Police to Request More Officers for New Substation

By George Slaughter The Katy Police Department is requesting that the city hire more police officers for a substation being built at Katy Mills Mall. Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll said a public perception exists that both the mall and the nearby Typhoon Texas waterpark are not safe, and a revenue drop off—for both local businesses and the city—results from that. He cited a recent case in which police charged two suspects with aggravated […]

Katy Man Receives 25-Year Sentence

Luis Joel Aguilar – Katy Police Department photo

By George Slaughter A Katy man Tuesday received a 25-year prison sentence for aggravated robbery, burglary of a motor vehicle, theft, credit card abuse, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Luis Joel Aguilar, 32, received the sentence in Judge Leslie Yates’s 182nd District Court in Houston. According to Katy Police, Aguilar was a documented criminal gang member of the Houstone (Tango Blast) street gang. He had been recently released from prison when, in March […]

Tax Grant Approved for Katy Rice Festival

By George Slaughter A $75,000 Convention and Tourism Bureau hotel occupancy tax grant application for the 2019 Katy Rice Harvest Festival was approved by the Katy City Council Monday night. The festival, a local tradition since 1981, is scheduled for Oct. 11-13 in downtown Katy, between 1st Street and 4th Street and Avenue A and Avenue D. The city last year took over the festival sponsorship from the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, which declined […]

Katy Police Charge Two Suspects with Felony Credit Card Abuse

Jorge Luis Castillo Barrera - Katy Police Department photo

By George Slaughter Two Houston residents have been charged with felony credit/debit card abuse in connection with a diesel fuel theft last week. Katy Police arrested and charged Jorge Luis Castillo Barrera, 34, and Norma Hernandez, 34. At about 7:08 p.m. last Thursday, officers observed a gray Chevrolet pickup truck at the ConocoPhillips gas station, 5249 Franz Rd. Police said Barrera was observed pumping diesel fuel into an auxiliary fuel tank located in the open bed […]

Two Suspects Charged in Katy Robbery and Assault Case

J’Korean Keeshayn Hadnott – Katy Police Department photo

By George Slaughter Katy Police have charged two suspects with aggravated robbery and organized retail theft following a robbery at a Katy mobile phone store last week. J’Korean Keeshayn Hadnott, 17, of Spring, and a 16-year-old juvenile, have been charged. Katy Police said video surveillance taken at approximately 2:40 p.m. on April 13 showed two suspects entering the T-Mobile store at 801 FM 1463. Surveillance showed that one forcing employees to hand over several thousand […]

Katy Fire Department’s Improved Class Rating Could Mean Lower Insurance Bills

Mayor Chuck Brawner and Fire Chief Russell Wilson at a April 17 news conference announcing the fire department's achieving a Class 1/1X ISO rating - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Katy city officials said Wednesday that Katy homeowners and businesses could save money on future insurance premiums thanks to a rating achieved by the Katy Fire Department. The Class 1/1X ISO (for Insurance Services Office) came after the ISO completed and sent its survey, review, and results to Katy Fire Chief Russell Wilson. He accepted the results and forwarded them to the state’s fire marshal, who is expected to issue a formal […]

Cinco Ranch Football Coach Don Clayton to Retire

Cinco Ranch coach Don Clayton in a 2016 photo - John Glaser photo

By George Slaughter Cinco Ranch High School football coach Don Clayton Monday announced his intention to retire this spring following 20 years at the school. Clayton started the program when the school opened in 1999. He’s enjoyed success there, leading the Cougars to a 141-78 record. He also served as head coach at Livingston High School, in East Texas, between stints on the Katy High School coaching staff of Mike Johnston, who preceded current coach Gary […]

Top Reasons to Join the Paralegal Profession 

When people think about the legal profession, the first thing that comes to mind is the judges and the lawyers. Little is known about another massive career known as paralegals. Given how the image of the lawyer and judge has been portrayed in pop culture, they are often seen as the pinnacle of the legal profession. However, behind all the work that goes into questioning witnesses, uncovering evidence and coming up with strategy is the […]

City Working to Authorize CMV-Certified Officer

By George Slaughter Given Katy’s growth, it’s to be expected that commercial motor vehicles (CMVs)—concrete trucks, construction trucks, dump trucks, and 18-wheelers—are on the streets. But not all roads and bridges are graded for some CMVs. In other cases, trucks can be overloaded and spill debris. Roads get damaged and other safety issues might arise. “Trucks are not made to carry 100,000 pounds,” Mayor Chuck Brawner said. “Drivers and the owners of trucks get paid […]

Officials Give Overview of City’s Activites at KBA Meeting

Mayor Chuck Brawner

By George Slaughter Continuing flood mitigation efforts, public safety, and economic development were among the highlights described by Mayor Chuck Brawner and Public Relations Director Kayce Reina Wednesday afternoon at the Katy Business Association meeting at Midway Barbeque, 6025 Highway Blvd. Brawner said the city has worked with U.S. Rep Mike McCaul, R-Austin, to secure funding to build the Cypress Watershed north of Katy, following Hurricane Harvey in 2017. The federal government was to have […]