Desk of Chief Ray Schultz,
Ready or not,
next Monday is the first day of school. The MVPD, Spring Branch ISD and the
SBISD Police Department along with Hedwig PD and Spring Valley PD have been
busy in making our final preparations for the first week of school. The first
week of school means, lots of excited children (along with some even more
excited parents) going back to school or in some cases starting a new school.
be lots of walkers, bicyclists, carpools, and buses. Increased traffic will
be everywhere beginning as early as 6 am as staff starts to arrive at area
schools, buses begin running their routes and parents try and figure out where
to drop off their kids.
have been practicing their routes for the past week and should be ready to go,
but there is always a little confusion as the children are learning where
exactly they need to be. Please be patient should you find yourself stuck
behind a bus for a prolonged period of time. Officer Boggus has been posting
instructions on how to stop and when to proceed when in the area of a stopped
bus with flashers engaged on the MVPD Facebook page. If the stop sign has been
extended and the red flashers are engaged, vehicles are to stop and not pass
the bus. Read more about Back-to-School Safety on the attached Flyer.
will be active beginning Monday morning and our officers will be closely
monitoring school zones for speeders and for drivers on their cellphones.
All our school zones have been in the same places for over 20 years so there
are no surprises. Make sure that you slow down and stay on the lookout for
pedestrians and cyclists.
Drop Off and Pick Up Locations. Please ensure that you are familiar with your school’s
drop-off and pick-up areas and procedures. Make sure that children are prepared
to exit the vehicle when you pull up to the appropriate place. The lines for
both drop-off and pick-up will be extra long for the first 2 weeks. That is
expected. Please get in line and do not try to cut in line or make a left turn
in front of a line of vehicles that have been waiting along the curb. While waiting in que, please be aware of
residential driveways. Residents are also going to work or taking their
children to school. Every year we respond to several calls where waiting
parents refuse to move to allow a resident to exit or enter their driveway.
drop-off locations and lines.
from Plantation. Vehicles should line up facing south on Plantation from the
school driveway and be lined up along the west curb. If the line extends to
Beauregard Drive the line should continue north of Beauregard, keeping the cross-traffic
street open and clear.
Hill Elementary. The
new school is open and all parent drop off will enter the driveway from
Kimberly off of Plantation. The entrance off Strey is for school staff and buses
only. Only walkers and bicyclists will enter from Strey and Taylorcrest. Please
remember there is no parking on Taylorcrest Court, Rain Hollow Place, Huntington
Park, or Huntington Cove.
Drive Elementary School. Parent drop off enter from Smithdale right turn only from westbound
Smithdale into the west driveway. After drop-off, vehicles will exit westbound
via right turn only back onto Smithdale. No parking or drop-off on Bakers Cove
and try not to arrive too early for the pm pick-up as there is no room to stage
on Smithdale without blocking all traffic. Vehicles in line are to stay to the
right side of the street.
Parent drive enters the school parking lot on the east side of the school from
Flint River. Vehicles not making it into the lot are to line up on Flint River
facing southbound. Vehicles should only be turning right into the parking lot
drop-off area. Please do not block driveways.
remember patience, patience, patience.
The first 2 weeks things are sometimes a little slow as students and
staff adjust to the new school year. Buses are always the priority so they will
get assistance getting in and out. If you block a bus route, driveway or their
ability to safely move through the school property or roadways you will be
asked to move.
Officer Monica Vasquez graduated from D.A.R.E. Instructor School. Officer Vasquez
will be taking over for Officer Miller who officially retired today. Officer Vasquez has been busy preparing for
the new school year and her assignment as one of our D.A.R.E. officers.
Thank you to
everyone who attended today’s event at MDPC. At noon we had a celebration of
Officer Millers 26-year career in law enforcement. Thanks to MDPC for
sponsoring the event and for feeding everyone who attended. The MVPD Police
Foundation provided a beautiful cake and several residents and officials wished
O.G. well. The good news is that Officer Miller will remain as a Reserve Officer
with the MVPD and will teach DARE one day a week at Frostwood Elementary
School. Expect to see Officer Miller out front on Monday as school resumes.
Thank you to
the residents who have sent over tickets for Astros games this past week,
weekend and next week. We have 4
officers and their families who are very happy recipients of the donated
tickets. Also, our thanks to the
resident who is providing season tickets to the Texans home games for the
season. Our staff is anxiously awaiting our upcoming drawings for the football
tickets. Our entire team and myself truly appreciate the donation of tickets to
the MVPD. Our officers, detectives and telecommunicators all appreciate the
opportunity to attend these professional sporting events. You can always tell
who won the tickets and is attending an upcoming game by the smile on their
RAD 55+ is
coming. Our fall RAD 55+ class is now
forming. Classes are geared for our
“seasoned” residents and will provide valuable tips on how to best protect
yourself and your families. Victims of crimes can be of any age, so it is best
to be prepared. The classes focus on awareness and confidence. Criminals
often recognize signs that certain people are not to be messed with. RAD helps
you project these traits, so you do not become a victim. The classes are over a 10-week period and
only 2 hours per session. The dates are: September 12, 14, 19, 21, 26,28 and
October 3, 5, 11, and 13th. 10am – 12 pm. Interested persons are
asked to email Officer Michelle Owens at
email@example.com for more details.
Weekly Crime Report
1300 Hours. 300 Block of Voss Road. Officers observed a vehicle commit a
traffic violation and initiated a traffic stop. Upon approaching the vehicle officers
could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver admitted to
smoking marijuana prior to the traffic stop. A subsequent search of the vehicle
located a stolen firearm in the driver’s side door pocket. The 35-year-old driver
was placed under arrest and booked into the Harris County Jail. The vehicle was towed.
0100 Hours. 10900 Block of Memorial Drive. Unlawful use of a Motor Vehicle. Officers
were alerted to a stolen vehicle entering the villages by the ALPR system.
Officers were nearby and quickly located and stopped the vehicle. The occupants
of the vehicle stated that they had purchased the vehicle from a Facebook
marketplace ad online. They had bought the vehicle from a white female for
$750.00. The victim was contacted who
stated that the car had been stolen from a gas station 6 days earlier while he
was getting gas. The keys were inside of the car when a white female walking by
jumped in and drove off. The driver of the car had taken a picture of the
female who had sold him the car and picture of her Texas ID card. Information
about the suspect was collected. The vehicle was towed. The DA’s Office
declined charges on the occupants. MVPD detectives were contacted and have
taken over the investigation.
0830 Hours. 600 Voss Road. Recovered Stolen Vehicle. Officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle
traveling on Voss. Officers checking the area located the vehicle as it
pulled in a shopping center on Voss. Officers contacted the female driver of
the 2016 Cadillac. The driver stated that she had purchased the vehicle on-line
and had paid $1,100.00 for it. The person had given her a bill of sale and a
title. The driver stated that the vehicle had some damage to it and she had the
vehicle repaired at a cost of over $5,000.00.
She then insured the vehicle. Officers checked the VIN number to the
paperwork and found that she had been given fake paperwork and the VIN number
was off by one digit. HPD arrived and
confirmed the vehicle was stolen from their jurisdiction during an armed
robbery. The vehicle was towed and the owner/victim was referred to HPD for
1600 Hours. 900 Bingle. Recovered Stolen Motor Vehicle. Officers observed a
vehicle traveling on the road with a fictitious temporary license tag and
initiated a traffic stop. Upon approaching the driver, the driver stated that
she had bought the fake paper tag online. A check of the VIN number found the
vehicle had been stolen in 2016 from a car dealership in Delaware. When asked where she got the car, she stated
that she had bought the car back in 2016 from a friend of her brothers, whom
she did not know. She stated that the vehicle has never been registered because
she could not get a title. She said that she only uses the car when she visits
Houston and will just get temporary paper tags when she is here. She stated that she only visits occasionally
as she is often out of the country. The
DA’s Office was contacted but they declined charges. The Dealership was
contacted in Delaware and they conformed the vehicle as stolen in 2016 from
their lot. The vehicle was towed, and
the 46-year-old female was released with citations only.
1430 Hours. 8500 Block of Katy Freeway. Forgery. The victim’s business reported
that mail had been removed from the outgoing mailbox on the property. A check
that was placed in the mail had been intercepted/stolen, washed, and reissued
to a person whom the business did not know and cashed. Information about the check was collected and
provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.
1415 Hours. 300 Block of Piney Point Road. Recovered Stolen Vehicle. Officers
were alerted to a stolen vehicle entering the villages on Piney Point Road.
Officers were nearby and located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop on
the 2008 Infinity. The driver of the vehicle stated that his brother had bought
the car from an on-line ad for $800. The person selling the car provided a
title but said he had lost the keys. The
driver had a set of keys made for the car and thought that it was a legitimate
deal. The DA’s Office was contacted but declined charges at this time. The vehicle was towed, and the 37-year-old
male driver released. Richmond PD Detectives were notified of the vehicle
1730 Hours. 600 Block of Hedwig.
Fraud. The victim stated that he
had written a check and mailed it at the mailbox located at Gaylord and
Brogden. He checked with the payee to
confirm payment and was told the check had never arrived. The victim then checked his bank account and
found the check had been intercepted, washed and reissued to a person whom he
did not know. Information about the check and the cashing bank was obtained and
provided to detectives who have taken over the case.
1215 Hours. 11500 Block of Green Oaks. Fraud.
The victim was alerted by his bookkeeper of suspicious activity on his
checking account. A review of his account found that a check that he had
written and mailed at a mailbox located at 6500 San Felipe had been
intercepted, washed, reissued to a person whom he did not know and cashed. Information
about the check and the cashing bank was obtained and provided to detectives
for their follow up investigation.