Local News Headlines–7/12/2013

A single vehicle accident on the freeway in south College Station killed one person late Wednesday night.  The police department’s traffic unit is still investigating the rollover of an S-U-V along the southbound frontage road south of Fitch. Police Assistant Patricia Logan says the driver of an S-U-V tried to avoid hitting a rabbit.  Logan says a passenger, 16-year-old Sydney Jeter of College Station, was killed.  The driver, 17-year-old Blake Allen, received non-life threatening injuries.  And, the intersection of William D. Fitch Parkway and Barron Road in College Station was closed for more than six hours yesterday following a two vehicle crash that killed one and injured two others.  Bart Humphreys of the College Station Fire Department says the collision was so violent the pickup caught on fire. Passersby pulled out the driver and passenger who were inside an S-U-V.  They were treated for non-life threatening injuries and released at College Station Medical Center. The driver of the pickup carrying which was carrying pesticides, 24-year-old Daniel Dodds of Bryan, was killed. Witnesses told police Dodds was going east on Barron when it ran a red light and struck the northbound S-U-V.

A BrazosCounty district court jury took about 90 minutes to convict a Bryan man of participating in a murder nearly two years ago.  20-year-old Travis Carroll is the third to be found guilty in the October 2011 death of Billy Menard, Junior.  The punishment phase began yesterday afternoon shortly after the guilty verdict and testimony is expected to continue today.

And, the College Station city council has approved a joint 30-year agreement with Texas A&M and the Convention and Visitors Bureau, giving $14-million in hotel tax money to help fund the redevelopment of Kyle Field.  In return, the c-v-b gets access to popular campus facilities…including Reed Arena and new meeting space at Kyle…at reduced rates. The A&M System’s chief counsel, Ray Bonilla, says the agreement continues the momentum the flagship university has been enjoying. Another $22-million from a recently approved increase in the countywide hotel tax will also go to the $450-million expansion.