Local News Headlines–7/19/2016

A proposed high speed passenger rail between Houston and Dallas will not involve a federal agency. The Surface Transportation Board rejected a request from Texas Central Railway because the 240 mile line does not cross state lines. The decision was considered a win by opponents, including Congressman Kevin Brady, whose district includes three counties where the railroad would be located. According to T-C-R, the project continues to move forward with development activities while studying how to respond to the S-T-B ruling.

Bryan fire investigators returned yesterday to the scene of a house fire Sunday on the city’s east side. The fire destroyed 90 percent of the house along with the carport and two cars. Deputy Fire Marshal William Bouse says the 61-year-old woman living at 4603 Castle Avenue heard a noise in the living room and ran out of the house after discovering black smoke in the living room and kitchen. No injuries were reported.

Three people have been arrested on Burleson County charges of armed robbery and aggravated kidnapping. The trio is accused of robbing a man at knifepoint in Lyons on July 2nd and then forcing the victim to drive them into Lee County where he was left along the side of the road. One of the three, 39-year-old Roy Ates of Somerville is in the Brazos County jail. The others, 30-year-old Chase Smith of Somerville and 20-year-old Allie Rosenbaum of Brenham, are in the Burleson County jail.

Bryan police arrested two people over the weekend that between them face a combined 24 charges in municipal court. According to online jail records, both were released without posting bond. The city’s online municipal court docket shows both are scheduled to appear this Friday. 23-year-old Paul Navarro faces 13 municipal court charges dating back to 2007, and 55-year-old Sandra Goodin of College Station faces 11 charges from 2011, 2012, and 2013.

4,000 people were out at Wolf Pen Creek Park in College Station last Friday night playing Pokemon Go. Partner station Candy 95 was a co-sponsor. Morning announcer Frito said one of the greatest benefits of the event was that so many were in one place and police reported no trouble and no arrests.