Local News Headlines–9/13/2013

A divided College Station city council vote last night supported changes sought by local homebuilders but was opposed by the planning and zoning commission. The council voted to reduce the distance between streets in new developments.  Another request by homebuilders, which would have allowed cul-de-sacs to be counted as streets, was tabled.  Interim Fire Chief Eric Hurt says they already are having problems navigating emergency vehicles on cul-de-sacs jammed with parked vehicles.  Last night’s four-to-two council vote reversed a decision made two years ago.

Three years ago, a Bryan man was arrested for leaving his then one-year old daughter at home.  Wednesday night, police got a call from neighbors of the now four-year old that the mother had left her alone.  Officer Kelley McKethan says the mother told investigators she had to work for three extra hours and had no one to take care of her child.  McKethan says among dangerous things found in the home were three large snakes.   Two pythons and a boa constrictor were found locked in cages.  Investigators also found a cigarette lighter and a knife on a kitchen counter and an unlocked door into the garage containing lighter fluid and tools.28 year old Jennifer Keith was arrested for child endangerment.  The girl was placed into the custody of family members.

One Bryan man is dead and a second is in jail, accused of being involved in a failed carjacking in Houston.  Houston police say two armed men held up the victim at a D-V-D rental kiosk.  When the suspects got into the victim’s car and turned around, the victim pulled out a handgun and started firing.  26-year-old Melvin Auston, Junior died in the driver’s seat of the car.  32-year-old Elijah Mims ran away and was picked up by a third suspect who remains at large.  Mims was dropped off in the emergency room of College StationMedicalCenter, where doctors contacted local police.  After Mims was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound, he was taken to the Brazos County Jail on an arrest warrant from HarrisCounty.  The carjacking victim, who has a concealed handgun license, was not hurt.  Houston police say they have seven witnesses who confirmed the series of events.

And, a member of the A&M system board of regents has bought the 12th Man license plate.  Houston attorney Tony Buzbee paid $115,000 for the maroon tag with the A&M bevel logo.  Buzbee outbid a fellow Aggie, Frosty Gillum, Junior of Odessa, whose last bid was $112,000.  Buzbee will receive the ten year tag at halftime of tomorrow’s A&M-Alabama game. The winner has first right of renewal, they could hand it down to family members or they could sell it.  Proceeds from the plate are split between A&M and the state’s general revenue fund.