APRIL 27, 2004
KID GETS STUCK IN TREE TRYING TO RESCUE CAT
The Houston Fire Department responded to rescue a young man from a tree after he became trapped while rescuing a cat.
APRIL 27, 2006
MONTGOMERY COUNTY ASSIST ON ROBIN LANE
APRIL 27, 2006
BRANDON ROAD HOUSE FIRE
APRIL 27, 2007
FATAL CRASH I-45 AT SPRING CREEK
APRIL 27, 2007
TSU GOES TO AUSTIN TO MEET WITH GOVERNOR PERRY
APRIL 27, 2011
WALKER COUNTY FOREST FIRE
A wildfire that broke out this morning just before noon is now 100% contained. With an acreage of approximately 200 acres total that burned.
This morning Chief Mark Robinson of the Pine Prarie Fire Department spotted smoke just off FM 1696 about eight miles north of Huntsville. When he arrived the woods were heavily involved with fire moving quickly with the strong winds. Help was immediately called in from ten other departments and the Texas Forest Service. With the 44 firefighters and 15 trucks, the battle lasted most of the day.
At one point the fire jumped a gravel road leading to the Ozarka Water Plant but was quickly stopped. The Forest Service had several bulldozers on stand-by in Huntsville as a wildfire staging area.
Six dozers from Huntsville and Lufkin responded in a very short time. In addition, two helicopters used to fight these fires were stationed just five miles down the road at Huntsville Airport and were on the scene in minutes.
There were no homes damaged. If the fire would have jumped the road and not been stopped several homes could have been threatened.
The cause has not been determined, However, officials say it is possible that lightning from the storms Monday night could have done it. All it would take is it hitting a tree and the tree smolder until the wind picked up and helped it along.
As of 9 p.m., tonight firefighters remain on the scene to monitor the situation. They say smoke could last several weeks and the fire may not be completely extinguished for the same.
APRIL 27, 2013
DRUNKS TRY TO RUN OVER COPS
It seemed like the full moon and all the police lights pulled the drunks out of hiding Friday night and Saturday morning. Just as deputies were clearing the auto vs tree crash on Interstate 45 at Lake Woodlands Deputy Knight had just stopped a driver on the northbound side of the freeway who was wanted in connection with assaulting his 15-year-old daughter by dragging her down the stairs by her hair. When he was stopped he was intoxicated. As Deputy Knight filled out a wrecker slip for the driver another male driver, approached the scene on the northbound feeder at Oakwood. That driver failed to move out of the lane and slammed into the rear of the deputy’s patrol car. The patrol car overhead lights were working. The vehicle then deflected off the left rear of the patrol car almost striking the deputy who was about to get in.
That driver was detained (tree service shirt) and after a field sobriety test was placed under arrest. As DPS Troopers worked the accident another female driver drove up into the scene that was being blocked by wreckers and police. She too had a field sobriety test which she failed.
As this was happening another male drove up into the scene on the left lane almost striking the officers on the scene. He too failed a field sobriety test and was transported to the Montgomery County Jail.
WOODLANDS FIREFIGHTERS SPEND AN HOUR RESCUING MAN FROM TRAPPED VEHICLE
APRIL 27, 2013
Just after midnight, a Mazda was southbound on the Interstate 45 feeder just south of Lake Woodlands. As the vehicle passed under Lake Woodlands he hit the left curb and struck a pine tree that sat in between the freeway and feeder. South Montgomery County Fire Department was first on the scene. The Woodlands Rescue was right behind them.
The unidentified male driver who is 24-years-old was completely encapsulated in the vehicle. Both crews and almost twenty firefighters worked for over an hour to free him. The vehicle hit the tree and rolled over knocking the pine tree and causing the vehicle to wrap around it. When he was finally freed, he was flown to Hermann Hospital in Houston by Life Flight. Firefighters said he was in and out of consciousness
APRIL 27, 2014
GRANDMOTHER KILLED IN HORRIFIC OVERNIGHT CRASH ON SH 105 AT NAVAHO
Just after 1 a.m. Montgomery County 911 dispatchers took multiple calls stating there was a major accident at SH 105 and Navajo. MCHD along with Lake Conroe Fire, Montgomery County Precinct 2 Constables, DPS, and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.
When they arrived they found a Mitsubishi SUV upside-down alongside the road and a Dodge 3500 head-on into the utility pole. The SUV was occupied by an 18-year-old and a 15-year-old female. In the back passenger were their aunt and uncle. The male was slightly injured, however, the rear seat female passenger was deceased.
The driver of the Dodge pickup fled the scene on foot.
Law enforcement officers started a search when he appeared at Conroe Regional Hospital with a broken arm.
Two Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney’s responded to the hospital with DPS and interviewed the male identified as Wayne Richard Compton, 28, of 2707 Superior #4 in Magnolia. Compon was intoxicated and admitted to having been driving the vehicle. He was arrested and taken to the Montgomery County Jail and charged with intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle, intoxication assault with a vehicle causing serious bodily injury, two counts of aggravated assault causes serious bodily injury, and accident involving death.
Troopers worked through the night sorting out skid marks and damage. Entergy was called out to repair the broken pole. One witness said when the pole broke the power lines fell on another set of lines creating a fireworks show. Lights were out in the area until close to 10 a.m.
According to the investigation, the SUV was eastbound at Navajo, waiting for the traffic light to change. The Dodge truck which pulled onto SH 105 from Blue Heron at a high rate of speed slammed into the rear of the SUV. The impact was so strong that it broke the frame of the SUV and caused the outer door skin of the SUV to pop off.
The truck then pushed the SUV through the intersection into a grassy area behind a shopping center and flipping it over. The pickup slammed into the utility pole. Prior to impact, there were no signs of a skid mark indicating the truck tried to stop.
NAMES WILL BE RELEASED SHORTLY OF THE VICTIMS
IN ADDITION, DPS WOULD LIKE ANYONE WHO WITNESSED THE CRASH TO CONTACT DPS
APRIL 27, 2015
PANORAMA STORM DAMAGE
With the early morning storms which moved through Montgomery County at highway speed, the straight-line winds caused extensive damage to some areas. The hardest hit were areas north of SH 105. In Grimes County Anderson suffered damage as did Richards. Then down through the National Forest as trees fell across FM 149, FM 1375 and FM 1791.
It toppled a few trees there and damaged some homes. Several vehicles were also trapped under the trees including a DPS patrol car in Walker County.
The storm moved across Lake Conroe dropping power lines in the Willis and Conroe area.
Hardest hit in the Conroe area was Panorama where residents still remain without power. Close to 100 trees toppled with many homes damaged. Utility poles snapped in two and power lines littering the ground.
APRIL 27, 2016
MAJOR CRASH ON FM 1484 CAUSED BY FALLEN TREE
At about 930am an SUV was pulling out of a driveway on FM 1484 just north of Rose Road. A tree had fallen from the storm and was blocking a lane. It was also blocking the view of the oncoming traffic. As the driver pulled out a northbound pickup slammed into it ripping the side off the SUV. The driver of the SUV was trapped and had to be cut out by NMCFD rescue crews. Both drivers were transported to Conroe Regional Trauma Center with non-life-threatening injuries
APRIL 27, 2016
WILLIS STORM DAMAGE
Willis seems to have taken the brunt of the storm this morning. Almost all of the city of Willis is without power. Hundreds of trees are down, many of those are on homes. North Montgomery County Fire Chief Jason Oliphant said starting about 430am calls started to come into dispatch. They ran close to 50 calls in a 4-hour time frame. Most of those calls were trees on houses, power lines down, and other weather-related emergencies. Of all the calls patients were only transported from two. One was a tree on a house where the homeowner was transported as a precaution. The damage stretched from the west part of the fire district around Lake Conroe to the eastern half around FM 1484 and E. Williams Road. Texas National Subdivision was hardest hit with trees down on almost 30 homes. The second was a major accident on FM 1484 in which a tree was partially blocking the view of a motorist the driver attempted to pull out of a private driveway. He was struck by a Ford pickup. Almost all the traffic lights in Willis are out causing traffic backups, especially at FM 1097 and I-45. It is suggested to travel south on Highway 75 to FM 830 or League Line if you are going to I-45.
In addition, North Montgomery County firefighters are currently on a house fire in Bentwood. The cause is believed to be generator-related.
APRIL 27, 2016
FM 1950 3-ALARM FIRE
APRIL 27, 2017
Today, members of the “We Remember” Memorial Bicycle Trek Across Texas stopped by the Patton Village Police Department to deliver memorial plaques for Officer Stacey Baumgartner who was killed during a pursuit on SH 242 on June 16, 2016. The Memorial Bicycle Trek Across Texas group is a team of cyclists who will cover more than 2,309 miles of Texas soil, visiting each city, town, and county that lost an officer or officers in 2016. Officers, friends and family gathered in from of the Patton Village Police Department as the riders arrived and delivered their signature flag, cross, and plaques. The Memorial Bicycle Trek cyclists also delivered a memorial plaque to the Bellaire Police Department, in honor of their fallen officer who also lost his life July 13, 2016. He was also involved in a pursuit on his motorcycle when he crashed into a landscaping trailer.
The Memorial Trek cyclists have been riding across Texas in honor of fallen law enforcement officers since 1993. Their mission is to bring attention to the daily dedication to duty and self-sacrifice that each of these officers made for their community and this state. They hope to show the families of Texas’ fallen, that their loved one will always be remembered and honored by all law enforcement officers of this great state.
APRIL 27, 2017
HOUSTON POLICE OFFICER INVOLVED
Two police officers shot a machete-wielding man Thursday afternoon when he refused to drop the weapon, according to Houston Police Assistant Chief Lori Bender. Minutes before, he was smashing windows at a northeast Houston home, she added. The suspect, in his 30s, was taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds to his abdomen and leg. He is expected to survive. Cell phone video showed the moments after the police shooting. The suspect appeared conscious and moving. Two officers approached cautiously, then one moved potential weapons away. A knife and a machete were left on the ground where the man was shot. Neighbor Isiah Roberts told reporters he first heard windows breaking.
“I looked out the window. He (suspect) was chasing him (homeowner) around the truck with a shovel. Three cops showed up, and they told him to put down the shovel,” said Roberts, who took the video. Houston police said the shovel was actually the machete and that the suspect started in the backyard of the home on Estrellita near West Road around noon. He smashed out the back windows and moved to the front. The homeowner was inside and called the police. Chief Bender said, despite officers’ multiple commands to drop the machete, the suspect approached them instead. “He raises the machete, at which time they fired,” said Bender, who reviewed body camera video of the shooting.
“That’s what got my attention,” said neighbor Marilyn Green. She described hearing four gunshots. Next, she saw the suspect lying on the ground.
Bender said officers found the hallucinogenic drug, PCP, inside the suspect’s truck. Two officers fired their weapons. They will be assigned desk duty for three days, per department policy. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office will decide what charges the suspect faces. A grand jury will decide whether the shooting was justified.
APTIL 27, 2017
HOUSTON POLICE PATROL UNIT CRASHES AND BURNS
At approximately 915pm Houston Police were responding to a major accident on I-45 northbound at Rankin. One HPD officer entered I-45 at Greens Road. The officer came across all moving lanes of traffic and slammed into the bed of a wrecker which was also going to the same crash. The impact ripped the front bumper of the patrol vehicle off. The patrol units engine compartment burst into flames. The officer was not injured. As the investigation was winding down HPD discovered the wrecker driver had an open traffic warrant for failure to appear. He was arrested and transported to the Harris County Jail.
APRIL 27, 2017
CRASH CAUSES VEHICLE TO DROP 20-FEET OFF FREEWAY KILLING DRIVER
Houston police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred at 7500 North Freeway at about 11:40 p.m. on Thursday (April 27).
The identity of the female victim, 61, is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant P. Kopulos and Officer A. Holmes reported:
The victim was driving a blue Chevrolet Malibu northbound on the North Freeway when a black Toyota Camry, also traveling northbound, veered into her lane and struck the vehicle. The victim lost control of the Malibu, struck a concrete barrier, and fell off the freeway onto the roadway below. Almost 20 motorcycle riders were at Mcdonald’s and witnessed the car falling and landing upside down on it’s the roof. All of the riders ran to the scene and rolled the vehicle onto its wheels. The driver was deceased. Another witness who was waiting for the light to change saw sparks from above then the vehicle drop onto the intersection in front of her. The driver of the Camry, who remained at the scene, was determined not to be impaired.
No charges have been filed at this time, as the investigation is continuing.
APRIL 27, 2018
CHARTWERWOOD AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
On April 27, 2018, in the early morning hours, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to an aggravated assault in East Montgomery County in which a victim was struck in the face with a shovel handle while he slept. The victim was transported to the hospital where he is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. MCSO Homicide and Violent Crimes Unit responded to the scene on Charterwood Drive and has identified the suspect and is requesting the public’s assistance in locating him. Thomas Lyn Barringer, a white male born May 22, 1991, 5’09” tall weighing 195 pounds has an active warrant for Aggravated Assault. Barringer is believed to be dangerous and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office requests he not be approached by the public. Barringer was last seen in the area of Motel 6 in Cleveland, TX.
Anyone with information regarding Mr. Barringer or this crime is asked to contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 936-760-5800 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-STOP (7867) and refer to case number# 18A114015.