Category: ORW Neighborhood Watch



AUSTIN—In a decision by Judge Jennifer Elrod, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit today lifted the district court’s injunction, allowing HB 2 to immediately go into effect. Lauren Bean, spokeswoman for the Texas Attorney General’s Office, released the following statement:

“This decision is a vindication of the careful deliberation by the Texas Legislature to craft a law to protect the health and safety of Texas women.”

A federal appeals court Thursday allowed Texas to immediately begin enforcing tough new abortion restrictions that will effectively close all but seven abortion facilities in America’s second most-populous state.

A panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court in New Orleans stayed a lower judge’s ruling while it considers the overall constitutionality of key portions of Texas’ sweeping 2013 abortion law, which Republican Gov. Rick Perry and other conservatives say is designed to protect women’s health.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled in August that part of the law requiring Texas clinics to spend millions of dollars on hospital-level upgrades was less about safety than making access to abortion difficult.

Yeakel’s ruling in Austin suspended the upgrades requirement. But Texas is appealing, and asked the appeals court to let it enforce the law during that process — clearing the way for the panel’s ruling.

Allowing to go forward the rules on hospital-level upgrades — including mandatory operating rooms and air filtration systems — would shutter more than a dozen clinics across Texas. It means only abortion facilities will remain open in the Houston, Austin, San Antonio and the Dallas-Fort Worth areas.

None will be left along the Texas-Mexico border or outside any of the state’s largest urban areas.

Meanwhile, some clinics have already closed after another part of the 2013 law required doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. That portion of the law has already been upheld by the 5th U.S. Circuit, where the state is now seeking a second outright reversal.

 


The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in several recent burglaries in the Fostoria Road area. This photo was taken by a resident who was armed with only a camera and was able to capture the image of the suspect as he was attempting to break into their residence. Anyone with information is asked to call 936-336-4500.


Congratulations are in order for our new Sheriff of Chambers County, Texas, Brian Hawthorne.  Old River-Winfree looks forward to a new relationship with the Sheriff’s Office.

As a community, Old River-Winfree residents would like to see more patrols, a fresh attack on drugs in our neighborhoods, speeding, and those pesky four wheelers.

As law abiding citizens in Old River-Winfree know, law enforcement agencies like to get the big guy that is bringing drugs into all communities.  

Old River-Winfree residents feel that it is the drug houses in all our neighborhoods spreading the evil in drugs that leads to theft, burglaries, kids on drugs, drop-outs in our local schools, and overall demolishing the soul of small towns in America.

We hope that the new Sheriff’s Office will work closely with the established Neighborhood Watch of Old River-Winfree in catching and prosecuting those who break the law.  

We feel that “grass roots” efforts always works the best, in any situation.

The previous was an editorial by the Moderator of the Old River-Winfree Community News

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Brian Hawthorne will take the oath at a swearing in ceremony at midnight on January 1, 2013.

Hawthorne has promised transparency, to embrace technology and to establish a protective presence in neighborhoods.

He also wants to be involved in the budget process that will be discussed this summer by commissioner’s court.

Hawthorne was quoted after his win: “My first move is to evaluate and grow my relationship with commissioners court.  I want to be involved with the budget process, I’m hoping for a little input on the budget that I will be handed by the court. The county judge and I spoke and he seemed open to discussing the budget.”

Hawthorne said the employees of the sheriff’s office don’t need to worry about their jobs either.

“I don’t want to make rash decisions,” Hawthorne said. “I’m going to sit back and evaluate the personnel, I made a promise to personnel that they will have priority over new hires, but that I will expect the same standards as a new hire.” 

Hawthorne said each of the employees have to have the same thoughts as he does when it comes to two primary values.

“I want an agency with professional integrity,” Hawthorne said. “Integrity is absolutely crucial and vital to law enforcement.”

The transition from retirement to taking the office of sheriff should be a smooth one for Hawthorne.

The 28-year veteran has a strong history of leadership with DPS, serving as sergeant for Chambers County troopers for 14 years, and then being elevated to the assignment of special assistant to the Texas DPS director. There, he assisted in providing requested information to state legislators and their staff regarding law enforcement and homeland security issues.


A truck in Woodland Acres off of Woodland Lane was stolen during the night last night.  A family member came in around 9:30 p.m. and the truck was still there.

When the family woke up this morning, the truck had been stolen.

If you do not live in a fenced yard, please be aware of your vehicles at night.  If you don’t have a security program on your vehicle you can keep the front porch light on, leave the dogs outside, etc.

Don’t make it easy for a THIEF to steal what you worked so hard to get. Especially something like transportation for your family.

This can be from the economy or could be drug related.  If you see something suspicious, REPORT IT!  To CATCH A THIEF takes a town of good neighbors.

Anonymous tips are always accepted at the Sheriff’s Office or Crimestoppers. Crimestoppers offers a reward if the criminals are caught.



BULLETIN

TROPICAL STORM DON ADVISORY NUMBER   1

NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL042011

400 PM CDT WED JUL 27 2011

…TROPICAL STORM DON FORMS OVER THE SOUTHERN GULF OF MEXICO…

SUMMARY OF 400 PM CDT…2100 UTC…INFORMATION

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LOCATION…22.2N 87.0W

ABOUT 120 MI…190 KM N OF COZUMEL MEXICO

ABOUT 755 MI…1220 KM ESE OF CORPUS CHRISTI TEXAS

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…40 MPH…65 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 295 DEGREES AT 12 MPH…19 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1001 MB…29.56 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

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THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT.  INTERESTS IN THE NORTHWESTERN GULF OF MEXICO SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF DON.

WATCHES AND/OR WARNINGS MAY BE REQUIRED FOR PORTIONS OF THE TEXAS COAST TONIGHT OR THURSDAY.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK

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AT 400 PM CDT…2100 UTC…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM DON WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 22.2 NORTH…LONGITUDE 87.0 WEST.

DON IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 12 MPH…19 KM/H.  A GENERAL

NORTHWESTWARD MOTION IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.  ON THE FORECAST TRACK…THE CENTER OF DON SHOULD MOVE THROUGH THE SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL GULF OF MEXICO TONIGHT AND THURSDAY…AND APPROACH THE COAST OF THE NORTHWESTERN GULF OF MEXICO FRIDAY.

REPORTS FROM AN AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 40 MPH…65 KM/H…WITH HIGHER GUSTS.  GRADUAL STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 45 MILES…75 KM MAINLY TO THE EAST OF THE CENTER.

THE MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE REPORTED BY THE HURRICANE HUNTERS IS 1001 MB…29.56 INCHES.


MONT BELVIEU – Police continued their investigation this week into a March 21 stealing spree during which two would-be burglars spent several hours stealing from numerous cars and garages in local subdivisions.

One of the suspected burglars made $100,000 bail on Monday.

Virgil Blasdel, Mont Belvieu’s chief of police, said there’s still legwork to be done with this case. But he said it’s also important to look ahead toward stopping the next potential wave of burglars.

“We want to make sure we handle this the exact same way,” the chief said.

More than eight vehicles and two garages in the Old River Country and the Fishers Landing subdivisions were burglarized, reports show. Both are off FM 565, according to authorities.

Nearly all of these vehicles were unlocked, which made it easier to steal what was inside, police said.

Meanwhile, as the evidence against the suspects piled up, so did their respective bond amounts.

Christopher Heath McGrath, 22, of Dayton, and James Thomas Ogden, 23, of Crosby, both started at $50,000 and saw those respective amounts raised to $100,000 from the court of Precinct 6 Justice of the Peace Larry Ray Cryer.

Each suspect faces at least 10 charges of burglary of a motor vehicle as well as two charges of burglary of a building, Blasdel said.

McGrath remained in Chambers County Jail this week, although Ogden by Monday had managed to make bail.

During the March 21 arrest, the suspects were nabbed by police in a four-door red Dodge Charger  McGrath was driving.

Mont Belvieu police are asking residents in this area who discovered items missing from cars or homes Monday or saw anyone prowling their neighborhood during the early hours to please call them at 281-576-2417.

 


LIBERTY, March 19, 2011 – According to Captain Rex Evans with LCSO, Derrick Hasselbring has an extensive criminal history out of the State of Texas and the State of Florida.

We have warned, repeatedly, he is armed and extremely dangerous. His Criminal History includes Burgalry, Assault, Aggravated Assault, Evading Police in a motor vehicle, Resisting Arrest and Assault of a Public Servant.

Numerous persons have sent tips via computer and telephone. Some have even come in person and showed us their phone book with his address and asked “why haven’t we checked this address?” Well, we have checked those locations and many more. This Agency is doing everything any Law Enforcement Agency can do in our endevor to get Derrick Hasselbring into custody.

We are working closely with other Law Enforcement Agencies and have notified authorities in Louisiana and Florida he may be heading back to Florida in an attempt to evade capture here in Texas.

I feel compelled to warn citizens again, no one should attempt to confront, detain or apprehend Derrick Hasselbring. If he is seen, citizens should immediately call and notify their local Law Enforcement.


Chambers County Sheriff’s Office War on Drugs features a familiar face, and also a suspected major supplier of Methamphetamine in Chambers County.

Recent investigations have taken us to mid county and Old River-Winfree.

On January 12, 2011 at approximately 10:08 pm, Street Crime Deputies were patrolling in the Indian Ridge Sub-division in Old River-Winfree, Texas. Deputies observed a white Buick car with Texas license plates leaving Indian Ridge. The vehicle was traveling south on Fm 565, and failed to maintain a single marked lane. Deputies stopped the vehicle, and identified the driver as Keith Darnell McCullum (26 year old black male) of Katy, Texas.

Upon Speaking to McCullum, deputies detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from his car. Deputies discovered a hidden compartment in the vehicle’s dash, which contained a clear plastic bag (containing 4 grams of suspected cocaine), several large clear plastic bags containing suspected marijuana residue, a drug smoking pipe, marijuana grinder, and razor blades. McCullum was arrested for Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance and booked into the Chambers County Jail. He was later released after posting a $15,000.00 bond.

On January 20, 2011 at approximately 11:55 pm, Patrol Deputy L. Miller was dispatched to a disturbance in the parking lot of a convenience store at IH10 and FM 563, in Wallisville. The disturbance was between sisters, Dana Lynn Strange (36 year old white female) of Orange, Texas, and Donna Leigh Strange (32 year old white female) of Anahuac, Texas.

The Strange sisters had begun arguing after arriving at the store in Dana’s vehicle. During a consented search of the vehicle, a small plastic bag, containing less than a gram of suspected methamphetamine, was recovered. A second bag of suspected methamphetamine was located in the jacket pocket of Dana Strange.

The Strange sisters were both arrested for Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, and booked into the Chambers County Jail. They were later released after each posted a $5,000.00 bond.

On the afternoon of January 21, 2011, Street Crime Deputies were conducting surveillance on a suspected illegal narcotics distribution house in the 7200 Block of FM 563 in Wallisville. The Chambers County Sheriff’s Office had received numerous complaints about drugs being sold out of the house. Deputies had been watching the residence for months, and several drug arrests had been made on individuals leaving the residence.

At approximately 4:37 pm, deputies observed a maroon Oldsmobile leave the suspected drug house, and travel south on FM 563. The vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation (fail to signal left turn) as it made its way onto IH10. The driver was identified as Toby Ray Abeyta (35 year old white male), who lives at the suspected drug house, and who had been suspected as being one of the major suppliers of methamphetamine in Chambers County, southern Liberty County and western Jefferson County.

Due to that past information, and Abeyta’s nervousness and elusiveness during the traffic stop, deputies asked for and received consent to search the vehicle. During the search, deputies seized approximately 2 grams of suspected methamphetamine from the front center console. Abeyta was arrested for State Jail Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, and booked into the Chambers County Jail. Bond for that charge was set at $15,000.00.

Based on the ongoing investigation into Abeyta’s suspected drug dealing and his arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance as he was leaving his suspected drug house, deputies obtained and executed a search warrant on the residence.

During the search of the residence, deputies seized 210 grams of suspected methamphetamine, over $4,800.00 cash, two digital scales, numerous small clear plastic bags, and various items of drug paraphernalia. Deputies also seized a .22 caliber rifle with a home-made silencer, and a .38 caliber handgun.

As deputies made entry into the residence, they located the other tenant of the house, Alfred Thomas Kennedy (yes, the same Alfred Kennedy arrested and featured in a previous story). Kennedy was found sitting at a table, eating ice cream. At least this time it wasn’t meth, as during his prior arrest. Kennedy was arrested for 1st Degree Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, and booked once again into the Chambers County Jail. His bond was set at $150,000.00.

Back at the Jail, an addition charge of 1st Degree Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance was added to Abeyta’s arrest, based on the search warrant. Bond on that charge was set at $150,000.00. Abeyta was later released at posting bond, totaling $165,000.00. One of the people putting up money to help bond Abeyta out of jail was Zack Baty, who was featured in our first story. By their own admission, neither Abeyta nor Baty have a legitimate paying job.

Call the Chambers County Sheriff’s Department to report suspicious activity in your neighborhood.


LIBERTY, February 11, 2011 – Liberty County Sheriff’s Sergeant Investigator Michelle Watson is asking for help in identifying a white male in a copper wire theft.

The pictured suspect is stealing copper wire from a location in the Dayton area and may be a suspect in several other copper wire thefts in the area.

Sergeant Watson is asking that if anyone has any information on the pictured suspect including name, dater of birth, place of residence or any other identifeirs that may help in the arreast and conviction of this white male to contact Liberty County Sheriff’s Office at 936-336-4500 or Crime Stoppers 409-724-TIPS.

Any and all help is appreciated and you identity with remain anonymous.

 


Just a note from Neighborhood Watch:

The thieves that are at the empty houses that are either for sale, in foreclosure, or just left to the elements are vandalizing and burglarizing during the DAY!

Don’t think that because it is during the day that these people belong at these houses or trailer homes.

Be on the lookout!


Report from the Neighborhood Watch Captain:

 

“Details on the matter are limited at the moment, but a trailer with a dune buggy on it was reported stolen during the day today (monday 11-29-10). If anyone saw something, happens to see a new dune buggy in your area, or hears about who committed this crime,  please notify Liberty County Sherrif office or ornw@verizon.net immediately”

Stolen from Woodway residence off 1409 between Old River-Winfre  and Dayton.

 


If you have always wanted to do something for your community, but didn’t know what, try something that will truly make a difference.  Sign up on ORW Neighborhood Watch during our membership drive.

Simply email Ornw@verizon.net for more information.  Include your name and area of Old River that you live in.

Come on, make a difference in your community!  Join Neighborhood Watch. No fees apply.

 


Neighborhood Watch reports that abandoned homes, new construction, and foreclosed homes are being vandalized and burglarized by thieves.

If you have one of the above on your street and see people there that have no business there, please contact the Sheriff’s office or your local police.

An abandoned home on Blackberry was being robbed of metal and anything movable this week.  Thanks to an observant Watch member these thieves where told to get gone.  The Sheriff’s office was then called and a report was filled out.  License tags numbers were given.

I would advise to call the Sheriff’s department FIRST and tell them what is happening.  The goal is to get them involved before the thieves leave.  The thieves on Blackberry had made a couple of trips.

Guard your neighborhoods against thieves, the next house could be yours. Let’s put these people in jail before that happens.

Be an observant and responsible citizen.


 Update:  Everyone has an opinion on this and it has been stated in detail.  Now, there will be anymore comments allowed on this post as they are getting ridiculous.  Let the man rest and have his day in court.  If you wish to comment more, start your own blog.  It is easy to do.  Thanks!  Moderator.

UPDATE: 

Timmy McCoy Flynn was charged with two (2) counts of  Possession of a Controlled Substance (Cocaine and Meth) and  taken to Chambers County Jail where he was booked.  The Task Force had search warrent in hand when the Raid took place and searched the premises.

It is not known if bail has been posted.

That is all the imformation for now until final reports are filed at the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office.

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Chambers County Sheriff, Joe LaRive just now reported running a raid on “The Curve” convenience store on fm 565.

The big guy (I believe he is the owner) with the long hair who runs it has been selling Meth out of the store.

Good job!!


Shane Brand and I went around the subdivisions of Woodland Acres and Indian Ridge checking on the need for City Street lights for protection of the residents and their children.

We found that some lights had not been working and we also found where lights, at the very least, need to be placed to provide citizens with security and observation of their streets at night.

There are six new lights being submitted to the City Council on Monday October 11, 2010 and should be placed on the agenda for consideration.  

These lights are at the following locations.

           Indian Ridge Drive address of 12922
           Indian Ridge address of 566
           Live Oak address of 5007
          Shady Lane address of 12922
          Corner of Woodland Lane and Shady Lane
          13006-2 Maplewood Lane

Please take note if a security light is not working near you and contact the parties mentioned in a previous post.   The City depends on you to keep it informed of security lights, and overgrown and abandoned properties.

Also, please note if the transformer near your resident is looking rusted or has tree limbs growing around it.  This is a hazard for you and your childrens.  The liquid/acid in these transformers is boiling hot and can kill if it explodes.  Be diligent!

At a later time, if the budget allows, we will venture into other communities such as Carriage Trails.

Thanks to Shane for going with me.  It sure was a pretty day!

 


The City Council Budget for 2010-2011, posted earlier, calls for additional street lights to be installed on Indian Ridge, Live Oak and Maplewood in Woodland Acres.  Shady Lane is due for a couple of lights also.

There must be a transformer near where street lights are to be installed.  If you think your street needs lights for security, call Linda at 281-385-1735.


 

Derrick Weston Ford arrested 9-28-2010; Burglary of a Habitation by Liberty County Sheriff's Office and Sgt. Michelle Watson

This is the first video of an arrest two county Sheriff’s Offices have been waiting on.

More will come after the arrest video is in. 

This editor is very proud of Liberty County Sheriff’s Department who facilitated the arrest with Chambers County Sheriff’s Department assisting as the thief was a resident of Chambers County.  The last unmarked car is Sgt. Michelle Watson of Liberty County Sheriff’s Office who had the warrant for arrest issued and signed.   She is a Law Enforcement professional with a lot of tenacity! 

 A big “Hooah” from Old River-Winfree!


Thieves and bad guys should be on guard because ORW Community Neighborhood Watch is WATCHING you!!

Our leader was responsible for two arrests last night.  More will follow in a later report with names and hopefully mug shots.

Join this band of people, just like you and me, that are tired of thieves running loose in our neighborhood.

This ORWC Neighborhood Watch has been active for a long time, but, finally, God sent us some heroes.  Stories about them at a later time.

Don’t let it take you getting robbed or hurt to join Neighborhood Watch. Sometimes by then, it’s too late.



We take our guidelines used by towns and subdivisions across Texas.  Read the following organizational tips we have followed:

Getting Started

Here is how you start:

Form a planning committee.

Keep it small and informal.  You only need 3-5 people at first.  Discuss the need for a neighborhood program.  Don’t get carried away.  You want a small group of neighbors that you mutually trust – not a group of strangers too large to know each other by name.

Survey the neighborhood.

Find out what the problems are.  A few weeks before the start-up meeting, visit your neighbors and explain that you are starting a NW program for your neighborhood. Ask about crime concerns or other local issues they may have.  They may also provide you with information on suspicious activity in the area, or things like overgrown lots and malfunctioning street lights.

Get an indication from them of the best time, date and place for a meeting.  Explain that this start-up meeting will have to be coordinated with the other neighbors and your local police department.   Inform them of the benefits of having such a program and that you will welcome them to the start-up meeting.  Also explain that the start-up meeting will probably be a few weeks away.  For best results hold the meeting in a home in the immediate neighborhood.

Notify Police Department

After determining the best time and day of the week for the meeting, contact the Baytown Police Department Crime Prevention Division at 281-422-5152.  They may be able to provide an officer to attend your meeting and help to get started.  It is important to contact them at least two weeks in advance.  Schedule the officer to arrive a half hour after the meeting begins so that Block Captains can be elected and information about the program can be distributed.

Invite neighbors to a meeting

A week in advance of the meeting, give Participants a flyer with the day, date and time of the start-up meeting as well as the location and the name of their neighbor who will host the start-up meeting.  Try to make personal contact with every potential member.  Seek help from the neighbors you contact.  They can provide folding chairs or refreshments, escort seniors to the meeting, or they can assist you with organizing and networking.  Getting them involved early secures their commitment.

Call and contact each prospective Participant two days in advance of the meeting to remind them of the meeting date, time and place.  Remind them that refreshments will be served…turnout improves when refreshments are available.

First Start-up Meeting

1.      Have name tags for each neighbor.  This will enable them to know each other by name.

2.      Have refreshments, name tags and seating ready at least fifteen minutes before the meeting time.

3.      Give your neighbors a chance to socialize a little before the meeting begins.

4.       Prepare and review the agenda.

5.       Have everyone introduce themselves, telling the group which dwelling they live in.

6.      Encourage everyone to join the discussion with questions and comments.

7.      Have participants fill out a Family Data Sheet for their residence that can be used in a NW directory.  Useful information would be address, names and ages of residents, vehicles regularly parked at residence, resident’s phone numbers and emergency contact phone numbers.   This will help other neighbors to recognize strange cars or people and enable them to notify of any unusual activity.  Copies of this directory can be distributed to participants only.  Assign someone to collect the Family Data Sheets.

8.      Elect officers.  Avoid having 1 or 2 people do all the work.  Your group could have:

  • a  “Watch Coordinator” to help lead the group and interface with police department
  • “Block Captains” to represent individual neighborhood blocks
  • “Social Director” to set up social events, handle arrangements and refreshments for future meetings
  • separate committees to address specific issues or tasks

Promote group identity
Give your group a name.  It can help create a sense of common purpose.

A Meeting agenda will include:

Information Sharing

1.       Discuss area’s strengths, weaknesses and problems.

2.       Distribute updated Family Data Sheets.

Suspicious Activity

1.       Review when you call 911 and when you call the police business number. Emphasize calling, without hesitation, if they see or hear anything suspicious.

2.       Discuss any problems in the area.

Home Security

1.       Discuss security measures that can be taken.

2.       See who needs help with lock installation, tree trimming, installing outside lights, etc.

3.       Discuss the use of signage for both street and individual property.  Discuss use of window labels and decals.

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