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New Dave & Buster’s is now open in Baybrook Mall

D&BRibbonCuttingThe all-new Dave & Buster’s Friendswood is now open in Baybrook Mall. The expansive 40,000 square foot entertainment destination is located in Baybrook Mall’s multi-million dollar expansion project in the facility’s Lifestyle Center. The 3rd Houston area location brings a state-of-the-art sports bar, the latest games, the most innovative drinks and chef-crafted food to the Houston area.

Dave & Buster’s Friendswood offers Houston and Bay Area residents the ultimate sports viewing experience – complete with a 360-degree Sports Bar and plenty of seating for Texans game days. Over 30 HD televisions located throughout the facility ensure guests won’t miss a minute of the action. Game days are made even better at Dave & Buster’s with $5 select appetizers and 22 oz. draft beer specials every Sunday and Monday through February 8th.

Dave & Buster’s extensive chef-crafted menu includes playful takes on American classics like the Mountain O’ Nachos, Pretzel Dogs, Bang Bang Chicken with Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles, the Short Rib & Cheesy Mac Stack and a full line-up of Legendary Burgers including the Buffalo Wing Burger.

The equally innovative beverage menu features fan favorites like adult Snow Cones, the Strawberry Watermelon Margarita poured over strawberry ice cubes, Mega Mojitos and the all-new Glow Kones featuring a blinking, flashing cube.

In addition to enjoying food, drinks and sports viewing, guests at Dave & Buster’s can visit the Million Dollar Midway which features more than 160 of the latest and greatest games including Angry Birds Arcade, Jurassic Park Arcade and Candy Crush Saga. Finish the experience with a trip to the Winner’s Circle to redeem hard earned tickets for the coolest prizes, like Xbox games, iPods, sports memorabilia and much more!

Dave & Buster’s Friendswood is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. – midnight, and Friday – Saturday from 11am – 2am.

 

Police warn parents about synthetic LSD drug

News_Alert

Synthetic LSD/acid collected Monday evening when two teens experienced adverse effects from the drug.

Synthetic LSD/acid collected Monday evening when two teens experienced adverse effects from the drug.

What was believed to be a bad reaction to LSD sent a 17-year old Bacliff teen and a 15-year old Friendswood teen to the hospital Monday evening.

At approximately 10:00 p.m. on October 5, police and EMS personnel had to restrain the two teens who were experiencing adverse effects from what police were told was LSD, or acid. Another 16-year old Friendswood teen was present but did not appear to be having the same type of reaction.  He told police that each of them took three hits of acid before the violent reaction began. That teen still had several hits left and hidden in his shoe.  Police field-tested the substance but it did not test positive for LSD, which is common with a dangerous synthetic form of LSD. These particular hits were square stamps with pink spots.

This incident comes just 6 weeks after a drug raid conducted by Friendswood Police and Brazoria County at an apartment in Pearland. During the raid, 25i-NBOMe, also known as N-bomb, was seized along with heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and prescriptions pills.  The apartment was manufacturing N-Dimethyltryptamine, DMT, a psychedelic drug. The unofficial tally of this synthetic psychedelic was 16 pounds and it is believed to be one of the largest seizures of this substance in the area.

The LSD-like substance seized last night will be sent to a lab for testing, but officials believe it will likely be 25i-NBOMe.  It is one of the most dangerous drugs on the street.  It is cheap, easy to hide and teenagers are the targeted users. Although the drug became illegal in the United States two years ago, like other synthetic drugs, manufacturers can manipulate the chemical makeup to try to keep it legal.

The synthetic drug is LSD-like in some respects.  It is often put on cartoon character stamps that are put under the tongue.  But, instead of having the desired LSD kind of effects, some users are experiencing toxic effects with hallucinations, a rise in temperature, heart rate and blood pressure, seizures and death.

Friendswood Police first alerted the community to this LSD-like synthetic drug in 2012 when the substance was found during an arrest and followed the death of a Friendswood man who took the synthetic LSD at a rave party in Houston. In the past nine months, there have been at least three arrests where an LSD-like substance was found.

The rapid rise in popularity is attributed to its accessibility. These synthetic drugs are dangerous and potentially deadly. They are in our community and some of them are being manufactured here. Parents, law enforcement, and first responders need to be aware of their existence and their effects.

Dave & Buster’s in Friendswood hiring

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1024px-DaveAndBusters.svgDave & Buster’s, the ultimate entertainment destination, is looking to hire over 200 enthusiastic individuals to join both the front-of-house and back-of-house teams at its brand-new, 40,000 square foot location at Baybrook Mall in Friendswood. Positions include servers, bartenders, bussers, front desk staff, game technicians, line cooks and dishwashers.

The Dave & Buster’s location (704 Baybrook Mall Dr., Friendswood, Texas) is slated to open on Nov. 16 in conjunction with the grand opening of the Baybrook Mall multi-million dollar expansion project that began in early 2014 to revitalize and energize the mall.

Dave & Buster’s is far more than the average restaurant or bar; providing a fun, upbeat work atmosphere, and seeking team members to join their team on the forefront of this new store opening. Employees of Dave & Buster’s will be provided the following:

  • Benefits: Dave & Buster’s offers a very attractive benefits package for a number of positions including medical, dental, vision and 401K.
  • Internal Promotions: Dave & Buster’s offers a High Potential program, which enables high-performing employees to move quickly into new positions. More than 30 percent of the brand’s current management was promoted from within the company.
  • Fun: Dave & Buster’s employees love coming to work in an entertaining atmosphere with the biggest sporting events on huge televisions, upscale dining and over 160 of the latest arcade games.

Interested candidates should either complete an online application at www.daveandbusters.com/careers or visit the Dave & Buster’s hiring site below opening on September 30th:

Dave & Buster’s Hiring Site:

Location: Hilton Garden Inn (750 West Texas Avenue, Webster, TX 77598)

Days of Operation: Monday – Sunday

Hours of Operation: 9am – 7pm

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar in Friendswood, Baytown Thursday for Good For Texas Tour

GHegar2014cropTexas Comptroller Glenn Hegar will visit Friendswood and Baytown Thursday, Sept. 17, to discuss the local economy and developments from the recent legislative session as part of his Good For Texas Tour.

Business and community leaders and residents are welcome to attend the town hall-style meetings. The Friendswood event is from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Friendswood Chamber of Commerce, 1100 S. Friendswood Drive. The Baytown event is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Baytown Chamber of Commerce, 2407 Market St.

Go to the Comptroller’s website for more information about the Comptroller, including a bio. You can also follow the Comptroller’s progress by following @TXComptroller on Twitter or liking the Texas Comptroller Facebook page.

Texas Municipal Police Association supports local police departments behind the scenes

Screen Shot 2015-08-04 at 10.48.09 AMWith the changing climate in the law enforcement community, it is especially important for police departments to have advocates. Participating agencies in Texas, including Pearland, Friendswood, Pasadena Webster, Houston, Galveston, League City and Dickinson, have the behind-the-scenes resources of the Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA) at their disposal.

According to the website, “The mission of TMPA is to protect the rights and interests of Texas law enforcement officers by providing the best legal assistance in the country, effective lobbying at state and local levels, affordable training and exemplary member support.

“TMPA is the Voice of Texas Law Enforcement, founded in 1950, and has protected the interests of law enforcement officers ever since. As the largest law enforcement association in Texas, TMPA is proud to represent more than 21,000 local, county and state law enforcement officers across Texas.”

TMPA provides member Texas law enforcement officers with legal protection, political lobbying at state and local levels, affordable or free Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) approved training, contract bargaining, and a wide variety of additional benefits including specialized programs, officer assistance, line of duty benefits, charities, and scholarships.

Wester

Wester

Grand Prairie Police Department Officer Heath Wester was elected President of TMPA at their conference, which was held July 31 – August 3 in Austin.

Wester has been in law enforcement for 23 years and began his public service with TMPA as a Director. From there, he moved up, eventually serving as First Vice President and, now, as President.

As First Vice President, Wester was the Legislation Liaison for TMPA, which required many visits to the state capitol.

“This last legislative session was tough,” said Wester. “We had so much to lobby for. Our pensions are always under attack. We have the open carry issues, third party arbitration and issues with County civil service. I could go on and on.”

With issues around the country sparking accusations of racism and misuse of force, Wester said that legal claims have definitely spiked. “Of course, officer injuries and deaths have spiked also,” Wester said.

Fortunately, many agencies are reaching out to their communities to get back to a familiarity and cooperativeness with the citizens they serve. “Coffee with a Cop” is a popular event in which local agencies, such as Friendswood, are participating. The Pearland Police Officer’s Association is holding a Community Appreciation Event on October 3 to reach out to the community.

“I was asked to read some books to elementary school kids and ended up having a blast,” said Wester. “It’s things like this that help bridge the gap between police and the communities they serve. We want people, especially kids, to know that we are not the enemy.”

Wester recalled a recent event in which he was walking by a vehicle that had several kids in it. “They started crying when they saw me. That broke my heart. I gave them stickers and talked to them, letting them know that we are their friends.”

When it comes to TMPA, Wester said, “We’re about doing the right thing. Our Board is made up of 19 active police officers from around the state. It’s a great team.”

“We offer free training to officers in the state, whether they are members of TMPA or not, because it’s the right thing to do,” Wester added.

To learn more about TMPA and how they support local agencies, visit http://www.tmpa.org/.

Taylor Bill Comes Under Fire

State Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood).

State Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood).

State Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) has authored Senate Bill 1628, also known as the, “Insurance Immunity Act,” which will be eligible to be heard on the Senate floor in Austin Wednesday (April 29).

This bill has been under fire by some state “watchdog” groups, such as Texas Watch, that claim “millions of individual and commercial insurance policies across Texas will become nearly worthless overnight.”

SB 1628 contains language that would halt trial lawyers and public adjusters from contacting victims of natural disasters, such as Hurricane Ike, to offer to file lawsuits against insurance companies.

Dallas Morning News Watchdog Dave Lieber and Texas Watch agree that the bill would strip current laws that prevent insurers from using deceptive practices to delay and deny legitimate claims. They also claim that the bill would remove the penalties that insurance companies must pay when they’re caught using deceptive practices.

According to Texas Watch, “Currently, when property owners file weather-related claims, their insurance companies are obligated to: Pay within 15 days (or pay 18% interest and possible penalties; and handle most legal disputes in state courts.

“If Senate Bill 1628 passes, insurance companies will be allowed to: Pay claims whenever they see fit (interest and bad faith penalties will be eliminated); handle most legal disputes in federal courts (the bill gives immunity to Texas-based adjusters and since most insurance companies are based in other states, the cases go to federal courts); and file criminal charges against policy holders who submit what the insurance company considers an inflated claim (the policy holder, who is not an expert, would simply be signing off on an estimate provided by an adjuster, roofer, contractor or engineer).”

Texas Watch also states that the passing of SB 1628 would directly benefit Sen. Taylor himself, as he owns Truman Taylor Insurance Agency in Friendswood.

Alex Winslow, the Executive Director of Texas Watch, stated: “The bill could grant full legal immunity to adjusters, agents and other insurance-company representatives, even when they have made intentional misrepresentations to policyholders.

“That means insurance employees will be free to lie and cheat without fear of legal action. In other words, when it comes to protecting Texans from big insurance, your state’s taxpayer-funded courtroom doors will be closed.”

In rebuttal, Sen. Taylor’s office released this statement Wednesday (April 29):

“There have been many untruths and blatant lies regarding the intent of my consumer protection bill, SB 1628. This bill will eliminate catastrophic weather lawsuit abuse while assuring homeowners’ right to receive fair and timely claims payments from insurers. On top of the claims payments, SB 1628 enables homeowners to collect 18% penalty interest, pre-judgment interest and attorney fees. In fact, SB 1628 preserves every penalty entitled to policyholders under current law and only enhances regulatory authorities’ ability to crack down on bad actors in the legal and insurance industries.

“These changes are being falsely characterized by trial lawyer front groups like Texas Watch as somehow ‘stripping’ policy holders of their right to timely payments or even all of their homeowner’s insurance benefits. Texas Watch consistently distorts the truth and I will not stand by and let their factually challenged statements go unanswered.

“Texas Watch has long tried to deceive the public by portraying themselves as a pro-consumer group, but according to their filing with the Texas Secretary of State, the seven-member board of Texas Watch is dominated by personal injury trial lawyers and their allies, including the longtime spokesman for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) Willie Chapman and Dallas trial lawyer D. Shawn Stevens. The Deputy Director of Texas Watch, Ware Wendall, is a personal injury trial lawyer. Distorting the intent of this bill and creating fear in policyholders protects trial lawyers’ businesses and wallets.

“Storm-chasing trial lawyers prowl storm devastated communities and manipulate the law for attorney fees. Some unscrupulous contractors, public adjusters, and case runners troll entire neighborhoods to solicit lawsuit clients. This unethical behavior makes millions of dollars off the backs of unaware consumers who see their deductibles and premiums rise after a weather catastrophe hits.

“These bad actors are the cause of the recent surge in lawsuits following hailstorms in Hidalgo County in 2012. There has been no increase in the frequency of neither hailstorms nor changes in insurance law. Over 30% of hail and windstorm claims have turned into lawsuits, with 80% or more of the lawsuits filed after the initial claim has been paid. Only 24 consumer complaints from Hidalgo County were filed through 2014 with the Texas Department of Insurance, reflecting the small number of actual legitimate consumer complaints regarding their carriers.

“SB 1628 stops trial lawyers from filing frivolous lawsuits following a weather catastrophe and strengthens homeowners’ rights. Policyholders deserve the lowest insurance premiums possible and to have their claims handled promptly and fairly. These are the facts of SB 1628. Don’t be fooled by Texas Watch and their trial lawyer fiction.”

To read the actual text of SB 1628, visit https://legiscan.com/TX/text/SB1628/2015.

Identity theft, IRS tax fraud cases reported in Friendswood

FPD RELEASE

The Friendswood Police Department has received 28 separate reports of identity theft involving someone fraudulently filing tax refunds using personal identifying information with the IRS for the 2014 tax year. Twelve of those reports were in the past week.

Scammers continue to use Social Security numbers and other information collected in data breaches to steal a person’s identity and file a fraudulent tax return. A higher-than usual number of identity theft reports indicate that the first time a taxpayer becomes aware that their data has been compromised is after they file their return, are waiting for a refund, and receive a notice from the IRS that somebody has already filed their tax return.

My advice for next tax season is to file tax returns as early as possible during the tax season, especially if a taxpayer anticipates a refund.

Suspect in Amber Alert Case Found with Stash of Illegal Weapons

An Amber Alert for a missing Friendswood girl ended late Friday (March 13) after she was found safe roughly 160 miles away near Cameron. Emily Lindsey, 15, was found by the side of road near 2:30 a.m. with 23-year-old Nicholas Vega, who was found to be carrying a backpack filled with weapons including handcuffs and a loaded gun. (Cameron Police Photo)

 Nicholas Vega was found to be carrying a backpack filled with weapons including handcuffs and a loaded gun. (Cameron Police Photo)

The search for 15-year-old Emily Lindsey of Friendswood ended late Friday (March 13) after she was found safe roughly 160 miles away near Cameron. Around 2:30 a.m., police discovered Lindsey by the side of road with 23-year-old Nicholas Vega, who was found to be carrying a backpack filled with weapons including handcuffs and a loaded gun.

According police officials, Cameron Police Sgt. Stringer was on night patrol when he noticed a man standing in the darkness by a guard rail on the Big Elm Creek Bridge less than a mile north of Cameron. Sgt. Stringer stopped to check if the man needed any help. Vega was said to be wearing all black, his hands covered by black gloves. Stringer found a knife when he frisked Vega, who told the officer his car had broken down and he was walking to Waco, roughly 50 miles away.

Sgt. Stringer offered to help Vega get somewhere safe.

Vega said he was staying under the bridge and needed to get his things. He also mentioned he had a friend with him.

The friend turned out to 15-year-old Emily Lindsey who had been reported missing to the Pearland Police a day before when she didn’t come home from a private school in Pearland.

When asked if he had any weapons in his backpack, Vega admitted to having a 9mm pistol . Sgt. Stringer removed a loaded, 9mm handgun from the back pack and put the couple into the patrol car.

Lindsey initially gave the officer a false name. But, her identity was soon discovered. Police officials report a search of the back pack uncovered a stash of illegal weapons as well as handcuffs and chains.

Vega was arrested and charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon. He is currently being held at the Milam County Jail. Lindsey’s parents were contacted. Once they arrived in Cameron, Lindsey was taken to the McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple for an evaluation.

Best-Selling Author to Speak at Friendswood Library

ShollyColonel Robert H. Sholly, USA (Ret.) author of the award-winning book, “Young Soldiers Amazing Warriors: Inside One of the Most Highly Decorated Battalions of Vietnam” will speak about his first tour in Vietnam at the Friendswood library located at 416 South Friendswood Dr. on Thursday (Feb. 26) from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

“Young Soldiers Amazing Warriors” is based on journals the author kept during his first combat tour in Vietnam and eye-witness accounts of survivors. It has reached the No. 1 Best Seller position on Amazon Kindle and has won 20 national awards, including a Grand Prize, since its publication in February 2014.

The story recounts day-to-day operations in the Central Highlands of Vietnam in 1966-67. Humor is mixed with the difficulties of mountainous terrain, wild animals and vegetation. Included in the account are stories about unexpected animals, ferocious firefights and awe-inspiring actions of young men just out of high school, who are heroes in the making.

Sholly gives accounts from his men’s perspective which are exciting, intriguing and memorable. Numerous individual citations were awarded to soldiers for their bravery and valor.

In addition to other awards and decorations in an unheard of 60-day period, four men were awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest honor, while five other soldiers were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest award.

Colonel Sholly will be available to sign books after his presentation.

Additional information on the book and the author may be found on Amazon.com and at YoungSoldiersAmazingWarriors.com.

Taylor Files Legislation to Extend TWIA Waiver Program

TaylorState Senator Larry Taylor (R – Friendswood) on Tuesday filed the first of three bills to ensure coastal residents have access, affordability and availability to windstorm insurance coverage.

Senate Bill 498 ensures access to a critical Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) program that would otherwise does not expire at the end of the year. The program authorizes a “waiver” from certain TWIA eligibility requirements when a coastal resident’s windstorm coverage is cancelled, or non-renewed in the private market through no fault of their own.

“The process for a homeowner to prove after the fact that their home meets eligibility standards is unnecessarily cost prohibitive in many cases,” said Taylor. “Extending the waiver program is essential to maintaining economic stability on the Coast.” As filed, SB 498 removes an arbitrary expiration date that was added during the last legislative session and allows the program to continue indefinitely.

The waiver program represents over 40,000 of TWIA policyholders. Discontinuation of the program would result in economic chaos along the coast.

SB 498, as filed: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/84R/billtext/html/SB00498I.htm

Sen. Larry Taylor represents Senate District 11, comprised of parts of Brazoria, Galveston, and Harris Counties. Before his election to the Texas Senate in 2012, Sen. Taylor served five terms in the Texas House of Representatives.

http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/members/dist11/dist11.htm