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From the University of Texas Media Relations
AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin Police Department, along with agents from the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force, are investigating anonymous hoax phone calls being made to parents and grandparents of students, claiming their children have been kidnapped, injured, or need medical attention.
According to Capt. Julie Gillespie, in the past month and a half, parents and grandparents of four UT Austin students have received calls from a person with an accent who demanded a small amount of money be transferred into a foreign bank account.
“It’s a scam,” said Gillespie. “No students have been kidnapped or hurt.”
Investigators are trying to determine how these individuals are getting relatives’ telephone numbers and have the following advice for family members receiving such a call:
• Remain calm and try to locate your family member. Remember, the vast majority of these calls are hoaxes. Whether done as a prank or an attempt to extort money, these individuals are trying to exploit your fears. If you have caller ID, write down the number.
• Do not tell the caller where you live or agree to any money transfer. Never provide information about you or your family (including the name of the individual allegedly kidnapped, injured, etc.).
A possible 50,000 people packed downtown Weatherford for the annual Parker County Peach Festival, and an estimated 2,000 riders took part in the morning's Peach Pedal bike ride on Saturday.
Click here for a photo gallery from the two events. More coverage will appear in the July 20 issue of The Community News.
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Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler is asking the public for any information leading to the arrest of suspect(s) involved in the torture of Hope, a pug-mix breed, 3 to 4-year-old female dog, found with her mouth taped shut and tongue protruding.
A concerned citizen notified the Sheriff’s Office of Hope, wandering in circles, over-heated and bleeding from five severe, intentional cuts through her muscles.
Hope is currently improving under Sheriff Fowler’s direction and the veterinarian care of Dr. Kevin Buchanan, DVM and his staff at the Bowie Drive Animal Hospital.
Hope is receiving specialized care and treatment and has made a tremendous improvement. Staff members reported Hope is wagging her tail and eating well.
Vet Tech Rhonda Sears said, “She is truly inspirational and she amazes us each day.”
Hundreds of callers from all over the United States have contacted the Sheriff’s Office and animal hospital pledging donations.
Sheriff Fowler said Tuesday the deliberate acts against Hope were horrendous and malicious.
“This story has touched the lives and hearts of so many people across the globe,” Fowler said. “We encourage the public to call the Parker County Crime Stoppers Hotline with any information about Hope. No matter how minor or insignificant the information may seem – we are seeking her owners, the suspects or Hope’s background and history.”
The University Interscholastic League has released the final results of the past school year’s Lone Star Cup competition, in which Aledo High School placed eighth in the 4A division.
The Lone Star Cup is awarded based on a point system awarded according to a school’s accomplishments in State and Area Marching Band, Team Tennis, Cross Country, Volleyball, Football, Swimming and Diving, Wrestling, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Soccer, Golf, Track & Field, Academics, One Act Play, Softball and Baseball.
In the 4A standings Austin Lake Travis finished first with 112 points, followed by Dallas Highland Park (106), Friendswood (80), Montgomery (79), Waco Midway (78), Cedar Park (76), San Antonio Alamo Heights (74), Aledo (68), Northwest Nelson (64), and Canyon Randall (56) to complete the top ten.
From the Parker County Sheriff's Dept.
Parker County Sheriff’s investigators are seeking information about the suspect(s) responsible for torturing a dog.
A concerned citizen called the Sheriff’s Office Monday, July 9, 2012, around 8:30 a.m., to report an injured dog wandering in the 6900 block of Baker Road.
Sheriff’s Animal Control Officers arrived on scene to find a pug-mix breed female dog, about 3-4 years old, severely injured and frightened.
Sheriff’s ACO Supervisor Karen Kessler said the dog, now named Hope, had a severely swollen tongue after someone had used electrical tape to forcefully shut her mouth after pulling her tongue out.
The caller attempted to free Hope from the tape but the frightened animal ran from her.
Kessler said animal control officers, and about 10 concerned citizens searched for Hope on horseback, four-wheelers and on foot for several hours. Hope was found circling a stock tank, apparently seeking water but again ran from her rescuers. Hope was finally discovered around 5:30 p.m., near a creek bed where the call originated.
Hope was taken to Bowie Drive Animal Hospital, where Dr. Kevin Buchanan and staff immediately treated her.
Veterinarian staff said it took about 100 internal and external stitches to close five cuts which Hope suffered, which were one to five inches in length and through her muscle tissue.
Hope’s temperature was 105.7, more than the average 101-102 degrees for an adult female dog. She was overheated, bleeding from apparent intentional injuries, dehydrated and unable to eat, drink or pant.
Funeral services for former Parker County Deputy Sheriff Sammy Slatten will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11 at the First Baptist Church in Granbury, with burial following at Georges Creek Cemetery in Somervill County.
Slatten, who had recently left the Parker County Sheriff's Crimes Against Children division after 20 years on the force, died in a car wreck in Brock on Saturday, July 7.
For more on this story, look for the July 13 issue of The Community News.
A meeting of the Board of Trustees of Weatherford College will be held on Thursday, July 12, beginning at 2 p.m. in the Strain Room of the Doss Student Center, located at 225 College Park Drive, Weatherford, TX, to consider and act on the following agenda:
1. Call to Order and Invocation
2. Open Forum for Individuals Not on the Agenda
3. Construction Report
4. Consideration and Possible Action: Academic Building Change Order
5. President's Report:
6. Approval of Minutes from June 14, 2012
7. Consideration and Possible Action: #SB-02-13 Science Equipment and Supplies
8. Consideration and Possible Action: Board of Trustees Election Date Change
9. Consideration and Possible Action: Policy DEC (Local) Compensation and Benefits, Leaves and Absences
10. Consideration and Possible Action: TASB Policy Update 27
11. Consideration and Possible Action: Facility Management Contract Addition
12. Consideration and Possible Action: Authorization for the Establishment of Bank Clearing Account for New WCWC
a. Financial Reports Ending May 31, 2012
b. Quarterly Investment Report
c. Proposed 2012-2013 Budget Report
d. WCWC Update
14. Future Agenda Items or Meetings:
a. Proposal to Adopt the 2012 Ad Valorem Tax Rate
b. Proposed 2012-13 Budget
c. Policy DH (Exhibit)Update
d. Strategic Plan Update
e. Future Board Meeting Dates and Times
f. Enrollment Update- Fall and Summer II
16. Closed Session:
From the Parker County Sheriff's Department
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an underage drinking party occurring July 5, 2012, in the 1700 block of FM 1187.
Shortly after midnight, an anonymous call was made to dispatchers, reporting underage drinkers attending a large party.
When Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene, they observed a large group of young adults holding beer cans and plastic cups. Numerous teens and the adult male occupant of the residence saw the deputies and fled on foot through the house, out the front door and over a fence.
Deputies detained 26 underage individuals who had been consuming alcohol and issued each one a minor in consumption of alcohol citation. Deputies then contacted each of their parents to take custody of them.
The property owner was contacted, who advised the unidentified renter was in violation of the rental agreement when he fled the scene and abandoned the residence. The case had been turned over to the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division and is ongoing.
According to the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce, an estimated 6,500 people flooded to Gene Voyles Park in Hudson Oaks on July 4 to enjoy the first ever "Boomin' Fourth" celebration.
Music was provided by River Trip Band, the Katy Keenie Band and the Chris Osborne Band before fireworks began at dark.
For more information, see the July 13 issue of The Community News.
Frac Tech Services International on Nu Energy Road in Aledo has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for a permit that would allow for the release of "hazardous air pollutants" into the air.
Frac Tech performs hydraulic fracturing on gas wells.
TCEQ has deemed the application administratively complete and will conduct a technical review of the application.
Persons who may be affected by the permit may submit public comments, request a public meeting, or request a contested case hearing to the Office of the Chief Clerk.
Public comments and requests must be submitted either electronically at www.tceq.texas.gov/about/comments.html, or in writing to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Office of the Chief Clerk, MC-105, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas, 78711-3087.
If you communicate with the TCEQ electronically, please be aware that your email address, like your physical mailing address, will become part of the agency’s public record.
The TCEQ will consider all public comments in developing a final decision on the application. The deadline to submit public comments is 30 days from July 6, 2012.
For more on this story look for the July 13 issue of The Community News.