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POLICE CONTINUE SEARCH FOR ROBBER

Lake Jackson police continue the search for a man who robbed a convenience store at gunpoint Saturday.

The man entered a store in the 500 block of Highway 332 East about 5:40 a.m. July 9 brandishing a black handgun and demanding money, police said. A clerk and customer in the store weren’t injured, and the man fled with about $60 in cash.

He’s described as black, in his mid-30s, between 5 feet, 7 inches and 5 feet, 9 inches tall with a medium build. He ran toward a nearby apartment complex in the 400 block of Highway 332 East.

“We’ve been looking for the guy,” Lake Jackson Lt. Rick Park said. “It’s not a repeat occurrence or a pattern, but we are concerned that he produced a weapon.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 979-415-2700.

SIX MORE INDICTED IN ALLEGED ROBBERY RING

A federal grand jury indicted six more people in an alleged bank robbery ring that the U.S. Attorney’s Office said was responsible for the robbery and hostage situation in Pearland on New Year’s Day.

John Berley Scott, 30, Derrick Lashon Paley, 33, Michael Maurice Wilson Jr., 25, Roderick Marshall Beagle, 39, Michael Dushon Duncan, 19, and Kelvin Dewayne Thomas, 21, all of Houston, are charged with armed robbery and conspiracy to commit bank robbery.

Larry Smith, 34, Edward Johnson, 26, Raymond Tierra Johnson, 30, and Samuel Bonner, 39, Raymond Johnson, Bonner, Smith, Duncan and Wydell Johnson, 18, have been accused of orchestrating and carrying out the Pearland bank robbery where several hostages were taken.

The hostages were eventually released unharmed.

Wydell Johnson, Wilson and Scott are in state custody. The remaining defendants are in federal custody, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Houston.

FIRST SOLO FLIGHT

Dennell McClure, a mother of two whose quest to learn the sport of paragliding was profiled in the March 20 edition of The Facts, reached her goal.

“I just got back from Slovenia, and I took my first solo flight there,” she said. “I did it!”

Paragliding is a sport that uses a fabric wing, similar in looks to a parachute, to allow pilots to glide on wind currents or in pockets of rising thermal updrafts.

‘CHUPACABRA’ CAUGHT, IDENTIFIED AS COYOTE

An animal pictured in a Monday Facts story about chupacabra was captured Friday and a veterinarian identified it as a mangy coyote, Lake Jackson Humane Officer Kelli Wright said.

The coyote was captured in a live trap near the home of the man who reported seeing a chupacabra before announcing he always knew it was a coyote. Still, doubts remained in the minds of some who called The Facts asking for more details.

A veterinarian will determine if the coyote is treatable. If so, it will be released back into the wild, Wright said. If not, the coyote could be euthanized. The veterinarian will determine the best course of action, she said.

RICHWOOD PETITION ALREADY HALFWAY FILLED

As of late Friday afternoon the petition to bring alcohol sales to Richwood already had received about 160 votes, Mayor Clint Kocurek said.

Kocurek said he had been going door-to-door for most of the afternoon visiting with residents and informing them of how bringing alcohol sales to the city could draw more restaurants and businesses to the city.

“We’ve had a good response so far,” Kocurek said. “We’re already over halfway there.”

Richwood is the last city in Brazoria County to legalize the sale of alcohol within its city limits. The city has until July 21 to get 254 signatures in order for the proposition to be put on the November ballot.

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