Monthly Archives: March 2017

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Investigators in Montgomery County say in March information was developed about the sale and distribution of marijuana, marijuana wax, and marijuana infused edibles in the Montgomery County area. On March 27 members of the Montgomery County Narcotics Enforcement Team (MOCONET) and Conroe Police executed a Narcotics Search Warrant in the 19000 block of FM 1314 in Conroe, Texas.

As a result of the search warrant, approximately 10.6 pounds of hydroponic grown marijuana, 14 kilograms of marijuana infused edibles, 11 ounces of marijuana wax, 302 marijuana infused Vape pens, $11,639 in U.S. Currency, and 2 firearms were seized.

As Detectives were conducting their investigation and performing a search of the premises, multiple vehicles arrived on location throughout the night, driven by individuals coming to purchase narcotics from the occupants of the residence.

As a result of this investigation, five individuals were taken into custody.

Daniel Marquardt, Shannan Moore, and Cody Pittman were all placed in custody for Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance (First Degree Felony) and Money Laundering (State Jail Felony). Donald Sullivan was taken into custody for Possession of a Controlled Substance (Third Degree Felony), and Walter Cordaro was taken into custody for Possession of Marijuana (Misdemeanor B).

MOCONET is a cooperative, multi-agency task force which consists of law enforcement agencies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Walker County Sheriff’s Office, Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constables Offices, Texas Department of Public Safety-CID, Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Walker County District Attorney’s Office, Customs and Border Protection – Houston Air and Marine Operations, and Homeland Security Investigations.  Participating agencies recognize that a special collaborative effort is necessary to more effectively combat the drug distribution and collection of drug proceeds throughout the area.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office encourages those who have knowledge of illegal narcotics use or sales to please contact Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392- STOP

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A former U.S. Congressman and one of his associates were indicted today for their roles in orchestrating a scheme to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from charitable foundations and the individuals who ran those foundations. Some of the funds were used to illegally finance the politician’s campaigns for public office and to pay for his personal expenses and those of his associates. Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez of the Southern District of Texas and Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division made the announcement along with Assistant Director in Charge Andrew W. Vale of the FBI’s Washington Field Office and Special Agent in Charge D. Richard Goss of IRS – Criminal Investigation (CI), Houston Field Office.
Former U.S. Representative Stephen E. Stockman, 60, of Clear Lake, and the former director of special projects in Stockman’s congressional office, Jason Posey, 46, formerly of the Houston area, were charged in a 28-count superseding indictment with mail and wire fraud, conspiracy, making false statements to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), making excessive campaign contributions and money laundering. Stockman is also charged with filing a false tax return that concealed his receipt and personal use of the fraudulent proceeds, while Posey is charged with falsifying an affidavit in order to obstruct an FEC investigation. Thomas Dodd, a former special assistant in Stockman’s congressional office, pleaded guilty to his involvement in the scheme on March 20, 2017.  
 
According to the superseding indictment, from May 2010 to October 2014, Stockman solicited approximately $1,250,000 in donations based on false pretenses. Specifically, the indictment alleges that in 2010, Stockman diverted a significant portion of $285,000 donated to charitable causes to pay for his and Dodd’s own personal expenses and to further Stockman’s own interests. The indictment further alleges that in 2011 and 2012, Stockman and Dodd received an additional $165,000 in charitable donations, much of which Stockman used to finance his 2012 congressional campaign. 
 
Shortly after Stockman took office in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, he and Dodd allegedly used the name of a nonprofit entity to solicit and receive a $350,000 charitable donation. Stockman allegedly used this donation for a variety of personal and campaign expenses, including illegal conduit campaign contributions, a covert surveillance project targeting a perceived political opponent and payments associated with Stockman’s U.S. Senate campaign in early 2014. 
 
The superseding indictment further alleges that in connection with Stockman’s Senate campaign, Posey used a nonprofit entity to secure a $450,571 donation in order to fund a mass-mailing project attacking Stockman’s opponent. Only approximately half of the donation was spent on the mail campaign, and Posey used a portion of the unspent balance to pay for expenses associated with Stockman’s Senate campaign and to fund personal expenses, according to the charges.
 
The FBI and IRS-CI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Annis of the Southern District of Texas and Trial Attorneys Ryan J. Ellersick and Robert J. Heberle of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section are prosecuting the case. 
 

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One 3/24/17 around 2:30 a Pct. 4 deputy witnessed several individuals walk underneath a bridge just north of Northpark on Highway 59.  The deputy couldn’t stop at that time since he was enroute to back up another deputy.  Soon after he returned and walked under the bridge he witnessed Russom, Eric 3/29/75 from Splendora, TX, Arriola, Jonathan 6/4/99 from Kingwood, TX and Rybinski, Gabriel 7/29/98, also from Kingwood, TX all spray painting the structure under the bridge.  An investigation also showed Russom to be in possession of marijuana “wax”.  All three subjects have been charged with felony graffiti and Russom also charged with felony possession of a controlled substance.

Constable Hayden stated he’s proud of his deputy’s actions.  They go above and beyond daily, getting out of their vehicles and investigation suspicious activities which lead to arrests and ultimately making the area a great place for you and your families.

Arrested:

Russom, Eric (date of birth 3/29/1975)                                                                                       State Jail Felony – Graffiti                                                                   State Jail Felony – PCS (wax marijuana)

Arriola, Jonathan (date of birth 6/4/1999)                                                      State Jail Felony – Graffiti

Rybinski, Gabriel (date of birth 7/29/98)                                                                  State Jail Felony – Graffiti

Crime Stoppers and The Texas Attorney General’s Office – Houston Fugitive Apprehension Office, need the public’s assistance locating Fugitive Alvin Eugene Johnson.

On August 31, 1976, Johnson was convicted of Sexual Assault of a Child in Harris County, TX and sentenced to 2 years confinement. The victim was an 11 year old female.

On September 30, 2015, the Texas Board of Pardon and Parole issued warrant #02039356 for Johnson who is currently on parole for Delivery of Cocaine.

On September 20, 2016, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office issued warrant #1524376 for Fail to Comply as a Sex Offender.

Johnson is described as a black male, black/gray hair, brown eyes, 5’9″ tall and weighs approximately 170 lbs. Johnson has tattoos on his right forearm and chest.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org. Tips may also be sent via a text message by texting the following: TIP610 plus the information to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous.


​The Factor has learned a veteran Houston police officer has left the force while facing an internal investigation. 
Our sources say officer Bruce Johnson, who’s been with the department for 22 years, is retiring. 
This comes after he found himself the target of an internal investigation. 
You may remember it was back in February when Johnson shot a man who was burglarizing his home. 
He says he received an alert on his phone that his home was being targeted. 
Johnson was relieved of duty that day because there were questions about him also physically assaulting the suspect. 
HPD confirms Johnson’s retired on March 9th. 


Previous report on Johnson:
HOUSTON (FOX 26) – Houston police say an off-duty officer shot a man several times after he caught him breaking into his home. The officer, Bruce Johnson, a 22-year HPD veteran, received a message on his phone from his alarm system that there was an intruder at his house.
When he got to his house on Yorkdale Road, authorities say he saw the man attempting to leave his house, with several of his items.
The man, who police describe as a black male in his 30s, apparently pulled a pickle knife out of his pocket and attempted to lunge at Johnson. 
Chief Art Acevedo says that’s when Johnson discharged several rounds of ammunition, striking the suspect numerous times.There was also a physical altercation. When police arrived, they found the suspect wounded on the street.
He was transported to Ben Taub Hospital where he underwent surgery. HPD says his status is not known, but he was shot numerous times. Officer Johnson did not sustain any serious injuries.
“When you have somebody in full uniform, in a full police uniform and you start fighting that individual and you pull a weapon on them you can almost be assured you’re probably going to get shot, you don’t take out a weapon and engage a person in this uniform,” said Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.
Officer Johnson has been placed on administrative leave while HPD conducts its criminal and administrative investigation.

There will be more than 100 residents traveling to Austin TOMORROW from Houston and Dallas to speak at the TxDOT Transportation Meeting

At last month’s meeting, Senator Borris Miles raised the issue of the lack of minority contractors being selected for projects relating to the Highway 288 Project, located in his district (Senate District 13). 

TxDOT originally committed to 12% of contractors selected would come from their Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program. 

Miles says to date, they have only been able to commit to a 6% DBE participation rate, with less than one percent going towards African American contractors.

 

More than 100 residents will be traveling to speak at the TxDOT Transportation Meeting from HOUSTON and DALLAS to share why minority participation is important to the community.

 

ALL MEDIA IS INVITED TO ATTEND.

TOMORROW, March 28, 2017

1PM

Ric Williamson Hearing Room on the 1st Floor

125 East 11th St.

Austin, Texas 78701


​On March 27, 2017, Defendant Jeffrey Michael Chaney, 59, pled guilty and was sentenced to 60 years for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, a 2nd Degree Felony.  The plea and sentencing took place in the 435th District Court, Judge Patty Maginnis presiding.    
On Sunday, July 3, 2016, Crystal Rushmore’s estranged father, the defendant Jeffrey Michael Chaney, accosted her at her apartment complex as she was putting her one month old daughter into the car.  He persuaded her to return with him to her apartment so that they could speak.  Once inside the apartment the defendant began telling Crystal that he was high and had done something very bad and was going back to prison.  Based on his words and actions, Crystal began to fear that her father was about to rape and murder her and her infant child.  The defendant pulled a large carving knife and held it to Crystal’s throat demanding money to help him get out of town and forced her to drive him to the Wells Fargo Bank on West Davis Street in Conroe where he planned to empty her bank account. When the defendant exited the car at the bank, Crystal drove away and called law enforcement. The defendant was located by the Conroe Police Department shortly afterwards walking down FM 2854 in Conroe. 
On the day of trial, faced with a litany of punishment evidence, including the victims of his prior convictions for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child and Burglary of a Habitation, the defendant decided to plead guilty and accept a 60 year aggravated prison sentence. The defendant will not be eligible for parole until he is almost 90 years old. He is presently on parole for Burglary of a Habitation, which does not expire until 2040. 
Lead Prosecutor Amy Waddle: “The defendant has devastated too many lives during his time in the free world, but no more. His 60 year sentence will hopefully mean a lifetime of peace for those he has victimized.”

LIFE IN PRISON FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING THREE CHILDREN! 

On Thursday, March 23, 2017 Judge Kathleen Hamilton in the 359th District Court 

sentenced Joseph Kevin Adamick to Life in prison on Continuous Sexual Assault of a Child. 

This was after a jury of Montgomery County citizens found him guilty on February 3, 2017. 

This Life sentence is for offenses that occurred between May and October of 2014. On 

October 24, 2014 officers were dispatched for a report of sexual abuse involving a child 

as young as four years old. The children were then interviewed at Children’s Safe Harbor 

and had Sexual Assault Nurse Examinations. During this process, Detectives learned that 

this Defendant had sexually assaulted three children under the age of ten over a course 

of time, on multiple occasions, and across multiple county lines. 

Detective Shannon Spencer, who is assigned to the Special Victims/Crimes Against

Children Unit, conducted the investigation for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. 

During the investigation, Det. Spencer discovered other prior victims for which Adamick 

had never been prosecuted. The case was charged by the District Attorney’s Office as 

Continuous Sexual Assault of a Child, involving 3 victims and two counties. The charge 

carried a range of punishment from 25 years to Life in prison, with no possibility for

parole. After five days of testimony, the jury found the defendant guilty as charged of 

Continuous Sexual Assault of a Child. The defendant elected to go to the Judge for 

punishment.

During the punishment phase of the trial, Assistant District Attorneys Rochelle Guiton and 

Lora Ciborowski presented evidence to the Judge about three additional victims of sexual 

abuse. After hearing evidence of three more victims, Judge Hamilton rendered her 

verdict of Life without parole. The Defendant had only one prior felony conviction for 

theft and other misdemeanor convictions, including Assault Family Violence and