7:00 PM UPDATE: Within 15 minutes of our BOLO post, deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constables Office located the suspect vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. According to sources, the driver was detained and transferred to MCSO headquarters for questioning.
STATEMENT FROM MCSO LT. SPENCER: We have contacted FEMA in regards to this incident. FEMA requires that all employees and subcontracted employees display a name badge with a photo ID saying FEMA on it along with their company name. The company that the operator of the red car drives works for is a company called Safeguard Properties. Safeguard Properties advised that mortgage companies contract with FEMA, who then contract with Safeguard Properties, to have houses that the mortgage company owns inspected for damage. Safeguard takes these contracts and photographs the outside of the houses and sends the photos and information back to the mortgage companies. Safegaurd verified that the driver of the red car is a contract employee and she did have a work order for the numerous addresses including Adobe Falls Dr. Safeguard confirmed that the driver is supposed to take photos of the house to fulfill the contract from FEMA/mortgage company. Safeguard advised that they have only been doing these FEMA contracts for about 2 weeks and have not had ID’s made yet that say FEMA on them but they were in the process of obtaining them. Safeguard says an employee is suppose to identify themselves to residents as Safeguard employees and are supposed to show the work order on their phone and their driver’s licenses. Based on all this information, it appears what Safeguard is doing legitimate FEMA contract work. They don’t have IDs both the corporate office and the employees advised they are ordering the Identification immediately. The only issue is whether the driver posed as a FEMA employee and used this pretend power to try to enter houses. This case appears to be a miscommunication issue. I believe that when the driver tells people she is doing a FEMA Inspection, that they believe she is a FEMA employee though she never actually says she is and can’t produce identification. The driver of the vehicle was advised to stop saying she is there on FEMA business forward to conduct a FEMA inspection. The company was also advised that they need to issue IDs and then we will be notifying FEMA.
Spring, Texas – September 27th, 2017: The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a red Ford Fiesta/Focus bearing Oklahoma license plate BUH298. The vehicle is occupied by a black female posing as a FEMA worker. The suspect is also accompanied by two black males. The female is taking pictures of residences and is attempting to get into residences claiming she needs to inspect the home for hurricane damage. The vehicle has been spotted in numerous subdivisions in south Montgomery County including, Legends Ranch and Imperial Oaks.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of this vehicle is asked to contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office IMMEDIATELY at 936-760-5800 so a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy can stop and investigate the vehicle and its occupants.
Harris County Files Suit Against Spring Motel 6 Citing Unusual Level of Prostitution and Criminal Activity
Spring, Texas – October 20th, 2017: The Harris County Attorney’s Office filed suit Wednesday against a Spring area Motel 6 for harboring habitual criminal activity.
The defendant, NNJP LLC, is a Texas for-profit corporation which owns and operates the Motel 6 located at 19606 Cypresswood Court near Interstate 45 and Cypresswood Drive.
Court documents state that this location is notorious for harboring habitual criminal activity, including trafficking of persons, prostitution, promotion of prostitution, compelling prostitution, and illegal drug offenses—in violation of Chapter 125 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code. Motel 6 knowingly tolerates and has failed to make reasonable efforts to abate the criminal activities at this location.
Officers from Harris County Precinct 4 Constables and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office have responded to hundreds of calls per year to this Motel 6. Between October 17, 2016, and October 17, 2017, there were over 320 calls to law enforcement for service at this location. Officers have made numerous arrests for prostitution at this location as well as arrests for possession of illegal drugs, weapons, and violent crime. Officers have investigated many other crimes on the premises including shootings, robberies, sexual assault, and murder.
Just last week, Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman’s Office initiated an undercover operation that focused on suppressing the supply and demand for prostitution in and around neighborhoods and businesses. Forty-four (44) people were arrested during the operation and investigators were able to identify and recover four (4) female victims of Human Trafficking, who were allegedly being forced into prostitution.
Harris County requests the Court enter a temporary and permanent injunction to abate the common nuisance (harboring criminal activity) and to enjoin Motel 6 from maintaining or participating in the nuisance.
Harris County further requests that the Court include in its order reasonable requirements as authorized under Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code §125.002(e) to prevent the use or maintenance of the place as a nuisance, including but not limited to the following:
- Install, maintain and upgrade surveillance systems on the Properties
- Provide law enforcement personnel access to video surveillance footage upon request
- Restrict access to all areas of the Properties, including parking lots, hallways and rooms by electronic access control devices only to properly registered guests and visitors (no more than 2 per room)
- Install and maintain electronic gate access
- Prohibit “cash only” customers
- Prohibit hourly rates or rates for less than the full rate for a one night stay
- Prohibit extended stay customers for more than 7 days
- Require at check-in a valid government-issued photo identification of all maintain photo identification for inspection by law enforcement
- Require all visitors (no more than 2 per room) to check in at the front desk and provide valid government-issued photo identification and maintain photo identification for inspection by law enforcement
- Require at check in a valid credit card of all customers and issue parking tag to all customers and visitors
- Engage two or more licensed peace officers for on-premises patrol and security of the Properties
- Eliminate all pornographic, adult or XXX cable or satellite to rooms
- Prohibit customers and visitors from entering the Properties that have been arrested or participated in criminal activity on the Properties
- Conduct criminal background checks on all employees
If Motel 6 fails to cease and desist from creating and maintaining a common nuisance at the property within a time allowed by the Court, Harris County, the City of Houston, or any other political subdivision having jurisdiction over the Motel 6 property, may
- discontinue the furnishing of utility services by the political subdivision to the place at which the nuisance exists
- prohibit the furnishing of utility service to the place by any public utility holding a franchise to use the streets and alleys of the political subdivision
- revoke the certificate of occupancy of the place
- prohibit the use of city streets, alleys, and other public ways for access to the place during the existence of the nuisance or in furtherance of the nuisance
The County Attorney’s office told the Houston Chronicle that these types of suits could take anywhere from a few months to a year before seeing a resolution.
In a public meeting Thursday evening, Precinct 4 Assistant Chief Deputy, Michael Combest reminded residents who see illegal activity happening to call the constable’s office and report the offense.
Smoke From Wildfires In Matagorda County Will Move Inland To Houston Area
Spring, Texas – October 18th, 2017: Smoke from wildfires burning in Jefferson and Matagorda Counties will be pushed inland as the wind picks up throughout the day today. According to the National Weather Service, winds will be veering from the east early this afternoon to the southeast later in the day. Expect some smoke and/or reduced visibility to make its way into the Houston metro area. Wind speeds should be light, so these conditions may last well into the evening.
Those with respiratory issues such as asthma should take necessary precautions.
State of Texas Secures $15 Billion in Disaster Funds in Emergency Funding Bill
Spring, Texas – October 16th, 2017: From The Office of Congressman Kevin Brady: After a late night meeting with leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives, and consulting with Governor Abbott, members of the Texas delegation have identified nearly $15 billion of emergency funding for Texas to be included in the emergency disaster funding bill that passed the House this afternoon.
In a telephone call with members of the Texas Delegation, Governor Abbott expressed his commitment to continuing to work with the Texas Congressional Delegation and Congressional Leadership to ensure that Texas has the resources needed to recover and rebuild.
The measure includes $11 billion to pay anticipated claims for flood insurance for Texas victims of Hurricane Harvey and an estimated $4 billion for the FEMA disaster relief fund for Texas. The new FEMA funding for Texas will provide direct housing assistance, home repairs, debris removal and public assistance grants to eligible communities to begin repairs of roads, utility work, schools and public buildings.
The flood insurance program is expected to run out of money within weeks – meaning Texas claims would not be paid – and FEMA funding will be exhausted soon due to the faster than expected drawdown to address Hurricane Maria claims.
In addition to the $15 billion, Texas cities will also have access to a $4.9 billion pool for grants for Community Disaster Loans. These loans help communities with revenue losses due to disasters, so the communities can pay for police and fire protection and other critical local needs during their recovery.