IHOP in South Montgomery County Gets Robbed

Early this morning, July 23, 2014, around 2:00 AM, Montgomery County Sheriff Office Deputies were dispatched to the IHOP Restaurant in the 25000 Block of Interstate 45, in South Montgomery County.
Deputies learned when they arrived that four (4) dark skinned males, three of which were armed with handguns, entered the IHOP restaurant and demanded money from customers and employees. No one was injured.
The suspects fled in either a red pickup truck or a silver passenger car that had a black fender on the driver’s side.
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit is currently investigating this robbery.
Anyone with information of the other suspect(s) involved in the Aggravated Robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-392-STOP (7867) or Detective Chris Ansley, with the MCSO Major Crimes Unit at 936-760-5876.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest or indictment of a felony crime. Call 800-392-STOP (7867). Anonymous tips can also be made through the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers WEB PAGE at
http://www.montgomerycountycrimestoppers.org.

An Event to Honor Judge Alan Sadler Will be Held in September

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Montgomery County Judge Alan “Barb” Sadler will be honored on Saturday night, September 13, 2014 at the Lone Star Convention Center in Conroe, Texas by a joint effort of the Conroe Symphony Orchestra and the Rotary Club of Conroe.
Judge Sadler has served Montgomery County since 1990 when he was elected to his first term as County Judge. He will retire after 24 years as the longest serving County Judge in Montgomery County history or any other similar sized Texas County. Judge Sadler will be regaled by prominent “roasters” and thanked for his 24 years of service at the Lone Star Convention Center. The event features the full Conroe Symphony Orchestra, outstanding food and wines/beverages, valet parking, both a silent and live auction and an event tribute to a “political icon” of Texas.
By working in harmony with Montgomery County Commissioners Court, Judge Sadler’s legacy to Montgomery County includes the Lone Star Convention Center, Lone Star Airport development, Criminal Justice and County Administrative facilities and an outstanding county-wide road system. His leadership has provided these improvements while maintaining one of the lowest tax rates among highly populated counties in the State of Texas.
Please join Barb Sadler and his family as we raise a glass to toast this “icon of Texas History” before he retires. Funds raised at this dinner will advance the community service activities of the Conroe Symphony Orchestra and the Rotary Club of Conroe. Event sponsorships and information on this event are available by contacting SadlerRoast@gmail.com or Nick Davis at 832-375-2684 or Dr. Aline Arnold at 936-203-2849.

Man Flees the Scene after Driving a Car that Rolled Over, Ejecting Baby Boy

The Department of Public Safety is continuing to investigate an accident, in which they say a five-month-old baby boy was ejected from the car, and the person who was driving fled the scene. The driver was traveling at a high rate of speed on east Williams and lost control when he got to south Williams. The car left the roadway and flipped over. The driver then fled the scene. The baby was lying on the road face down and bleeding. DPS officials say the baby is in stable condition.

Courtesy of Scott Engle

Courtesy of Scott Engle

Courtesy of Scott Engle

Courtesy of Scott Engle

Courtesy of Scott Engle

Courtesy of Scott Engle

Governor Perry Deploys Texas National Guard Troops to Border

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today directed Texas Adjutant General John Nichols to immediately begin preparations for the deployment of up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. These troops will support the Texas Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) ongoing law enforcement surge, Operation Strong Safety, which is focused on combatting criminal activity in the region resulting from the federal government’s failure to adequately secure the border.
Since 2008, more than 203,000 criminal aliens have been booked into Texas county jails. Over the course of their criminal careers, these individuals have committed more than 640,000 crimes in the state of Texas alone, including more than 3,000 homicides and nearly 8,000 sexual assaults.
“There can be no national security without border security, and Texans have paid too high a price for the federal government’s failure to secure our border,” Gov. Perry said. “The action I am ordering today will tackle this crisis head-on by multiplying our efforts to combat the cartel activity, human traffickers and individual criminals who threaten the safety of people across Texas and America.”
This deployment builds upon Operation Strong Safety by providing additional personnel that will work seamlessly and side by side with law enforcement officials. It also builds on the National Guard’s existing border presence, which has been utilizing air assets to patrol the region looking for illegal activity.
Texas has already seen results from Operation Strong Safety – from week 1 to week 3 of operations, apprehensions of illegal immigrants have dropped by 36 percent, from more than 6,600 per week to 4,200 per week in the area of operation.
Two weeks ago, Gov. Perry met with President Barack Obama to discuss the ongoing humanitarian and national security crises occurring along the Texas-Mexico border. At this meeting, the governor reiterated his request for the president to activate 1,000 Title 32 National Guard troops to temporarily support border security operations until 3,000 additional Border Patrol personnel can be trained and deployed. Unlike the governor’s activation which will be paid for by Texas taxpayer dollars, a Title 32 activation would have provided additional, federally funded personnel to be used at the state’s discretion.

Mosquitoes Posititve for West Nile in South Montgomery County

Now that the 2014 West Nile Virus season is upon us, Montgomery County continues its year-round efforts to locate and identify areas of the county where pools of West Nile positive mosquitoes exist. Keeping the focus on the areas where positive mosquitoes have been discovered and eliminating their breeding sites will reduce the mosquito population and minimize the number of human West Nile virus cases. “There have been no positive West Nile human cases in Montgomery County this year,” said, Jennifer Nichols-Contella, Spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Public Health District. Precinct Three Commissioner, James Noack, is on a mission to make sure it stays that way. There have been positive cases of West Nile in mosquitoes tested in South County with the majority of the positive tests in The Woodlands Township. As soon as positive mosquito test results are received, Precinct 3 Mosquito Abatement initiates a treatment protocol that includes sending crews to the infected areas to spray the vicinity including storm drains, catch basins and driveway culverts during the day as well as road and county right-of-ways at night.
West Nile is a mosquito-borne virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the West Nile virus is spread through mosquito bites. Mosquitoes get the virus from birds and then pass it on to other birds, animals and people. There have been no concerns related to dead birds and no birds have tested positive for West Nile in Montgomery County. Up to 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms. However, some infections can result in serious illness or death. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, there are two forms of the illness, West Nile neuroinvasive disease (WNND) and West Nile fever (WN fever). The symptoms of severe infection from West Nile neuroinvasive disease include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis. West Nile fever is the milder form of the illness. Symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, and occasionally a skin rash on the trunk of the body and swollen lymph glands. DSHS reported 183 human cases of West Nile in Texas last year and 14 deaths. The Montgomery County Public Health District suggests that anyone who shows similar symptoms should see their healthcare provider right away. People over 50 years of age and those with weak immune systems are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if they become infected with the virus.
“Prevention is a key component,” said, Dr. Syed Ibrahim, Chief Epidemiologist at the Montgomery County Public Health District. “Residents need to wear protective clothing when outdoors, and make their home unattractive to mosquitoes by emptying containers that may collect rainwater and sprinkler water,” said, Ibrahim. Experts believe that the West Nile Virus is a seasonal epidemic of the summer months, just like influenza is to winter. However, West Nile virus can be transmitted year-round whenever mosquitoes are biting, which is why it is best to protect yourself all year.
Your best defense against West Nile is to practice these four habits:
1. Use an approved insect repellent every time you go outside. Approved repellents are those that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Follow the instructions on the label.
2. Regularly drain standing water, including water that collects in empty cans, tires, buckets, clogged rain gutters and saucers under potted plants. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water.
3. Wear long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
4. Use air conditioning or make sure there are screens on all doors and windows to keep mosquitoes from entering the home.

For more information about West Nile Virus and a West Nile fact sheet, please visit the Texas Department of State Health Services Website at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/arboviral/westnile/

One Elderly Female Killed in Accident in New Waverly that Injured Others

Press Release from the New Waverly Volunteer Fire Department facebook page:
A sad update; we have learned an elderly female transported from this accident has passed away as a result of her injuries. A total of five victims were transported, 3 by ambulance and 2 by PHI medical helicopters.

Original Press Release from the New Waverly Volunteer Fire Department facebook page:
Huntsville and New Waverly Firefighters responded Saturday evening to the first of two serious accidents this weekend. A van rolled over on Interstate 45 in Huntsville at the 112 mile marker, landing on its side and trapping one occupant. New Waverly Firefighters responded to assist the Huntsville Fire Department, working together with hydraulic cutters to open the roof of the van and free the trapped victim.
Sunday morning, New Waverly and Huntsville firefighters were called to another serious accident on FM 1374 near the New Birth Assembly of God Church west of New Waverly. The first crews on scene found that a Dodge pickup and a Jeep Wrangler had collided in front of the church, leaving the
Jeep on its side with one person reported trapped. Walker County EMS and New Waverly firefighters were able to quickly free the victim from the Jeep and Walker County EMS transported two victims to Conroe Regional Medical Center and two to Huntsville Memorial Hospital.
All of the victims transported from these accident scenes are transported in stable condition and are expected to recover from their injuries.
Huntsville and New Waverly Firefighters routinely respond to assist each other on major accidents, especially when there are reports of trapped victims.

Courtesy of New Waverly Volunteer Fire Department

Courtesy of New Waverly Volunteer Fire Department