Local News Headlines–5/8/2013

14 members of the U.S. House and Senate paid a visit yesterday to a delegation in Washington from the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce.  Chamber President Royce Hickman says they focused on reforming health care, taxes, and immigration.  Hickman says the updates and question and answer sessions included House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and also resulted in getting a commitment from Senator Ted Cruz to make an appearance at a local Chamber function in the future.  It’s the second year Congressman Bill Flores arranged meeting space in the Capitol for the group sessions. Today, the chamber members will split into groups to catch the remaining 31 members of the Texas delegation they didn’t see yesterday.

College Station Police officers were involved in a standoff yesterday afternoon with a juvenile threatening to harm himself and his father with a knife outside their home on Strasburg Circle, off Barron Road in the Southern Plantation subdivision. The young man eventually set the knife down before being arrested for aggravated assault and transported to the juvenile detention center.  And, a College Station police officer on a call with lights and siren activated was hit yesterday at the Wal-Mart entrance off Texas Avenue south of Harvey Mitchell Parkway.  Witnesses say the other driver, had their line of sight blocked by a semi and trailer attempting to make a left turn onto Texas. The driver was waved ahead but in doing so struck the passenger side of the patrol car. The officer was not hurt and the other driver refused medical treatment for minor injuries.

If you live in south College Station and came home last night having to reset electrical devices, it’s due to a power outage.  College Station Utilities reports equipment at the Spring Creek substation detected a problem.  That resulted in 5,400 customers losing electricity according to the city’s new power outage map. C-S-U employees spent the next hour out in the field redirecting power to the affected area.  What caused the original problem remains under investigation.

And, with the upcoming graduations and Memorial Day weekend around the corner, law enforcement is again reminding motorists about distracted driving.  D-P-S Trooper Jimmy Morgan says that includes not getting enough sleep before hitting the road. Morgan says statewide, the number of crashes from distracted driving rose by eight percent last year to more than 90,000.  That resulted in 453 deaths, nine percent more from the year before.