SEPTEMBER 15, 2006

SEPTEMBER 15, 2007

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014
Saturday morning Leon Paramedic Michael Howard responded for a call for help. While on the scene Howard himself, who is only 46-years-old went into cardiac arrest himself. He died on the scene.

Howard was transported to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for an autopsy which was completed Monday morning.

Just after noon a Leon County ambulance along with members of the Montgomery County Hospital District Honor Guard and Bryn Fire Department Honor Guard transported Howard’s body back to the Bryan College Station area where funeral arrangements were pending.

Howard, a paramedic in Leon County for the past 22-years was also a TEEX Instructor.

TEEX released a statement about Howard: “TEEX was sad to learn of the unexpected death of former adjunct instructor, Michael Howard. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has lost a valuable asset to retirement, with this week’s announcement of the departure of Argo, the K-9 partner of Deputy David Birch.

Argo was recognized in Commissioners Court Monday morning followed by a celebration at the Sheriff’s Office, where Argo devoured his red velvet retirement cake.

Deputy Birch said his 9-year-old German Shepherd partner was imported from the Czech Republic to Embry, Indiana. The pair trained together for six weeks before Argo joined the sheriff’s office in 2010.

“We hit the streets of Montgomery County once he graduated, and he has been responsible for numerous narcotics arrests, apprehensions, finding lost persons, and lost articles,” Birch said.

In early 2011, Deputy Birch and Argo earned certifications in narcotics detection and tracking and patrol and also won four awards in Criminal Apprehension, Tracking, Overall Patrol, and the “Rookie Dog” Award in the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA)

Sadly, Argo’s career in law enforcement ended early not because he lost his enthusiasm, but because of a medical issue.

“He’s at that age, and it was just a genetic issue German Shepherd breeds have with physical agility,” Birch said. “His body can’t take what we require police dogs to do anymore.”

Birch’s next K-9 partner, Hummer, is now in training.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2018
Approximately 2:20 am on Saturday a Splendora female Officer attempted a traffic stop on US 59 southbound just south of FM 2090. The vehicle which had three occupants pulled over. A male got was one that exited the vehicle and then assaulted the officer. While in an extensive fight in which the suspect tried to get her weapon his knife was dropped. The officer who was injured while on the ground fighting him was able to deploy her taser with no effect on the male. An assist the officer was put out and had multiple agencies responding. As the male ran across the freeway from east to west several Montgomery County Precinct 4 units were northbound exiting Splendora. When he was spotted by a deputy on patrol car slammed into the other. Neither officer of the K-9 was injured. Additional units were still arriving. MCHD and EMCFD responded to the officer who was injured. Seeing the other patrol cars crashed across the freeway she, even though she was injured waved fire and EMS on telling them to go to the crash first. Other fire and EMS units soon arrived and transported the injured Splendora Officer to the hospital in stable condition with a head injury. A DPS helicopter that had been assisting Harris County on locating a suspect shooting at officers on Winfield and US 59 responded to Splendora and started the search for the suspect that assaulted the Splendora Officer. The suspect was spotted by the helicopter about a half-mile down Ipes Road in the back pasture of a home lying in the grass. Precinct 4 Deputies responded to that location along with a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department K-9. The K-9 Deputy shouted out several verbal commands for the male to give up before the dog was turned loose to search for him. The male never responded. As officers went into the pasture they still did not see what the helicopter was seeing but the keen sense of the dog spotted the male and grabbed his arm as he started to make a quick move. He was treated for a deep dog bite wound to the arm at the scene and then transported to Conroe Regional Medical Center for further treatment. He is facing multiple charges including aggravated assault on a peace officer and evading. It appeared from his strength that he was on some type of narcotic.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2019
At 7:30 am Sunday morning, a driver going west on FM 2090 just east of Tommy Smith Road spotted a woman lying in the ditch on the south side of the roadway. MCHD and Caney Creek Fire responded to the scene. It was determined that the female who is believed to have been jogging was struck by a vehicle that was eastbound and ran off the roadway between 6 am and 7 am. The female is in critical condition at Conroe Regional Hospital with two broken legs and internal injuries. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene. DPS Troopers spent over 3 hours collecting evidence from the scene. The evidence has determined that the vehicle in question is a white or light gray Hyundai with heavy front end damage. DPS is asking anyone who may have seen the crash or a vehicle off the roadway or a vehicle with heavy front damage in that area to contact DPS- New Caney at 281-577-8972 or the Montgomery County Sheriffs Office or Montgomery County Crime Stoppers.