From now thru Tuesday, we are expecting extremely cold
temperatures along with the possibility of freezing rain and/or snow to hit the
Houston metropolitan area. Temperatures may reach as low as 16 degrees.
Residents may want to consider turning off sprinkler systems during this
anticipated cold snap. Systems that do not have automatic drains should be
manually drained or winterized. (There are several on-line How-to Videos on
this subject). City crews are already
scheduling to turn off sprinklers along many roadways and center esplanades.
Anyone out driving is also asked to use extra caution as black ice may be
present along with any run-off from residential sprinkler systems. Of course,
bridges will almost always ice up first, so when crossing bridges on South
Piney Point, Voss, San Felipe or Memorial, please slow down and use extra
caution. City crews are stocking up on sand just in case.
Walkers, runners and cyclists will need to be extra
careful on sidewalks, again due to any operational sprinkler systems over
spraying onto walkways and paths.
Residents with swimming pools may want to check with
your pool service company or your pool manufacturer for specific recommendations
as how best to protect pumps and pipes from freezing. Alternatively, keeping
your pumps running and the water moving to avoid freezing.
Also don’t forget outdoor pets will need some extra
protection during this cold spell. Make
sure that pets have access to a warm/protected area, along with fresh
non-frozen water. Tropical and other mild weather plants should be covered up
during the coldest hours and overnight.
If you leave your vehicles outside and you decide to
warm them up in the morning, be sure they are locked and not left open, running
and unattended. Criminals like to use cold mornings to look for crimes of
opportunity and stealing an already running vehicle makes it very tempting.
Many businesses and offices are closed Monday due to
Presidents Day, so hopefully traffic should be light throughout the day. But,
again, if you need to go out, to work or school, plan on needing a little extra
time and of course slow down. We will have our officers out looking for slick
spots as well as aggressive drivers in order to keep everyone as safe as
NOTE: There will be NO trash pick up in Bunker Hill on
Don’t forget Sunday is Valentine’s Day. With the
continuing COVID-19 business limitations, many restaurants will be at capacity
throughout the weekend. If you do go out, don’t forget the proper COVID-19
protocols that include face masks and social distancing. With that, I want to
thank the residents who have sent us sweets this week for Valentines. We have
been treated to 4 pounds of chocolate, truffles, donuts and Kolaches. As
always, thank you for thinking of our officers and dispatchers. Your generosity is very much appreciated.
The ALPR system has had another busy week resulting in
several recoveries and arrests. Read more about these cases in this week’s
Crime Report below.
This week I received notice from Officer Frank Lerma
that he has decided that the time is right for him to enter the next Chapter of
his life and retire. Over the past 6 years, Frank has served as the departments
Community Liaison Officer where he has welcomed hundreds of new residents to
the Villages. He has also conducted
countless home safety inspections and helped resolve a myriad of unique
community and neighborhood conflicts.
Frank will be greatly missed by all of us at MVPD. He will finish up the
next two weeks closing out some lose ends. Frank looks forward to spending more
time in the Hill Country and with family and friends. Stay tuned for more about
Frank in next week’s V-linc.
Wishing everyone a safe wintery weekend. Stay
warm and please don’t forget about your pets.
Chief Ray Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekly Crime Report
2/6/21 at 1415 Hours. 200 Block of Plantation.
Forgery/Theft of Mail. The victim
reported that she received notice of possible fraudulent activity on her
checking account. Upon checking her bank account, she located several checks
that had been intercepted, washed and reissued to people whom she did not know.
The checks had been mailed at a mailbox located near the CVS pharmacy located
in the 12400 block of Memorial Drive.
Information about the checks was obtained from the victim. All banking
information will be provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.
2/10/21 at 1400 Hours. 300 Block of Tamerlaine. Theft.
The victim reported sometime over the previous 24-48 hours unknown person(s)
had removed outdoor speakers from the rear patio of his home. Information about the theft was obtained and
provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.
2/6/21 at 1830 Hours. 100 Block of Radney Road.
Unlawful Use of a Stolen Motor Vehicle/Evading/Felony Warrant. Officers were
alerted to a stolen motor vehicle entering the villages on Piney Point Road
from I-10. Officers were checking the area and located the vehicle traveling
near Greenbay Road. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle which failed to
yield. As the vehicle approached Memorial it quickly stopped, and a female ran
from the vehicle before the driver took off continuing across Memorial onto
Radney. At Radney the driver jumped from the moving vehicle which then rolled
into a tree. Officers located and took the female into custody. A perimeter was
set-up to look for the male suspect. A K9 team from HPD assisted and was able
to track the suspect who was found hiding in some bushes. The suspect refused
to exit the bushes, he was then assisted out of the bushes by the K9. After a visit to the hospital for a dog bite
the 20-year-old male was booked into the Harris County Jail. The female was
found to have an outstanding felony warrant for her arrest. The vehicle was
recovered and towed.
2/8/21 at 1045 Hours. 2200 S. Piney Point. Unlawful
Use of a Stolen Motor Vehicle/Evading/Habitual Offender. Officers were alerted
to a stolen vehicle entering the villages on S. Piney Point Road. While looking
for the vehicle it was observed traveling on a dead-end residential street. As
officers attempted to stop the vehicle, it failed to yield. When the vehicle
accelerated officers disengaged. Officers notified HPD of the vehicle as it
entered Houston. The stolen vehicle was later involved in an accident where 2
suspects were taken into custody. One was 17 and the other was 15 years of age.
The 17-year-old had been arrested for residential burglary a week prior, he
also had additional prior burglary charges and was wearing an ankle bracelet as
part of his release. The 17-year-old was
booked into the Harris County Jail and the 15-year-old was turned over to a
parent due to him claiming to have been injured. An arrest warrant will be
issued for the 15-year-old. The vehicle was recovered and towed.
2/9/21 at 1900 Hours. 1-100 block of Smithdale
Estates. Theft. The victim went to retrieve a package from her front porch.
Upon picking up the package she realized it was very light. A check of the box
found the bottom had been opened and the item inside was missing. Information
about the item and delivery was obtained and provided to detectives for their
follow up investigation.
2/10/21 at 1430 Hours. 1-100 block of Windemere.
Credit Card Abuse. The victim reported that upon receiving an alert from his
financial institution he checked his banking statements and located several
false charges that he did not make or authorize. The purchases were from
on-line accounts and delivered to an address on Fondren. Information about the charges and the Fondren
address was obtained and provided to detectives who are working the case.
2/10/21 at 1900 Hours. 600 Block of Blalock Road.
Unlawful Use of a Stolen Motor Vehicle. Officers were alerted to a stolen
vehicle out of Killeen, Texas entering the villages on San Felipe Road.
Officers located the vehicle as it was turning onto Blalock and initiated a
traffic stop. Officers took 2 suspects
into custody and located a firearm inside of the vehicle. Through investigation
officers learned the vehicle had been taken by a former boyfriend of the victim.
The DA declined charges at this time due to the relationship. The vehicle was
towed, and the firearm collected as the owner of the firearm could not be
2/11/21 at 1800 Hours. 500 Block of Blalock.
Fraudulently Obtaining Unemployment Benefits.
The victim reported that she received notice from her employer of a
false claim being initiated with the Texas Workforce Commission. The victim is
still employed. The claim was opened using her personal identifiers.
Information about the claim was collected and provided to detectives who will
work with the TWC investigators.
2/8/21 at 1715 Hours. 1200 Block of River Bend.
Fraud. The victim, who upon reviewing
his bank statement found a charge for a phone that he did not buy or order. It
was purchased using his sons name but his credit card information. The son had
not bought a phone. Soon afterwards a phone was delivered to the victim’s home
but with the name of another person whom he did not know. The phone had been
purchased with the victim’s credit card information. The phone was collected by
MVPD personnel and information provided to detectives for their follow up
investigation. The house was placed on a close watch as the victim was
concerned someone may show up looking for the phone.
2/10/21 at 1200 Hours. Voss at Memorial Drive. Failure
to Stop and Give Information (Hit and Run). Officers were dispatched to a hit
and run traffic accident. After receiving a description of the fleeing vehicle,
officers located the vehicle on a nearby ALPR and were able to obtain a license
plate and identify the driver. An arrest
warrant is pending for the driver of the fleeing orange pickup truck.