Category Archives: Angleton

Law enforcement, Alvin ISD asks for help finding three local missing teens

Two Alvin ISD students have recently been reported missing, and law enforcement is reaching out to the community for assistance.

Anyone that may have information about the following students’ locations is encouraged to make contact immediately with the appropriate law enforcement agency as listed below.

 

Taylor

Nolan

 

Taylor Dolan is a sophomore at Manvel High School. Her last confirmed location was Manvel High School on Tuesday afternoon (Mar. 29). At this time, no foul play has been confirmed. Please contact the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department at (979) 849-2441 with any information regarding Dolan’s location.

 

Daniela

Leon

Daniela Leon is a sophomore at Alvin High School. Daniela’s family last knew her confirmed location on Monday (Mar. 28). At this time, no foul play has been confirmed. Please contact the Alvin Police Department at (281) 388-4370 with any information regarding Daniela’s location.

 

 

 

Michelle

Noria

Detectives in Angleton are also working to locate 17-year-old Michelle Marie Noria. According to police, Noria is a Hispanic female, and was last seen on Mar. 18. She could possibly be in the Houston area. Noria is 5’2″ and weighs approximately 170 pounds. Please contact the Angleton Police Department at (979) 849-2383 with any information and refer to case 2016-000497.

Migration Celebration announces Featured Speaker

PRESS RELEASE 

PhotoContestExhibit2This year’s Migration Celebration fundraising dinner features keynote speaker Kelly Drinnen, Education Specialist at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, Galveston, Texas. 

Ms. Drinnen’s presentation is titled Cruising Through: Migrations In and Around Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. The coral reefs of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary serve as a focal point for tropical and sub-tropical marine life about 100 miles off the Texas coast. Explore with us the fly-ways and by-ways above and below the waters of this haven in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico.

Migration Celebration Kickoff Dinner will be held at Freeport RiverPlace, located at 500 N Brazosport Blvd, Freeport, TX 77541, on April 8, 2016.  The evening will include our traditional roast pork dinner.  Doors open at 5:30PM.  Tickets are $30.00 each and the proceeds are used to fund the event.  Migration Celebration is a free family festival that allows families to experience the joys of nature  at the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge.  Migration Celebration photo contest submissions will be on display, and winners will be announced.  For more information and directions to Freeport RiverPlace go to www.migrationcelebration.org. To purchase tickets, please contact us at 844-842-4737 or email  tickets@migrationcelebration.org

 

‘Biggest Loser’ coming to Angleton

downloadIn an effort to help the community shed some pounds, the Greater Angleton Chamber of Commerce has accepted the challenge from the “Biggest Loser.”

The opportunity was presented by representatives of the NBC reality show to chambers across the country, Angleton Chamber president and CEO Beth Journeay said. This is the first time the chamber has offered a program such as this.

Read more at The Facts…

Angleton Market Days March 21-22

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Visit Angleton.TX.US/Tourism for more information.

Brazoria County Library System Book Sale Jan. 29 – 31

The Brazoria County Library System will hold its annual book sale Thursday evening, January 29 and all day Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31 at the Angleton Library, a branch of Brazoria County Library System, in Angleton.

Starting Thursday, January 29 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., the public can find and buy books covering various topics for bargain prices. Most books sell for one dollar or less.

The sale Friday, January 30 starts at 9:00 a.m. and will continue until 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, January 31, the hours will be the same. The sale includes outdated items removed from library shelves over the past five months. Donated books from the public are also available. These materials are gathered and sold to the public to dispose of the property. There will be fiction, nonfiction, videos, audiocassette tapes and children’s books. Since space at the Angleton Library is limited, additional books are always added to the sale.

There will be boxes and boxes of books to sell. Therefore, the inventory is constantly being updated. So people should come back and see what’s available that wasn’t there before.

Money raised during the book sale is used by the County Library Board to benefit the branches. The money also helps the branches pay for performers during the summer reading program.

Volunteers 16 years of age or older are also needed to help with the book sale set-up that takes place Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

The Angleton Library is located at 401 E. Cedar Street.

For more information or to volunteer, call Library Administration and ask for Lisa Gay.

In the west or central areas of the county, call 979-864-1505. In the Brazosport area, dial 979-388-1505. In the northern part of the county, call 281-756-1505.

Veterans Invited to Ron Paul Luncheon

As gratitude for the service they have given to their country, The Exchange Club of Angleton is inviting veterans to come and attend its 12th annual One Nation Under God luncheon Nov. 13 for free.

The featured speaker is former U.S. Congressman Ron Paul, who also ran for the presidency three times, the first as a Libertarian, and the rest as a Republican in 2008 and 2012.

Source: The Alvin Sun-Advertiser

Free Legal Clinic for Veterans Oct 25

Veterans who need legal advice or legal assistance can visit a free legal clinic on Saturday, October 25 at the Lake Jackson VA Outpatient Clinic, 208 Oak Drive South, Lake Jackson, TX 77566. The clinic is sponsored by the Brazoria County Bar Association in conjunction with the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative, a coalition of local bar associations that provide pro bono legal services to U.S. veterans in 17 counties in Texas.

No appointment is necessary. Any veteran, or spouse of a deceased veteran, can receive advice and counsel from a volunteer attorney in any area of law, including family, wills and probate, consumer, real estate and tax law, as well as disability and veterans benefits. Veterans who need ongoing legal representation and who qualify for legal aid may be assigned a pro bono attorney to handle their case.

For more information on the October 25th clinic, contact the Veterans Legal Initiative at 713-759-1133.

 

Couple Accused of Illegal Horse Racing Operation

ROSHARON — Police arrested a couple on charges the pair were running an illegal gambling operation at their horse training facility, authorities said.

“I consider this a significant message that we are not going to tolerate illegal gambling wherever it is,” District Attorney Jeri Yenne said.

A two-month investigation by the Brazoria County Narcotics Task Force and the district attorney’s office found the facility’s owners, Carlos and Catalina Acuna of Rosharon, were taking bets on horse racing on the grounds of their horse training facility. Police arrested the two about 3 p.m. Sunday, Brazoria County Sheriff’s Lt. Chris Reioux said.

The Acunas were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, violation of the horse racing act and promotion of gambling.

Carlos Acuna, 35, was arrested at the facility in the 16600 block of FM 521, while Catalina Acuna, 31, was arrested at the couple’s home in the 16400 block of Second Street, Reioux said. Both were taken into custody without incident.

Carlos Acuna was released from the Brazoria County jail Monday on bonds totaling $135,000. His wife was released Monday on bonds totaling $64,000, according to the Brazoria County Sheriff’s website.

Authorities began an investigation after receiving complaints from residents in surrounding neighborhoods, Reioux said. Police suspect the activities had been going on for about seven months.

Investigators wanted to verify gambling was taking place on a continual basis and was not a one-time thing, Yenne said.

Authorities had the facility under surveillance and saw that the Acunas did not attempt to hide what was going on, she said. Police said they witnessed bookmaking happening in plain sight.

“They witnessed, out in the open, illegal gambling as if there were no laws,” Yenne said.

The Brazoria County Narcotics Task Force took the lead on the case because it required undercover work, Reioux said. The unit’s work is not limited to narcotics.

“We’re a specialized group, and we’re better suited to do this type of investigation,” he said.

The 27-acre horse training facility has an oval track, as well a straight-away track the couple used for racing the animals, Reioux said. Alcohol and food were served and there were live entertainment performances.

“A horse training center is what they called it, but it was a full-blown track,” he said.

The facility was shut down, and the horses released to their owners after Carlos and Catalina were taken into custody, Reioux said.

Although no other charges are pending against the Acunas, more arrests could be pending, he said.

Reioux could not say if the horse owners would be charged, citing the ongoing investigation.

Marshbugging: Mosquito Population on the Rise

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Brazoria County Mosquito Control surveyor Darrin Griffith begins filling a truck with chemicals Monday at the department’s facilities in Angleton in preparation of spraying for the insects. (Photo: Andy Packard)

Brazoria County Mosquito Control surveyor Darrin Griffith begins filling a truck with chemicals Monday at the department’s facilities in Angleton in preparation of spraying for the insects. (Photo: Andy Packard)

Anyone who has stepped outside for any length of time the past few days likely hasn’t escaped the population explosion of the area’s most prominent pest.

Brazoria County Mosquito Control has caught the bug, too. Thousands of them.

Brazoria County Mosquito Control Director Jim Ryan said the county is experiencing its largest burst in mosquito activity in at least a year, based on a survey taken by the district.

The survey involves having people at about 200 spots around the county perform landing counts, in which they tally how many mosquitoes land on them below the waist without biting in a minute. Every counter reported more than 100 mosquitoes, with one reporting more than 500.

The next step for the district is to get those numbers down.

Brazoria County Mosquito Control will begin spraying today to help control the population — five nights with the trucks, and three days with the airplane to cover most of the populated areas, Ryan said.

Brazoria County Mosquito Control decides to spray based on information gathered in the field, said Darrin Griffith, a surveyor for the district. Surveyors check the number of mosquitoes in traps at surveillance checkpoints throughout the county. Surveillance is performed four days a week.

Employees begin their routes within 30 minutes of receiving their instruction, he said, and spray from 4:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on a regular shift.

The department also factors resident input when determining areas to spray, Griffith said. People can call mosquito control district anytime they believe the mosquito population has crossed their tolerance level, he said.

“We do look at the fact of where people are calling as well,” he said. “It plays into it.”

FROM THE MARSHES

While the recent spurts of rain have helped the breeding conditions for mosquitoes, they are not the main cause of the population surge, Ryan said. Tides pushed in by a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico last week are the larger culprit, pushing excess water into the marsh lands, a favored breeding spot for mosquitoes.

“Those eggs that laid there hatched off,” Ryan said.

Marshy areas around Jones Creek, Demi-John, Oyster Creek and Churchill are especially prone to heavy mosquito activity, but the newly hatched mosquitoes aren’t being selective in where they spread their misery, he said.

“It’s the same all over the county right now,” Ryan said.

Solicitan, a saltwater flood mosquito, is the most common species being seen right now, Ryan said. They come out of the marsh, are aggressive and bite during the day. They are strong daytime fliers, and can cover seven to 10 miles a day.

They also can stray more than 20 miles from where they hatch and are traveling to inland cities, Griffith said.

“The ones we’re fighting right now aren’t breeding in their neighborhoods,” Griffith said.

Solicitan is just one of the five dominant species in Brazoria County. A total of 44 species of mosquitoes, either single breed or a mix, can be found in the area.

HEALTH HAZARD

The mosquitoes also could prove to be more than a nuisance, Ryan said. While they are not carriers of West Nile or other diseases, the volume can affect people with existing health conditions, including skin allergies, he said.

If disease-transmitting mosquitoes are found in Brazoria County, they usually are found in the northern half, including Pearland, Alvin, Angleton, and to a lesser extent, Lake Jackson, Ryan said.

“It has to do with what kind of urban neighborhood it is, and where those mosquitoes like to breed,” he said.

Residents can help fight the mosquito outbreak through simple upkeep of their property, Griffith said.

Brazoria County Mosquito Control recommends using yellow light bulbs instead of white ones on outside fixtures to repel the insect, drain any standing water, keep yards mowed and shrubs trimmed, and keep homes clear of any trash, brush or other debris.

“Mosquitoes are going to rest in shrubs, against grass and if there is a lot clutter,” Griffith said.

Angleton Republican Women Features Speaker on “Radical Islam” August 17

ARWThe Angleton Republican Women will meet this Sunday, August 17, at 2:30PM in the West Annex (tax office) of the Brazoria County Courthouse. The physical address is 451 N. Velasco, Angleton. This Sunday, we will be hearing from associate member, Torry Tvedt, who will give a program on radical Islam. Please join us and bring a friend to hear and discuss this very important message. Everyone is welcome! As always, our members will provide snacks, coffee, and refreshments.

If you have not joined for 2014, we are still taking memberships. Membership dues are $25 for primary members, $10 for men and for women associates who are primary members of another club. Membership forms will be available.