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Others' cases are listed as "inactive," and one defendant listed in the county's JIMS database as being charged is not listed on the District Clerk's Web site as being charged with dogfighting.
We were also especially concerned about the case of Joseph Allen Green Jr., who received deferred adjudication for allowing a dogfight to be held on his property. Here's an excerpt from the DPS officer's affidavit, where he describes how he and a fellow officer observed one of the fights:
The location was a pasture at the end of Cedar Grove Road. [We] were met at the location by the Defendant, who identified himself as 'Cowboy.' The Defendant stated that the property belonged to him, and he supervised the setting up of the pit and collection of door fees. Affiant observed a pit set up outside of a barn with a pair of lights positioned on a stand to overlook the pit. Co-defendant Jay Andrews' dog fought co-defendant Robert Rogers' dog, and the fight lasted approximately 24 minutes. Co-defendant Andrew's dog lost, so Andrews paid the $1,000 bet. As [we] were about to leave, the Defendant demanded $300 for use of his property. [We] advised the Defendant that [we] would not be paying the $300 because the fees were not discussed prior to the fight.
Green received deferred adjudication. We're sure Harris County taught him a lesson.
Big New Park for Montrose?
The sad, twisted saga of the could-have-been-retro-cool Wilshire Village apartments is in something of a limbo right now — the area has been cleared, there's lawsuit activity, no one knows exactly what's going to happen to the Montrose property.
Rumors are that H-E-B is looking to put a supermarket there. Maria-Elesa Heg says she has a better idea — make it a park.
The Montrose Land Defense Coalition has put up an online petition (Google the name of the group for it) calling for the city to make the site into the kind of greenspace that is rare in the neighborhood.
In less than two days, 300 people have signed it, Heg tells Hair Balls.
She doesn't expect the city to put out taxpayer money for the land, valued at about $27 million.
"My plan is to find private investors to aid the city's purchase of this property, if not in full, then a significant portion thereof," she says. "The land would be used as community gardens, space for a farmers' market, and parkland for general enjoyment to increase pedestrian traffic in that area of the Montrose. If the city cannot procure the entirety of the property, private investment in partial lots would be encouraged in order for use as small commercial spaces, focusing on local arts and artisan crafts, a cafe or community space."
She says the response has been enthusiastic so far.
"I am finding that everyone I've spoken to, from co-workers to city officials, have been supportive of this initiative," she says. "The Montrose deserves to maintain its integrity. Development for development's sake has been a blight on the neighborhood, as large numbers of half-finished condominiums in disrepair can attest to."
Soon there will be a more fully developed Web site outlining the plan.
Anyone who lives near the site, at Alabama and Dunlavy, knows that parkland is in short supply. Seeing 7.7 acres of green space can inspire some impressive plans.
Whether this one works out or not, it's definitely worth a shot.
This all might be too late, though. H-E-B has announced a deal to buy the property, if — and it's not a small if — anyone can figure out who actually owns it and gets a clear title.