Registered sex offender arrested after police say he was found partially naked, touching himself outside woman’s home
The woman said she was taking her trash out when she noticed the man was partially naked and touching himself. She said she told him to leave, but instead, he followed her and tried to force himself inside her home.
Coast Guard medevacs oil rig crewman experiencing symptoms of cardiac arrest from rig 88 miles off Freeport
Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston command center watchstanders received a notification at 5:46 a.m. that a 50-year-old oil rig crewman was experiencing symptoms of cardiac arrest and needed medical assistance. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon, who recommended a medevac.
On tap: Booze still allowed on Amtrak in New Hampshire
Riders on an Amtrak train that runs from Maine to Boston can continue buying alcoholic beverages during the 35-mile stretch of the trip that goes through New Hampshire as officials work out a “creative solution” to avoid violating a state liquor law.
$450K worth of Hydro weed, Xanax found at ‘highly sophisticated’ grow house in Brazoria County, sheriff says
A massive haul of dope was kept off the streets after authorities discovered what they said was a “highly sophisticated” marijuana grow house in Freeport, the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office.
Potential magnesium plant in Freeport drawing backlash from residents near Surfside Beach
Kisuma, the company set to build a magnesium plant in Freeport, said it will bring money and jobs to the area, but across the waterway, on Surfside Beach, there are concerns it could cheapen the aesthetics and lower revenue for business owners.
Woman visiting parole office arrested, charged in cold case murder of Liberty County couple; $1M bond set
DNA has connected a Freeport woman to the 2005 double homicide of a couple who was found dead by their daughter inside the family’s Liberty County home, Texas Department of Public Safety officials said.
L.L. Bean sees sales boom amid pandemic's push to outdoors
Bean saw the best sales in nearly a decade during pandemic. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)FREEPORT, Maine – With Americans hunkering down and hankering to get outdoors during the pandemic, L.L. Bean recorded its best annual sales growth in nearly a decade, the company said Friday. During the pandemic, L.L. Bean closed all of its stores for 100 days but online and catalog sales remained strong.
With me the entire time:’ Freeport police chief draws strength from Officer Abigail during his COVID-19 fight
FREEPORT, Texas – Many members of law enforcement have contracted COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March. Over the weekend, Freeport Police Chief Raymond Garivey became one of them. You may remember Garivey from his connection with a beloved little girl named Abigail Arias. Remembering Officer Abigail AriasIn February 2019, the chief made Abigail an honorary police officer. The chief is recovering at home and will return to work later this month.
Scientists decry death by 1,000 cuts for world's insects
(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)The world’s vital insect kingdom is undergoing “death by a thousand cuts,” the world’s top bug experts said. Wagner said scientists need to figure out if the rate of the insect loss is bigger than with other species. Insects “are absolutely the fabric by which Mother Nature and the tree of life are built,” Wagner said. Scientists have identified 1 million insect species, while probably 4 million more are still to be discovered, Berenbaum said. ___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education.
VIDEO: Santa and Mrs. Claus almost made it to the naughty list after being pulled over by police for broken taillight
A couple dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus were pulled over by Freeport PD Officer Willard in bodycam footageFREEPORT, Texas – Santa and Mrs. Claus’ jolly joyride on their “convertible sleigh” caught the attention of a police officer in Freeport, Texas. In a video from Freeport PD’s Facebook page, Officer Willard pulled over the “convertible sleigh” and greeted them with a “Ho Ho Ho.”Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus get stopped in their convertible sleigh for having a taillight out. Officer Willard is so excited to see the big red guy, he let's them go with a warning! 🎅🏼 Posted by Freeport Police Department - Texas on Friday, December 11, 2020The convertible they were riding on had a broken taillight, according to Officer Willard. “You can’t fit too many presents in it, though,” Officer Willard told Santa and Mrs. Claus, pointing out the convertible’s trunk.
Remembering Officer Abigail: The Freeport girl whose cancer fight inspired the world
HOUSTON – Nov. 5 marks one year since our community lost Abigail Arias, a young cancer fighter who inspired people across the world. The honorary Freeport police officer captured hearts with her infectious smile and encouraged other children with cancer to relentlessly fight. Freeport police Chief Ray Garivey swore in Abigail, who was battling Wilms tumor -- a form of kidney cancer. "I love getting his story out there.”Ossege lives in Cincinnati, and when she learned about our “Bells for Abigail” series, she sent a video of her son ringing the end-of-treatment bell. Grant has autism, and he is the inspiration behind the book series that tackles topics like autism, dyslexia and childhood cancer.
UPDATE: ‘Do not use’ water advisory lifted in Lake Jackson, but ‘Boil water’ notice put in place
HOUSTON – The city of Lake Jackson is moving to enforce a ‘Boil water’ notice, according to a press release from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The boil notice lifts the ‘Do not use’ water advisory, which was in response to an ongoing water issue after a brain eating amoeba was found in the city’s water system. State and local officials said they are working on a plan to flush and disinfect the water system. Do not jump into or put your head under bathing water. The advisory was lifted for all areas excluding Lake Jackson on Saturday morning.
Body of missing Katy man, another driver found after 2 vehicles found in Freeport retention pond, police say
FREEPORT, Texas – Two bodies were found after officials discovered two vehicles submerged at a Freeport retention pond Thursday morning, according to law enforcement. At about 6:30 a.m., officials received reports of a submerged vehicle at a pond near the intersection of Highway 36 and South Brazozport Road. As crews pulled out the submerged vehicle, they found the body of 44-year-old David Ellison of Katy, Texas. Human remains were also found inside the vehicle, investigators said. Two vehicles were found submerged in a Freeport, Texas retention pond on Aug. 6, 2020.
Hurricane Isaias lashes Bahamas while Florida battens down
Residents cover a window with plywood in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Isaias, in the Heritage neighborhood of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)SAN JUAN Hurricane Isaias snapped trees and knocked out power as it blew through the Bahamas on Saturday and headed toward the Florida coast, where officials said they were closing beaches, parks and coronavirus testing sites. Authorities in North Carolina ordered the evacuation of Ocracoke Island, which was slammed by last years Hurricane Dorian, starting Saturday evening. Isaias had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (135 kph) Saturday morning and some strengthening was possible, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said. On Thursday, while still a tropical storm, Isaias toppled trees, knocked out power, destroyed crops and caused widespread flooding and small landslides in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
With primary win, Gideon reaps $3.7M more for Collins fight
House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, greets news media near a polling station, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Portland, Maine. Gideon is one of three Democrat candidates seeking the party's nomination for U.S. Senate in the July 14 primary. The fund was created for Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins eventual challenger during the Senate fight over Brett Kavanaughs Supreme Court confirmation in 2018. Creators of the fund said it would be turned over if Collins voted to confirm Presidential Donald Trump's controversial appointee. With the additional funding, Gideons fundraising haul will approach $27 million, compared to Collins $16.2 million.
Democrat Gideon wins primary, will face GOP Sen Collins
House speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, speaks to news media near a polling station, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Portland, Maine. Gideon is one of three Democrat candidates seeking the party's nomination for U.S. Senate in the July 14 primary. Gideon, whos raised a staggering $23 million in her Senate bid, turned back challenges by activist Betsy Sweet and attorney Bre Kidman. Gideon raised $9 million in the last quarter, extending her fundraising advantage over Collins. Democrats need to gain at least three seats to capture Senate control.
Bells for Abigail: Celebrating Abigail Arias one year after she was sworn in as an honorary Freeport police officer
FREEPORT, Texas – February 7 will always be a special day for the city of Freeport’s Police Department for Abigail Arias’ family. Exactly one year to the day, the little cancer fighter became an honorary Freeport police officer, inspiring law enforcement and cancer fighters all over the world. Abigail’s life and legacy were honored with a special tribute at the Freeport Police Department on Friday morning. Freeport Police Chief Raymond Garivey honored the brave fight of little Brianna during Friday’s ceremony and thanked Abigail for continuing to inspire other little cancer fighters. “One year later, look around this room, she continues to inspire people all over.”You can upload of your little cancer fighter rining bells below:
Father of Abigail Arias receives custom license plate to honor late daughter who battled cancer
HOUSTON – The father of Abigail Arias has a new way to display his love for his cancer-fighting daughter. Ruben Arias received a custom license plate that reads: ‘ABGL 758.’ The ’758′ references Abigail Arias’ honorary office badge number with the Freeport Police Department. Father of Abigail Arias received custom license plates in honor of late daughter, who battled cancer. (KPRC)Abigail Arias, who lost her battle to cancer in November, captivated the nation with her testimony of resilience. Abigail completed an aggressive treatment, but the cancer returned in 2018, and she was given a grim prognosis.