FEBRUARY 10, 2007
TOLLROAD TASK FORCE
FEBRUARY 10, 2011
CLEVELAND JUDGE MAKES IT EASY ON MANY IN HIS LAST DAYS
Recently the Cleveland City Council decided not to renew Judge Bob Steelys’ contract with the city. Many came to his courtroom yesterday on tickets just to find him dismissing them or giving them probation.
Today Judge Steely left the courtroom at 11:30 a.m. to finish out his contract. As he left he commented on his actions the past several days. He did confirm the thirty today was heavier then normal. Word got out on the street that it was an amnesty program and friends were calling friends.
One woman arrived a little too late. As she explained she had a warrant to the police officer he advised her the Judge had already left and she was under arrest for that warrant.
The Judge said the city was unable to produce the tickets so he didn’t have a choice. When asked why the city couldn’t produce them he said he had no clerks. “When they found out my contract wasn’t being renewed they retired, one after thirty years.”
He stated if someone came from Houston he wasn’t about to reset it and have them drive back up here.
But when asked how many were dismissed yesterday he said we would have to ask the clerks. Apparently the city has already hired new ones.
The Judge said, “the only ones I have been dismissing were indigent who could not pay it.” When asked what type of proof he required to determine they were indigent the Judge said just a sworn letter. Several of those are handicapped and can’t do community service the Judge said.
One woman came in yesterday with her IRS return to pay her tickets. They were dismissed.
Maria Gonzales came in today to pay her, she said, “ I came in because I had the money ($500) for my warrant, the Judge gave me four hours of community service.”
Her son came in yesterday with a warrant and a fine of $450. The Judge had him pick up three cigarette butts outside and dismissed it.
The mayor of Cleveland had no comment on the situation even though all media requests were being referred to her.
FEBRUARY 10, 2014
WILLIS SHATTERED LIVES
On February 10, 2014, the students of Willis High School braved the cold wet temperatures to take part in the 2014 Shattered Lives Program. A program designed to teach students the dangers of drinking and texting while driving. With a simulated crash scene, twenty students lay injured in several vehicles and a motorcycle.
FEBRUARY 10, 2015
40 YEARS GIVEN TO MAN WHO SET SPLENDORA BOY ON FIRE
The jury on the Donald Collins capital murder trial has come back with a sentence of 40 years. Collins is accused of dousing Robert Middleton with gasoline in 1998 and setting him on fire. Middleton died in 2011 from cancer that is only seen in burn patients.
Collins must serve at least 20 years before he is eligible for parole.
In addition, he still faces a charge in San Jacinto County for failure to register as a sex offender. That charge can bring up to 20 years. Most likely that 20 would be absorbed into the 40 years that he just received. It is possible for the judge to stack the sentence on top of this 40.
Due to Collins being 13-years-old at the time of the incident the maximum allowed by law since he was certified as an adult is 40 years.
5-YEAR-OLD BOY SAVES MOM
On Tuesday little 5-year-old Brandon Bass did as he normally did, getting off the bus and going home from Southside Elementary School in Cleveland. Tuesday, however, proved to be a little different. As he walked in the house he found his mother passed out and non-responsive. Most children his age would panic. Not Brandon, he went directly to the phone and called 911. He was giving directions to the 911 operator when his grandmother arrived and saw what was happening. Moments later the Cleveland Fire Department and First Responders arrived. She was transported to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. Not long ago Brandon and his classmates were taught how to call 911 and what to do in an emergency. Cleveland ISD Police Chief Rex Evans said that training paid off on Tuesday.
FEBRUARY 10, 2016
ASST DA ROB FREYER TALKS ABOUT BANK JUGGING CASE
“Bank Jugging” is term is used to describe suspects who sit in bank parking lots and watch customers go in and out of a bank. The suspects follow the customers they believe are in possession of cash and look for an opportunity to burglarize their vehicles or rob them directly. This is a growing crime trend in the Houston area and in Montgomery County as well. On October 5, 2015, two bank jugging suspects, from Northeast Houston, were watching a southeast Houston bank. The suspects followed a man from the bank to a nearby restaurant parking lot where they burglarized his vehicle – stealing his money. Officers with the Houston Police Department’s Northeast Tactical Unit were nearby and able to take the suspects into custody. The suspects were identified as Patrick English and Roosevelt Hart. The suspects have documented members of the criminal street gang “Market Street Money Gang”. Members of the gang are known for pharmacy burglaries, bank jugging thefts, and robberies, sliding thefts, commercial safe cracking burglaries, aggravated robberies, narcotics trafficking, identity theft, cigarette thefts and more. Suspect Patrick English has been arrested numerous times in bank jugging investigations. He has recently been attributed to bank jugging cases all over the state of Texas. When arrested on October 5th, suspect English was out on bond for three separate Harris County felony charges and one felony charge out of Fort Bend County. After the October arrest, officers with the Houston Police Department and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office followed up on a Spring/The Woodlands area bank jugging case from September of 2015. Officers were able to identify Patrick English and Henry Wilson as suspects. Patrick English and Henry Wilson followed a man from Chase Bank at I-45 and Rayford to a Chick-Fil-A parking lot on Sawdust Drive. When the man went into the restaurant to order food, Henry and Patrick burglarized his vehicle and stole over $13,000 that he had just withdrawn from the bank. Both are formally charged in Montgomery County for the third-degree offense of “Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity.” English, already in custody in Harris County, will be transferred to Montgomery County to stand trial. Henry Wilson was already on the run from a Harris County bank jugging charge and his current location is unknown. Law Enforcement officials are asking for the public’s help in locating Wilson. Law Enforcement Officials warn citizens to be aware of your surroundings and if you need to dry a large amount of money from the bank to do it in the form of a cashiers check. They also warn not to leave an ATM or bank carrying money or money bag or large packages. Most of these guys use rental cars and tinted windows as the park and watch. When they spot a target they follow that person to see if they stop and leave their vehicle. It is then a simple pop of the glass and your package is gone. If they were to be caught is is a misdemeanor which they could get 30 days for. Not long ago they targeted a Houston Car dealer in which they pulled up in a black limo with tinted windows, got $150,000 from the dealer’s car and were gone in five seconds. When a person walks out with a large package, it is called a “jug” by the thieves.
Police are looking for Henry Wilson and consider him dangerous. Anyone who has knowledge of his whereabouts is asked to call Crimestoppers. There is a reward for information leading to his arrest.
FEBRUARY 10, 2016
FATAL CRASH KINGWOOD AT US 59
Just before 2pm, three males were witnessed breaking into vehicles at the Lowes Store on Loop 494 at US 59. The owner of that vehicle jumped into his vehicle and sped after the suspects. They traveled north on Loop 494 the west on Kingwood Drive. As they got to the intersection of US 59 southbound feeder the suspects ran a red light striking a Toyota Tundra and then slammed into the column of the overpass. The driver of the Tundra was not injured. The driver of the vehicle involved in the burglary was killed. Two other males jumped out and fled the scene. They were captured at Loop 494 a short distance from the crash site. They were reported to be armed, however, no weapons were found on them. The two suspects who fled were taken to Kingwood Hospital and are awaiting possible charges. The victim of the burglary who chased the suspects left the scene. Houston Police would like to talk with that individual.
FEBRUARY 10, 2017
KATY HOME INVASION
At 1040pm Friday night, Harris County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a distraught husband. He stated he was not at his home in the 1600 block of Katy Gap Road, however, his wife and two sons were. The boy’s ages and 5. He told dispatchers his wife called his phone but did not speak. Through the open line, he could hear a commotion in the background with several male voices. Harris County responded to the scene. As they arrived at the apartment, 4 black males were attempting to leave the residence carrying several gym type bags. When they saw deputies, they retreated into the apartment. Knowing that the woman and children were inside, the deputies requested a SWAT Team. As they were awaiting SWAT to arrive two deputies were able to talk the males out using their public-address system. Four males were taken into custody. All 4 are being charged with kidnapping and robbery.
There were no injuries. According to the homeowner, the only thing that was taken is several gym bags of tennis shoes.
FEBRUARY 10, 2018
TWO DEAD FROM CARBON MONOXIDE
A woman and a boy are dead from possible exposure to carbon monoxide at a home in northwest Harris County, authorities say. Deputies were called to the home in the 13400 block of Columbia Key around 10:35 a.m. Saturday after a man said he had been trying to reach the woman there because he had not heard from her in a few hours. The man said he found a vehicle running in the garage. Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constables went into the home and found the bodies of a 54-year-old woman and a teenage boy upstairs. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office did not specifically say where in the upstairs area they were found and added that they were not in the garage where the car was running. Officials say the house was consumed with carbon monoxide. They used fans to help remove the poisonous gas from the house. Two Precinct 4 deputies were taken to Ben Taub Hospital for possible exposure to carbon monoxide poisoning. They have since been released. The exact cause of death has not been determined.
FEBRUARY 10, 2019
FATAL HEAD-ON CRASH IN MONTGOMERY
Just before 1 pm Sunday, a call for a head-on crash on SH 105 just west of downtown Montgomery in front of the Montgomery Cowboy Church was called into 911 dispatchers. First units arrived to find a Dodge pickup with heavy damage in the eastbound shoulder the driver suffered lacerations. In the ditch on the north side of the road was a KIA with severe damage and 3 victims trapped. The driver was transported in critical condition to the hospital, the passenger was also critical and the front seat passenger was deceased on the scene. Montgomery Police was assisted by DPS and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. The investigation continues to determine if charges will be filed. AN
UPDATE: FEBRUARY 10, 2020-JOSHUA MANN WAS INDICTED FOR INTOXICATION MANSLAUGHTER AND TWO COUNTS OF INTOXICATION ASSAULT. HIS CASE IS CURRENTLY PENDING IN THE 435TH DISTRICT COURT, AND AT THIS TIME IS SET FOR A JURY TRIAL ON MARCH 2, 2020