This week has been unlike anything we have ever seen
before in the Houston area. Several of our officers have described this week as
having a Hurricane, in the middle of the Winter. No power, no water, no
supplies, no cell service, no phones and no internet for days. The difference
being, instead of being hot and sweaty due to no air conditioning, we have been
freezing due to no heat. Instead of
having driving problems due to flooding, downed trees and wires. We are having
driving problems due to snow, ice and frozen roads. Clean-up and repairs just
like a hurricane, will take weeks.
I want to thank the city teams and water authority
staff that have been working around the clock on the water system, shutting
down water lines and reestablishing village wide water service. They have
addressed hundreds of cases of broken pipes. Public works crews, VFD and MVPD
officers turned off water at hundreds of homes and continue to do so, as we now
discover vacated properties where broken pipes have flooded homes. Thanks to
the residents who loaned us their water shut off tools. Those assisted us
greatly in getting water turned off.
Since Monday, our dispatch center tele-communicator
personnel have been answering thousands of calls. Besides our regular calls
they have also answered calls for the water authority and dispatching their
crews to pipe breaks. We brought in
extra staff keeping 3, and at times 4, 911 operators busy. If you were one of
the very few who were placed on hold or had to callback, we apologize. These
same dispatchers also answer 911 calls and on a couple of occasions
non-emergency calls were accidentally dropped as 911 calls came in, those are
always the priority.
We have been housing officers and dispatchers at
nearby hotels (including some without power/water) and in the station. We
worked from generator power for 4 days. Also, like most of you, we have not had
water and had to commandeer a port-a-potty and set-up it outside in our
sallyport area. A portable electric heater was set up inside of it making it
Staff has been cooking on our grill when we can.
Peanut butter and jelly, along with cans of soup have been the food of choice.
On Wednesday, Mayor Pappas and Matt from Federal Grill provided a hot meal.
Karen Glynn the City Manger from Bunker Hill found an open grocery store that
also helped stock up our food supplies with power bars and protein bars. The
MVPD Foundation has been cooking hot dogs and anything else they have been able
to gather up.
Village officials including Karen Glynn and her staff
have been taking calls forwarded from our dispatch center that effect Bunker
Hill water customers as has Tom Fullen the City Manager from Hunters Creek.
Beside water and power, trash has also become somewhat of a concern. Trash is
now being picked up in the villages, but only household trash. Construction
debris will need to be discarded off/hauled away by your contractors doing any
repairs. The MVPD wants to thank the staff from all 3 villages who have
assisted during this crisis. When we have needed something to happen, they,
along with the Mayors made sure it was done.
So, besides dealing with all of the weather-related
issues we also had some criminals show up and try to take advantage of the
on-going weather events. A duo of women
decided to steal mail from mailboxes throughout Piney Point Village during the
storm while another guy was pulling on car door handles. Officers located and arrested the 2 female
mail thieves and returned them to the Harris County Jail. The car burglar
unfortunately has not yet been caught. Please ensure that your vehicles are
locked. This week’s auto burglary was found on video just strolling down Knipp
pulling on the car door handles looking for unlocked cars. Read more about these cases below in the
Mail Theft Update: Our detectives have been following
up on several leads in reference to our recent string of mail thefts and the
washing of checks. This week detectives were able to identify a suspect in some
of our most recent cases. They have submitted an arrest warrant for the suspect
to the DA’s Office and are awaiting the warrant to be issued. This week’s storm
has slowed down the issuance of the warrant but as soon as it is issued, we
plan on arresting the suspect. More details as soon as we have the warrant in
hand and our suspect in custody.
The Birdies for Blues Golf Tournament that was
scheduled for this week was cancelled due to a multitude of reasons. The Lee
brothers are working on scheduling a makeup day that should occur sometime in
the next couple of weeks. Individual players will receive an email with more
specifics as the details are worked out.
Thank you for your understanding and patience.
It has been a year since we hosted a RAD Training
Class and several of you have been asking when we could start the program back
up. Officer Michelle Owens has been working with instructors statewide and they
have developed a way to continue the training in this post-COVID environment.
The next RAD Class is scheduled for March 1-4, 2021. Time of the classes will
be from 10am-1:30pm and will held at the Memorial Drive Christian Church of
Houston located at 11750 Memorial Drive. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic,
participants should be paired with a relative or close friend. The physical
part of the self-defense class will be between the participant and their
relative/friend/partner only, in order to not have any close contact with
others. Other specific safety protocols
will be in place along with frequent sanitation of all equipment. Mask wearing
will be mandatory by all participants and instructors. If you and a partner
would like to reserve your places in the RAD class, please contact Officer
Owens at email@example.com The class will be kept small so reserve you place
Last night/this morning was hopefully our last freeze
and the conclusion of the weather portion of the “Great Ice Storm of 2021”. The
only thing left will be a lengthy clean up. As part of the clean up effort and
continuing damage assessment we received this email notice from the Texas
Department of Emergency Management. Residents who suffered direct damage, as a
result of this week’s storm, are asked to complete the attached assessment
Governor announced a statewide effort to collect damage assessment data for
this unprecedented event. This information is being collected to help officials
across the state gain an understanding of damages for individuals throughout
Texas. EMCs will have direct access to all reporting via WebEoc on the Recovery
Common Operating Picture Board.
objective in this effort is to demonstrate the scale of this disaster at the
local level. As such, this will be a local effort with support from the state.
Consider pushing out the access link and QR code on social media for the best
results. Our previous use of this product has yielded excellent results in
multiple large disasters. With this detailed information, we will be able to
demonstrate the total impact statewide.
success of this effort will assist the local jurisdiction with the eligibility
to potential federal programs.
Have a good weekend. Chief Ray Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekly Crime Report
2/12/21 at 1215 Hours. 11500 Block of Shadow Way.
Falsely Obtaining Unemployment Benefits/Fraud. The victim reported that she was
notified by her employer that an unemployment claim has been initiated by an
unknown individual who had used the victim’s SSN during the application
process. Information about the fraud was obtained and provided to detectives
and TWC Investigators for their follow-up investigation.
2/12/21 at 1745 Hours. 11500 Block of Memorial Drive.
Forgery. The victim reported that while reviewing banking statements she
noticed a check that she did not recognize and was out of sequence. A closer
examination found that an unknown person had created a fake check and cashed it
for several thousand dollars. Information about the check was obtained and provided
to detectives for their follow up investigation.
2/14/21 at 1400 Hours. 1-100 Block of Windemere. Mail
Theft. Officers were alerted to a mail theft in progress occurring in the
Windemere neighborhood. The suspects were described as 2 females in a small
silver sedan with tinted windows that had bubbled. As officers were responding
to the area, they observed a vehicle matching the description heading north in
the 600 block of Blalock and initiated a traffic stop. Inside of the vehicle officers located 105
pieces of mail from multiple addresses and streets in Piney Point. A review of
area video footage showed both females removing mail from mailboxes. The
neighborhood ALPR confirmed the vehicle as being involved in the crimes. At the
time of the traffic stop the females had provided false information to
officers. After obtaining their fingerprints, their true identities were
determined. Both have prior criminal histories. The 31 and 33-year-old females
were booked into the Harris County Jail on a sundry of charges.
2/13/21 at 2115 Hours. 500 Block of Three Corners.
Failure to stop and give information. Officers were dispatched to the area in
reference to a hit and run driver. Upon arrival officers spoke with the victim
who had their parked vehicle hit by a Black Kia that had fled the scene.
Through investigation officers confirmed that a Lyft driver had dropped off
passengers in the area and while leaving stuck a parked car before fleeing.
Officers attempted to gain additional information from Lyft however, they have
been less than cooperative. The investigation remains as active.
2/14/21 at 1230 Hours. 8500 Block of Katy Freeway.
Theft. The victim reported that a black male entered the store and proceeded to
the rear coolers where he removed a case of beer before running from the store.
Officers searched the area for the suspect who was not located. A theft report
2/15/21 at 1015 Hours. 300 Block of Knipp Road.
Burglary of a Vehicle. Victim reported that sometime during the night, someone
had entered the unlocked vehicle and rummaged through the interior. A review of
area video surveillance showed during the storm a male subject wearing a gray
hoodie and a backpack with dark pants and shoes had entered the vehicle at around
0330 hours. The male suspect was walking on foot and was possibly a transient.
Information was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up
2/15/21 at 1115 Hours. 11900 Block of Broken Bough.
Burglary of a Vehicle. Victim reported that during the night an unknown subject
had entered their unlocked vehicle and taken a pair of sunglasses. A nearby
video camera captured an image of a subject walking in the area matching the
description of the auto burglary suspect from Knipp Road walking in the area
pulling on car door handles. Information
was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.
2/15/21 at 1330 Hours. 12300 Block of Longworth. Mail
Theft/Forgery. The victim reported that
upon reviewing his bank statement he located a check that he did not recognize.
Further review found that a check he had regionally issued and mailed had been
intercepted and washed. The check was originally made out to the Harris County
Tax Collector but was now changed to an unknown individual and had been cashed.
Information was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up
2/18/21 at 1430 Hours. 300 Block of Knipp. Burglary of
a Motor Vehicle. The victim reported that they had not accessed their vehicle
in several days and that upon entering it today, found that an unknown person
had entered it and rummaged through the glovebox and a backpack that was inside
of the vehicle. Information was gathered and provided to detectives for their
follow up investigation.