This Week's Headlines

Walgreens robbed; thieves caught

Ditch contractor abandons Beamer

City, county launch heat program

Local pool schedules

Sagemont Church celebrates Fourth of July 4

Dead man found in Beamer ditch

HPD resumes in-person PIP meetings

Alligator found in South Belt

HPD arrest suspect in April ’21 shooting

City begins Bay Area rehab work

Hit, run kills male pedestrian June 19

Symphony hosts free concerts

City OKs incentive pay for firefighters

Firefighters respond to Sageriver

South Belt-Ellington Chamber of Commerce awards June students of the month

Sam Houston announces President’s Honor Roll list

DAR good citizen awards presented to PISD seniors

Nominations now accepted for CCISD Citizen of the Year Award

Stafford has JFD football on pace this summer

Wolverines make state 7-on-7 appearance

Local hoopsters play TABC event

Azore has pro basketball intentions

Mallard Smith of LSA is AGH

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BAFL youth league

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Jaden Newsome to return to lead Iowa State volleyball for 2022

Dickson runs at USATF U20s

Brook graduate, hoopster Lyons to Highland C.C.

Wolverines complete memorable run to state 7-on-7 event

Dobie’s Rodriguez leaves impression with JFD tennis

USWNT softball competes at Canada Cup, Pleasants homers

Ole Miss sweeps Oklahoma


Walgreens robbed; thieves caught

Five black males were arrested at their apartments located on Scott Street after holding up the Walgreens drug store on Blackhawk and Beltway 8 Thursday, June 23.

The group had apparently also held up the Walgreens store on Fuqua before hitting the one on Blackhawk.

They were driving a gold/yellow vehicle which they had confiscated earlier. Police took part in a vehicle chase which ended at 4200 Barberry near Scott Street.

One suspect was found in an abandoned apartment unit, and three others were found in another apartment unit.

Pct. 2 Constable Jerry Garcia’s office was also involved in the incident. The arrests were made by Houston Police officers. The robbers were reportedly occupying multiple apartments in the complex located near Scott Street.

An investigation into the group that robbed the Fuqua and Blackhawk locations has possibly linked the suspects to the Thursday, April 21 robbery of the Walgreens at Scarsdale and Beamer. In the Scarsdale robbery the suspects fled with approximately $5,000.

At press time Wednesday morning, one juvenile and four adults were still being detained as police were checking into the possibly related robberies. Check future Leaders for more information.

Ditch contractor abandons Beamer

The contractor hired to make drainage improvements to Beamer Ditch has abandoned the project, according to officials with the Harris County Flood Control District.

“We recognize that the overall progress for the Mud Gully (Beamer ditch) project has been slower than anticipated,” a statement from the Harris County Flood Control District read. “Construction of the Mud Gully Channel Conveyance improvements project is being actively monitored and followed by the Flood Control District, which includes contract notification requirements to confirm the contractor’s intentions. As of June 17, 2022, we have declared that the contractor has abandoned the project, and a performance bond claim has been issued to the surety company. We are working with the surety company to determine what the next steps will be to move the project forward, which also extends to cleaning up debris from the site. Additionally, as this project is part of the Clear Creek Federal Project i.e. a partnership project with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, it adds another layer of complexity to construction requirements and deadlines. The Flood Control district is working to get the job done as quickly as possible.”

Complete Concrete was awarded the low-bid contract to complete the work. Harris County is required by law to accept the lowest offer.

Begun in January 2021, the Mud Gully Channel Conveyance Improvements Project was originally scheduled to be complete by fall 2022, but county officials said the endeavor was only 30 percent complete at the time of the unexplained pause in construction last month.

A joint project between Harris County and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the project was funded in part by a bond package approved by voters in 2018.

A component of the Clear Creek Federal Project, the Mud Gully Channel Conveyance Improvements Project – also known as the Beamer Ditch Project – involves widening the channel and installing a concrete lining.

All storm sewer system components will also be replaced.
The project is broken down into three phases. Phase 1 runs from Sagerock to Scarsdale; Phase 2 runs from Scarsdale to Astoria; and Phase 3 runs from Astoria to Beamer near the South Belt Stormwater Detention Basin.

Complete Concrete completed the first phase of construction, which culminated with the reopening of the Scarsdale bridge. Work, however, was abandoned shortly after, before advancing to the third stage of construction.

County officials warned that progress moving forward will be slow.

“Just to be clear, this will not be a quick fix with the surety company,” said HCFCD spokesman Herman L. Sanders. “It will take time to resolve in order to get construction moving again as we would all like.”

For additional information and updates on the Mud Gully Channel Conveyance Improvements Project, visit

City, county launch heat program

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia and Reliant officially launched the 2022 Beat the Heat Program.

For the 16th consecutive year, Reliant’s Beat the Heat Program will help area residents stay cool and manage their electricity use during the hot summer months. Reliant’s $70,000 donation to the program will allow the Houston Health Department’s Area Agency on Aging to continue to offer portable air conditioners to qualifying individuals. “The hot weather every summer takes a toll on our most vulnerable Houstonians,” said Turner. “This gives them a chance to keep their homes cool and manage the potential for high electricity bills. I thank Reliant for making sure that Houstonians are equipped with the right tools to beat this summer’s heat and avoid any heat-related illnesses or complications.”

The City of Houston is encouraging older adults, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable individuals/families who do not have means to cool their homes to call the Houston Health Department’s Area Agency on Aging at 832-393-4301 and apply for the program. Due to the pandemic, the City of Houston, will open its cooling centers only in the event of heat emergencies. Proper social distancing and sanitation measures will be in place in the cooling centers. To be notified when emergency cooling centers open, register for AlertHouston notifications. one may call 311, or visit the Office of Emergency Management’s website for updates and locations.

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Local pool schedules

All area pools will be closed for cleaning on Mondays (with the exceptions of Labor Day).

Clear Brook Meadows’ pool hours will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Sageglen pool hours will be from noon through 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

The Riverstone Ranch pool will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., except on Sundays, when hours will be from noon to 8 p.m.

The swimming pool at Riverstone Ranch at Clear Creek will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Ashley Pointe’s pool hours will be from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 1 to 9 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Highland Meadows’ pool hours are 3 to 8 p.m.

City of Houston
Due to a nationwide lifeguard shortage, both the Sagemont and Beverly Hills swimming pools will be closed until further notice.

The nearest open City of Houston swimming pool will be located at Wilson Memorial Park, located at 100 Gilpin near Highway 3 and Edgebrook. The pool will only be open three days a week – Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, from 1 to 8 p.m.

The shortage is due, in part, to the pandemic and the cancellation of J-1 exchange work visas.

According to City of Houston officials, the 2022 Summer Aquatics Center modified operational plan will provide an opportunity for a minimum of one pool in each Council District based on 24 available lifeguards. To accommodate the most possible users, pool openings were prioritized based on historical attendance and geographic distribution.

As more lifeguards are processed and come on board, the city will add additional days and pools accordingly.

Because of lifeguard staffing issues, the Parks and Recreation Department is operating under a phased opening of swimming pools to equitably distribute the workforce.

All pools will be closed on Mondays for regular maintenance. Residents should note that as more lifeguards are processed and come on board, additional swim days will be added to the schedule.

For more information, visit the city’s complete 2022 pool-opening schedule at

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