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Posts published in March 2016

Multiple Agencies search for fugitive in Crosby

Deputies from Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Public Safety, Precinct 3 Constable’s office, a Houston Police Dept. officer and an “outside agency” searched Dallas Road at Gum Gully from 11:00 a.m. until 1:22 p.m. with helicopter and dogs, on March 24. A resident in the neighborhood said law enforcement were looking for “a guy that had killed somebody and knew the woods like the back of his hand.” Another resident indicated he had seen “a man in a ditch get up with his hands up when the dog came up on him.” Neighter the Sheriff’s Office, Precinct 3, D.P.S. or F.B.I could say what the “outside agency” was searching for as of Tuesday. The Sheriff’s office stated, “I don’t know if anyone was taken into custody in the incident.” in contrast to what resident’s said.

HEAD-ON CRASH OF MOTORCYCLES KILLS 1, INJURES 1

EAST HARRIS COUNTY – An unusual head-on crash of two motorcycles took the life of one of the drivers, and severly injured the other, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s office.

The collision happened Saturday, March 26 at about 4:00 p.m. on FM1942 at Barbers Hill Road.

Investigators said that apparently the Yamaha motorcycle, headed westbound on FM1942 crossed over to the other lane on the two lane road, striking a Harley Davidson head on. This ocurred at a bend in the road, near Barbers Hill Road. The Harley Davidson cycle was headed eastbound. The driver of that bike died at the scene, according to emergency personnel. The Yamaha slid on its side into oncoming traffic, and that driver was seriously injured. He was LifeFlighted to the hospital.

The names of the two motorcyclists have not been released at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s office, 713-221-6000

Work continues at San Jac Waste Pits

HIGHLANDS – Workers for the “Responsible Parties” have been busy this week, and last, repairing the fabric and rock cap over the Waste Pits at the San Jacinto River SuperFund Site.

This work is being supervised by the federal EPA, and project manager Valmichael Leos was on hand to watch. Leos was also one of the divers who discovered the missing fabric last December, according to an interview with the Star-Courier.

The public is also watching. Jackie Young, of the San Jacinto River Coalition, reported to this paper on Tuesday that one of the bobcat tractors working on the repairs had been stranded when high water surrounded it. She was concerned that oil might be released into the river, but EPA project manager Gary Miller issued a statement on Wednesday saying there was no release. Miller said that repairs to all 5 areas of missing rock had been completed.

Miller said that a mechanical failure caused the bobcat to mire in high water, but no oil or hydraulic fluids were released. An orange containment boom, seen in Young’s photos, was a precaution but not used.

Workers are probing the East impoundment for the next three days, he said, testing the repairs.

Starting in April, Valmichael said soil testing tubes will be inserted for a month, and additional dives will be made to insure the efficacy of the cap.

Three security cameras, to be monitored off-site by a security firm, were being installed as of Tuesday. The firm will watch for potential damage, and for intruders or fishermen who will be removed from the area by law enforcement, according to EPA.

Confession convicts in Crosby woman’s death

JEFFERSON, LA- The murder of Crosby resident Kimberly Oates Grant, 50, was solved by a confession in Jefferson County and on Feb. 29 the suspect was convicted.

According to Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, Royce Earl Davis, Jr. pleaded guilty to the 2013 slaying before his scheduled trial in the 252nd District Court could begin, and he will be sentenced by Judge Raquel West.

The penalty is to be from 5 to 99 years or life in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the first-degree frelony, according to Assistant District Attorney Luke Nichols.

This case was a joint investigation between the Baytown Police Department, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The victim and the confessed murderer had been in a romantic relationship. According to court statements, on April 19, 2013, after a fight, Davis and an accomplice forced Grant into her car at her residence in Crosby and drove to Louisiana.

Some time later, the murderer and his accomplice found a hunting lease off of Tram Road in Jefferson County and she was shot eleven times. A hunting club member found her body the same day she was slain.

Victim, Grant, was matched to a missing persons report in Harris County and the relationship was discovered. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office wanted to question Davis. Once detained, Davis confessed to the murder.

Prosecutor Luke Nichols stated, “Kimberly Grant was a lonely widow who got involved with the wrong man. Davis took advantage of her financially, and then murdered her once she ended their relationship.”

Lady Cougars fall in 5-A Semi-Finals

SAN ANTONIO – For the first time in 20 years the Lady Cougars accomplished a bronze medal at the 5-A Semi-Finals at the Alamodome last Thursday.

They were defeated by 17 time State Champion Canyon Eagles by 55 to 25.

The Lady Cougars finished the season with an impressive 30-8 record.

Canyon took advantage of Cougar offensive turnovers for 20 points over the night.

The first quarter was a defensive battle that ended 8 for Canyon Eagles and 2 for the Cougars. There was lots of sprinting but few baskets.

The second quarter was much more of a shooting match as the Eagles went up 20-4.

The Cougars were only hitting about 22% from the floor. Paris Netherly was top scoring with 9 points. Shannon Jones ended with seven.

Team fouls caught up with the Cougars following each rally. Foul outs made the last six minutes hard to watch for the Cougars fans.

Few surprises in Election results

HARRIS COUNTY – With 92 percent of the votes tabulated, local and state elections have very few upsets from predictions. Voters are reminded that this is a Primary Election, and the final votes that count will be in November.

Ted Cruz took 45% of the Republican vote, and Hillary Clinton had 71% of the Democratic vote.

Closely watched races included the U. S. House District 29, where incumbent Gene Green defeated challenger Adrian Garcia with 58% of the votes, versus 38% for Garcia.

On the Democratic ballot, Kim Off defeated Overstreet with 52% of the votes. For Sheriff, Ed Gonzalez had 44% of the votes, versus 30% for Jerome Moore. This will result in a run-off.

Local favorite Joe Stephens had 65% of the vote for Justice of the Peace for Pct. 3, but will face a Republican challenger Tom Zakes in November.

For Constable in Pct. 3, there were nine candidates in a hotly contested race. Sherman Eagleton had the most votes, 20.4%, with Michel Pappillion second with 15.5% and Jasen Rabalais third with 15%. A run-off will be held with the top two contenders.

Other Constable candidates received the following: Reed 9%, Stewart 14%, Norwood 4%, Jones 7.7%, Villarreal 8.8%, and Melancon 5.4%.

The Republican ticket was also interesting, with Cruz receiving 45% of the vote, Trump 25%, and Rubio 19%. Far behind were Kasich with 5% and Carson with 3%.

In Montgomery County, for U.S. Rep.District 8, incumbent Kevin Brady fought off a strong challenge from Steve Toth, and got 58% of the vote. In District 36, Brian Babin won 72% of the vote, unopposed.

In local State Representative District 127, incumbent Dan Huberty garnered a strong 78% of the vote, to defeat M. Bosworth. In State House District 128, it appears that incumbent Wayne Smith only received 43% of the vote. However, challenger Briscoe Cain only received 49% of the vote, which will lead to a run-off.

Sheriff Ron Hickman received a strong 72% of the votes, against challenger Carl Pittman with 20%.

For Tax Assessor-Collector, Mike Sullivan had 83% of the vote, versus candidate and previous A-C Don Sumners.

Trotter’s insight bests adversity with heart

CROSBY – The success of the Lady Cougars Basketball Team is definitely related to the determination of their Coach, Michelle Trotter.

An interview with Michelle Trotter this reporter learned not only of her values, heart condition but gained insight into what makes a winning coach. You can see an extreme determination on her face as she directs the Lady Cougars in competition.

“I’m tough but they know I love them. I’ll get on them and as soon as practice is over I will call them in and tell them how much I care about them. I want the change to occur because I know they can get better. I think that determination you see from me sometimes is because I care about them.” she said to questions about her rapport on the basketball court. “I think a lot of what we have been able to do, and me being able to tell them what I do is because I developed a relationship with them over the last two years.”

Beginning with the discovery that she has a heart condition, adversity has been a series of constant hurtles. “I passed out playing sports in high school. Again when I was in college I passed out a couple of times and became very ill after giving blood. So, my mom and I decided to go to a doctor get it checked out. The M.D. listened and happened to hear the murmur. He sent me to the cardiologist to get a echocardiogram done. Once they discovered it the cardiologist was very surprised to hear that I had played basketball, softball and ran track because it was significantly enlarged.”

I asked Coach Trotter about getting first time athletes to have an EKG.

“I would be in support of that because when I was in high school if I had an E.K.G it would have indicated that there was something going on. The enlarged aortic root is what caused the problem but being left untreated it destroyed by aortic valve. I’m pretty sure that an E.K.G would have help find that pretty early on. And, I am pretty suer that the several times I passed out between my sophomore and senior year and E.K.G. probably would have figured that out.

I asked Scott Stephens, founder of the Cody Stephens Go Big Or Go Home Foundation about Coach Trotter he responded, “First let me say congratulations to the Lady Cougars. What you’ve accomplished will go with you throughout your lives. The lessons you’ve learned by watching your coach be resilient may never be matched again in your lives. Coach Trotter, thank you for sharing your story with us. It drives home the point that heart issues can happen to anyone, even seemly heathy individuals at the top of their game. I’m so glad you got the help you needed and wish you a long healthy life.

As we know, many don’t get that chance. Many students are struck down before they have a chance at life. Sudden cardiac arrest is the #1 medical cause of death in our student athletes. We can prevent many of these deaths by adding a simple electrocardiograph to our sports physicals. I’m thankful Crosby has this program in place now, and hope one day all student athletes in the great state of Texas will get this option. Coach Trotter, keep winning. But regardless of the scoreboard, you’re an amazing person, whom Crosby is indebted to. Go big or go home time Lady Cougars and Coach Trotter. I’m very proud of you and the lessons you are teaching us. ‘Screen em all!’”

Back with Coach Trotter asking general questions about the group she is coaching now, “You know one of the signs that I put up when I first got here says ‘Control the things that you can control.’ I’m looking for a heart, defense is key for me that is a sign that a player is prepared to work and be very tenacious. This year we have been able to mix it up. Over the last three years we have been able to mix it up but defense is key to us. I look for a kid that wants to play defense. If you just want to be about