From the Desk of Chief Ray Schultz,
On Tuesday morning during the school zone times, MVPD
officers were notified of a vehicle versus bicycle accident involving 2
children on Knipp at Taylorcrest. MVPD and VFD arrived on the scene where it
was learned that 2 elementary school students had been hit by a vehicle making
a turn from Knipp onto Taylorcrest.
Fortunately, the injuries to the 2 boys were minor as was the damage to
their bicycles. It appears that the driver did not see the boys as they were
riding their bikes on the sidewalk on their way to school and started to turn
hitting one bike while the second bike ran into the car.
This is a strong reminder of how important it is to be
extra careful during the morning and afternoon school zone hours. When approaching a stop sign it is important
to come to a complete stop and check both ways for vehicles as well as
pedestrians and cyclists on the sidewalks, again coming from both directions.
Please do not assume that a pedestrian, walker, runner, or cyclist will see you
and stop or yield to you. The vehicle at
the stop sign needs to ensure that the pedestrian can safety pass unless clear
eye contact is made and the pedestrian, walker, cyclist, or runner, waves
signaling you through.
I am one of the daily runners out on area sidewalks,
streets, and trails. I transverse throughout all 3 villages and I am also
seeing an increasing number of vehicles rolling through stop signs. Officers
will be stepping up enforcement efforts village wide, but especially along our
primary school walk zone/routes. Citations will be issued for rolling stops, so
please come to a complete stop and look both ways.
Starting this week, we have assigned one of our
officers to a new power-shift schedule.
This officer will start his day at 2 pm and work until 11pm or midnight
depending on calls and specific enforcement assignments. He will be assigned to
monitor the afternoon school zones and walking routes, the evening rush hour
traffic hot-spots and will be spending time on one of our bicycles both patrolling
and conducting enforcement activities. He will be working Monday through Friday
so he can address these issues throughout the entire work week. After it gets
dark, he will transition to neighborhood bicycle patrols and enhanced DWI
Graduation season is officially here, so first, our
congratulations to all our high school and college graduates. With graduation often comes parties and
celebrations and we have already started to see a few of them in the villages.
This on top of some nice cool evenings with some residents opening their
windows is resulting in a few noise issues.
If you are hosting a party, please be courteous to your neighbors and
monitor the noise/music and the parking. (our 2 largest complaints). We
recommend that you inform neighbors of your party, especially if it is an
outside event with music and/or valet parking.
If neighbors know about the event and what time the party will go to,
they are less likely to complain and often will make other arrangements. If you
have outside music, please point speakers towards your home and not at your
neighbors. Later in the evening music should be turned down as not to disturb
neighbors or the event moved indoors. We
don’t like to have to shut down events so everyone’s cooperation goes a long
way to helping keep the peace while allowing for the celebrations to occur.
A special thanks this week to our residents and
friends of the Muslim community who provided an “Iftar” or “EID” meal for our
officers and dispatchers on Tuesday. Our dayshift team enjoyed the traditional
meal throughout the afternoon and our night-shift team was fed upon their
arrival to begin their shift. Also thank
you to the residents and girl scouts who have dropped off several cases of girl
scout cookies. The “lemonades” have been the first ones to go followed by the
Peanut Butter. And finally, thanks for the Astro’s Tickets. We had a dispatcher
attend Saturday’s game and one of our detectives won the Sunday tickets.
Thanks to City Councilor Susan Schwartz for inviting
me to attend and to address the Harris County Mayor’s and City Councilors
Association monthly meeting. We had a great time discussing the use of
technology, especially the use of ALPR systems in addressing emerging crime
issues. All the cities present agreed
that it is imperative that our police departments and city officials work
together to aggressively go after the repeat offenders who continue to cause
problems across the region.
I have attached a photograph from last weekends Color
Run. Have a great weekend. Chief Ray Schultz email@example.com
4/24/22 at 1900 Hours. 600 Block of Voss. Traffic
Violations. Officers initiated a traffic
stop after observing a traffic violation. Upon contacting the driver and
checking the license plate officers determined that the plate did not belong to
the vehicle it was displayed on. The
driver stated that he had taken the plate off another vehicle that he owned and
was using it because he did not have one for the vehicle. The driver was also
found to have a suspended license and not eligible to obtain one. The driver was positively identified and
issued multiple citations. The expired
license plates were tagged into evidence.
4/26/22 at 1230 Hours. 10600 Block of Fairlane Drive.
Fraud. The victim learned while checking his bank account that a check that he
issued had been intercepted, washed, and reissued to a person whom he did not
know. It is unknown how the check was
stolen/intercepted. Information about
the check and the bank that cashed the check was obtained and provided to
detectives for their follow up investigation.
4/26/22 at 1245 Hours. 10800 Block of Memorial Drive.
ALPR HIT/ Missing Person/Silver Alert. Officers were alerted to a missing
person/Silver alert on a vehicle by the ALPR system. Officers located the
vehicle and attempted to stop the vehicle.
The vehicle failed to stop and continued driving across Memorial Drive
from Voss. Officers could see the driver
was an elderly male who appeared to be confused. In the area on Briar Forrest
and Gessner the vehicle got stuck in traffic at which time officers were able
to exit their cars and approach the male.
He was given a ride to the MVPD station where his son was contacted to
come and get his 89-year-old father. The vehicle was secured until it could be
released to other family members.
4/26/22 at 1315 Hours. 10800 Block of Everwood. Fraud.
The victim reported that she received notice of an electronic check that she
had issued had been intercepted, reissued, and cashed by an unknown male
suspect. The business that the check was
issued to, informed the victim that they have had other checks stolen by an
unknown means in the past. Information
about the check, business and bank was collected and provided to detectives for
their follow-up investigation.
4/26/22 at 1500 Hours. 10800 Block of Briar Branch.
Identity Theft. The victim reported that she had received a new credit card for
a new account in the mail that she had not requested. Upon further inquiry she
learned the new line of credit was established by an unknown person who had
used her personal information, including her maiden name for a large home
improvement loan. The account was immediately closed by the bank. Information
about the account was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up
4/26/22 at 2100 Hours. 600 Block of Knipp. Identity
Theft. The victim stated that she received a monthly statement for a new
checking account that she did not open. Upon checking with the financial
institution, she learned that a new account had been opened by an unknown
subject who had used her personal identifiers.
The zero-balance account was closed, and an alert placed on her other
accounts. Information about the account was collected and provided to
detectives for their follow up investigation.
4/27/22 at 1530 Hours. 1-100 Block of Rip Van Winkle.
Forgery. The victim stated that upon
examining his checking account he found 2 checks that he did not write to have
been issued and cashed. The victim still
had possession of the 2 checks in his checkbook. Information about the checks
and banks was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.
4/28/22 at 0830 Hours. 200 Block of Gessner. Criminal
Mischief. The victim stated that sometime during the evening an unknown
person(s) broke out a rear window of his vehicle. Nothing was missing from the
vehicle just the damage to the glass had occurred. A report was taken. The victim
stated that he would review video footage of the area.
4/26/22 at 2145 Hours. 8300 Block of San Felipe.
Recovered Stolen Motor Vehicle. Officers stopped the listed vehicle after
observing a traffic violation. Upon
checking the license plate, it came back to a different vehicle. The driver
stated that she had bought the vehicle from a Facebook Marketplace ad and the
male who sold her the vehicle had not yet given her a title to register the
vehicle. She had attempted to get a registration but was told that she had to
obtain it from the seller. The seller
had stopped all email communications with the victim/driver after she had sent
numerous emails asking for the title.
The driver had copies of the emails and a picture of the sellers ID. The VIN number was checked, and it showed the
vehicle to be stolen. That victim was
contacted, and he stated that he had been to a restaurant and used valet
parking. Upon returning for his car, it was gone. He had reported it stolen through HPD which was
confirmed. The driver’s husband was contacted, and he confirmed how they had
bought the car from an on-line posting. It was determined that the driver of
the vehicle had been scammed into buying a stolen car. The vehicle was recovered and towed. The driver
was released with her husband who responded to the scene.