SEPTEMBER 30, 2006
CRASH WEST GULF BANK AT I-45 LIFE FLIGHT
SEPTEMBER 30, 2007
GOLD CROSS MOTHERS
SEPTEMBER 30, 2007
MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF PATROL CAR STOLEN
SEPTEMBER 30, 2009
CHASE OF STOLEN TRUCK ENDS IN CRASH IN WILLIS
Hazel Romero was working at his second job performing landscaping and lawn maintenance on Zapata Way in the Texas National Subdivision on Wednesday when his pickup and equipment trailer was stolen right in front of him. Luis Alonso, 36, of Conroe was charged with theft of property, $20,000 to $100,000; unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon; criminal mischief; evading arrest or detention with a vehicle; and evading arrest or detention. As of this writing, his bond amounts are not available.
His 1993 Chevrolet pickup with landscape trailer attached was parked out in front. The trailer contained two zero turn commercial lawnmowers, edgers, chainsaws, and several weed eaters. While blowing debris off of his customer’s backyard, he saw his truck pull away at a high rate of speed.
He ran to the front and a neighbor asked if it were his truck. The pair then followed Romero’s truck, trying to catch up, but as they approached the entrance to the subdivision on FM 2432, they lost sight of it. A woman out walking her dog told them the stolen truck went east toward FM 1484.
As the men approached the intersection they saw the truck turn north on FM 1484. Romero was on the phone with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Holcomb who was en route to the scene from Willis to take the report. Just before they reached Rose Rd., the stolen vehicle made a u-turn and headed south on Fm 1484.
As the vehicle approached the entrance to Lone Star Airport, Deputy Rodriguez, who was northbound on FM 1484 saw the vehicle, which he was trying to locate. He turned around and tried to pull it over, but the vehicle sped up and went south on Airport Road to Fm 3083, then turned west on that road, traveling at a high rate of speed.
The Conroe Police Department was notified and Pct. 1 and Pct. 2 Constable’s Office patrol vehicles joined the pursuit.
When the vehicle reached North Frazier St., it turned north and continued past League Line Road and past Willis High School.
Just as the vehicle approached Willis City Limits, he saw that Willis Police were setting up spikes.
The suspect then went off-road in the stolen vehicle, running over a fence and through a pasture with units in pursuit. He emerged on Campbell Street in Willis, where the trailer began to “fishtail,” which is when Deputy Holcomb saw the driver lose control, flipping the truck.
The suspect crawled out of the wrecked truck at Watson and Campbell, jumped the fence, and fled on foot.
Early in the chase, officers have notified Romero’s pistol was under the seat of the stolen vehicle, but they had no way of knowing immediately whether the thief had discovered it prior to fleeing the vehicle.
Officers set up a perimeter and began to close in. Two Precinct 1 deputy constables were on the other side of the woods when they heard the suspect running through the brush and into the ravine.
They ordered the suspect to stop, but he continued, running right into a deputy, who took him into custody.
According to MCSO Lt. Flemming, the suspect has a lengthy criminal history.
The truck had heavy damage. One of the mowers had a bent wheel and tools were strung out
across the ditch. Romero had insurance on the truck, but it may not cover the damaged equipment.
The pistol was found still under the seat.
Romero has a concealed handgun license and has been a “yardman” for nearly four years in that neighborhood.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2009
TRUCK LOADED WITH COMMODES CRASHES
Close to 430am this morning Daniel Garcia of Edinburg, Texas was heading north on US 59 just north of the Montgomery County line. When he made a lane change to avoid another truck the trailer ran up onto the guardrail. Using it as a guide it carried Garcia into the end of the East Fork of the San Jacinto River bridge. At that point, Daniel said everything was in slow motion. He was able to release the steering wheel, lock his seatbelt, and brace as the truck plunged over the bridge. Landing some twenty feet below he struck a large body of water and smelled the 370 gallons of diesel leaking and crawled out of the damaged truck. Crews worked most of the day having to hand unload almost 500 commodes and toilet seats. Then the work to bring the truck back up started. Smith Towing of Cleveland started to slowly slide the truck to the opposite side of the freeway and then slowly dragging it to the crossover to attempt to right it. DPS and Cleveland Fire Department closed one southbound lane as this lasted well into the night.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2013
RAYFORD ROAD COMPASS BANK ROBBERY
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constables Office are currently investigating a bank robbery in SMC. At 11:18 am three Black males walked into the Compass Bank in the 2100 block of Rayford Road. Of the three, two had handguns and gathering the employees into one area and demanded money. They then fled in a grey Dodge pickup truck. That truck was found several blocks away on Spring Forest near Shadow Glen, The 4-door Dodge truck was abandon and had been reported stolen in Harris County. It is believed the suspects got into another waiting vehicle and sped off.
Descriptions of the suspects are vague and investigators are reviewing evidence and following up on leads. The suspects are black males and two of the three were masked during the robbery.
If anyone can provide information or tips in reference to the robbery, please contact Detective Michael Traylor at (936)-760-5876, (Major Crimes Detective Division).
SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
PORTER FATAL FIRE
Porter and East Montgomery County Firefighters responded to reports of a 2 story house on fire with victims trapped at approximately 1:45 AM Wednesday morning. Five family members and a family friend were home when the fire broke out near the front door of their wood-frame home on Ravenwood Drive in SE Montgomery County. Two were able to escape out the back door of the home, but three others had to jump from second-floor windows. One family member was injured while escaping and was transported by MCHD EMS in stable condition to Hermann Hospital in the Medical Center with a broken leg, glass cuts, and minor burns.
When the first fire crews arrived, the other family members told them that the 57-year-old father of the family was trapped on the second floor of the home. Firefighters were attempting to reach him when the second floor collapsed within minutes of their arrival. Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby homes, and after bringing the fire under control were able to locate the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene by Montgomery County Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts
Judge Metts has ordered an autopsy to determine the victim’s cause of death.
A 6-month-old pit bull was also lost in the blaze.
Fire Investigators from the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office are on scene conducting an investigation into this fatal fire. The investigation is in its early stages and no cause has been determined as of yet. Initial reports indicate that there were no working smoke detectors in the home.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFFS SWAT SCENE -FM 149
On Saturday night close to 9:30 pm Montgomery Police attempted to stop a Saturn Vue on Flagship Drive in Montgomery. The vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit started. The vehicle traveled south on FM 149 with Montgomery Police joined by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. MCSO was able to spike the vehicle near Keenan Cutoff. The vehicle then turned around heading northbound. It continued north until it reached a private drive at the family members’ home. The vehicle crossed the front yard and hit a fence near the rear of the home. It was at this point the male identified as Nolen Goodman (also known as Nolen Meadors) fled the vehicle leaving his girlfriend Rosemary Paez in the passenger seat. As units approached the Goodman fired at least one shot in the direction of police. Due to his background and a threat made on a Tomball family member on September 25, along with firing a shot at that family member home several days earlier. In addition, him disappearing into the night in over 20 acres of open field SWAT was activated. Through the night they worked the area. A DPS helicopter with FLIR arrived on the scene. With SWAT on the ground, DPS, Montgomery Police, Montgomery County Precinct 5, and Montgomery County Precinct 2 assisted in both the search and closing FM 149 until almost 5 am. Due to a low ceiling, DPS was unable to return after refueling. Montgomery Police detained Paez and transported her to Montgomery PD for questioning.
Sunday morning Montgomery PD received a tip that Goodman suspects had returned to the home. They responded to the scene and contacted Montgomery County Precinct 1 who in turn notified Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and SWAT. Close to sunset SWAT ordered FM 149 to be closed again near the scene for public safety. With the family out they were able to extract Rosemary Paez close to 10 pm after several canisters of gas were administered. She reported that Goodman was not in the home. This contradicted what SWAT had already learned with their equipment. SWAT was finally able to communicate with Goodman who told them a bomb was in the home and would be set off if they attempted entry. The stand-off continued and after several events through the night SWAT moved in and took Goodman into custody without incident. Paez was charged with hindering the apprehension and prosecution of a known felon. Her bond was set at $10,000. Goodman is charged with aggravated assault on a public servant and also a Harris County charge of terroristic threat. He was no bonded.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2020
SPLENDORA PD FBI AWARD
Wednesday morning, The City of Splendora Police
Department Chief Wieghat, and his entire command staff, Captain Hadrych,
Lieutenant Teller and Lieutenant Denzler, all received the rare and
prestigious AGENCY FBI/ LEEDA TRILOGY AWARD. The Award was
presented by FBI-LEEDA Manager Frank Woodall from the Houston office of
the FBI. The Award is given to police agencies in which all of the top
Command Staff has successfully passed all three core education programs
that provide the latest intensive instruction in management concepts and
practices faced by today’s law enforcement professionals. Local media has
Splendora is the first Agency in SouthEast Texas to accomplish this honor, as well as
only the Second Agency in the State of Texas. Within the Splendora Police
Department, Chief Wieghat encourages and supports professional
development so that each officer brings new ideas, technology, and the best
practices in law enforcement to the organization, setting us apart on a higher
level within the law enforcement profession.
To earn the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy award Chief Wieghat, Captain
Hadrych, Lieutenant Teller, and Lieutenant Denzler had to successfully
complete advanced training through the FBI-LEEDA Supervisor Institute,
Command Leadership Institute, and Executive Leadership Institute. Topics
covered in the training include leadership case studies, performance, and risk
management, command discipline and liability, bias and diversity, social and
emotional intelligence, and public trust. Each of the three modules consists of a
week of instruction, with intensive and immersive programs designed for law
The mission of FBI-LEEDA is to advance the science and art of law
enforcement, leadership, and promote the exchange of information to improve
law enforcement management practices through training, education, and
networking among police professionals. FBI–LEEDA is a nonprofit with the
majority of members being Chief Executive Officers of Law Enforcement
Agencies, Directors, and Commissioners of Public Safety, and elected Sheriffs
throughout the U.S. and several foreign countries.