APRIL 18, 2006

APRIL 18, 2006

APRIL 18, 2006

APRIL 18, 2010
Sunday mornings light rains caused slick roads and kept DPS busy with several serious accidents.
The first one happened at FM149 at Milllhouse in West Montgomery County.
A 15 passenger van owned by St. Pauls United Methodist Church from Houston and driven by Lisa Wilsford, 37, of Houston. The bus, returning from a weekend retreat was driving to fast for conditions. It left the roadway striking a tree and rolling over in the curve.
A total of 14 people were in the van. Most of them 14-16 years of age. Twelve of the victims were treated at the scene with nine being transported to area hospitals with minor injuries.

In another accident that occurred within feet of last week’s serious accident on FM 1485 near Firetower three vehicles were involved. According to Trooper Lopez, a Chevrolet Trailblazer was northbound on FM 1485 just south of Firetower when the driver, 36-year-old, Michele Ballinger of New Caney lost control on the rain-slick curve.
Ballinger started to spin and was struck by a Ford Explorer, driven by Lisa Andrews, age 36, of Porter who was southbound. In addition, a Ford Mustang, driven by Rebecca Williamson, age 21, of Conroe who was behind the Explorer also southbound struck the rear of the Trailblazer.
Ms. Ballinger was transported to Memorial Hermann Woodlands in stable condition. Ms. Williamson and Ms. Andrews were both transported to Kingwood Hospital in stable condition.
FM 1485 was closed to all traffic for almost an hour as the accident was investigated.

APRIL 18, 2012
A press conference was held Wednesday afternoon at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. This was to answer questions of the kidnapping of a 3-day-old child and the shooting death of the mother.

APRIL 18, 2013
Just after 7:30 am Thursday morning a lone gunman walked into the Fostoria Food Mart Exxon on Fostoria Road between I-69 and Morgan Cemetery. He attempted to rob the elderly clerk and then shot him . The male left in a gray mini-van.
A Frito Lay delivery driver was outside at the time of the robbery as was a driver who was getting gas and heard the shot. Another person attempted to follow the van.
About thirty minutes later a robbery was reported at the Star Mart at the corner of SH-105/321 at New Salem Road. Several Liberty County units were in the immediate area. Within minutes the van was spotted and units converged on it.
The male was taken into custody on CR 318 near FM 1010.
The clerk who was shot in the leg was transported to the hospital in stable condition.

APRIL 18, 2014
At approximately 10 p.m. Friday night Montgomery County dispatchers took several calls about a major accident at Dobbin Huffsmith at Oakwood. First units on the scene notified dispatchers of a head-on crash with multiple injuries. MCHD arrived on the scene and immediately called for two helicopters. CPR was being performed on one of the passengers of a Nissan Altima. That passenger was sent to Hermann Hospital in Houston by Life Flight where he died. The second helicopter transported the driver of a Yukon Denali SUV with severe leg injuries. The driver of the Nissan was transported by ground to Hermann Hospital in The Woodlands in stable condition.

A second passenger in the Nissan fled the scene on foot and appeared at a Decker Hills Subdivision resident covered in blood with visible injuries. By the time she contacted law enforcement he vanished. Deputies searched the area for him but were unable to locate him.

One witness stated she and her friend were in the Circle S Shell when three males came in and then left out of the parking lot at a high rate of speed. Moments later the crash was heard. It appeared the Nissan crossed the center line and struck the SUV almost head-on.

DPS remained on the scene for several hours investigating the crash.

No names have been released as of yet and it is unknown if alcohol, drugs or texting were involved until Troopers are able to conduct further interviews.

In addition, anyone with information on the passenger that fled is asked to call DPS.

APRIL 18,2014
A young boy was killed Friday evening about 5:30 in a big rig accident on Highway 290 near the Grand Parkway/Mason Road and involved an 18-wheeler and two other vehicles.

The driver of the 18-wheeler admitted to texting and that’s when he rammed into a Kia at full speed.

The boy, 9-years-old, was sitting in the backseat. He was killed. His mother and sister were in the front seat and suffered injuries in the impact.

The impact caused a chain reaction involving two other vehicles. DPS said the Kia that took the initial hit from the 18-wheeler was stopped in traffic and had no way of escaping what came from behind.

The impact was so hard that the rear driver’s side of the Kia was touching the front driver’s seat, the trooper said.

The impact also pushed the Kia forward, hitting a Toyota Camry and a Ford F-150. The big rig was pulling a Bobcat-type tractor, and Standifer said skid marks were several hundred feet long.

The driver of the Camry was taken to a hospital. Her condition was not available late Friday. The driver of a Ford was taken to the hospital with leg pain.

“It’s a damn mess,” said DPS Trooper Richard Standifar. “The back seat and the back trunk area is pushed up to back of the driver and passenger seat.”

The victim’s mother and sister were transported by LifeFlight to the hospital.

US 290 was closed past midnight.

The crash which was in Harris County is normally investigated by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Accident Team. However, Friday has been one of the deadliest nights with 10 people losing their lives in both Harris and Montgomery County. When this crash was dispatched, Harris County Sheriff’s Office was already involved in the investigation of four other fatal crashes. Montgomery County DPS Troopers were called in to assist Harris County DPS Troopers in this crash.

APRIL 18, 2015
A fire broke out at a brand-new one-story home in the Heights this morning on 28th Street near Rutland.
No one had moved into the house yet and it appears no one was inside when the blaze broke out around 4:15 am.
Arson investigators are now looking into what may have started the fire.

APRIL 18, 2015
Police are looking for a truck driver who hit a stoplight on a ramp entrance of the North Freeway around 2am in north Houston.
Six other drivers got flat tires after running over the debris on the Tidwell entrance ramp.
One of those drivers was trying to change the flat on the freeway when he was hit by a driver in a green van who also took off. He was taken to the hospital with a broken leg.

Two others who were from Rochester, New York and were visiting Houston for Buzzfest were riding in an UBER when it became disabled after hitting the debris. A Houston Police officer gave them a ride to their hotel. They said the best time so far in Houston was not the UBER ride but the ride in the backseat of the police car and weren’t even under arrest.

APRIL 18, 2015
A Harris County Deputy on his way home last night stopped in the 800 block of Pinemont just west of Shepherd for a large oak tree across the road. With his overheads on he contacted Houston for assistance. While he was waiting a Hispanic male driving at a high rate of speed coming from Shepherd hit the oak tree pushing it into and under the deputy’s car raising the patrol off the ground. The driver fled the scene. Moments later a wrecker driver spotted the vehicle west on Pinemont and notified Houston Police who initiated a pursuit on the vehicle, he was finally stopped near Pinemont and Antoine but refused to exit the vehicle. After a short time, he was taken into custody. There was minimal damage done to the patrol car.

APRIL 18, 2016
Early Monday morning, heavy rain fell in North Harris County causing Cypress Creek to come out of its banks. Many people’s homes and property were flooded, but the biggest operation triggered by the flooding was the rescue of nearly 70 horses from the Equestrian Center owned by Darolyn Butler. The facility is located on Cypresswood Drive and Cypress Creek just north of FM 1960. Butler said they evacuate at least twice a year. Sunday night, she said, she stayed up watching the weather forecasts and went to bed about 2 a.m. Monday. At 3 a.m., she woke, and it was already too late to even move the horse trailers. She said they immediately went outside and began moving horses. Then, some of the horses broke out and turned to rescue horses in the high water. Others were pushed to higher ground and are now roaming the woods.

Members of the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office responded to the scene very early Monday. With hundreds of rescues in the county, they were still able to pull together resources to get a rescue operation going and save the horses. Boats were brought in from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, and Northeast Volunteer Fire Department. Other volunteers were welcomed in, including Montgomery County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts, who responded along with Wade Willis, who assisted using an airboat, just as they did when the Trinity River flowed out of its banks in 2015, displacing hundreds of heads of cattle that had to be rescued from an area along US 90 between Dayton and Liberty.

Later ind the day Monday, the horse emergency was posted on social media, and the “save the horses” theme spread like wildfire, and people began to show up with trailers and boats. This also turned into a crowd control issue for Harris County Precinct 4, as people tried to jump into the swift water to rescue the horses. The deputies continued handling the situation, even though many of their fellow officers were involved in other rescue operations.

One man, Justin, who said he was a swimmer in the military and participated in Iron Man competitions, jumped into the swift current and swam to one horse many believed to be dead within minutes, because it was hung up in a tree. He reached the horse and guided it back near the road, where several people helped guide it to shallow water. There, with some help, the horse stood up and was loaded into a trailer.

Several other horses were also rescued, or seen swimming downstream.

At 4 p.m., almost all of the 75 horses were accounted for. Ten remained in stalls under the owner’s home, and one climbed the stairs onto the porch of the home.

Still many others on the scene question why the horses were not moved earlier, especially when alerts specific to Cypress Creek went out at 3 a.m. which already showed the 2 a.m. level at over 80 feet. Others blamed the Lake Conroe Dam for releasing water. Lake Conroe Dam, however, dumps into the San Jacinto River. Action on the dam could take as long as three days to make it to Humble.

APRIL 18, 2019
Once again a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office patrol car has been struck on the freeway. This time luckily the deputy was not in his vehicle. Just after 8 pm a Deputy stopped for a pickup truck that was parked on the inside shoulder of I-45 on the Spring Creek bridge. The driver had a passenger-side flat tire. He was still partially in the HOV lane. The deputy activated his lights and called for the wrecker knowing there was no safe way to change the tire on the freeway. A female in a Nissan Altima was southbound and slowed at the last minute for the patrol car. As she did she was rear-ended by a Mitsubishi Diamante. The impact pushed the Nissan into the right rear of the patrol car. There were no injuries luckily. Again motorists are not slowing and moving over for emergency vehicles or wreckers. This is the second patrol car hit in a matter of days due to motorists no adhering to the slow down move over. In addition, if you have a flat tire on the freeway, go to the right shoulder or if at all possible exit the freeway and find a place to pull off. A tire of a few hundred dollars can be replaced, a life cannot. This was not the first traffic hazard deputies went out on tonight. Within an hour prior to the crash, a tire was removed from I-45 near Rayford. A stroller was removed and a couch northbound near Woodlands Parkway.

APRIL 18, 2020
Bank to help the people in East Montgomery County. It was then announced that they would be able to feed 400 families Saturday morning at the church. Cars started lining up at 6 am and by 8 am there were close to 300 vehicles. At 9 am an 18-wheeler from the Montgomery County Food Bank arrived and started unloading. It was loaded with water, Gatorade, fresh vegetables, 300-turkeys, dry good boxes. At noon the last of the vehicles came through the line. A total of 376 families were fed. Faith Lane with the Montgomery County Food Bank said she is blown away by the response of the community with the food donations and the volunteers. Unlike a Hurricane, we are in a 50 state disaster. Where during storm donations came from around the world, now each has got their own to take care of. Food distribution has increased by 300% this month. She said they are on track to handle 1.4 million pounds of food this month which is an all-time high for the Montgomery County Food Bank. They plan to keep serving through the end of the year. She invites everyone to visit the website Pastor Mark Grimes of the Caney Creek Cowboy Church said, “today was orchestrated by a bunch of people that love the Lord and love our community. On Easter, we took up an offering to help the residents of East Montgomery County get food out here so we did a big food drive for them.” He said they plan to do it again for 4 to6 more weeks. Tomorrow will be an open-air service once again where folks park in their cars in the pasture and just like the old drive-in movies, see and hear the service from their vehicle.