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NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN UNATTENDED IN A VEHICLE

As temperatures rise this summer, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging the public to take extra safety precautions to avoid some common heat-related dangers, especially for vulnerable populations like children and the elderly.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in just 10 minutes the temperature inside a vehicle can increase by 20 degrees. Children are more vulnerable to heatstroke, because their body temperatures rise three to five times faster than adults’. Cracking or rolling down a window makes little difference in reducing the rising temperature in a vehicle.

  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, and always check the back seat or cargo areas before walking away.
  • Establish reminders to help ensure you remove children from the vehicle. This could be leaving your bag, lunch or cell phone in the back seat with the child’s car seat.
  • If you see a child alone in a vehicle, call 9-1-1 immediately and emergency personnel will provide guidance.
  • Teach the children in your life not to play in vehicles, and make sure to place keys out-of-reach when not in use.

POLICE NEWS

In Huntsville Police news:

On Tuesday, in a domestic case in the 2100 block of Pleasant Street a man touched his girlfriend in a manner she took as offensive. An assault case was investigated in the 700 block I-45 South. In the 1000 block of MLK, Jessica-Padilla Rodriguez was arrested to driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle. In the 600 block of Avenue H, Jose Padilla was arrested on a Walker County larceny warrant.

BRITNEY SPEARS COURT DECISION UPDATE

Entertainer Britney Spears has lost her case in court to have her father removed from his position as sole conservator of her estate. Fox news reports the court papers said, “The conservator’s request to suspend James P. Spears [her father] immediately upon the appointment of Bessemer Trust Company of California as sole conservator of the estate is denied.”

HOUSE AGRICULTURE SUBCOMMITTEE MEETS

Various farm owners and House members gathered for a discussion on U-S food supply chain issues at a House Agriculture subcommittee meeting Wednesday.

One area discussed was about how new farmers may get some kind of farm operation underway. Jon Shannon of Shannon Family Farms had this advice from his past experience . . . .

Mr. Shannon commented further to the subcommittee . . . .

HONORING THE 2021 SHSU STAFF EXCELLENCE WINNERS

Five Sam Houston State University employees who have demonstrated excellence in service, proven commitment, commendable performance, and a high level of motivation have been selected as recipients of the 2021 Staff Excellence Award. They are Edward Tivador, of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs; Dustin LeNorman, of SHSU Athletics; Kathleen Gilbert, of the College of Health Sciences and the SHSU Food Pantry; Elliott Cochran, of SHSU Online; and Jeanine Bias Nelson, of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.

HABITUAL OFFENDER SENTENCED TO 75 YEARS FOR FELONY DWI

Forty-five-year-old Jimmy Giddens was sentenced to 75 years confinement in prison by a Walker County jury on June 24, 2021 following a conviction for Felony Driving While Intoxicated 3rdor more enhanced with two prior prison sentences. The case was tried in the 12th Judicial District Court with Judge David Moorman presiding. Assistant District Attorneys Taylor Carter and Jennifer Jenkins tried the case with Carter serving as lead counsel.

On August 9, 2019, the defendant was observed by three women driving recklessly on Sam Houston Avenue and they followed him to Jack in the Box. He was seen drinking a beer and then threw the can at their vehicle. Officers from Sam Houston Police Department controlled the scene and Huntsville police officer Casie Wheeler conducted the DWI investigation. Ultimately, a search warrant for the defendant’s blood was obtained from a judge. The defendant passed out and vomited while in custody. The defendant’s blood alcohol content came back from the DPS Lab at .178, which is more than twice the legal limit. After a two day trial on guilt, Giddens was found guilty by the jury for Felony DWI 3rd or more.

Felony Prosecutor Taylor Carter stated, “The jury in this case learned about an individual who has victimized our community over multiple decades and in more ways than one. The officers did an outstanding job with their investigation and trial testimony, which led to getting a drunk driver off our streets.”

During the sentencing phase of the trial, the jury heard evidence of additional charges pending against Giddens where he was indicted for Indecency with a Child by exposing himself to multiple Huntsville High School softball players in 2020. The jury also heard his extensive criminal history dating back to 1995 including 6 prior felony convictions and 3 prior DWI’s. One of those prior convictions was for Burglary with Intent to Commit Sexual Assault, which made him a registered sex offender. The jury of 4 women and 8 men considered a punishment range of 25 to 99 years or life in prison due to Giddens being a habitual felon and sentenced him to 75 years.

Criminal District Attorney Will Durham said, We are grateful to the witnesses who followed this dangerous drunk driver until the police could catch him and for the young softball players who bravely testified about this man exposing himself to them. I am proud of the outstanding job Taylor Carter did as our lead prosecutor for this trial. I also commend the jury for their time and effort and for the message they sent that Walker County citizens will not tolerate this type of dangerous and predatory behavior.”

GOVERNOR ABBOTT ALLOCATES ADDITIONAL $94.6 MILLION EMERGENCY EDUCATION RELIEF FUNDING FOR TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION

Governor Greg Abbott announced the State of Texas will invest an additional $94.6 million in federal funds to support higher education. Last year, the Governor allocated $175 million to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to support Texas higher education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Abbott said, “As we move forward from the pandemic, it is critical that we continue to support higher education to ensure more Texans are trained to face dynamic and unique challenges that will set them apart from others, and make them more competitive, in their field.”

SELECT SUBCOMMITTEE LOOKS AT ORIGINS AND HANDLING OF CORONAVIRUS ISSUES

The origins of the coronavirus and how it should have been handled has been disputed among scientists, medical doctors and politicians for quite some time now.

On Tuesday, Republicans conducted an inquiry in the form of a select subcommittee to hear from medical experts. Their hope is to have the Democratic party in the House eventually join in an investigation of the origins of the virus and other issues.

One of several medical authorities testifying to the subcommittee was Dr. Brett Giroir, a former four-star admiral in the U-S Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. He passed along his views in several perspectives. He began with this first perspective . . . .

REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE CHAIR STEFANIK COMMENTS ON BORDER ISSUES

On Tuesday, House Republican leaders held a news conference to discuss various issues.

One of the issues Republicans have been talking about quite a bit is the Biden Administration’s handling of the border situation.

Chair of the House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik addressed reporters about what she and other Republicans see as the failure to secure our southern border. . . .

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