One person is dead, another is in the hospital, and a third is in custody following a chase Wednesday night that began in Brenham and ended on Highway 105 near the Brazos River. D-P-S trooper Jimmy Morgan says another trooper spotted a car driving erratically and none of the three occupants were wearing seat belts. Then the trooper learned the car was stolen from Brazos County. Morgan says the stolen vehicle lost control trying to avoid a road block set up by the D-P-S and struck a car that had pulled over. Morgan says the driver, 18-year-old Devon Frederick-Cross of Navasota, was arrested and taken to the Washington County jail following medical treatment. The passenger who was ejected and died was identified as 29-year-old Amelia Mejia of Waco. And, the other passenger who was ejected, 18-year-old Justin Garcia of Bryan, remains hospitalized in Brenham. Morgan says two people in the parked car were treated for injuries not believed to be life threatening.
A Bryan man with ties to Navasota and Houston has been added to the D-P-S ten most wanted fugitives list. There’s a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the capture of 19-year-old Roy Arevalo, Junior. D-P-S says the gang member is wanted for engaging in organized criminal activity.
The president and three vice presidents of the Houston Y-M-C-A are in the twin cities today at the invitation of a local steering committee that is interested in a branch location. A preview was given at last night’s College Station city council meeting. Leading the more than 30 member group is Councilman Karl Mooney. Among the questions was if the Y was expecting the city to pay what Mooney estimated was an $18 to 25-million facility. Mooney suggested the city might contribute by donating land for a Y facility. Mooney told the council the Y’s next step is deciding whether to spend $25,000 on a feasibility study. When asked if the city would be asked to help pay operational costs, Mooney suggested the Y could take over some city programs. The Y executives will meet with 20 local officials representing both cities, Texas A&M, Blinn College, the convention and visitor’s bureau, and local business owners. Mooney says private donations are covering the costs of today’s visit.
And, this Sunday, Still Creek Ranch will honor its co-founder and longtime co-director, Margaret O’Quinn. O’Quinn and her husband, Danny, founded Still Creek Ranch in 1988. They ran the home for abused, neglected and abandoned children for 24 years. O’Quinn passed away after being hospitalized for bacterial meningitis earlier this month. This Sunday, a memorial service is being held at the Brazos County Expo Center to honor O’Quinn’s life of service and generosity. The service is schedule for 2 pm.