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  1. KATY (Covering Katy) – Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of the perpetrator involved in a burglary of a Katy-area business. Shortly before 5 a.m. on March 12, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business located in the 5200 block of S. Mason Road in the Katy area. The suspect forcefully entered the business by breaking the front door window and he took the cash register. The suspect is believed to be involved with several other similar burglaries of businesses in the area. The suspect was seen on surveillance and is described as a white or Hispanic male with glasses and a beard. He was wearing a baseball cap, blue jeans and tennis shoes. The suspect’s car is a silver Honda Civic with factory custom wheels and a sun roof. “Someone out there knows this guy and we want them to give us a call on our Crime Stoppers Tips Line,” said Sheriff Troy Nehls. “This is the easiest kind of money to make. All you have to do is dial 281-342-TIPS (8477).” Anyone who has information on this crime is asked to call Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers, Inc., at 281-342-TIPS (8477), send a text message to CRIMES (274637), or submit information online at Information, which leads to the apprehension and filing of charges on the suspect involved, could earn the caller up to $5,000 cash reward. All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous. Screen shots from surveillance video courtesy of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. The post Reward Offered for Information Concerning Katy-area Robbery appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  2. KATY (Covering Katy) – The Ballard Foundation has announced that it will donate $2 million to The Ballard House-Katy for an expansion of their existing location. Katy’s Ballard House provides patients battling life-threatening or critical illnesses, along with their families and caregivers, a home away from home environment at no cost to the patient. The organization depends on donations to provide this service. “We are so grateful for this generous gift and wish to express our sincere gratitude to The Ballard Foundation and the entire Katy area for their continued support,” stated Kathy Alt, The Ballard House director. Families come from around the world travel to stay at The Ballard House, and once there can create bonds and friendships with those who are going through similar life experiences. The expanded facilities at The Ballard House-Katy will allow the local non-profit organization a chance to help more families in need. The expansion is still in the planning phase, but does not include the purchase of any new land. For more information about The Ballard Foundation visit The post The Ballard Foundation Announces $2 Million Grant to Expand The Ballard House-Katy appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  3. The internationally acclaimed United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus of Washington, DC will continue its long tradition of presenting free public performances when it appears at Tompkins High School ~ Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 7:00pm. The Army Field Band’s concert in Katy is sponsored by The Conservatory of Music at Cinco Ranch, the Conservatory of Music at North Katy, and Katy ISD. The Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus are the oldest and largest of The U.S. Army Field Band’s performing components. These two ensembles combine to present joint concerts on their national tours. They have performed in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries for audiences totaling hundreds of millions. The 65-member Concert Band and 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus perform regularly in some of the most famous concert halls in the world, and just as often in the humblest auditoriums in the smallest of communities. The joining of these two ensembles allows them to offer unparalleled versatility of programming, ranging from orchestral masterworks and operatic arias to Sousa marches, jazz classics, and Broadway musicals. The band and chorus also perform independently, and have recently shared the stage with such ensembles as the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra. In addition to their national tours, formal concerts, chamber recitals, and educational outreach, members of the Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus frequently represent the Army at formal and ceremonial functions, including the Presidential Inaugural Parade, presidential funerals, the Army All American Bowl, and diplomatic efforts overseas. More than six decades as the military’s most traveled musicians have earned them the title, “The Musical Ambassadors of the Army.” For additional information about the Army Field Band’s performance in Katy, please contact The Conservatory of Music at North Katy c/o Dr. Michael Guevara, at 832-321-3382. To obtain free tickets, please visit The Conservatory of Music at North Katy, or to receive tickets by mail (4 maximum), please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your request to: ATTN: U.S. Army Field Band Tickets The Conservatory of Music at North Katy 3719 N. Fry Road #N2 Katy, TX 77449 The post United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus to Perform at Thompkins High School appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  4. KATY (KTRK) – We expect to learn more today about two parents accused of leaving their infant in his car seat on the ground of a busy Katy parking lot. Sarah Shibley, 33, and Gary Collins, 39, are due in court this morning, charged with endangering a child. Both were arrested Tuesday night after a man found the 8-week-old baby boy in a parking lot at Westgreen Boulevard and the Katy Freeway. That man then handed him over to Dee Griffin-Stevens, a mother of three. CLICK FOR MORE FROM CHANNEL 13 The post KTRK: Baby Found in Parking Lot at Westgreen and I-10 appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  5. KATY (Covering Katy) – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital recently expanded heart and vascular services with the opening of two new cardiac laboratories that can be used for catheter-based procedures as well as electrophysiology procedures. The labs represent a $5.2 million investment into the Katy community by Memorial Hermann Health System. “We see this expansion as further proof that we are focused on meeting the healthcare needs of this community. Not only will the additional space allow us to care for more patients, but our highly-trained affiliated physicians can now perform additional types of specialized procedures,” says Heath Rushing, Sr. Vice President & CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy. In the new labs, cardiac electrophysiologists can insert pacemakers and perform ablations to treat irregular heartbeats. Specialists can also now offer procedures like removing life-threatening blood clots or inserting stents to help blood flow through arteries via a catheter, which is a small tube that is inserted into a large blood vessel usually in the groin. “Having an irregular heartbeat can raise your chance of developing serious conditions like blood clots, heart failure, even stroke. The highly-trained team at Memorial Hermann Katy is prepared to treat arrhythmias in a variety of ways, including through minimally invasive procedures similar to the ones being done at the Texas Medical Center, in our new EP lab,” says Sunil Reddy, M.D., a cardiac electrophysiologist with Memorial Hermann Katy and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. Memorial Hermann Katy is equipped to handle a variety of heart and vascular conditions, including treating heart attacks at its accredited chest pain center. “I know our patients will appreciate having these upgraded capabilities at a facility so close to their home,” says Stuart Harlin, M.D., a vascular surgeon with Memorial Hermann Katy and McGovern Medical School. Learn more about the heart and vascular services offered at Memorial Hermann Katy. The post Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Expands Heart and Vascular Services appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  6. HARRIS COUNTY (Covering Katy) – Harris County Sheriff’s Office robbery investigators are asking for he public’s help in identifying a man who robbed a Katy-area Valero gas station at gunpoint on Wednesday, March 1. At around 12:45 am the suspect walked in to the store located in the 2200 block of Fry Road, and looked around the cooler area at energy drinks. The man was wearing a light colored shirt and grey pants with a tan or light colored baseball hat with POLO on the tab. He asked the clerk a question and then left the store. He re-entered the store, walked around and exited again. When suspect re-entered the store, again, he was wearing a distinctive black colored hoodie with red lettering on the front. He approached the counter, pulled a tan and brown colored mask over the bottom part of his face and demanded money at gunpoint. He then fled from the store on foot in an unknown direction. Anyone with information on this subject should call the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Robbery division at 713-274-9210. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at Tips may also be sent via a text message by texting the following: TIP610 plus the information to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous. View the surveillance footage here: The post HCSO Looking for Suspect in Robbery of Local Valero appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  7. KATY (Covering Katy) – Typhoon Texas is preparing for the upcoming summer season by expanding its on-site parking while installing new shade structures, rotating misters and other enhancements. The water park is also looking to hire 1,200 seasonal workers for 2017. “Everything is about making our great, family-friendly water park experience even better for our guests,” notes Typhoon Texas General Manager Evan Barnett. Perhaps the most noticeable improvement will be outside the west Houston water park where Typhoon Texas is adding 400 on-site parking spaces. Inside the water park, Typhoon Texas will install additional shade structures and several rotating misters. A custom screen has been added to the back of the wave pool to create a large movie screen with theater-like, surround sound audio for movie night presentations. The wave pool stage, which hosts live music throughout the season, also has been outfitted with a new lighting package. Several retail carts around the park will be added offering hats, sunscreen, flip flops and other conveniences. The water park is also accepting applications for 1,200 seasonal jobs in water safety, guest relations, food and beverage, programming, maintenance and park services. Seasonal job applications can be accessed at the water park’s website, Re-hire applications are available for those who worked at Typhoon Texas Houston during the 2016 summer season or the park’s WinterFest event. Typhoon Texas opens for the 2017 season on Saturday, May 27 through Labor Day. The park also will be open for special themed nights and group gatherings. To purchase season passes and for park information go to The post Typhoon Texas Announces Park Enhancements, Seeks to Fill 1,200 Seasonal Jobs appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  8. KATY ISD (Covering Katy) – The Katy Independent School District has launched a “strategic design process” to create a community-inspired road map for its schools over the next three to five years. Recently, a series of stakeholder meetings were held to gather baseline data from parents, business leaders, principals, teachers, clergy and students concerning where the district is currently and where the community hopes for the district to be in the near future. The next steps in the strategic design process begins tonight as Katy ISD hosts two of four education summits to provide the community an opportunity to share their highest hopes and aspirations for their children. The dates, times and locations for all of the education summits are listed below. Wednesday, March 22 Education Support Complex 6301 S. Stadium Lane 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Morton Ranch High School 9th Grade Commons 21000 Franz Road 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday, March 30 Education Support Complex 6301 S. Stadium Lane 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cinco Ranch High School Main Commons 23440 Cinco Ranch Boulevard 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The post Katy ISD Seeks Community Input at Education Summits appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  9. HOUSTON (KHOU) – Roman Shen is a happy 2-year-old. You wouldn’t know it, but he suffers from Shwachman Diamond Syndrome, or SDS. That means his bone marrow doesn’t work properly and doesn’t make its own white blood cells. The right bone marrow donor match has been hard to find. “Mostly because he is mixed race, Chinese-Italian, and they are underrepresented in the bone marrow registry,” said Nicole Shen, his mother. Mixed race people are 4 percent of the bone marrow registry. So for the past 2 years, Roman’s parents have been actively involved with the registry, launching and participating in Be the Match registration drives. “It takes about 10 minutes. You swab the inside of your cheek. You could save my son’s life or someone else’s life,” Nicole Shen said. Why is race so important to marrow donation? “You’re matching antigens that are produced by your stem cells and those are in many cases matched to ethnicity,” said Be The Match spokeswoman Felicia Gann. CLICK FOR MORE FROM KHOU-TV The post Two Year Old Richmond Boy Needs Bone Marrow Donor appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  10. LUBBOCK, Texas (Covering Katy) – Lubbock-based Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurants, known for their classical Mexican style and top-quality cuisine, will open their first restaurant in the Houston area on Monday, April 10. The new restaurant, located in Katy at the Shoppes at Parkwest at 24600 Katy Freeway, will be the company’s 39th location nationwide. The new Abuelo’s will feature approximately 7,600-square-feet of interior space and will include an outdoor, climate controlled patio with operable doors that can be opened in nicer weather or closed as needed. It will also feature a natural light skylight over an interior courtyard, with a mix of both modern and traditional Mexican décor. The restaurant will seat approximately 270 guests and will employ between 80-100 employees. “We designed Abuelo’s to have a gracious, yet friendly environment that’s compatible with our authentic, creative dishes,” said Mike Lilly, Abuelo’s general manager in Katy. “We are excited to bring our unique Mexican concept to Katy, and we look forward to being an active part of the community.” Abuelo’s pre-opening training services will raise funds to benefit Child Advocates of Fort BendTM, a nonprofit agency whose mission is to provide a voice, heal the hurt and break the cycle of abuse and neglect for all children in Fort Bend County. On opening day, April 10, the first 100 guests who are seated beginning at 11 a.m., will receive a special “Savor the Flavor of Mexico” calendar that includes offers for free items, monthly for April through December 2017. The calendar includes offers valued at more than $100. Abuelo’s, which has consistently been on the leading edge of Mexican cuisine, is famous for its creative, made-from-scratch Mexican cuisine, superior service and affordable prices. Abuelo’s menu selections combine authentic standards with the rich, subtle flavors of coastal and interior Mexican cuisine. The new restaurant will include many of Abuelo’s regular menu items, but will also feature a number of new items that are specific to the Katy location only. New shareable appetizers are Seared Tuna with Shrimp Ceviche, Beef Tenderloin Flameado and Cañas, two Mexican-style pork wings, smoked, grilled and glazed with house chipotle barbeque sauce. A new Seared Tuna Salad has also been added to the menu, as well as several new taco selections including Tacos al Pastor, Mojo Shrimp Tacos, Fish Tacos and Tacos al Carbon with either steak or chicken. The Katy menu also features several new House Specialty items including Carne Asada a la Tampiqueña, fire-grilled skirt steak topped with green chile rajas con queso and served with a cheese enchilada with red sauce and guacamole; Bistec Abuelo’s, a fire-grilled, 14-ounce, hand- cut ribeye with Abuelo’s special seasoning; Cañas Mexicanas, three smoked pork “wings” grilled and basted with our Mexican barbecue sauce; and Shrimp Enchiladas, delicate crepes filled with diced shrimp, peppers, spinach and cheese, covered with a creamy sherry sauce. The restaurant will also offer an Ultimate Fajita Feast, featuring Mexican-style Cañas, Chicken, Barbecue Shrimp, Beef and Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Shrimp, that serves 4-5 guests for $74.99. Abuelo’s Famous Smoked Prime Rib, served with Papas con Chile and raja con queso, will be available daily, beginning at 5 p.m. Desserts include Abuelo’s award-winning traditional Mexican flan, Dulce de Leche cheesecake and Margarita pie with tequila cream sauce, among others. Abuelo’s also features a number of signature drinks including the El Jefe Margarita, a smooth, strong blend of ultra-premium Maestro Dobel Diamante Tequila, Agavero Orange Liqueur and lime juice topped with a grilled fresh orange; La Grandeza Margarita, an award-winning Margarita recipe made with Gran Gala and served on the rocks or frozen; the Platinum Margarita made with El Jimador Silver tequila and Agavero Orange; the 1800 Hand-Shaken Margarita, a custom built and hand-shaken Margarita featuring 1800 Reposado tequila that is served in a personal shaker; plus many others. Abuelo’s signature Sangria Swirl, a favorite among guests, features frozen Sangria swirled with frozen La Grandeza Margarita. The Katy restaurant will also offer Tequila flights for guests featuring various premium tequilas, plus a shot of traditional Sangrita, a non-alcoholic, citrus and spicy accompaniment that highlights the tequilas’ flavors, and cleanses the palate between each sip. Additionally, Abuelo’s will offer a number of highly rated wines, as well as a Sommelier’s List Special where guests will receive either a complimentary entrée or two appetizers when they purchase a bottle of 90+ rated wine. “Our theme is ‘beyond Tex-Mex,’” added Robert Lin, president of Food Concepts International, Abuelo’s parent company. “At Abuelo’s, our goal is to offer our guests an opportunity to experience the diverse and distinct flavors of Mexico in a beautiful setting with superior service at a great value.” Meals at Abuelo’s are reasonably priced, with dinner costs of $10.99 to $24.99 and lunch costs of $8.99 to $14.99. All major credit cards are accepted. Restaurant hours are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, call (281) 392-1009. Also, get the latest news on events and promotions by becoming a fan of Abuelo’s Katy Facebook at or follow on Twitter at About Abuelo’s Since its first opening in 1989, Abuelo’s has consistently been on the leading edge of Mexican cuisine, combining menu creativity, outstanding food and beverage quality, colorful plate presentations and superior service in a true Mexican courtyard atmosphere. Abuelo’s has received national accolades as the top-ranked Mexican food restaurant and as one of America’s top overall restaurant chains in four consecutive biennial surveys by a leading national consumer rating magazine. Owned and operated by Food Concepts International in Lubbock Texas, the company currently has 39 full-service restaurants located in 13 states, and a fast casual Abuelo’s Taqueria, located in Lubbock, Texas. For more information, visit or Abuelo’s Facebook page at The post Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant to Open at the Shoppes at Parkwest in Katy appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  11. By Johnathan Silver, The Texas Tribune – Two state lawmakers hope their bill – and a constitutional amendment – will speed up the process of releasing jailed defendants who are considered unlikely to skip their court date or become safety risks. The proposed legislation would require judges to use an automated, pretrial “risk-assessment” system to measure those risks before making bail decisions. The goal is to allow more poor, non-violent and low-level offenders to be released on a personal recognizance bond — which doesn’t require paying bail. Senate Bill 1338 also would mandate that judges and magistrates make their release decisions within 48 hours of a defendant’s arrest. It would be the district attorney’s responsibility to ensure that happens, said bill author Sen. John Whitmire, a Houston Democrat and the Senate Criminal Justice Committee chairman. “We’re doing away with bail being part of the punishment,” Whitmire said. “You should not be held in jail ’cause you can’t afford to get out. You sure as hell shouldn’t plead guilty to something you didn’t do, and I don’t want families to have to continue to get payday lender loans or car title loans to get someone out.” Bail bond reform is arguably receiving the most attention it’s ever had in a legislative session, with numerous bills under consideration this year and high-profile support. More research on the issue has helped raise awareness, said Dottie Carmichael, research scientist with the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M University. “On the one hand, we’re understanding the downside of unnecessary detention, and on the other side there are more and more studies showing the effectiveness of risk-based release practices,” she said. “And so there’s a better way available to deal with those problems.” The bill also would require that when judges deny bail for a defendant, they have “clear and convincing evidence” that a defendant is a public safety risk or is unlikely to show up for a court date. In theory, judges should weigh those factors before deciding whether to grant bail, but they don’t always do so, said Whitmire, who’s teamed up with Rep. Andrew Murr, R-Junction, to carry an identical House version of the bill. The system benefits criminals who have money, Whitmire said. “They’ve got resources, they post bond and go back to practicing their criminal business,” he said. “So there’s no risk assessment or no public safety factor in the issuing of a financial bond.” This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at The post Proposed Bill Would Speed Up the Process of Bonding Out of Jail appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  12. Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind around 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. Breezy. Friday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 62. Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Weather forecast provided by the National Weather Service. The post Katy Weather Forecast appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  13. KATY (Covering Katy)—For those looking to repair, purchase or trade-in pre-owned Apple products, Katy residents Valeria Scacciati and her husband, Tulio, have opened a store that can help. Experimac Katy North, at 21788 Katy Freeway, opened last month. “People are surprised that we are selling pre-owned products,” Tulio Scacciati said. “We offer a 90-day Warranty, and perform a 20+ point inspection as part of our Certification Process.We even offer financing.” A Mac laptop that is for sale at Experimac. Covering Katy photo Experimac works with the entire Apple® product line, including desktop and laptop computers, iPhones® and iPad® devices, and AppleTV®media players. “We stock inventory of parts for most of the Apple® product line” Valeria said. “So if anyone wants to do an upgrade, we can do it in-house, and most of the time within 1 day, phones within 1 hour.” Performing repairs and data migrations on-site is a key advantage Experimac offers. ”Most other stores”, Tulio Scacciati said, “take 3-5 days to perform the computer repair work because they do not have the parts or the expert technicians onsite”. At first glance, Tulio and Valeria Scacciati might symbolize real-life examples of the American Dream. Originally from Argentina, they had earned their degrees from the University of Buenos Aires. They came to Texas in 2000 to pursue their master’s degrees. Tulio earned his MBA from the University of Texas with an emphasis on finance and strategy. Valeria earned her MBA from St. Edward’s University, also in Austin. With no family in the country and college debt, things were challenging to start with. But they set and met their educational goals, and they both were employed in large corporations. They lived in Philadelphia for six years, while working at QVC and Exelon After this, Tulio’s career took-off taking them onmany international assignments. In 2009, the family moved to Katy, and they liked what they saw. “We love Katy,” Valeria said. “We didn’t want to move any more. We really like this area.” Experimac offers numerous Mac products and a wall full of Mac accessories. Covering Katy photo. They got active in the community. Their three children, ages 13, 11, and 7, enrolled in Katy Independent School District schools. Tulio Scacciati became a coach with the Katy Youth Soccer Club. Community involvement is a key principle in their lives. “We run this business as a neighborhood store,” Tulio said. “The idea is to serve the community. We tell our employees that they need to become the customer’s trusted local expert. It’s more than just selling a certified pre-owned Apple® product. It’s a personalized service. You don’t have that benefit when you go to a major retailer.” The family took the recent energy industry downturn to reconsider how to proceed with their careers while providing stability for their family. Experimac gives them the chance to pursue a new challenge. Experimac Katy North is a woman-owned minority business. “Last year we were researching franchises,” Valeria said. “This one caught our eye early on. Experimac has over 100 stores worldwide and gives the customer a chance to experience Mac® computers in a different way. We love the concept.” The stores typically sell products at about 50-60% off the original retail price. Their store is the first such store in Katy. They have franchise rights to six stores in all. Their territory runs from south of Cypress to Missouri City. Tulio said “our goal is to open two stores in the West Houston/Katy area, and the other three stores within the territory.” The post New Katy Store Buys, Sells, Repairs and Upgrades Certified Pre-owned Apple Products appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  14. KATY (Covering Katy) – A representative of the Katy Police Department has confirmed that the two-car accident at I-10 and Pin Oak around 9 a.m. this morning resulted in a fatality. According to Captain Woytek, a car stalled out in a traveling lane and was hit from behind by another vehicle. The stalled car caught fire and the driver was killed. As of 1 p.m., firefighters were still using the Jaws of Life to get inside the burned vehicle to see if there were any passengers. The condition of the other driver is unknown. The post Two Car Accident Resulted in Fatality appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  15. KATY (Covering Katy) – All main lanes on I-10 westbound are closed at Pin Oak following a two-car accident around 9 a.m. this morning. As of 12:15 p.m. traffic is backed up nearly to 99. Covering Katy will have more details as soon as they are available. The post Major Accident Shuts Down Portion of I-10 appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article