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ON THIS DAY, JANUARY 19,____- VIDEO NEWS STORIES FROM YEARS PAST


JANUARY 19, 2008
PLANE DOWN IN WALKER COUNTY

DPS PURSUIT FROM WOOD BRANCH TO CLEVELAND OF MOTORCYCLE CRITICALLY INJURES TWO
Note: This article was revised Tuesday afternoon after it was learned that the female victim was on life support and not deceased as originally reported. Incorrect information was provided to Cleveland Police, who contacted this publication to correct their statement as soon as they learned they were misinformed. The names were held until they could be verified by police. At the scene, the driver Glenn Gerald Jeane II age 33 of New Caney ( formerly of Montgomery) gave officers a driver’s license belonging to Thomas Vienot age 55. He falsely claimed to be Vienot.
The female on the motorcycle was identified as Victoria “Vikki” Parks age 18 of Splendora.

An overnight high-speed chase that began in East Montgomery County left a man critically injured and his female passenger on life support at Hermann Hospital in Houston.

It was just after 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday when Woodbranch Village Police tried to initiate a traffic stop on a motorcycle traveling north on Hwy 59. The bike did not pull over but sped up, and police gave chase, with Texas Department of Public Safety and Splendora Police Department units joining the pursuit.

The suspect continued to increase his speed reaching an estimated 120 miles per hour and continuing into Liberty County.

Cleveland Police were notified as the chase approached that city. The bike continued through Cleveland on Hwy 59 until reaching the city’s last exit, which is Loop 573 / Washington Avenue.

The motorcycle took the exit with little reduction in speed. About ¼ mile into the exit, the road makes a 90-degree turn. The suspect was unable to navigate the turn and lost control, running off the road, through a field and partially jumping a bar ditch and striking it on the other side.

The suspect remained on the bike, flipping several times, but his female passenger was ejected over 50 feet. Neither was wearing a helmet. The woman’s condition was obviously very critical. Medics took her by ground ambulance to Kingwood Hospital with severe head and internal injuries and a broken back. She was later taken to Hermann Hospital in Houston where she was initially listed as deceased, according to Cleveland Police.

The male driver’s injuries were initially thought to be far less serious and he was transported by ground ambulance to a hospital in Cleveland. However, it was later realized his condition, which included head injuries, was more serious than it first appeared and he was transported by ground ambulance to Hermann Hospital in Houston in critical condition.

The bike was found to be stolen and was taken as evidence.

The Cleveland Police Department processed the scene with the help of the Texas Department of Public Safety.


JANUARY 19, 2014
SPLENDORA ISD SUPERINTENDENT BURNED IN HOUSE FIRE
At 1 am Sunday morning Montgomery County 911 received a call stating there was a house fire at Oaklawn and Enloe in the City of Splendora. The caller stated they heard an explosion and then saw flames.

Units from Splendora, Plum Grove, and New Caney Fire Departments along with MCHD responded to the scene. The first units on the scene reported light smoke visible but moments later reported fire inside the structure.

The homeowner, Splendora Superintendent Dr. Genese Bell was burned on her head and feet. She was transported by MCHD in stable condition to Kingwood Hospital. Her husband, David Bell, Assistant Principal at Shepherd Middle School was uninjured. Their 13-year-old teen daughter also suffered a minor burn.

David Bell said they were asleep when they heard the smoke detectors go off and their small dogs in the bedroom with them started barking. As he opened the door he saw flames. “My wife immediately ran through the flames attempting to get to her baby’s room, that’s where she received her burns,” David Bell said.

Their daughter reported that she saw someone run out the front of the house and she went after them and had not been in the room when it happened.

Inside the home, their daughters’ bedroom was heavily damaged as was some of the furniture in the home. The tile floor in the living room showed signs of a trail of fire across it. The back doors hung to the outside as the portion of the wall supporting them appeared to have been pushed off the slab.

The fire was quickly brought under control with minimal damage to most of the structure.

The Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the scene and was seen taking burned carpet samples.

The Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office is still investigating the incident and would only say at this time that the fire is under investigation.

Montgomery County Deputies and Splendora Police searched the area but were not able to locate anyone. The daughter was distraught and was not able to provide a description of the person running except that it was a male.

The Bell’s other sons who attend Texas A&M were in College Station for the Aggie Bonfire which was finally done last night. It was to have burned before the Aggie football against Missouri game but rains prevented it.


JANUARY 19, 2014
MOTORCYCLE FATAL CRASH FM 1960 AT I-45
On Sunday, January 19, 2014, Patrick Allen White was operating a red 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle and traveling southbound at approximately the 17350 block of the North Freeway Frontage Rd. Patrick White entered the HOV entrance ramp which was closed and as a result, his motorcycle struck the swing arm gate and another metal gate. Patrick Allen’s brother was operating a separate motorcycle approaching from behind and was also entangled in the crash. Patrick White died at the scene from injuries sustained during the crash. His brother, Kenneth White, was transported by LifeFlight with serious bodily injuries sustained during the crash. This crash remains under investigation by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office-Traffic Enforcement Division.


JANUARY 19, 2015
PASADENA 2 ALARM APARTMENT FIRE
Just before midnight, Sunday Pasadena firefighters were dispatched to the Cinnamon Ridge Apartments at 6565 Spencer Highway in Pasadena for an apartment fire. First units on the scene reported flame through the soffit area of the roof. Firefighters were able to make a quick attack restricting the flames to the common attic. Seven units suffered smoke and water damage. The Pasadena Fire Chief said one resident stated his wife had clothes in the dryer and moments later he saw flames crawling up the wall. There were no injuries.
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JANUARY 19, 2015
FOXWOOD HOUSE FIRE
Firefighters are on the scene of a house fire on Fox Haven Lane, in the Foxwood Forest Subdivision off 1960 near Humble.


JANUARY 19, 2017
TRUCK THEFT AND PURSUIT
Just after midnight, a resident of an apartment complex on FM 1960 heard his Ford F-250 diesel start in the parking lot. He immediately ran to the door as the truck was leaving. Lawrence got into his other vehicle and gave chase while on the phone with 911. The truck pulled into the Flying J parking lot on I-45 at Richey. As it attempted to leave, Lawrence blocked it in. At that point, two black males leaned out the window telling Lawrence to get out of their way. Unknown if they were armed, he complied but stayed on with 911. Lawrence chased them to West Mt. Houston and I—45 where Harris County Sheriff’s Office units attempted to stop the truck. It fled on Mt. Houston, continuing on SH 249 to West Montgomery and then traveled south on West Montgomery. Just before reaching Mt. Houston again they crashed into the woods and fled on foot. One was taken into custody immediately, the second the K-9 located and took into custody. Lawrence said his steering column is destroyed along with damage to the front end and a rear tire.


JANUARY 19, 2017
HOMICIDE IN INWOOD FOREST SUBDIVISION
Just after midnight shots rang out on Bahia Forest Drive in the Inwood North Subdivision. Inside were 5 children who heard the shots. They immediately called the father’s girlfriend, the teen son went to the garage and found his father. HCEC responded to the scene as did Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Office who patrols the area. A male was found in the garage and was deceased. According to neighbors, five of the fathers six children had been living in the home since last summer. He was recently laid off from his job. Harris County Investigators still have not finished their investigation as we are waiting on details.

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