Injury

Bicyclist hit in early-morning Galveston crash

GALVESTON

A bicyclist was taken to a University of Texas Medical Branch hospital Wednesday morning after being hit by a dump truck, police said.

Galveston police were called to the 5000 block of Broadway at 4:50 a.m. to respond to a dump truck hitting a man, in his 40s, on his bicycle, police spokesman Sgt. Xavier Hancock said.

Police reported the man was trying to leave a convenience store at the corner of 51st Street and Broadway and rode into the street, Hancock said.

The driver of the dump truck, which is privately owned, said he couldn’t avoid the collision, police said.

The driver wasn’t hurt and didn’t show any signs of alcohol use, police said.

As of Wednesday morning, the bicyclist was in serious medical condition but stable, and doctors expected him to survive, Hancock said.

— Keri Heath

courts

Former councilman sentenced to 10 years for child porn

SEABROOK

A former Seabrook councilman will spend 10 years in federal prison for child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Alfred Bennett sentenced Ocal John Miller, 65, to 120 months in prison on each of two charges, possession and receipt of child pornography, said Angela Dodge, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The sentences will be served concurrently.

Miller pleaded guilty to the charges in October.

Miller also will pay a $50,000 fine as well as a $10,000 special assessment, Dodge said. He will pay restitution that will be determined later and serve 10 years under supervised release after his prison term. He also must register as a sex offender.

Law enforcement officials began investigating Miller in June 2016 when they received several tips, Dodge said. An investigation revealed Miller was using Skype, Dropbox and Kik Messenger to receive and distribute child pornography.

Police eventually executed a search on Miller’s Seabrook home in March 2017 and seized devices containing more than 1,300 images and 1,000 videos of child pornography, Dodge said.

Miller has served as a mayor pro tem and councilman in Seabrook and, before that, was the chief of police in Martinsville, West Virginia, Dodge said.

— Matt deGrood

Identified

Body found in water at Pier 21 that of well-liked island man

GALVESTON

The man found dead Tuesday in the water near Pier 21 was Floyd English, 67, Port of Galveston Police said Wednesday.

English was a homeless man well known around the downtown area as Flo-Daddy.

He was found around 3:30 p.m. near the end of the pier at the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum, 2002 Wharf Road, port police spokesman Lt. Carl Nunn said.

The U.S. Coast Guard launched a search just after 5 a.m. Tuesday when an officer standing watch on the cutter Seahorse saw a man on Pier 21, then turned back and noticed he was gone, Petty Officer Johanna Strickland said Tuesday.

After searching the waters for hours, officials suspended the search at 10:20 a.m., Strickland said.

Port police reviewed security video showing English on the pier with a bicycle, Nunn said.

“It looks like he might have just lost his balance when he went around the corner, when he was locking his bike,” Nunn said.

Later Tuesday afternoon, coast guard officials got word a passerby had found a body that matched the description of the person at Pier 21 that morning, Strickland said.

English was well known and liked in the downtown area, said Holly Hopkins Richardson, owner of MOD Coffeehouse, 2126 Postoffice St.

“I’m so sad about his death,” Hopkins Richardson said. “He was such a special spirit. He was so kind.”

English helped out at different bars downtown, taking out trash cans and mopping floors for a few extra dollars, said Lee Roane, president and chief executive officer of tourism and event website Galveston.com. Roane has interviewed English and knew him because Roane’s office is downtown.

“He was a sweet and gentle soul with a really good heart,” Roane said. “He always put a smile on my face.”

— Keri Heath

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