Local News Headlines–7/16/2013

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was in a BrazosCounty courtroom yesterday morning.  CountyAttorney Rod Anderson says Manziel entered a plea agreement where he admitted to a misdemeanor criminal charge of failing to identify himself to police following a fight in June of last year in the Northgate district.  Two charges were dropped, accusing Manziel of disorderly conduct-fighting and presenting a fake drivers license.  Manziel was sentenced to two days in jail, which has already been served according to Judge Dana Zachary. Manziel was also fined $2,000 and assessed court costs of $232.

A Bryan man has been arrested for kidnapping, family violence, and the aggravated robbery of a vehicle.  Officer Kelley McKethan says the girlfriend of 19-year-old Brandon Mendez, a woman who he was previously convicted of assaulting, asked police for help.  Mendez is accused of physically assaulting his girlfriend as well as threatening her with a knife, making her drive him through the city, and taking her car at knife point.  McKethan says the girlfriend was injured but refused medical treatment.  Mendez is out of jail after posting a $200,000 bond.

And, there will be a delay in building a nearly $2-million expansion of the RudderHigh School fieldhouse. But it means another chance for local companies to be involved.  The Bryan school board last night unanimously voted to start over again to select who will manage the design and construction.  College Station contractor Mark Dudley was among those challenging a process where five B-CS firms submitted a proposal but none of them were among the three finalists.  The Bryan school board was to consider awarding management to an out of town firm.  But, board president Doug Wunneberger called for an executive session.  After meeting secretly behind closed doors for 55 minutes with the district’s lawyer, the board unanimously voted with no discussion to reject the recommendations of a four member committee. The new selection process will not pre-screen applicants to a short list of finalists as was done the first time.  According to Superintendent Tommy Wallis state law does not allow the board to automatically award the project to a local company.