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Fort Bend County, At Large
By Cheryl Skinner

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the writer. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Name can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number.


Creep caught

Last week we carried a story on the attempted abduction of a 14-year-old girl near Hodges Bend Middle School.

Well, according to law enforcement, the creep was caught. The teen had provided a good description of the perpetrator, the vehicle he was driving and even had the wherewithal to remember a partial license plate number.

In other words, the victim almost solved the crime. Good for her.

The man accused of attempted kidnapping is a 43 year old Mission Bend resident. The Fort Bend County Sheriffís Office identified him as Craig Alan Stillwagon.

It is nice to know this creep is behind bars. Letís hope he stays there for quite a while.

A day late and a dollar short?

The city of Arcola took back their vote in favor of the Fort Bend Central Appraisal Districtís plan to build a $6.4 million dollar facility that would allow the CAD more room when a gazillion folks show up to protest the high evaluation amounts they came up with.

Fresno resident, Rodrigo Carreon, seemed to think it was a good thing that Arcola decided to take back the yes vote and get on the no bandwagon.

The only problem is that the CAD already said they were back to square one because the request to build had been rejected by too many of the taxing entities.

It appears the council may have been a day late and a dollar short on this one.

Oh well, their heart was in the right place.

The DAís race

It appears Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey is going to have some stiff competition when the 2010 election rolls around.

The first one to announce her intention to seek the office was Nina Schaefer, who announced last week she will run for DA.

There are rumors on several other possible contenders but they havenít yet stepped up to the plate.

It should be an interesting election year. I canít wait to hear all the excuses put forth by Healey on just why he did this or failed to do that. Iím sure he will have to defend a number of actions he was responsible for over the past four years.

I expect he will blame a lot of the adverse publicity on his former right hand man, Assistant District Attorney Mike Elliott. Remember that is the fellow that Healey fired by taping his dismissal letter to a coffee table under glass.

Go figure. Anyhow, since there are rumors that Elliott will be one of the contenders for the spot, the finger pointing will most likely look like two old cowboys at OK Coral.

Iíve got my research hat out and Iím dusting it off.

When the political types hand out promises or excuses while campaigning, it is always fun to go back to another time and another place and recapture the statements and actions that occurred in a non-election year.

Itís going to be interesting.


Contact skinnerc1@tconline.net, if you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column. Write a SIGNED letter to the editor with valid day time phone number--name can be withheld by request.

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