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Aggravated Robbery Caught on Camera in Katy

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
May 30, 2018
Source: CrimeStoppers of Houston
Posted by Ashley Lancaster 

A $5000 reward is being offered for information on two males involved in aggravated robbery at a convenience store near Sundown on Fry and Saums Rd.

During the morning of Monday, May 7, 2018, two suspects robbed the victim in the 2200 block of Fry Road in Harris County, Texas. During this incident, the suspects entered the convenience store. One of the suspects, a white male with his face partially covered with a light red cloth, wielded a gun at the store employee and demanded money and cigarettes. The other suspect, a black male, placed the stolen money and items into a bag. The suspects exited the store with the money and fled the scene.

 

Suspect #1: White male, wearing a light red cloth partially over his face, a black jacket, and tan pants. This suspect was armed with a handgun. (Pictured above)

Suspect #2: Black male, wearing a black beanie, and a white sweater.

 

Video surveillance cameras captured images of the suspects during the robbery.

 

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect(s) in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477), submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org or through the Crime Stoppers mobile app. All tipsters remain anonymous.

Reference: HCSO #18-72019

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Social Media Movement Strives to Reunite Katy

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

May 30, 2018  

By Jennifer Skelton  

 

Katy Unites celebrates Katy ISD by using social media avenues to tell positive, encouraging stories.

(Teachers at Kilpatrick show support for Katy Unites)

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College Fair Coming to Katy

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 29, 2018 

Students who are interested in researching what colleges in the area have to offer can attend a college fair at Cinco Ranch Library.

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Katy Remembers: Peggy Brown Buffa

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

May 29, 2018  

Jennifer Skelton & Ashley Lancaster  

Opening photo by Christy Murphy Photography   

Friends and family of Peggy Brown Buffa share memories and messages of love in the wake of her passing on May 24, 2018. Read on for tributes and service information.

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Katy ISD Valedictorians and Salutatorians of 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
May 24, 2018

Katy ISD is proud to announce the top two students from each high school who are ranked highest academically in their respective graduating classes.

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Katy College Adds More Nursing Programs

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 22, 2018

In order to address growth in the healthcare industry in Katy, University of Houston Katy campus plans to provide more nursing programs in the near future.

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Harris County Seeks $1 Billion for Harvey Victims in Katy

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 23, 2018

Katy residents in Harris County whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Harvey, there will be an open house to determine allocation of funds for everything from individual home repair to community infrastructure improvements.

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New Leadership at Westlake Preparatory Lutheran Academy

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
May 23, 2018

The Lutheran Education Association of Houston (LEAH Schools) is proud to announce Mr. Tim Wainright as the next Head of School at Westlake Preparatory Lutheran Academy beginning July 1, 2018.  He replaces Mrs. Judy Gerber who will be retiring at the end of June.

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Hit-and-Run Driver Caught on Camera in Katy

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 23, 2018

By Jennifer Skelton

On Tuesday during rush hour evening traffic, a Katy driver hit another car and drove off.

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Katy ISD Superintendent Responds to Santa Fe Shooting

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 20, 2018

Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt addresses the school shooting in Santa Fe and what the district does on an ongoing basis to protect our schools.

Dear Katy ISD Parents, Staff and Community,

Today, all of us at Katy ISD are saddened at the senseless loss of lives after the tragic events at Santa Fe High School. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Santa Fe community.

 

As a parent and Katy ISD superintendent, I want to reiterate to our Katy ISD community that we stand in solidarity with the community of Santa Fe ISD.  We also take this opportunity to reiterate to our parents and community that Katy ISD has a robust emergency protocol. Regularly, the Katy ISD Police Department, along with officials from every campus address emergency situations and conduct the appropriate emergency preparedness drills. While classes and activities will proceed regularly, there will be an increased presence of Katy ISD police officers at our schools.

What occurred in Santa Fe is a reminder to parents and teachers of the crucial importance of maintaining an open line of communication with students. We know that the number one deterrent to any threat is an open dialogue between parents, students and staff as they have first-hand knowledge when it comes to keeping our schools safe.

Also, we understand that the students may want to talk. Please know that personnel at our campuses will be available to speak to students who may need to be supported in the wake of the recent events.  Additional information concerning our district-wide safety and security resources can be found here.

Thank you for support,

Lance Hindt, Ed.D.

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New Custom Homebuilder Coming to Katy’s Cane Island

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 19, 2018

Partners in Building has joined the Katy master-planned community of Cane Island where the custom homebuilder will offer one-of-a-kind luxury homes on 100-foot homesites.

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Katy ISD Student Wins National Writing Award

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
May 17, 2018

Kaitlyn Sheroke, a senior at Katy Independent School District Seven Lakes High School (SLHS), has been awarded the prestigious Gold Medal Scholastic Writing Award for her short story titled Sirenia.

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New CEO Announced for Academy Sports + Outdoors, HQ in Katy

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 17, 2018

The sporting and outdoor recreation stores, headquartered in Katy, Texas, announced their new CEO yesterday.

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Katy Woman Embezzled from Youth Hockey League

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 16, 2018

By Jennifer Skelton

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Katy woman who allegedly stole more than $200,000 from a youth hockey league.

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Angry Motorcyclist Smashes Car Mirror on Katy Freeway

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
May 16, 2018
Ashley Lancaster  

On Tuesday afternoon, a man on a motorcycle allegedly struck the driver’s side mirror of a green sedan on Katy Freeway before speeding off.

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Katy Heritage Museum Re-Dedicated in Honor of Late Katy Mayor

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 15, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

On Monday, Mayor Brawner and the City of Katy passed a resolution for Katy’s Heritage Museum to be named after former Katy mayor and city administrator, Johnny Nelson.

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Katy Man Jumps in Lake to Avoid Arrest

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
May 15, 2018 
Ashley Lancaster

According to Constable Ted Heap’s office, a man was charged with evading arrest after jumping in a lake to avoid a warrant.

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Katy ISD: Katy and Tompkins Athletics Advance to State Championships

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

May 14, 2018  

By Jennifer Skelton  

Katy High softball and Tompkins baseball both won their matchups over the weekend and advance in their bids for a state title.

 

As the #1 ranked team in the Texas as well as #8 in the nation, the Katy High School softball team is headed towards another state playoff game for the second time in 4 years. After winning the match up with Ridge Point on Friday in the 6A regional quarter-finals double header,  the Tigers (36-1) will face Kingwood (33-9) in the semi-finals this week.

Game one against Kingwood will be on Thursday, May 17 at 6:00 pm at Katy. Game two is at Kingwood on Friday, May 18 at 6:00 pm. If a third game is needed to break a tie, it will be held immediately following game two on Friday.

No. 7 state-ranked Tompkins (25-8) baseball team, had some ups and downs over the weekend but came out on top over Westside. This is the first time the falcons have advanced to the regional quarterfinals. They will face Cy Ranch (26-6-2), whom they fell to last year.

  

The games will be played on Saturday, March 19 at Tompkins.

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Report Animal Abuse with New Task Force, Reporting Hotline in Harris County

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

May 13, 2018  

By Jennifer Skelton  

 

In an effort to improve the process of reporting abuse and save innocent animals from cruelty, Crime Stoppers of Houston and Community Partners collaborated and created a city-wide animal cruelty task-force and reporting hotline in Harris County.

 

“With over 50 law enforcement agencies in Harris County, citizens often do not know where this type of abuse can be reported.” says Harris County Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap. “The council’s goal was to make it easy for citizens to report animal cruelty and neglect to the correct agency, thereby helping animals in need as quickly as possible. This also would free up resources that were incorrectly getting the calls.”

 

This taskforce offers two ways citizens can make an animal cruelty report –

  • By calling the reporting hotline 832-927-PAWS. This new hotline will speed up response times and minimize duplication of efforts across the county. The Harris County Animal Shelter call center has committed staff resources to field calls to this number.

  • By submitting an online intake form online at www.927PAWS.org. The taskforce secured a partnership with drumBEAT Marketing and their website, www.Best4Pets.org. drumBEAT Marketing donated the time and service necessary to create this one-stop website where citizens can report animal cruelty through an online intake form and acquire information on all issues pertaining to animal welfare.

The following things can be reported to the taskforce:

  • Neglect

  • Abuse

  • Hoarding

  • Torture

  • Dog Fighting

Through education, awareness and continued collaboration, the Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce is dedicated to not only protecting the animals, but also making our city a safer environment for all.

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Katy, Texas: Mystery Roses & Champagne Left on Country Road Baffles Residents

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 12, 2018

Ashley Lancaster

 

Do you know the answer? From a powerful love spell to a touching tribute, Katyites are guessing the meaning of the roses, wine, and beautiful gifts mysteriously left on a country road north of Katy.

 

 

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Katy Couple Wins Dream Wedding at Walt Disney World

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
May 12, 2018

Katy’s Alexis Preston and Jay Patel win dream Disney wedding After Hurricane Harvey devastates home and car.

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Car Flips in Katy, Texas with Four Teens Inside

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 12, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

At around 4:30 p.m., a gray sedan flipped onto its side on Katy Mills Blvd. & Katy Fort Bend Rd.   

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Katy ISD’s Dr. Hindt Resigns After Months of Relentless Cyber Attacks

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

May 11, 2018  

By Jennifer Skelton and Katrina Katsarelis

Superintendent announces retirement and board votes yes to pursuing litigation at last night’s meeting.

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Mother’s Day Fun in Katy, Texas

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 10, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

Say “Thank You” to mom by taking her to one of these events in Katy on Mother’s Day Weekend.

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Katy, Texas Homeless Encampment Cleared Out Near IH-10 amd Mason Road

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

May 9, 2018  

By Ashley Lancaster  

This week, Harris County law enforcement conducted a “clean out” of the bridge near Rudy’s BBQ near Mason Road and IH-10. Local organizations are currently seeking alternatives to displacement and jail for Katy’s homeless.

 (Opening photo is of an underpass in the Houston metro area)

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EXCLUSIVE: Katy’s Frank Bielec Returns to Trading Spaces on TLC

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 8, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster 

 

Frank Bielec, the wise-cracking, fan favorite cast member who starred in all eight seasons of the original series (200 – 2008), is returning to TLC’s Trading Spaces for the reboot – and with a completely different goal.

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Katy, Texas: Freebies & Discounts for Katy ISD Teachers and Nurses

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
May 7, 2018

Ashley Lancaster

This week, local businesses are showing their love and appreciation for the teachers and nurses that sacrifice so much time to caring for others with free and discounted products and services. Check out where to get them in Katy.

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David Temple of Katy, Texas Awaits Re-Trial on Murder Charges

The murder of Belinda Temple is a crime that has been looming over Katy for more than 19 years. May 3, David Temple was back in court to ask the judge for a speedy trial.

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 

May 6, 2018

Jennifer Skelton

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BREAKING: Katy ISD School Board Election Results

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
May 5, 2018  

Katy Magazine Editors

Katy ISD has announced the results for the 2018 school board election for position 6 and 7.

 

Congratulations to Dawn Champagne and Susan Gesoff for being elected to represent Katy ISD on the Board of Trustees.

 

About Susan Gesoff (Position 6)

Susan won the position with 3,324 votes versus 2,182 for Scott Martin.

Susan Gesoff is married to husband Glen and they have lived in Katy for 13 years. The couple has three daughters Katie 24, Carly 21, and Kelly 18, who all graduated from Seven Lakes High. Susan is a former Katy ISD teacher (2006-2012) who has also volunteered in her children’s schools and with the theatre and choir booster clubs at Beckendorff Junior High and Seven Lakes High. She also volunteers with the National Charity League. She currently works as an Engineer at BP.

About Dawn Champagne (Position 7)

Dawn Champagne won the position with 3,025 votes versus 2,629 for Don Massey.

Dawn, her husband, Brett, and three children have lived in Katy for 17 years, currently residing in Kelliwood. Their three children attend and/or graduated from Taylor High School. Dawn has volunteered in Katy ISD  for over a decade at the school and district level. She also volunteers at her church, St. Peter’s UMC, and other organizations. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Houston with a Consumer Science Degree and also holds a Masters of Business Administration from University of Houston.

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BREAKING: City of Katy Council Election Results

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS    
May 5, 2018  

By Katy Magazine Editors 

 

City of Katy council has announced the results for the 2018 council elections for Ward A, Ward B and At-Large positions.

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Katy ISD’s Bryant Elementary Creates Kindness Challenges for Students

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 5, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

Third through fifth grade members of the Kindness Crew are on a mission to spread joy and friendship to every student at Bryant Elementary through easy, fun, and uplifting weekly challenges.

Once a month, students from third, fourth, and fifth grade meet with the school counselor at Bryant Elementary to talk about what is happening in the lives of Bengals, including setbacks and successes.

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Katy ISD Announces New Director of Compliance for Special Education

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 4, 2018

Ashley Lancaster

With over 8,000 special education students currently enrolled at Katy Independent School District, a familiar face will now be the new Director of Compliance for Special Education.

Gwen Coffey’s new role was formally announced to the public by the Katy ISD Board of Trustees during the monthly board meeting.

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Katy Magazine Announces 2018 Top 100 Women of the Year

Here is the list of prominent, influential, inspirational, strong, and charitable women who are leading the way in Katy. (Consider yourselves all #1 because these are in ALPHABETICAL ORDER.)

 

KATY MAGAZINE  l  MAY 2018

By Katy Magazine Editors

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Wild West Brewfest Coming to Katy, TX on May 4 & 5

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

May 3, 2018  

By Jennifer Skelton  

Rain or shine the Katy Wild West Brewfest has become a yearly tradition in Katy. This event will feature 150+ Specialty Craft Brewers from various locations all around the country while featuring over 600 individualized craft brews!

BeerYeit.com has awarded the WWBF the “#1 event in the Country” two years in a row for both 2016 and 2017. What makes this event special and unique is that 100% of the profits are donated to local charities.

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SOLD: Land at Pin Oak & IH-10 In Katy Being Developed for Commercial Use

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 3, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

The parcel of land left vacant for so long at the northeast corner of Pin Oak Road and IH-10 will become The Villages at Katy.

 

Eighty-four acres of land just north of IH-10 will soon become the mixed-use development, The Villages at Katy.

 

It’s proximity to the energy corridor, multiple master planned communities like Cane Island, and countless area amenities make it the ideal spot for new businesses looking to expand in West Houston. The master plan includes retail, residential, hotel, office and civic space.

More Businesses Coming to Katy

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Katy ISD Celebrates 2017/18 Employees of the Year

During a memorable gathering at the Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy Independent School District Superintendent Lance Hindt, along with Board of Trustees, honored the “Of the Year” employees.

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 2, 2018

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Katy ISD Participates in National Prescription Drug Take Back

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 

April 27, 2018 

 

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Katy ISD Groundbreaking for High School No. 9 and Junior High No. 16 in Cross Creek Ranch

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

April 29, 2018  

by Jennifer Skelton  

 

The groundbreaking ceremony for High School #9 and Junior High #16, located in Cross Creek Ranch, will take place on Monday, April 30 at 11:00 a.m.

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John Paul’s Landing Park Now Open in Katy, Texas

KATY MAGAZINE ONLINE  

April 30, 2018

by Jennifer Skelton

 

John Paul’s Landing Park, named for Pope John Paul II, is now open in the northwest quadrant of Katy ISD on West Road between Grand Parkway and Katy Hockley Road.

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