Local News Headlines–6/13/2013

An interim fire chief has been named in College Station.  Assistant Chief of fire prevention and life safety Eric Hurt starts Monday.   Retiring Fire Chief R.B. Alley’s last day set for the end of the month.  Hurt, who is also the city’s fire marshal, has been with the department since joining as a 19-year-old firefighter in 1981.  Interim City Manager Kathy Merrill says the search has started for the next chief, and that internal candidates will be considered.

Two investigators with the College Station Police Department are being honored by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.  Assistant Chief Brandy Norris says Travis Lacox and Andrew Murph are getting law enforcement valor awards for their actions during the Fidelity Street shooting last August.   With knowledge that Constable Brian Bachmann had been shot, Lacox and Murph fired at the suspect with no cover between them and the suspect.  That ended the gunfire and saved the lives of other officers and citizens.

And, the Federal Emergency Management Agency says the April fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 and leveled a good chunk of West did not warrant a disaster declaration.  West Mayor Tommy Muska had asked for $57-million to help rebuild water and sewer lines, streets, and an entire school. He says the city has lost 65-percent of its water and sewer revenue and 35-percent of its tax base in the explosion.  He says the city cannot afford to borrow money to rebuild and pay it back.