Report: Overall crime down 16 percent, sex assaults climb

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Overall crime in Friendswood dropped 16 percent compared to the prior year, according to the Friendswood Police Department annual crime report for 2014. However, the city’s 21 incidents of violent crime represent an increase over the prior year, largely due to reported incidences of sexual assault – 10 in 2014, …

Pearland Chamber of Commerce applauds City Council for shopping local

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The Pearland Chamber of Commerce recognizes Pearland City Council for choosing to Shop Pearland during their Monday, Jan. 26, council meeting. Pearland City Council was presented with a resolution to authorize a $93,960.00 contract with a source outside of Pearland for the Fire Department’s suppression personnel annual medical screenings in …

Filing open for PISD election, board meets Feb. 10

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Filing is open for candidates who want to run in the May 9 Pearland ISD Trustee election. Up for grabs are Position No. 3, currently held by Trustee Virgil Gant, and Position No. 4, currently held by Trustee Andrew Solomon. Seven trustees serve three-year terms. All positions on the PISD …

Council move draws support

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The unanimous rejection of a contract pulled from city council’s consent agenda last week drew praise from the local chamber of commerce. Representing an amount just under $100,000, a medical screenings contract with a Sugar Land-based firm was set to be approved without discussion when Councilman Tony Carbone pulled it …

New Jumpstart training session slated to begin Feb. 16

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Applications are currently being accepted for a new session of Brazosport College’s Jumpstart program, which is a free, nine-week training that provides skills to participants who want to be hired as entry-level pipefitters, millwrights and electricians with local industry. The Jumpstart program begins February 16 and runs through April 24, …

KPB appoints transition team

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The Keep Pearland Beautiful (KPB) Board of Directors appointed a transition team to direct the organization and launch a search for a new executive director, following the resignation of Executive Director Sherwin Sun. Sun resigned, effective January 20, to take a position with Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity. The transition …

Pearland lands on another list

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Pearland landed high on the list in a January 2015 ranking of “Best Small Cities for Families.” According to rankings announced by California-based NerdWallet Inc., Pearland is No. 12. Nearby League City ranked at No. 25, and Sugar Land at No. 49. Among the metrics used by NerdWallet were affordability, …

Texas Registration and Inspection Stickers are partnering up in Brazoria County

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Brazoria County is gearing up for a new Texas Two Step. Beginning March 1, 2015, the state will no longer issue vehicle inspection stickers and will move to a “Two Steps, One Sticker” program. Under the new system, Texas vehicle owners will need to pass inspection prior to renewing their …

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Jerry Lee Schuchmann

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Jerry Lee Schuchmann, 56, of Friendswood, TX died suddenly in a tragic accident on Sunday, February 1, 2015. He was born on December 13, 1958 to Jerry Lee Schuchmann and Rita Darlene O’Dell Schuchmann in Killeen, TX. The family moved to Springfield, IL after Jerry was born. He married Linda …

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Tragedy Strikes in Midnight Accident

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A 56-year old Friendswood man was killed in an auto-pedestrian accident at approximately 12:04 a.m. on February 1 in the 2600 block of W. Parkwood (FM 528). Jerry L. Schuchmann was walking home when the fatal accident occurred. He was walking westbound, with traffic, on the shoulder of W. Parkwood …