FATHER IN AMBER ALERT CASE

NOT FACING CRIMINAL CHARGES

The father of the 11-year-old boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert in Oyster Creek on Monday is not facing any criminal charges related to the incident, officials said.

“He is the custodial father,” Lt. Rick Hempel said, referring to Javier Christian Chapa Sr. “There is no criminal offense with relation to this case.”

Officers did arrest the 29-year-old that day, but on an unrelated charge.

Authorities issued the Amber Alert on Monday afternoon when they said the boy hadn’t been seen since Saturday morning at his grandparents.

Clute police located him with Chapa about one hour later.

After notifying Child Protective Services, the agency then placed him back in his grandparents’ care, Hempel said.

The boy was unharmed and in good spirits at this time, Hempel said.

Investigators are citing a miscommunication or lack of communication between Chapa and the grandparents for creating the issue, the lieutenant said.

Police believe the father and son had remained in the area during the time he was reported missing, he said.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS APPROVE RESOLUTION BACKING VOTE CENTERS

Brazoria County Commissioners Court approved a resolution in support of county vote centers at its meeting Tuesday, and County Judge Matt Sebesta will submit a letter of support to the Texas Secretary of State’s office.

Vote centers would allow residents to vote at any one of 29 locations on Election Day for city, school and primary elections and at about 50 locations for November elections. Currently they must vote at assigned precincts.

The county elections department had five public hearings around the county in recent weeks to gauge public opinion, which Election Director Janice Evans said was almost all positive.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Dude Payne, who was at each of the six public hearings, said the change will be a benefit to the county and his own family.

“My kids always ask me, ‘well where do I go vote?’” Payne said. “Now I can tell them go vote anywhere you want to go vote.”

INVESTIGATION INTO FATAL

SWEENY FIRE COMPLETE

The Brazoria County Fire Marshal’s Office has completed its investigation into a Sweeny fire that left two dead.

Brazoria County Fire Marshal Martin Vela said the investigation has wrapped up, but officials are waiting for formal reports from the autopsies of Wesley Anderson, 82, and his 78-year-old wife, Frankie, in order to name an official cause of death.

Although the investigation is finished, officials do not want to speculate on a cause of the fire because they do not yet have conclusive evidence, Vela said.

The husband and wife were killed in the blaze about 2:30 a.m. Jan. 4.

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

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