APRIL 6, 2007
After his escape from the house which turned into a Coast Guard rescue for his owner William Hart, Hart had his wings clipped.

APRIL 6, 2014
Just after 2 am Sunday morning deputies with the Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constables Office went to a home near SH 242 and Lexington to serve a Blue Warrant, a warrant issued by the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole. The homeowner let them into the home and told deputies that the suspect was in a back bedroom. As the uniformed deputies entered the room the suspect drew a pistol at which time two officers fired multiple shots killing the suspect.

At this time no names have been released. The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Shoot Team is on the scene along with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department and the Texas Rangers.

APRIL 6, 2014
Just after 2 am Sunday morning Montgomery County Precinct 4 Deputies executed a “”BLUE WARRANT” at a home in the 1400 block of Ashland near Carlisle. The deputies approached the front door and were let in by the homeowner. They were told the suspect they were looking for was in a back bedroom.

As they entered the bedroom the suspect produced a gun and was fired on by at least two deputies, killing the suspect.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’ s Office Major Crimes Unit along with the Montgomery County District Attorneys Office Shoot Team responded to the scene.

AS of 11:30 units remain on the scene investigating.

The victim who has not yet been identified pending notification of next of kin was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace James Metts, who also responded to the scene. He ordered Eickenhorst Funeral Directors to transport the victim to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for autopsy.

As in all officer-involved shootings, the case will be sent to the Montgomery County Grand jury.

In Texas, a Blue Warrant is a felony warrant issued by the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole. They are issued for person who are out of prison and on parole for various felony crimes. If that person violates the parole conditions by being charged with another crime, or not following stipulations set out, a warrant is issued.

The officers have not yet been identified either.

APRIL 6, 2015

Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal opened Commissioners Court Monday morning at 9:30 and asked for a volunteer in the audience for an opening prayer. Again like last week Mary Hammer Menzel volunteered in the opening prayer. Like last week she brought in the road bond as part of the prayer expressing how it was really needed in Montgomery County. However then she referred to the ones against it as “Tools of Satan”. This angered many in the courtroom and as Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon took to the podium to recognize National Crime Victim’s Rights Week he put his opening off for a minute and addressed the court on the issue if the prayer Menzel offered.

“In my opinion, prayer is a unification issue and it brings every one of the same faith together”, said Ligon, “I don’t think that prayer should be divisive. I certainly don’t think that people should be cast as Satan’s tools”. He continued that if the prayer is about Jesus, Jesus’ main mode of transportation was walking. I don’t think any of us want to walk anymore, we do need to move forward, he said.

Commissioner Noack said he believed Commissioner Doyal needs to look for someone else to lead in prayer.

Laura Fillault came up moments later and announced she was speaking for the road bond. “First off I want to say I am not a tool of Satan, I didn’t appreciate that part of the prayer, I do believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior”. she said and said she believed he was worried about other things besides a road bond. Fillault said it is a road bond, not a satanic ritual.

She was not alone in being against what was said,

However, Montgomery County Precinct 1 Commissioner Mike Meador, said she did a great job and to criticize personal prayer is wrong and offensive.

This was not the first time she has brought prayer into the bond issue. In the last Commissioners Court meeting she said,” Father, I want to lift up this road bond to you and just ask you to help the people realize this county has got to have ways to get around”.

Recently, Menzel appeared in an ad for Keep Montgomery County Moving PAC. In it, she said, “I am for the road bond and the Lord is too”. When a group approached the PAC about removing it, she was defended by Nelda Blair who said Menzel was being persecuted because of her faith.

Nelda Blair is one of the big supporters of the road bond. She is also known to many as the “MOCO Debt Collector”. Her website says she is Nelda Luce Blair, Public Speaker; Author; TV Commentator; Blogger Philanthropist; Animal Lover; Devoted Christian; Proud 5th Generation. Formerly of The Woodlands Township board of directors, she and her husband Jim have $5.4 million home for sale in The Woodlands. It may be interesting to note that CNN paints quite a different picture of her and husband Jim.

CNN Money recently ran a story on her and her husband Jim.


It also appears while others who come to Commissioners Court need to find a place in the parking garage to park or in the street as there is limited space in the Sadler Building parking lot, that isn’t for Blair. She has made her own parking place, against the curb and just skirting the legality of if it is a no-parking area or not. Certainly, where most buildings have the curb area reserved for emergencies and fire trucks, this curb isn’t painted so it has become her own personal parking spot.

APRIL 6, 2016
Just after 9 pm Wednesday calls started coming into Montgomery County 911 about a crash on I-45 southbound at Shepherd Hill. NMCFD was first on scene and reported a pickup had hit a sign. They confirmed four people were trapped in a 2001 Chevrolet extended cab pickup and one of those 5 were deceased. Firefighters worked for about 20 minuted to free the victims. The driver who was in his early 20’s was in critical condition. A female in the back seat was critical and two children who was unrestrained in the back seat were also in critical condition. All four were transported to Conroe Regional Trauma Center by MCHD. The front right seat passenger, a 16-year-old male was deceased.
According to DPS Troopers, the driver who is possibly impaired was southbound on I-45 at a high rate of speed. He left the roadway on the right shoulder and continued almost 100 yards, breaking a sign off at its base as he skirted the outside edge of the concrete barrier. The truck then struck the concrete support column for the Calvary Road Exit.
Montgomery County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack responded to the scene to perform an inquest and ordered Eickenhorst Funeral Directors to transport the victim to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for autopsy. The passenger is believed to be from the Splendora area. DPS is not yet releasing names until morning. The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office Vehicular Crash Investigators responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. There were no witnesses to the crash. DPS and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office is asking if anyone witnessed the crash to contact the DPS Conroe Office.

APRIL 6. 2017

APRIL 6, 2021
Just after 6 am this morning a Dodge Ram pickup pulled out of the Williams Trace Subdivision onto FM 1488 at Authors Drive. The driver failed to yield to an 18-wheeler dump truck loaded with sand that was eastbound. The truck slammed into the pickup injuring the drivers of both trucks. The 18-wheeler continued down into a creek bed slamming into the bank. As he did his load was lost and fuel tanks and oil pan ripped open. At 1 pm crews are still attempting to recover the trailer of the truck. Once that is done they need to try to recover the tractor. Milstead Hazmat is on the scene sucking the oil and fuel out of the creek. The operation is expected to last into the late afternoon. TXDOT officials on the scene hoping to open at least one lane by 3 pm and counterflow traffic.