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Game Warden Field Notes

     Dude, Where’s My Car?
A Bexar County game warden was patrolling Calaveras Creek by boat because the banks are closed to the public when they saw a person trespassing then hide in the mesquite brush.
   The warden called for backup and two additional wardens and a K-9 officer arrived to assist. After an exhaustive search, they were still trying to locate the subject. 
   One of the wardens continued navigating their vessel father north into the creek when they spotted someone walking on the other side.
   The subject was stopped and told he was trespassing. He said he didn’t have any fish or fishing gear and was walking back to the roadway where his van was parked. 
    The subject said his friend brought him to the property but had already left and was waiting at the van.
   The warden exited the vessel and walked along the subject’s path where they found an ice chest with six tilapia, one black bass and a cast net.

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24
Jun

Police make 2 arrests after stopping vehicle for defective brake light

   Two people were arrested on drug charges and several other complaints after Bay City police stopped the vehicle they were in for a defective brake light late Friday morning, June 11.
   Officer Tommy Hallman made a traffic stop on the vehicle in the 2000 block of Avenue F for a defective brake light, reports show.  
   When Hallman talked with the driver, identified as Krystal Baizabal, 35, Houston, he reported that she appeared nervous.
   A BCPD check revealed she had outstanding Wharton County warrants.  
   After the warrants were confirmed, the woman was arrested and taken to the jail by another officer.  
   While still at the stop, Hallman was notified by dispatch they received information that Baizabal’s child was being neglected.  
   Since the child was on location, Hallman talked with the child.  

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Jun

Moreno rejoins BCPD with swearing in June 17

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Bay City Police Officer Luis Moreno watches his wife, April Moreno, as she pins on his badge during a swearing in ceremony June 17

   A Bay City police officer who left the department to pursue opportunities has returned to where he started - Bay City Police Department.
   Officer Luis Moreno was sworn in by Police Chief Robert Lister in a ceremony at Municipal Court Thursday, June 17.
      Members of the new officer’s family plus several members of the police department were present. 
   Moreno has three children and two stepchildren with his wife, April Moreno. 
   He graduated from the police academy in 2010 and started his career with BCPD. 
   He left his position to pursue other professions. 
   After six years away, he decided it was time to come back to Bay City. 
   After the swearing in, the family was given a photo opportunity with the new officer.

Thu
17
Jun

"BCISD pool plans to be revealed at Aug. 14 board meeting" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City ISD Athletic Director Warren Trahan will provide an update on the feasibility of a district-use-only pool at the Aug. 14 school board meeting.
   BCISD Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott was originally asked to research the cost of a district swim facility at the May 17 board meeting.
   “We hadn’t really gotten any direction for the project, so we’re relying on swim coach Bob Button on what he needs,” said Trahan in a phone interview June 7.
   “We’re only looking at his needs to run the swim program and research it from there – not what he ‘wants.’”
   Trahan explained that those needs would include the number of lanes for competitive swim, depths, diving requirements, and other necessities.

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17
Jun

"Matagorda VFD answers emergencies" by: Mike Reddell

   EDITOR’S NOTE: The Bay City Sentinel will report on Matagorda VFD responses weekly to bring awareness to Matagorda Beach emergencies.
   Matagorda Volunteer Fire Department had three near-drowning calls during the week leading up to last weekend, Fire Chief Clay Bishop reported Monday, June 14.
   “We did not have to run any this weekend,” the chief said, adding “Our last near-drowning call was on Friday (June 12).
   “We also attended to a jellyfish sting while on the beach for that call, and were then notified of a two-vehicle accident that units responded to.”
   The department’s calls last week included:
  •     At 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, MVFD responded to a medical emergency on the beach.
  •     At 4:15 p.m.  Wednesday, June 9, 
MVFD responded to a medical emergency on Matagorda Beach.
Thu
17
Jun

Sargent Jubilee train departure

Sentinel photo/ Mike Reddell
A train for little ones was among the attraction at the Sargent Area Lions Club Jubilee at the Mike Leebron Playground Saturday, June 13.

Thu
17
Jun

"Fox explains COVID-19 local numbers" by: Mike Reddell

   Matagorda County COVID-19 numbers remain low and Aaron Fox who is leaving his post at MRMC this week had some observations on what to expect.
   “At the time of this writing (Monday, June 14), the slight uptick in new cases for Matagorda County are of little concern to us in context of the past six weeks. 
   “For perspective, 6 weeks ago we were averaging 10.3 new infections per day during the 7-day period ending May 10, and those averages moved down to 4.7, then 3.0, then 1.7, and then back up to 1.9 for the 7-day period ending June 14.
   In other statistics from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the county had 23 new confirmed cases in the last 14 days for an average of 0.6 new cases per 1,000 residents.
   The county also has a total 3,512 confirmed cases, 725 probable cases and 114 deaths.

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17
Jun

"Council looks at Hamman Rd drainage, Place 3 replacement, high water bills" by: Mike Reddell

   City Council learned how heavy rain runoffs flood homes south of Hamman Road, discussed filling the late Brent Marceaux’s council seat, and heard from residents angry about their city water bills at its meeting June 8.
   Jones/Carter Engineer Matt Breazeale used maps to explain why the residential areas south of Hamman Road often end up flooding.
   The rainwater flow moves west to east through the neighborhoods south of Hamman Road, Breazeale said.
   Breazeale used different maps including a 1940s aerial that showed a drainage area that continues to present problems.
   Breazeale said the drainage solution is addressed in three phases and the present Phase 1 work that council authorized at $200,000. 
   Phase 1 works includes removing existing dual-18-inch storm sewer and replacing it with a 36-inch reinforced concrete pipe and a larger drainage inlet that can move more water. 

Thu
17
Jun

"New Business Spotlight: Bay City Farm & Ranch Supply" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
The Bay City Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of the Bay City Farm & Ranch Supply store with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, June 12. The store is located at 920 Avenue F North in Bay City.

   Bay City Farm & Ranch Supply celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 12.
   However, the store has been open since February – Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
   The store’s phone number is 979-244-4909 and it is at 920 Avenue F North in Bay City.
   Lee and Tessa Blaylock opened their doors just in time to get hit by Winter Storm Uri.
   “It was really unexpected, but it also made us the only feed store open during the storm, too,” said Tessa Blaylock.
   “It also leads to most of our customers coming in by word of mouth or recommendations from their friends and so on.”
   Blaylock explained that the storm also impacted their deliveries for lumber, plants, and leather goods.
   “Not only did we have to deal with COVID, but we had vendors coming up short from the freeze, too,” she added.

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17
Jun

"County takes more steps on Breakwater project" by: Mike Reddell

   More steps were taken on the Sargent Breakwater and Beach Nourishment project by Commissioners Court at its regular meeting Monday, June 14.
   The court approved the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers request for right of entry (ROE) to the Breakwater and Beach Nourishment Project.
   Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard said that allows the Corps to enter storage areas.
   “It’s one of the steps we have to take,” Pollard said.
   The Corps is a partner in the project.
   The other Breakwater-related item was a task order from the project contractor Atkins North America.
   That task order called for an addendum of $259,656, including geotechnical investigation. 
   County Judge Nate McDonald said Atkins is “trying to get specifics” on equipment use in the Sargent coastal waters that are in the Breakwater project.

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