JANUARY 28, 2010
FIREFIGHTERS WORK AN HOUR ON SPLENDORA -DAW COLLINS CRASH TO FREE VICTIM
Just before 4 a.m. Thursday, emergency crews responded to the crash in the 11200 block of on Daw Collins Rd. north of FM 2090 in the Splendora area, where they found a pickup had struck a tree, sheering it in half and dropping it across the road, with the rest of the tree embedded in the driver’s side door.
As medics worked to stabilize the seriously injured driver, later identified as Oklahoma resident Jessie Lawhon, the passenger sat watching on the tree in the road. The passenger, 19-year-old Brian Seitan of Cleveland, sustained only minor injuries and was joined by several other teens.
Splendora firefighters first cut the windshield to gain access, but soon realized the victim was trapped beneath the steering wheel and the dash itself. Using the “jaws of life” tool, they hooked a chain to the frame and the other around the steering column. Pulling it together, the steering wheel lifted somewhat.
It was then determined the tree was supporting the truck, so it was shored up for stabilization as a firefighter used a chainsaw to cut the tree at the base. Even after the tree was cut through, the truck door was gripping it like a hand.
Senior firefighters said it took some “old school” techniques to get the job done, such as using the fire department Explorer with a chain hooked to it to pull the tree out.
The door, crumpled from the tree and resting against the driver, had to be removed. It took more time to cut the door hinges and electrical connection and the door still refused to release.
Several firefighters, wrecker drivers, and police officers joined forces to pull the door free. Unfortunately, the driver remained trapped.
After removing several components such as the radio and accessories, the driver was finally free and medics were able to see and start to treat his severely injured leg.
PHI Air Medical responded, landing on FM 2090 at Daw Collins, as the fire departments tried to stop traffic, with vehicles continuing to ignore the emergency lights and try to go around.
A woman holding a small child, who said she was a family member, got out of her vehicle. Ignoring the orders of emergency crews, she sneaked onto the scene, getting dangerously close to the helicopter’s rotors.
Lawhon was transported by PHI to Hermann Hospital in Houston’s Texas Medical Center.
The driver of the second vehicle was 18-year-old James Mcgehee of Splendora, who was determined to have alcohol in his system. His vehicle was towed, but he was allowed to leave the scene.
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Martin said witnesses stated the teens were drag racing.
Ironically, the crash came two days after a Montgomery County grand jury indicted two Conroe teens in connection with a motor vehicle street racing accident that claimed the life of a Conroe High School senior football star last Memorial Day weekend.
ORIGINAL STORY AND PHOTOS
JANUARY 28, 2014
ICING CLOSES US 59
US 59 through Cleveland is closed due to heavy icing. Cleveland Police, wreckers and fire fighters are diverting traffic through town.
SH 105 west of Cleveland is beginning to ice and TXDOT has just started sanding operations. The moisture has stopped but the temperature actually dropped a degree to 26.
Also in Liberty County, the bridge between Hull and Daisetta on FM 770 is iced over.
JANUARY 28, 2014
“MIB” BUST CHILD PORN SUSPECT AGAIN
The “Men In Black” did not take a snow day Tuesday like many of the other Montgomery County employees. They went in early Tuesday morning, built a snowman and got to work drafting a search warrant. The warrant was for Cody Durden, a 25-year-old man who resides at 17638 FM 1485 in New Caney.
Houston Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) team notified the Montgomery County Precinct 4 ICAC team that they had information that Durden was in possession of child pornography. After investigation, Precinct 4 deputies determined there was evidence that Durden was in possession of child pornography on his computer, in a home he shared with 54-year-old Vernon Michael Zellner, the owner of several area businesses including the former Po Man’s Fireworks, now named New Caney Fireworks. He also owned A&A Medical Equipment and a construction company.
The search warrant was signed just after dark, and at 9 p.m. multiple units with Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office executed the search warrant.
Investigators discovered at least 500 images of child pornography on the computer and a measurable amount of marijuana in residence. Both men were arrested and transported to the Montgomery County Jail.
This is not the first time for the visit. On June 3, 2013, Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constables Office with the assistance of Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constables Office, Department of Homeland Security, Conroe Police, Beaumont Police, and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. Those agencies were also working cases on Durden for possession of child pornography.
Both Durden and Zellner were both taken into custody at that time. Zellner was then charged with possession of marijuana, a felony.
That charge was reduced in the 221st District Court of Montgomery County to a Class A Misdemeanor. Zellner was sentenced to thirty days in the Montgomery County Jail and a fine of $319,
Durden was indicted on five counts of possession of child pornography, He bonded out on over $150,000 in bonds. One of the stipulations of his bond was that he was strictly forbidden to use the internet.
JANUARY 28, 2017
WRECKER VS PEDESTRIAN CRASH ON ALDINE MAIL ROUTE
On Friday, January 28, 2017, at approximately 8:25 pm, an unknown male was walking from east to west through a parking lot located at 5202 Aldine Mail Road, Houston, Harris County, Texas. A white Chevy 3500 Tow Truck was driving north in the parking lot and struck the male. The male sustained injuries in the crash and found no signs of life on the scene. The identification of the male is being determined by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences. This case is under investigation by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Division. According to witnesses the wrecker was just leaving a parking spot and was traveling at a very slow speed. Deputies are calling this a tragic accident.
JANUARY 28, 2017
HOUSTON FIRE ON WITCHITA
A family of 5 barely got out of their home on Wichita St. in Houston early Saturday morning before it became an inferno. Houston Fire Department responded just after 530 am. They arrived to find heavy fire conditions, however as they were able to knock it down, heavy black smoke began to billow out of the roof. The District Chief ordered all fire crews to exit the house. As the last man came out the upper section of the house erupted in flames once again. A small child was snatched by her mother seconds before flames reached her. The mother was alerted by the smoke. The owner believes the fire started in an area where a new window air conditioner/heater was installed. Houston Fire Department Arson with investigating to determine the case. The house has been in the family for over 50 years.ST. -HOUSTON
JANUARY 28, 2017
RANKIN ROAD FATAL CRASH
At 12:15 am Saturday, Jose Flores was driving a 2014 yellow Chevy Corvette on the northbound service road for Interstate Highway 45 (North Freeway). Genise Sutton was driving a Kia Soul northbound in the center and was in front of the Corvette. Mr. Flores was traveling at a high rate of speed and struck the back of the Kia Soul with the Corvette’s front end. The Kia Soul was forced off the roadway where it struck the wall between the service road and the main lanes. The Kia continued northeast from the wall and its front left struck a small tree as the vehicle came to rest in the grass facing south. The Corvette rotated after impact and came to rest several hundred feet north of impact in the number three lane of travel facing southeast. The front right passenger of the Kia (Daly Sutton) sustained fatal injuries during the collision and was reported as deceased on scene by paramedics. Mrs. Sutton sustained serious bodily injury as a result of this crash and was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital. Mr. Flores was found to be intoxicated and a blood specimen was obtained pursuant to a search warrant. The results of the blood specimen are pending at this time. This case remains under investigation by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. During the investigation, deputies have the northbound feeder closed with several patrol cars. A motorist came across the ramp and around the patrol cars and drove north on the feeder. Several deputies who were involved in the investigation had to get off the feed to avoid being hit. A deputy was able to stop the driver who was taken into custody.
JANUARY 28, 2017
FATAL DWI CRASH I-69 AT ALDINE MAIL ROUTE
On Saturday, January 28, 2017, at approximately 2 AM, Ryan McLaughlin was operating a white 2002, Dodge Ram, southbound in the 12300 blocks of the Eastex Freeway southbound feeder Rd. Alexis Almanza was operating a black 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer westbound in the 5300 block of Aldine Mail Rd, with Zulema Gonzalez seated in the front right passenger’s seat. McLaughlin disregarded a red light, entered the intersection of the Eastex Freeway southbound feeder Rd and Aldine Mail Rd, and struck the passenger’s side of the Chevrolet. Gonzalez was found on the scene with no signs of life. McLaughlin, after a blood draw, was found to be almost 4 times over the legal limit of .08 of intoxication. Due to two prior DWI convictions, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office filed murder charges on McLaughlin. This case remains open and is currently under investigation by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Division.
JANUARY 28, 2017
FATAL CRASH BELTWAY 8 AT LITTLE YORK
On January 28, 2017, Gary Johnson was driving Northbound in the 11000 block of East Sam Houston Parkway North, Northbound service road near Little York. He was driving a 2017 Chevrolet Malibu. Johnson failed to drive in a single lane of traffic and left the roadway on the inside. The vehicle continued through the grass for some distance before striking the concrete base for one of the steel Harris County Toll Road camera poles. The front of the vehicle struck the pole and the vehicle came to rest just West of the pole. The vehicle caught fire. Several passing witnesses stopped and were able to break the glass to the windows and enter the vehicle. The witnesses were able to extract a non-responsive Johnson from the vehicle before the fire reached him. The car burned nearly completely. The witnesses performed CPR on Johnson. CPR was continued by EMS when they arrived. EMS transported Johnson to East Houston Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 11:01 PM. Johnson died 59 minutes before his 46th birthday. Passerbys who assisted in the rescue said they did smell alcohol. That will be determined in the autopsy. This crash is being investigated by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Section.
JANUARY 28, 2018
CONROE OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING
An area man is in critical condition following an officer-involved shooting in Conroe early today (Sunday). In a mid-afternoon press conference, Conroe Police Chief Philip Dupuis explained Conroe Police were responding to a 9:32 a.m. report of a suspicious vehicle at Kasmiersky Park in the 800 block of Old Magnolia Rd in Conroe where they arrived to find the vehicle, a Chevy Cavalier, leaving the park. An officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The driver stopped at first, but as the officer approached the vehicle, he fled at a high rate of speed onto I-45. The vehicle exited onto south Loop 336, traveling westbound until it turned northbound onto Sgt. Ed Holcomb Blvd. The vehicle then slowed down. As the officer approached the slowing vehicle, Dupuis said the driver “stuck a handgun out of the vehicle and fired two rounds at the officer that was pursuing the vehicle. The vehicle then sped up, he said, and the driver fired the third round at the officer.
“Shortly thereafter, another Conroe officer was attempting to intercept the pursuit and he (fired) his weapon, striking the driver of the vehicle.” Dupuis sad.
The driver of the vehicle has been identified as Greg Kocian, 33, of Cleveland. He was transported to Conroe Regional Medical Center where he remained in critical condition as of the press conference.
None of the officers were struck by bullets or otherwise injured, according to Dupuis.
A passenger in the vehicle was detained for questioning. It has not been determined whether the passenger will face charges. (That information will be updated as it becomes available). There was also a dog in the vehicle that was sprayed with mace. Animal Control took possession of the dog.
Dupuis said it was unclear what the suspects were doing at the park.
If Koican’s name and /or face seem familiar, it’s likely because he made the news in March 2017 when he was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after a Conroe woman identified Kocian as the man who sexually assaulted and tortured her in her Conroe Home. His bond was set at $1 million, but charges were later dismissed, according to the Montgomery County District Clerk’s records.
Although MCPR does not have information regarding why the charges were dropped, it was not Kocian’s first brush with the law.
Additional information and an on-scene video will be added later…
JANUARY 28, 2018 CONROE OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING DASH CAM OF INCIDENT
(NOTE AT 1:57 MAN HOLDS GUN OUT WINDOW AND FIRES AT OFFICER)
(AT 3:40 OFFICER ENGAGES SUSPECT AS HE PASSES ON FM 2854)
On January 28, 2018, at about 09:30 hours, Conroe Police Officers responded to 889 Old Magnolia Road (Kasmiersky Park) to investigate suspicious males. As officers arrived they located the suspect vehicle driving away. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle it began fleeing. As officers pursued the vehicle an occupant fired several rounds at the pursuing patrol cars. Sgt. M. Stowe staged at FM 2854 and was able to engage the suspect driver with his firearm. The vehicle continued north where it slowed considerably and entered the grassy area where it stopped. The driver was removed from the car, transported to the hospital and was in very critical condition. The driver/suspect, Gregory Kocian, was pronounced dead at Conroe Regional Hospital at 1757 hours.