FEBRUARY 22, 2007

FEBRUARY 22, 2010
A two-alarm fire wreaked havoc on a mini-storage facility in the Kingwood area on Monday and shut down a major thoroughfare for hours and involving at least eight fire departments, including seven from Montgomery County. An additional fire department from Harris County assisted by providing a back-in.

The Porter Fire department responded to the 1400 block of Northpark between Loop 494 and Russell Palmer Dr., where Chief Jody Binnion said they found heavy fire, with 10 commercial storage units actively burning. They later learned the units contained everything from rescue boats to RV’s, race cars, passenger vehicles, and other high dollar items.

According to assistant Montgomery County Fire Marshal Scott Burlin, by the time the fire was extinguished, between 40 and 45 units had a heavy fire or smoke damage. The fire began in an oilfield services company where it appears they were using a cutting torch on some pipe, Burlin said.

“A fire started and they were not able to contain it,” he said.

No firefighters were injured. One person in the complex sustained slight injuries and was treated and released, Burlin said. The Fire Marshal’s Office will continue their investigation over the next couple of days, interviewing welders and other workers and attempting to determine exactly what occurred, he said.

“At this point, it appears to be an accidental fire,” Burlin said.

Fire Departments assisting Porter included New Caney, Splendora, Grangerland, Bennett, Needham, River Plantation, and Houston. The Huffman fire department backed into Porter’s station to provide coverage for East Montgomery County during the fire.

Northpark Drive was shut down because of hoses that were laid across the road to reach hydrants. Law enforcement agencies responding were the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Montgomery County Pct. 4 Constables Office and the Houston Police Department Mobility Unit who handled traffic issues on Northpark Drive.

FEBRUARY 22, 2012
LAKE CONROE AREA — Police say a drunk driver is responsible for the death of a man who was the victim of another accident moments earlier. At 8:40 p.m., a 2009 Hyundai driven by 22-year-old James Miles of Conroe pulled out of the Smoke Shop in the 16500 block of SH 105 West and failed to yield the right-of-way to a white 1994 Chevy pickup driven by 42-year-old Robert Wayne Scruggs.

Scruggs pickup struck Miles vehicle, and Scruggs was trapped in the pickup truck by the steering wheel. Witnesses attempted to help free Scruggs from his damaged truck as vehicles were forced to go around them to avoid another collision.

Unfortunately, they were still attempting to free him when an eastbound 2004 Chrysler Sebring sedan driven by 31-year-old Kenneth Nichols struck the rear of the pickup, ejecting and killing Robert Scruggs.

EMS responded along with the Lake Conroe Fire Department, but Scruggs was already deceased.

Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Trey Spikes conducted an inquest and ordered and autopsy on Mr. Scruggs.

Nichols, a Spring resident who works in the Lake Conroe area, was transported to Conroe Regional Medical Center with a broken rib and later to the Montgomery County Jail where he is charged with Intoxication Manslaughter. He has prior convictions for Driving While Intoxicated and Possession of Marijuana.

Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon was on-scene along with an Assistant DA.

According to investigators with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Nichols admitted having several drinks at a friend’s house prior to the accident.

DPS Trooper Niklas said they are considering the events two separate accidents. Miles, the driver who initially pulled out in front of Scruggs was cited for Failure to Yield Right of Way from a private drive.

SH 105 eastbound was closed for five hours as DPS investigated the crashes and the westbound side was narrowed to one lane.

FEBRUARY 22, 2013
Law enforcement officials spent most of Friday investigating a drug operation in Porter. It was late Friday afternoon when a van was spotted which was possibly involved. That van with tape over the tail lights was stopped on Community Drive between I-69 and Loop 494. The traffic stop took place in front a day care center and because of the occupants possibly being in a drug operation Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies quickly had a wrecker move it out of the area.

A dog was used to search the vehicle and found 10 kilos of cocaine in tightly bundled packages.

According to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department officials, there were 5 arrests made. Several of the arrests were residents of the valley. They were transported to the Montgomery County Jail on a $1 million dollar bond.

Wholesale price for the amount of cocaine found is close to $400,000,

FEBRUARY 22, 2013
At 10:30p.m. Friday night Conroe Police started receiving multiple calls of an auto-pedestrian accident on North Loop 336 just west of Longmire. Moments later another call came in from a frantic driver who told the dispatchers that see was a short distance fro Longmire and that she believes she struck a person.

Officers arrived on the scene to find a female in her mid-twenties lying on the side of the roadway. The shoulder was littered with what appeared to be grocery items, shoes and towels.

MCHD arrived and called for PHI Air Medical to fly the female to Houston’s Hermann Hospital. After trying to stabilize the female on the scene she was flown to Houston in very critical condition.

Police then discovered the woman had been shopping at Walmart and was on her way home to her husband and small children.

According to Conroe Police Sgt. Robert Engel., the female was crossing an unlit area of the roadway which was not protected by a crosswalk. As she got near the center lane of the westbound lane and pushing the full grocery cart home. The vehicle that she was driving was also westbound when the accident occurred.

Conroe Police requested Public Works to respond to the scene and pick up the dumped merchandise.

Walmarts management agreed to replace the items the mother had purchased in an effort to her the financially strapped family.

Conroe Police were assisted by Assistant District Attorney Andrew James who is part of the vehicular crimes unit. They do not anticipate any charges.

Loop 336 both east and westbound were closed for several hours as the investigation

FEBRUARY 22, 2016
The Gulf Coast Trade Center has been in existence for close to 50 years and is located on FM 1375 just west of New Waverly in the Sam Houston National Forest. The center helps troubled youth complete their high school education and at the same time teaches them a vocation. The teens live on campus. About 1 am Monday morning 16 students in one dorm woke to smoke and fire. They all got out safely but the building was heavily burning when New Waverly Firefighters arrived. Captain Jimmy Williams said at first they started to make entry but then the roof started to collapse. The heavy trussed roof, unlike the lightweight trusses used in homes held for most of the building but the other half they collapsed. A second alarm was pulled bringing Huntsville, Montgomery, and North Montgomery County Fire Departments. With no fire hydrants, water had to be shuttled in from several miles away. It was brought under control close to 230am. There were no injuries. The cause has not yet been determined.

FEBRUARY 22, 2016
Just before 230 am Woodlands Fire Department received a call for an apartment fire at the Holly Creek Apartments at Holly Creek and Interfaith Way. They were advised that they possibly had victims trapped. About the same time, the call came in, Ruben Wells was coming home and as he exited his vehicle saw the flames and heard calls for help. As he got to one of the apartments a young mother was frantically attempting to get to her children still inside. Wells first, after several attempts kicked the door in but flames forced him back. He then took a bicycle and broke the patio door but again was pushed back by the flames. He next went to the bedroom window and after breaking it was able to rescue a 3 and a 5-year-old child. EMS arrived and transported two adults from the apartment for smoke inhalation. The children were checked and were fine.

Firefighters arrived and were able to confine the flames to two apartments although smoke found its way into 14 other units. A second alarm was pulled to bring in additional manpower.

FEBRUARY 22, 2016

FEBRUARY 22, 2017
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is on the scene of an Officer-involved shooting at 74 Chestnut Meadow in Carriage Hills/Jacobs Reserve Subdivision off FM 1488. Shortly after 530 am, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched via 911 to the above address in reference to a stabbing. The 911 caller, an 11-year-old boy, advised that his dad had stabbed his mother with a knife. Upon deputies arrival, they met with the 11-year-old boy at the front door covered in blood. One Deputy remained with the young boy while the other deputies went to the master bedroom. There they were confronted by Medger Blake, 43, with a knife in hand he was ordered to drop it. When he did not comply both deputies fired on him. They also found his wife Rose Blake, 37 in critical condition on the floor with multiple stab wounds and what appeared to be her throat cut. MCHD Medics entered the home and determined the female was deceased. The male who was shot was also determined to be deceased. Family members were notified and responded to the scene. The boy was taken with investigators to Children’s Safe Harbor which has investigators trained to specifically work with children. The Texas Rangers and Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office is assisting in the investigation. Both officers involved in the shooting have been with MCSO for several years.

FEBRUARY 22, 2018
On February 11, North Montgomery County resident Cass Coroiescu was forced to cut a trip short and return home after he learned his dog was missing. Beau, an 11-year-old Chocolate Lab has been Coroiescu’ s partner for many years. The well-mannered and well-trained dog was almost human. He also was an avid hunter. When Coroiescu returned he searched for hours for his companion. It was the next day seeing buzzards circling a short distance away that he decided to investigate. He started down the pipeline and that’s when he spotted the collar and soon his beloved friend. Beau was dead, shot in the neck with an exit wound to the shoulder. Coroiescu carried his friend home and buried him in the backyard. A tombstone was made to place on the spot. Coroiescu said at times the labs would get out but would return as soon as they were called. Beau would not chase other animals as they were all his friends. He slept with a cat and when he wasn’t sleeping with a cat he would sleep with one of the pigs. Beau was a great hunting dog, especially with ducks. Coroiescu said you could depend on him hearing the shot, seeing the duck fall and bring him to Daddy. Chasing chickens or ducks was not something he would do. Many times, sitting next to a pond he would watch the ducks swim but without a bang or one falling out of the air, it was just sighted seeing to him. Coroiescu loves his animals. His garage has been converted not to a “Man Cave”, but a “Dog Cave”. With leather couches for his other 3 dogs, their own air conditioning and heating system and doggie door. Coroiescu has now gone the next step. That is bringing Beau’s killer to justice. He filed a report with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, made large banner signs and is offering a $5000 reward for the conviction of Beau’s killer. Several neighbors say they have had animals shot in the area just east of Conroe Regional Airport off Hoda Drive over the years. Coroiescu is asking anyone with information to contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers. Texas law says maliciously killing an animal.” Cruelty to animals is a Misdemeanor with a fine up to$1000 and/or imprisonment for up to 1 year. On a fourth or subsequent conviction of cruelty to animals, or extreme cruelty to animals, it is a 4th Degree Felony with a fine up to $5000 and/or imprisonment up to 18 months.