Local News Headlines–7/15/2013

Bowen Loftin is stepping down as the president at TexasA&MUniversity in January.  A&M System Chancellor John Sharp plans on asking the Board of Regents to give Loftin a generous separation agreement and help him establish a research institute.  Sharp says a search committee will be formed at the start of the fall semester.  Loftin, who became interim president in June 2009, will return to the classroom as a tenured professor in the college of engineering and wants to establish an institute addressing behavior in terrorist organizations and the spread of diseases among human and animal populations.

Twelve current Aggies will be chosen as a permanent part of A&M traditions by serving as models for a new statue, but noon tomorrow is the deadline to apply.  Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Tom Reber says the statue will be placed at the renovated Kyle Field.  Reber says they’re selecting the twelve current students to represent the student body sawing off varsity’s horns.   Reber says a committee of students, faculty and staff will go through the applications and make a recommendation to President Bowin Loftin tomorrow.

A one vehicle accident Sunday morning in Anderson killed a man.  Dispatchers say at about 8:15, 51-year-old Robert Shurley of Onalaska was driving north in a van on highway 90 when he left the roadway and struck a tree. Shurley was wearing a seatbelt. The accident took place in the Anderson city limits and is still under investigation.

And, College Station police say they have evidence that two men from Navasota held up two convenience stores. The pair were arrested following a holdup Wednesday night. Police Assistant Patricia Logan says they received assistance from other agencies.  Logan says one suspect was a lookout as a second man entered the Shell store on Welsh near Southwest Parkway.  One of the men was caught 30 minutes later near the store while the second was found with the assistance of Navasota police and D-P-S troopers.  22-year-old Karvin Steptoe and 20-year-old Kesnick Jones, are accused of Wednesday’s robbery at the Shell store on Welsh near Southwest Parkway and last Monday night’s holdup of the Checkers store at Welsh and Holleman.