Posts published in December 2003
By BOBBY HORN JR.
CROSBY This past weekend was a busy one for the Harris County Sheriffs Department, as they said they shut down two methamphetamine labs in the crosby area.
The first incident occurred on Dec. 13, when deputies were called to trailer home #5 at 19315 Humble Crosby Road for an assault call.
When deputies arrived, a female witness told them that that a man living in the trailer had assaulted her boyfriend, Michael Boyd Armstrong. Upon arriving at the trailer, deputies said that they observed Bram Mason Vickery, 20, of Huffman, placing something in an clear baggie. Once inside the trailer, they saw Armstrong, 24, of Crosby place something in a clear bag behind the couch.
Deputies seized both bags and after testing the contests, determined that the substance was meth amphetamine.
The girlfriend then gave deputies consent to search the trailer. During the search she also told them that there were two duffle bags, filled with chemicals and glassware which was used to manufacture the drugs, hidden beneath the porch. The bags also contained liquid meth.
Armstrong was arrested and and charged with manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance, possession and transport of chemicals with intent to manufacture controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.
The first two charges have no bond. Bond was set at $5,000
On Dec. 14, at 2:30 a.m., deputies following up a tip arrived at a travel trailer in the 300 block of Indian Shores road. Constable Ken jones said that the tip came to his office and he forwarded it to the sheriffs department.
Upon arrival at the scene, deputies were were told by the owner that her son was running a meth lab out of the the trailer on her property and that she had nothing to do with it.
After obtaining her permission of the travel and 39 acres of property, deputies recovered an undisclosed amount of chemicals. Meth residue was also discovered in the trailer. The son was not present when the search occurred.
Authorities say the case is still under investigation.
SANTA VISITED TUESDAY NIGHT, AT THE CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA IN HIGHLANDS, WITH MISS HIGHLANDS JESSICA GONZALES AND JR. MISS HIGHLANDS CANDACE SMITH. HIGHLANDS CHAMBER and all the community service clubs started the Christmas Season Tuesday night, with the help of the Highlands Fire Department. SANTA arrived on a Fire Truck and listened to the wishes of little girls and boys in the Gazebo, with beautiful weather to help. Music was provided by the Highlands Junior School Concert Band. Thanks to Linda Shuler and all that helped in the CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA!
By GILBERT HOFFMAN
CROSBY The Chamber of Commerce of Crosby/Huffman heard from one of their own last Thursday, as Pct. 4 Commissioner Jerry Eversole spoke about his days as a Chamber Executive in Humble, and how the northern portion of Harris County has changed in the almost 40 years since he first held that office.
Eversole was assisted by his staff, including Capital Improvements Director Pamela Rocchi, who presented a Powerpoint view of the new road and drainage projects in Precinct 4.
Eversole, in his remarks, reminded the Chamber of his first address to them, almost 20 years ago, when he told them that growth in the area was inevitable, and they must take a leadership roll, deciding what they wanted this community to become.
Amenities, not obscenities, was the promise, but it had to be earned, he said.
As for projects in the immediate area, he said that the work on FM2100 north of Huffman was in study, but was only a 2 lane improvement for now, not a widening.
The much discussed overpass on 2100 in the heart of Crosby is not in the near future, he said, partially because the community has not pressed hard enough for its construction. He said that early in the discussions, the Chamber failed to pass a resolution in favor of the project, although now they have indicated that they are very much in favor of it. In addition, he said, a significant number of voices in the business community have not been in favor of the project, thereby slowing the process. These statements caught some of the audience by surprise, and Chamber secretary Mitzy Plumb pointed out to Eversole that the board has passed a resolution endorsing the overpass.
However, it now looks like the overpass is moving ahead, and will be in bidding and construction in late 2005 and 2006. Eversole pointed out that another project will have a much more significant effect on the area–the Grand Parkway. When finally designed and built, somewhere on the east of Crosby and north of Huffman, it will change the pattern of traffic on US90 and FM2100 and 1960, and radically change the structure of the Huffman/Crosby communities.
Another project to start soon, Eversole said, was the improvement of Diamonhead Boulevard in Newport, scheduled for 2006.
In reviewing progress to date in Precinct 4, Eversole pointed out that he presently has 32 capital improvement projects in development, totalling $116 million, plus another 16 projects underway at a cost of $38 million. Since he took office in 1991, he has undertaken a total of 204 projects at a value of $213 million.
He mentioned that much of this work is being done on the western half of the precinct, to catch up with growth that has already occured. He indicated that eventually east Harris County would see similar work, and reminded everyone that he lived in Huffman and had a vested interest in development on this side of the precinct.
Precinct 4 is the 4th largest in the United States, Eversole noted, and larger than 22 states in population. It now has 850,000 people, but by 2010 should have grown, with redistricting, to over 1,075,000.
HOLIDAYS BRING CRIME SPREES
By LEWIS SPEARMAN
CROSBY Video Game Rooms have become the target of robbers in the areas over the last couple of months. Recently a local establishment was added to that list of businesses.
On November 23, at approximately 8:47 p.m., Harris County Sheriffs deputies were dispatched to the Honey Stop 7 game room, located at 14915 FM 2100, near the high school, in reference to an aggravated robbery.
One employee of the game room and one customer reported that an unknown black male robbed them at gunpoint. The employee stated that the customer left the scene before the deputies arrived.
The manager stated the suspect had both she and the customer lie down on the floor, as he robbed them of their money and emptied the cash register. The suspect is said to have fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money in an older model white Toyota or Nissan vehicle with a loud fan belt and muffler.
The suspect is described as a black male, 20-30 years of age, 510-600, approximately 200 lbs. or more, with an accent described as country sounding, and was wearing a mask and blue coveralls resembling those worn by chemical plant workers.
The getaway vehicles driver is described as a black male in his late teens, early twenties, 58-510, slender build, light complexion, upper gold capped tooth, and a faded hair cut.
Anyone having information regarding this case should contact the Harris County Sheriffs Office Robbery Division at 713-967-5770 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
By BOBBY HORN JR
HOUSTONTo borrow a line from Charles Dickens, Fridays 69-14 loss to the 12-0 LaMarque Cougars was the best of times and the worse of times for the Crosby Cougars.
While the team came up on the down side of the scoreboard, they were able to celebrate their teams name going into the record books.
Phillip Beck added his name to the state record books as his 11 catches broke the all time record for most catches in a season. Beck ended the season with 124 catches, two better than the previous record holder Josh Whaltley. In addition, Beck has collected 2,202 receiving yards this year, which places him fifth all-time for single season receiving.
Going into the game, Beck said that while aware of the record he was wasnt sure that he would make it.
I didnt think it was reachable. Theyre (LaMarque) real quick and real big, he said.
Beck said that during the game he didnt keep track of his catches, but was aware that others were. The coaches kept up with it and I think the crowd knew too.
The record-breaking catch came in the fourth quarter. We went into the huddle and he (Crosby Quarterback Kellen Haynes) said O.K. Beck lets break that record.
Beck attributed his record to the play of the offensive line. I have to take my hat off to them. They did a great job. Its not my record its a team record.
Crosby, who went into the game underdogs, found themselves in a hole early as LaMarque opened the game with a pair of touchdown passes in the first quarter.
The Cougars continued their scoring in the second quarter building up a 28-point lead before Crosby could get onto the scoreboard.
Crosby posted their first touchdown four and half minutes into the second quarter when Haynes hit Beck with a 27 yard pass.
Two minutes later Crosby was back in the endzone off a 30-yard pass from Haynes to Beck.
This is all the Cougars could manage in the scoring column, as LaMarque would answer with four more touchdowns over the remaining two and a half quarters.
For the game, Haynes completed 23 of 43 passes for 278 yards. He also threw four interceptions. Beck was the recipient of 219 of those yards. Haynes was also the teams leading rusher with 21 yards on 12 carries.
The Cougars end their season with an 8-4 record. The team placed second in district, rolling off a 4-1 record with their only loss coming the last week of the season against district champs Dayton, who also lost their playoff bid this week. The Cougars had the most effective offense in district this year, posting an average of 430.3 yards per game. They also had the second best pass defense in district, allowing an average of 85 yards per game.
HIGHLANDS Rotary President Joe Hausberger announced this week that tickets were now available for the annual Chili Feast and raffle, to be held the first weekend in February, at St. Judes social hall.
Members of the Rotary Club sell these tickets every year, to raise money for the many community projects that they underwrite every year, including Boy Scouts, Highlands Fire Department, and scholarships.
Tickets are two prices, according to Chili Feast chairwoman Patricia Scott: $6.00 for the Chili Luncheon, featuring Chester Stasneys famous chili recipe, and $100 for a limited reverse draw raffle for a new 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab truck, and 11 other prizes.
These tickets are now available from every club member, and from local businesses, including Woodforest Bank, Gerlands Food Fair market, Rainbow Jewelry and Pawn, Crosby State Bank, and many other locations in Highlands, Crosby and Baytown.
Scott pointed out that the raffle tickets make a great stocking stuffer or gift for someone away from home.