Category Archives: Brazoria County News

Brazoria County Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force partners with DEA for National Prescription Drug Take Back on April 30


On April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Brazoria County Prescription Drug Task Force, of Brazoria County Community Coalition (BCCC) will participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Brazoria County. The Take Back is hosted in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to one of four locations across Brazoria County:

  • Stella Roberts Recycling Center at 5800 Magnolia in Pearland
  • Reflective Bay Park at Shadow Creek at 12115 S. Clear Lake Loop in Pearland
  • Manvel Police Department at 6615 N Masters (CR 1128) in Manvel
  • Richwood Police Department at 1800 North Brazosport Blvd. in Richwood

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. We are not able to accept sharps but all prescription and over-the-counter medications are accepted.

In September 2015, Brazoria County residents turned in 617 pounds of prescription drugs at three sites hosted by BACODA, DEA, and community partners. In all previous Take Back events combined, 7,289 pounds of pills have been collected in Brazoria County alone.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that sit unused in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

“We invite residents to help keep our community safe from prescription drug abuse. Take an inventory of the medications in your home and bring any drugs that you no longer need to one of our Take Back locations.” said Coalition Coordinator Dannielle Meyer.

For more information visit or call 1-800-510-3111.

Brazoria County Community Coalition is a project of the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol (BACODA). BACODA is a community-based substance abuse prevention organization that provides sustained leadership and support for the Coalition. BACODA is a United Way Agency.

Brazoria County, Pearland bring awareness to Child Abuse Prevention Month

PinwheelStatsThe Brazoria County Alliance for Children, Inc. and the Pearland Police Department will host their inaugural “Pinwheel Project” on April 8 at 9:00 a.m. at the Public Safety Building, located at 2555 Cullen Parkway in Pearland.

The agencies have placed 641 blue pinwheels in front of the building, representing the 641 confirmed cases of child abuse in the County in 2015. Three larger, red pinwheels will be placed in remembrance of the three child deaths as a result of abuse and/or neglect reported last year.

The public is invited to come out for a ceremony and Proclamation regarding child abuse prevention and to honor the children that died as a result.

For more information, visit or contact Velma Guadiana at the Pearland Police Department at (281) 997-4330.

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Migration Celebration focuses on the joy of nature


Pet an alligator at Migration Celebration!

Come experience the sights, sounds, and the joys of nature all for free. Watch the “Birds of Prey” program and witness a Peregrine Falcon soaring above then diving at speeds in excess of 150 mph toward its prey. You can catch a fish in a stocked pond, touch sea creatures, pet an alligator, a snake, or a turtle. Let a butterfly land on your nose in the butterfly tent. Net insects in tall grass, or view critters under a microscope. Target practice with a bow and arrow or a BB gun. These are just a few of the free family-friendly activities you can see and do April 16 and 17 at the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge during the annual Migration Celebration festival.

Other activities include an open wagon tour along the ponds or a marsh buggy ride through a swampy section of the refuge. Experienced naturalists lead each trip. Visitors may see alligators, bobcats, deer, and several bird species including grebes, herons, egrets, gallinules, and any number of migrating species heading north. Walk along a trail through a hardwood forest to see Texas’ largest live oak tree. Kids 12 to 92 can kayak in a bayou.

The exhibition building will feature the nature photo contest entries, Junior Duck Stamp entries, a children’s art table, our nature store, a bake sale, food service, and exhibits from many local and regional conservation education groups. For free family adventure visit the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge April 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or April 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and see what this amazing refuge has to offer.

Migration Celebration is sponsored by the Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges and supported by the Texas Mid-Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. For more information, event schedules, and directions to Migration Celebration visit

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 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 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.






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.

Brazoria County Crawfish Fest April 15-17


APRIL 15 – 17, 2016

Benefiting Boys & Girls Club of Brazoria County, The Godfrey Educational Foundation, and the Houston Blues Society

MSR Houston

1 Performance Dr.

Angleton, TX 77515


Great Crawfish! Great Spice! Great Price! $3.99 lb!

Advance discount tickets and carnival ride passes available now at Eventbrite!

FREE till 3:00 on Friday!

The Brazoria County Crawfish Festival takes the friendly, relaxed fun and community feel of a small town fair and serves it up big! 


  • Crawfish: Red Swamp Crawfish, serving bigger, fatter, juicier bugs from multiple stations at $3.99(lb). They have been providing Texas with hot, fresh, spicy crawfish for over 20 years. With four boiling trailers going they can put out 4,000 lbs of bugs an hour 
  • The Houston Blues Society Stage: *Brad Absher and Swamp Royale * Campfire Soul * Eric Demmer Band * Odell Gray & The House Rules Band * Ted Hawley Band * Little Terry & The Blues Birds * Luther & The Healers * Trudy Lynn with Steve Krase Band * Mighty Orq Band * No Refund Band * Sparky Parker Band * Zach Person Band * Paul Ramirez Band * Sonny Boy Terry Band * Jonn Del Toro Richardson Band * Evelyn Rubio Band * Great Scott and The Almighties * Ally Venable Band * Dave Nevling and The Blues Kats *

  • The Bayou Stage: Genevieve Allen * Keven Anthony * Blaggards * Jason James * Level One Band * Randy Meadows * “Bon Ton” Mickey * Zach Person * Cecil Shaw * Mike Stinson * Van Wilks *The Revi’s * Tres Equis * The Zydeco Dots! And more to come!

  • Carnival: This year will see more, bigger, and better amusement rides and games with rides to thrill the adults and the little ones, too.
  • Food Vendors: There’s more food to enjoy than great crawfish! Every kind of Cajun food from Alligator to Pistolettes to Shrimp Creole; a huge selection of festival food favorites like corn dogs, shaved ice, and funnel cakes; and specialty foods and traditional dishes with a twist such as shark and lobster sliders, and so much more.
  • Specialty Entertainment: Slayer Reptile Ranch * ‘Gator Races * Armadillo Races * Splash Dogs * Crawfish and Funnel Cake Eating Contests
  • Marie Laveau: The Voodoo Queen of New Orleans presented by Creepy Hollow.
  • MSR Houston: The professional, world-class racetrack and home to the festival is launching a major, multi-million dollar expansion to host national and international races and other region-wide concerts and events.
  • Go-Kart Track: MSR has one of the fastest Go-Kart tracks in the country, on one of the longest tracks. Patrons can enjoy real fast track action.
  • Fittipaldi Exotic Driving: World famous racers Fittipaldi are offering two-lap thrill rides in exotic cars throughout the event.
  • Festival Vendors: The festival will feature rows of vendors with the best of arts, crafts, gifts and more from Brazoria County, the Greater Houston-Gulf Coast Area and around the country.
  • Children’s Area: will provide all patrons need to keep their kids busy and having fun during the event.

Task Force seizes $60,000 worth of cocaine in Pearland Kroger parking lot

The Brazoria County Narcotics Task Force (BCNTF) seized two kilograms of cocaine and arrested three individuals in the 11000 block of Shadow Creek Parkway on Wednesday (March 2) at approximately 5:30 p.m. The arrests were made in the Kroger parking lot.

The recovered cocaine had a wholesale street value of $60,000. A loaded semi-automatic Springfield 9mm handgun was also located and seized from the suspects during the arrest.

Javier Mora Hernandez, 29, Salvador Carranza-Velazquez, 35, and Gregorio Almazan-Castro, 30, were arrested and charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance. Almazan-Castro was also charged with the Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon.

Two kilograms is about equal to five pounds of cocaine.

“Hopefully, with this seizure, we’re keeping more kids safe from the dangers of drugs and making it harder for addicts,” said Lt. Chris Reioux of the BCNTF. “We’ll continue to work to make Brazoria County a safer place to live.”


Narcotics Task Force finds success with early morning warrant



On Thursday (March 3) at approximately 4:35 a.m., the Brazoria County Narcotics Task Force (BCNTF) executed a search warrant at a residence in the 8000 block of McKeever road/CR 100, just outside the city limits of Pearland.

The Combined Agency Response Team (CART) of the Pearland, Alvin and League City Police Departments assisted the BCNTF by making entry and securing the residence. A search of the residence by BCNTF narcotic investigators resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana.

Rene Guzman, 46, was arrested and transported to the Brazoria County Jail without incident. He was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Methamphetamine), Possession of a Controlled Substance (Cocaine) and Possession of Marijuana.

“Here’s another well-known dealer off the street,” said Lt. Chris Reioux of the BCNTF. “Many thanks to our great CERT team from Pearland, Alvin and League City. They always do an excellent job.”

Investigators recovered 2.5 oz. of methamphetamine, 1.1 grams of cocaine and 4 grams of marijuana, worth a total of $2,640.00 on the street.

The search warrant was the result of a three-month narcotic investigation by the BCNTF, who received information that individuals at this residence were distributing narcotics in and around the City of Pearland.

Migration Celebration announces Featured Speaker


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 To purchase tickets, please contact us at 844-842-4737 or email


Voting Information 2016

110397B7-F29E-4D25-92DF-2F8521B2183DEarly Voting:

  • February 16 – 19: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • February 20: 7 :00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • February 21: 1:00 p.m. –6:00 p.m.
  • February 22 – 26: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Election Day – March 1, polls open 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Voting Locations:

  • Angleton Main Location: East Annex (Old Walmart) 1524 E Mulberry #144, Angleton
  • Alvin Branch Location: Alvin Library 105 S Gordon, Alvin
  • Brazoria Branch Location: Brazoria Library 620 S Brooks, Brazoria
  • Freeport Branch Location: Freeport Library 410 Brazosport Blvd, Freeport
  • Lake Jackson Branch Location: Lake Jackson Library 250 Circle Way, Lake Jackson
  • Manvel Branch Location: Courthouse North Annex 7313 Corporate Dr, Manvel
  • Pearland East Branch Location: Tom Reid Library 3522 Liberty Dr, Pearland
  • Pearland West Branch Location: Westside Event Center 2150 Countryplace Pkwy
  • Shadow Creek Branch Location: Pearland Westside Library 2803 Business Center Dr #101, Pearland
  • West Columbia Branch Location: Pct 4 Government Offices 121 N 10th St, West Columbia

Crawfish Festival moves to Angleton, gets new name


BCCF_Logo_Web_200pxThe Pearland Crawfish Festival, one of Texas’ largest crawfish festivals, is moving to MSR Houston Motor Speedway, south on Hwy 288 from Pearland, where it has had its home for three years.

In the spirit of the move, the festival is expanding its brand to encompass the whole county, and has been renamed, “The Brazoria County Crawfish Festival.” This year’s festival will take place April 15 – 17 at MSR, located at One Performance Dr. in Angleton.

“Brazoria County – including Pearland – is experiencing explosive growth,” said festival organizer Bob Fuldauer. “But part of that growth in Pearland means few open tracts available for the site of a major festival that aren’t being developed.”

With much of the region historically used for rice farming, available open tracts have very poor drainage after rains. “Last year we had huge problems with mud and standing water with storms after a wet spring. We knew moving ahead we needed a site with concrete for the festival. MSR Houston offers that, as well as being a growing public race and event facility that will be available – and improving – for years to come,” Fuldauer added.

The Brazoria County Crawfish Festival takes the friendly, relaxed fun and community feel of a small town fair and serves it up big. With the move comes the chance to bring out more: more food – including more Cajun food, more vendors, more activities, more carnival rides and more fun! A new caterer will handle the key element of boiling and quickly serving the tens of thousands of tons of crawfish that the hungry crowds demand.

Red Swamp Crawfish has been providing Texas with live and hot, fresh, spicy crawfish for over 20 years. Their crawfish comes in daily from the best farmers in rice fields and the Atchafalaya River Basin of Louisiana. As caterers, they can serve any corporate or private event. With four boiling trailers going, they can put out 4,000 lbs. of bugs an hour. Another change from past years will be multiple crawfish stations.

Specialty entertainment, like the popular Splash Dogs, will be back and bigger than before, with new iguana races and more added to the armadillo races and contests. The Houston Blues Society will fill the Blues Society Stage with even more of the top local and regional blues favorites and rising newcomers. More of the area’s best Zydeco, Texas Country, and Classic Rock will raise the roof of the Bayou Stage.

A huge selection of vendors of unique wares, arts and crafts, a world-class carnival and children’s area will provide plenty of activities and fun for adults and kids alike.

MSR Houston is a professional, world-class racetrack that also has one of the longest, fastest, Go-Kart tracks in the country. Previously a track mostly for racing clubs and members, MSR is launching a major, multi-million dollar expansion to host national and international races and other region-wide concerts and events. The Brazoria County Crawfish Festival will be their first major public festival.


  • Carnival: This year will see more, bigger, and better amusement rides and games with rides to thrill the adults and the little ones, too.
  • The Houston Blues Society Stage: The Houston Blues Society is dedicated to the study, research and preservation of the blues culture and music unique to Houston, Texas and the Texas Gulf Coast. They will provide a stage showcasing this iconic music of overcoming struggle that has deep traditions joining Texas and Louisiana. This year they’ll bring even more and bigger acts.
  • The Bayou Stage – The Cajun culture evokes a love of fun, good-time music. In Texas, Zydeco from Louisiana is joined by Texas Country and Classic Rock for the soundtrack of a great time.
  • Specialty Entertainment: This year Iguana Races and other new specialty acts join the popular Armadillo Races, Splash Dogs, Crawfish and Funnel Cake Eating Contests. A special Crawfish Eating “heat” between Pearland’s police and fire departments will allow patrons to cheer on their heroes.
  • MSR Go-Kart Track: MSR has one of the fastest Go-Kart tracks in the country, on one of the longest tracks. Patrons can enjoy real fast track action.
  • Festival Vendors: The festival will feature rows of vendors with the best of arts, crafts, gifts and more from Brazoria County, the Greater Houston-Gulf Coast Area and around the country.
  • Children’s Area: will provide all patrons need to keep their kids busy and having fun during the event.

For more information, visit