Well, it looks like we dodged a major storm and
potential disaster yesterday when Hurricane Laura changed course late Wednesday
and headed north. Lucky for us, but not so for the people of Louisiana. As the
damage reports continue to come in, we are seeing how large and damaging this
storm was. This is also a reminder to everyone how serious we need to take
these large and unpredictable storms.
All of our city officials and first responders
appreciate everyone assisting in the preparations. City crews prepped equipment
and cleared ditches, first responders positioned equipment and adjusted
personal schedules to be at work while we monitored the storm. Many left their
families at home while they were here.
I especially want to thank the Evans Family for
providing their personally owned Military surplus high-water rescue vehicle for
use in the event that we needed it this week. The Kaiser 5-ton bobbed truck,
was parked out front of the PD in preparation for the storm (picture attached).
The truck has been painstakingly refurbished to excellent condition and is a
valued treasure of the Evans Family. Thank you for offering the use of the
vehicle and for volunteering to assist with operations had the storm hit
As I like to brag about, with other Chief’s across the
country, we have the best residents who have plenty of connections and access
to resources during emergencies. Besides the use of the vehicle, I received
calls from residents who owned emergency power supply companies offering
assistance with generators, generator repairs and other power equipment. During
Hurricane Harvey a Village resident’s airboat assisted in rescuing dozens of
families. Other residents were ready to help with traditional boats and
airboats, fencing, barricades and food. Again, to everyone who offered to help,
With that, our officers have asked if we could start
thinking about helping the first responders in Louisiana as we did in
2017. For those of you who remember,
during flooding in 2017 we learned that the emergency supplies that had been
distributed immediately after the storms were depleted, while the police and
firefighters were still working on rescue and security assignments and the
first responders could not get the necessary cleaning supplies to take care of
their own families and homes. We had put together a truck full of cleaning
supplies, brooms, mops, water and other needed items, and we delivered them to
police and fire families in 2 Louisiana communities. We are monitoring the
situation and hope to identify what is needed and gather up what we can to
assist them in the coming week or so. This year it is going to be even more
challenging with the shortage of cleaning supplies due to the COVID-19
pandemic. We will let anyone who wants to help us with donations of items next
week know what is needed and we will caravan the supplies there soon after to
Scam Alert: A group of Spoofer’s are using the MVPD
phone number to show up on caller ID’s in order to get people to pick up their
phones. Once answered various scam attempts occur. One of which, asks for
personal identifiers due to a warrant being issued for the person. These calls
are occurring to people across the region and even in other states. As you will
read below, we are clearing out old warrants from our database, however we do
not need to call people to do that. If at any time you receive a call like this
from a law enforcement agency it is best to hang up and then initiate a call
yourself to the agency identified, after you look up a legitimate phone number.
Do not call back to a number they provide or hit redial, always call the
switchboard (general number) of the agency.
Next weekend is Labor Day and we are already seeing an
increase in house watches being requested. This has been an extremely long
summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic and limited travel, so it is no wonder that
many residents are planning on getting away for the long weekend. If you are
leaving town, please add your home to the house-watch list either on-line or by
giving us a call at 713-365-3700.
And finally, I want to give a shout-out to the 3
village court clerks and my dispatch staff and communications manager Ms.
Valerie Wallace for working extremely hard over the past several weeks cleaning
up and clearing out old expired arrest warrants from the court system
databases. There were literally thousands of expired arrest warrants dating
back, some 10 years or more, that were cleared out of the system. Each and
every warrant had to be hand searched, verified as no longer valid and removed
from multiple databases.
Again, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the reduction
in traffic stops, available court dates and numerous other factors, court
personnel were able to tackle this arduous task. Because we maintain the state
mandated hard copies of all warrants for 3 villages, MVPD dispatch personnel
had to research and locate the physical hardcopies, and then remove them from
database files as well. Great work, Thank You.
Have a great weekend. Chief Ray Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekly Crime Report
8/25/20 at 1400 Hours. 900 Voss. Unlawful use of a
Motor Vehicle. Officers were notified of a stolen vehicle entering the villages
on Voss Road. Officers were nearby and
quickly stopped the stolen Jeep Cherokee. Through investigation it was learned
that the subject had rented the vehicle on May 15, 2020 for 3 days and did not
return it. Officers located the rental contract inside the vehicle that showed
it due for return on May 18, 2020. Further investigation showed that the
vehicle was actually rented with a fraudulent credit card. The DA’s office
requested that a “to-be” warrant be sought for the arrest of the suspect and
the vehicle recovered. The suspect was transported to Chimney Rock and I-10 and
released. The vehicle was towed. Hertz was notified of the recovery.
8/25/20 at 2030 Hours. 8500 Block of Katy Freeway.
Theft. The store clerk advised officers that 2 males had entered the store. One
went to the front counter and was looking at cigarettes while the other subject
took 2 cases of beer from a cooler. As the subject with the beer approached the
front, both quickly exited the store and jumped into a small red vehicle before
fleeing the area. The only description was 2 black males one wearing a
“curled-up” cowboy hat. The clerk was reviewing surveillance footage. A report
was initiated and forwarded to detectives for their follow up
8/24/20 at 1345 Hours. 11600 Block of Memorial Drive.
Theft. Officers responded to the area in reference to a delayed theft report.
Officers learned that church staff were checking school buses when they learned
that the catalytic converters had been removed sometime over the past 2-3 months
from several vehicles. It appears that the converters had been cut from the
exhaust systems. Due to lack of fresh evidence it appeared the thefts had
occurred some time ago. Information was
collected and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.
8/26/20 at 1615 Hours. 11700 Block of Taylorcrest.
Identity Theft. The victim reported that
he received notice of a fraudulent attempt to open a line of credit using his
personal information from his credit monitoring company. Even though the
monitoring service had flagged the account as fraud, a bank awarded the account
anyway. The victim was able to close the account before it was used.
Information was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up
8/25/20 at 1400 Hours. 1-100 Block of Farnham Park.
Fraud. The victim reported that he was notified by his credit monitoring
company of someone attempting to open a charge account using his personal
information. The transaction had been stopped by the service. A report was
generated at the request of the victim as per the monitoring service so
additional investigation could occur. Detectives were also notified of the
8/26/20 at 0830 Hours. 200 Block of Millbrook.
Burglary of a Habitation/No force. Officers responded to the area in reference
to a delayed burglary. Upon arrival officers learned that sometime during the
night unknown persons had entered the open garage and went through 2 unlocked
vehicles in the garage and garage cabinets. A pellet gun had been taken from a
cabinet. A short timer later a neighbor reported locating the pellet gun in a
nearby ditch. A check of a video doorbell detected movement at 0440 hours
however, no one can be seen on the video. Nothing other than the pellet gun
appear to have been taken. A crime scene specialist processed the scene for
latent fingerprint evidence. Information was obtained and provided to
detectives for their follow up investigation.