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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of Friday, November 20th, there were among members of the community verified by DSHS, 159 active cases of coronavirus with 22 fatalities. Among TDCJ offenders, there were 6 active cases reported with 37 fatalities. Among members of the community, not verified by DSHS and not in previous totals mentioned, there were 915 active cases with 8 fatalities.

The free coronavirus drive-though program is underway at 125 Medical Park Lane in Huntsville. The hours are, through the 25th, 4 to 8 PM.  November 26th through the 29th they will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holidays.

On November 30th, the final day, they will have extended hours 8 AM to 8 PM. Appointments are no longer required, and results are returned in 3 to 5 days.

COMMISSIONERS MEET

Walker County Commissioners meet for a regular session this morning in Room 104 of the courthouse.

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, seating is limited to allow for social distancing, and you are encouraged to participate via Zoom or you may view the live meeting on YouTube.  Links to both sites can be found on the Walker County homepage.

County Elections Manager Diana McRae will be there for a public hearing on continuing participation in the countywide polling place program and also to take possible action on a resolution for continuing participation in the program.

County Purchasing Agent Mike Williford will talk about taking action on No Award for a bid on personal protective equipment and COVID-19 testing. He will also discuss action on an order granting a discretionary exemption for personal protective equipment and COVID-19 testing. He will also discuss possible action on the complete removal of underground storage tanks and installation of new above ground storage tanks and fuel master system.

Commissioner Daugette will discuss possible action on submitting a grant application to the Texas Department of Agriculture seeking funding via the 2021 Rural Economic Development Downtown Revitalization Program for improvements to the sidewalks around the courthouse.

Judge Pierce will take action on a proclamation for the Tree of Angels.

CIDER ON THE PORCH AT THE WYNNE HOME WILL BE BACK IN DECEMBER

As we head into the holiday season in Huntsville, we’re beginning to find out about some of the things that will be going on.

Cultural Services Coordinator at the Wynne Home, Sarah Faulkner, recently updated us on a tradition that will be coming back—Cider on the Porch . . . .

We’ll be filling you in on more events coming up for the holidays.

Sarah Faulkner was our guest this weekend on our Around Town public affairs program.

DPS: DNA LEGISLATION CONTINUES SOLVING CRIMES

The Texas Department of Public Safety (Fri. 11/13) announced that House Bill (HB) 1399 assisted in the closure of more than 250 unsolved criminal investigations during its first year of implementation. The law authorizes the collection of DNA samples from individuals charged with 24 qualifying felonies and compares the offender samples to existing crime scene DNA profiles in the nationwide Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database. The law, also known as the Krystal Jean Baker Act, went into effect on Sept. 1, 2019.

Under HB 1399, law enforcement is not required to wait for a conviction to gather a DNA sample. Upon a person’s arrest for a qualifying felony, a cheek swab is collected and sent to the DPS lab to be entered into CODIS. The statute was passed during the 86th Texas Legislative Session and signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

he Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of Thursday, November 19th, yesterday, that their office, DSHS, hospitals and clinics report that there were among members of the community, 144 active cases of coronavirus and 22 fatalities. Among the community, not verified by DSHS and not in totals previously mentioned, there were 901 active cases and 8 fatalities. There were 5 active cases reported among offenders and 37 fatalities.

The free coronavirus drive-though program is underway at 125 Medical Park Lane in Huntsville. The hours are, through the 25th, Monday through Friday, 4 to 8 PM, and Saturday 8 AM to Noon and Sunday Noon to 4 PM. November 26th through the 29th they will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holidays.

On November 30th, the final day, they will have extended hours 8 AM to 8 PM. Appointments are no longer required, and results are returned in 3 to 5 days.

HUNTSVILLE POLICE NEWS

Looking back over the past several days, in Huntsville Police news last Sunday a known person assaulted a victim in the 200 block of FM 980. Gary Moore was arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest in the 1000 block of MLK. In the 4000 block of Sam Houston Avenue, Anthony Bryant was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

On Monday, police investigated a case of assault by offensive touch in the 500 block of Bowers Boulevard, An unknown suspect assaulted a victim by indecent assault in the 2600 block of El Toro. A known suspect sexually assaulted a victim in the 2400 block of Lake Road. A residential burglary was investigated in the 2500 block of Crosstimbers Drive. A known suspect committed assault by offensive touch in the 5000 block of Sam Houston Avenue. Casey Ladner was arrested for evading in the 2500 block of Sycamore Avenue.

On Tuesday, in the 2500 block of Avenue M one known and one unknown suspect robbed a victim. Two thefts were investigated—one in the 2200 block of Sam Houston Avenue and another in the 2500 block of Lake Road. Stephen Park was arrested for evading with previous convictions in the 100 block of Samantha Lane.

On Wednesday, in the 500 block of I-45 North Jesse Rodriguez and Andy Ramirez were arrested for unlawful use of a criminal instrument.

CLEANER-GREENER HUNTSVILLE DUMPSTERS SET FOR DECEMBER

For those of you in Huntsville who have a lot of junk that you need to get rid of, you will probably be happy to know that the Cleaner-Greener Huntsville Dumpsters are coming back soon. Councilmember Daiquiri Beebe, Mayor Andy Brauninger and City Secretary Brenda Poe talked about it at the last council session . . . .

No electronics, commercial dumping, tires, liquid waste or flammable liquids are allowed.

PRESIDENT’S LAWYER RUDY GIULIANI ADDRESSES PRESS ON VOTER FRAUD

Thursday, the president’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, addressed the media on what he believes was massive voter fraud in the recent presidential election in several states.

For example . . . .

He had affidavits from election workers complaining of voter fraud at polling places. Many election officials were told to backdate voters that came in too late. They were told not to require an I-D. They were basically instructed not to look for deficiencies in ballots.

Mr. Giuliani passed along several ways fraud was being perpetrated . . . .

And, then there’s what four people say on affidavits in Detroit . . . .

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