Category: Local News

Austin County March 5, 2024 Election Results

In the March 5, 2024, Texas Primary Election, Austin County voters participated actively in selecting candidates for various positions. Notable Republican winners include Donald J. Trump for President with an overwhelming 93.53% and Ted Cruz for U.S. Senator with 84.49%. On the Democratic side, Roland Gutierrez emerged as the top choice for U.S. Senator, while Linda Nuno led the race for U.S. Representative District 10.

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Bellville Turnverein Pavilion Receives Excellence in Historic Architecture Award from Texas Historical Commission

The Bellville Turnverein Pavilion has been awarded the Excellence in Historic Architecture Award by the Texas Historical Commission. Built in 1897, this 12-sided dance and social hall underwent a sensitive restoration, preserving its historic character while introducing modern technology like hidden air conditioning units. The award recognizes the pavilion’s exemplary contribution to preserving Texas’ architectural heritage.

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High-Speed Chase Ends in Arrest of Stolen Vehicle Suspect in Bellville, TX

A high-speed chase in Bellville, TX, ended in the arrest of Rami Idrissou of Katy, who was driving a stolen vehicle. Austin County Sheriff’s deputies, along with Bellville Police, pursued Idrissou through the town and onto Hwy 159 E, where he ultimately wrecked the vehicle in Hempstead, TX, and was taken into custody. Assisted by several law enforcement agencies, Idrissou was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Evading Arrest, and Theft of a Motor Vehicle.

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Drug Bust in Hempstead: Austin County SRT Seizes Narcotics and Arrests Suspect

In a targeted operation, the Austin County Regional Special Response Team (SRT) executed a search warrant in Hempstead, Texas, leading to the arrest of Ozell Gillum (47) and the seizure of crack cocaine, powder cocaine, and a firearm. The operation, part of an ongoing narcotics investigation by the Westside Narcotics Task Force (HIDTA), involved multiple law enforcement agencies collaborating to address drug-related concerns in the area. Gillum has been charged with Manufacture and/or Delivery of a Controlled Substance PG 1 and is currently in custody at the Waller County Jail.

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