Thank you to the over 100 people who braved the
thunderstorms and rain to attend the Monday evening, Community Conversation on
Crime event. The discussions were relevant and important as community leaders,
elected officials, law enforcement and non-profits met to discuss the current
spike in crime in Harris County. While
we all agree that the Villages remains an oasis in the center of a vibrant but
sometimes violent metropolitan area, all of us must eventually leave the safety
of the villages to work, shop, attend school or visit friends and family. None
of us like what is going on with increasing violent and property crimes, and
the politicization of crime. The effects
of bond reform, lack of services and a weak judiciary is only adding to the
complexities of the criminal justice system. Everyone left having a better
understanding of what the current issues are and how they are affecting
everyone’s quality of life across Houston. Many aspiring politicians were also
present hearing directly from residents and what they are demanding to happen
in order to ensure the success of the city, county and entire region. Our
thanks to the Crime Stoppers team for their presentations on the effects of
crime to victims and their families and where many of the shortcomings are
And then, yesterday MVPD officers had made an arrest
of a DWI suspect who had been involved in an accident. The accident had
occurred at approximately 8:45 pm in Bunker Hill. When I arrived at work this
morning at 7 am, the officer was just then finally returning from the jail. It
took the officer almost 10 hours to arrest, process and book the drunk
driver. Knowing that this was not the
norm, I inquired as to what had occurred and why such a long delay. I learned
that the jail computer system had gone down and that brought all bookings to a
complete stop. My officer said that as the hours went by, the line of officers
grew. At one time the number of officers waiting was over 60. Officers,
prisoners, and jail staff all became irritated. When the system finally went
back up, our prisoner decided that he was now feeling sore as the result of his
accident. And even though he had refused medical assistance at the time of the
accident, the jail refused to accept him until he was cleared by medical staff.
So, we had to haul him off to a hospital for an evaluation, where he was once again
cleared to be returned to the jail and back in line. Finally, early this
morning he was booked into the jail. My
officer told me that long delay was so disruptive, that some officers actually
left, opting to obtain “to be” warrants instead of waiting as they were needed
back in service. I thought that I would
include this story in the weekly report as this is just another example of how
frustrating the system can be at times. In this case, a simple DWI arrest turned
into a 10-hour event taking an officer out of service for an entire shift. And
in other cases, resulted in decisions to release suspects and prisoners as the
law enforcement resources were needed back in their respective
communities. So, as the Community
Conversation on Crime showed, and this case demonstrates, the system continues
to be slow, outdated and in-effective.
The Memorial High School Senior Class Parade has been
scheduled for May 14, 2022. This will be the 3rd Senior Class Parade
for students. The parade will start at
10 am, at the High School and travel east on Gaylord to Piney Point Road where
the route will turn south. The parade
will then travel down Piney Point Road towards the St. Francis and Ecclesia
Church Campuses in the 300 Block of Piney Point Road. The students will be decorating their cars,
trucks, SUV’s, golf carts and other vehicles with the school colors of the
college/university that they will be attending in the fall.
The class of 2022 will see students attend schools
across the country. Show up and support for your Alma mater and our
students. Which school will get the most
MHS graduates? Texas A&M, maybe
Texas State, The University of Texas, or maybe the University of Houston? Who
is attending school abroad? Any Ivy League schools, Any Military Academy
inductees? Come on out and line the
route. Wear your school colors and help celebrate with our seniors. Residents
are encouraged to line up along Piney Point Road before the 10 am kick-off as
all traffic on Piney Point Road will be closed.
The parade will officially end at Ecclesia and students will then
continue on from there to other gatherings and family events.
If you are planning on being out between 0830 and 1030
on May 14th, please expect temporary road closures, detours, and
delays in the area. Congratulations to the MHS Class of 2022.
This week the Buzz Magazine included an article about
the 2022 Birdies Fore Blues Golf Tournament and the work and organizing of the
sponsoring Memorial High School Students. If you have not seen the article, it
can be found at the attached link.
The Food Truck Rodeo is quickly approaching and will
be held on April 2, 2022, at Chapelwood United Methodist Church. The event will
run from 10 am until 2 pm. The number of exotic cars continues to grow that
will be on display. Plan on stopping by for some classic food truck food options
and to enjoy music from the “School of Rock”.
Aggressive Roofers are working the area both by phone and on-foot. With
the most recent storms converging on the area, it appears that they brought out
the roofers in force. Please remember to
be extra cautious should someone want to enter your home or inspect your
roof. If you have concerns about the
condition of your roof, we recommend that you initiate the contact with a
reputable roofing company and have them conduct any inspections on your
schedule and not theirs.
Have a great weekend.
Chief Ray Schultz email@example.com
Weekly Crime Report
3/19/22 at 1315 Hours. 200 Block of Voss Road.
Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle. Officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle
entering the villages on Voss Road at I-10.
Officers were in the area and located the vehicle and initiated a
traffic stop. Officers detained the 2
occupants who said that they had purchased the vehicle from the owner. The owner and reporting person was contacted
who stated that she had sold the vehicle however the suspects had never
finished paying for the vehicle.
Officers identified the matter as a civil issue. The owner stated that
she only wanted her vehicle back and did not want to prosecute. The subject driving the car agreed that he
had not paid her for the vehicle. The
owner arrived and took possession of the Honda. The 33-year-old male driver was
released at the scene with the concurrence of the District Attorney.
3/19/22 at 1615 Hours. 900 Block of Hickory Hollow.
Criminal Mischief. The victim reported
that unknown person(s) had damaged/broke out the window on her daughter’s
vehicle. The car was parked in a
location in front of the home and within view of nearby video cameras. The
cameras do not show anyone near the vehicle of any objects flying towards the
car. Nothing was taken and the vehicle was not entered. A report was initiated
documenting the damage.
3/21/22 at 1515 Hours. 200 Block of Voss. Unlawful Use
of a Stolen Motor Vehicle/ Possession of a Stolen License Plate/ Fugitive from
Justice. Officers were alerted to a
vehicle with a stolen license plate entering the villages on Voss. Officers were nearby and located the vehicle
which quickly turned on to a side street and the driver exited the car and
began walking up to a home. When stopped by officers, the male said he was
there for a job interview. The owner of the home did not know the subject nor
did a contractor working in the area. A check of the vehicle found the vehicle
was also listed as stolen. The male driver was also found to be a fugitive from
justice with an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest. A second stolen license plate was also found
inside of the car. The victim was
contacted who stated that his keys and vehicle were stolen from his place of
employment. The DA’s Office accepted charges on the 59-year-old male suspect
who was booked into the Harris County Jail. The vehicle was recovered by
officers and returned to the owner.
3/19/22 at 1445 Hours. 11400 Block of Quail Hollow.
Animal Bite. Officers were flagged down
in reference to a dog attack between two dogs. One of the animals had suffered
injuries as a result of the interaction.
Officers spoke with both parties and learned that while out walking, one
of the dogs was able to break its leash and get away from the owner and
attacked the other dog causing injury.
Officers verified the aggressive dog was properly vaccinated. The
injured dog did require medical attention. Information was obtained and
documented as the owners work out the medical treatment reimbursement for the
3/23/22 at 1230 Hours. 200 Block of Heritage Oaks.
Fraud. The victim reported that he
received a bill and a past due notice for a cell phone account that he does not
own. Upon contacting the service provider, he learned that an unknown person
had opened an account using his personal information. Information about the account was obtained
and provided to detectives who have taken over the investigation.
3/23/22 at 0400 Hours. 300 Block of Hedwig. Mail
Theft. While on patrol officers located
several pieces of mail laying the ground. Officers collected the mail and
returned it to the appropriate mailboxes. Later in the morning officers learned
that additional mail was missing from nearby residences. Detectives were
notified as were other area residents. A homeowner was able to supply video of
a suspect’s vehicle that was in the area at the time of the theft of the mail.
Officers were then able to utilize the video and cross reference the vehicle to
the MVPD ALPR system and locate the vehicle and the license plate. The vehicle
is a light blue Honda 4 door with a Florida License plate. Detectives are currently in the process of
locating the owner of the suspect vehicle.
3/24/22 at 2045 Hours. 11700 Block of Taylorcrest.
Driving While Intoxicated. Officers were dispatched to the area in reference to
an accident. Upon arrival officers
learned that one of the vehicles was unable to properly execute a right turn
and hit a vehicle waiting to turn at the intersection. Upon speaking to the
driver, officers observed signs of intoxication on the driver. The subject was administered sobriety tests
which he failed. A subsequent breath test showed his blood alcohol level to be
three times above the legal limit. The 67-year-old male was booked into the
Harris County Jail and the vehicle was towed.