Georgetown | October 2020

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Diverging diamond intersection coming to Williams Drive at I35 breaks ground virtually BY SALLY GRACE HOLTGRIEVE

includes the construction of a new Williams bridge over I-35 to accommodate a diverging diamond intersection, northbound and southbound intersection bypass lanes under the Williams bridge, extension of the northbound I-35 frontage road, and improvements to the existing southbound I-35 frontage road and the Austin Avenue intersection at Williams, a news release said. The project is intended to reduce backups on frontage roads and cross streets.

GEORGETOWN The I-35 at Wil- liams Drive project in Georgetown is ocially underway as of Oct. 6. The Texas Department of Transportation was joined by Texas Transportation Commission Chairman J. Bruce Bugg; U.S. Rep. John Carter, RRound Rock; and Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross to celebrate a virtual groundbreaking for the project. “Today, I am happy to announce we are beginning construction on a new innovative intersection in Williamson County,” TxDOT Austin District Engineer Tucker Ferguson said. “This project will enhance safety and mobility by reconstructing the I-35 at Williams Drive intersection, building bypass lanes and constructing frontage road improvements.” The I-35 at Williams project

Williamson County Sheri Robert Chody (right) and his attorney Gerry Morris said he did not tamper with evidence in the Javier Ambler case. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

SheriRobert Chody indicted for tamperingwith case evidence

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two to 10 years in the Texas Depart- ment of Criminal Justice correctional institutional division or probation and up to a $10,000 ne. Chody has maintained his inno- cence saying he did not tamper with evidence and handed over all video footage from the night of Ambler’s death, instead claiming the allega- tions are a political ploy brought forth by his enemies. He added that he has no intention to resign. “DA Shawn Dick is pushing and misleading stories while pursuing false prosecution,” Chody said. “I nd it shocking and disgusting that our district attorney uses his oce for [his] political agenda.” Chody is also up for re-election and will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY Sheri Robert Chody was indicted by a grand jury Sept. 25 for evidence tampering following the death of Javier Ambler, a Black man who died in the William- son County Sheri’s Oce’s custody in 2019. The charges stem from a report that video evidence of the incident was destroyed. This is a third-degree felony, according to documents. Jason Nassour, general counsel to Williamson County, was also indicted on similar charges. Williamson County District Attor- ney Shawn Dick said a trial against Chody for evidence tampering is scheduled for Nov. 30. He added that the charge carries a punishment of

Williamson County commissioners end renting of historic jail, considering sale

BY ALI LINAN

The Commissioners Court said it does not have any intention to again use the jail for county purposes, making the return on investment for upkeep and repairs too costly to keep on the county payroll, so they will look into selling it. “It’s not a facility that I think [the county] will ever use again,” Com- missioner Cynthia Long said. “It’s costing the taxpayers to have it.”

WILLIAMSON COUNTY The Commissioners Court voted Oct. 6 to no longer lease or rent the His- toric County Jail in Georgetown, citing safety concerns. The jail, located at 312 Main St., Georgetown, was in use from 1889-1989. To date, it holds a historical identication and is often used as a lming location, ocials said.

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