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VIDEO STORIES FROM FEBRUARY 21ST OF YEARS PAST


FEBRUARY 21, 2007
CONGRESSMAN POE DEDICATES CLEVELAND POST OFFICE


FEBRUARY 21, 2007
DOUBLE FATAL CRASH MILLER ROAD AT HIGHWAY 90


FEBRUARY 21, 2007
MCSO DOPE BUST IN PORTER-FIRE DEPARTMENT CALLED TO ACCESS SAFES


FEBRUARY 21, 2008
HARRIS COUNTY PRECINCT 4 TASK FORCE


FEBRUARY 21, 2010
EAST TEXAS CHURCH ARSONISTS CAPTURED
The two men suspected of setting a string of church fires in East Texas were childhood friends without any known criminal past. Their families attended church together. Daniel George McAllister (left) and Jason Robert Bourque

One is an Eagle Scout, high school debate champ and recent college student who quotes 19th-century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche on his MySpace page.

The other was described as a shy boy and carpenter’s son who was home-schooled by his mother until she died several years ago.

Little about their pasts would appear to predict that Daniel George McAllister, 21, and Jason Robert Bourque, 19, would one day be accused of serial arson.

“You would think that we’d be able to figure out why someone would want to do this,” said Texas Ranger Brent Davis. “We have nothing, no motive whatsoever.”

McAllister, of Ben Wheeler, and Bourque, of Lindale, were each arraigned Monday on a felony count of arson involving a place of worship, but Davis said they are the only suspects in 10 fires and three church break-ins. State District Judge Christi Kennedy ordered each to remain jailed in lieu of $10 million bails. Also Online

Download: Probable cause affidavits

DMN Investigates blog: Church arson suspect likes Nietzsche and bonfires

Phone tip led to arrests


FEBRUARY 21, 2010
ROSE ROAD AUTO HOUSE CRASH
New information:
DPS officials confirmed the driver of the vehicle that crashed into a house over the weekend was a 15-year-old, who lived either in Willis or Conroe. The boy was large, appeared older, and had an ID that stated he was 23. Because he is a juvenile, his identity was not released. The teen was hospitalized following the crash and charges are pending as of Monday evening.
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Original report:
February 21, 2010
Here are the details at this time: Henry Stepp and his wife were sound asleep at 2 a.m. Their sons had stayed up late watching movies.

Without warning, an unknown male driving north at an excessive speed in the 12700 block of Rose Road near County Line Road in the Willis area lost control of his Dodge Magnum on the wet roads.

The Magnum left the roadway, jumped two culvert pipes, continued through a wooden fence, across a cow pasture, and through another fence. It barreled across the front yard of the Stepp family and crashed into their son’s bedroom.

The driver then tried to exit the vehicle but was detained until EMS arrived. His condition was serious but due to the low ceiling/fog and drizzle, no air medical service was available so he was transported by ground ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital, The Woodlands in serious condition.


FEBRUARY 21, 2015
WRONG WAY DRIVER STOPPED BY CONROE PD
Many people may have seen this vehicle early Saturday morning on Interstate 45 between Shepherd Hill Road and North Loop 336 in Conroe. Odds are many did not as the vehicle was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes without headlights. Calls started coming into the 911 center just after 1 am. An attempt to locate was issued and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, Willis Police and Panorama Police began looking for it. A Montgomery County patrol unit spotted it but the vehicle had already passed. He alerted Conroe Police as he spoke with one driver reported the driver passed him with no headlights. There was also a report of a minor crash caused by the wrong-way driver but police were unable to locate it.

Two quick-thinking Conroe Officers put their lives on the line as they pulled in front of him head-on in the main lanes of the freeway putting themselves between the wrong-way driver and northbound traffic.

The driver was arrested and transported to the Montgomery County Jail on possession charges.


FEBRUARY 21, 2015
HARRIS COUNTY OFFICER ATTACKED
Just before midnight, Saturday Harris County Emergency Corp was dispatched to a scene in the 15000 block of Chrisman at Connorvale. It was reported that two people had been shot and a vehicle was on fire. When they arrived on the scene they were met by over one hundred people with vehicles on both sides of the road and in driveways. Most were older teens. Units pulled back to wait on Harris County deputies who were responding. The first Harris County deputy arrived and learned that some shots had been fired down the street but nobody was hit. As she attempted to clear the crowds a highly intoxicated Hispanic male drove by the deputy and as he did he struck a van and kept going. The female deputy was able to run to his vehicle and as she attempted to subdue him, he began fighting with her. An assist the officer was called in as a medic who had just gone in service after being disregarded witnessed it and jump out to assist. A photographer on the scene who also witnessed it also jumped out of his vehicle to assist. As all three attempted to subdue the suspect, partygoers began throwing beer bottles and cans at with at least one making contact with the three attempting to take the man down and one hitting the suspect.

When the assist the officer went out multiple wreckers responded and were able to keep the crowd back and several calmed the situation as they communicated with many of the partygoers in Spanish

The suspect was then transported to the hospital in stable condition. Additional deputies began to arrive and assisted in dispersing the crowd. Many of the partygoers were juveniles.


FEBRUARY 21, 2015
PRUITT ROAD AUTO PEDESTRIAN


FEBRUARY 21, 2016
HOUSTON HI-RIES FIRE-FIRE TRUCK TURNS INTO BULLDOZER
Just after midnight, Saturday Houston Fire Department received a call for a hi-rise fire at a Holiday Inn under construction in the 10200 block of South Main near NRG Stadium. As District Chief 21 arrived on the scene he could see heavy smoke coming from the fourth floor in the rear of the complex. The problem was they were unable to get to it due to the owners of the property blocking both entrances. One entrance with a forklift and the second with a vehicle. Engine 21 arrived on the scene with Firefighter Fuller at the wheel. Earlier in the evening on several calls, his Captain was worried about him hitting another vehicle. That took a complete turn when over the radio the Chief ordered Engine 21 to use his pumper and push the vehicle, which was parked sideways. The firefighter did as ordered as the rear of the vehicle fender crumpled it was moved with almost no damage to the firetruck. Within seconds the engine was set up at the back, connected to the ladder truck and had firefighters on the fourth floor battling the flames which were confined to one room which was full of construction material. The fourth floor suffered smoke and water damage and minimal fire damage. Since it was under construction no water had been connected to the building which would have assisted with the fire sprinkler system. Houston Arson Investigator were called to the scene after it was learned that 4 juveniles were seen running from the building just prior to the blaze. As additional crews arrived they discovered the forklift that had the other entrance blocked had the keys still in the ignition. Houston Police Accident Investigators responded to the scene to work the accident.


FEBRUARY 21, 2016
ARMY VETERAN MURDERED-SUSPECT THE SHOOTS AND KILLS HIMSELF
Just after midnight, Saturday shots rang out on Katy Briar Drive in the Morton Ranch Subdivision off Mason Road. As neighbors came out to investigate they witnessed two males running for a vehicle and fled. They found a male dead in the street. A 25-year-old veteran has been identified by his family as James Sebastian Ayala, the victim. His brother says the victim served in the Army and leaves behind his five children. His family described him as a good man and says they are devastated by his passing.
Detectives say a 17-year-old man found out his girlfriend was cheating on him with the victim and asked the couple to come over. The two did, going to Darian Mitchell’s home. That is when Mitchell says he watched his friend, the 17-year-old accused gunman, kill the man.
“When he shot him, his girlfriend started screaming and then he ran,” Mitchell says. “And then he shot again, and then everyone started coming out and screaming.”
Close to 5am a deputy at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office West Substation saw a vehicle in the parking lot with its lights on. As he approached the shooter’s mother approached the deputy and told him her son came home and told her he had shot Ayala. She brought him to the Sheriff’s Office to turn himself in. As the shooter got out of the vehicle he pulled a gun and shot himself in the head. He was transported to the hospital but died.


FEBRUARY 21, 2016
CONROE TRAIN PEDESTRIAN
Just before 11pm, Conroe Police received a call from Union Pacific Railroad stating one of their northbound freight trains hit a person on the tracks. Conroe Police, Firefighters and MCHD searched the tracks from Avenue M where the train finally stopped and back toward South Loop 336. They found the victim near Gladstell. The person, who has not yet been identified by race, gender, age or name was deceased. Montgomery County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Spikes ordered Eickenhorst Funeral Directors to transport the victim to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for autopsy. Several crossings were closed several hours as Conroe Police investigated.


FEBRUARY 21, 2017
SPLENDORA HOUSE FIRE
At 240am Tuesday morning, East Montgomery County Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire on Lake Drive near Christine in Splendora. The first unit to arrive on the scene stated the single-story home had fire through the roof. Additional tankers were called from Caney Creek, Porter, and Cleveland. This due to the closest fire hydrant being over a mile away. As firefighters attacked the fire they did have some water issues as tankers shuttled water as quickly as possible. There were no injuries. The homeowner was not home at the time as they had been painting the inside of the house on Tuesday. A neighbor reported the fire appeared to have started around the electrical panel.


FEBRUARY 21, 2018
MONTGOMERY COUNTY DWI AWARDS
Wednesday afternoon Montgomery County District Attorney awarded several agencies and officers for their commitment in making the roads of Montgomery County safer by cutting down on impaired drivers. The awards were started when Ligon took office. At that time there was no concerted effort to go after impaired drivers. Within a very short time that changed. With an average of 25 murders a year In the county, where the majority are related to family violence, but what is the one crime in this community that we are all at the same risk of facing horrible and catastrophic death? It’s DWI.
The first 2017 award was given to Trooper Bruno Miauro who requested to be on night shift in an effort to stop DWI drivers. He finished his training as a Trooper on December 31, 2016 and in one year was in the top three for total DWI arrests. In his first year he was known for well documenting the cases making them strong cases to go to court with. He finished 2017 out by testifying in two back to back DWI cases against experienced attorney’s. Trooper Miauro also spends his weekends with the Air National Guard.

The agency of the year for 2017 was Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable Ryan Gable and his efforts to curb the DWI drivers. With many restaurants and establishments serving alcohol in the Precinct 3 area it Is known there will be more intoxicated drivers who take that chance driving after consuming alcohol. Precinct 3 Constable Ryan approached Commissioners Court and asked for deputies to be assigned to a DWI type task force. Deputy Patterson and Corporal Terrell together made more DWI arrests in 2017 than the entire department did in 2016.
The investigator of the year went to the DPS Crash Team. Made up of Sgt. Barnhill, Sgt. Schneider, Trooper Taska and Trooper Williams. They are responsible for reviewing all the fatal crashes in Montgomery, Liberty and Walker Counties. With the 43 fatal crashes in 2017, they were called upon to scale, photograph and investigate the crash. Many of these investigations can take up to 6 hours just on the scene. They then go back with all the data collected and plot the crash scene. In addition, they talk to others and attempt to collect any other evidence. They were also called upon for a Jack in the Box shooting on FM 1960, the Trooper shooting in Waller County and several other scenes that required precise documentation.
In the near future, impaired drivers will be faced with No Refusal during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and Spring Break.
AGENCY ARRESTS FOR DWI IN 2017 -1693 ARRESTS
DPS 627
CONROE PD 294
MCSO 276
PRECINCT 3 223
MAGNOLIA 84
PRECINCT 4 42
SPLENDORA 30
MONTGOMERY 29
SHENANDOAH 25
WILLIS 15
ROMAN FRST 14
OAK RIDGE 10
GAME WARDEN 8
PRECINCT 1 7
PATTON VLG 5
PRECINCT 2 3
CISD 1

FOR 2018 THERE HAVE ALREADY BEEN 56 DWI ARRESTS


FEBRUARY 21, 2019
LIBERTY COUNTY SPCA SEIZURE
Over the past few months, Houston SPCA has mad several trips to the 500 block of County Road 331 in Cleveland to check on tip calls about several heads of cattle severely malnourished. Calls then started coming into Liberty County Precinct 6 Constable John Joslin’s Office. Joslin and deputies went to the property this week and after walking the property down found 16 head of cattle and three calves severely malnourished and no food available. The cattle had actually broken the fence to a neighboring pasture in an attempt to get food. Joslin contacted the Houston SPCA and also got a warrant for the seizure of the animals. At 9qam Thursday the SPCA arrived with 3 stock trailers. As they arrived they noted several head missing. A short time later the owner arrived on the scene with 6 head of cattle in a stock trailer. He claimed to have been taking them to a vet. The SPCA backed a trailer of theirs to his trailer and loaded the 6 head. As they were one cow who had been nursing a calf went down. SPCA officials separated that one from the others and hopes were it would be able to get back up once they got it to their facility. A dead calf was also removed from the property along with an additional 10 head of cattle and 3 calves.


FEBRUARY 21, 2019
TXDOT PUBLIC HEARING ON WIDENING OF SH 105 EAST
Several hundred residents of the SH 105 East corridor attended a public hearing Thursday night to voice their opinions and hear what TXDOT had to say about the widening of SH 105 East. The plan is to widen the road to 4-lanes with a center turn lane from 10th Street in Conroe to SH 105 Loop in Cleveland. Due to Federal mandates on Federal Funding, the plans must include sidewalks. The issue of the raised median was shot down several years ago but most of the length will have curbs and gutters. The project is expected to start in 2021. Currently, utilities are being moved for the length of the project. Precinct 4 Commissioner James Metts addressed the TXDOT group telling them he would help in any way he could get this completed. TXDOT said there were over 50 fatal crashes from 2003 to 2015. Mett’s told TXDOT that while he was Justice of the Peace he made many of those and hopes there will be no more. Several residents s expressed concerns of the sidewalks so close to their homes and businesses. Another concern was why the project was going to be started at 10th Street and take possibly years to get to the Loop, where the Loop dumping onto SH 105 and the FM 1485 right turn lane is one of the major traffic problems currently. The plans can be seen at the following links. In addition, written comments can still be sent to TXDOT.


FEBRUARY 21, 2019
EMC LAW ENFORCEMENT APPRECIATION DINNER


FEBRUARY 21, 2020
FM 2090 AUTO VS SCHOOL BUS
Just after 7 am Friday a CISD bus was westbound on FM 2090 at Philmore (between Tommy Smith and Firetower). The bus driver was picking up Crighton Elementry students and had the lights activated. A female driver in a pickup was eastbound and stopped for the bus. A male driver in a Mazda who also eastbound did not see the pickup stopped due to the early morning sun. He slammed into the rear of the pickup driving it into the rear of the bus and into the ditch. The rear bumper of the bus struck the pickup windshield just missing the driver. Twenty-three students on the bus were uninjured. The female in the pickup was transported to the hospital in stable condition. The driver of the Mazda was uninjured. FM 2090 was closed and reopened at 8:30 am. DPS is investigating the crash.


FEBRUARY 21, 2020
MCHD INTRODUCES PULSE POINT
The PulsePoint Respond app alerts CPR-trained individuals to someone nearby having a sudden cardiac arrest that may require CPR. The app’s alert system is activated by our 911 dispatch center simultaneously with the dispatch of our first responders. The goal is to encourage every CPR-trained citizen in our county to download the app, so they can be alerted of a nearby person in need of CPR.

The life-saving CPR alerts are provided through an in-app feed of EMS activity in the community.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 325,000 deaths every year. Bystander CPR is one of the most important factors in saving the life of someone in cardiac arrest. Without CPR in the first minutes of a cardiac arrest, permanent brain damage or death can occur in less than 8 minutes. The chances of survival decrease by 10 percent every minute that person goes without CPR. So, after 10 minutes, there is a very small chance of successful resuscitation.

MCHD’s partnership with PulsePoint can and WILL save lives by getting the right people where they need to be at the right time.

Montgomery County Hospital District’s mission is to care for the indigent and provide EMS services while protecting the interest of taxpayers and ensuring long-term stability through fund development.


FEBRUARY 21, 2020
CONROE ARBOR DAY
In celebration of Arbor Day free trees from seedlings to 15-gallon trees of all types will be available for Conroe Residents Saturday morning at Conroe Founders Plaza. The push is on to reforest Conroe and this event will help start that out.


FEBRUARY 21, 2020
LIVINGSTON FIRE SCHOOL
Firefighters from all over East Texas are in Livingston this weekend for the 51 st Annual Fire School.


FEBRUARY 21, 2020
SPRING CINDERWOOD SHOOTING
Harris County Precinct 4 Constables and HCSO Homicide Detectives are investigating a shooting off Aldine Westfield in the Spring area about 6pm Friday evening.

The search continues for the gunman who shot a man in Spring Friday night.

Multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating the shooting in the 22900 block of Aldine Westfield Road near Ciderwood.
The victim had gone to a car wash to sell air fresheners, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, and someone shot him in the abdomen with a shotgun.

The victim managed to drive to a nearby house on Ciderwood to get help. He was taken to the hospital by Life Flight and was last reported in critical condition. There are no suspects in custody.


CONROE PHOENIX AWARD FROM CONROE FIRE TO CRIGHTON THEATRE
During a blistery cold front that blew through Conroe Texas on the evening of February 21, 1911, a wind-driven fire broke out that quickly jumped from one building to another. Conroe’s volunteer firefighters worked tirelessly alongside downtown merchants and townspeople to save what they could. By dawn, the blaze had destroyed all but a handful of the buildings in downtown Conroe.
Out of the ashes, the early settlers of Conroe rebuilt their small town. The beautiful and historic buildings that makeup downtown Conroe today were constructed over these next several decades. Perhaps one of the most iconic of these structures was that community playhouse known as the Crighton Theatre.
The Crighton Theatre has long been known as the Crown Jewel of Montgomery County. Over the last 86 years, the Crighton has had numerous renovations. Currently, the Crighton Theatre is undergoing one of its largest and most expensive remodels to date. The theatre is getting additional bathrooms and a concession stand that will add modern conveniences to the historic building.
The City of Conroe Fire Department would like to recognize the Crighton Theatre Foundation for investing in the long-term survival of Montgomery County’s Crown Jewel, by adding a fire sprinkler system to the theatre during this remodel. This will not only ensure the survival of such an important icon, it will also increase the life safety of those attending its events immeasurably.
Just as in 1911 when the City of Conroe emerged from the ashes as a phoenix, the Crighton Theatre has raised itself up repeatedly and even now is working to conform to the very modern fire codes that will contribute its continued success in the future.
On this day, in remembrance of the devastating fire 109 years ago. The Conroe Fire Department would like to present the first-ever Phoenix Award to the Crighton Theatre and the Crighton Theatre Foundation.

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