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Posts published in “Day: August 7, 2003

Major accident on FM2100 sends two to hospital by LifeFlight


CROSBY – A horrific accident involving two passenger cars and a panel truck, drew two Lifeflight Helicopters to the Heathergate Intersection of FM 2100 at about 1:30 P.M. on Monday.

This marks the second time in as many weeks that there has been an accident near this intersection, although investigators can find no reason to attribute road factors to the wrecks. All three of the drivers were taken to hospitals. Two, who were apparently critically injured, went by Lifeflight helicopters while the driver of the panel truck was transported by ambulance.

According to Harris County Sheriff’s Traffic Investigators, John Gilbert, 25, was apparently driving north on FM 2100 in his 2003 Monte Carlo on August 4. For reasons unknown, he crossed the center line, investigators determined. The Crosby resident apparently continued to travel North for a short distance in the Southbound lane until his car collided head-on with a panel truck at the truck’s front bumper toward the left side.

The impact hurled Gilbert’s Monte Carlo counterclockwise and into the path of Fabio Berrio’s 1994 Mazda Navajo, an SUV. Apparently, Berrio, a Kingwood resident, had been close behind the panel truck at the time of the accident. Evidence indicates that Berrio attempted to avoid the wreck by veering into the Northbound lane and struck the left rear of the Monte Carlo as it ricochetted off the panel truck.

The SUV following this impact was turned right and rolled into the ditch in front of the Community Baptist Church. The SUV rolled over onto its roof, coming to rest facing West from the ditch and onto the church’s lawn.

According to the report, the International truck, belonging to Wenco Distributors, approaching the Heathergate Intersection attempts to avoid the wreck by swerving to the right. The truck lopped into the Southernmost ditch of the Heathergate Intersection. Larine Houston, 59, the driver of the truck was taken to a local hospital.

Drowning death in River


HIGHLANDS – The body of a man was recovered by deputies some four hours after he apparently drowned swimming from Magnolia Gardens to Highlands on Saturday.

Daniel DeLa Torre, 29, had left Beach Drive and entered the water before going under around 10:20 a.m. on August 2. Witnesses tell officials that he was attempting to swim the three quarters of a mile channel and disappeared from sight.

A Magnolia Gardens Security Officer attempted to rescue the man, according to deputy reports, but was unable to reach him. The body was recovered at about 3:35 p.m. by a recovery boat some 100 yards up stream from where witnesses had reported it going down.

Homocide Detectives investigated the incident. Witnesses said the body was bruised. The incident was ruled accidental. It was determined the hooks of the recovery boat caused the bruises.

Public turns out to support YMCA in Crosby


CROSBY – About 46 people attended a town meeting on Thursday, July 31, sponsored by the Crosby/Huffman Chamber of Commerce at Newport Elementary School about the potential for bring a YMCA program to Crosby.

The meeting was opened by Rev. Dr. Larry Koslovsky of Crosby Brethren Church and Doug Earle, Vice President of Operation and Steve Gimenez, Executive Director of the Wendel D. Ley YMCA made presentations.

Koslovsky would explain later, “We [the C/HCC] are putting on this meeting to introduce the possibilities of a YMCA. We don’t feel it is the responsibility of the Chamber to encourage or discourage things like this.”

According to Mr. Earle, the YMCA is founded upon John 17:21 “That we may all be one.” with a mission to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Mr. Earle proposed three models of YMCA starting programs in a community. The first model is based on existing YMCA Chapters to start programs at the behest of residents with the ultimate goal of fund-raising for buildings to begin as the programs and memberships grow. The second model is like that of Liberty County, asking that programs be started if a sufficient amount of money can be raised to support the programs. Earle adds that Liberty County has netted $300,000 from such a program. The third model, he called the Mike Godsey Model, ‘We want to build YMCA in our community last week, what will it take to get it done?’

Quipped Earle, “If you can get someone to donate 15 acres of land, and someone to write a check for $5 million dollars – we can start almost immediately. But you never know until you ask the question what the answers will be.”

Earle moved on distinguish YMCA programs from other programs citing their sports programs gets every child a chance to play. Citing the overall philosophy as serving the entire community, being open to everyone, no one is turned away due to inability to pay and being a charitable not-for-profit organization. Core programs were listed as Youth Sports, Parent-Child activities, After School Child Care, Camping, Aquatics, Teen Leadership, Wellness, and Active Older Adults programs.

Pat McPhee, a member of the advisory board for the YMCA in Channelview, informed attendants that the YMCA is the largest employer of teenages in the country. He also asked the speakers to expound on daycare programs.

Steve Gimenez indicates that the first step in starting a YMCA program in the area is to inform the YMCA staff what the community is looking for. Gimenez expounded “The YMCA has a program for everyone in the country and financial assistance is available.”

Any Hoehner asked if there is a need for an after school program and no existing facility would they be put on a waiting list?

Stacy Beard asked “What do memberships generally costs?”

The response was that family memberships generally run $40 to $50 while individual adult memberships run about $36. Membership discounts on programs get members Family Nights, Aerobics, Child Watch or baby-sitting while one works out. There is a sliding fee scale for members.

Attendants learned that their are possibilities for using existing facilities for programs.

Velma Ellison asked, “Are there additional fees for other programs?”

There is generally a user fee for other activities and facility usage, was the response.

Luke Morgan of Millennium Reconditioning Services Inc. asked questions concerned with finance of a building. Apparently, YMCA gets total financing of a building before construction is begun.

Irene Powers asked about the requirements for after school programs and learned that their are 237 such programs in the Greater Houston Area and all that is needed is that sufficient members commit to start the program, required is about 20 to 25 kids in need of services. Of about 140 children at a school some 20 to 25 have to participate and “to make the program viable, the schools has to embrace the idea.”

Anne Prokosch asked what happens if there are competitive facilities, can the YMCA interface with competition? Well, the answer was yes. There was mention of membership fee reduction for competitors.

Most attendants resolved to hold further discussion at a YMCA follow-up meeting at the Crosby Brethren Church on Tuesday, August 5.