JANUARY 4, 2007

JANUARY 4, 2011
Trooper Ray Sanders who was a Department of Public Safety Trooper in Montgomery County for a time before transferring to Liberty County was involved in a serious accident on Tuesday.

Just before 11:30 a.m. Trooper Sanders was leaving the scene of an accident in which two persons were taken into custody near Rye approximately seventeen miles east of Cleveland. One of the prisoners was taken by another Trooper to the Liberty County Jail. The other was taken by EMS going to Cleveland Hospital to check him for his minor injuries from the crash.

The ambulance left westbound with Trooper Sanders following down FM 787. As the ambulance passed the Shepherd cut-off on FM 223 a pick-up truck driven by Lloyd Morgan, age 86, of Morse, Louisiana approached the intersection southbound on FM 223 and failed to stop for the stop sign. Entering the intersection he struck Trooper Sanders almost head-on as Morgan turned onto FM 787 eastbound.

According to a witness driving a power company truck who was eastbound on FM 787 approaching the intersection the Trooper did everything he could to steer clear of the collision. The witness said he was amazed that the Trooper after impact was still able to steer away from a collision course with him also.

The scene approximately twelve miles east of Cleveland closed the intersection for a little over four hours as the crash was investigated.

Trooper Sanders was transported to Hermann Hospital in Houston in stable condition and was later released with no broken bones but requiring thirteen staples in his head.

Lloyd Morgan was transported to the same hospital where he remains in stable condition.

Another ambulance that left the earlier accident ran up on the scene and was able to call it in and immediately start treating the victims.

The impact was so severe the Troopers hat was crushed between the dashboard and the windshield.

JANUARY 4, 2013
A home at Carson Ridge and Rayfordcrest was destroyed just before noon on Friday. Multiple calls started coming into 911 about the fire. A Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department unit was just around the corner and called for fire. In addition, he called for two wreckers to pull two vehicles away from the home that had flames shooting out the second-floor windows. The homeowner was attempting to save some belongings before the fire got too intense. South Montgomery County Fire Department arrived on the scene minutes later followed by The Woodlands, Spring, and Needham Fire Departments. Crews immediately entered the home and started battling the blaze. A short time later all those same crews evacuated the home as the roof started collapsing on them. The Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office is on the scene and early indications seem to point to a chimney fire as the cause of the blaze. There were no injuries.

JANUARY 4, 2014
Just after 1 am Saturday morning Porter Fire Department responded to a major accident on US 59 between FM 1314 and Community Drive. They arrived to find a female lying on the freeway in the southbound lanes and a Smart Car also in the southbound lanes with heavy damage. In the northbound lanes was a Freightliner 18-wheeler owned by the Kroger Company with heavy front end and side damage.

The female was immediately taken by MCHD to Hermann Hospital in Houston in critical condition.

Masters Environmental was dispatched to clear the diesel fuel spilled as the truck’s fuel tank was ripped off.

DPS who investigated the crash said the driver of the 18-wheeler which was northbound changed lanes from right to left. He did not see the vehicle next to him as the truck pushed the Smart Car into the concrete barrier. It was then the Smart Car went over the concrete wall into the southbound lanes and the driver was ejected from the rear of the vehicle,

Charges are pending on the 18-wheeler driver as the investigation continues.

JANUARY 4, 2014
Just after midnight, Splendora firefighters were dispatched to a house fire on Presswood Drive off Ruby Street in Splendora. They arrived to find a double-wide mobile home totally involved i n flames. This was the same mobile home from earlier in the day in which a family pet was killed. Firefighters had left the scene just 4 hours prior after making sure all hot spots had been extinguished.

Once again water supply was an issue as tankers were called in from New Caney, Porter, Plum Grove, and Caney Creek. With the intense fire, it took crews almost an hour to knock down the flames. They then spent almost 4 hours checking for hotspots once again.

The Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office which had been investigating the earlier blaze was notified of the new fire to determine if it was a rekindle or arson was involved. One Chief said it was to intense and spread out to have been a rekindle but the Fire Marshal’s Office will have to determine that.

JANUARY 4, 2015
In August 1899, the Rev, Hilliard R, Johnson led a small group of African Americans to establish St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church in Houston’s Third Ward. During his years as pastor, 1899-1901 and 1904 to 1924, he pioneered the practice of two-morning church services, spring revivals and baptisms held in Brays Bayou. In 1920 the growing congregation built a brick building on Dowling Street near McGowan Avenue near downtown Houston.
The Rev, Sanderson A. Pleasants, jr. served the church from 1925 until 1953 and began many organizations and outreach programs, including a home mission department, a silent department deaf ministry, a prison ministry, a church band and orchestra, and a radio group with over 5,000 members in 1948. The congregation needed a larger sanctuary, the new building completed in 1950, features a classical revival architectural design with colossal columns, symbolic of the spiritual strength and influence of the church in the community. By 1953 the church was said to be one of the largest African American churches in the country.
The Rev. Marshall M. Malone led the church from 1953 until 1983. A weekly radio bible class was broadcast from the church in the 1950s. The M.M. Malone Chapel and educational building were built in 1963 adjacent to the 1950 sanctuary. The church played an important role during the turbulent political and social climate of the civil rights era. In 1958 the church hosted the 25th commencement ceremony of the Erma Hughes Business College with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as the principal speaker. In 1965 the church hosted the 85th National Baptist Convention of America., which was the first religious event to be held at the then-new Astrodome.
All that history almost changed early Sunday morning. A Houston police officer called the dispatcher just after 1 a.m. and requested fire units at the church. He reported smoke coming from the building. The first fire units arrived with heavy smoke conditions coming from the educational building. Firefighters immediately went to work battling the blaze on the first and second floors. They also fought to keep it from the attached historic church. Within minutes, the District Chief requested a second alarm. Moments later, he requested a third.
The fire was finally brought under control with heavy damage to the educational building but little to the main church. Dr. Terrance Grant-Malone who is the current pastor said there will be services Sunday morning

JANUARY 4, 2015
Just after 8 a.m. Sunday morning, Magnolia Fire Department and MCHD were dispatched to a reported major accident on Magnolia Hills Drive near Allyson just off FM 149. They arrived to find a 2011 Traverse on its side against a large tree stump. Crews determined that the driver, who was the single occupant, had injuries incompatible with life.
DPS Trooper Williams investigated the crash. The preliminary investigation showed the Traverse was eastbound on Magnolia Hills when it left the roadway, crashed through a fence, struck a tree and started to roll. With one side of the SUV already destroyed, the tree stump collapsed the vehicle. Montgomery County Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace Matt Masden ordered Eickenhorst Funeral Directors to transport the victim to the Montgomery County Forensic Center.
Due to evidence found on the scene, Trooper Williams believes the crash happened close to 2:45 a.m. and was not discovered until someone drove by over five hours later.
Family members and friends watched as two wreckers were used to remove the wreckage from the tree stump.
S and B Towing of Magnolia towed the vehicle from the scene.
The driver was identified as Justin Everett Bowden, 28, of Magnolia.
According to Williams with no skid marks or witnesses, he was unable to determine if speed was a factor. He also found no indication that alcohol was involved.

JANUARY 4, 2020
At 9:15 pm Sunday night multiple calls started coming into the Montgomery County 911 Center reporting a head-ok crash on Ford Road in Porter. Porter Fire responded and immediately called for additional ambulances when they arrived. Two vehicles, a Chevrolet truck and a Chevrolet Impala hit head-on trapping the victims. The three occupants of the Impala were not wearing seatbelts and were in critical condition. The driver and passenger in the pickup were in stable condition. The victims of the Impala were transported to Memorial Hermann in The Woodlands and the truck occupants were transported to Conroe Regional Hospital. Several witnesses said the truck was eastbound on Ford Road just west of Loop 494 when it ran a red light, jumped the tracks and traveled down Ford Road at a high rate of speed. The driver lost control in a curve and put down almost 300-feet of skid mark before impacting the Impala, pushing it backward. DPS spent close to 5-hours investigating the crash as Ford Road, a major thoroughfare to Kingwood was closed. The Montgomery County District Attorneys Office Vehicular Crimes Unit is also assisting in the investigation. What was learned was the owner of the truck was about to sell it and was giving a potential buyer a test drive when the crash happened.