JUNE 18, 2007

JUNE 18, 2007

JUNE 18, 2007

JUNE 18, 2011
A massive wildfire in Polk and Trinity Counties has now consumed 13, 600 acres. The fire started Friday close to noon when a vehicle pulling a trailer broke down in Corrigan. The wheel bearing of that trailer is believed to have ignited the extremely dry grass.

The US Forest Service, Texas Forest Service and fire departments from Apple Springs, Trinity, Groveton, Highway 356, Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation and multiple other departments are battling the blaze.

Driving into Groveton on highway 19 from the Huntsville/Trinity area the sky looks like a volcano has erupted with huge plumes of smoke. 

Saturday night firefighters tried to take a stand on FM 2262 near Griffin Ranch Road were in the trees looked like a beautiful sunset at 8pm. That quickly turned into a wall of fire erupting from the pine plantation and jumping across the road setting off trees and grass and quickly consuming yet another pine plantation. As the fire got closer the already strong winds grew stronger as the fire was basically creating it’s own wind.

The command post was moved to Centerville School where plans were in the works all night on the next step. All this while dozers were still working in the woods cutting fire breaks and fire departments were taking a defensive stand on some of the evacuated homes.

According to the Trinity County Judge they are now closely watching the town of Apple Springs as the next town to evacuate. Helmic and Trevat areas were already evacuated last night.

JUNE 18, 2015
Thursday evening Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman was introduced to the citizens of North Harris County at the Spring Tea Party. Herman who has been with the Constables Office for 30 years under Constable Dick Moore and Constable Ron Hickman was moved up to the number one spot by the Harris County Commissioners and sworn in on May 19, 2015, with his wife and two children at his side.  This after Constable Ron Hickman was given the Harris County Sheriff position vacated by former Sheriff Adrian Garcia.

Herman started in 1986 as a patrol deputy assigned to the Humble /Kingwood/Atascocita area. and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1989. In 1992, he was promoted to Lieutenant, overseeing 24 patrol deputies. In 1998 he was promoted to captain, overseeing 64 patrol deputies. Then in 2008, he was promoted to Assistant Chief assuming the central and west districts, and all toll roads within Precinct 4, entailing 243 deputies.

Constable Mark Herman has been a featured guest on the Dr. Phil Show, and has for years been the spokesperson for the Precinct 4 Constables Office. He has always maintained strong ties with the communities and has placed a strong emphasis on working in the public and out on the streets with his employees. In 2015, four supervisors of his team nominated him for the “Houston 100 Club Officer of The Year Award” for courageously being a first responder at the scene of a crime that involved multiple homicides. That day he and his team put down the criminal and saved a number of lives from being taken. Throughout his career, he has been a passionate public servant that is committed to being tough on crime to protect the citizens of Harris County.

In February of 2015, Constable Herman graduated from the Leadership Command College-Class 72 of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. This program was led by Texas A&M, Texas Women’s College and Sam Houston State University, providing law enforcement administrators and executives with skills necessary to effectively manage police agencies and deliver a high level of service to their communities. Constable Herman is a graduate of Sam Houston State’s Constable Leadership College and also a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. Throughout Constable Herman’s career, he has been educated in 3,488 hours in continued law enforcement training in order to maintain the highest degree of law enforcement proficiency.

Harris County Precinct 4 Constables Office is the largest Constables Office in the United States. He has 445 patrol officers working the streets of North Harris County. The Sheriff’s Office has just over 600 patrol deputies.

JUNE 18, 2015
Thursday evening State Representative from District 150 met with citizens at the Spring Tea Party which was held at Spring Creek BBQ on FM 2920 in Spring. She explained some of the new legislation that was handed down on the last session. One topic which was of interest to many was the new Open Carry Law and how it would affect Texas citizens. Many had several concerns which were explained. If someone has a CHL permit they will be permitted to open carry.

Constable Herman who was also in attendance explained that they will start working with their officers as will many departments around the state on how to handle citizens with open carry. He did say an example of them disarming a person with a CHL would be if they had a call for a domestic disturbance. They would want to make sure for the officer’s safety that a weapon wasn’t readily available.

Riddle stated that the security on the Texas Capital is very tight, checking purses, bags and wanding or using metal detectors on people entering. However, if you are a Concealed Handgun Permit carrier you are only required to show your CHL to security and you totally bypass the security checkpoint.

She also spoke on the law requiring abortion clinics to have employees trained on human trafficking and how to recognize it. Many women going to the clinics are pregnant as a result of prostitution in which their so-called pimps move them a place to place. It is not profitable for one of his girls to be pregnant. The hope of the bill is that employees can recognize those who may be involved and alert authorities.

JUNE 18, 2015

JUNE 18, 2016
On June 18, 2016, Houston Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 13000 block of Skymeadow Drive in West Houston. Reports came in of people trapped. As units arrived on the scene fire was coming out of a second floor. Fire apparatus had a difficult time getting to the home as it sat in the curve of a narrow street. On that street vehicles were parked on both sides making it next to impossible. Ladder truck 75 struck a Jeep in the curve as the driver attempted to get the apparatus to the fire. There were no trapped victims. The second floor suffered heavy fire damage.

JUNE 18, 2017
Just after 330am, Sunday Todd Rhodes was driving home after a long day on the road. He was just a short distance from his home when his truck left the roadway on Dobbin Huffsmith between Caraway and FM 2978. The right side of his truck road the ditch for extended distance clipping trees and tree limbs the entire distance. A resident who lives just down the street and is familiar with the sounds of the many crashes on his road in the past 20-years called 911 immediately. When they got to the truck they found Rhodes on the ground, it was not known if he was ejected or crawled out on his own. Two other women had also stopped but then left once they knew help was on the way. MCHD transported Rhoides in critical condition to Memorial Hermann in the Woodlands where he was stabilized but remains in intensive care. Several friends and other drivers rushed to the scene and the hospital to check on their friend. DPS is investigating the crash. Many speculate that he had worked many hours and may have fallen asleep at the wheel as he travels this curved road daily to and from home and knew it well.

JUNE 18, 2018
Just after 3 p.m. Montgomery County Deputies responded with MCHD and Needham Fire to a truck repair facility on SH 242 just west of the San Jacinto River Bridge. The caller stated a body was behind the shop in a pond of the adjoining property. Patrol Deputies confirmed in fact it was a body and notified detectives. Needham Fire assisted in removing the body from the lake which was surrounded by steep banks. According to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Sgt. Haas the body appeared to have been there several days. They were not able to tell the race of the male. A Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney assisted in the investigation. Montgomery County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Connelly ordered Eickenhorst Funeral Directors to transport the victim to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for autopsy and identification.

JUNE 18, 2019
Just after midnight, an 18-wheeler was traveling east on FM 834 in Liberty County when Troopers believe he fell asleep, The flatbed truck crossed the westbound lanes, hit the bridge rail. After taking out close to 100 feet of railing the truck went off the bridge flipping upside down and landing in the creek below. Hardin and Daisetta Fire Departments worked almost 2 hours to free the 34-year old male who was deceased. FM 834 remains closed as heavy-duty wreckers recover the 18 wheeler. HAZMAT International is on the scene to start the massive cleanup that includes several hundred gallons of diesel in the creek.

JUNE 18, 2021
Friday the Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon along with his Chief Prosecutor over vehicular crimes met with Constable Rowdy Haden and others to announce that there is going to be NO REFUSAL on impaired drivers every weekend this summer. If a driver is stopped and believed to be impaired the officer will transport that person to a medical facility for a blood sample. If that person refuses they will contact the District Attorneys Office and a search warrant will be drawn up.  An on-call judge will then sign the warrant and a blood sample will be taken. The DWI numbers have grown this year and Constable Hayden has added a DWI unit to his staff. He has also asked Montgomery County Commissioners during this current budget hearing for additional officers to staff the DWI unit. With us being only halfway through the month the numbers are growing on impaired drivers.  108 arrests of which 70 are first-time offenders with the remaining repeat offenders,. With many DPS Troopers on the border, the numbers of DPS arrests seem less. However. many law enforcement agencies have picked up the slack to enforce traffic laws and look for impaired drivers.