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JANUARY 14, 2009
TWO ALARM HOUSE FIRE ON ORANGEWOOD
SHORTLY BEFORE THREE PM THIS AFTERNOON RIVER PLANTATION FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS DISPATCHED TO A HOUSE FIRE ON ORANGEWOOD DRIVE AT MAPLE DRIVE IN THE MOSS WOOD SUBDIVISION NEAR IH45 AND RIVER PLANTATION DRIVE. LEAVING OUT OF THE STATION CHIEF RANDY OLIVER SAW THE COLUMN OF SMOKE AND KNEW HE HAD A WORKING FIRE. WHEN THEY ARRIVED ON SCENE A SECOND ALARM WAS QUICKLY SOUNDED WHICH BROUGHT CONROE, CUT AND SHOOT, LAKE CONROE, AND SOUTH MONTGOMERY COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENTS TO THE ALREADY ASSISTING GRANGERLAND, NEEDHAM, AND CONROE DEPARTMENTS. ACCORDING TO THE OWNER THE TWO STORY HOME WAS BOUGHT ON FORECLOSURE SEVERAL MONTHS BACK AND HE AND HIS WIFE HAD BEEN WORKING TO REMODEL IT. HE SAID WHEN THEY PURCHASED THE HOME THE SHEETROCK WAS MILDEWED AND NEEDED REPLACEMENT. THEY WERE IN THE FINAL STAGES, FLOORING GOING DOWN AND THEY PLANNED TO USE THEIR INCOME TAX CHECK FOR CABINETS AND APPLIANCES. THIS WAS GOING TO BE A HOME FOR HIM, HIS WIFE AND THEIR TWO CHILDREN. THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY FIRE MARSHALLS OFFICE WAS ON THE SCENE AND THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE CAUSE WILL CONTINUE THURSDAY.
JANUARY 14, 2012
MAGNOLIA BABY KILLED BY PITBULL
The deceased victim of the pit bull attack is 16-month-old Jace Paul Valdez. He would have celebrated his second birthday on August 30. According to investigators, Valdez and his mother had been living with her parents for the past four to five months.
On the night of the child’s death, his mother was visiting friends in Spring and his father was in Louisiana on business. Valdez’s grandmother was the only other person home when the child was killed by the family’s pit bull, a 7 to 8-year-old pit bull.
There is no call history with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at this residence.
MCSO officials said they were unable to release any additional information because the investigation is ongoing and “will be referred to the District Attorney’s Office for review of any criminal wrongdoing.”
JANUARY 14, 2015
STOLEN ROSEHILL FIRE TRUCK RECOVERED
Just before midnight, a tip was received on the whereabouts of the stolen Rosehill Volunteer Fire Department fire truck. The Harris County Fire Marshal responded tot he area and contacted Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies went to a wooded area about six miles north of Magnolia on FM 1486 and located the truck. A Montgomery County Auto Theft Detective then responded, For the next five hours a tractor and wrecker worked together to get the vehicle out of the woods and loaded on the wrecker. It was taken to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for processing. The truck had a broken left front axle and was missing the siren, radios and light bar.
No arrests were made.
If anyone has information on the theft please call Montgomery County Crime StoppERS
JANUARY 14, 2016
SAN JACINTO RIVER BODY FOUND
Just after 8 am Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a person Kayaking down the San Jacinto River. The person reported seeing a body, partially covered in mud along the bank. Detectives responded to the scene and with the help of a helicopter and several boats with the Montgomery Sheriff’s Office were able to recover the body. A determination as to male or female has not been made yet. The body was located approximately 500 yards downstream on the river from Interstate 45.
JANUARY 14, 2016
MONTGOMERY COUNTY PRECINCT 4 FIVE KILO DOPE BUST
On January 14, 2016, at approximately 730PM, Montgomery County Precinct 4 Narcotics Investigation Team (NIT), conducted a joint operating with HIDTA/TARP Squad #5, DPS Narcotics and DEA Houston in executing a buy/bust operation, purchasing 5 kilos of cocaine for $137,500, in the 23700 block of FM 1314 in Porter, Montgomery County, TX.
Upon successful completion of the buy/bust operation, deputies located 11.66lbs of cocaine in 5 brick vacuum-sealed bundles that were contained in a horse feed bag.
At this time, two arrests have been made as a result of this joint operation/investigation. Both are being held on a $1,000,000.00 bond.
Constable Hayden said he is proud of the working relationships the office has with Houston PD, DPS, and many others. Together we were able to intercept almost 12 pounds of illegal narcotics that were destined for our neighborhoods
JANUARY 14, 2016
MISSING CLEAR LAKE CHILDREN
JANUARY 14, 2017 I45 AT WEST ROAD FATAL
Early Saturday morning Norberto Camilo Cabrera, 35 of Turtle Dove Lane in Magnolia was traveling at a high rate of speed north on I-45 feeder at Memory Lane, just south of West Road. Houston Police Investigators say he was intoxicated. For unknown reasons, his full-size SUV lost control, traveled across the median and struck a silver RAV 4 which was traveling northbound on the freeway. Lauren Rocha, 19, died as a result. Six other young ladies in that vehicle were also injured including Kassandra Clardy. Cabrera was also injured and transported in stable condition to the hospital. Houston Police have filed intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault on Cabrera. His bond was set at $35,000 for Rocha’s death and $35,000 bond for the injury to Kassandra. On Monday an additional hold was placed on Cabrera for immigration.
JANUARY 14, 2018 FM 1484 AT TREE MONKEY DWI CRASH
At 2:27 am Sunday Montgomery County 911 dispatchers received a call for a major accident at the intersection of FM 1484 at Tree Monkey which is just north of SH 105 in Cut and Shoot. NMCFD arrived on the scene to find a male and female trapped in a Toyota Camry. After some time they were able to cut them out and transported both to Conroe Regional Medical Center in Conroe. DPS Troopers investigated the crash. According to troopers, a Chevrolet pickup pulled out of Tree Monkey onto FM 1484 when his truck died. It was then the Toyota driver which was northbound on FM 1484, did not see the truck and t-boned it in the drivers’ door. The driver of the truck was not injured but was arrested on the scene for driving while intoxicated. At this hour the male driver of the Toyota is in very critical condition at Conroe Regional Medical Center. The female is also critical. The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office Vehicular Crimes Unit is assisting in the investigation and has impounded both vehicles as the investigation continues.
JANUARY 14, 2018
SHADOW BAY-BRIGADIER HOUSE FIRE
North Montgomery County Firefighters were called to the Shadow Bay subdivision on Lake Conroe just after 5:30 AM Sunday morning. The first fire and EMS crews arrived on the scene to find a mobile home heavily involved in fire and its occupant seriously injured.
The 55-year-old man had been staying overnight to care for the family dog, as the couple that lived there had to leave town overnight. The man told EMS crews that he was asleep on the couch when he awoke to heavy fire and smoke conditions in the home. He rolled off the couch and was able to make his way out of the home with the dog, but not before he received 1st and 2nd-degree burns and severe smoke inhalation. He was treated at the scene by MCHD EMS and transported to Conroe Regional Medical Center where he remains with life-threatening injuries. The dog escaped uninjured.
The family had moved into the home just two months earlier after another fire destroyed another home they were living in at the time in the same subdivision. During that fire, the family dog was overcome by smoke but was found and resuscitated by some of the same firefighters who responded to this morning’s fire.
MCFMO Investigators have been working the fire scene today and have recovered a space heater in the area that the fire started that was on at the time of the fire. Investigator J. Manz is the case agent and also reported that the home did not appear to be equipped with smoke alarms. Investigator Manz noted that the last three home fires he has responded to have all involved space heaters. In one of those fires, residents left a space heater on for 11 days straight during a cold spell before it caused the home’s wiring to overload and fail.
Fire Officials emphasize that space heaters are designed to be used for temporary heating and never should be left on unattended. Most electric space heaters draw approximately 14 amps of electricity and can easily cause overloads on electrical circuits. Residents are reminded of the following safety tips.
• Choose a modern space heater in good condition, in good condition
• Always plug it directly into a wall outlet, never into an extension cord of any kind
• Never put more than one heater on the same electrical circuit
• Limit other electrical devices on the same circuit
• Always turn your space heater off when you leave the room or go to bed
Most importantly, make sure your home has working smoke alarms in every bedroom, hallway and anywhere someone may sleep, including the living room. Montgomery County Firefighters recommend only using long-life smoke alarms with batteries designed to last up to 10 years to give your family the best protection.
If you are unable to afford smoke alarms or need help installing them, contact your local fire station for assistance or contact the MCFMO at (936) 538-8288.