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Juneteenth celebrations will be going on across the country tomorrow, as well as in Huntsville.
Councilmember Dee Howard passed along to councilmembers and those attending this week’s council session . . . .
President Biden signed a bill yesterday making Juneteenth a federal holiday.
The Grand Opening Ceremonies for Huntsville’s new 40,000 square foot two-story police facility was held at their new location at Rosenwall Road and FM 2821 Thursday.
Police Chief Kevin Lunsford shared the gratefulness he and his fellow officers fe;t for the community providing them with a roomier state-of-the-art facility . . . .
He also thanked the police officers’ families, the construction and design professionals and the rest of those who helped make the new police facility a reality.
And, among several others, Huntsville’s Mayor Andy Brauninger stepped up to the mic to address those in attendance . . . .
On Thursday, Dr. Anthony Fauci announced a new plan to combat future issues with COVID 19 and other harmful viruses . . . .
Walker County has been given a grant for a large some of money.
Precinct #4 Commissioner Bill Daugette says that county officials are presently analyzing what are the best and proper uses of the funds they’ve received from the American Rescue Plan grant . . . .
The City of Huntsville has issued a press release which says:
After a thorough review of the original 2016 Proposition 2 bond election documents for City Hall and Service Center projects, it was determined that City Hall should remain at its current location. The ordinance calling for the election stated that certain services would be relocated from the Service Center to City Hall but was mute on the location of the City Hall facility. A further review of the information provided to the public to educate them about the bond propositions showed that the City’s plans and intent was to improve the facility at its current location. Because of these factors, the staff recommended that City Hall be reconstructed at its existing location to be in harmony with the 2016 Proposition 2 bond election and Council voted to approve this recommendation.
Huntsville Man Added to Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders List
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Brett James Martinson to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list. Martinson, 47, is wanted for failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements, aggregate theft and a parole violation. Texas Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and capture of Martinson. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.
Martinson, who is affiliated with the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, has been wanted since August 2020, when he violated his parole and absconded from his last known address in Huntsville. In 2004, Martinson was convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child following incidents with a 4-year-old boy. In addition to Huntsville, Martinson also has ties to the Houston area and to southwestern Louisiana, including Vermillion Parish.
Martinson is 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs about 210 pounds and has tattoos on his chest, back, right hand, left shoulder, both arms and the back of his neck. He’s been known to change the appearance of his facial hair, including growing a long beard. For more information or updates in the event of his arrest, view his wanted bulletin.
Texas Crime Stoppers, which is funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, offers cash rewards to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of Texas’ 10 Most Wanted Fugitives or Sex Offenders. So far this year, DPS and other agencies have arrested six people off the Texas 10 Most Wanted lists, including three gang members and two sex offenders. In addition, $15,000 in rewards have been paid for tips that have yielded arrests.
To be eligible for cash rewards, tipsters MUST provide information to authorities using one of the following three methods:
· Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
· Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about and then clicking on the link under their picture.
· Submit a Facebook tip by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).
All tips are anonymous — regardless of how they are submitted — and tipsters will be provided a tip number instead of using a name.
DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and Sex Offender lists. You can find the current lists — with photos — on the DPS website.
Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.
The Department of State Health Services will be providing COVID 19 vaccines in Walker County as follows:
June 17,2021 2 PM to 6 PM
1219 13th Street
for the second round of Moderna
June 19, 2021 9 AM to 4 PM
Faith Lutheran Church and School
111 Sumac Road
for the first round of Moderna
In news on the legislative front, in Washington the House voted 415 to 14 Wednesday to make Juneteenth, that is June 19th, a federal holiday.
In Texas, Governor Abbott has made known some of his plans for Texas to construct its own border wall beginning with the hiring of a program manager and allotting $250 million in state funds as a sort of “down payment.” The governor says he is expecting people to donate money and volunteer their property for the wall.
Also, on Wednesday ,Governor Abbott signed the permitless carry bill into law. Beginning September 1st, Texans may carry handguns without a license or training.
The Huntsville ISD Board of Trustees will hold their regular meeting at six this evening at the Hawkins Administration Building. The meeting will also be Live-Streamed by way of the Huntsville ISD webpage.
They will have staff recognitions.
Tonight’s “Consent Agenda” includes Board approval of the Achieve 3000 program, the purchase of a truck for the HISD Band program and a revision to the Huntsville High School class courses.
Tonight, the Board will consider for approval an order authorizing the issuance of Huntsville ISD Unlimited Tax School Building Bonds, Series 2021, setting certain parameters for the Bonds and containing certain other procedures and related provisions.
The Board will also consider approving a resolution of the Board of Trustees of Huntsville Independent School District expressing intent to finance expenditures to be incurred.
Marcus Forney and Leigh Ann Kovalcik will have a presentation on The Huntsvile ISD Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) & ESSER grants application review. Public comment will be allowed for the ESSA & ESSER Grants application only.
During this week’s regular session of the Huntsville City Council, an update regarding delinquent water bills was made.
Councilmember Russel Humphrey announced . . . .