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IN BRIEF Bar owner charged with sexual assault A 21-year-old Rockdale man was charged Tuesday with sexually assaulting a woman at an after-hours party at his bar in Rockdale. The alleged assault occurred while Curtis Foster was having a party after business hours on June 5 at his business, Piano Bar & Steak House. Five other people were in the bar at the time, Rockdale Police Lt. J.D. Newlin said, and witnesses told police that a 20-year-old woman was sick because of her level of intoxication and had blacked out before Foster had sex with her. Witnesses also said she had refused his advances earlier in the night, Newlin said. Three of the people drinking at the party were under 21, and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is working with Rockdale police in an investigation of under-age drinking and drinking at the establishment after business hours, he said. Foster is charged with sexual assault, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. He was released from the Milam County Jail on Tuesday after posting bail.
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Stewart yells in court Capital murder trial defendant upset about fairness By MAGGIE KIELY email@example.com
The 33-year-old defendant in a capital murder trial surprised onlookers in the 361st District courtWednesday room when he yelled loudly while a College Station detective was on the witness stand. “So you’re telling me I’m not going to get a ffair trial!” STEW Corey Stewart shou- STEWART ted from his seat between his two attorneys, Lydia Clay-Jackson and Leslie Whitten. The defendant’s unexpected comment came after an objection by Clay-Jackson to the state’s request to submit photo evidence was over-
ruled by Judge Steve Smith — an exchange between the attorney and judge that has been common throughout the trial. Stewart is charged with capital murder for his alleged involvement in a deadly April 2010 convenience store robbery. Johannes Kinny, a 39-year-old working that morning, was shot and killed during the incident at the Exxon Tigerland Express across from A&M Consolidated High School. Prosecutors contend that while Stewart’s co-defendant — 19-yearold Joshua Evans, who was convicted of capital murder in April — was responsible for shooting Kinny, Stewart became guilty of the crime when he entered the store during the robbery and stabbed Kinny in the back twice. After Stewart’s remark, Smith
immediately asked jurors to take a break. Once the jury had left the courtroom, he warned Stewart that if he made “one more outburst” he’d find him in contempt of court. “Yes sir,” Stewart said, then asked the judge if he could say something. The judge recommended he talk with attorneys before speaking anymore. Stewart was escorted to a conference room attached to the court, where the defendant could be heard talking loudly to his lawyers — although his specific statements were inaudible. The trial resumed about 10 minutes later, with Detective Rick Vessell returning to the stand to describe the items he found while
Ogden on list of top legislators By MATTHEW WATKINS firstname.lastname@example.org
State Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, has been one of the 10 best lawmakers of 2011, according to an influential biennial list by Texas Monthly. The magazine released its Best and Worst Legislators list with no explanation on Twitter OGDEN Wednesday. A magazine spokeswoman said the full article would be published Thursday with details of
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Fostering young talent Alexa Torres, 7, paints a landscape using acrylic paint as Houston-based artist Dmitri Koustov helps Catherine Lockett, 9, at the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley’s Summer Va Art Camp on Ar Wednesday. The We day camp runs through June 24. For more information, visit www.acb www .acbv.org .acbv.
Bryan DPS trooper under investigation A trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety is under investigation for an incident involving a person or people in another vehicle in Bryan late Friday. DPS spokeswoman Tela Mange said Trooper James Steven Willis was off duty and in his personal vehicle at the time. Texas Ranger Chris Clark, who is investigating the case, said the incident occurred about 6:45 p.m. on the Texas 6 feeder road near its intersection with William J. Bryan Parkway. Mange and Clark said they could not release details because of the investigation. Willis, who works out of the Bryan DPS office and has been a trooper since 2007, has not been placed on leave, Mange said. Clark did not know how long the investigation could take. DPS Senior Cpl. Jimmy Morgan said it is standard procedure for Texas Rangers to investigate any time there is a serious allegation against a trooper.
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Man jailed on public intoxication charge A 48-year-old man was arrested this week for public intoxication for the fifth time in the past four months, authorities said. Bryan police said just before 10 p.m. Monday they responded to the Premiere Cinema Movie Theater off North Earl Rudder Freeway for a report of an intoxicated person. Officers said that upon arrival they spotted the man, who had red and glassy eyes and was having difficulty keeping his balance. The man told police he’d drunk a couple of beers earlier in the day, according to a police report. Bryan medics arrived on scene to ensure he was OK after he said he’d tripped and fallen and cut his face. The man was charged with public intoxication, a Class C misdemeanor. The charge will be enhanced because of the prior convictions. He remained in the Brazos County Jail late Wednesday on $2,000 bail.
One dead after fight between shrimpers TEXAS CITY — A shrimp boat captain has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a fellow shrimp boat captain whom authorities say was a longtime friend and former employee. James Michael Morris was free on $75,000 bond after he was booked into the Galveston County Jail on Tuesday. — Staff and wire reports
Cuts could force Trains with illegal cargo subject to fines layoffs at Blinn By JONATHAN RESENDEZ email@example.com
By MARTHA MENDOZA Associated Press
EL PASO — A border security program to X-ray every train rolling into the country has prompted as much as $400 million in fines against U.S. railroads, which are held responsible for the pungent bales of marijuana, tight bundles of cocaine, and anything else criminals cram into the boxcars and tankers as they clicketyclack through Mexico. Union Pacific, the largest rail shipper on the U.S.Mexico border and the largest recipient of fines, refuses to pay what now amounts to more than $388 million in fines, up from $37.5 million three years ago when the screening began. In federal litigation the railroad argues that it’s being punished for something it cannot control: criminals stashing illegal drugs in rail cars in Mexico. “Our actions should be applauded, not punished,” said UP vice president Bob Grimaila. Union Pacific spends $3.6 million a year
Faced with the loss of $5.4 million in state funding, Blinn College administrators are tightening their belts — a move that could lead to the elimination of as many as 30 jobs, an official said. Chief Financial Officer Van Miller said the Brenhambased college will also make cuts “across the board” in areas such as travel, consumables and minor equipment. Certain programs and positions will be absorbed by other departments as the growing college, whose largest campus is in Bryan, plans to do more
AP photo An unidentified Union Pacific police officer walks his K-9 around a mileCargo Inspection long Mexican train after it passed through a VVehicle and Carg System after crossing into El Paso from Juarez, Mexico. on its own police officers, and has spent another $72.5 million supporting federal efforts on the U.S.Mexico border, building observation towers, training federal law enforcement
of cers, adding offi g ffencing and lighting at border crossings and developing computer profiles to identify drug traffickers.
with less. “We are unfortunately having to remove some positions,” Miller said. “About 10 contract and 20 non-contract employees could possibly be eliminated.” The school plans to have other departments adopt the “best practices” of the programs being cut. Student development and the P-16 initiative, a program that prepares children for a college environment, are among the programs that were not renewed for next year’s budget. Funding for low-enrollment and underperforming pro-
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