MAY 10, 2006
Police today were investigating a deadly shooting in this usually quiet Waller County community where a man apparently shot his wife and himself after exchanging gunfire with officers.

Hugh “Mike” Michael Johnson and his wife, Angela “Angel” Johnson were found dead in a bedroom in Angela Johnson’s mother’s home early today.

Hempstead Police Chief Glenn Smith said a frightened Diane Parish called 911 shortly before midnight Tuesday to report that her son-in-law, Mike Johnson, 57, was in her home and shooting a gun.

Parish had hid in a bathroom when her son-in-law arrived at her home and began shooting a shotgun, Smith said.

“The mother-in-law called 911 stating he was in the house and shooting. You could hear the shots being fired in the background,” the police chief said.

When two Hempstead police officers and a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper arrived at the home a short time later, Mike Johnson fired at the trooper, Smith said.

Shots were exchanged and Johnson retreated into the home.

A short time later, officers heard two shots fired and then silence. When no contact was made with Johnson, the officers entered the home and found the couple dead in a bedroom.

Smith said it appeared both had died from gunshot wounds. The Harris County Medical Examiner’s office is performing autopsies.

The couple, Smith said, had been married for about six years and lived on FM 1736 about eight miles outside of Hempstead.

On Tuesday afternoon, Parish had driven to the Johnson home to pick up her daughter after the couple had gotten into a heated argument.

Mike Johnson had owned and then sold a feed store in town. Angela Johnson, 41, had worked as a deputy Waller County clerk, Smith said.

The chief said he did not know about what the couple had argued and that police had never been called to the Johnson home.

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MAY 10, 2011
At 1:00 a.m. this morning a DPS Trooper was heading south on highway 75 in Willis when a green 2006 Honda Civic passed him going northbound. The trooper noticed the two occupants were suspicious as they avoided looking his way. As the trooper turned around on them he noticed the license plate light was out. Within seconds the Honda sped up and ran the red light at FM 1097.

The trooper then initiated a pursuit, moments later a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit also joined in in case the occupants fled on foot the dog would be available.

The vehicle continued north on Highway 75 to New Waverly where they turned onto State Highway 150. They continued across Interstate 45 on 150 which turns into FM 1374. On FM 1374 running 80 miles per hour at times, they maneuvered around many dangerous curves.

Huntsville Police and DPS along with Walker County Deputies set up spikes at FM 1374 and Veterans Parkway. Just one mile before the chase reached them the Honda lost control in a steep curve flipping it struck a utility pole roof first.

Life Flight was immediately dispatched but disregarded when EMS arrived on the scene and determined the driver was deceased. Moments later Life Flight was requested a second time when officials discovered a second victim in a pasture that had been ejected.

Gustavo Roberto Casillas, 13, of Conroe sent to Hermann Hospital where he is in stable condition. He also suffers a severe leg injury.

Huntsville and Walker County firefighters worked almost an hour to free the driver from the vehicle. Entry to the vehicle had to be made through the floorboard.

The 14-year-old driver from Conroe was pronounced dead at the scene by Walker County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Richard Duncan. He ordered the victim be taken to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for autopsy. He was identified as Kolin Johnson.

DPS Troopers left the scene approximately 4 a.m. for the sad task of notifying family members of the crash and the loss of the unlicensed 14-year-old.

Troopers were also working with the school district to attempt to put counselors in place.

Entergy was notified but it was determined even with the force of the impact the utility pole was just scraped. No power outages came from the crash.

MAY 10, 2012
Just before 7 pm, Tracy Myers of Conroe was driving his Nissan pickup at an extremely high rate of speed northbound on Rose Road from FM 1484. As he rounded the corner he began to slide. After nearly 100 yards of skid, he struck Shawn Wells, 34, of Willis in his 1998 Ford pickup. The impact was so tremendous that it pushed the Ford backward and spun it within ten feet of the front door of a mobile home.

Myers truck continued about another 100 feet where it came to rest upside down.

North Montgomery County Fire Department was dispatched along with MCHD.  When they arrived on the scene they found both vehicles with heavy damage even though it had been called in as a single-vehicle accident.

Crews worked on Shawn who was in critical condition. A second ambulance was called for Sonya Wells, Shawn Wells wife of over fifteen years. Just before the second ambulance arrived Shawn went into traumatic arrest and was not able to be revived. His wife was transported to Conroe Regional Hospital in stable condition.

Tracy Myers was also transported to Conroe Regional Hospital in stable condition.

The Montgomery County District attorney’s vehicular crimes unit also responded. A warrant was drawn up for Myers blood at the hospital. Charges of Intoxicated Manslaughter are pending on Myers.

This was not Sonya’s first brush with an intoxicated driver either. Several years ago she was struck by an intoxicated driver. The Hispanic male had no driver’s license or insurance.

Shawn Wells leaves behind two teenage children.

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MAY 10, 2014
Friends and family gathered Saturday afternoon at the Huntsville Prison Museum Conference Center to welcome Justin Gilbert back to Huntsville.

CB Justin Gilbert was selected 8th Overall, The first corner selected. Gilbert initially planned to be at home with family during the draft. But when he received the invite to New York’s Radio City Music Hall, he asked his parents and grandmother to share in the once-in-a-lifetime experience as a way to thank them.

“I believe I’m the best cornerback in this draft. I model my style of play after Patrick Peterson,” Gilbert told USA TODAY Sports, referencing the Pro Bowl cornerback and kick returner for the Arizona Cardinals. “If Deion Sanders was still playing, I’d compare myself to him.” Not a lot of corners have my return ability. When I catch an interception, I’m not just looking to go down. I’m looking to do something after the catch.”

Though the transition from college star to professional athlete is never easy, Gilbert has thus far passed with flying colors. “I’m a very positive person that knows how to handle his business on and off the field — no bad records, no crime, no failed drug tests,” Gilbert said. “I understand if you don’t handle your business your days will be short.”

Already receiving buzz after the successful completion of his collegiate playing career with Oklahoma State University, Gilbert continues to draw interest from a growing cast of fans throughout Houston, Huntsville and Oklahoma as evidenced by his 31K plus followers on the Social Media platform Twitter ( Gilbert provides his followers with Twitter updates that contain recent news stories on Gilbert, his teammates, and other draft prospects, issues in sports, photos and other timely events.

Gilbert a native of Huntsville, is a ball-hawking, press-man corner who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds. His current Draft Projection was Round 1 (top 15). Deemed the most talented cover corner in this year’s draft class and was selected 8th Overall. Gilbert has size, speed and flexibility to blanket receivers at the next level. He can play press coverage and is able to turn and run exceptionally well. With great closing speed and good ball skills, he also brings impact ability as a kick returner and is capable of stepping into the starting lineup from Day 1 and playing at a high level. Defensive coordinators covet his sturdy 6-0, 200-pound frame, outstanding speed and terrific athleticism.

Gilbert was the fastest player at his position at the 2014 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, and he was the third-strongest going by the bench press. His frame his drool-worthy, along with his measurables. Scouting reports suggest that he may still need to develop into a more physical player to become reliable at the next level, but there’s no question that Gilbert has a high ceiling.

Some of Gilbert’s stats:

Height: 6’0

Weight: 202 pounds

40-yard dash: 4.37 seconds

Bench press: 20 reps of 225 pounds

Vertical jump: 35.5 inches

Broad jump: 126 inches

3-cone drill: 6.92 seconds

MAY 10, 2015
Just before 10am Cleveland Police Department started receiving multiple 911 calls for a crash on US 59. Callers stated one car was close to falling into the San Jacinto River. Others said an 18-wheeler had driven over the top of a Ford F-150 pickup. Cleveland, Splendora, and New Caney Fire units soon arrived on the scene and immediately called for Life Flight and PHI Air Medical.

A Chevrolet Trailblazer was teetering on the 8-inch wide bridge railing with most of it over the river 30-feet below. Inside were five occupants. The first Cleveland brush truck arrived on the scene and using a winch secured the SUV. An additional line was tied off to the ladder truck to secure it. Approximately 150 feet south they found a Ford F-150 with three occupants that had been ripped open almost completely. Two passengers were in very critical condition. One was flown by PHI Air Medical and a second by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann in Houston. The driver of the Ford was uninjured. All five of the occupants in the Trailblazer were transported to the hospital in stable condition. On the south end of the bridge was a Freightliner which witnesses said ran over the Ford and then after the vehicles ping-ponged off the bridge railings, the Trailblazer rolled to the left, hit the bridge edge, and almost went over as it righted.

The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries. The truck suffered major front-end damage and ruptured fuel tanks.

In addition tot the injuries was a good Samaritan who stopped to help. He slipped in the diesel fuel and broke his ankle.

Cleveland Police are investigating the crash. Initial investigation showed that the Trailblazer had broken down in the moving lane of traffic. The Ford F-150 stopped to help and did not have flashers on. It is not known yet if the Ford was about to push the Trailblazer when the 18-wheeler came up behind and slammed into the Ford F-150.

Masters HazMat was tasked with cleaning the roadway of oil and fuel. Smith Towing of Cleveland was able to lift the SUV off the railing using a heavy-duty wrecker. The 18-wheeler was then loaded.

Police have not yet identified the victims as they were about to make hospital contact with the victims after the road reopened.

DPS and the Liberty County District Attorneys Office are assisting in the investigation.

MAY 10, 2016
A Home owner in the Water Oak Subdivision on Lake Conroe saw a man out in back of their home stealing a kayak. As a teen visiting the area shot photos of the thief, the homeowner went to confront him and he fled with the kayak on a bass boat the thief was operating. The homeowner gave chase and discovered the man in one of the canals with the kayak, as they attempted to block the thief he pushed the kayak off his bass boat into the water and sped past the owner. The owner was unable to keep up and lost him. Conroe Police were notified and responded. They also contacted the Montgomery County Precinct 1 Constable Office Lake Patrol who immediately launched a search on the lake. As they did that, they notified ground units to start checking area marinas. As a DPS Trooper pulled up to April Point Marina he spotted the suspect pulling his boat out of the water. Marshall Skelly of Tomball was taken into custody. He is being booked in the Montgomery County Jail on theft charges.

MAY 10, 2019
Friday night about 10 pm Magnolia Police attempted to stop a Ford pickup on FM 1488 in Magnolia. When the officer activated his lights the vehicle sped off west on FM 1488. A pursuit was initiated. Speeds reached 95mph as they traveled west on FM 1488 crossing into Waller County. Within 2-miles of crossing into Waller County, the pickup driver lost control, slammed into a utility pole, breaking it off at the base and began rolling. The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt was ejected. EMS was called and they requested Air Medical on the scene. Life Flight flew the victim to Memorial Hermann in Houston in critical condition. DPS in Waller County investigated the crash. Magnolia Paint and Body towed the vehicle.

MAY 10, 2021
At daybreak, this morning the search for the victims of Friday’s Lake Conroe drowning started again. Precinct 1 Constables and Game Wardens continue to work in the area east of Ayers Island where it is believed they went down. Initially, Friday was a much smaller and shallower area but after additional interviews, the search grid was expanded that included water almost fifty feet deep. Constables and Game Wardens are using side-scan sonar which covers an area about 120-feet wide on each pass. From the years on the lake, they pretty much know what lies on the bottom and where. Such as an old paddlewheel boat, bulldozers from when the lake was built, an old bridge, and a boat sunk in 1998 after a crash. There are also many tires fishermen have dropped to fish around on area has so many that it is labeled the doughnut hole. Still, at times something will pop up on the screen that deems being checked. The diver was put in the water last night on what looked to be a promising target only to find a ten-foot log. The deeper the water the less effective the sonar is especially with the soft silty bottom of the lake. The search will continue until both victims recovered. Lake Conroe last year was the second most deadly lake in Texas with just one drowning less than Lake Travis in Austin. This year the number is already at four. Most of these could have been prevented if the victims had been wearing life vests.