Cinco Ranch Burglary Suspect Arrested

Rafael Antonio Viana Jr. (Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office photo)

By George Slaughter Fort Bend County sheriff’s detectives have arrested a 42-year-old man for burglary of a habitation. Deputies arrested Rafael Antonio Viana Jr. Nov. 8. He is in custody at the Fort Bend County Jail. He is charged with burglary of a habitation. Bond has been set at $100,000. Viana’s arrest follows an undercover sting operation that targeted suspects burglarizing residential areas north of Highway 69/U.S. 59. Deputies said the sting began late last […]

Katy-Area Football Area Playoff Roundup: Tompkins, Katy, Paetow and Cinco Ranch Advance

Katy coaches congratulate the Tiger offense, which scored early and often against Stratford. (Terry Carter/UD

By George Slaughter All four Katy-area teams this weekend advanced to the regional playoff round by posting lopsided wins. Tompkins 42, Jersey Village 14 Caleb Blocker rushed for 197 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, while Caleb Komolafe had 104 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries, as Tompkins defeated Jersey Village Friday at Pridgeon Stadium. The Falcons are 11-1. Jersey Village ends its season at 11-1. Katy 59, Houston Stratford 7 Katy continued […]

District Seeking Nominations for New Elementary School Name

Katy ISD students do their classwork. (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District’s new Elementary School #44 is under construction and expected to open next August. Trustees on Monday established a committee to consider what to name the new school. Trustees Leah Wilson and Duke Keller, among others, will serve on the committee. Those interested in submitting a name for consideration must review the naming guidelines, and then submit a completed Elementary #44 Nomination Form, found on the Katy ISD […]

Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office to Host Hiring Expo

By George Slaughter The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its recruiting efforts by hosting a hiring expo to be held at 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday at the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy, 1521 Eugene Heimann Circle, in Richmond. As the county grows, so does the need for law enforcement personnel. The sheriff’s office campaign has focused on hiring new patrol deputies, detention officers, and 911 dispatchers. Interested applicants must register […]

Sugar Land Man Arrested After Home Invasion Robbery

By George Slaughter Fort Bend County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 20-year-old Sugar Land man who is alleged to have committed a home invasion and aggravated robbery in October in the Village of Oak Lake. Abdisa Haji Abdi is alleged to have committed these acts on Oct. 29. Sheriff’s detectives conducted an investigation, which connected Abdi to another aggravated robbery that occurred in Houston immediately following the Fort Bend County home invasion. The information obtained led […]

Katy-Area All-District Volleyball Players Honored

Tompkins plays Fort Bend Ridge Point in the 2021 volleyball playoffs. (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter Tompkins, which won the District 19-6A title in volleyball this season, placed four players on the all-district first team, which were announced Tuesday. The Falcons finished with a 35-6 overall record and reached the area round of the playoffs before losing to Stratford. Paris Herrman, an outside hitter, was named the district’s most valuable player. Here are the all-district honorees: Individual Awards MVP: Paris Herrman, outside hitter, Tompkins Outstanding Setter: Maddie, Waak, […]

Aristoi Classical Academy to Hold Open House for Prospective Students

Aristoi Classical Academy is hosting a prospective student open house on Dec. 4. (Aristoi Classical Academy photo)

By George Slaughter Aristoi Classical Academy, a tuition-free, public charter school that offers classical education for grades K-12, is holding an open house for prospective students. Aristoi, which has an enrollment of over 1,200 students, has two campuses in Katy. One is an elementary school for grades K-4. The other is an “upper campus” for grades 5-12. It has a school for grades K-6 in Cypress. Here is the Aristoi open house schedule, all set […]

Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Accepting Citizens Police Academy Applications

By George Slaughter RICHMOND–The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for its Citizens Police Academy. The academy is a program for citizens seeking to learn about law enforcement as well as those considering a career in the field. The program gives an overview of the criminal justice system and the sheriff’s office through classroom presentations and practical, hands-on experience. The program consists of two-hour sessions held on 12 consecutive Thursdays. Hours are from […]

Katy-Area Football Bi-District Playoff Roundup: Paetow, Tompkins, Katy and Cinco Ranch Advance

Paetow defensive back Kentrell Webb (16) celebrates an interception return for a touchdown against Galveston Ball with Panther teammates C.J. Johnson (7) and Michael Jordan (12). (Terry Carter/UD photo)

By George Slaughter Four of five Katy-area teams this weekend advanced to the area round of the Texas high school football playoffs. Katy, the District 19-6A champion, will next play Stratford Friday night at Tully Stadium. Tompkins, the district runner-up, will play Jersey Village Friday night at Pridgeon Stadium. Cinco Ranch will play Memorial Saturday afternoon at Tully Stadium. Seven Lakes, the remaining playoff qualifier from District 19-6A, lost against Ridge Point. Paetow, the District […]

Jordan High School Tennis Team Receives USTA Good Sportsmanship Award

The Jordan High School tennis team received the U.S. Tennis Association Good Sportsmanship Award. (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter The Jordan High School Tennis Team has received the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Team Sportsmanship Award at the recent University Interscholastic League (UIL) State Tournament. This new award gathers input from 12 officials and one referee to determine who should receive the award in each classification based on the semi-final match they officiated. Jordan High School was selected as the recipient in the 5A semi-finals. The team recently made its first-ever […]