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Posts published in “Day: December 13, 2007”

Burglary, drug arrest by alert cops, citizen

By LEWIS SPEARMAN
CROSBY – An alert real estate agent and equally diligent Precinct 3 Deputies netted a burglary confession, at least 310 grams of methamphetamine and a small lab for the manufacture of the controlled substance on Saturday, Dec. 8.
Just about one year ago, Century 21 Life Changers was broken into and this year there was another break-in. The integrity of personal information and all keys stayed out of perpetrator hands.
One alleged and later confessed burglar was still at the scene when Roger Nelson went to work that morning.
Nelson saw a Dodge Dakota leaving the parking lot of the adjacent business and noticed that the office had been burglarized. Most of the office had been stripped, wires to information systems and telephone lines had been cut.
Officers say the door had been pried and kicked open.
He decided to follow that Dakota, and call the boss, Broker Don Cox. Around Newport Subdivision it went in what Nelson described as an “inappropriate” pattern.
“I think I did what anyone would have done. The vehicle had boxes on top of the cabin so I decided I would follow it and get the license number from three or four car lengths behind. I just wish I had called 911 instead first.” said Nelson.

At one point at North Diamondhead Rd. on Port O Call, the driver of the Dakota, a woman, got out went back to his car and stated to Nelson, “Are you following me? Because my mama told me to drive around in circles if I think someone is following me.”
Not knowing if the suspect was armed, Nelson wisely denied he was and as she turned left on N. Diamondhead he turned right and went back to the office. There Mr. Cox and Precinct 3 Deputies awaited. He had made the right move.
The plates came back to deputies as belonging to a Toyota, not a Dakota. Deputies DeLeon, and Grishom began an organized hunt with other deputies.
Precinct 3 Deputy Ray DeLeon tracked the vehicle to a trailer park on Reidland Road near Gum Gully. His investigation with park management indicated that someone had just arrived with boxes on top of her vehicle and had said she just returned from a trip to her mother’s house with the items. They directed him to a certain trailer.
Deputy Jerry Grishom joined the hunt and saw with DeLeon that the suspect vehicle had hypodermic syringes inside as well as Century 21 labeled computer discs. Deputies Susy Griest and Vince Perry joined the scene.
When deputies knocked on the door, it opened and they immediately saw items obviously taken from the real estate office, including a rolling measurer, and computer equipment. Deputies obtained a consent to search.
During conversations with Griest and Perry, a male suspect was also taken into custody and conversation continued with the prime suspect including two discussions of methamphetamine. Officer Perry found about 310 grams of what tested positive for Methamphetamine.
HAZMAT and Harris County Sheriff’s Narcotics Officers were called in when it became obvious there was more that a simple burglary involved. When the S.O.’s office showed up they knew the suspects on a first name basis without introduction, according to Officer Perry. The authorities confirmed a small device to manufacture meth was found and sources say a suspect 600 grams of the controlled substance may have been in total being processed.
Sources say Michelle Betros had convictions in 1996, 1999, 2003, 2004, and 2006 including one federal charge. She was charged with felony theft and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. The man was also charged with possession of the drugs.
Another arrest was made Monday on unrelated charges. Someone had to help her load the vehicle.
Don Cox stated, “I think the Constable’s deputies deserve all the accolades they can get because in three hours they recovered our office, basically. The acted swiftly and knew what they were doing. Even Constable Jones came by to offer his help on his way to the parade.”

Highlands Team wins World drag-race

By LEWIS SPEARMAN
HIGHLANDS – Gilbert Coronado, 35, of Highlands Kawasaki’s Team Green won the 19th Annual Prostar World Finals (motorcycle drag-racing) on November 12 in Gainesville, Florida.
He thus became Champion of the Real Street World Competition having been the only Kawasaki to tree at the event with a time in the 8.5’s seconds in the quarter mile. In fact Highlands Kawasaki entered the only named brand to run in that class.
Gilbert answers that his favorite thing about drag racing is simply, “Winning.”
Jason Thompson of Highlands, head mechanic of Highlands Team Green, built the winning bike in two days, on a Kawasaki ZX10. The bike “tested” during qualifying. As always a few issues popped up including; the clutch was slipping. Gilbert with Thompson’s mechanical engineering qualified second. There was no way to fix the clutch without going back to the shop so they nurtured the clutch the entire weekend of competition. The motorcycle was under multiple adjustments by Thompson and the racing team the entire time between November 9 through 12.

Team leader Keith Coble says, “Gilbert has been racing for 5 year he has a natural ability to win. He has the passion to win. I am talking with the factory to get him support for the nationals next year. Basically, the principle element to winning is the blend of the mechanic and the rider. Gilbert has snakelike reaction time and the ability to launch that crazy horsepower down the track.”
“We don’t know the extent that Kawasaki is going to step up to help our race program for next year but I told Reed Nordine, the Head of Kawasaki Team Green, I’m going to outrun your motorcycle. Ya’ll are going to race for second. It’s a points championship. We hope they will come up with enough for us to go around the country because fuel costs are outrageous. You have to go to the East Coast and Indiana to make the points in the nationals. We once were doing well in the Texas Shoot-out but that has gone the way of the buffalo. I know there is better time in the bike and the rider. In three years I have never seen a time slip in which Gilbert’s reaction time was beaten.”
Gilbert Coronado is planning to marry Sarah Reyna in March of 2008.

Dayton Broncos advance to state semifinals

By BOBBY HORN JR.
DAYTON—The Dayton Broncos withstood a 21-point second half run Friday night to beat Waller 28-21 and earn themselves a spot in the State Semi-Finals this week.
The trip to College Station on Friday will be a first in the school’s history.
As they have for the past two months, Dayton took control early in the game, building up a 21-0 halftime lead. The Purple and White saw their lead fade as Waller came back to score three straight touchdowns in the third and fourth quarter to tie game.
Gregory Charles, who has dominated other teams’ defense since moving into the starting role in Week 5, gave the Broncos their first points of the midway into the first quarter when he threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Paul Fontenot. Dayton missed the extra point kick to leave the score 6-0.
Waller, who game into the game sporting a 9-3 record was unable to figure out Dayton’s defense in the opening half of the game. Three times the Bulldogs started off drives inside Dayton’s 40-yard line. Two the drives ended with Waller punting the ball. John Gable stopped the other drive himself.
With Waller threatening to score late in the first quarter, Gable picked off a Jeremy Phillips pass and returned it 67 yards to the Waller seven-yard line.
On the next play Charles struck again.
This time it was Jeffery Summers who pulled in the pass for a score. Realizing the importance of every point Dayton made up for the missed extra point kick in the first quarter by converting a two-point conversion and a 14-0 lead.

Gable extended the Broncos lead at the 4:41 mark with a nine-yard touchdown run. Ronnie Powell’s PAT gave Dayton a 21-0 halftime lead.
The second half would not be as easy for Dayton.
Midway into the third quarter Dayton lined up for their first, and only, punt of the night. The punt did not go smoothly and Waller was able to take control at the Dayton 32-yard line.
The Broncos were unable to stop the drive this time as Waller took the ball down to the one-yard line. Then, on fourth and goal they scored to make it s 21-6 game after a missed extra point.
Getting the ball back after the kickoff Dayton did not have possession long. On their first play Gable fumbled the ball with Waller recovering. The Bulldogs made the most of the gift, moving back down the field. Waller would later score on a fourth and goal play from the two-yard line. They then ran a two-point conversion to close the gap to 21-14.
Waller tied the game 38 seconds into the fourth quarter on Eddie Brown’s six-yard run.
Dayton shook off this rally to regain control of the game with a half a quarter left to play. Moving the ball back down the field the Broncos positions themselves deep in Bulldog territory. Charles gave the handoff to A.J. Dugat who scored from six yards out to give Dayton the lead once again. Powell capped the drive with a PAT and 28-21 lead.
Waller was not done, however. With less than a minute left to play it looked like Waller would tie the game and force an overtime as quarterback Jeremy Phillips sprinted toward the endzone.
Gable made up for his earlier fumble by knocking the ball from Phillips’ hands. Xavier Edwards recovered the ball for Dayton with 13 seconds left to secure the win.
The win earns Dayton a trip to the Division II playoffs in College Station this week and just two wins away from the state championship.
Dayton will face the Lake Travis Cavaliers in the semifinals. Lake Travis comes into the game boasting a 13-1 season record.
The team is led by Garrett Gilbert, who is reportedly ranked as the third best quarterback in the country. This season along he has thrown for over 4,000 yards.
Over their 14 games this season Lake Travis has outscored their opponents 523-303 or a 220-point gap. While Dayton has not had the same offensive output as Lake Travis their defense has performed better. Dayton has scored 478 points and allowed just 125 points. These figures include the three losses Dayton had early in the season, two of which came by three points or less.