A BurlesonCounty deputy executing a search warrant yesterday was shot and killed. Sheriff Dale Stroud says one person is in custody in the death of Sergeant Adam Sowders (sew-doors), the only officer of the eight deputies who was struck by the gunfire from a double-wide mobile home between Caldwell and Somerville. The sheriff did not disclose the nature of the search warrant or any details about the shooting, including the identity of the suspect. While Texas Rangers assist in the investigation, Stroud says sister agencies are assisting with daily operations. Deputies from Brazos, Milam, Washington, and Waller counties are helping the Burleson County Sheriff’s office with their daily operations. Sowders was killed the day after his seventh anniversary with the department. He was recently promoted to sergeant and an investigator. The 31-year-old from Somerville also served the city as a policeman and for 13 years as a volunteer firefighter. He served one year as BurlesonCounty’s Emergency Management Coordinator before joining the sheriff’s department. He is survived by two brothers and his mother.
The College Station school board has approved two options for next year’s calendar. One calls for fall semester finals to be taken after Christmas. Superintendent Eddie Coulson says it’s a legitimate option. [W:\News\CSISD121713calendar-3.wav] Board member Jeff Harris asked Deputy Superintendent Clark Ealy about the academic impact of waiting until after the holidays. Ealy says test scored could be improved if the students spend those two weeks studying. Online voting at the C-S-I-S-D website will continue through early February. The option where finals are delayed also means the school year would not finish until the first week of June.
And, the H-1-N-1 virus has been detected in one of four people hospitalized with flu-like symptoms in MontgomeryCounty. Health officials continue to recommend getting flu shots, which covers H-1-N-1, along with practicing common methods to prevent the spread of infection. According to the Montgomery County health district website, two others who are hospitalized tested negative for H-1-N-1, while they’re waiting for results on a fourth patient. Four others have died from a still undetermined cause. The health district reported none of those who died received this year’s flu vaccine. Earlier this week, it was reported that in MontgomeryCounty there were more than 1,900 cases of influenza like illnesses.