For the second time in as many weeks, there was a lockdown at Davila Middle School in Bryan. School district spokesman Brandon Webb says yesterday at noon, 9-1-1 dispatchers received a call reporting someone with a gun outside the building. Students and employees were held inside their rooms while police surveyed the area. That meant a 40 minute interruption for 10 to 20 students who had not finished their STAAR tests. The students finished the tests when the lockdown was lifted. Webb says the call “did not seem fully credible” according to police investigators, but the event was “taken seriously nonetheless” by school employees. Last Thursday, a similar call was made after school with nearly everyone gone for the day. That call turned out to be without merit.
Sidewalks and streets are two topics on tonight’s College Station city council agenda. To accept $257,000 in federal grant money to build new sidewalks in low to moderate income neighborhoods, the council has to deal with 169 pages of paperwork. Locations are along Dominik from Texas to Stallings, on Westridge and San Pedro, and the area of Park Place and Texas. The council is also being asked to award a $116,000 contract to improve school zone warning lights by A&M Consolidated High School. The reduced speeds will not change. But the project calls for building overhead flashing beacons on F-M 2818, which has reduced speeds before and after school. Signage will also change on Welsh and Nueces, which has reduced speeds all day. And, final approval is expected to spend $225,000 from the hotel occupancy tax as College Station’s contribution to the $1.5-million Aggies Go To War exhibit. The multimedia display will debut this December in Bastogne, Belgium during the dedication of a new museum on the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, which featured former A&M President General Earl Rudder. The exhibition, featuring the lives of five soldiers who attended A&M, will be moved here no later than December of 2016.
And, one of two women convicted of stealing $178,000 from a local payday lender more than six years ago is headed to prison. 40-year-old Flora Sustaita, who was known at the time as Flora Acarto, admitted to violating probation and was ordered to serve eight years. Brazos County Assistant District Attorney Philip McLemore says after Sustaita was released from jail on probation, she paid only a few hundred dollars restitution and disappeared until she was found last August in Harris County. McLemore says Sustaita’s punishment also includes recent convictions in Harris County for embezzling from another employer as well as engaging in a housing scam. Sustaita remains responsible for paying restitution, which McLemore says her co-defendant has been doing.