Weather: The heavy rains this week have been quite a
challenge but thus far we have been able to handle the extra water without any
major problems. We have had a few trees fall, due to the saturated ground.
Please be aware of this pending threat until the rains dissipates and the
ground dries up. Watch for large trees that begin to lean with the root balls
beginning to rise near the base of the tree.
Of course, many trees fall without warning, so please be careful when
out walking or working in the yard and of where you park your vehicles.
As the storms continue into Saturday we will be
monitoring water levels throughout the villages. Remember, that even though it
may not be raining here, heavy rains from areas upstream can raise water levels
in our Bayous. Never drive into high water areas, as 8 inches of standing water
can easily flood low profile vehicles. Kudos to our night-shift officers who
have remained vigilant during the overnight hours monitoring storm drains and
grates and often clearing debris while most of us slept. Please ask your
landscapers to keep the areas around your ditches, grates and drains clean and
clear of branches, pine needles and any lawn clippings. One clogged storm drain can cause localized
flooding, quickly damaging homes and property.
The Memorial Area Farmers Market has been cancelled for tomorrow Saturday May
11th. The cancellation is for the safety of the vendors and patrons
due to the current weather conditions. The market will return next Saturday May
Quality of Life. This is the primary reason given when
9 out of 10 residents are asked why they live in the Villages. What makes our
quality of life so strong here in the middle of one of the largest metropolitan
communities in the country, is based on several factors. Public Education,
Safety, Good Local Government and the People/Residents are often at the top of
the list. Of course, our country style environment, beautiful homes, streets
and walkways all add to that overall Quality of Life. The world just outside of
the Villages is often moving at a much faster pace than we do here in the
Villages, but that is why we are so unique.
But, at times the hustle and bustle of the area outside of the Villages encroaches
into the Villages and that is where we, as your Police Department need to step
in. We do that with our traffic enforcement, high visibility presence and
ordinance enforcement. Most of the time we get it right, but occasionally we
might get it wrong and make a mistake or an error.
This past week we were called to investigate a
situation of Sunday construction. While the ordinance is clear that normal
construction work is not permitted on Sundays and Holidays, emergency work is.
In this particular case, the work was halted while it should have probably been
allowed to proceed until the situation was manageable and then continued to the
following day. In situations like this, we apologize for not getting it right.
We too learn from our short-comings and use these events to learn from them. A
little more discussion and dialogue could have gone a long way in making the
Often when a situation like the one above occurs I get
a call or an email to investigate and we do. The lesson here is that not all
situations are the same. Sometimes the
situation may be an emergency and need to be allowed to continue while others
are contractors working outside of the ordinance and need to be shut down. We
will continue to do the best we can and determine how best to handle each
unique situation for the good of the community.
Also, this week I received information about a
situation where a resident was driving home on one of our streets that does not
have adjacent sidewalks. While traveling
down the street the driver encountered some pedestrians walking down the middle
of the street. When attempting to get the walkers to make way for the vehicle,
some unpleasant comments were made.
Comments that were disturbing to the vehicle driver and resulted in a
discussion with us about the responsibilities of vehicles and of pedestrians in
areas where sidewalks do not exist. If walking in an area where there are no
adjacent sidewalks or paths, the walker(s) should walk along the left side of
the roadway as close to the side of the road as possible. Vehicles approaching
the walker, should yield or when practical move to their left to safely pass
the pedestrian. Of course, all pedestrians should watch approaching vehicles
and be prepared to move off of the roadway should a driver not be paying
attention. Hope this helps.
While reviewing our reports I have started seeing a
noticeably ever-increasing trend in the number of vehicles that we are stopping
as part of our traffic enforcement efforts and upon approaching the vehicle we
can smell the odor of marijuana coming from the car. Meaning that the driver and/or occupants are
driving around while smoking pot and getting high. We are also seeing an increase in the number
of drivers with outstanding warrants for their arrests (see below). Between
these two categories, one in 20 of the cars we stopped this past week fell into
one of these two categories. We will be continuing our efforts to keep our
roads safe with our traffic enforcement strategy. I will also be watching this
trend of driving while getting high as the discussion of legalization of
marijuana continues across the country.
And finally, a reminder to all of the men. Don’t
forget, Sunday is Mother’s Day. Most
day with no chores.
allowed to sleep in as long as they want.
completed Honey-do list
A-Z dinner, planned, prepped, cooked, served and all cleaned up
Have a great weekend. Chief Ray Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekly Crime Report
1315 Hours. Piney Point Road and Piney Point Circle. Traffic Stop/Arrest
2345 Hours. Memorial Drive at Stillforest. Traffic Stop/ Arrest Warrant.
1130 Hours. Agency Assist. Officer met with Harris County Officials and took
custody of subject with outstanding Piney Point Warrants.
2115 Hours. 11300 Block of Memorial Drive. Traffic Stop/Arrest Warrant.
0015 Hours. 12200 Block of Memorial Drive. Traffic Stop/ Arrest Warrant.
0100 Hours. Gessner at Bayou Island. Traffic Stop/ Arrest Warrant.
0215 Hours. Agency Assist. Officer met Missouri City Officer and took custody
of subject with outstanding Bunker Hill Warrants.
5/6/19 at 1400 Hours. 11700 Block of Cobblestone.
Identity Theft. The victim notified the MVPD that she had been contacted by her
bank that an unknown person had attempted to make a withdraw from the victims
account using a paper drivers license. The transaction was not completed due to
the paper license being identified as fake. Information about the incident was
obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.
2230 Hours. 100 Block of Gessner. Traffic Stop/Arrest Warrant.
5/9/19 at 0030 Hours. 200 Block of Gessner. Traffic
Stop/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Officer was on patrol when he drove upon another vehicle driving on
Gessner. There were no other vehicles on the street however, the officer could
see the windows were down on the car and he could smell the odor of marijuana
coming from the car. Upon stopping the vehicle, the odor was confirmed as
coming from the vehicle. A subsequent search found two bottles with the words
“DOPE” written on them along with other paraphernalia and a small quantity of
marijuana. The 35-year-old driver was cited and released.
5/4/19 at 2315 Hours. 10700 Block of Memorial Drive.
Traffic Stop/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Officer initiated a traffic stop
after observing a traffic violation. Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer
could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A subsequent search
of the vehicle located baggies containing marijuana residue, a pipe and a
grinder. The 35-year-old male was cited
5/6/19 at 1900 Hours. 10900 Block of Bridgewood.
Graffiti/Criminal Mischief. Officer was dispatched to the area to meet with a
resident who had discovered graffiti on the bridge. The graffiti consisted of
spray paint. Information was collected about the damage to property and
provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.
1000 Hours. Voss at Old Coach Lane. Traffic Stop/Arrest Warrant.
5/9/19 at 2130 Hours. 1000 Block of River Bend.
Suspicious Situation. Officers were dispatched to the area in reference to
suspicious vehicle in a driveway. Upon
arrival to the area, officers located the vehicle occupied by a female. The female was incoherent and did not know
where she was. EMS responded and
transported the female to the hospital. The female did not appear to be
intoxicated and was from not the area. The vehicle was towed from the
scene. The officer went to conduct a
follow up at the hospital, however the female had walked out before his
arrival. Officers were unable to locate the female.