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ON THIS DAY, JANUARY 16,____- VIDEO NEWS STORIES FROM YEARS PAST


JANUARY 16. 2010
WILLIS HOMICIDE
A Willis woman is dead with multiple stab wounds, and her male companion is hospitalized following an attack by the woman’s estranged husband. Names have not been released as of this writing.
The incident occurred just before 8 a.m. on Saturday in the 13000 block of Aspen Way Court where Willis police say the woman’s husband parked two blocks away in the driveway of a vacant mobile home on Cedar Court, walked to the victim’s residence and forced his way inside then attacked his wife and her friend.
The victim’s 17-year-old son fled the scene and called 911. Patrol units from the Willis Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrived to find the attacker still on-scene. He became aggressive toward officers and a Taser device was deployed. The man then stabbed himself with a screwdriver but was not seriously injured.
Medics transported the woman, stabbed an unknown number of times, by ground ambulance with CPR in progress to Conroe Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.
Her male friend, who was also stabbed, was transported to Ben Taub Hospital in Houston.
Medics took the attacker to an area hospital with an MCSO deputy acting as a guard. The man, who is currently living in Magnolia, was treated and released to the officer. Because he is deaf, police had to use the Language Line service to locate someone who could assist their investigation and communication through sign language.
The investigation is still underway by Willis Police, with assistance from the MCSO and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.
District Attorney Brett Ligon was on the scene for hours and said he plans to pursue capital murder charges.
Police records show the deaf man charged with stabbing his estranged wife to death and critically wounding her boyfriend at the woman’s Willis residence Saturday morning had a history of violence.
Earl Handy, Jr., 38, of Conroe is charged with Capital Murder and Aggravated Assault in the death of 35-year-old Donna Rene Allen Handy and the serious injury by stabbing of Joseph Taylor of Conroe (age unknown).
February 4 would have been Earl and Donna Handy’s third wedding anniversary.
Earl Handy had at least three convictions for Assault Causes Bodily Injury prior to their 2007 wedding, based on readily available public information.
Handy’s first arrest for Assault Causes Bodily Injury occurred on June 14, 2001. The second charge, which specified “Family Member” occurred on April 17, 2003 in conjunction with a Criminal Mischief charge for damage to property valued at $500 to $1,500. Those charges resulted in suspended sentences, fines and probation.
Handy’s third Assault Causes Bodily injury charge also specified “Family Member” and occurred on Oct. 1, 2006, just four months and three days before his marriage to Donna Allen. Information accessible online does not indicate whether she was the victim of that assault. Handy pleaded guilty to the charge three days later and was sentenced to 90 days in jail.
He also has a prior conviction for resisting arrest and another for Driving While Intoxicated.
Earl and Donna Handy were recently separated, according to police.


JANUARY 16, 2013
WALMART CARJACKING KIDNAPPING
Police are still looking for the maroon 2000 Chevrolet pickup from the carjacking in the Walmart parking lot on Louetta and Interstate-45 about 7:45 Wednesday evening. According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the mother was about to go into Walmart. As she pulled into a parking slot she got out to move a basket. Before she could a black SUV pulled into the slot next to her crashing into the carts. She jumped back into her vehicle and that’s when a black male3 exited the passenger side of the SUV, opened her door and put a gun to her pulling her out of the vehicle. She was able to open the door but the male punched her in the face, pulled the door closed and sped off across the parking lot… As he drove off the mother was seen hanging onto her vehicle running next to it. She once again tried to open the door but it wouldn’t open. That’s when she and several others started calling 911. Two other drivers in the parking lot saw what was going on and chased the vehicle with theirs. One was able to stop it. That’s when the driver realized the child was in the vehicle and told her to get out but then threw her out. She landed on her hands and was not injured. The 7-year-old child who appeared ok ran back to her mother. One vehicle continued to chase the stolen truck but lost it near the Hardy Toll Road and I-45 North.


JANUARY 16,2014
TOMBALL POLICE GYRO PLANE GOES DOWN
Emergency responders say no one was hurt when a gyro-plane crashed Thursday morning in northwest Harris County, officials said.

Cypress-Creek EMS responded to the scene after the small aircraft belonging to the Tomball Police Department went down around 11:30 a.m. in the 20800 block of Stuebner Airline near Hooks Airport.

A gyro-plane is a small aircraft with a small engine that typically seats one or two people.

The Tomball police said the accident happened after the aircraft, referred to a “Michael One,” landed following a patrol mission. While the gyro-plane was taxiing, a gusting crosswind hit the aircraft causing it to veer off the runway.

The aircraft suffered significant damage, police said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are also investigating the incident.


JANUARY 16, 2015
HELICOPTER CRASH IN THE WOODLANDS
At 12:23 pm a helicopter crashed in the area between The Woodlands and College Park Drive. According to witnesses, the tail rotor of the experimental helicopter fell off and the helicopter began a violent spinning motion at about 300 feet. It crashed in the 2500 block of Northline on a wooden fence between an open lot and a wooded area. This is several hundred yards behind The Fellowship of the Woodlands Church.

David Snow who was in his backyard heard the helicopter and looked up to see what appeared the tail rotor to break into pieces and fell to the ground. The helicopter, then with no lateral control began to spin. Snow said it looked like he tried to pull away from the trees and was over the open yard but suddenly went back toward the tree line and crashed into a six-foot wooden fence. Snow ran out to the crash but could tell the pilot was deceased. He then called 911 and directed them into the location.

Tom Olson, a retired Houston firefighter lives one street over and said he heard a whap, whap, sound and then the sound of it coming apart before hearing trees crashing. He called 911 to report a crash in the area.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, DPS, Woodlands Fire Department, Needham Fire Department, and MCHD responded to the scene.

Several of the deputies entered through the heavy woods between the church and the crash.

Montgomery County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Eddie Conley responded to the scene and ordered Eickenhorst Funeral Directors to transport the victim to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for autopsy.

The pilot has been identified as Michael Gene Mims, 51, of Conroe.

Law Enforcement officers remain on the scene with the Federal Aviation Administration Investigators and the National Transportation Safety Board investigators. DPS Troopers assisting in the crash were Troopers, Liebig, Sonnier, Taska, Frederick, McCandless, and Phipps.

The helicopter was an experimental helicopter.


JANUARY 16, 2015
DARING ARMORED VAN ROBBERY ON FIRETOWER ROAD
Just after 5:30 p.m. Friday the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an accident with shots fired in the 17400 block of Firetower, Road which is between FM 2090 and SH 242. Units arrived on the scene and found an armored van on its side and a Camaro which was stolen in Houston crashed into the fence. According to witnesses three vehicles, the Camaro, a Lincoln Navigator, and a Ford Expedition were parked on Firetower Road near Hayden Road. The van passed them on their normal route to Applied Machinery Company where they cash payroll checks on Fridays.
They gave chase and when the van attempted to turn into the driveway at Applied Machinery, the Camaro rammed the van several times flipping it over onto its side. A male then exited the Camaro and fired a shot into the windshield of the driver’s side. There was a secondary bulletproof glass shield behind the windshield which was not penetrated. By this time the other vehicles fled leaving the lone robber with the van. He was able to retrieve a minimal amount of cash before he fled into the woods on the west side of Firetower toward Caney Creek.
A DPS helicopter was requested and searched the area for a male dressed in all black with a black beanie. They and patrol units came up empty-handed. Detectives remained on the scene until 10 pm taking statements from witnesses, many of whom were just getting off work,
The man and woman in the van suffered minor injuries.
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office would like to hear from any person who may have seen what happened or have additional information that may help investigators locate the suspects.


JANUARY 16, 2016
W LAKE HOUSTON STABBING


JANUARY 16, 2017
SH 150 HAZMAT
About 730pm Monday an 18-wheeler hauling Phosphoric acid was traveling north on FM 1725 from Cleveland. As the driver approached the intersection of SH150 he did not realize FM 1725 ended at the intersection. The driver ran the stop sign and tried to negotiate a turn but with his speed was unable to. The truck rolled over in the ditch rupturing the diesel fuel tanks. The cargo load also began to leak but extremely slowly. Pumpkin Evergreen Fire Department of San Jacinto County was first to respond. When they arrived they requested assistance from New Waverly Fire Department, North Montgomery County Fire Department, Conroe Fire Haz-Mat, Woodlands Fire Haz-mat and Needham Fire Decon Team. The driver was uninjured. At midnight crews were still working to clean up the mess. Another tanker was enroute to offload the rolled over tanker and a heavy-duty wrecker was n the scene to recover the truck. San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office and DPS along with TXDOT are on the scene.

The road will remain closed possibly through the morning commute. SH 150 is a major thoroughfare for truck traffic from I-45 in New Waverly to Cleveland on I-69. It is also the main road from Coldspring to Willis which is heavily traveled.


JANUARY 16, 2018
SH 105 FATAL ON ICE COVERED BRIDGE
About 5 pm a male driver was traveling east on SH 105. As he crossed the Caney Creek bridge he lost control of the heavy icing on the bridge. His Toyota Tundra slid into the westbound lane and was struck by a 19-year old male driving a Ford Expedition. The 67-year-old driver of the Tundra was pronounced deceased on the scene after NMC firefighters cut him out. Montgomery County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts responded to the scene to perform an inquest. He ordered Eickenhorst Funeral Directors to transport the victim to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for autopsy. As of 9 pm, the wreck has cleared, however, TxDOT is attempting to sand and treat the road. They are currently enroute with the second load of the product as the ice was quite thick. During the crash investigation, the road temperature measured right at 20 degrees. At 10 p.m. the SH 105 bridge over Caney Creek remained closed due to heavy icing. TXDOT crews were working to reopen it.


JANUARY 16, 2019
CONROE-FIREHOUSE SUBS
Six years ago retired police officer Nancy Nixon decided to open Fire House Subs at 3021 I-45 in the Teas Crossing Shopping Center at FM 3083 and I-45. Immediately she went to work helping the community through Fire House Subs Grant Program. Several months ago she found Montgomery County Search and Rescue on Facebook and contacted Steve Degner who heads up the volunteer organization. She asked what was needed for the organization and a grant was written. They applied for funds for FLIR units. The grant was then approved by the Firehouse Subs Safety Foundation and today Montgomery County Search and Rescue were presented with 3 FLIR (forward-looking infrared scopes). Degner said these were especially needed for their searches at night and especially in the National Forest where most of their callouts originate. He said with these units you can spot a person at long distances whether it be on the ground or in a tree. Montgomery County Search and Rescue has served the community since 1984. They are all volunteers on call 24/7. Statistics show that without trained search and rescue crews one in five ends up as a fatality. Nixon also owns two other Firehouse Subs. The first at Cypresswood and Interstate 45 and the other at 2351 I-45 in Huntsville. A portion of each sale at all the Firehouse Subs in the US goes to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to provide funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. Since the inception in 2005, the Foundation has granted over $40 million to hometown heroes in 48 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $2.7 million in Texas.

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