The College Station city council has taken the next step towards eventually starting construction on extending Deacon west of Wellborn with a new railroad crossing. City engineer Donald Harmon reported the city will spend $171,000 on a pre-design report. Harmon says the county will hire a consultant and the city will share the cost. He also says the city is taking into account future school construction in the area. It will take another two years before the Deacon extension is completed. The project also includes closing the railroad crossing at Cain Road.
A Bryan man accused of two armed robberies two weeks ago was arrested following a standoff of more than three hours. The Bryan police department’s emergency response and crisis negotiation teams were sent to a home on Denise Street, south of the city cemetery, Saturday during the midnight hour. That home and two others were evacuated during talks that led to the surrender of 23-year-old Peter Olsen. Olsen is accused of armed robberies at the Auto Partners Insurance office and Pepe’s restaurant, then firing a gun at witnesses near the restaurant. Olsen is in the Brazos County jail on bonds totaling $575,000. That includes a hold from the west Texas town of Lamesa where is he wanted on a harassment charge while at the Dawson County jail.
A former office manager of a Bryan medical practice has started serving time in the Brazos County jail. 48-year-old Brenda Hobson of Willis was given two weeks to get her affairs in order, over the objections of the district attorney’s office. According to online jail records, Willis was booked last Thursday to start six months of what’s called shock probation. The judge will decide after that if Willis will do any more time for stealing a quarter million dollars over a three year period from Brazos Valley Periodontics. According to the d-a’s office, Hobson has repaid $150,000 and is scheduled to finish the restitution in April.
The TxDOT office in Bryan has one project starting today and a traffic advisory for a second starting tonight. Today is the first day of rebuilding Highway 21 west of Bryan, from the railroad underpass to Highway 47. The project is expected to be completed in May. Nighttime repaving on the freeway northbound between the Emerald Parkway and Southwest Parkway exits starts tonight. Lane closures between 6:30 pm and 6:30 am will continue through Friday morning.