JUNE 10, 2006
I-45 AT MOUNT HOUSTON FATALS
JUNE 10, 2006
CUT N SHOOT DISTURBANCE AUTO PED
JUNE 10, 2006
BUFFALO BAYOU TRAILS
JUNE 10, 2007
HIT AND RUN FATAL I-45 AND FM 1097
JUNE 10, 2007
CRASH WITH ENTRAPMENT 3700 W. GULF BANK-HOUSTON
JUNE 10, 2007
REAGAN TRIBUTE IN HOUSTON
JUNE 10, 2010
4-YEAR-OLD DROWNS IN SOUTH MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Thursday evening just after 9:00 p.m. MCHD was dispatched to the 22900 block of West Legends Trail for a non-responsive baby.
When they arrived they learned there had been about twenty-five people at the home for a birthday pool party. An adult discovered a four-year-old female in the pool unresponsive and called 911.
Emergency crews initiated CPR and transported the child to Hermann Woodlands. The condition was said to be critical and as of this hour, there has been no further word.
Montgomery County Detective John Schmitt was investigating the incident and did not have details on the child until he was able to get to the hospital.
JUNE 10, 2013
SPLENDORA PIG ATTACK
Jennifer Landry and her family were enjoying a short vacation in the State Forest this morning when she was called by Jody Sessum also of Splendora with news of their show pig being killed by a neighbors dog.
Landry’s son will be showing a pig this year at the EMC Junior FFA Show. Several weeks ago after going through a class on selecting a pig they spent an entire day until 11 p.m. until her sons lottery number came up to pick his pig. He was one of the ninety-nine others taking a pick of one-hundred-sixteen pigs.
Sessum’s son also got his pig but was number twenty-one in the lottery.
Both families joined forces and build a shed complete with a concrete floor, metal roof, and fencing around it.
Just after 8 a.m. this morning Jody Sessum heard the pigs squealing which was out of the ordinary. When she went out she discovered a dog pacing around the pigpen and another dog, which had climbed the fence was inside the pen,
The dog inside was tearing at the show pig’s hindquarters and ear.
As Jody started yelling her neighbor ran from next door yelling at her not to shoot her dogs. She had to actually pull her dog off the pig to stop the attack.
Landry said since the pigs were chosen out of the lottery her son will not be able to show a pig this year. Many of the students use the funds from their winnings for their college fund. Needless to say he was in tears when she informed her son of the incident as they returned home.
Deputy Morrow, the livestock officer with Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constables Office responded to the scene to complete a report.
Montgomery Animal Control also responded but was unable to get to the dogs as the owner put them in the house and left the area before they arrived.
Tim Hollifield with Montgomery County Animal Control said they will also be investigating and issuing citations or taken any action deemed necessary.
Sessum did not believe the dogs were Pitt Bulls as she stated the owner told her she didn’t realize the pigs were next door and they use their dogs for hog hunting.
Sessum said it is a common thing for the neighbor to turn the dogs out into her un-fenced yard in the morning.
JUNE 10, 2016
COMMISSIONER RILEY INSTALLS FLOOD BARRICADES
Ben Floyd was heading to work the day after Thanksgiving in Garland, Texas. His vehicle stalled in rising floodwaters. Temporary barricades had washed away so he had no warning. He tried to open his doors but couldn’t. His efforts to knock out a window also failed. He talked to a 911 operator for 11 minutes before the floodwaters overtook him. He left behind his wife Diana, seven months pregnant, and a 5-year-old son. Diana Floyd watched several weeks ago as Garland City workers installed permanent gates on roadways that are prone to flooding. Diana’s uncle who also watched the gates go up said, “I think he’d be glad that something’s come out of it. I think it’s great that Garland has taken the lead.” She said she hopes other cities will take a cue from Garland and erect permanent flood gates in those types of flood-prone locations. The cost for the six low-lying areas cost the city $100,000.
Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley is one of those taking the lead before Montgomery County suffers the same loss. He is the first in Montgomery County to install permanent gates in almost 20 locations. However, unlike Garland officials, Riley is spending much less on the installation. Using scrap rail, broken signposts, even old speed limit signs his crews have made it happen for less than $500 each. The only things purchased were trailer wheel bearings which can be greased to raise and lower the gate, the mounting post, and the breakaway safety base. Riley said his employees put their heads together and designed the gates. The gates are locked with locks that are keyed so that police and fire have access. The same type of lock used by emergency crews to enter gated communities and private gates.
Riley said that at night in heavy rains, a deputy may come upon a dangerous water crossing. That deputy would then have to call the dispatcher and request the Commissioner’s office be contacted. A precinct worker would then be called at home, have to get out of bed, drive to the precinct camp, load barricades and deliver them to the location. All this time the deputy has to stay at the location to block traffic and prevent a tragedy. This could take two to three hours
With the gates installed, that deputy would now pull up to a dangerous crossing, unlock the gate, lower it, lock it into position, notify dispatch and return to his patrol duties. All this takes about two minutes. Also with a cost savings of manpower. Riley said once the barricades are up, they may get a call several hours later that it needs to be barricaded. Either the barricade was taken down by a driver or washed away. He said many times a motorist will pull up to the barricade, move it thinking their large vehicle can make it. They then leave it open which now is a danger to the next unsuspecting motorist. Unlike in Garland, where the entire road is blocked, these gates block just one lane. This enables anyone who could be behind the gated area a way out and leave quick access for emergency vehicles. Signs warning motorists that it is illegal to go around a barricade are also in place. If a person commits an offense where a warning sign or barricade has been placed because water is over any portion of a road, street, or highway, they can be cited. The offense is a Class B misdemeanor.
Riley has taken the lead on protecting the citizens of his precinct and hopes other commissioners will follow suit.
JUNE 10, 2016
ROOSTERS ICE HOUSE FIRE
For many years Roosters Ice House was known to many in the Magnolia area. Located on FM 2978 just north of the Montgomery/Harris County line. In March it closed and was sold to new owners. Those owners were in the process of remodeling to open Wooden Spoke BBQ and a sports bar. In the middle of April, the progress went backward as the floodwaters hit. Once again they started the remodel when the floods hit again. Spring Creek spilled out of its banks flooding most of the businesses along FM 2978. Then early Friday morning Montgomery County dispatchers started taking calls for a structure fire. Some off-duty firefighters arrived first and reported heavy fire conditions. Montgomery Fire Department arrived and with the help of The Woodlands, Tomball, and Needham Fire Departments the fire was contained to the rear of the structure. The new owner had been close by and saw the fire trucks go by. He didn’t realize they were going to his place until the line of trucks kept coming by and he followed to see what was happening.
One firefighter suffered minor injuries and was treated on the scene. The Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.
JUNE 10, 2016
HONEA EGYPT BAD DRIVER
A SOLID YELLOW LINE MEANS NO PASSING
Friday afternoon I just finished doing a story on Honea Egypt Road and was heading south. I had several vehicles behind me. All of a sudden a driver who is northbound decides the car in front of him is going to slow attempted to pass in a no-passing zone as he topped the hill. Hitting my brakes I was almost first rear-ended by a vehicle behind me who was following to close. The driver of the truck coming at me head-on also had to brake and wait for the car that he was beside to clear so he could get back in his lane. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has his license number and the video on the incident. Just 30 hours ago another vehicle passed in a no-passing zone on FM 2854. That driver was killed after he struck an 18-wheeler dump truck.
PEOPLE, PLEASE SLOW DOWN
.WE HAVE HAD TOO MANY FATAL CRASHES IN THIS COUNTY THAT COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED.
JUNE 10, 2016
RIVER PLANTATION FATAL TIRE
At 650 pm Friday Montgomery County Fire Comm took a call for a house fire in the 500 block of Sandra Lane in the River Plantation Subdivision. Caney Creek Fire Department responded along with Conroe Fire assisting. They arrived to fire in the garage area of a one-story home. It was quickly extinguished. Firefighters then found Max Mehling, 67, in the garage area. According to Montgomery County Fire Investigator Joe Manz, Mehling’s wife was in the house and smelled plastic burning. She went out to the garage to see smoke coming out. When she opened the garage door she was met with a wall of heavy black smoke. Mehling, had a small office-type shop in the garage where he spent a lot of his time.
Montgomery County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Spikes responded to the scene and ordered Eickenhorst Funeral Directors to transport Mr. Mehling to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for autopsy.
The fire remains under investigation by the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office.
JUNE 10, 2021
WOODLANDS CYNTHIA WOODS DISASTER DRILL
Many Woodlands residents wondered what was going on this morning with multiple fire trucks and ambulances lined up in front of Cynthia Woods Pavilion. Montgomery Hospital District along with Montgomery County Homeland Security used the facility to stage a mock stage collapse with over sixty victims. The drill was to test their readiness should a situation actually occur. Sixty volunteers participated in the event where stage components and concrete blocks were scattered across the stage. Woodlands, Conroe, South Montgomery County, North Montgomery County, and Timber LLakes Fire Departments also were involved. Montgomery County Judge Keough thanked the volunteers for their help. Shawn Simmons said they did learn a few things from the event which will help them better themselves in the future.
JUNE 10, 2021
TEEN KILLED IN MONTGOMERY UTV CRASH
At 9:45 pm Thursday Lake Conroe Fire Department responded to the Crown Oaks Subdivision in Montgomery for a reported UTV crash with victims trapped. Inits arrived on Crown Oaks Blvd. to find an Intimidator UTV on its side resting against an electrical transformer box. A 15-year-old female was trapped under it. Firefighters were able to get the UTV off her to find her not responsive. They immediately began CPR. Medics arrived on the scene and at one minute to ten, they pronounced her deceased. DPS Troopers worked the crash. A preliminary investigation showed that four teenage females were traveling at a high rate of speed down Crown Oaks Blvd. As they came into the curve, the 15-year-old who was driving said the steering jerked to the right, This caused the UTV to flip, rolling onto its side and coming to rest against an electric transformer box. One of the other teens was treated by medics for minor injuries. It is believed at least one of the teens was wearing a seatbelt. Montgomery County Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace Matt Masden responded to the scene and ordered Eickenhorst Funeral Directors to transport the victim to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for autopsy. Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the investigation.