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ON THIS DAY, JANUARY 9,____- VIDEO NEWS STORIES FROM YEARS PAST

VIDEO HISTORY OF NEWS STORIES COVERED BY MCPR ON THIS DATE IN YEARS PAST


JANUARY 9, 2010
SATURDAY NIGHT FREEZING TEMPERATURES

 

 


JANUARY 9, 2013
NEW CANEY CHILD PORN
Shane Trumble, 23, who is originally from Cleveland, Ohio was located Wednesday night in the Wild Country RV Park at 19135 FM 1485. Trumble, wanted for sex offenses against children in Ohio was living with his father and grandmother in a travel trailer at that location. Trumble who moved to the area in June of 2012 failed to register as a sex offender in Montgomery County or the State of Texas. A warrant was issued in Ohio.
Learning of his whereabouts, Montgomery County Precinct 4 and Precinct 3 deputies along with members of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office served a search warrant on the FM 1485 location.
While inside they discovered several iPads and computers, one of those computers, which had three hard drives had just under 30 gigabytes of child pornography. In addition, a small trash can was found in the same area with at least thirty young girls panties and a bra.
Trumble who acted not surprised about the find was placed in the Montgomery County Jail on the Ohio warrant. He also faces 4-counts of possession of child pornography with a $100,000 bond on each.

 


JANUARY 9, 2013
BUCK CONTINUES TO IMPROVE
Buck, who was found two weeks ago shot with buckshot and left in a trash bag for dead is continually improving thanks to his newfound friend Tami Augustyn. A neighbor alerted Tammi on that cold Saturday morning of the dog in the trash bag. Tami immediately took him in and transported him to the Conroe Emergency Vet Clinic on West Dallas. When Buck arrived his temperature was extremely low, respirations almost nonexistent. He was very dehydrated but the worst thing was the hundreds of buckshot pellets in him.

He was treated that weekend, the decision to leave the pellets in him over having to cut tissue to remove them.

Buck was also referred to North Houston Veterinary Services in Spring as they specialize in many fields including repairing Buck’s eyes. Last week Dr. Rainbow repaired three wounds to the eye but said no buckshot remained in the eye. Still, sight was a question.

Saturday, Tami paid another visit to the clinic to see Buck and his progress. Dr. Rainbow told Tami that he wasn’t sure about sight as of yet. He said Buck has a bad habit of squinting his eyes which makes it extremely difficult to do light tests.

He is once again scheduled for surgery on Tuesday to remove a tooth that was compromised after buckshot entered the gum and damaged the tooth.

Tami was able to spend almost an hour with Buck today. When he was walked out not a word was said, it was just a dog walking down the hall. The second Buck got a with of Tami his tail began to slap anything it could.

Buck will go home again this week.

The investigation is continuing into finding the person responsible for the injuries to Buck. Animal Cruelty Officer Tim Hollifield continues to follow up on several leads but with no results.

 

JANUARY 9, 2014
SPURLOCK GUILTY VERDICT-AFTER STABBING MAGNOLIA  5-YEAR-OLD
On March 16th, 2012 David Spurlock returned home after working several twenty-hour days. He arrived home just after 10 pm. The house was dark and as he made his way to the bedroom he saw his son Michael on the floor. He thought him to be asleep and with it dark did not see any blood. Just after midnight he woke up and at that point his wife stomped on the boy’s head. David immediately called 911.

Magnolia Police Sgt. Lopez and Sgt. Clack was one of the first to arrive on the home near the end of Roy Street just off FM 1488. They discovered Michael almost dead. He suffered from multiple lacerations, stab wounds to the head and brain and his throat cut. The officers started life-saving procedures as MCHD arrived and Magnolia firefighters arrived. Michael was very critical and Life was immediately dispatched to the scene.

David did not learn of the extent of Michael’s injuries until he arrived at the hospital where doctors only gave him forty-eight hours to live.

Daphne Spurlock, the 5-year-olds natural mother was David’s second wife. He was also the father to Michelle Arroyo, Michael’s adult step-sister. Within a month CPS awarded custody of Michael to Michelle. Michelle said that is when her life changed. A home health caregiver now found herself making daily trips to the hospital and rehab center to visit Michael.  When he was finally released she cared for him having to take him to rehab appointments, speech therapy, and physical therapy.  At the time Michael was restricted to a wheelchair and also was fitted with a track due to the injury to his throat. The speech therapy wasn’t needed long as he soon returned to school in the wheelchair and was the hit of the class. Michelle calls Michael her “Little Old Man”, due to how smart he is. She said there is very little that he can’t do, he knows electronics and computers inside and out.

Last summer Michael put aside the wheelchair and started using a walker. Being such a fighter, beating the odds of death he soon tossed the walker aside and was walking on his own. With an injury to his foot he still does not have full function of it. Michelle told the court that he will never be able to play baseball, football or most any other sport as most children can.

One of the prosecutors in the Spurlock case was Sheri Culberson. Not long after Michael was out of the hospital he and Michelle paid a visit to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.  Culberson called Michael an amazing child. “When I first saw photographs of him and the horrific things that is mother had done to him I expected to see a much more damaged child physically and emotionally and when he met me he gave me a big smile and his big concern was wanting to punch the elevator buttons”, she said. .   Culberson talked to him at length and also introduced him to Ranger, the District Attorney’s Office victim-witness dog. Michael spent hours throwing the ball to Ranger.

After the trial which lasted through the week, the jury spent just over ninety minutes to reach a verdict and less than that to set the punishment.

Just before 5:30 pm 435th District Court Judge Michael Seiler read the verdict and sentenced Spurlock to the forty-years set forth by  the jury.

Culberson said Michael calls his sister Michelle “Sister Mama”.  She said basically that’s what  Arroyo has done for him, she has changed her life to make sure Michael has a good home life and that they are bonding really well. Culberson said. “I think he has a good future ahead of him.” Culberson said due to the work hours David Spurlock has he is simply not able to care for Michael. Even though the courts have given him visitation privileges Arroyo allows him to visit whenever he wants.

Defense Attorney George Parnham, the almost half-century from Houston who is most known for defending Andrea Yates was Daphne’s court-appointed attorney. He said it was a very difficult case to prosecute. He said, “ an insanity defense id a very hard defense for a jury t understand.” Also despite the sever presence of mental illness to a large degree that’s because of our statute in the State of Texas which I have been fighting to change the past eight years to change so it is more inline with other states.”, said Parnham.  He said in the defense the injuries to the child were extremely difficult to overcome.  He said Daphne, who has been incarcerated since the incident remains on medication for mental illness. He said he believed the people in the Montgomery County Jail are doing an excellent job caring for Daphne Spurlock.

Parnham said days before the incident people in her church choir noticed the change in Daphne Spurlock. There was enough change that she lost her job at Wal-mart.

Tyler Dunman, also an Assistant District Attorney with Montgomery County assisted on the prosecution of the case. Dunman said it was difficult to prosecute the case because the defense wasn’t saying she didn’t commit the act but did it and was insane at the time. With that defense, it adds several legal issues and makes the case even more difficult.. He said that by Texas law even though a person was suffering from some type of mental defect at the time she committed the offense, the second part of that is if she knew what she was doing was wrong, she is not entitled to the insanity defense. Dunman said the jury saw that she knew what she was doing was wrong and sentenced her to forty-years. The jury could have gone anywhere from probation to five to life in prison.

Originally the case was filed as capital murder but due to the mental issues was later dropped to injury to a child. Daphne Spurlock who up to the day of the incidnet was a loving mother said she was trying to remove the demons from young Michael Spurlock.


JANUARY 9, 2015
COLLINS SUPPRESSION HEARING ON SETTING SPLENDORA CHILD ON FIRE
On Monday, 359th District Judge Kathleen Hamilton will issue a ruling that may have a major impact on the outcome in the trial of one Montgomery County’s most infamous cases. Don Collins, 29, is charged with the murder of Robert “Robbie” Middleton, who was doused with gasoline and set on fire June 28, 1998, shortly after he celebrated his eighth birthday.

Middleton survived, but was severely disfigured and disabled, and underwent countless torturous procedures before he died 13 years later from skin cancer as a result of the burns.

Collins was 13 years old at the time of the attack and defense attorney E. Tay Bond says law enforcement did not handle the teen’s questioning in accordance with the law at that time, which required a specific room designated for questioning minors. According to Bond, the county’s alleged failure to comply with that requirement makes Collins’ statement inadmissible.

“Montgomery County had not designated a specific juvenile processing office, and they knew it back then,” Bond said. “I believe they know it today. They just didn’t come forward and say it, and it’s fatal to their case.”

However, the veteran defense attorney also said even if prosecutors are allowed to use statements made by Collins at the time, it will not support a murder charge.

“The evidence that was obtained is really not material, because my client never implicated himself in a murder,” Bond said.

He further claimed there was “no evidence” in the case at all.

“It is all innuendo and hearsay,” Bond said.

While the defense attorney is saying prosecutors have no case, Prosecutor Rob Freyer says the case is so large, it could go on for weeks.

“It’s a very involved, very detailed case,” Freyer said. “I’ve never seen a case with this many potential witnesses in my life.”

There are 90 potential witnesses, but Freyer said only a fraction would be called to testify.

He acknowledged Bond filed a couple of motions and said on such a serious and complicated case, sometimes issues “need to be flushed out or litigated prior to presenting the case in front of a jury, because it can affect appellate issues.”

Freyer said the case would be handled as efficiently as possible, with all involved trying to be considerate of the jurors who will be serving for what may be an unusually long trial. The 12 jurors and two to three alternates will be chosen from a panel of 200. Freyer said.

The trial is set to begin in Galveston February 2.


JANUARY 9, 2015
4324 WEST 34TH STREET ROBBER KILLED BY STORE CLERK
The fatal shooting of a robbery suspect at 4324 West 34th Street that occurred about 10:50 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 9) will be referred to a Harris County grand jury.

The identity of the male suspect is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeants K. Daignault and J. Horn reported:

Two suspects armed with guns entered the Mini P Food Mart at the above address and attempted to rob the store. The clerk was able to retrieve a gun and exchanged gunfire with the two suspects. One suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. A second suspect fled on foot. He is described only as a Hispanic male, possibly Honduran, in his late 20s, wearing a black ball cap with marijuana leaves, a black jacket, blue jeans, and white tennis shoes.

Anyone with information, in this case, is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.


JANUARY 9, 2016
FM 1485 MOTORCYCLE FATAL CRASH
At 5:10 a.m. Saturday, Montgomery County 911 received a report of a major accident on FM 1485 East and Roadway Dr. in the Peach Creek area of New Caney. Upon arrival, they found a lifeless man in the intersection, with his motorcycle a few feet away, and a heavily damaged Chevrolet pickup against a fence at the nearby Valero.

FM 1485 was shut down, and DPS, assisted by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office began collecting evidence. They said their initial investigation showed the motorcycle was westbound and was struck by a gray or silver van. The Chevrolet pickup, which was also westbound, was actually the second vehicle to strike the bike, which was already on the ground. The impact caused the pickup’s driver to lose control and then hit the ditch and culvert. His truck sustained heavy damage.

The first driver, in the van, fled the scene.

Montgomery County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts arrived on the scene and conducted an inquest before ordering Eickenhorst Funeral Directors to transport the male victim who was in his late teens to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for autopsy.

Judge Metts said the circumstances of the death were disturbing.

“This case has far more than one victim,” he said. “The family of the deceased will have to live with knowing someone had so little regard for his life as to strike him and leave him there on the road, and the second driver has to live with the memory of the violent collision he was unable to avoid.”

“It’s hard to imagine how anyone could do what the first driver did,” Metts said. “Most people around here would have shown more respect than that for the life of an animal, much less a human being.”

DPS has not released the names.


JANUARY 9, 2017
WOODLANDS HOMEOWNER STABBED
On January 9, 2017, District 6 Deputies were dispatched to a welfare check/shooting that had occurred at an address on Fairwind Trail, in The Woodlands, TX. The homeowner was alerted to the presence of two Hispanic males in his back yard by his barking dog. The homeowner did not know the Hispanic males and retrieved his .38 revolver pistol and concealed it in his pocket before confronting the two males. While speaking to one of the Hispanic males the homeowner noticed the Hispanic male was holding a crowbar. The homeowner advised that he told the males to leave his property and an argument started. During the argument, the second Hispanic male cut the homeowner with a sharp object across his abdomen. The homeowner was then wrestled to the ground and assaulted by the same Hispanic male who cut him. The homeowner was able to retrieve his handgun and discharged a single round at the suspect that cut him. Both suspects fled through the back yard of the residence into the heavily wooded area behind the residence. It is believed that one of the suspects (s) had been shot due to the suspect dragging his leg as he ran away.
The suspects are described as Hispanic males between the ages of 17-21. Both males were wearing dark clothes with one male wearing a hoodie. One of the males had a distinctive scar on the right side of his face from his eye to his cheek.
The homeowner then went to a neighbor’s house. She said the homeowner came to her door stating he had been stabbed and he shot someone. She called 911. MCHD transported the homeowner to the hospital with a minor cut to his side. MCSO responded and a K-9 was deployed. The dog was able to track to the next subdivision but no suspects were found. No blood was found and a hospital check had no shooting victims. Several neighbors said they have seen suspicious vehicles in the neighborhood the past week. They stated they posted it on social media but did not call the Sheriff’s Office. Montgomery County Sheriffs Office askes that anyone seeing a suspicious vehicle to call and report that vehicle. Get a good description and if possible to safely get a license number. DO NOT CONFRONT THEM.
Anyone with information concerning this incident please contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 936-760-5876 or Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-STOP. Crime Stoppers may offer a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to a felony arrest.