AUGUST 4, 2006

AUGUST 4, 2010

AUGUST 4, 2010
Judge Mett’s, Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace has been big on education since taking office. He has been very strict on students who fail to attend school and even tougher on parents who allow their children to miss school. Over the past year, he has jailed many both students and parents on contempt of court charges for continued absences.  Last week he held a court session for many more students and parents who did not attend the last months of school. On this court date, five were jailed on contempt charges. However many thought they slipped through the cracks by just not showing up in court. This was not the first time it has happened and Failure To Appear Warrants were issued each time.

Today Judge Metts Staff along with the Precinct 4 Constables Office, New Caney ISD Police, Splendora ISD Police, and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office participated in a warrant round up to clear some of these warrants. Deputies fanned out throughout Montgomery County arresting these people and bringing them to jail. After all, was said and done over twenty people were placed in the Montgomery County Jail. Many others came in to pay their fines.

As most were being booked in and the holding cells filled one young lady, Trina Mitchell Hill of Splendora thought different from being there. She walked out of the building. It was noticed immediately and deputies fanned out around the courthouse area in an attempt to locate her. About thirty minutes later she was located across the freeway from the annex and was taken back into custody. She now faces an additional charge of escape.

AUGUST 4, 2012
Mamie McLachlan and her sister Ruby Reyes grew up in on Roy Street in Magnolia then moved away. Her mother remained but lost her home to a fire many years ago. Since many of the children were returning home from time to time she had a home moved in. After her passing the home fell to disrepair it wasn’t long before scrappers removed the metal roof of the home. Soon the remaining roof began to fall in followed by some of the walls and the floor. The to much for the sisters to bear for demolition it sat. The Magnolia City Council asked Police Chief Ibarra what could be done. When he was in Corpus Christi many homes needed to be removed also and he learned ways this could be done. But the legal expense alone to the city to condemn the property and prepare for demolition would have been close to $40,000. Then on April 11 of this year Chief Ibarra saw a story on KHOU in Houston when they focused on the over 8,000 homes in Houston that needed to be demolished. After a controversial ruling by the state supreme court in January, it will take even longer to remove the homes. The ruling entitles property owners of structures deemed dangerous and a public nuisance to an independent judicial review before a city can tear them down. Some Texas cities have put a halt to all demolition work. But Mayor Annise Parker has established a demolition assessment panel to identify buildings the city can level without the threat of a lawsuit. The Chief said he would love to be part of her panel. It caused him to start looking at alternatives. Volunteer organizations and the community coming together to remove these building wasn’t included in the ruling. Just about that time Summer Foltz and Jill Gabriel, both recent graduates of the Magnolia Police Department Citizens Police Academy walked into his office. The two were looking for a project. Within months the red tape was cut. The owners of the property agreed to sign off on demolition, Local Attorney Steve Crews handled the legal work on his own time at no charge. Jill’s husband, Daniel Gabriel with DLG Timber provided the equipment to demolish the home. Before any work could start Texas Star Propane had to go to the location to remove the old propane tank and it’s supply lines. WCA Waste provided at least four roll off containers and covered the landfill fees to dispose of the home. They got North Houston Trucking to provide the transportation of the equipment to the site. Then talking with local merchants Food Basket and Brookshire Brothers provided food, water and snacks for all the volunteers of the Keep Montgomery County Beautiful organization. Many other volunteers signed on, both neighbors and church groups. What started out small turned into a block party. Magnolia Fire Department stood by to wet surfaces down to prevent large amounts of dust. The Magnolia Police Department provided security and traffic control and a throwing arm from time to time as one officer passed the football to several youngsters in the area. Just minutes after 8 a.m Saturday everyone gathered for a prayer and within minutes the demolition began. With the first swing of the bucket much of the house fell in. Within an hour the entire house was loaded in the containers to be hauled off. Several dead and dangerous trees were also removed. Chief said there are a few more home like this in the city he would like to remove.

AUGUST 4, 2012
At noon Friday outgoing Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable Tim Holifield who after sixteen-years in that office resigned and swore in newly elected Constable Ryan Gable. Gable who has spent the last nineteen years with Harris County was elected after Constable Holifield did not seek re-election. Besides Gable and his family which includes his father who is a Harris County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant, Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Ron Hickman, Montgomery County Precinct 1 Chief Deputy Hatcher, several other friends and co-workers attended. Judge Sadler told the group that it was rare to have newly elected officials in Montgomery County. When Gable was asked to say a few words he referred the task to his wife Heather who thanked all the supporters. Tim Holifield will now take over Animal Control as the director and has also been appointed by Commissioners as Montgomery County Animal Cruelty Investigator.

AUGUST 4, 2013
On June 11, 2013 the explosion of a home in Dobbin, Texas which is in far west Montgomery County killed Jennifer Mock and Lena Knight. Both were initially flown to the hospital with severe burns. Little Wyatt Smith was also flown to the burn center but is out of the hospital now and was nothing but smiles today as friends put together a benefit to assist the family with funeral expenses and medical bills.
The benefit which has been in the planning stages for over a month was held today at the Lone Star Community Center in Montgomery.
Almost 2 tons of brisket was cooked along with 1000 pounds of sausage. Crowds today were estimated at almost 2000 people. Many came by to get to-go meals, some purchased $75 briskets and many others just stopped by to donate.
The ones that stayed were treated to a live auction and the music of several including Josh Ward, Bri Bagwell and Clayton Gardner.
Some of the auction items included a signed JJ Wyatt Jersey, a signed basketball by Jeremy Lin and much more.
It continues until 7pm tonight and there are briskets still available.
Lone Star Community Center is located on Lone Star Parkway west of FM 149 and north of SH 105.
The Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office and Texas Railroad Commission are still investigating how the propane built up under the house. They feel that when the stove was turned on it ignited the gas.

AUGUST 4, 2018
After waiting several days for orders, North Montgomery County Fire Department and Porter Fire Department were given deployment orders to the California Wildfires. The trucks that are being sent are trucks obtained on a grant with the agreement that they would be manned and deployed as needed wherever needed. Over the years that has mostly been Texas. This is the first deployment outside Texas for the departments. Saturday afternoon they delivered the trucks to Webster where they are being loaded on 18-wheelers for the 2500 mile trip. Along with their trucks are Galveston, Webster and Baytown. Baytown just picked their new truck up 3-days ago and will be its first mission. The crews for the trucks are being flown to Sacramento, California where their trucks will meet them. The current plan is 18-day rotations on the crews. The equipment will remain but a fresh crew will be flown out. Currently, thousands of acres are on fire in the Western United States with no end in sight.

AUGUST 4, 2020

Last week Montgomery County Auto Theft Task Force had information of a vehicle in Crater Lake in the oil fields off FM 3083. After deploying side-scan sonar they discovered an unknown vehicle in 30-feet of water. This morning Detectives with the Auto Theft Task Force along with divers from the Montgomery County Precinct 1 Marine Division and Caney Creek Fire Department went back to the location to recover the vehicle. Divers were put into the black water and were tasked with connecting a cable from a Texas Towing and Recovery wrecker to the vehicle. After about an hour the vehicle was pinpointed and cables were connected. Slowly the silver 2013 Dodge Dart came to the surface and was removed. This has not been the first vehicle recovered from the lake over the years which has also yielded several bodies since the lake was created in the 1930s. Once divers were out of the water the had to be decontaminated and scrubbed down. Additional details later today.

AUGUST 4, 2020
Just after 8 pm crews were dispatched to Willowbend Road in Walden. It was reported a 39-year-old male jumped into the water and did not surface. Montgomery Firefighters were first on scene and immediately put two firefighters in the water. North Montgomery County Fireboat responded as did Montgomery County Precinct 1 Lake Patrol. Within 30 minutes the victim was recovered near where he went down. MCHD Medics pronounced the victim deceased. According to Constable Cash, the male jumped off a dock of a home they were renting in Walden. He jumped into 6-feet of water and did not resurface. Montgomery County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack responded for an inquest and ordered Eickenhorst Funeral Directors to transport the victim to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for autopsy.

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