Local News Headlines–6/21/2013

College Station Police continue to investigate what started a fight that led to a very large disturbance in the parking lot of an apartment complex this week. Police Assistant Patricia Logan says officers used pepper spray on two of four people who were arrested. That’s after two officers believed their safety was threatened by the large crowd.  Logan says 50 people were involved in the fight and the total crowd was estimated at two hundred.  The arrests were made over a 90 minute period in the parking lot of Campus Village Apartments.  Logan says a total of 15 police vehicles from C-S-P-D and University Police responded along with a crew from the fire department.  The only injuries were to those who were hit by the pepper spray.

A 51-year-old motorcyclist from Somerville and his 44-year-old woman passenger, from Bryan, are hospitalized after rear-ending a car on Highway 30 east of Harvey Road.  Bryan Police Officer Lori Berndt says neither person on the motorcycle was wearing a helmet.  The passenger is in critical condition.  The driver of the car was checked out at the scene and they did not have major injuries.

And, the next step has been taken in the proposed merger of Scott and White and Baylor Health Care.  The boards of both organizations have signed a definitive agreement to come together in principle.  Officials expect the merger to close before the end of this year.  Subject to regulatory approvals and final board action, the combined organization would have total assets approaching $8-billion with 34,000 employees and more than 6,000 physicians at more than 500 patient care sites and 43 hospitals, along with the Scott and White Health Plan.