Local News Headlines–3/7/2014

There’s been an arrest from last Saturday’s stabbing of a Bryan man. 47-year-old Inez Busby is accused of first degree murder in the death of 54-year-old Raymond Lockett.  Officer Kelley McKethan says Busby and Lockett had known each other for several years.  McKethan says some of Busby’s statements were inconsistent with the evidence investigators found. According to the arrest report, Lockett had at least four stab wounds, including one that penetrated his heart. Detectives found three knives with blood on them. Busby, who said she had moved to Bryan from Somerville after her fiancée died of a heart attack and her house burned down, was taken to the Brazos County jail. No bond has been set.

The Bryan school board is considering paying a national not-for-profit company more than $100,000 to change the district’s teacher salary schedule.  Deputy Superintendent Tim Rocka says it would be a merit pay system. Rocka says they’re responding to requests from principals who want to slow down teacher turnover.  Superintendent Tommy Wallis says how the study is rolled out and how any changes are implemented has to be very well thought out.  The proposal from Ohio-based Battelle for Kids is called “Support around Compensation System Design and Multiple Measures Selection”.  Translated, it means adding incentive pay for teachers at academically high-risk schools.  The board of trustees will consider the contract at its meeting a week from Monday night.

And, organizers of First Friday in downtown Bryan have a big night planned tonight.  Sandy Farris of the Downtown Bryan Association says the schedule includes 14 musical performances.  This month’s free movie at SalePark is “The Phantom Toll Booth”, starting at 7:00.  There’s also a free movie tonight at College Station’s Wolf Pen Creek Ampitheater.  Space Jam is showing at 8:00.