News Headlines–6/5/2013

A College Station man is jailed on bonds totaling $420,000 after he was arrested for strangling and then kidnapping his girlfriend.  College Station Police Lieutenant Lesley Hicks says 31-year-old Jacob Braswell is accused of assaulting then taking his girlfriend against her will following a dispute that began in their apartment last weekend.  The victim was apparently cornered in a parking lot in the 1300 block of University by Braswell where the attack and kidnapping occurred.  Hicks says the victim was driven to a home in BurlesonCounty, and then she was able to leave on her own hours later.  The victim’s friend contacted police, and the victim was checked out for her injuries at a local hospital.  Braswell was picked up Monday afternoon by a Precinct Two Deputy Constable outside a home in the Steep Hollow community east of Bryan. The deputy’s arrest report indicates he had to threaten Braswell twice with a taser before he would get in the patrol car.  BrazosCounty jail records indicate 14 prior arrests dating back 13 years, eight of them drug related.  Court records show Braswell is awaiting trial on a charge of possessing methamphetamine.

The employees at the Blue Bell Ice Cream headquarters in Brenham are grieving over the loss of one executive and injuries sustained by a second. Company officials say the two were changing a flat tire on Interstate 10 near Baytown Monday when both were stuck by a passing vehicle.  Killed was Blue Bell’s advertising and public relations director, Bill Weiss.  Hospitalized is Steve James, Blue Bell’s vice president of institutional sales.  Public relations and marketing specialist Jenny Van Dorf says Weiss and James were headed to a regional meeting when they had the flat tire.

And, Texas A&M is hosting a national biotechnology conference.  Key players are exploring ways to take the methods used to improve cotton, corn, and soybeans and apply them to everything from apples to zucchini.  Doctor Bill McCutchen is a research scientist who cites the use of a gene from the spinach plant to develop a tree that is resistant to a disease which is threatening the citrus industry.  McCutchen says the biotechnology discussed at the conference will bring about a second green revolution.