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Volume 35, No. 85, Thursday* April 30, 2020

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High-Speed Chase: A high-speed chase ended in the Liberty Walmart parking lot early Tuesday Morning. The chase began when a Liberty County Sheriff’s deputy saw a van parked at the gas pumps at the Exxon station on far North Main Street in Liberty. That was before 1:30 AM. When the deputy pulled into the parking lot and tried to block the van in, the driver sped away. The suspect raced south on North Main with the deputy in pursuit. The van slowed near Buddy’s furniture rental store, and there the driver jumped from the moving vehicle. The passenger then slid over to the driver's seat and kept going. He raced through the Wal-Mart parking lot followed by the Deputy. The second driver stopped the van and tried to flee on foot. But the Liberty Co. Sheriff’s deputy was able to overtake and capture the man before he could escape. Inside the van, the deputy found tools and a credit card reader thought to have come from a gas pump at the Exxon Station. 35-year-old Yexis Benavides Estrada was housed at the Liberty County Jail charged with evading arrest, a second-degree felony, and for fraud by using the card reader and its identifying information. That’s a state jail felony. The first driver who jumped from vehicle is still a fugitive.

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DISD Virtual Graduation: Dayton ISD is having virtual graduation this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. High School Principal Geoff McCracken said they will post this virtual graduation on May 23rd by 3:00 p.m. Viewers can also see it on the Dayton ISD YouTube Channel identified as Dayton Bronco Stampede, or link to it from the district website, daytonisd.net. DHS principal McCracken said they will have another in-person graduation, in late July, searching for a memorable celebration for the DHS class of 2020.

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COVID-19: Two more Liberty County Residents were confirmed, on Wednesday, to have COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases in the county is now 41. The 40th case is a woman 30 to 40 years old on the south end of the county, with a Dayton address. The Liberty County Office of Emergency Management says she is recovering at home. The 41st confirmed case is a man from north Liberty County. He is 50 to 60 years of age, also recovering at home. Emergency Management Coordinator Crista Beasley-Adams says, as of Wednesday, Liberty County has tested 291 people, with 233 negative tests, 41 positive tests, 21 recoveries, with 17 waiting for results. There still has been just that one death.

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STEM Crates: On Monday, the Liberty Education Foundation will hand out STEM crates to all Liberty ISD pre-k through 5th graders. Foundation President Brandon Davis says the Liberty Education Foundation approved a $13,500 grant to buy 1,186 age-appropriate educational STEM crates. They are about the size of a shoe box, packed with fun filled educational games and projects- Stem is Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics which stands for the four arms of education today. The Education Foundation will hand the STEM crates out at one of the stations of the packet pickup line at Liberty Middle School Monday, May 4th. Packet pickup time is 9:15 until 1 and then again from 4:15 to 7:00.

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Lake Release: 26,200 CFS – Liberty Bridge: 24.64 ASL

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