Harris County, Texas – November 27th, 2017 (Harris County OEM): As the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season comes to an end, weather experts are calling it the most destructive season on record. Three major hurricanes – Harvey, Irma, and Maria – were responsible for most of the destruction. Harvey spread a destructive path across much of southeast Texas, while Irma impacted Florida and Maria shattered Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Central Texas Coast as a Category 4 storm late Friday, August 25th and by the next day, its heavy rainfall stalled in our region causing catastrophic flooding in Harris and surrounding counties. Harvey dumped more than 50 inches of rain across the region, the highest amount in United States history.
“Although Harvey was a hurricane, its effects on us in Harris County were primarily as a rain event. A trillion gallons of water fell across Harris County over just four days – more than most cities get in a year,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “Clearly, this was the most destructive flood our area has ever experienced.”
Harris County officials confirmed 36 deaths due to Harvey, and early estimates indicate that damages will most likely surpass the $160 billion caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
“Damages are still being assessed and it may be a while before we know an exact number, but we are doing everything we can to help restore our communities,” added Emmett. “We are truly grateful to all who have contributed to help residents impacted by the storm.”
The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) has been working closely with local, state, federal and non-profit partners to help expedite the recovery process. To date, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that $675 million for household assistance has been approved in Harris County.
HOA President Arrested After Pulling Gun On Neighborhood Kids
Spring, Texas – December 16th, 2017: The President of the Mirror Lake Subdivision HOA was arrested Friday evening after pulling a pistol on a group of kids in the neighborhood.
Several neighborhood teenagers were squealing their tires in the cul-de-sac. A man reportedly approached the teens screaming and cursing at them and yelling he “was the HOA President and was in charge”. According to sources, the man pulled out a pistol and said “he was going to put holes in their car” and “next time it would be worse”.
The man identifying himself as the HOA President was the one who reportedly called the police. The tables turned when he was the one placed in cuffs.
The suspect, identified as 40-year-old John David Warner, was arrested by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and was booked on the felony charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Warner remains in the Harris County Jail on a $30,000.00 bond. His court date is scheduled for Monday, December 18th, 2017.
Warner could be sentenced up to 20 years in prison and fined up to $10,000.00.
According to Facebook, Warner was a United States Marine. He has no prior criminal history.
The Mirror Lake Subdivision is managed by Chaparral Management Company. We have reached out to Chaparral but have not yet received a response.
Spring Man Posing as Police Officer Charged with 3rd Degree Felony
Tomball, Texas – December 13th, 2017: On December 10, 2017, Deputies with Constable Mark Herman’s Office responded to a report of a suspicious person in the 20300 block of Yosemite Falls Drive.
Arriving deputies detained a male that was walking house to house within the subdivision knocking on doors. The male, identified as Lance McClendon, according to a witness had identified himself as a Police Officer. McClendon also displayed his passport to the witness, claiming that it was his police identification.
Lance McClendon was arrested and booked into Harris County Jail, charged with a 3rd degree Felony for
Impersonation of a Public Servant. His bond is set at $5,000.00 out of the 351st District Court.
“We urge our citizens to contact law enforcement if they have suspicions of a suspect impersonating a Police Officer.” -Constable Mark Herman
2012 Klein Collins Valedictorian Found Dead in San Francisco Bay
Spring, Texas – December 12th, 2017: A body discovered in the Bay of San Francisco, California has been identified as Chuchu Ma, 23-years-old, of Spring.
Just after 10:00 AM Thursday a bicyclist on a trail near San Fransisco Bay reported seeing a body in the water. The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office dive team was called in to help recover the body. A few hours after the discovery, Mountain View Police received a report of a missing person, whose description matched the body that was found. Investigators said Ma was half naked. It’s not clear if she was dumped into the bay, or if the body floated from a different location.
Ma moved out to San Fransisco to work for Google as a software developer.
In a statement issued by Google, a spokesperson wrote, “Chuchu was an excellent software engineer in our developer product team. We are devastated to learn of her passing, and our deepest condolences are with her family and friends.”
Investigators are labeling the case an unattended death and are awaiting results of an autopsy. Foul play has not yet been ruled out.
Ma was a 2016 graduate of the University of Texas-Austin, a National Merit Scholar and a 2012 valedictorian of Klein Collins High School in her hometown of Spring.