Shortly after midnight, College Station police responded to the area of Cherry Street and College Main for a robbery. Three women say they were approached by a man who displayed an electronic device that they believed to be a Tazer. The suspect demanded their wallets, but they ran and did not give him any property. The victims described the suspect as white or Hispanic with an unshaven face and a mustache. He was wearing a gray t-shirt and baggie jeans.
Around the same time at the intersection of Graham Road and Victoria Road, a College Station police officer conducted a traffic stop. According to the report, the officer saw a backpack in the passenger seat floorboard and asked the driver and received consent to search the vehicle and all contents. During the search, the officer found several ID’s and credit cards belonging to an individual other than the two in the vehicle. After further investigation, it was found that the driver, 19-year-old Ronald Swede of College Station, had burglarized a vehicle and stolen a purse and he was arrested. The passenger was not arrested, but the case is still under investigation.
Bryan police officers responded to a collision at highway 30 and FM 158 shortly after 1:00 yesterday afternoon. According to the report, a Chevy car traveling westbound on FM 158 failed to yield right of way turning left onto Harvey Road and struck a city garbage truck traveling eastbound on Boonville Road. The garbage truck veered off the roadway, striking a light pole on the northeast corner of the intersection, which knocked out the signal light. Both drivers were transported to local hospitals and are considered to have non-life threatening injuries.
Last week there was a background hearing on a new piece of legislation addressing issues surrounding the mandates of renewable fuel. Congressman Bill Flores of Bryan is one of four representatives to introduce the legislation that he says limits the Renewable Fuel Standard mandate to levels that our nation’s small engines can safely handle. Flores says gasoline consisting of more than ten percent ethanol can be detrimental to small engines including cars, boats and even lawn mowers. Flores says the issue started in 2005 when congress started to mandate ethanol production and had it blended into the gasoline supply. He says the gasoline supply has flattened out, but the ethanol amounts keep increasing. Flores says experts have looked at the environmental impact of corn ethanol and found it to be worse for the environment than regular gasoline. He says the use of corn for ethanol has also spiked food prices. He says the proposed bill will fix the issue and come up with a market based solution.