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DECEMBER 26, 2009

The City of Liberty Police are searching for the suspected killer of a local convenience store owner, shot and left to die inside his business on Christmas night.

Virani Naushad, 50, of Liberty had a family but chose to work in place of his clerks at Chubby’s Happy Chap so they could spend the holiday with their loved ones, but Naushad never made it home to his family.
Liberty Police Department spokesman Hugh Bishop said just after 10 p.m., a couple stopped and went inside the store located on N. Main St. at Ridgewood. They grabbed a few items and went to the front counter to check out, which is when they saw Naushad laying behind the counter in a pool of blood. He was shot.

The couple got into their vehicle, locked the doors, and called 911.

Police responded, along with EMS, but Naushad beyond help and died on the scene.

Bishop said the motive for the shooting appeared to be robbery.

The suspect has been identified as 31-year-old Steve or Stevie, a.k.a. “Bubba” Walder of Hull, a local man with a lengthy criminal history and ties to white supremacists. Local police last dealt with Walder a month ago or less, Bishop said.

His vehicle is a green Chevy pickup, Texas license plate AB17183.

Walder is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone who sees Walder or has information regarding the case or his whereabouts should call the Liberty Police Department at (936) 336-5666 or 911.

DECEMBER 26, 2007
A Houston soldier killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq is being remembered as a quiet man who loved the outdoors and playing his guitar.
1st Lt. Jeremy E. Ray, 26, died Dec. 20 in Kanaan when a man wearing an explosives vest blew himself up while U.S. soldiers were doing a security check at a city council meeting.
“He was a good guy,” 1st Lt. Charlie Huey, 26, who is stationed at Fort Hood with the field artillery unit, said in a story in Dec. 22 online edition of the Houston Chronicle. “He played his guitar a lot. He was kind of a quiet guy, the type of guy you’d want to hang out with.”
Ray was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, at Fort Hood.
Ray graduated from Texas A&M University in 2006. He deployed to Iraq on Nov. 8.
“We received three e-mails from him while he was over there,” his father, Randy Ray, told the newspaper. “He was just saying that he really couldn’t tell us where he was, but that they were somewhere in northern Iraq, setting up a forward operating base called ‘Warhorse.’ ”
Huey, who roomed with Ray at A&M, said that while Ray had a quiet side, he wasn’t a pushover.
He recalled what happened when some freshmen left a dead rat outside a house where they were staying.
“[Ray] found out who did it and we went over to the Corps’ room at the dorm,” Huey said. “We went inside and had a ‘discussion’ with them. After that, we never had a problem with them again.”
Randy Ray said the news of his son’s death was still sinking in.
“I don’t have any feeling. I’m just very numb,” he said. “I have a lot of inner feelings penned up about the war.”
Ray said he and his wife, Deborah, had a constant stream of well-wishers at their home.
“The phone’s been ringing off the hook, and close family members are here with us,” he said. “Without that family support, we’d be lost.”

DECEMBER 26, 2013
At about 5 pm Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department received a call for a shooting in the Lake Conroe Hills Subdivision off SH 105. When they arrived at the East Hammon address they found a 29-year-old male had been shot. MCHD with the assistance of two Lake Conroe firefighters transported the male to Conroe Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Detectives say an argument broke out prior to the shooting. At this time the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate a gray or silver Buick occupied by a white male, a black male and possibly a white female. Anyone with information on this is asked to call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

District Attorney Brett Ligon is also on the scene assisting in the investigation.

The victim has been identified as Henry Williams who resided at the Hammon Road location.

DECEMBER 26, 2014
We are still developing additional information. What is known at this time is a 5-year-old was in his families backyard at the intersection of Pine and Willow. This is just west of Willis off FM 1097. He and several siblings were near the burn pile which had not been ignited. Officials say he poured some gasoline on a pile of leaves his mother was about to burn. She had told him to wait until she went into the house for just a minute With the high humidity the heavy air kept the fumes close to the ground. There was very little wind to disperse it. When he lit the lighter or match the vapor cloud erupted. He was seen by a neighbor running to his home with his clothes on fire. It is believed the burns are covering 50 to 80 percent of his body with his respiratory system also possibly compromised. North Montgomery County Fire Department closed FM 1097 to land Life Flight. After the child was stabilized he was flown to UTMB in Galveston in critical condition.

DECEMBER 26, 2015
A Conroe police officer has been transported to the hospital with his leg broken in several places. This was after the officer interrupted a burglary in progress at the West End Roofing and Material Company at 15431 Interstate 45 North near FM 1488. The suspects had gone in through a cut fence and over one section of fence and were loading GAF Timberline roofing shingles. As the officer pulled up the thieves fled in two trucks. One, a white pickup possibly a Chevrolet, and the second a tan pickup also a Chevrolet or GMC. The officer was getting out of his vehicle when the tan truck rammed the officer’s car door pinning the officer for a moment and breaking his leg. Both trucks, which had license plates covered with plastic bags fled northbound on I-45.

The officer from the burglary remains in stable condition at the hospital, he has not yet been identified. The suspects are still at large. Police are hoping security cameras will yield further images to assist on identifying the suspects.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to call Conroe Police or Crime Stoppers.

DECEMBER 26, 2015
Oswaldo Hernandez said he felt lucky tonight to have an HPD officer, who was on his way to work, stop by and help him. Hernandez got off work and was waiting for a Metro bus near the intersection of Crosstimbers and 43rd just after 10:30pm Saturday. After a while, he got impatient and decided to walk to the next stop a few blocks away. As he did a black Honda, possibly a Civic stopped and three black males got out. They surrounded Hernandez and attempted to rob him. One punched Hernandez in the face. Hernandez was able to escape into the intersection and attempted to flag motorists down for help. Not one vehicle stopped. That was until a Houston Police Officer on his way to work stopped in his personal car. As he exited the vehicle and learned what had happened the three black males fired several shots at the officer and fled. Neither the officer or Hernandez was hit, the officer’s vehicle was not struck. Hernandez said he saw the muzzle flash and heard the bullets ricocheting off a fence and the wall of a nearby home on the corner.

Hernandez said he really felt good that an off-duty officer stopped and put himself in that situation when all the other motorists drove by without stopping.

Houston Police want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed this or seen the vehicle or suspects.

DECEMBER 26, 2016
Just after 330pm a man who was at an auto parts in Harris County got a call from one of his sons telling him his son had been shot by his other son. The father called 911 but since he was in Harris County is routed to Harris County. Harris County then notified Montgomery who had units respond to the 27400 block of Aberdeen in Magnolia. Units arrived to find Oscar Salazar, 20, of that address shot. He was deceased. Five brothers lived at the location one of the brothers stated one of his brothers Nelson Segobia, 29, who was Salazar’s half-brother came home and went to the bedroom. No arguing was heard but several shots rang out. Segobia then walked to the back door pointing a pistol at his brother (the witness) and told him to step aside. Segobia then exited the home and fled in a green Dodge pickup. MCSO Dispatchers broadcast an attempt to locate on Segobia. A short time later a DPS Trooper on FM 1488 located the truck as it pulled into an Exxon station. Segobia and his brother (the witness), who was in the truck were detained. The Montgomery County Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace Matt Masden arrived on the scene and ordered Eickenhorst Funeral Directors to transport Salazar to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for autopsy. Assistant District Attorney Donna Berkey, responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.

DECEMBER 26, 2016
Just after 1130pm Monday, Houston Police were dispatched to a woman down at the Camden Holly Springs Apartments at 680 West Sam Houston Parkway South. They arrived to find an Asian female in her late teens or early 20’s with a single gunshot wound to the shoulder. HFD arrived and pronounced her deceased. Residents heard what they thought was a single firecracker and nothing else. Houston Police say she had no identification but did have a key FOB for the front gate of the complex.

DECEMBER 26, 2017
Just after 11 pm Magnolia Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire in the 20800 block of Dry Creek Road. It was reported that a heat lamp started the garage on fire and was spreading to the house. Magnolia arrived on the scene assisted by Woodlands and Tomball. Smoke was visible on arrival. Due to a large amount of debris at the front door they were unable to enter the home. The same was true for the garage. Once they were able to get into the garage they were met with heavy fire conditions. Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the flames. That is when another firefighter discovered a female in the back of the home and was able to get her to safety. It is believed she had been out of the home and gone back in looking for two cats. MCHD checked her but she refused to go to the hospital. The garage suffered heavy fire damage, however, firefighters were able to stop the spread to the rest of the home.

DECEMBER 26, 2018
Just after 1 pm Wednesday a DPS Trooper attempted to stop a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on FM 1010 south of Cleveland in Liberty County. The driver fled and a pursuit ensued. As the motorcycle went around the rain-slicked road onto FM 2090 he laid the motorcycle over. A vehicle eastbound on FM 2090 hit the motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle was not injured. The occupants of the vehicle were not injured.

DECEMBER 26, 2019
At 2:16 am. a resident at a home at the intersection of Russell and N. Trinity Way was awaken by a loud crash. When they went outside they discovered a Camero had struck a tree in their front yard and the struck their home. They immediately called 911. EMCFD along with MCHD responded to the scene. A 19-year-old male driver was non-responsive. Medics were not able to save him. DPS Troopers investigated the crash say the Camero was traveling at a high rate of speed on North Trinity Way. When he got to the T-intersection of Russel Drive he went through the stop sign and went airborne striking a tree in the front yard which sheared the side of the vehicle off. The vehicle continued striking the house splitting two support pillars and then crashing into a stairway. The impact was so strong that a concrete birdbath that was hit broke apart. Part of it traveled over 50 feet striking and bending the garage door, The remainder went over the roof of the garage impaling the fence behind the garage. The homeowner’s office was heavily damaged when the vehicle struck the corner of the home. Eduardo Silva, 19, of Porter was pronounced deceased on the scene. Montgomery County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jason Dunn ordered Eickenhorst Funeral Directors to transport the victim to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for autopsy. According to DPS speed and alcohol were contributing factors.

DECEMBER 26, 2019
Hundreds attended the Memorial Service for Deputy Bryan Pfluger who was killed in a crash while responding to a burglary in progress call in Coldspring last Friday night. On Friday a procession will leave Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland for the trip to Pflugerville, Texas for the funeral and burial. The public is encouraged to honor him as he travels to his final resting place. The procession will leave Pace Stancil at Crockett and Washington in Cleveland at about 11 am Friday. It will travel US 59 Business to FM 2025 where they will turn west toward Coldspring. At Coldspring, they will take SH 150 to US 75 in New Waverly then north to FM 1374 making the turn under the freeway and head back south to FM 1375. They will then travel west to FM 149 and North to Richards. From Richards, they will continue through Grimes County on FM 149 through Anderson to SH 90 then West to Navasota linking to SH 105 to Brenham. At Brenham, they will go US 290 to Manor and then north to Pflugerville. The funeral will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2019, at First Baptist Church, 306 Tenth St., Pflugerville, Texas, with a viewing at 11 a.m. and a service at 1 p.m. He will be buried 3.6 miles away from the church and the family has asked that this service be kept private.

Pfluger’s sister Amanda Pfluger Arnold of Houston said Bryan was the youngest of three children. Amanda was 6-years younger than Bryan and he loved his sister. She recalls as a baby how he would come home from school, lay on the couch and read books to her. Bryan was there to help whenever in need. This was shown when Bryan, as he worked for San Jacinto learned a woman was out of firewood and had no means to buy any or means of transportation. Bryan, using his own money purchased the wood and delivered it to her. For this, she wrote a letter to San Jacinto County Sheriff Gregg Capers who gave Bryan a commendation for his generosity.

Pfluger leaves behind a wife and 11-month old son.

Obituary for Bryan Charles Pfluger
Bryan Charles Pfluger, age 36 of Conroe, Texas, passed away Saturday, December 21, 2019. He was born May 4, 1983, in Houston, Texas to parents David C. Pfluger and Penny D. Griffin. He is preceded in death by his grandfathers, Robert Douglas Pfluger and Jack Griffin.

Bryan served in the Army National Guard for 6 years before beginning his career in Law Enforcement with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department. He then went on to the Rising Star Police Department. He spent the last 4 years of his career at the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Department.

He is survived by his son, Caedyn Garrison Pfluger and Caedyn’s mother Nettie Payne; father, David C. Pfluger and wife Judy L. Pfluger; mother, Penny D. Griffin; grandmothers, Pauline Griffin and Patricia Pfluger; sister, Amanda Pfluger Arnold; step-sisters, Carmen Reed and Amanda Windham; brother, Brandon Kyle Pfluger; step-brother, James Bradley Kraft; along with numerous other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, December 26, 2019, at San Jacinto Community Shelter located on HWY 150 in downtown Coldspring. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 28, 2019, at First Baptist Church, 306 Tenth St. Pflugerville, Texas with visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Pflugerville, Texas.

DECEMBER 26, 2020
At 9:10 am Saturday fire dispatchers started receiving calls for a mobile home fire at 13472 Bert Brown Road in Conroe. Caney Creek, Conroe and Needham Fire Departments responded. As the first Caney Creek truck left the station a very short distance away, firefighters already spotted a column of smoke in the sky. As they turned on Bert Brown the column turned black and as they arrived in the mobile home park the mobile home was fully involved. They were able to quickly extinguish the blaze, but not before five dogs perished. The Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office believe the blaze started in a bedroom as some members of the family were still asleep in another part of the house.

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