aol.com. I will â&#x20AC;&#x153;promptlyâ&#x20AC;? email you the answers. FOR â&#x20AC;&#x153;FAQsâ&#x20AC;? http//www. quailvalleyproud.com/faqs.php

!SHOTINTHEARMFORAGOODCAUSE Still in need of a flu shot this season? Quail Valley Elementary is offering the influenza vacations at school on October 8 from 3:45-6:45 pm. Portions of the proceeds go directly to the school as a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;painlessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fundraiser. Over the past 8 years, Texas Vaccine Institute has been providing services to our FBISD family. They are a licensed provider of vaccines throughout Texas. TVI (Texas Vaccine Institute) will be providing experienced technicians to administer the vaccine as well as providing bilingual assistance if

needed. NO appointments are necessary. Cash and Checks will be accepted. The regular vaccine is $20 and the nasal vaccine is $30. QVE is located near the intersection of Quail Village Drive and Cartwright Road. It is easily accessible with plenty of parking. 3500 Quail Village Drive, Missouri City, 281-634-5040. Please consider attending our event, not only to help our school children but also to keep YOU healthy throughout the flu season.

SPARING THE RODS SPOILS THE RIDE The part of a vehicleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s steering mechanism known as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;tie rodâ&#x20AC;? transmits force from the steering center link (or steering rack) to the steering knuckle, thereby allowing the wheel to turn. The outer end of this slender structural rod connects with an adjusting sleeve, which allows for adjusting the length of the tie rod and a consequent setting of the vehicleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alignment angle. With all that is riding on this relatively small component, it is recommended that an automobileâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s steering and suspension systems be checked regularly, at least annually, in conjunction with a wheel alignment. Otherwise, a worn tie rod can lead to highway wandering, erratic steering, and abnormal tire wear. When something is not right, your car sends you a signal that you can feel, hear, or smell. If this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s column describes your driving experiences, call AUTO CENTRAL at 281-499-9684 to schedule a maintenance check. Our ASE Certified Master Technicians use the latest computerized equipment to detect mechanical problems in their early stages and install quality, long-lasting parts. We are located at 2526 5th St., Stafford. Free shuttle service is available. Do you have a car care question? Visit our discussion board on Facebook-Auto Central. Autocentralautomotive. com. HINT: One way to check the tie rod ends involves placing the car on a lift and jerking on the wheel hub to see how much play there is in the tie rod end ball joint. By: David and Cindy Fauvelle, Owners

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Woops.....Tom DeLay was one move from continuing his appearance on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dancing with the Starsâ&#x20AC;? when he almost dropped his partner at the very end of his second dance. At press time, all the votes werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in, so his continued appearance isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure. Many people have asked me my opinion about his DWTS appearance and I have to admit that he has done a much better job than I thought he would. In his first appearance last week, he spent more energy hamming it up as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wild Thingâ&#x20AC;? and shaking his behind to the audience than he did actually dancing. Hey, folks, Tom DeLay has been mooning you for years, you just didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know it! But I have to give him credit for having the nerve and for trying. Of course the $200,000 one gets for even making the effort on DWTS might have cushioned the fallen arches of the Cha-cha. Since many of Tomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s money-making schemes have failed since leaving the legislature, I think heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing it for the money. More power to him, but as usual, Tom did more acting than action, much like he did in the legislature. (Oh, stop it, Bev. You just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let up on the Hammer.) I noticed on the night when the ladies were dancing that Tom and Christine were sitting on the front row right across the aisle from rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon who were there to support their dancing daughter, Kelly. So Tom and Christine are rubbing elbows with the stars. Wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it be funny if Tom came back to Fort Bend County as a tree-hugging, Gore worshiping, dope-smoking, hippie LIBERAL? Forrest Gump again.....Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve remarked before that I sometimes feel like Forrest Gump in that I seem to know personally so many people that make the news. Would it surprise you to

know that the Iron Chef Mark Dacascos, AKA The Chairman from the Food Network, is also competing on DWTS and is married to a girl from Ballinger, or at least her parents are? As many of my faithful readers know, Ballinger is my hometown and I mention it a lot. I was telling my friend Margot Taylor that everywhere you go there is someone from Ballinger, and she reminded me, â&#x20AC;&#x153;or Port Arthur.â&#x20AC;? (Margot is from Beaumont, pronounced BeauMONT. Another friend of mine reminded me that I had graduated from Ballinger High School in a class of 50 people and she had already met 460 of them. Which brings up another topic....My 50th class reunion is in a couple of weeks. Do you think I have time to lose 45 pounds? Probably not, unless I cut off an appendage. Except for the fact that my high school reunion pretty well reveals how old I am, I am excited to see how many of us are left. If I had known I would live this long, I would have taken better care of my teeth, heart, lungs, etc. Finally, the trial......I spent about 2 1/2 weeks of my life covering a trial at the Fort Bend courthouse of a woman accused of killing her husband. There was no doubt that she killed him. This she readily admitted. But she said she killed him in selfdefense after years of abuse and the jury deadlocked 11-1 to convict her. I looked at my friends covering the trial with me and asked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What in the world did we miss?â&#x20AC;? I felt there was no way this woman, 5â&#x20AC;&#x2122;2â&#x20AC;?, 115 lbs. would be convicted of killing her 6â&#x20AC;&#x2122;5â&#x20AC;?, 260 lbs. husband who, many people had testified, had abused her for years. More than one even said they were surprised that she shot him as they always had thought it would be the other way around.

Several of my lawyer friends had warned that it was very hard for a jury to agree with a woman who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave her husband after years of abuse, even subjecting her kids to that same abuse. I argued that women that are abused are brainwashed into believing they are stupid, ineffective, incapable of taking care of themselves, whereas their abuser is stronger, better, and the womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only chance of living a good life. However, no evidence of that kind was offered, even though the case of the 13-year-old girl in California who eventually had two children with her kidnapper and numerous chances to escape was on the forefront of everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind. Additionally, no hospital records or police records of the numerous calls made at the home were offered in evidence. There was plenty of testimony, but jurors were told to ignore that by other jurors as it was just â&#x20AC;&#x153;emotion.â&#x20AC;? Then the prosecution at the last offered a rebuttal witness who had been in the courtroom the entire time and heard all the previous testimony. He got up on the stand and testified about the trajectory of the bullets, etc. Now this â&#x20AC;&#x153;expertâ&#x20AC;? had been fired by one sheriff and demoted recently to community relations by another sheriff. His first visit to the crime scene was in August, 2009 when the shooting happened in November, 2006. He offered testimony that even I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t follow. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand. The first cop on the scene who took a statement from the lady recorded the lady out on the curb of her home, although the lady didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know she was being recorded. In that recording, she tells about the shooting and the abuse and her reasons for self defense. Her story never deviates from that first story one little bit. The lady was not charged with murder until the family started trying to get all the money and sued her for wrongful death. They also put pressure on the DA to indict her. After listening to the recording taken on the night immediately after the shooting, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

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District 2 Thursday, October 1 Sugar Creek Country Club 420 Sugar Creek Boulevard Represented by Councilmember Don Olson

District 1 Monday, October 5 Sugar Land Community Center 226 Matlage Way Represented by Councilmember Don Smithers

District 3 & 4 Thursday, October 8 Sugar Land City Hall 2700 Town Center Boulevard North Represented by Councilmembers Russell Jones-Dist. 3 & Michael Schiff-Dist. 4 City representatives will answer questions and provide information specific to each district. Residents will have the opportunity to speak and ask questions. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know your district? Check out www.sugarlandtx.gov. Just click â&#x20AC;&#x153;Single Member Districtsâ&#x20AC;? under City Government or call (281) 275-2730.

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understand why we were even there at trial. The jury seemed to believe that the woman had a chance to escape as she was nearest the door. However, this woman had been beaten by this man numerous times in the past and she would have been the better judge about who could make it to the door fastest. Interestingly, this law has changed and one no longer has to retreat before firing to plead self defense. After so many home invasions, the last legislature passed a law that if you are in your own home, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to retreat before firing. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Castle Law.â&#x20AC;? Thank goodness, one lady on the jury wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t eager to just convict her and go home. She held out and refused to find her guilty. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be the first to admit that I certainly donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know the laws about what can be offered as evidence and what canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Perhaps some of the records that were available and so sorely lacking could not be offered. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure the case will be retried and I hope the woman gets a little better representation next time. And Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still not through.... FBISD decided to keep its students in school last Friday instead of letting them out to attend the parade and opening day of the Fort Bend County Fair. I think this is understandable given that so much school was lost due to Hurricane Ike last year when no electricity was the culprit. An additional instructional day never hurt anyone. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had several parents call to complain, but many havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even noticed. The Fort Bend Fair did no advertising or even send press releases to the media on the east end of the county this year. Therefore the parents, except those involved in the bands and ROTC who were marching in the parade, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to notice. And evidently, the Fair didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to care. So I guess we are going back to the old ways when the Fair came and went and nobody in Stafford, Sugar Land, and Missouri City, except a very few, even noticed. And the Fair didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care. The only way it impacted them is when buyers

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didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t show up for the Junior Livestock Auction and bid large bills for the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; animals. Remind me to tell you sometime about my efforts to get a financial accounting from the Fair many years ago. Lawrence Elkins had recently retired as superintendent of FBISD and had been hired to manage the Fair. When I asked him under the Open Records Act to see a copy of their financial records, he told me, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nope. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not gonna happen.â&#x20AC;? Lawrence knew very well that the Attorney General would come down on them if they refused, so he agreed to â&#x20AC;&#x153;answer questions.â&#x20AC;? At the time I truly believe they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any financial records. So I would ask him, for example, â&#x20AC;&#x153;How much money would you spend on cokes?â&#x20AC;? Then he would shuffle through papers and answer. Then I would ask him another

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question. And on and on. Bunch of old gezzers. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even care what the answers would be. I just wanted them to clean up their act. The next year, they put a woman on the board. I backed off. Those problems had been corrected, I guess. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even care anymore. So I guess that divide between east Fort Bend and west Fort Bend that is signified by the Brazos River is in full operation again. I hate that because some of us worked very hard years ago to get both sides of the county involved in the Fair and its ties to our agricultural past. Perhaps it is something whose time has come....and gone. B.K. Carter is the owner/ publisher of the Fort Bend/ Southwest Star. She can be reached at bkcstar@earthlink. net.

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no raises again this year. Several years ago, if you remember, the court voted a hefty increase in elected officials salaries with the promise they would not seek another raise until the state boosted the salaries of the state district judges. The state traditionally waits years in between raises for those judges and the county officials agreed to tie their raises in with those of the judges. They justified the bigger than normal raises on the consensus that they wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be getting another raise in at least four or five years. They are keeping the promise. Judge McMeans gets a boost in pay County Court at Law Judge

Walter McMeans will be getting a boost in pay. McMeans requested state mandated longevity pay last week and the court had no option but to grant his wish. In actuality, McMeans should have been receiving the boost in pay starting last June. However, it was overlooked. It seems the state has a law mandating longevity pay for any judge who sits on the bench for over 16 years and McMeans fills that bill. McMeans also requested six percent interest on the unpaid funds since June. While court members were duty bound to pay the $3,840 per year to McMeans, they joked about the

interest on the amount that was requested from the judge. One court member said they could just take up a collection to get the few dollars in interest that was requested by McMeans. Burn ban definitely no more Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert announced last week that the burn ban is now officially over. After months without measurable rain and dangerously dry conditions, the county has been receiving inches and inches of the wet stuff. So, Hebert made a point to officially lift the ban. You can now burn trash outside, when the sky clears.

Water District Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate The Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 138 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2009 on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the offices of Allen Boone Humphries Robinson LLP located at 3200 Southwest Freeway, Suite 2600, Houston, TX 77027. 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 on all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. FOR the proposal:

B. Wanninger, M.E. Smith, P. Stephens, D. Keene and G. Justice

AGAINST the proposal:

(none)

PRESENT and not voting:

(none)

ABSENT:

(none)

The following table compares taxes on the average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year.

Total tax rate (per $100 of value)

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SHERRIFF ...................................................................................................................................from page 1 The retired officer, Michael Buchanek, became the prime suspect after Pikett conducted a scent lineup. Eventually another man came forth, confessed, and pleaded guilty to the slaying. Buchanek has since filed a civil lawsuit against Pikett. Fort Bend County is providing his defense. According to the TIPO report, others are considering following suit in civil actions against Pikett. The report goes into an extensive background evaluation of Pikett, which shows that he had no official dog training before acquiring a pet bloodhound in the 1990’s. The dog reportedly excelled at dog show tracking contests, and he began volunteering his dog to local law enforcement to help at crime scenes. After volunteering for several years, Pikett became a deputy with Fort Bend County and acquired additional dogs.

After several high profile cases, Pikett and his scent hounds were requested by police agencies throughout the state of Texas. The report indicates that Pikett has provided “expert testimony” in a number of criminal trials that have led to successful convictions. However, in recent years since the Victoria case, defense attorneys have challenged his expert witness status. In fact, here in Fort Bend County local attorney Steven Gilbert successfully managed to keep Pikett from testifying in a case. (See related story in this issue.) Three experts hired by the Innocence Project criticized Pikett’s work. The former head of police dog training in the United Kingdom, Bob Coote, reviewed a video of one of Pikett’s scent lineups and was appalled. One of the most challenged statements made by Pikett is the

claim that the dogs are able to track suspects who have left the crime scene in a vehicle. The report details a number of highly regarded professionals who have said that Pikett’s methods are not adequate for criminal cases and should not be used. One of those quoted in the report is Douglas Lowry, a retired Maryland State Police officer and the current president of the National Police Bloodhound Association (NPBA). The report said Lowry testified extensively about Pikett’s scent lineup procedures. “Although in his Motion for Summary Judgment in the Buchanek case, Pikett claimed that his practices were modeled after those of the NPBA, Mr. Lowry points out in his affidavit that the NPBA decided several years ago to do away with the training for scent lineups at their training schools and seminars because

LOCAL ............................................................................................................................................from page 1 “This is all a shame because he is a nice person and while dogs have been used for many reasons in law enforcement and produced good results, what Pikett is doing is not an exact science and his credibility is also an issue,” Gilbert explains. In June Gilbert challenged Pikett’s credibility before State District Judge Brady Elliott in a Fort Bend courtroom and ultimately Judge Elliott ruled the testimony could not be used in the case. Since then other judges in the county and elsewhere are following Brady’s lead, says Gilbert. “I don’t think any of our judges here are allowing the expert testimony of Pikett in the courts here,” Gilbert says. One of the primary things that brought Pikett’s credibility as an expert witness into question was testimony in a number of court cases that actually conflicted. “He testified he had different degrees from different colleges and when I questioned him about the conflicting testimony on the

stand in Elliott’s court, he said it was all the fault of the various court reporters. He also claims to be an expert at what he does with the dogs but there is nothing but his word to back that up. I can call myself an expert too, but that doesn’t mean I am,” Gilbert says. While Gilbert believes there is a place in the criminal justice system for evidence garnered from using police dogs, “it shouldn’t be the conclusive evidence that is used to convict a person of a crime.” “A lot of this has been caused by lazy police and over zealous prosecutors using the dogs as their sole evidence. And, now we are finding innocent people who have been sent to prison or accused of crimes they did not commit. More and more cases are coming to light and this may only be the tip of the iceberg,” Gilbert speculated. The highly publicized Victoria case is really “the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Gilbert

believes. He feels if the retired police captain hadn’t sued Fort Bend County and Pikett after a suspect came forth and confessed to a murder after the innocent man was hung out to dry as the prime murder suspect, Pikett’s dogs would have never had so much attention focused on them. “Those dogs supposedly tracked that captain following a scent in a moving car,” Gilbert recalls. Now Gilbert and other attorneys throughout the state are gleaning volumes of documents, court testimony, and other evidence on behalf of many defendants. In addition to Gilbert, Derick Smith, a Stafford attorney, says he has put his life on hold for four weeks and lost a lot of money putting together volumes of information in a transcript he will use to speak before the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association on October 22. We will hear from him and what he has learned about Pikett and the bloodhounds next week.

‘very few bloodhound teams were found to be consistently proficient in working scent lineups.’ The report went on to say that Lowry, after reviewing two of Pikett’s videos showing his bloodhounds working, said they were not consistent with the type of training that was once offered and that Pikett appeared to be “cueing” his dog throughout the exercise. Other experts cited in the report dismissed Pikett’s claims of what his dogs can do and have done. In fact, one of the experts was quoted as saying Pikett, as a trainer and handler, was an unprofessional charlatan. The Innocence Project of Texas’ Chief legal counsel, Jeff Blackburn, authored the report with the assistance of many volunteers. In a press release giving a synopsis of the report, IPOT said the report would detail “the use of scent lineups in Texas and the career of Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Deputy Keith Pickett, whose work led to wrongful arrests and the

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Well, a few weeks ago one of her fellow sheriff’s deputy plowed into the rear end of an 18 wheeler. Lucky deputy showed up on the scene. Again, her superiors were notified, and a different one of them arrived and he and an on duty deputy took her and her vehicle home. The deputy, the one who plowed into the 18 wheeler, he left the employ of the sherif’s office shortly thereafter - something about liability insurance. Then just days later, was rehired. All during the same time frame, several jail employees were caught bringing contraband into the jail; some were terminated for “violations,” others were allowed to resign. A couple of them were even purported to be Houston gang members. Insiders tell us that as long as the media doesn’t find out no charges will be filed. There is an election coming up ... sometime you know. Busy, busy, busy. Organized criminal activity? RETIRE...........................................................................................................................................from page 1 No on Williams Way! Just goes to show .. even In an e-mail from one officer, The writer aimed most of his tion for deciding to retire and though ya’ change the name, which was dated August 20, the criticism toward Campbell, who lauded the department and the the games remain the same. disgruntled officer said he and his he claimed did not put the welfare district for their support. fellow officers “have been strug- of the officers ahead of politics. Campbell ran unsuccessfully gling to get good equipment so In addition to the alleged faulty for Galveston County Sheriff, last we can do our jobs effectively.” equipment, the writer said the year and four years prior, while He also claimed that the failure officers are inadequately trained working as the police chief at to provide adequately equipped and some officers fail to qualify FBISD. Complaints arose during patrol cars and standard police on the pistol range because of the those times suggesting Campbell equipment were putting the offi- school district does not provide used school district time and cer’s lives in danger. enough ammunition. resources to run his campaign for “The current vehicles being “If Fort Bend ISD were to have sheriff. driven by officers are 1992, 1993 a shooting like in Columbine or Campbell is a resident of and 1994 models. Most patrol Virginia Tech, these officers will Galveston County and never vehicles in our fleet do not have not be ready,” the officer said in relocated to Fort Bend County, police radios, sirens, working the memo to “The Star”. He also choosing instead to commute to lights, working seat belts and voiced concerns about the result- the job. many other parts, and if they do ing safety of the students. The district did not respond have equipment in them most of Campbell has reportedly to a request to comment on the time it doesn’t work,” the let- denied these allegations. He made Campbell’s resignation, but did ter continued. no mention of any other motiva- provide his letter of resignation.

DEADLOCKS ...........................................................................................................................from page 1 Charlene Hill’s testimony about the position of Danny Hill during the fight and the supposition that she could have retreated. Since the shooting, the law about retreating in your own home has changed. Now the law does not require that you have a chance to retreat if you are in your own home, but in 2006 at the time of the shooting, no such law was on the books and a shooting was only justified if there was no chance of retreat. Charlene Hill’s attorneys argued that she had trouble moving after a motorcycle accident and that Danny Hill was so large he could easily overpower her if she tried to escape. According to the jurors after the trial, they were instructed to look at only physical evidence and not let emotions guide them. Evidently, the lone hold-out

felt there wasn’t enough evidence to convict Charlene Hill. The defense attorneys failed to introduce any physical evidence of Charlene Hill’s abuse at the hands of her husband. They did not introduce any hospital records of her injuries, nor any police calls about domestic abuse, although those records are available. The only evidence of abuse that she suffered was offered by testimony from many people which jurors said they were instructed to ignore during deliberation by other jurors. They evidently thought those were just “emotions.” The 11 jurors also said they thought the evidence offered about the bullets and trajectory were definitive, although no one would testify absolutely which bullet was fired first and which bullet did what damage.

Judge Jim Shoemake refused to issue an “Allen Charge,” also called a “dynamite charge.” The Allen Charge dates back to 1896 and acknowledges that the jury has become deadlocked. The judge reminds the jury of the importance of the trial and how much time and effort has already been expended. He tells them to continue deliberating until a unanimous decision is reached. There have been several times when appellant courts have found dynamite charges to be prejudicial or unconstitutional. Judge Shoemake talked to each juror individually and decided that minds were not going to change. Supposedly, the lone holdout said she would continue deliberating in order to convince the other 11 to her side. Prosecutors say they will retry the case.

FAIR DAY.....................................................................................................................................from page 1 In a recent presentation to the FBISD board members, Dwight Harris said, “I have heard comments like we are professionals and we must all tighten our belts, etc. And I agree that your teachers, counselors, nurses, and speech pathologists, are professional but asking them to work without pay is not professional, not ethical, not right, and maybe not even legal. So again I ask you to fund the extra day,” he said. Nancy Porter, Director of Communications for the district, said “to support instruction for students, the district believed it was important to add an instructional day to the school calendar.” Porter noted that the decision

was made by a calendar committee made up of teachers, administrators, and community members who recommended using Fort Bend County Fair Day to fill this void. “However, band and JROTC students who participate in the parade will still be able to do so,” Porter said. “Please note that a lot of staff and community input was received regarding Fair Day and other holiday considerations before the final calendar recommendation was made and adopted,” Porter emphasized. Traditionally all schools in Fort Bend County observe the first Friday of the fair season

as Fort Bend County Fair Day. Children are given a holiday to attend the fair parade and the opening day of the fair. Fort Bend County officials and employees also observe the day as an official holiday of sorts. Some years ago, a group of local business people lobbied FBISD to grant the holiday and it has been observed yearly for about 15 years, said B.K. Carter, publisher of the “Fort Bend Star” who was active in the successful effort to get the holiday. After the decision was made this year to eliminate the holiday, a number of concerned parents contacted the newspaper to complain.

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conviction of potentially hundreds of individuals in the state.” IPOT volunteers reviewed thousands of pages of court transcripts, researched the state of genuine scientific knowledge in this area, and interviewed scores of people before writing this report, the press release said. “Much like John Preston, a Florida dog handler whose use of scent lineups led to the wrongful convictions of at least three innocent defendants, two individuals who were identified by Deputy Pikett’s hounds as being tied to crime scene evidence have since been proven innocent. Calvin Lee Miller was proven innocent of a sexual assault with DNA evidence despite being tied to the crime by Pikett’s scent lineups. “Likewise, Michael Buchanek was later cleared of murder when a different man confessed to the crime,” the press release revealed. The release went on to detail other revelations in the report stat-

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ed above, including the Victoria case and the resulting lawsuit. “Deputy Pikett’s dog scent lineups are perfect examples of the types of junk science that should be kept out of the Texas criminal justice system.” Texas, which already leads the nation in the number of wrongful convictions exposed by DNA and has recently come under scrutiny as a result of evidence indicating that Cameron Todd Willingham was executed for a crime he did not commit, is in a perfect position to lead the way in eliminating the use of junk science in the courtroom. After a careful analysis of the role of junk science in wrongful convictions, the use of junk science in Texas, and the practice of conducting dog-scent lineups in criminal cases, IPOT’s report will make a series of demands in order to identify and correct those cases where junk science has led to wrongful convictions,” Beckman said in the press release.

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#OMMISSIONERSAPPROVEANOTHERMILLIONFORINDIGENTDEFENSE By Cheryl Skinner Fort Bend County Commissioners agreed they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like paying the enormous bills for indigent defense of accused criminals in Fort Bend County, but state law leaves no other options. The court voted to fund an additional $1.04 million

the defense. Sturdivant said that while he did not bring those figures to court with him, the state of Texas had reimbursed the county $400,000 and the state pays roughly 5 percent of the total cost. Precinct 4 Commissioner James Patterson, who apparently had researched the issue prior to said the funds used by the LAUNDERING .........................................................from page 1 court, county so far totaled $3.5 milfiduciary/financial property and tion by the Sugar Land Police money laundering. Department. Detectives believe Lavine Police say additional victims stole approximately 3 million are being identified and more Area Crime Briefs dollars in cash from at least 13 charges are expected to be filed. victims over a four year period. Lavine is currently being held By LeaAnne Klentzman Lavine is accused of operating in the Fort Bend County jail. an ongoing scheme of selling Anyone with information Fort Bend Co. Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office Several Game Stops have equipment and other property should call SLPD at (281) to companies that he did not 275-2540 or Fort Bend County been robbed in the last several deliver. The arrest was the Crime Stoppers at (281) 342- months and law enforcement is asking for the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help. result of a 17-month investiga- TIPS (8477). Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deputies responded to a Game Stop robbery on DRIVER ...........................................................................from page 1 Friday, September 4 at about Whitman was taken to Oak crisis team members who rode 8:5 p.m., in the 22700 block of Bend Medical Center where he on Whitmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s route to deliver Bellaire Boulevard near Texas succumbed to his injuries later the news to the students who 99 in north Fort Bend County that afternoon. rode his bus. Whitman drove near the Bella Terra subdiviâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Juddâ&#x20AC;? Whitman, as he was secondary students in the morn- sion. known, had been with LCISD ing and elementary students in as a driver for about one year. the afternoon. District spokesperson Christy Both the police department Willman said grief councilors and school officials said the inciwere on hand Tuesday morning dent was a tragic accident. No at the bus barn for employees and charges are expected to be filed.

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The court did vote unanimously to allocate the funds for legal defense. Take all appropriate action to approve transfer in the amount of $1,040,858 from Auditorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office, Court Fees, and NonDepartmental Contingency, to fund indigent defense expenses for District and County Courts as documented on Auditorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Report dated September 16, 2009.

&/24"%.$!2%!#2)-%"2)%&3 lie on the floor in the back office. One suspect guarded the employees at gunpoint while the other two looted the store merchandise and cash registers. The suspects were described as black males in their 20s, approximately 5â&#x20AC;&#x2122;10â&#x20AC;? to 6â&#x20AC;&#x2122; tall, both slender and muscular builds. All three suspects wore hooded sweaters with bandanas covering their faces. Carlson said detectives believe the same suspects are responsible for robbing the Game Stop, 1440 Fry Rd., Katy, Harris County on June 11, 2009 and the Game Stop, 403 Highway 6, Sugar Land, on July 2, 2009. Anyone with information about any of these incidents is asked to contact Fort Bend Crime Stoppers at (281) 342TIPS (8477). Sugar Land Sandwich store robbed Late Monday night, just after 10 pm, Sugar Land police responded to an aggravated robbery at the Pot Belly sandwich shop in the 1800 block of State

By Cheryl Skinner Fort Bend County Commissioners approved a motion setting two days for public hearings on the proposed 2009-2010 budget last week and approved the proposed tax rate, which will remain the same as last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rate. The court approved a proposed tax rate 49.976 cents per $100 valuation, the same tax rate as the 2008-2009 figure. Court members also approved two dates in October for budget hearings. The first will be held on October 19 at 6 p.m. and the second will be conducted on October 20 at 1 p.m. Both will be held at the Travis

Water District Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate The Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 137 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2009 on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the offices of Allen Boone Humphries Robinson LLP located at 3200 Southwest Freeway, Suite 2600, Houston, TX 77027. 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 on all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. FOR the proposal:

L. Hagen, M.G. Brindley, M. Wang, J. Ross, and S. Weaver AGAINST the proposal: (none) PRESENT and not voting: (none) ABSENT: (none)

Highway 6 S. When officers arrived on the scene and were told the two suspects were believed to be black males wearing gloves, black jackets, black shorts, and black bandanas over their faces. Both were reported to have been armed with weapons. Officials said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen from the register and safe.â&#x20AC;? The peripheral search of the area was productive for police as they located some of the stolen items from the store. However, the suspects remain at large. Richmond Richmond police are reaching out to the public trying to return a purse they found on the street after the fair parade. Sergeant Lowell Neinast said officers found a purse in the 500 block of South Fifth Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The purse contained several items, however there was no personal identification located in the purse. There are items in the purse which only the owner

could identify,â&#x20AC;? he said. Anyone who lost a purse on parade day please come by the Richmond Police Department at 600 Preston Street to claim your property, said Neinast. However, the owner must be able to describe the purse and contents in detail. For further information, contact MSgt. Neinast at (281) 3422849. Police investigate shooting Sugar Land police were notified shortly after midnight by a Houston hospital about a shooting that reportedly took place in their city. As the facts unfolded, the victim at the hospital reportedly shot himself in the hand while trying to defend his girlfriend from two men who were trying to steal her cell phone. Furthermore, the incident is believed to have taken place in the Mission Bend area which is under the jurisdiction of the sheriff. No further information was available.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE The Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District #66 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2009 on Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 6:00 p.m., at the offices of Southwest Water Company, 12535 Reed Road, Sugar Land, TX 77478. 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.

FOR the proposal: Showri Nandagiri, Rajesh Parikh, Aravind Varavadekar, Sandhya Rao, Seshadri Parthasarathy

ABSENT: None

This Year

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$0.620 /$100

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. Last Year Tax rate

$ 0 $338,642 $2,099.58 -$79.50 -3.6483%

NOTICE OF TAXPAYERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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. Questions or comments regarding this notice can be directed to Esther Buentello Flores at the tax office at (281) 499-1223.

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$1.35000/$100

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$0.000/$100 0.0000% $351,464 $338,642

$ 0 $351,464 $2,179.08

ments made by Carreon and explained that the rate would remain â&#x20AC;&#x153;the same rate as last year when the drainage district rate is added. The countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tax rate is actually going down but the drainage district is increasing.â&#x20AC;? The countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tax rate last year was 48.376 per $100 valuation and this year it drops to 47.9 cents per valuation. The Fort Bend County Drainage District makes the difference and the final figure remains 49.976 per $100 valuation as last year, officials noted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the record, this is below the effective rate and there will be no need for a public hearing on the tax rate,â&#x20AC;? County Judge Bob Hebert explained.

PRESENT and not voting: None

Last Year Adopted

Building in Richmond in regular court chambers. During pre-court public comments, Fresno resident Rodrigo Carreon spoke about his opinions on the budget and the Fort Bend County Central Appraisal District. During his presentation, Carreon mentioned the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tax rate would be going down, according to the figures he had. However, Precinct 1 Commissioner Richard Morrison noted that the tax rate was actually the same as the previous yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when the increase from the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drainage district was factored in. Morrison said he was addressing com-

AGAINST the proposal: None

The following table compares taxes on the average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year.

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then we will gladly do it.â&#x20AC;? And, County Judge Bob Hebert noted that while he agreed with the consensus of court members, they really had no other option than to approve the funds. However, Patterson said he felt the citizens of Fort Bend County needed to know that the $3.9 million the county has had to pay means an additional one cent (per $100 valuation) on their tax bills.

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lion. Meyers, who often speaks out against the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;unfunded mandates,â&#x20AC;? noted that the county was then paying in the range of $4 to $5 million for an unfunded mandate and the state was â&#x20AC;&#x153;making us the bad guys.â&#x20AC;? Precinct 1 Commissioner Richard Morrison said â&#x20AC;&#x153;if the state is refusing to protect the constitutional rights of people,

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NOTICE OF TAXPAYERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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.


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.EWSERVICEPROVIDESCOMPASSIONATEOPTIONSFOROWNERS PAWS Memorial Service, a family owned and operated funeral home for beloved pets, will host an Open House on Saturday, October 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at its new facility at 601 Pitts Road in Richmond. Founded by long time Fort Bend County resident Catherine Dalrymple, PAWS Memorial offers accessible, compassionate and dignified aftercare services for pets. Having formerly owned and operated a local

boarding kennel offering grooming and training, Dalrymple has been involved in the pet care industy professionally for many years. Personally, she loves animals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our pets are our partners and best friends. They are there for us with unconditional love and support throughout their life,â&#x20AC;? said Dalrymple, owner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So we know they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect when it comes to end-of-life care.â&#x20AC;?

PAWS Memorial Service focuses on the pet owners by providing personal attention and service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We built a comfortable facility and maintain a welcoming open door environment for the pet owner. Our commitment is to help one family at a time in dealing with their loss, fulfilling their wishes and preserving their memories. That personal touch is of utmost importance to us,â&#x20AC;? said Dalrymple.

PAWS Memorial provides free cremation services to working dogs in law enforcement, search and rescue, and disability assistance. Additionally, it supports several animal rescue organizations as a way to honor its clients. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want the community to know we are here for them.â&#x20AC;? For more information, call 281-342-PAWS (7297) or visit us on the Web at www.pawsmemorialservice.com.

#ELEBRATE,IVE342/.'$AY/CTOBERBYWEARINGYELLOW October 2, 1996 is the day that American Cyclist and seven time Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong, received his diagnosis of advanced testicular cancer. This year on October 2, we celebrate the spirit of LiveSTRONG with an international effort to raise awareness about the fight against cancer in communities across the globe. Dr. Wedemeyer, a cancer survivor herself, and staff will be raising the awareness of the

fight against cancer by supporting a WEAR YELLOW DAY on October 2. Come by the office September 30-October 2nd, and receive a free yellow LiveSTRONG wrist band. Donations to the LiveSTRONG Foundation will be accepted but are not required. Dr. Elissa R. Wedemeyer, Optometrist is located at 5425 Hwy 6, Suite B-100, Missouri City. You may reach their office by calling 281-499-2600.

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community and is pleased to be a part of this event selling food and drinks to the public. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As the owner of three dogs ourselves, we are really excited they now have a new park to come and play in just for themâ&#x20AC;? say James Amaris. Hot Dog Station has participated in many of Sugar Landâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local events and was apart of the grand opening of Sugar Landâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memorial Park in 2007. During these tough economic times it is important to have place to escape to and just have

fun with manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best friend. So bring your dog for a great time at Sugar Landâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beach-resort style paradise just for them and while your there have a hot dog. Hot Dog Station was established in 2006 and is a family run company focusing on serving premium Hot Dogs at an affordable price. There are two locations in the Fort Bend County area located in Sugar Land and Missouri City. More information can be found at www.hotdogstation.com

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Water District Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate The Sienna Plantation Levee Improvement District of Fort Bend County, Texas will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2009 on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. at the offices of SWWC Services, Inc. located at 12535 Reed Road, Sugar Land, TX 77478. 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 on all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. FOR the proposal: AGAINST the proposal: PRESENT and not voting: ABSENT:

K. Beckman, J.P. Richardson (none) Michael Johnson (none)

Difference in rates per $100 of value Percentage increase in rates Average appraised value General exemptions available (excluding senior citizenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or disabled personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exemptions) Average taxable value Tax on average residence homestead Annual increase in taxes if Proposed tax rate is adopted And percentage of increase

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$0.000/$100 0.0000% $274,420 $284,304

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&ORT"END)3$TOHOST ANNUAL"AND.IGHT Fort Bend ISD will present an evening of competitive marching exhibitions during its annual Band Night, which will be held Monday, October 5, at Mercer Stadium, located at 16403 Lexington Blvd. in Sugar Land. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. and conclude by 8:30 p.m. Seating will be on the home side only. Admission is free and concessions will be served. Band Night allows parents

and patrons to enjoy the outstanding talents of some of FBISDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest young musicians, and gives them the opportunity to see and hear the high caliber of the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s band program. Band Night will feature the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10 high school band and dance teams performing their competition shows for University Interscholastic League Marching Contest, which will be held on October 15.

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Water District Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate The Fort Bend Water Control Improvement District #2 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2009 on October 7, 2009 at 6:30 pm at Fort Bend County WCID #2, 2331 South Main, Stafford, Texas 77477. 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. FOR the proposal: Chad Howard, Martin Saldua, Jimmy Williams, John Ferro and Linda Walker

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NOTICE OF TAXPAYERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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. Questions or comments regarding this notice can be directed to Esther Buentello Flores at the tax office at (281) 499-1223.

AGAINST the proposal: None PRESENT and not voting: None ABSENT: None 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.

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This Year $0.18000/$100

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NOTICE OF TAXPAYERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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.


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4ELFAIR,IFERECEIVESAWARDFROM&ORT"END#OMMUNITY0ARTNERS TelfairLife, a non-profit community service organization founded with the mission of enhancing the quality of life in Telfair and all of Fort Bend County, has received a

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the Rainbow Room supports social service caseworkers by providing basic necessities such as diapers and school supplies to families in crisis. The Rainbow Room has been a major beneficiary of one of the largest annual projects organized by TelfairLife, the Charity of Your Choice Walk. In the 2009 event,

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Walk, the Telfair scholarship program, and the upcoming TelfairLife International Music Festival on October 3,â&#x20AC;? said Kiva Mann, TelfairLife coordinator. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Working together with community-minded groups such as The Rainbow Room, we indeed hope to make a lasting impression on Fort Bend.â&#x20AC;?

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Proposal responses will be accepted until 2:00 p.m. local time October 19, 2009 and then opened. RFP packages are available beginning September 30th from the Missouri City Purchasing Office, 1522 Texas Parkway, in Missouri City, by emailing cjohnson@missouricitytx.gov or coberrender@missouricitytx.gov, or by calling (281) 403-8612, and requesting the document number as listed above. Proposal responses must be sealed, marked on the outside of the delivery envelope with the RFP name and number as listed above, and the date of opening. Responses must be delivered to the attention of the Sealed Bid Box, City of Missouri City Purchasing Office, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, 77489, prior to the acceptance deadline. Responses marked improperly and therefore misdirected may be disqualified. Responses are opened in public in the City Hall Council Chambers. Charles Oberrender, CPPB Purchasing Manager City of Missouri City, Texas

Date of Public Hearing: September 21, 2009 Results of Order: Order No. O-09-05 City Council finds the swimming pool structure to be a public nuisance. The owners are hereby ordered to repair the swimming pool structure or, alternatively, to drain and demolish the swimming pool structure and fill and compact dirt where the swimming pool structure was located within 30 calendar days of this Order. In the event that the owners fail or refuse to repair the swimming pool structure or, alternatively, to drain and demolish the swimming pool structure and fill and compact dirt where the swimming pool structure was located, in the ordered timeframe, such swimming pool structure may be drained and demolished along with the filling and compacting of dirt where the swimming pool was located at the expense of the City and the expenses of such work shall be assessed against the owners and may be assessed on the property by the filing of a lien against the land in accordance with the provisions of Article XI of Chapter 14 of the Missouri City Code of Ordinances and in accordance with state and federal law. The owners are hereby ordered to repair the fence structure within 30 calendar days of this Order. In the event that the owners fail or refuse to repair the fence structure in the ordered timeframe, such fence structure, may be repaired at the expense of the City and the expenses of such work shall be assessed against the owners and may be assessed on the property by the filing of a lien against the land in accordance with the provisions of Article XI of Chapter 14 of the Missouri City Code of Ordinances and in accordance with state and federal law. Complete copy of Order may be obtained from the City Secretary of the City of Missouri City, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, TX 77489.

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AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS, AMENDING CHAPTER 30, ENVIRONMENT, OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS; REGULATING DISCHARGES TO THE MUNICIPAL SEPARATE STORM SEWER SYSTEM; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE; PROVIDING A PENALTY; AND PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY.

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I, Patrice Fogarty, City Secretary of the City of Missouri City, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the caption of said Ordinance No. O-09-31 approved on second and final reading by the City Council at its regular meeting held on September 21, 2009, as the same appears in the records of my office.

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&ORT"END3YMPHONY 3IXTY SEVEN&")3$.ATIONAL-ERITSEMIlNALISTSNAMED RESCHEDULESFREECONCERT The Fort Bend Independent School District is proud to announce the names of 67 FBISD students who have been named semifinalists in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program. The 67 FBISD semifinalists are among more than 1.5 million high school juniors in more than 22,000 United States high schools who entered the 2010 Merit Program by taking the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which rep-

Threatening rain may have forced the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra to reschedule its free outdoor concert to Oct. 3, but members are still eager to share their musical gifts with the community. So bring your lawn chair and get ready to enjoy Disney tunes, show pieces and rousing patriotic songs as the Orchestra presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;When You Wish Upon A Starâ&#x20AC;? on Saturday, Oct. 3 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sugar Land Town Square. This outdoor concert is the Orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free gift to the community. With Disney tunes from The Lion King, Aladdin and both Fantasia movies, it makes a great family outing. The evening also

includes a salute to members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Tickets are still available for the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 18th season, which includes four concerts â&#x20AC;&#x201C; October through May â&#x20AC;&#x201C; at the Stafford Centre. In light of the rescheduled outdoor concert, the Orchestra has extended its Buy One, Get One Free ticket offer for season subscriptions through Oct. 7. Individual ticket prices for adults range from $10 to $25 per concert. Senior and student prices start at just $5. Children 12 and under are free, but must have a reserved ticket. To learn more, visit http://www.fbso.org Investments Build Money or call 281.276.9642. (IBM), a local investment club will host Charles Fahy, senior vice president and financial advisor with James E. Bashaw & Co. at their regular meeting on Wednesday, October 7 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. Fahy has created the Diversified Assets Portfolio (ticker symbol FTADSX), which is structured as a unit investment trust with a 15-month maturity. It contains a selection of all major asset classes, industry sectors, world geography and market capitalizations. Fahy will discuss the creation -EMBERSOFTHE&ORT"END3YMPHONY/RCHESTRA of this new investment vehicle,

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Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District # 26 Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate The Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District #26 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2009 on October 21, 2009 at 3134 Cartwright Road, Missouri City, TX 77459 at 7:00 p.m. 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. FOR the proposal: Vicki Saab-Adams, Delois Moore, Charlotte Wesson AGAINST the proposal: PRESENT and not voting: ABSENT: Ed Square, Yvonne Allen 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. 2008

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the importance of diversification, the allocation of this particular portfolio and the benchmarking that it represents. The club business meeting will follow Fahyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presentation so that visitors get a sense of what a typical monthly meeting is like. Refreshments will be served. For more information or to make a reservation for the upcoming meeting, call Membership Chair Jacqueline Blankenship at 281 615-5946. The IBM club was formed in January 2001 by a group of seven local investors for the purpose of education in sound investment principles and investing to take advantage of compound income.

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They also do service projects to help needy children and mothers in our community! Our activities are during the day, when mothersat-home need support, and mothers may bring their children with them to all our activities! For more information contact, Christa Cullinane at clt4msu@yahoo.com or (832) 539-1495 this chapter includes all Missouri City/Stafford, addresses, Riverstone, Sienna) Or visit www.momsclub.org or our local website at www.freewebs.com/ .

(IGH3CHOOL -USICALNOW PLAYINGAT&ORT "END4HEATRE Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss award-winning Fort Bend Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s High School Musical 2 to be performed at 2815 N. Main St. now â&#x20AC;&#x201C; October 25, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm & Sundays at 3 pm. The gangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all here for an action-packed summer extravaganza as Troy, Gabriella and the rest of the Wildcats finish junior year and blast onto the summer scene. At the Lava Springs Country Club, Sharpay reigns supreme while the Wildcats get to work - literally! Tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for students/seniors and $10 for children. For more information or to purchase your tickets please visit our website at www.fortbendtheatre.com or call us at 281208-3333.

3ECOND-ILE OFFERSVOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always wanted to volunteer at Second Mile, but your day job keeps you occupied M-F 8 to 5, sign up for Tuesday nights @ the Mission. Work sessions begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Call our volunteer office at 281261-9199, ext. 285 or email volunteer@secondmile.org to get involved. Second Mile is always in need of week day volunteers, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Any time you have available in your schedule -- a little or a lot -- would be put to good use here at Second Mile. It takes a lot of volunteers to serve an average of 40 client families each day. So please drop by Second Mile, fill out a little paperwork and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll quickly give you an assignment! to work! As we head into the fall of the year, keep in mind that Second Mile will need many volunteers for their Thanksgiving and Christmas outreach events.

â&#x20AC;˘ Clements High School â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jeffrey Chan, Hao-Tse Chen, Rebekah Cramerus, Andrew Herzog, Michael Hu, Henry Hwang, Chandni Kaushik, Gaurav Kikani, Kyle Krueger, Chun Leung, Katharine Li, Zheng Li, Kevin Lin, Jialing Lu, Siddharth Mullick, Alan Pan, Shree Pandya, Lu Peng, Sneha Raju, Robert Tolle, Albertine Wang, Amy Wang, David Wu, Sihang Wu, Yujing Wu, Luch Xie, Allison Yeh, Chenxi You, Jay Young, Edward Zhou, and Wenbei Zhou; â&#x20AC;˘ Dulles High School â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Laura Bolling, Hongjing Cao, Sasha Chada, Alan Harkins, Chris Javier, Olivia Kwong, Stephen

Ogier, Angela Song, Richard Sun, Calvin Szeto, Jonathan Williamson and Michael Zhu; â&#x20AC;˘ Elkins High School â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Anirudh Chiti, David Kronenberger, and Eric Yu; â&#x20AC;˘ Hightower High School â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Joshua Ouseph; â&#x20AC;˘ Kempner High School â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dan Dao, Hojoon Lee, Denise Li and Andre Treiber, and; â&#x20AC;˘ Travis High School â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Nasir Adaya, Shanay Kapadia and Parth Upadhyay. These high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 8,200 MeritÂŽ Scholarship awards, worth $36 million, that will be offered next spring.

&ALLGOLFTOURNAMENTTOBENElT 3ECOND-ILES#OMMUNITY(EALTH#LINICS The newly renovated Quail Valley Country Club in Missouri City, will be the site of a charity golf tournament on Friday, October 9, benefitting Second Mile Mission Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Health Clinics. The event will include a 4-person scramble, an 8:30am shotgun start, continental breakfast, buffet lunch, an awards reception and silent auction. All proceeds from this event will help provide low cost medical and dental care to uninsured

and underserved individuals who live in or around Fort Bend County. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available. Please visit www.secondmile.org , www.golfdigestplanner.com/12506-2ndMileGolf or call 281-261-9199, ext. 291 for more information. Second Mile Mission Center is a faith-based outreach for Fort Bend families in need, operating medical and dental clinics for the uninsured citizens of Fort Bend County.

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DaNetra D. Pittman, Civilian Conractor Airman Shannon Fleming, U.S. Navy Corporal Jake Crocker, USMC Corporal Armando Olivares, USMC Corporal Jonathan McCoy, USMC Sgt. Cory Wolston, U.S. Army LCpl. Brad Robideaux, USMC PFC Kent Finley, 1st Cavalry Ens. Leslie Ward, USN LCpl. Chris White, USMC Spc. Mark Shimala, U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew Austin Gaines, U.S. Army PFC E4 Michael Andrew Hernandez, U.S. Army LCpl. Michael Cannata, USMC John R. Simmons, U.S. Army Capt. Sean Nolan, U.S. Army Pvt. V. JordanVoss, U.S. Army LCpl. Alfred Paul Garza, USMC John David Woodcock, Petty Officer, US Navy Lt. Ryan Stevens, U.S. Army Senior Airman Oscar J. Perez, USAF Spc. Johnny Ray DeLeon, U.S. Army Capt. Robert Jason Wisham, U.S. Army PFC Zachary T. Gazaway, USMC PFC Luke M. Havemann, U.S. Army PFC Zachary Johnson, U.S. Army PFC Charlie Kasel - U.S. Army LCpl. Adam C. Turek - USMC PFC Sean (CJ) Johnson, U.S. Army Sgt. Stephen C. Peters, U.S. Army Seaman Fernando Hernandez Jr., USN Lt. Matt Malone, U.S. Navy Chaplain Joe G. Grace II, Army Reserves LCpl. John Rossi, USMC SR Francisco Quintanilla, U.S. Navy SR Joel Soto, U.S. Navy PFC Miguel Soto, Jr., U.S. Army RP Jeffrey (Bubba) Evans, U.S. Navy PFC Rodolfo Castellanos, U.S. Army Pvt. Domingo Arrona Jr., USMC ENS. Megan Haydel, U.S. Navy Pvt. Matthew Butcher, U.S. Army SPC Michael Spencer Tesanovich, U.S. Army Cav. Pvt. Michael Fleming-Dorosk, USMC Sgt. Jeramy Kitchen, Texas Army Guard, Iraq

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2ALLYFORTHE#URE GOLFTOURNAMENT ANDLUNCHEONSET FOR/CTOBER Sienna Plantation Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golf Association is hosting a Rally for the CureÂŽ, a breast cancer awareness campaign on Saturday, October 10 at 8:00 a.m. at Sienna Plantation Golf Club. This year marks the third time the club has pledged its support and teed off against breast cancer. The Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golf Association will host the golf tournament, followed by a luncheon. This cause-oriented program continues to help get the life-saving early detection information out to participants and members of their communities. The tournament is open to women and men. Format is a 4-person scramble. Sponsorships are available with all money going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. If you would like to participate or sponsor, please contact Diane Taylor, Rally Ambassador, at 281-778-9707 or Ann Cholmondeley, Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golf Association President, at 832230-8089.

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!7/,WITHTHE.ULLS0OOLSIDEBUFFET BENElTS,ITERACY#OUNCILOF&ORT"END#OUNTY On Sunday, September 20, the Sugar Land home of John and Diana Null was the site of a lavish Hawaiian style luau complete with a whole roasted pig, tropical music and festively dressed guests. Chef and author Nick Castleberg provided the perfectly roasted pig while the delicious sides were generously supplied by Whole Foods Market, Sugar Land. This event raised over $4000 for the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County. LCFBC is a nonprofit educational program dedicated to helping adults of all ages improve their lives and their communities $IANA .ULL ,#&"# %XECUTIVE $IRECTOR "RENDA "OWMAN AND #ELIA by learning reading, writing, math /LSON and problem-solving skills. To become a literacy volunteer or learn more about the programs of the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County please visit our website www.ftbendliteracy.org or call 281.240.8181.

!! !! "ENElTTINGh2ALLY FORTHE#UREv 3IENNA0LANTATION 7OMENS'OLF!SSOC TOHOLDGOLFTOURNAMENT Sienna Plantation Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golf Association is hosting a Rally for the CureÂŽ, a breast cancer awareness campaign on Saturday, October 10 at 8:00 a.m. at Sienna Plantation Golf Club. This year marks the third time the club has pledged its support and teed off against breast cancer. The Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golf Association will host the golf tournament, followed by a luncheon. This cause-oriented program continues to help get the lifesaving early detection information out to participants and members of their communities. The tournament is open to women and men. Format is a 4-person scramble. Sponsorships are available with all money going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. If you would like to participate or sponsor, please contact Diane Taylor, Rally Ambassador, at 281-778-9707 or Ann Cholmondeley, Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golf Association President, at 832-2308089.

September 30, 2009  

Fort Bend Countywide Newspaper