STRIPES IN FREEPORT SCHEDULED TO OPEN ON MARCH 2

Stripes representatives say their newest location in Freeport is scheduled to officially open March 2.

Located on the corner of Brazosport Boulevard and North Gulf Boulevard, the store is replacing the former Baywood Foods building, which had been vacant for several years after ownership moved the store to a larger location.

An excavator tore down the vacant building in October. Since that time, contractors have been working to build Stripes, which is expected to include a restaurant, convenience store and gas station.

City leaders have said they hope the addition will provide residents with more competitive gas prices, among other possible benefits.

Workers will be putting on the finishing touches until it is ready to open in March.

SHERIFF'S OFFICE DRUG DOG RECOVERING FROM INJURY 

The Brazoria County Sheriff's Office's new narcotics drug dog had a training injury while working with narcotics officer Matt West, so it will be a few weeks before he can make the trip from Alabama to Brazoria County, said Sgt. James Brawner.

Ares, a 4-year-old German Shepherd, was picked by West to replace drug dug Erko, who retired in December, Brawner said. Because of the injury, a broken foot, West will have to travel back to Alabama in a few weeks to finish training and take Ares home, he said. 

Ares was given to the sheriff's office through the organization, K9s4Cops, which provides trained dogs to police departments.

"They're expecting a full recovery and he'll be able to perform just as well as before he was injured," Brawner said.

LAKE JACKSON DAD, DAUGHTER DANCE SOLD OUT

The Daddy and Daughter Dance in Lake Jackson is now sold out.

The yearly event for fathers to take their daughters out for a night to dance, take photos and dine will be at a maximum capacity as a total of 150 tickets were sold.

The dance will be 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 13, at the Lake Jackson Civic Center Ballroom at 333 Highway 332.

The Angleton Parks and Recreation Department is having a similar event on Feb. 7, but also has sold out of all available tickets.

SECOND FREEPORT ROBBERY SUSPECT TURNS HIMSELF IN TO POLICE

The 26-year-old man police said was involved in a conspiracy to rob a Freeport shop last week turned himself into police Friday afternoon, Capt. Ray Garivey said.

The man is in custody and facing a misdemeanor theft charge related to the incident in which a store employee told the owner a man claiming he had a gun took almost $500 in cash, police said.

After noticing discrepancies in the story, a police investigation resulted in the arrest of the employee, 48, on a charge of theft and false report to a peace officer.

Investigators said a witness used the store's video surveillance to positively identify the supposed robber as the employee's son.

The 26-year-old had been at-large for almost a week. Law enforcement booked him into the Freeport jail, where he remained under a $2,500 bond.

Lance Reaves is a reporter for The Facts. Contact him at 979-237-0154.

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