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  1. KATY (Covering Katy) – The very popular Exploration Park in Cinco Ranch is getting $600,000 worth of improvements, including a special area for toddlers, improved drainage and a high tech security system. The park is located at 15020 Cinco Park Road, which is off South Mason Road near Creech Elementary School and it’s operated by the Willow Fork Drainage District. “We felt that some of the older kids get a little rough, so we wanted a dedicated area for toddlers,” said Dick Ward, who is president of the Willow Fork Drainage District. Padded artificial turf will be installed in the toddler area, which will provide additional protection for the youngsters. Ward said it will be the same type of turf that the Willow Fork Drainage District has installed at its Central Green Park located at LaCenterra. There will also be turf installed in another part of the park that has become muddy after major rain storms like the one we had on Tax Day in April 2015. Ward says some of the kids removed rocks from another part of the park and unintentionally blocked the drainage system. He says improvements to the drainage system will protect the park from potential future flooding. One of the more interesting upgrades to Exploration Park is a security system that includes cameras that can be remotely controlled by a security service. The cameras can turn 360 degrees, and there is even a one-way speaker system that allows those monitoring the park to make announcements or even instruct children to behave if they’re getting out of hand. The cameras will also be placed in the parking area off Cinco Park Road. In that part of the park the announcements may be utilized for a different reason. “That area has become a Lover’s Lane,” Ward said. He believes the cameras and one-way intercom will be utilized to encourage people to leave before law enforcement has to be called. The improvements are expected to be completed during the summer of 2017. Exploration Park opened in June 2015. This grassy area of Exploration Park will soon become an exclusive playground for toddlers. -Covering Katy photo The post Big Upgrades Coming to Exploration Park appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  2. A Covering Katy Investigation KATY (Covering Katy) – In August of 2016, parents in sections of Highland Park, ready to send their children to the newly opening Tays Junior High School, learned their students would not receive bus service. After initial confusion and concern, dozens of parents contacted the district, assuming it was a mistake and would be quickly corrected before school started. Apparently, it was not a mistake, and seven months later the parents that held on and went through the lengthy Katy Independent School District grievance process are no closer to getting a bus or even understanding why they won’t. “I was under the assumption, as every other neighbor here, that it was just an error and you give them a call and they will say we are so sorry, we made a goof, we will give you a bus,” said resident Tom Grubach, who is days away from his third and final grievance hearing. “However, that was not the case when we called up there.” Two other neighborhoods surrounding Highland Park, King’s Lake and Marshall Oaks, initially were denied bus service as well. At some point in August, that decision was reversed, but sections of Highland Park were still not deemed eligible. When Covering Katy asked Katy ISD under what district guidelines King’s Lake and Marshall Oaks were now deemed eligible for a bus, their response was a copy of the district’s busing guidelines. When asked again under what part of those guidelines the neighborhoods qualified, the communication office responded, “This was the response the District provided regarding our inquiries.” There are many points of contention in this saga – the three biggest are walking distance to the school, hazardous routes and the district’s grievance process. According to KISD officials, sections of Highland Park do not qualify for bus service because, according to district measurements, they are within two miles walking distance to the school. In an attempt to represent the district’s side of the story, Covering Katy is relying on information received via documents from a Public Information Act request, as the district will not allow Covering Katy to interview employees involved. According to one of the varied measurements by the district, the walking distance from Grubach’s home is 1.86 miles, but that’s now what we found when Covering Katy measured the distance. This reporter walked from the end of Grubach’s driveway to the crosswalk at Tays Junior High, following Spring Green to Hawk’s Prairie, and our measurements show it was 2.36 miles and took 49 minutes. This reporter also walked from Tays Junior High to Grubach’s home using Gaston Road. It was a more dangerous route because it passes the entrances and exits of Tompkins High School parking lots, and it also took a little more than 49 minutes and was 2.38 miles. In the emails acquired through the Public Information Act request, several district officials state varying distances for the neighborhood, and it isn’t always clear how those distances were measured by the district. On Aug. 16, 2016, Bill Wood, KISD’s director of transportation, wrote an email to John Bremer, emergency management coordinator with the KISD Police Department’s safety bureau, stating, “You know what just occurred to me … the distances were so close to 2 miles … we did not walk from the specific addresses in question … problematic?” Bremer responded the same day, saying, “No, we just don’t say two miles.” Also questionable is how the district actually measures the distance. Some measurements would take the students to the back of the school – which is fenced and has no gates. The district also at times uses the “as the crow flies” measurement, which is not close to being accurate because children don’t fly to school, they walk. Lisa Clark, administrative assistant to Wood, told Highland Park resident and parent of a Tays Junior High School student James Henahan, “We also always measure to the closest property line of the school, which would be the one at the back of the school property.” In an Aug. 15, 2016, email from Bremer to Grubach, Bremer, while describing a specific route, said, “When the student would reach Spring Green and rejoin the previously described route. This route is longer and if a student were to choose, could be shortened by walking along the bank of the storm water facility. (This is not recommended.)” “Of the four routes they established, the last route is the most reasonable route, to go up Spring Green to Hawks Prairie Boulevard, but that route is over two miles long,” said Grubach. “If it’s over two miles, you get a bus; dangerous or not is immaterial because it is over two miles.” “It has nothing to do with rules and regulations and the hazards, because we deserve bus service based on everything,” said Jen Webb, also a parent of a Tays student and Highland Park resident. Tomorrow Covering Katy will have Tays Busing: Part II: Hazardous Routes. The post Tays Busing Issue: Seven Months Later, No Bus in Sight appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  3. Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center (KVPAC) Encore Players, Katy’s award winning community theatre, is heading to the Texas state competition of the American Association of Community Theatre. KVPAC will be competing with the one act play, Answers, by Tom Topor. KVPAC needs your support through a charitable donation! KVPAC is asking readers to consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support the Encore Players and make it possible for them to continue to represent Katy, TX at competitions. For your convenience, online payments can be made by visiting our website at: https://www.gofundme.com/kvpac-encore-players-competition or mail your contribution to KVPAC, 2501 South Mason Road #290, Katy, Texas 77450. In 2015, KVPAC Encore Players won first place at the Texas state competition and represented Texas in the Regional competition (Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico and Louisiana) winning the first place alternate position for USA competition. Answers, a successful Off-Off-Broadway production, selected for inclusion in “Best Short Plays is a, “gripping and powerful play that probes into the helpless terror experienced by a suspect undergoing a relentless police interrogation. “…a compelling, contemporary comment on society.” —Show Business.” Mr. Topor as a dramatist writes cleanly, with flair for sharp dialogue.” —NY Post. Gregory J. Magyar, KVPAC’s Executive Artistic Director who was in the show that won in 2015 and received an ‘All Star Cast’ award is returning this year with Trenton Stephenson and James Duncan under the direction of Joshua Schorejs, a director and teacher at KVPAC, who won the Excellence in Directing Award in 2015. Answers is a short play about a man (James Duncan) having been detained for questioning, in a crime about which he claims to know nothing, is grilled by two persistent police officers (Gregory Magyar and Trenton Stephenson). They call him “Byron” (although he insists this is not his name) and their initially bantering attitude turns steadily more ominous as they attempt to force a confession. Ultimately, in a scene of shattering intensity, they succeed—but disturbing questions linger. Have justice and truth indeed been served? Or has another hapless victim been sacrificed to society’s inexorable need for retribution at any cost? Community theatre is just one component of KVPAC, Magyar explained. “We are an arts-rich community delivering visual and performing arts for all ages featuring quality programming for everyone in Katy and the surrounding areas.” The post KVPAC Heads to Statewide Competition and Seeks Community Support appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  4. By Ross Ramsey, The Texas Tribune AUSTIN (The Texas Tribune) – A majority of Texans support banning Syrian refugees and blocking individuals from seven countries from entering the United States, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. They balk, but only a bit, at banning Muslims who are not U.S. citizens from entering the country, the poll found. Asked about banning Syrian refugees, 54 percent they support that policy — 37 percent of them “strongly” so. Republicans are with President Trump on the issue: 65 percent strongly support a ban, and another 17 percent “somewhat” support a ban. Democrats are on the other side, with 51 percent “strongly” opposing the ban and 18 percent “somewhat” opposing it. White Texans support a ban (63 percent), while a plurality of black (49 percent) and a slight majority of Hispanic Texans (51 percent) oppose one. The responses were similar to a question about blocking entry of people traveling from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — the seven countries listed in an executive order from President Trump. Overall, 56 percent support temporarily blocking entry from those countries while 38 percent oppose it. Again, there’s a partisan split, with 88 percent of Republicans in favor and 71 percent of Democrats opposed to blocking travel. Emily Albracht “I’m used to talking about how Texans are more open about this stuff, but these are more conservative than the national numbers,” said poll co-director Daron Shaw, a professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin. Republicans said they would support banning Muslims who are not U.S. citizens from entering the U.S., with 51 percent strongly in support and another 16 percent somewhat in support. But the overall numbers for a religious ban were mixed, with 45 percent in favor and 47 percent opposed. Among Democrats, only 19 percent support a ban, while 56 were strongly opposed and another 16 percent were somewhat opposed. “The administration has claimed that this is not a Muslim ban, and you can see the social undesirability of it in the answer here,” said Jim Henson, co-director of the poll and head of the Texas Politics Project at UT-Austin. “Sanctuary” cities Half of Texans oppose “sanctuary” cities, where local police and city government employees don’t automatically enforce immigration laws by turning undocumented immigrants over to federal authorities. Only 37 percent support that practice. Emily Albracht Republicans in state government are pushing hard for a ban on sanctuary cities, and their voters appear to be solidly behind them: 71 percent “strongly oppose” sanctuary cities and another 8 percent “somewhat oppose” them. Democrats support them, but not as intensely: 41 percent strongly support sanctuary cities and 24 percent somewhat support them. A narrow majority of Hispanics — 53 percent — are with the sanctuary cities. Among white Texans, 30 percent are with them and 61 percent are against; 41 percent of black Texans are with the cities and 29 percent are against. “This the kind of debate that does better in the ivory tower than it does out on the streets,” said Shaw. “But if the supporters of sanctuary cities get their message out, their base lines up. The overall numbers are dismal, but Democrats in the electorate are open to it if their elites can and will make the argument.” Undocumented students A plurality of Texans — 47 percent — would continue to extend in-state tuition at state colleges and universities to undocumented immigrants who graduated from Texas high schools, have lived in the state for three years or more and have applied for U.S. citizenship. More than a third — 36 percent — would have those students pay higher out-of-state tuition rates. As in so many responses in the current poll, the party flags were flying in these answers: 66 percent of Democrats said the students should pay in-state tuition, and 57 percent of Republicans said they should pay out-of-state tuition. Among Tea Party Republicans, 68 percent said out-of-state tuition should apply. Even so, Texas politicians have been more forgiving on this issue than their counterparts in other states, and they have suffered for that in national elections. “[National politicians] wonder why Rick Perry and others had this albatross around their necks, but they were reflecting Texas attitudes,” Shaw said. The University of Texas/Texas Tribune internet survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted from Feb. 3 to Feb. 10 and has an overall margin of error of +/- 2.83 percentage points. Numbers in charts might not add up to 100 percent because of rounding. This is one of several stories on the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. Yesterday: What Texans think of the new president, and their views on the economy and the direction of the country and state. Coming Wednesday: Texas voters on education. Disclosure: The University of Texas at Austin has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here. This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/02/21/uttt-poll-texans-take-hard-line-immigration-and-refugees/. Texas Tribune mission statement The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. The post UT/TT Poll: Texans take a Hard Line on Immigration and Refugees appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  5. RICHMOND (Covering Katy) – A Fort Bend County Deputy has issued a public thank you to those who provided medical assistance and transportation to the hospital after she was injured by the action of an accused drunk driver. At 1:15 a.m. Saturday, Deputy Crystal Schooler was standing near her patrol car investigating a report of a suspicious person when her vehicle was struck and pushed into her and another individual. The incident happened in the 11000 block of Harlem Road near Travis High School. Deputy Schooler sustained a concussion and a fractured tibia. The other person who was standing near the deputy sustained minor injuries. Also See: Suspected Drunk Driver Plows into Fort Bend Deputy Schooler’s thank you message was posted on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. It is also posted below. First and foremost I would like to thank God for watching over me. I’m truly blessed and grateful to be alive. I would like to thank everyone for all the text messages, calls and visits. To my FBCSO family, thank you so much for the love and support. I truly appreciate y’all going the extra mile in my time of need. I feel happy knowing that y’all will have my back with whatever may come. I would like to thank Sugar Land P.D., Stafford P.D., Missouri City P.D, and Houston P.D. for assisting the FBCSO with providing a police escort all the way to Memorial-Hermann Hospital – The Medical Center due to Life Flight not being available. I also would like to thank Fort Bend County EMS and Fire for their support and help in my time of need. As well, I would like to thank the nurses and doctors of Memorial-Hermann Hospital – The Medical Center for their treatment and care. I also appreciate all of the flowers and cards I have received. To my family and friends, I appreciate the love and support you have given me. I also appreciate the citizens of Fort Bend County and surrounding areas who have been outpouring their support for me in this situation. Last but not least, a special thank you to my husband for being by my side this whole time. I hope to have a speedy recovery and get back to work as soon as I can. Much love. Deputy Crystal Schooler Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office The post Injured Sheriff’s Deputy Issues Public Thank You appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  6. KATY (Covering Katy) – Demario Hunter, 18, of Katy is accused of using a sex video to blackmail another teen into having additional sexual contact with him. Hunter is charged with unlawful disclosure of intimate visual material, a misdemeanor. According to a published report, his victim is a 19 year old woman who is shown on the tape having sex with Hunter. Disturbing details were revealed in court where Hunter appeared in a jailhouse orange uniform on Monday. Published reports say Hunter is accused of using the same video to pressure the 19-year-old woman to have sex with his three 15 year old cousins. According to the report the woman called police when Hunter said he’d release the video if the 19 year old refused to have sex with a fourth person, another cousin. Hunter’s attorney seems to be attempting to get the charged reduced, claiming that her client never actually released the video. So far that tactic does not seem to be playing well. The judge refused a request to reduce Hunter’s $5,000 bond, and at the time this article was posted he was still locked up at the Harris County Jail. He may not be receiving much help from his parents as he’s not been bailed out of jail. Two days after Hunter was arrested his parents told KHOU they had no comment and were not aware of any charges against their son. Hunter was arrested and locked-up on February 18, 2017. This is not Hunter’s first run in with the law. According to court records obtained by Covering Katy, in July 2016 Hunter was charged with making a terroristic threat. That charge was dismissed. Court documents show that Hunter lives on Albee Drive in Katy which is off Morton Ranch Road between North Mason Road and the Grand Parkway. Hunter is scheduled to be back in court on February 27, 2017. The post Katy Teen Accused of Blackmail with Sex Video appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  7. KATY (Covering Katy) – Snooze, “an .A.M. Eatery,” a breakfast and brunch concept has signed a 4,098 sq. ft. lease at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. Snooze is anticipated to open by late 2017 and will be located off Cinco Ranch Blvd, conveniently adjacent to the 3-level East Gate Parking garage and the Grand Parkway. Offering creative twists on classic breakfast dishes, as well as a selection of local, craft beers and morning cocktails, Snooze aims to change the way its customers think about breakfast. The new Snooze at LaCenterra will offer diners a selection of both sweet and savory renditions on classic breakfast dishes. “We fell in love with the Houston area and we think Katy exemplifies the very best of what Houston has to offer. Snooze’s company mission is to be an integral part of the communities in which we are located and we believe that Katy is an incredible community,” said CEO of Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, David Birzon. “We are thrilled to welcome Snooze to LaCenterra! Its unique dining concept, coupled with its commitment to supporting local causes and communities, makes for an exciting addition to LaCenterra, as well as to the Katy community,” said Lindsay Kaye, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for LaCenterra. LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch is a 34-acre, over 360,000 sq. ft. (410,000 sq. ft. upon completion) mixed-use development located on the western edge of metropolitan Houston in Katy, TX. Located on the Grand Parkway just three miles south of I-10 with prominent freeway visibility, the property is nestled in the heart of Cinco Ranch, one of the nation’s premier master planned communities. The eatery is also dedicated to supporting local causes and issues related to the neighborhoods where they live, as well as organizations focused on education and sustainability. In an effort to do so, one percent of sales from each Snooze makes its way back into the local community through the donation of in-kind goods (A.K.A. pancakes!) and services. Snooze will be open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Additionally, Snooze at LaCenterra will offer catering to be picked up Mondays-Thursdays between 6:30am-2pm, and Fridays 6:30am-8am. The lease was secured by Donna Keith of Vista Equities Group. Snooze was represented by Jason Baker and Traci Holman with Baker Katz. Founded in Denver, Colorado in April 2006, Snooze seeks to evolve the A.M. dining experience through culinary innovation, an eclectic and energetic atmosphere and comfortable and friendly service. The menu delivers creative twists on classic breakfast dishes, as well as a selection of local, craft beers and morning cocktails. For additional information on Snooze, visit www.snoozeeatery.com and follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The post LaCenterra to Have All Day Breakfast and Brunch Eatery appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  8. HOUSTON (TMC News) – The emergence of e-cigarettes as a nicotine product has left scientists with many questions about their impact on health, including how the product interacts with depression. A new study by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), published today in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, found a connection between depression and initiation of e-cigarette use among college students. “This is the first study to establish a longitudinal relationship between elevated depressive symptoms and e-cigarette use,” said lead author Frank Bandiera, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences at UTHealth School of Public Health in Dallas. Among a sample of 5,445 undergraduate students from 24 colleges across Texas, students who experienced elevated levels of depressive symptoms were significantly more likely than students who did not experience elevated levels of depressive symptoms to start using e-cigarettes six months later. However, e-cigarette use did not appear to lead to elevated depression levels among the students. “We don’t know why depression leads to e-cigarette use. It may be self-medication. Just like with cigarettes, when students feel stressed out, using e-cigarettes may make them feel better. Or it could be that since e-cigarettes have been marketed as a smoking cessation device, depressed students may be using e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking traditional cigarettes,” said Bandiera, noting that there is little published clinical research to support that e-cigarettes help people quit smoking traditional cigarettes. Bandiera was surprised by the results since previous research showed a reciprocal relationship between depression and traditional cigarette use. He assumed the same would be true for e-cigarettes. CLICK FOR MORE The post Depression Linked to E-Cigarette Use Among College Students appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  9. HARRIS COUNTY (Covering Katy) – The following information is from the Harris County Emergency Management Office: There is a potential for heavy rainfall across Harris County beginning early Monday morning and lasting through much of the day. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), widespread rainfall amounts of 1-3 inches are likely and isolated areas could see up to 6 inches. If heavy rainfall develops, roadway flooding is possible, especially during the morning drive time. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect through 4:00 p.m. Monday. Additional watches and warnings will likely be issued by NWS through the next 18-24 hours. The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management Emergency Operations Center will move to Level 3 – Increased Readiness at 2:30 a.m. Monday morning in response to this weather threat. What you should do: Residents are encouraged to monitor local media for weather information, particularly before heading out on Monday morning. Road conditions on the main lanes are available from Houston TranStar. Keep in mind, weather conditions can change quickly so staying informed is vital! In the event of street flooding, remember “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” Driving through high water or around barricades on flooded roadways or underpasses can lead to death! Basic Flood Safety Tips Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ® DO NOT DRIVE through high water and DO NOT DRIVE AROUND BARRICADES! Just 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away. DO NOT WALK through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down. If your home floods, STAY THERE. You are safer at home than trying to navigate flooded streets on foot. If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is NOT MOVING, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter MOVING water. STAY AWAY from streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning. MOVE important items – especially important documents like insurance policies – to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage. DISCONNECT electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted. Where you can learn more: Forecasts: National Weather Service Local Traffic: Houston TranStar Preparedness & Emergency Information: www.readyharris.org The post Severe Weather Possible Starting Early Monday appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  10. The Kids Are Alright By Jen Webb, DVM The kids are alright….aren’t they? They must be, because that is what all of this is about, after all. And we are in Katy, one of the best districts in the country, right? That’s why we all moved here and consent to such high taxes. But what exactly is this, after all? That’s a good question. The answer is simple: a bus is being intentionally withheld from our neighborhood due to KISD politics and bureaucracy. KISD has been, and continues to be, derelict in its duties, resulting in the denial of safe passage to children who absolutely qualify for it. I have now personally witnessed KISD’s well-honed political maneuvering skills for the past seven months. With no regard for the safety of the children they claim to serve, KISD has been very, very busy with the politics of justifying its erroneous decision to deny Highland Park residents’ children a bus to Tays. Politics and other such matters have no business or bearing on which neighborhood qualifies for bus eligibility. In our case, however, with our adjacent development receiving a bus while we still do not (they face the exact same distance, hazards, and other issues that we do), the only logic remaining is, again, the politics at play. KISD has allowed these politics to affect its integrity and diminish its collective character. It bends its own procedures to its benefit. It hides behind and takes advantage of grievance procedures, using them to find new ways of saying “No”. The very idea that these time consuming grievance procedures give parents a voice that will be heard is a farce. And so it seems that objective and incontrovertible evidence are not reason enough to compel Katy ISD to act, even when the consequences of not doing so are dire. It will not, apparently, act responsibly and in the best interest of the community when office politics dictate otherwise. This is truly heartbreaking. So, no, the kids are not alright. And it is time to let the Board know that we will not tolerate this. Any Katy ISD Board member who is up for re-election must be voted out. There cannot be any more politics as usual. We cannot accept, nor should we tolerate, our continued disenfranchisement in matters like these. We have the opportunity to make a substantial change in the KISD Board in May of this year. When election day arrives, let’s not be asleep at the wheel. Again. The post LETTER TO THE EDITOR: It’s Bigger Than a Bus appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  11. KATY (The Washington Post) – Norma McCorvey, who was 22, unwed, mired in addiction and poverty, and desperate for a way out of an unwanted pregnancy when she became Jane Roe, the pseudonymous plaintiff of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade that established a constitutional right to an abortion, died Feb. 18 at an assisted-living facility in Katy, Tex. She was 69. Her death was confirmed by Joshua Prager, a journalist working on a book about Roe v. Wade. The cause was a heart ailment. Ms. McCorvey was a complicated protagonist in a legal case that became a touchstone in the culture wars, celebrated by champions as an affirmation of women’s freedom and denounced by opponents as the legalization of murder of the unborn. When she filed suit in 1970, she was looking not for a sweeping ruling for all women from the highest court in the land, but rather, simply, the right to legally and safely end a pregnancy that she did not wish to carry forward. In her home state of Texas, as in most other states, abortion was prohibited except when the mother’s life was at stake. On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court handed down its historic 7-to-2 ruling, written by Justice Harry A. Blackmun, articulating a constitutional right to privacy that included the choice to terminate a pregnancy. The ruling established the trimester framework, designed to balance a woman’s right to control her body and a state’s compelling interest in protecting unborn life. Although later modified, it was a landmark of American jurisprudence and made Jane Roe a figure­head — championed or reviled — in the battle over reproductive rights that continued into the 21st century. Ms. McCorvey fully shed her courtroom pseudonym in the 1980s, lending her name first to supporters of abortion rights and then, in a stunning reversal, to the cause’s fiercest critics as a born-again Christian. But even after two memoirs, she remained an enigma, as difficult to know as when she shielded her identity behind the name Jane Roe. She admitted that she peddled misinformation about herself, lying about even the most crucial juncture in her life: For years, she claimed that the Roe pregnancy was the result of a rape. In 1987, she recanted, saying that she had become pregnant “through what I thought was love.” Although the details of her account were legally unimportant, abortion foes pointed to the lie to discredit Ms. McCorvey and her case. CLICK FOR MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON POST The post Norma McCorvey of Roe v. Wade Decision Legalizing Abortion, Dies In Katy appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  12. All Incumbents Face Challengers CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy)—The field is set for the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustee races. Filing deadline for the May 6 ballot was Friday afternoon. All three incumbents up for re-election—Henry Dibrell, Courtney Doyle and Ashley Vann—have filed to reclaim their seats. This year three of the seven seats on the board are are expiring. All three have drawn challengers. Position 3 Vann was elected to the board in 2014 and serves as vice president. In addition to her role on the board, she focuses her time on her volunteer activities. She formerly worked in the television and advertising industries. She has drawn two challengers. Candace Perkins is a stay-at-home mother. Efforts to reach her for this story were unsuccessful. David Velasquez is making his first race for the school board. Velasquez is an immigration officer with the Department of Homeland Security. Before that, he was an assistant principal in the Cy-Fair Independent School District and a social studies teacher in the Laredo United Independent School District. He said he’s running to make schools more responsive to the community. Position 4 Doyle was elected to the board in 2014 and serves as secretary. She is a realtor with Heritage Texas Properties. She has also volunteered with various KISD schools in different roles, including PTA president at both Stanley Elementary and Seven Lakes Junior High schools. Doyle’s challenger, Carlos Young, is a first-time candidate. He owns MasterPeace Coffee, which celebrated its fourth anniversary on Valentine’s Day. Young said he was concerned about standardized tests, which he said are a strain on students, and a lack of fairness in the disciplinary process. He said he wanted to restore a “richness” to the educational experience. Position 5 Dibrell was elected to the board in 2011 and serves as sergeant-at-arms. He is a board member of both the Texas Association of School Boards and the Katy Pachyderm Club. Dibrell is owner of Campaign Crate, a campaign strategy and design firm. William Lacy, a mortgage banker, is challenging for position 5. Last year, Lacy filed to run for position 1. He withdrew his candidacy after two weeks, saying it was in his best interest to do so at the time, but he hoped to run for the board in the future. For this position 5 race, Lacy said he’s all in. He said the next 3-5 years is of paramount important to the school district in light of Katy’s growth, and that he would use his financial experience to keep a close look on where the district is spending its money. He said he wanted to make sure the district had the right people to continue the district’s growth. The post Katy ISD Board Election Ballot Set appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  13. Cinco Ranch Eatery Abruptly Closes KATY (Coveirng Katy) – The popular Bonefish Grill at LaCenterra has closed its doors for good. A Covering Katy source says corporate management came in to the restaurant earlier this week and told employees the restaurant was being shut down immediately. The Bonefish website does not reference the Katy closure. When we attempted to make a reservation a message appeared that said “PLEASE CALL OUR CINCO RANCH LOCATION AT 281-394-5099 TO MAKE A RESERVATION. THANK YOU.” When we called the number an announcement was make saying the location was closed permanently. The message then refers customers to contact their other area locations. According to the company’s website Bonefish Grill has only three other locations in Texas. They are in The Woodlands, Southlake and Allen. Second LaCenterra Restaurant to Close in Two Months The year is young and already Bonefish is the second LaCenterra restaurant to close in 2017. Restless Palate also shut its door in Janauary. Click to read story on Restless Palate closure. Next month LaCenterra celebrates it’s tenth year in business and in the coming months will complete the final phase of construction with the addition of an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Click to read: LaCenterra Turns 10 years old On Saturday morning the LaCenterra website neither listed Bonefish as one of it’s restaurants, nor did it list the property as available for rent. The former Restless Palate location was listed as available for rent. Click to read: Alamo Drafthouse to Anchor Final Phase of LaCenterra Seafood Still Available at LaCenterra It’s still possible to find a seafood restaurant at LaCenterra. The high end shopping center’s other seafood restaurant, Fish City Grill, continues to operate next to Central Green, just a stones throw from the old Bonefish location. The post Bye-Bye Bonefish appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  14. Syed Kaleem Razvi Threatened Texas AG’s Office and Others HOUSTON – A 55-year-old resident of Sugar Land has been ordered to federal prison for sending a threatening email to the Texas Attorney General’s Office and various employees with other state agencies, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Syed Kaleem Razvi pleaded guilty Oct. 3, 2016. U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore sentenced Razvi to 24 months in federal prison immediately followed by two years of supervised release. Razvi sent an email on June 8, 2015, to the Texas Attorney General’s Office, Child Support Division, as well as various employees with other Texas agencies. The subject line of the email said “Tell Atty General of Texas this.” The email threatened the Attorney General of Texas, as well as all those emailed that Razvi would “get up in arms against you all,” and that he wished “God burn your houses and burn the bodies of your own children and yourself.” The email also demanded that the Attorney General of Texas return his money or “FACE TERRORISM.” Razvi will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future. The FBI conducted the investigation in conjunction with the Texas Attorney General’s Office – Criminal Investigations Division. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ted Imperato, Alamdar Hamdani and Andrew Leuchtmann prosecuted the case. The post Fort Bend Man Sentenced for Threatening ‘Terrorism’ against Texas A.G.’s Office appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  15. FORT BEND COUNTY (Covering Katy) – A Fort Bend County Deputy is recovering from her injuries after being hurt by a suspected drunk driver. At 1:15 a.m. Saturday, Deputy Crystal Schooler was standing near her patrol car investigating a report of a suspicious person when her vehicle was struck and pushed into her and another individual. The incident happened in the 11000 block of Harlem Road near Travis High School. Deputy Schooler sustained a concussion and a fractured tibia. The other person who was standing near the deputy sustained minor injuries. The driver was arrested by a State Trooper and charged with driving while intoxicated. Major Chad Norvell of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s office says there are other charges pending against the driver. Courtesy Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office The post Suspected Drunk Driver Plows Into Fort Bend Deputy appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article