By Scott Engle
Many have seen the videos I have shot over the past years were in Montgomery County. I have been working in the Houston television news market since 1976 covering mostly the police beat. In 2005, I began to focus more on Montgomery County, where I live with my wife, Jamie Nash. However, in December 2014, after one of the other photo-journalists was injured as he covered Harris County, I went back to covering both counties. As you may know, Jamie and I started a Harris County Police Reporter last year, focusing on the Harris County stories. We have since learned many of our readers have interests in surrounding counties or live in surrounding counties and liked getting all the information in one place. The decision was made to just keep Montgomery County Police Reporter as the source for this. Many say it is not Montgomery County, Houston Chronicle does not cover Houston. Even other local papers carry news from outside of the area. We also have learned from law enforcement that criminals have no regard for county lines. Several crimes that arrests were made either in Montgomery County or surrounding counties were recognized by residents in adjoining counties who have been victims of the very person arrested.
Several of you complain about grammar and spelling. Remember, I shoot video and don’t claim to be a writer. Many times I am juggling shooting video, feeding video to the station, and attempting to post on Montgomery County Police Reporter as it happens and not waiting for the following day so it can be edited. I will admit mistakes are made, and for that I apologize. Jamie Nash, along with her regular job posts as often as possible, and is the former journalist for several newspapers and websites, as well as feature articles in magazines and other (usually law enforcement related) publications. She is also tasked with one day a week assembling the newspaper that is now distributed to over 100 stores and by mail throughout the area. The newspaper which has many stories you have seen here also includes mug shots of Montgomery County arrests, Conroe Police Blotter, showing Conroe Police calls for service and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Precinct 4 Blotters showing the activity of those agencies.
Several ask many times why we are shouting on Facebook. Since 2008, if Jamie answers it is in traditional upper and lower case. IF SCOTT RESPONDS, IT WILL BE IN ALL CAPS. which doesn’t mean anyone is yelling.
The videos that you see on the site are also archived on YouTube. To look for a video, simply go to YouTube and in the search type in the date (012717 format). Currently there are over 3,000 videos from over the years. We are in the process of converting hundreds of tapes and disks to archive there also. When the project is complete, readers will be able to find videos dating back into the 1990’s. Close to 10,000 total.
You can access the YouTube page by clicking on MCPR VIDEO FILES on the main website screen
We are also on Twitter, and since Facebook has limited the alerts to one Facebook alert many are no longer getting the alerts. Twitter on the other hand is the choice of many for this information.