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VIDEO STORIES FROM MAY 14TH OF YEARS PAST


MAY 14, 2009
NEW CANEY MAN FLOWN TO HOSPITAL AFTER EXTENSIVE EXTRICATION
EAST MONTGOMERY COUNTY- A Kingwood man survived a horrific crash on the northbound feeder road of US 59 near New Caney early Thursday.
His single cab full-size pickup left the roadway, becoming airborne, struck a tree, and flipped over in a deep ditch. Emergency responders arriving first on the scene radioed dispatchers saying they might be dealing with someone already deceased from the crash. However, Terry Dennis Sites, 56, of Kingwood was alive under the twisted metal. The extrication took a considerable length of time and even involved a DPS trooper. Sites were taken by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston’s Texas Medical Center.


MAY 14, 2013
CONROE OFFICER MEMORIAL
Conroe Police Officers were joined by DPS, Montgomery
County Sheriff’s Office, Precinct 1,2,3, and 4 Constables Offices, CISD Officers, and officers from most other communities in the area turned out to honor the Fallen Officers in Montgomery County and around the nation.


MAY 14, 2015
WILLIS STORM DAMAGE
Thursday afternoon storms were described by some residents on Blueberry Hill Drive in Willis as a hurricane coming across Lake Conroe. When it hit people took shelter in closets, and bathrooms as their homes shook and rains pelted the glass windows straight on. When all was over several homes had damage from porches torn off to metal buildings reduced to scrap metal. Even carports were torn away and roofs damaged. Blueberry Hill Road actually went underwater with the intense rains making it impassible.


MAY 14, 2015
STORM DAMAGE IN WALDEN
Heavy rains Thursday afternoon filled the streets of Walden making them impassible. The Landmark Condos near the Walden Yacht Club suffered most of the damage when the rain turned Melville Road into a river and flooded at least a dozen condos. A large tree on the property also toppled with the high winds and saturated ground. It is possible another round comes through on Friday with the afternoon heating..


MAY 14, 2014
CONROE POLICE MEMORIAL
This week is “Police Week” as several agencies across the US take time to memorialize the fallen officers.

In 1962 President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Thursday morning Conroe Police Department hosted the yearly memorial at Heritage Park. They paid tribute to fallen officers including Conroe Police Officer Sgt. Ed Holcomb Jr.

Sergeant Holcomb was shot with a rifle and killed as he approached a mobile home during a domestic dispute call August 24, 1982. He and three other officers had responded to the call and located the suspect’s wife running from the home. After talking to her the officers learned that the suspect was inside the mobile home and possibly armed.

Sergeant Holcomb was going to attempt to make contact with the suspect and walked onto the porch. As he walked past a sliding-glass door the suspect opened fire, striking him under his right arm in a spot not protected by his bulletproof vest. The suspect then lit his home on fire and shot himself.
Sergeant Holcomb was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wound three weeks later.
He had served with the Conroe Police Department for 5 years and was survived by his wife and son.

On hand were Officers from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, DPS, Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constables Office, Montgomery County Precinct 2 Constables Office, the Conroe Fire Department, Montgomery Police Department, and multiple other agencies.

Also attending besides families of officers were several Montgomery County Judges including Kathleen Hamilton and Claudia Laird. Also Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Wayne Mack who attended with his family.

“There are 900,000 law enforcement officers in the United States, including the City of Conroe,” said Webb Melder, Conroe mayor. “In 2013, there were 105 officers killed in the line of duty.”

Overall, there have been over 20,000 officers who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice, including one member of the City of Conroe, Melder said.

In 2014 there have been 42 officer deaths to date. This includes thirteen in auto crashes and three due to heart attacks.


MAY 14, 2015
CONROE POLICE MEMORIAL
The Conroe Police Department cordially invites the public to attend the 2015 Police Officers Memorial Ceremony on Thursday, May 14, 2015, 11:30 am at Heritage Place Park, 500 Collins St., Conroe, TX. The ceremony honors Our Nation’s fallen officers who have lost their lives during their service to the public. The Conroe Police Department has had one officer to die in the line of duty. In 1982, Sgt. Ed. Holcomb died of injuries sustained from a gunshot wound he received while responding to a domestic disturbance. The ceremony coincides with National Police Week, May 10-16th, where communities across the country come together to honor and remember those officers who have lost their lives in service to their communities. This year the names of 273 fallen officers will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. The names include officers killed in 2014 and officers who died in previous years but had not been added to the memorial.
The National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund website, nleomf.org, gives sobering statistics of the number of line of duty deaths for law enforcement officers. Of the over 20,000 law enforcement officers to make the ultimate sacrifice in our nation, 1695 of the deaths were Texas law enforcement officers. In 2014, approximately 117 law enforcement officers were killed nationwide, an increase of 9% compared to 2013. Over time, more officers have been killed in Texas than any other state.
The Conroe Police Department recognizes and appreciates the support of our community and would consider community presence at the 2015 Police Officers Memorial Ceremony an honor.


MAY 14, 2015
MURDER IN CONROE
On May 14th, at approximately 11:40 am, Conroe Police received information of a possible homicide that occurred on Woodland Hills Drive the previous night. A witness described seeing a 48 year old male being shot in the torso. The witness also claimed to be held against her will. The witness stated she was able to flee the location as the suspects were attempting to remove the body from the location. There was a short delay in a response to the location because the witness contacted law enforcement from another jurisdiction. Once Conroe Police Officers responded, one suspect was located and detained for further questioning. Late in the evening, the deceased victim was located in the 9000 block of N. Crystal Springs Circle, Conroe, Tx. The victim had been transported to the location after he was killed. Evidence found at the original crime scene and at the location where the body was found corroborated statements from witnesses. Also, information obtained from interviews with witnesses at the second location led to the identification of the possible second suspect. The suspect was located and detained for questioning. The two suspects, identified as Michael Irion Decker, 42, and Everett Earl Hieden, age 46, were arrested on charges of capital murder and taken to the Montgomery County Jail. The victim was identified as 48-year-old Joel Aponte.


MAY 14, 2016
REMAINS OF KOREAN WAR POW RETURNED
Between 1990 and 1994, North Korea returned to the United States 208 boxes of commingled human remains, which when combined with remains recovered during joint recovery operations in North Korea between 1996 and 2005, included the remains of at least 600 U.S. servicemen who fought during the war. North Korean documents included in the repatriation indicated that some of the remains were recovered from an associated with the Suan Bean POW Camp, where Williams was reported to have died.

To identify Williams’ remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used circumstantial evidence; DNA analysis, including mitochondrial DNA, which matched a maternal aunt and cousin; as well as dental and chest radiograph comparisons, which matched Williams’ records.

Today, 7,819 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using advances in technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that were previously turned over by North Korean officials or recovered by American teams.

Saturday morning the Patriot Guard, DPS Honor Guard and member of Williams family gathered on the tarmac at gate E4 at Bush Airport awaiting Williams return. As the 777-200 approached the gate the Houston Fire Department Crash Trucks honored him as they taxied under an arch of water provided by the water cannons on the trucks. His body was then loaded onto a hearse by the DPS Honor Guard. They were joined by the Patriot Guard Riders from the Houston area. The procession left Busgh and traveled Interstate 45 through Huntsvile where additional Patriot Guard riders from East Texas joined the procession. As the procession arrived in Madisonville, the Madisonville Fire Department was set up on each intersection saluting as Williams passed by.

Williams niece Nancy Williams Motal said they have waited for Williams return for 65 years. She said the last time he was seen was by his brother as they passed each other in 1951. As Williams was marching with his unit to the front, Williams brother was returning from the front with his unit. It was not long after that Sgt. Billy Williams was captured and forced to march over 100 miles to Suan, North Korea where he became ill and died.

Over 15 years ago the family was contacted and the military sent out a specialist to get a DNA swab from Nancy Williams Motal aunt who was 90-years-old at the time. Ater that it took years as the military had to go through boxes of remains that were returned to identify each bone.

Nancy Williams Motal said she knows now the military takes care of their own until the end. The years of working to identify all the boxes of remains.

“My dad used to say there is going to be a knock at the door and it is going to be Billy Joe”, Williams Motal said, “today that knock has come.”


MAY 14, 2016
HPD PURSUIT RESULTS IN FATAL CRASH
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in a fatal crash that occurred at 5400 North Freeway (North Interstate Highway 45) about 1:05 a.m. on Saturday (May 14).

The suspect, Edin Palacios (H/m, 26), is charged with murder and evading arrest in the 184th State District Court. A photo of suspect Palacios is attached to this news release.

The female victim, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her identity is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant L. Pate and Officer B. Collins reported:

HPD patrol officers attempted to stop a white Ford F-150 pickup truck, driven by Palacios, believed to be intoxicated. Palacios fled from police and then ran a red light at the intersection of the North Freeway and Tidwell where he struck a black Dodge Charger. The female passenger in the Dodge died at the scene. The male driver of the Dodge was transported to Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital with broken bones and internal injuries. Palacios was taken into custody at the scene and then transported to Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital in stable condition.


MAY 14, 2017
MCSO DEPUTIES TAKE DOWN NEW CANEY ROBBERS
Just after 530am, a robbery occurred at the CK Food Mart at FM 1485 and Kidd in New Caney. Montgomery County dispatchers quickly got a description of two males with masks. One with a .22 long gun and the other a shotgun. They took cash with several people in the store and fled i a maroon Ford F-150 pickup. Units sped to the scene and started searching the area. Within 20 minutes units spotted the vehicle on FM 1485 just north of Firetower Road and FM 1485. This is several miles north of the robbery location. Three suspects were taken into custody. Deputies recovered cash and multiple weapons in the vehicle. THe suspects did not resist. Approximately an hour earlier an attempted robbery was done on Colemans Grocery on FM 1485 near the State Park. Nothing was taken but it is believed to be the same suspects.


MAY 14, 2017
MAGNOLIA FIREFIGHTERS WORK HARD TO FREE CRASH VICTIM ON FM 1488
A crash early Sunday morning has sent a man to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Woodlands in critical condition. Magnolia Fire Department was dispatched to a reported single-vehicle crash on FM 1488 near Country Colony. This was across the street from Magnolia Parkway Elementary. When they arrived on the scene they found a white Ford SUV with heavy damage. The vehicle which had been westbound on FM 1488 came off the roadway for close to 100-yards, struck ad broke off a crosswalk sign then slammed into a pole supporting traffic lights. The crash trapped the driver who was the only occupant. Magnolia Firefighters worked non-stop for close to 30 minutes to free the critically injured man. DPS is investigating.


MAY 14, 2018
FM 1010 FATAL CRASH
Just after 10:30 am a black Chevrolet pickup was southbound on FM 1010 just south of Cleveland. A vehicle in front of him slowed to turn right into a private drive. The driver of the pickup went around the vehicle making the turn and slammed head-on into a northbound passenger car. The driver of the passenger vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the pickup was not injured.


MAY 14, 2019
SHOOTING THREAT MADE ON CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL
Just before 2 pm Montgomery County received a 911 call from a person threatening to shoot up a school. The call was determined to be from Liberty County and was transferred to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. Liberty County lost contact seconds later with the caller but the call was re-established moments later. Liberty County Dispatchers learned the female was threatening to shoot up Cleveland High School. Immediately Cleveland ISD was alerted and the schools went on lockdown. Tarkington followed suit as law enforcement officers from around the county converged on the school. Other law enforcement officers responded to a location off FM 1010 in the Plum Grove area where it was determined the call came from. At this hour Texas Rangers and Liberty County Deputies continue to question the female thought to be involved. The female who is 17-years old was just released May 5, 2019 after a prior threat. A high bond was set in that case but she was still able to bond out. Prior to that, she was handled at least twice for the same charge-terroristic threat. Those times she was given a personal recognizance bond.


MAY 14, 2020
CONROE POLICE WRESTLE GATOR AFTER AUTO VS GATOR CRASH
Just after midnight, Conroe Police received a call for an alligator in the roadway at Sgt. Ed Holcomb and South Loop 336 in Conroe. Units responded. DPS Troopers also came upon the incident. It appeared the gator’s tail had been run over but he was very much alive. The officers and troopers were able to coax it off the road but then the fun began as they attempted to relocate the gator. Using ropes and dog catcher catch poles they worked to get a noose over its mouth. The gator fought it until they succeeded. The gator was then loaded on Speedy’s Wrecker. Keeping the gator on the wrecker bed the officers were able to take it several miles away and release it in a swamp south of populated areas.


MAY 14, 2021
WILLIS DRIVER CRASHES INTO 20-FOOT RAVINE
Just after midnight, a Willis Police Officer on patrol discovered a man on the side of the road near the I-45 exit to Highway 75 almost at the Montgomery County line. He immediately called for fire ad EMS when he discovered the male had been ejected from his pickup truck which was some 20-feet down a ravine next to the road and unable to be seen clearly by passing vehicles. The male was transported in serious condition to Memorial Herman Hospital due to HCA Conroe Emergency Room being closed. It took two wreckers almost an hour to retrieve the heavily damaged 1-ton truck. According to Willis Police, the driver was southbound when he entered a curve, crossed the oncoming lane, missed the guardrail, and dropped down into the ravine with water in it.