Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Friday, May 20, 2022
From the Office of the Chief of Police

From the Desk of Chief Ray Schultz,

Memorial High School Senior Car Parade, Class of 2022. Last Saturday area law enforcement agencies assisted the Memorial High School Senior Class of 2022 with the Annual Car Parade. Approximately 150 vehicles decorated in the colors of the colleges and universities that the seniors will be attending traveled down Piney Point Road.  The roadway was lined with proud parents, grandparents, friends, and neighbors. A couple of alumni groups even had roadside get-togethers and one neighborhood had brunch and mimosa’s as they celebrated with parents.

The event began with a parking lot party at the MHS Field House with a DJ, Cheerleaders, Chick-fil-a, Whataburger and Shipley’s.  The Class of 2022 is an amazing group of terrific young people.  They were all very respectful of each other as they congratulated each other on their accomplishments and as they passed by parents, teachers, staff and the officers working the traffic posts, the students thanked them. This new annual Memorial Villages tradition is one that will be around for years to come. The excitement was contagious as I heard many of next year’s seniors already planning on how they are going to decorate their cars.  Again, Congratulations to the Class of 2022. Well Done!  We have posted a short video of the Car Parade on our webpage. Check it our at www.mvpdtx.org

MADD First Responders Support Group. On Tuesday we had an opportunity to attend a meeting of a new MADD First Responders Support Group. Law Enforcement agencies from across the metro area met with Houston MADD representatives, DA’s, medical professionals, tow truck operators and many others who are involved in dealing with the aftermath of DWI caused tragedies. 

This new group is being formed to help support the first responders who have to investigate the accidents, clean up the horrific scenes and maneuver the legal process.  MVPD Officer Eric Silliman has volunteered to be the MVPD liaison and work with the MADD organizers. And as we have seen over the past couple of months, the number of DWI arrests seem to be trending upwards.  Some of that may be as a result of the winding down of COVID restrictions and people getting back out and going to bars, lounges, clubs and parties. The problem is that DWI continues to be dangerous for everyone as far too often, it is the innocent driver who is severely injured or killed. We will continue to look for DWI drivers, initiate traffic stops and make arrests.

July 4th Car Parade.  The 4th of July Car Parade will return again this year and travel down Piney Point Road.  The following comes from Hunters Creek Village Officials.

The Memorial Villages are pleased and excited to announce the 30th Annual Memorial Villages Independence Parade set for Monday, July 4, 2022. The parade that travels down Piney Point Road, kicks-off our annual patriotic, flag waving, red, white and blue celebration of America’s birthday. We will not have our usual gathering at the end of the parade as we wind down from the effects of the COVID Pandemic.

It will simply be come out, wave the flag, cheer our Police and Fire Personnel and celebrate our Great Nation. There is also an open, non-timed “Fun Run” and children’s bike ride to kick off the parade. Meet up at the Memorial High field house parking lot at 9:45am. Runners will go first. The run is a true Fun Run, no timers, no categories, no pressure. The run will go down Piney Point and end near Ecclesia Church. Runners will need to have their own transportation back to the start. Shortly after the runners leave, we will have a Children’s Bike Ride. We are encouraging riders (of all ages) to decorate their bikes and ride the parade route. All in support our Red, White and Blue. Families are encouraged to ride.

Next, it is the vehicle parade starting at 10am. Residents who wish to join in are encouraged to decorate their vehicles following a Red, White and Blue theme. The parade will be led by the Village Fire Department, followed by Village Officials, Resident Vehicles and followed up by our Police Departments. The old-fashioned 4th of July celebration is a joint effort of the six Memorial Villages and is free to all attendees.

We will not be having floats again this year, nor will we be throwing candy as usual…. another casualty of COVID-19… The Parade will end in front of St. Francis/Ecclesia Church.

If you will be joining in the parade and decorating a vehicle, please register in advance so we know how big the parade will be. Please send your name and phone number to Tom Fullen at tfullen@cityofhunterscreek.com Limit of 1 vehicle per registration.

Next week our area 5th graders will be celebrating their graduations from elementary school. Each of the schools will be hosting events for their graduating classes. On May 24, 2022 Hunters Creek will have a “Rockin Around the Block” car parade, and on May 26, 2022 Bunker Hill Elementary will have their “Strut  Down Strey” walking parade, while Memorial Drive Elementary will have a “Pony Trail” car parade.  All 3 events will begin around 1130 am.  PS, Congratulations to the Frostwood 5th grade D.A.R.E. class on their D.A.R.E. graduation last week.

Reminder the MVPD Police Memorial Statute unveiling that had been scheduled for this Saturday, has been postponed due to a delay in receiving the Statute.  More to come on that and a new date, as soon as we hear from the artist.

R.A.D. Classes.  Our summer R.A.D. schedule is now official, and we have limited spaces still available for residents who want to attend. There will be 3 class sessions to pick from. Each session is for 3 days and 4 hours each. 

·      June 6-8

·      July 5-7

·      August 1-3

Times:            10am-2pm

Location:       Chapelwood Church 

11140 Greenbay

Contact Officer Michelle Owens at mowens@mvpdtx.org for additional details.

Temporary/Paper License Plate Operations Plan.  This past week MVPD officers have been targeting vehicles traveling through the villages with fake temporary paper license plates.  While the use of fraudulent paper tags is nothing new the numbers of fake paper tags is not decreasing but is only increasing. The fake paper tags are getting more specific to the vehicle in question even to the point of including the correct VIN number and vehicle make.  Our officers are having to run a moving inquiry on the vehicle to see if it is in the state data base. When the vehicle comes back as not on file, we then know it is a suspected fake tag and initiate a traffic stop.  Once stopped the officer is having to run the VIN number through MVD to learn more about the status of the vehicle.  What we are seeing are vehicles that are not registered at all. Some vehicles have been issued salvage titles, while others show no registration in years, if at all.  Many of the drivers of the vehicles are recent immigrants who are being exploited by unscrupulous used car lot dealers who are holding the titles and requiring weekly payments on the sometimes-salvaged vehicles. Other times the drivers are concerned due to their immigration status and buying the paper tags on-line.  The prices being paid for the fraudulent tag’s ranges from $40 - $300 per tag with some being required to re-purchase the temporary tags over and over, until the vehicle is paid off.

This past week our officers have been running operations on Voss and Gessner. Thus far, they have located and confiscated over 20 fraudulent paper tags.

And finally, once again thank you to the residents who this past week have donated their unused Astro's tickets to several games and to the family who donated their Eagle's tickets. When we get to attend this events we are always very appreciative as are our families. Thank you.

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

 

Weekly Crime Report

Hunters Creek

5/16/22 at 0000 Hours. 500 Block of Voss. Driving While Intoxicated. Officers were monitoring traffic on Voss when they observed a vehicle traveling at 52 MPH in a 35 MPH zone and initiated a traffic stop.  Upon approaching the driver officers could detect the odor of alcohol on the driver who also admitted to drinking earlier in the evening.  The driver was administered a series of sobriety tests that he failed.  The driver was placed under arrest and provided an opportunity to provide a breath sample which he refused.  The 29-year-old male was placed under arrest and booked into the Harris County Jail after a blood warrant was obtained and a blood sample collected.

5/17/22 at 1415 Hours. 8400 Block of Katy Freeway. Theft.  The victim reported that an item ordered by a customer was accidentally mailed to another customer with the same name.  The customer who had received the order and signed for the delivery and had even called the business asking if someone had sent him a gift.  The customer was told of the error and was asked to please return the item at the businesses expense.  The customer however is refusing to return the item. After several unsuccessful attempts to obtain the property, the victim is going to pursue criminal charges. Information about the incident was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

Bunker Hill

5/17/22 at 1030 Hours. 200 Block of Stoney Creek. Theft by Fraud. The victim notified officers that he was contacted by a collection agency about an overdue AT&T account. The victim not having an account with them learned that unknown persons had opened up an account in Austin, Texas using his personal information to purchase several cell phones. Information about the account was obtained and proved to detectives for their follow up investigation.

5/18/22 at 1300 Hours. 300 Block of Gessner. Recovered Stolen Motor Vehicle.  Officers were notified of a stolen vehicle entering the villages On Gessner Road.  Officers began checking the area and located the vehicle traveling south on Gessner. As the first officer was waiting for a back up unit to arrive, the suspect observed the marked unit and ran a red light to avoid the officer.  Other officers arrived in the area and stopped the vehicle.  The suspect refused to exit the vehicle and instead began to drink alcohol from a large bottle. He consumed half of it before exiting the vehicle, and then after finally exiting he drank most of the rest of the alcohol.  The suspect refused officers commands and a crowd began to form.  Additional units were requested from MVPD and HPD. The suspect was eventually taken into custody. The victim was contacted and stated the vehicle had been stolen from a convenience store when it was left running.  Because the suspect did not match the description of the suspect who had stolen the car, the DA’s office refused charges. The 28-year-old driver was released without charges at the hospital and the vehicle was recovered and towed.

Piney Point

5/20/22 at 1245 Hours. 400 Block of Pineneedle. Identity Theft.  The victim was preparing to pay some bills on-line, when he noticed that his account had a zero balance.  Upon checking with his bank, he learned that another account had been opened using his personal information and all of monies were transferred to that account and used to pay an unknown company in NY for renovations of some type.  Information about the accounts was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.



 
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