Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Friday, April 26, 2019
From the Office of the Chief of Police

As the weather continues to get a little nicer every day, more and more residents are opting to walk, jog or bike in the Villages. Many people are including their dogs in these activities and unfortunately, we are seeing more and more canine vs canine or canine vs walker encounters.  Often one of the dogs is not on a leash or under electronic control as required by the specific village ordinances. The Villages that allow for the electronic control (and even this is not explicitly detailed in the ordinances) and/or voice and sight control, mean that your dog must obey and immediately respond. An already excited dog will often not respond to voice commands when excited or stimulated, even with an electronic control collar most dogs will fail to obey, unless the settings are properly set on a high level.

Almost every week, I receive either an email or phone call in reference to an unpleasant encounter with a dog that a resident has experienced. I know that many residents like to provide their dogs some additional freedom however, there are just too many bad encounters occurring.  Please be courteous to your neighbors and when out walking your pet, use an old-fashioned leash, either a traditional leash or an expanding/retractable leash. Something that is attached to your dog so that you can have positive control.  And of course, always clean-up after pets as our residents who live along the trail systems appreciate it. Also, our public works staff have asked that we remind everyone that the “poop stations” are for animal waste only, please do not place regular trash in the containers as they quickly overflow and as one worker said, make a “crappy” mess.  Thanks

This past weekend MVPD arrested 2 DWI offenders. In all of Harris County there were 134 arrests and we grabbed 2 of them. First of all, the fact that 134 people decided to drive drunk on Easter weekend is unacceptable. Secondly, the fact that we arrested 2 here in our 7 square mile footprint in Harris County reminds all of us how bad the problem of drunk driving is in the Houston Metro area. We will continue to do our part throughout the summer and remain diligent in our DWI enforcement efforts. We will still need you to remain vigilant in your driving especially during the weekend evening hours. If you see a suspected DWI driver in the Villages, please call our dispatch team at 713-365-3700 and we will dispatch officers to look for the potential drunk driver.  Just supply us with the make, model and color of the car, the location and direction. Don’t follow the car, just let us know and we will do the rest.  We want to have a safe summer and do not want to investigate any serious injury or fatal DWI accidents in the Villages. Our traffic enforcement efforts are designed to keep speeds down, drunk drivers off the roads and only safe and sane drivers on our village streets.

Our MVPD technology efforts continue to pay strong dividends here in the Villages. Our 911 based Drone response trial continues to be a solid success. Arriving at almost every event before the first officers and providing for an assessment of what is going on at the call location. Since the news coverage of last week, we have been receiving inquiries from other news agencies and communities about our program. The same for the pilot Automated License Plate Project (ALPR).  The loaner ALPR has been relocated this week to a new location within the Villages.

We are testing the ALPR equipment on various roadways to evaluate how well the system works in varying conditions. Thus far the results are promising. 2 stolen vehicle hits have been received (and both recovered), a sex offender was flagged and a vehicle with an order of protection against the owner was flagged. The test system is operational 24/7 and runs by itself, meaning that we do not need a committed resource to continually monitor it.  When a wanted vehicle drives through, an alarm sounds in our dispatch room. Dispatchers verify the vehicle, the wanted status and notify officers of the hit.  The officers then look for the vehicle based on the location and direction of the vehicle. The system appears to be extremely efficient. On one day alone, this week the ALPR read 1259 license plates on one road in just one hour.  Pretty good way to help protect our community.

One more technology success, this week we were notified by the staff from the Ring Doorbell Company that the Memorial Villages area continues to be a leader in the use of this technology. I have attached a copy of a video doorbell coverage (heat) map of the Villages and it is very impressive.  Doorbell cameras of all brands are having a dramatic effect in reducing the number of package thefts. The cameras along with our evening shift officers looking for unattended packages on porches has helped reduce the number of thefts.  Once the word of the ALPR’s hit the streets, I think we will have an even higher reduction in thefts. Remember, that there is an app available for residents to share doorbell camera video of suspicious persons with each other.  The app is called “ring Neighbors Portal”. Individual doorbell cameras, flood light cameras and general home security systems are all good safety precautions for your personal protection. As I like to say when speaking about community safety, these are all layers to the total safety and security programs enjoyed here in the Villages. Our safety layers start with you at your individual homes and properties and ends with us, your professional Police Department. Thank you for being great partners and for contributing to great quality of life in the Villages.

This weekend is the Texas Sales Tax Holiday for Emergency Supplies. As we enter this year’s Hurricane Season, it is time to stock up on emergency supplies.  Starting at midnight tonight and through the close of business Sunday night, emergency preparation supplies qualify for a sales tax exemption. Supplies include:

Less than $3000

  • Portable generators

Less than $300

  • Emergency ladders
  • Hurricane shutters

Less than $75

  • Axes
  • Batteries, single or multipack (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt or 9 volt)
  • Can openers - nonelectric
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Coolers and ice chests for food storage – nonelectric
  • Fire extinguishers
  • First aid kits
  • Fuel containers
  • Ground anchor systems and tie-down kits
  • Hatchets
  • Ice products - reusable and artificial
  • Light sources - portable self-powered (including battery operated)
  • Examples of items include: candles, flashlights and lanterns
  • Mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers
  • Radios - portable self-powered (including battery operated) - includes two-way and weather band radios (NOAA)
  • Smoke detectors
  • Tarps and other plastic sheeting

Supplies that do not qualify for tax exemption:

  • Batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles
  • Camping stoves
  • Camping supplies
  • Chainsaws
  • Plywood
  • Extension ladders
  • Stepladders
  • Tents
  • Repair or replacement parts for emergency preparation supplies
  • Services performed on, or related to, emergency preparation supplies

Hopefully, none of these items will be needed this year, but it is always better to be prepared and even better if you can save a few bucks and not pay taxes for them.

Road Work Since we will finally have an expected good weather weekend, I have been told that there will be paving work being done on Memorial at Voss Road this Saturday. Expect lane restrictions, delays and periodic closures. The work will be occurring throughout the day so please plan accordingly.

Road resurfacing is also occurring on Bunker Hill Road between Memorial and Taylorcrest. While the road is still open, milling is occurring resulting in gravel on the road surface. Please slow down and do not follow too closely when in this area. It may save you from a cracked windshield.

And finally, tomorrow it is the 3rd Annual Memorial Villages Police Foundation BBQ at the Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church from 10 am – 4 pm. If you are out and about and want to grab a lunch plate of BBQ brisket for $10, stop by. Last year we sold out.  I know they added 15 more briskets to the grill this year, but don’t wait too long, just in case.  As an added benefit, the Ferrari and Lamborghini Club of Houston will have several of their exotic cars on display between 11 and 1. BBQ Brisket and Cool Cars in the Villages, what a great way to enjoy a Saturday afternoon. 

Have a great weekend. Chief Ray Schultz rschultz@mvpdtx.org 

                                 Weekly Crime Report

Bunker Hill

4/20/19 at 0215 Hours, 11700 Block of Taylorcrest. Driving While Intoxicated. Officer while on patrol observed a vehicle pulled to the side of the roadway and stopped to offer assistance. Upon starting to approach the vehicle, the officer saw that the doors were open and that 3 subjects were standing outside of the vehicle urinating on the sidewalk. The subjects upon seeing the officer quickly entered the car and began to drive away.  The officer then initiated his emergency equipment and stopped the vehicle.  The driver and the passengers were all found to be intoxicated. The 28-year-old driver was arrested and booked into the Harris County Jail while the 2 passengers, a 26-year-old and a 24-year-old were arrested and booked into the MVPD jail for Public Intoxication and for urinating in Public.

4/20/19 at 2300 Hours. 12200 Block of Memorial Drive. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Officer initiated a traffic stop after observing a traffic violation. Upon approaching the driver, the officer could smell the odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Upon further investigation it was determined that the occupants had been driving around while smoking the marijuana. A subsequent search located several pieces of paraphernalia. The driver was cited in lieu of an arrest. The paraphernalia was collected and tagged into evidence. 

4/21/19 at 2115 Hours. Gessner at Woodstone. Driving While Intoxicated. Officer observed a vehicle traveling at night without headlights and initiated a traffic stop.  Upon approaching the driver, the officer could detect signs of intoxication and the odor of alcohol on the driver.  The 35-year-old female driver was administered sobriety tests which she failed.  She was placed under arrest and booked into the Harris County Jail after providing a breath sample that was twice the legal limit.  A 32-year-old male passenger was also found to be heavily intoxicated and unable to care for himself. He was booked in to the MVPD jail for Public Intoxication.

4/22/19 at 2245 Hours. 11600 Windy Lane. Unauthorized Use of a Stolen Vehicle. Officer initiated a traffic stop after a observing a vehicle fail to dim their bright lights to approaching vehicles. Upon stopping the vehicle, the officer found the license plate had been tampered with.  A subsequent investigation found the vehicle to be stolen out of Harris County. The driver was also found to be in possession of marijuana.   The owner of the vehicle provided video surveillance of the vehicle as it was stolen. The subject driving the vehicle was not the same one who had stolen it. The DA’s Office was contacted and due to the fact that the victim did not want to prosecute, as the video showed another person as committing the actual auto theft, that the driver would not be charged with the vehicle theft but charged with the drug crime only at this time.  The 30-year-old male was then booked into the MVPD jail.

4/23/19 at 1145 Hours. 1-100 Block of Caroline Trail. Identity Theft/Fraud.  The victim reported that he was notified by his accountant that upon filing his 2018 Federal Income Tax that he was notified that a tax return had already been filed using the victims SSN. The fraudulent return had initiated a refund that was issued to a third party.  Information was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation. The IRS is also investigating.

4/23/19 at 1330 Hours. 200 Block of Gessner. Burglary of a Building.  The victim reported that unknown persons had removed artwork from her home that is currently up for sale. No one is currently living at the home and it is presently being shown by realtors.  Information was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

4/25/19 at 1515 Hours. 11700 Block of Cobblestone. Identity Theft. Victim reported that he received a new credit card in the mail that he did not apply for. Along with the credit card was a new line of credit that included charges that had been made at an apple store. The victim had not opened the account nor made the purchases.  Information about the account and transaction was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation. Note: The victim placed credit freezes on all of his accounts and notified the credit bureau of the fraudulent activity.

Piney Point

4/23/19 at 2230 Hours. Memorial at Quail Creek. Possession of a Controlled Substance. Officer initiated a traffic stop after observing a traffic violation. During the course if issuing a citation, the officer learned of several outstanding warrants for the drivers arrest. Upon placing the subject under arrest a quantity of marijuana and ecstasy was located inside of the vehicle.  The subject was then transported and booked into the Harris County Jail.

4/24/19 at 1315 Hours. 11500 Block of Raintree. Theft. The victim reported that a political lawn sign that he had placed at a resident’s front yard (with permission) had been taken without his or the property owner’s consent. Information about the sign was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

4/26/19 at 0200 Hours. Memorial and Briar Forest. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Official State Documents.  MVPD officer initiated a traffic stop after observing a traffic violation. Upon approaching the driver, the officer could smell the odor of marijuana emitting from the car. A subsequent search found a small quantity of marijuana and a number of sequentially numbered state handicap placards.  The suspect admitted to working for a medical service provider however, stated she was just holding the placards for a friend.  The DA’s Office was contacted and requested that additional investigation be conducted before charges could be filed/accepted. The placards were collected and tagged into MVPD evidence and detectives were notified of the incident and will follow up with the employer of the suspect. The suspect was cited in lieu of arrest for the Possession of the Drug Paraphernalia.

Hunters Creek

4/24/19 at 1630 Hours. 7600 Block of River Point.  Fraud.  Upon checking her bank account, the victim found that several checks that she did not write or authorize had been cashed and charged against her account. After a further review it was found that the checks are fraudulent and do not resemble the victim’s real checks in any manner other than the account number. Details added to the checks by various tellers had a name and phone number of the person cashing the checks. A check of that information found the person as having outstanding arrest warrants and a prior criminal history. Information about the checks and bank was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation. 

 
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