Local News Headlines–6/20/2013

Bryan Police have arrested a Houston man for the armed robbery of the Prosperity Bank branch at North Texas and Highway 21.  Officer Kelley McKethan says the suspect vehicle was seen about two miles south of the bank at Texas and 33rd.  24-year-old Kydrick Benton was found a short time later, along with all the money.  No one was injured during the holdup or when Benton was apprehended. It’s the second time in as many months witness information from a bank robbery in Bryan has led to an arrest in a short period of time.

The Burleson County Sheriff’s office is investigating a kidnapping where the victim got away then the suspect killed himself.  Sheriff Dale Stroud says they received a call from the father of a 20-year-old woman who was concerned for her safety being with a soon to be ex-boyfriend.  Authorities found the man’s pickup in BrazosCounty on F-M 50 Monday evening. That led to a chase along Highway 21 back into BurlesonCounty.  The pursuit ended on a county road after the suspect had driven through parts of four counties before stopping at an oil pad.  The woman escaped, and the 36-year-old man from Caldwell then shot himself with a rifle. No names have been released.

And, employees in the College Station school district will be getting their largest pay raise in four years.  The school board this week approved a four percent increase. Superintendent Eddie Coulson says the district’s personnel advisory committee recommended more money go to wages instead of benefits.  Two of the last three years, pay was increased by less than two percent.  And, the other year the district’s contribution to employee benefits was increased by $38 a month. Doctor Coulson also says next year’s C-S-I-S-D budget is projected to have a deficit of nearly $4-million.  It would be covered by the district’s fund balance, or savings account, which contains more than $31-million.