Smoking outside the Fairfield Inn Saturday afternoon resulted in a fire that led to an evacuation of the fully occupied Bryan motel. All 60 rooms were evacuated. It’s believed the wind blew a lit cigarette butt against the building, igniting siding and spread the fire from the ground level to the attic above the third floor. Gerald Burnett of the Bryan Fire Marshal’s office says maintenance workers and guests used fire extinguishers in an attempt to put out the fire. Crews from Bryan and College Station were able to control the fire before it spread into any rooms.
A toddler was hit by an S-U-V in a College Station parking lot Saturday morning. Police have released no names. The two-year-old girl was taken to a Houston hospital where she was last listed in stable condition. The accident was in front of the Kroger store near the intersection of Longmire and Rock Prairie. Witnesses told officers the youngster got away from an unidentified adult guardian and was struck by the S-U-V. It’s the fourth traffic accident in College Station during an eight day period where someone was hospitalized with serious injuries.
And, seven people were arrested by Bryan Police in a gang-related case involving the sale of drugs and possession of stolen electronics. Property seized from two bedrooms and the kitchen from the home near Jordan Loop Park on Bittle Lane, off Groesbeck south of downtown included more than one-and-a-half pounds of the synthetic marijuana K-2. Officer Kelley McKethan says Child and Protective Services was also notified after it was discovered several children lived at the home were within reach of the drugs. The occupants of the home, 24-year-old Jarieth Menchaca and 23-year-old Carmen Medina, were arrested for intent to deliver K2 inside a drug free zone and possession of stolen property. 24-year-old Ricky Garcia, Jr., 25-year-old David Towell, 27-year-old Justin Ybarra, and 28-year-old Marcelino Herrera were arrested for possession with intent to deliver K2 inside a drug free zone. And, 22-year-old Juan Garcia was arrested for a Bryan municipal court warrant charging him with public intoxication. Police also recovered $1,600 in various denominations and four surveillance cameras installed around the exterior of the house. The police search and arrests were the result of complaints made by members of the city council among others.