Local News Headlines–7/5/2013

A Bryan man is behind bars, charged with the kidnapping of a College Station man.  College Station Police say 28-year old Zachary Drake was captured Wednesday evening after a chase through town ended with him abandoning a stolen vehicle on Linda Lane and running on foot.  Earlier Wednesday afternoon, a College Station man was kidnapped and set free. The victim says a man asked for a ride to the hospital, then placed something against his neck and demanded that they drive until reaching Navasota, at which point the victim, who was not harmed, was made to exit the vehicle. The man drove off in the victim’s vehicle.  Drake’s bond is set at $31,000, with charges for felony evading, unauthorized use of motor vehicle, and kidnapping.

Bryan police are still searching for a man who robbed a Bryan doughnut shop Wednesday morning.  Officer Kelley McKethan says he brandished a gun, but no one was injured.  McKethan says a white man wearing all black entered the Donald Donuts on East 29th street at around 8:15, produced a gun, stole an undisclosed amount of money, and escaped on foot.  McKethan says police continue to investigate all the leads they have.

And, a consultant is being hired to update the development of commercial land along the east side of the freeway in Bryan from Briarcrest to the south city limits.  Deputy City Manager Joey Dunn says this involves the tax increment financing, or TIF district created six years ago to provide necessary infrastructure for businesses that have included retail and lodging.   There are three developers involved, one who owns the new Chick’s convenience store and Valu-Place motel, a new owner of the Target shopping center, and the owner of vacant land from south of the center.