SEPTEMBER 11, 2006
RICHARD FORD AND OFFICER AWARDS IN AUSTIN BY GOVERNOR PERRY
SEPTEMBER 11, 2009
MURDERED BABY FUNERAL IN CONROE
SEPTEMBER 11, 2010
LONE STAR HONOR FLIGHT GATHERING IN CONROE
Over 100 World War Two Veterans got together Saturday afternoon at the Ark Church in Conroe to view the video that was produced on the last two Lone Star Honor Flight trips to Washington D.C.. They were also awarded certificates showing they were on the flight.
Jim McIngvale (Mattress Mac) spoke with the veterans and then assisted in circulating the certificates to them. He also invited them to spend a day with him the day before Veterans Day.
Brenda Beaven who started the Lone Star Honor Flight in Montgomery ISD was presented with a scrapbook of photos from all five flights in which she organized the effort to send over 500 World War Two Veterans to Washington, D.C. for a one day trip. The logistics of raising the funds, arranging airline and bus travel, meal and escorts were also on her plate and the volunteers assisting her.
Some of these vets would never have seen the Memorial without the efforts of Blevins and the volunteers.
In addition to the scrapbook, Brenda was presented with an American Flag that with the help of Congressman Kevin Brady was flown over the capital.
One of the last flights Brenda didn’t think she would be able to go due to her daughter giving birth. The baby came early and Brenda was able to make the flight.
Congressman Kevin Brady and his staff were also big supporters of the Lone Star Honor Flight. Congressman Brady gathered with the veterans at 3 am for each of the five flights as they were gathering to depart Conroe for Bush Airport. Once in Washington D.C., he had made sure one of his assistants was also on hand for anything that may have been needed.
This was a tremendous help on the first flight when a sudden rainstorm moved in with drenching rains, hurricane-force winds, trees falling, and lightning flashing as the veterans were at the World War Two monument. As most of the volunteers hunkered down, trying to get out of the rain the veterans seemed virtually unaffected as they stood in the rain.
With everyone soaked through and being a one day trip so that no clothes had been packed Brady’s assistant took the busses to a local Target store and virtually bought all their towels and t-shirts for the veterans.
From that point on ponchos were packed for each additional trip.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2010
NASA TESTING PLANE OVER HOUSTON CREATES PANIC
091110 NASA TESTING PLANE OVER HOUSTON CREATES PANIC
NASA JET CIRCLES HOUSTON, TEXAS
SEPTEMBER 11, 2012
MONTGOMERY COUNTY PRECINCT 4 STOPS ONLINE SOLICITATION OF A MINOR
Thanks to the persistence of an East Montgomery County mom, and the determination of members of the Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, a child predator with multiple known victims is behind bars. Not only have they saved the children he was pursuing and victimizing through social media, but his young daughter’s 2008 outcry of sexual abuse has also been reexamined resulting in an indictment.
An in-depth multi-agency investigation led by Montgomery County Precinct 4 Capt. Mark Seals and Sgt. Art Looza produced damning evidence sent to preteen girls he befriended through Facebook, including not only messages that were sexual in nature, but also webcam video of 49-year-old Duane Charles Parker of Lafayette Louisiana masturbating while discussing what he would like to do to his victims.
Precinct 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden, who at one point had five men working on the investigation, said Parker was every parent’s nightmare.
“He’s the person you warn your kids about, and the reason we have to teach our children not to talk to strangers in person or online, even if they seem nice.” Constable Hayden said. “At almost 50 years old, Mr. Parker managed to befriend well over a dozen little girls without their parents’ knowledge with the intention of using them for his own twisted sexual gratification.”
So far, Duane Parker (a.k.a. Parker Duane, a.k.a. Johnny Pepper), is charged with 2 counts of second-degree felony Online Solicitation of a Minor Under 14 (Montgomery County); and 1 count of first-degree felony Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child (Galveston County). Parker’s bond is set at $300,000 ($100,000 for each charge).
His request for a bond reduction on the first two charges was denied in a Montgomery County court last Thursday. The same day, a Galveston County grand jury returned an indictment on the third and most serious charge, which was the result of a CPS investigation launched after Parker’s then 6-year-old daughter claimed he was sexually abusing her. That complaint was filed in 2008 by the child’s then 24-year-old mother. Records indicate the girl was born when the mother was 17 and Parker was 39.
With no action taken in the case, the couple split up but Parker retained parental rights to the now 10-year-old girl, who was with him at the time of his August 13 arrest. That child’s mother has a 6-year-old daughter by a different father and the 6-year-old was also with Parker when he was arrested. The mother lives in Kingwood, but the girls had been with Parker in Lafayette. His business, “1-800-CRAWFISH” or “Crawfish Unlimited” involves frequent trips between south Louisiana and southeast Texas.
Capt. Seals and Sgt. Looza believe there may be many more victims who have not come forward or who never knew Parker’s true identity.
Parker lived in Texas in 2008 when his daughter’s mother contacted Child Protective Services. He was convicted of Indecent Exposure in Galveston in 2010 after exposing his penis to a 17-year-old Starbucks employee as he sat in his vehicle at a drive-thru window. It is unclear exactly when Parker moved to Lafayette because he kept his Texas Driver’s License, which has the address of what is now a parking lot and was once a UPS store where he rented a mailbox.
“Every address connected with Duane Charles Parker was bogus,” Capt. Seals said.
The East Montgomery County mom who first alerted authorities, and whose identity is withheld to protect her family’s privacy, began noticing comments by an unfamiliar name on her daughter’s Facebook page. The person posting as “Parker Duane” was using a photo of a sports car as a profile picture, and listed no date of birth. The mom said her daughter, who turned 12 this year, accepted Parker’s friendship because they had several mutual friends, and all of them were schoolmates. It is unknown how Parker found and first connected with the circle of female friends (17 at last count), all of whom are now in the seventh grade. At first, the girl and her mother assumed with so many mutual friends, some of them must have known “Parker Duane” personally.
Parker began clicking “like” on the girl’s Facebook posts and when they frequently posted photos of themselves, as young girls do, Parker posted comments like “beautiful,” “I’m in love” and “XOX” using hearts and other flirtatious words and symbols typically used by preteens on one another’s pages. He also sent instant and private messages that became progressively inappropriate and the mom took control of her daughter’s account. Parker quickly confirmed the mother’s suspicions when he sent her daughter a lengthy private message that began, “hey Beautiful, omg ur so Beautiful ur a dream ur someone id love to be mine…” The message continued with Parker rambling, at one point writing, “I know I may scar(e) u but im safe loving and could only love you…” He also discussed wishing he were in her room lying on her bed, with her on top of him. The message was followed by a video that showed the trunk section of an adult male (now known to be Parker) in bikini underwear, exposing his genitals and masturbating.
Around the same time, the mother of another 12-year-old girl in the group contacted the reportee mom, saying “Parker Duane” was also sending sexual messages and pornographic video to her daughter and she had proof he was a grown man. Signed onto her daughter’s Facebook account, that mother searched through his page history and finally found a shirtless photo he posted of himself, sitting on a black leather sofa and making a peace sign. Comparing the photo to Parker when he was arrested, it appears to be around 20 years old, which would still make him around 30 when the photo was taken
The reportee mom contacted law enforcement, but “Parker Duane’s” account was deleted.
Capt. Seals said his agency contacted the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children, or ICAC division because they had a lot of experience with child predators who used the internet.
All involved believed the unidentified predator had become paranoid and would probably move on to another group, using a different name. They were partially right. It was not long before Parker returned to Facebook using the name “Johnny Pepper,” and contacting the girls in the same ways as before. This time, however, law enforcement was on the receiving end of his messages and videos. They obtained permission from the mothers of both girls to take control of their Facebook accounts and continued communicating with Parker as though they were the girls.
Investigators were able to identify and ultimately apprehend Parker through his business on August 13 at a restaurant on I-45 in Webster where he arrived to deliver an order. Child Protective Services took custody of Parker’s daughter and her half-sister upon his arrest and both were interviewed. As of now, Parker has not been charged in connection with the younger girl.
The unearthing of the 2008 case regarding Parker’s daughter has ignited a firestorm of controversy in Galveston County, with officials trying to explain why the case was not pursued for four years, leaving Parker with the right to be alone with a child who claimed he sexually assaulted her.
“The case fell through the cracks,” Maj. Ray Tuttoilmondo with the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office said. “Shortly after the case, Hurricane Ike hit and there were a number of services that involved things on the island that included the criminal justice system that kind of went through some delays because of the storm.”
“I’m not trying to use that as an excuse,” he said, “But is that what caused this particular case to fall through the cracks? We don’t know.”
“Things have changed since four years ago,” Tuttoilmondo said. “There’s better communication with the prosecutors – better communication with the district attorney’s office as a whole.”
“This is an unfortunate set of circumstances, and it certainly gives us pause to take a look at the entirety of the system so that we don’t have something like this happen again,” he said. “We need to figure out what happened with it first.”
District Attorney Jack Roady was not in the office in 2008, and he and Tuttoilmondo agree that communication between the agencies has improved since then.
“When it became clear that there was still an unresolved investigation from 2008, our first priority was to get the evidence presented to the grand jury,” Roady said. “Last week, a Galveston County grand jury heard that evidence and indicted Parker for the offense of aggravated sexual assault of a child.”
“We are also working with the Sheriff’s Office to get to the bottom of what happened with the investigation back in 2008,” he said. “We will aggressively pursue this case to see that justice is done.”
Montgomery County officials had no comment on the controversy connected with the handling of the 2008 case in Galveston County.
Constable Hayden said the Galveston County agencies involved in the Montgomery County Precinct 4 investigation and arrest had been more than helpful and cooperative and his agency was very appreciative.
Captain Seals said were it not for the assistance of the Galveston County Precinct 8 Constable’s Office and the Friendswood Police Department, they might still be searching for Duane Parker. They also received assistance from Erin Smith and Morgan Dossey, of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.
Precinct 4 contacted the FBI a couple of days before Parker’s arrest, and Sue Barrow from the FBI’s Conroe office was instrumental in getting Precinct 4 connected with the Louisiana State Police. On August 14, the Louisiana State Police secured and then initiated a search warrant at Parker’s Lafayette residence, removing evidence including multiple computers now being forensically analyzed. Additional charges are possible.
Constable Hayden hopes news of Parker’s arrest and his photo and other information will spread far and wide allowing any additional victims in Texas or Louisiana to come forward and seek justice.
Anyone who believes they have information regarding this case, or who may have been a victim, should contact Montgomery County Precinct 4, Captain Mark Seals, at 281-577-8985
SEPTEMBER 11, 2012
CUT N SHOOT AREA RESIDENTS READY TO TAKE ON THE THIEVES IN THEIR AREA
Cut N Shoot area residents tired of being victims of criminals. Criminals that are breaking into their homes, businesses and stealing almost anything that is not tied down have started a Facebook page and are forming neighborhood watches.
As the site says:
This webpage has been set up and designed for the people of Cut N Shoot and surrounding areas to tell your stories, give updates on cases, express concerns, give information and put in ideas on resolutions to some of the criminal activity that is going on in our area.
This is a way for us to meet our neighbors and find ways to help one another. We can come together as a community and we can find resolutions that will result in a means to the end of this recent crime wave that we have had.
You can also send a personal email to this page if you are going to be going out of town or whatever and know that someone will be able to keep a watchful eye out while you are away. This is an easy, quick way for us to stay informed and to stay in touch with one another without having to leave your home.
Let’s pull together and make this Cut N Shoot Crime Watch be a success. Lets let everyone know that we aren’t just known for the name of our town, but we are known respected for what our community came together and did for one another to take back the community that we love so much.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2014
A total of four people were arrested after a chase that followed a robbery at a pharmacy in northwest Harris County, officials said.
One suspect was shot by police and another one initially got away and took a woman and her two children hostage.
It all began at about 11:20 a.m. when two armed suspects robbed the TMP Pharmacy, just one block from the Police station.
A short chase began after that and the suspects were eventually cornered inside a stolen van along 455 School Road near a nursing home.
Police said the robbery suspects bailed from the van, at which time one of the suspects was shot by a Tomball officer.
The person was being treated by Northwest EMS.
The second suspect, who police said was armed, escaped. Law enforcement officers set up a perimeter around the area with assistance from a K9 unit and Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
A tip led them to a nearby apartment complex. The suspect had broken into an apartment and taken the victims hostage. He surrendered when deputies surrounded the apartment. The woman and her children weren’t harmed.
Back at the original crime scene, a resident told police he saw a black Lexus SUV drive up with the suspects’ van and said it remained behind. The SUV parked but its engine kept running the whole time. The windows were covered, and when police knocked on the SUV no one answered.
Eventually, the SUV quit running and firefighters had to pop open the door. Inside authorities found a very sweaty man lying on the floorboards.
Authorities believe he was manning a fresh getaway vehicle for the robbers. He told police he was waiting for his girlfriend, who did show up. She spotted police and tried to leave, but was also arrested.
Tomball Elementary and Tomball Intermediate School were placed on lockdown during the search.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
BUFFALO BAYOU WATER RESCUE
JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT, FRIDAY HFD QUIT THE SEARCH FOR A MALE KAYAKER AFTERWORD CAME TO HPD THAT A MALE WAS SEEN CRAWLING OUT OF THE WATER NEAR SHEPHERD AND BUFFALO BAYOU. BY THE TIME HPD ARRIVED THE PERSON WAS GONE. WITH TOTAL DARKNESS ON THE WATER AND WITH THE SWIFT CURRENT AND BRUSH AND TREES ALONG THE EDGE THE SEARCH WAS CALLED OF THE NIGHT. IT WILL BE DETERMINED SATURDAY AS IF TO CONTINUE OR NOT. A MAN AND A WOMAN WENT INTO THE BAYOU IN TWO KAYAKS AT THE WEST LOOP CLOSE TO SUNSET. THEY WERE NOT WEARING LIFE VESTS BUT HAD THEM IN THE BOAT. WITH SWIFT CURRENTS THEY GOT INTO TROUBLE THEY WERE IN THE WATER CLOSE TO AN HOUR BEFORE RESCUE TEAMS WERE CALLED. THE FEMALE MADE IT OUT OK.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
CROTCH ROCKET DRIVER ALMOST WENT SWIMMING
JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT FRIDAY A GROUP OF MOTORCYCLES WERE TRAVELING EASTBOUND O I-10 AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED. ONE CAME INTO A CURVE TO FAST AND HIT THE WLL ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE FREEWAY AND ALMOST WENT OVER INTO BUFFALO BAYOU BELOW AT MAIN. THE DRIVER JUMPED OFF THE BIKE WHICH HE JUST PURCHASED. THE BIKE CONTINUED ACROSS 4 LANES OF FREEWAY AND CRASHED INTO THE INSIDE CONCRETE WALL. THE DRIVER SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES AND WAS TRANSPORTED TO BEN TAUB HOSPITAL. THE FREEWAY WAS CLOSED FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES
SEPTEMBER 11, 2016
CONROE PATRIOT DAY CELEBRATION
A huge crowd turned out Sunday for the Patriots Day event at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4709 in Conroe. Attendees enjoyed guest speakers, patriotic music and delicious food, as they joined together with veterans and other Americans to remember the events of September 11, 2001.
Montgomery County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack gave the invocation, praying all Americans be blessed, and recalling the impact the events of 9/11 had on our country, having been the first such attack on American soil.
“We as a nation realized the enemies that hate us were willing to come to our homeland to make that point,” Mack said
Featured speaker, Congressman Kevin Brady, said it was really important to commemorate Patriots Day to “remember the victims and the heroism,” and “back our troops who’ve sacrificed for 15 years.” The Congressman said commemorations were vital for another reason, which is in line with the “we will never forget” theme.
He said he was afraid some members of congress were not taking the threat of terrorism seriously enough.
“I worry that day has faded for some,” Brady said.
He has a son who’s only 14 and was born after 9/11, and the congressman wants to make sure the young are taught about that day and how it changed the world.
Brady recalled being at his capitol office in Washington DC when the attack occurred and being forced to evacuate. He remembered when he and fellow representatives stood on the steps of the Capitol that day, and sang “God Bless America.” Afterward, he said, he and about five other Congressmen walked around and looked toward the Pentagon where they could see the smoke from the attack that occurred there. They stopped and prayed, not knowing what the future held for the country they represented.
Brady said it was Americans’ obligation to remember the victims of that day, and of the acts of terror that have since occurred.
Floyd Stewart, Post Commander of VFW 4709, said around 1,500 people were fed Sunday, all with donations from sponsors and by volunteer cooks. The City of Conroe was one of the major sponsors and Mayor Toby Powell was actively involved.
Another special guest at Sunday’s even was retired NYPD Detective Victoria Thompkins, who brought artifacts and insight. She said it was primary election day in New York on 9/11, and she believes that significantly decreased the number of casualties. Most people have no idea how much worse it could have been, she said.
“People were arriving a little late to work,” she said. “I was at home getting ready to go to disorder control training (police response to riots, disorderly conduct, etc.).”
“The first plane hit the building and I knew wasn’t going to training,” Thompkins said.
She was among those who lost friends and coworkers in the World Trade Center.
“We keep their memory alive so that nobody else will forget,” Thompkins said.
When asked if she feared an attack like 9/11 would ever happen again, she said, “To me, it’s a matter of when…not if.”
SEPTEMBER 11, 2016
FATAL CRASH I-69 AND BELLERIVE
Houston police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred at 6900 Southwest Freeway (South U.S. Highway 59) service road about 3:10 a.m. on Sunday (Sept. 11).
The female victim, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her identity is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant A. Thomas and Officer Y. Haq reported:
The victim, driving a silver Nissan Maxima, and the driver of another unknown vehicle were both driving at a high rate of speed southbound at the above address. The unknown vehicle apparently struck the Maxima, causing the victim to lose control, run off the road, and strike a pole. The Maxima’s driver died at the scene. The driver of the unknown vehicle fled and remains at large.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the HPD Vehicular Crimes Division at 713-247-4072 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
The investigation is continuing.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2017
DAILY STOP CRASH BURGLARY
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office detectives are still searching for suspects involved in East Montgomery County crash burglary Just after 3am on September 11, 2017 Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office got a call for an alarm at the Daily Stop convenience store located on US 59 at Roman Forest Blvd. When they arrived they found the front of the store caved in and parts of a Ford pickup scattered in the driveway. The suspects tried to get the empty ATM but as you can see in the first 10 seconds of the video they failed. The 3 black males then jumped over the counter, there they found the cash register open and empty. After settling for a few packs of Kool Cigarettes the males fled the scene, The white Ford pickup is now missing a right side mirror, half of a bumper cover, a taillight and a bent tailgate. The store suffered severe damage. Montgomery County was assisted by Roman Forest, Splendora and Precinct 4. Please call Crime Stoppers or Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office with any information.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2018
MONTGOMERY CITY COUNCIL VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE ON POLICE CHIEF CAN GETS KICKED DOWN THE ROAD
Last week Montgomery Police Chief Jim Napolitano was called into the to City Hall by City Administrator Jack Yates to be told he was suggesting the city council do a vote of no confidence on the Chief. This was done with no written explanation, on the day the Chief was celebrating his anniversary with his wife. The allegation was not written and all the Chief was told was he had lied to the City Administrator. The Chief denied the allegation. The Chief who came to Montgomery from the Secret Service has excellent credentials. He was responsible for the lives of 3 Presidents during his career. Since then he has trained countless officials, church leaders and business owners on how to handle at terroristic threat. He is loved by the community and it showed Tuesday night as the parking lot at City Hall filled and the standing room only crowd waited angerly on what was in store. The Council Meeting was started and the item which was the last on the list to determine the Chief’s fate quickly got moved to the front. It was then tabled. One reason was the council was advised that the Chief had not been formally notified of the allegations in writing. The second was that the Chief requested it brought in an open session with the public in attendance and not behind closed doors. The session was then open for the public to speak, speak they did, residents, business owners, even law enforcement officials from around the county. There was not one negative comment. All praised the Chief for the work he had done. Many residents and business owners call it a personal vendetta against the Chief by Jack Yates and Mayor Sara Countryman. This is not the first time the issue has come up. The last time it resulted in a 4 to 1 Council vote to keep the Chief. Two prior Police Chiefs have also been subjected to the politics in the city where it appears the City Council will not let the police do their job without interference.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2020
TEXAS FIREFIGHTERS DEPLOY TO CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES
Just after noon, today fire crews from around the Houston area started filling the Buc-ees parking lot in Katy. Crews from North Montgomery County, Houston, Porter, Caney Creek, South Montgomery County, Webster, Baytown, and Fulshear left at 230pm for the long drive to California to help with the massive wildfires there. In all Texas is deploying 50 departments to California. Meanwhile, several local crews will return this week after almost a month in California.
Governor Greg Abbott today announced that firefighters and support personnel from across Texas have been deployed to help combat the devastating wildfires currently impacting the state of California. Approximately 190 firefighters, 50 fire trucks, and 10 command vehicles from 56 fire departments in Texas will be deployed to California today. These resources are in addition to the 44 firefighters, 10 fire trucks, and 2 command vehicles previously deployed in late August.
This deployment is made possible through the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS), where the state of Texas is able to mobilize resources from fire departments across the state.
“Texas is ready to answer the call for help when disaster strikes — whether it’s here in the Lone Star State or across the country,” said Governor Abbott. “I thank the brave men and women serving in our fire departments across Texas for stepping up to help Californians in need as these fires continue to burn. I ask all Texans to join me and Cecilia in prayer for the courageous firefighters battling these wildfires, as well as those who have been affected by this disaster.”
SEPTEMBER 11, 2020
GARBAGE TRUCK CRASHES INTO CREEK
At 1:15 pm Friday a garbage truck was traveling west on FM 1375 near the Walker/Montgomery County line when the driver overcorrected and ran across the eastbound lane crashing into a river level sensor and going down into the creek. The box broke off the body of the truck as did the axle. Oil and Hydraulic fluids were spilled into the creek. Milstead Hazmat responded to the scene and is damming the creek to prevent the fluids from going downstream. FM 1375 is down to one lane just east of Osbourne Road and will be that way for several more hours. The driver was not injured.