East Montgomery County wanted to be prepared for Hurricane Harvey so a cooperative effort was planned by the Constable’s Office, the Porter and East Montgomery County Fire Departments as well as other local law enforcement and county offices. Early planning began a weeks before Hurricane Harvey hit as preliminary reports estimated that the storm would drop unprecedented amounts of rain in the area and low lying areas were sure to flood. East Montgomery County had its first ever EOC (Emergency Operations Center) that was housed in the East Montgomery County Fire Department’s Station 153. Most local law enforcement and east county government agencies had members of their staff present in the EOC.
At 2am early Sunday morning on August 27th, Constable Hayden activated the Montgomery County Pct. 4 Constable Swift Water Rescue Team (SWRT). Members of the team immediately began to assemble and prepare for what was going to be a rescue event that would last for days. During the rescues, the SWRT utilized a fleet of high water rescue vehicles, an inflatable rescue boat, a wave runner, and an air boat all-the-while working alongside the fire department rescue teams. From the time the SWRT was activated until the rescue operation was over, the deputies slept alongside the rescue equipment in cots and sleeping bags, attempting to get a few minutes of rest between rescue operations, many only able to get a few hours of sleep a day.
The Constable’s Office rescued families from inside homes, on second story rooftops, even those trapped in trees; overall hundreds were rescued or evacuated from the flood waters. After the waters receded, deputies loaded up coolers with cokes, gatorades, waters and snacks and headed into the hardest hit areas, not only to provide proactive patrols, but also to offer a cold drink to the residents that have lost so much, to reassure them then in time, everything will be ok.
Constable Hayden stated, “I can’t express enough how thankful we are for the food, drinks and supplies that were provided by local businesses and the community to keep the SWRT and patrol deputies on the streets and in the neighborhoods that needed us the most. Our Citizen’s Academy Alumni Assoc. served in the shelters as well as other locations throughout the area. The entire community came together to not only help us help others but also helped each other.”
REWARD OF UP TO $5,000 FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE CHARGING AND/OR ARREST OF THIS AGGRAVATED ROBBERY SUSPECT.
Crime Stoppers and the Houston Police Department’s Homicide Division need the public’s assistance identifying the suspect responsible for an Aggravated Assault – Serious Bodily Injury incident.
On Thursday, August 10, 2017, at approximately 7:30 p.m., a black male suspect viciously assaulted the victim in the 7900 block of South Braeswood Boulevard in Houston, Texas. Without provocation, the suspect began to strike the victim in the face and head, causing the victim to briefly lose consciousness.
The victim sustained severe injuries to their face and head during the assault. A witness took a picture of the suspect during the incident. The suspect fled the location on foot in an unknown direction of travel.
Suspect: Black male, approximately, 5’11”, 180 lbs., wearing a gray shirt over his head, a gray long sleeve shirt, and blue Adidas jogging pants.
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.
HPD Case #1010567-17
County Attorney Vince Ryan advises Hurricane Harvey Flood victims: Know your rights
The recent floods in the Harris County area have been a nightmare for many families struggling to clean up the mess and have repairs made. The Office of Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan offers the following tips to flood victims who rent their apartments or homes:
· If your apartment is unlivable, you have the right to terminate your lease by giving your landlord written notice and obtain a refund of the unused portion of the rent you have paid plus any security deposit that is owed to you. You cannot be charged a penalty for terminating the lease due to unlivable conditions.
· If your landlord offers you another unit because yours is unlivable, you are not required to accept it. If you do accept a new unit, you are not required to enter into a longer lease for the new unit.
· If your apartment is partially damaged, first provide written notice to your landlord of the repairs needed. Make sure you are current on your rent. The landlord is not required to make repairs if you are not current on your rent.
· If your apartment is partially damaged, you may be entitled to a reduction in your rent in proportion to the extent the apartment is unusable. Talk to your landlord. If you cannot reach an agreement, do not withhold any portion of your rent. You may have to file suit seeking a rent reduction. Withholding rent is almost always a bad idea.
· Your landlord is not required to start making repairs to your unit until after the landlord’s insurance company pays him or her for the damage. The bad news is that you must continue to pay rent while you wait for the repairs.
· If the landlord has had a reasonable amount of time but failed to complete repairs, send a second notice to the landlord with a request for an explanation of the delay and explain that you will terminate the lease unless repairs are made or repair the damage yourself and deduct the amount from your rent. You should consult an attorney if you intend to repair the damage yourself.
· You may want to consult the “Tenants’ Rights Handbook” published by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the State Bar of Texas.
· If you have any questions or need additional information please contact theOffice of the Harris County Attorney, 713-755-6065.
Houston police have arrested two suspects who fired shots at HPD officers at 7075 North Freeway at about 1:35 a.m. today (Sept. 8).
The suspects, Victor Antonio Sanchez (H/m, 29) and Jose Valentin Portillo (H/m, 20), are charged with aggravated assault on a police officer in the 263rd and 183rd State District Court respectively. Photos of the suspects are attached to this news release.
HPD Homicide Division Special Investigations Unit Officers O. Garcia-Chavez and M. Carmichael reported:
Three HPD K-9 officers were stationed in a parking lot at the above address with their marked HPD patrol vehicles when they observed a blue Ford F-150 pickup truck traveling westbound in the 300 block of West Rittenhouse Street. They then heard several consecutive gun shots and rounds buzzing over their heads. The officers also saw muzzle flashes coming from inside of the F-150. The officers activated their emergency equipment and attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver (Portillo) refused to stop and a short pursuit ensued. The officers followed the vehicle to the 600 block of Granville and initiated a felony traffic stop in the driveway of 615 Granville Rd. The officers were able to take Portillo and Sanchez into custody. After securing the two suspects, the officers observed a pistol on the front dashboard, as well as a mini AK-47 between the front passenger seat and center console. The officers located three fired cartridges in the 300 block of W. Rittenhouse Street where the shooting originally occurred.
The suspects were interviewed and they both admitted to their roles in the shooting.