City permits unavailable Friday afternoon
Some city permitting services will be unavailable from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday while staff members work to launch new software, according to a city announcement.
Friday afternoon, residents won’t be able to apply for building permits and the city won’t be able to issue them, according to the city.
This installation is the second part of a project upgrading software the city uses to process permit applications, a city spokeswoman said.
The city announced the program in February and completed the first phase during the summer.
Any applications submitted in person to city hall, 832 25th St., Friday afternoon will be processed Monday.
Those with questions Friday afternoon can call 409-797-3660 or email the building division at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Keri Heath
Man gets 12 years for Kemah robbery
A La Marque man was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison for a 2017 armed robbery in Kemah and an ensuing car chase that ended when he crashed into a house.
Chandrick Michael Benefield, 27, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery and was sentenced as part of a plea agreement, court records show.
Police arrested Benefield in December 2017 when the stolen vehicle he was driving crashed into a house near the intersection of Bay Ridge Drive and Ocean Way in League City, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Kemah police earlier that day responded to a report of a robbery at a tax business in the 1200 block of state Highway 146, officials said.
Witnesses told police two masked men armed with handguns entered the business, restrained the staff with cable ties, stole a cellphone and about $5,000 and fled in two vehicles, according to the affidavit.
Benefield took one of the business owners’ Toyota, police said.
An officer responding to the scene saw a vehicle on state Highway 146 matching the description of the owner’s vehicle and tried to stop it, police said.
Benefield fled the crash on foot and a League City police dog later found him hiding behind a shed, according to the affidavit.
The second robber was never arrested.
— Matt deGrood