1 killed, 2 injured in helicopter crash north of Houston
MONTGOMERY, Texas (AP) — Authorities say one person has been killed following a helicopter crash in a national forest north of Houston.
The Latest: Flight attendant ‘just so happy’ to be free
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on a flight attendant detained by U.S. immigration authorities (all times local):
A flight attendant just released from the custody of U.S....
HOUSTON (AP) — A 75-year-old Houston-area man is accused of murder in the 1983 death of a woman who authorities identified as his fiancée.
MMA fighter who escaped prison van denies killings
CONROE, Texas (AP) — An MMA fighter facing murder charges who prompted a nine-hour manhunt when he escaped from a prison van said he had "nothing to do with" the deaths of his ex-girlfriend and her friend.
Video aids recapture of MMA fighter suspected in killings
DALLAS (AP) — An MMA fighter suspected in two killings who escaped from a prison van that stopped at a Texas McDonald's was recaptured less than a mile away thanks in part to local surveillance video, police said Monday.
Latest: No answers from transport company in prisoner escape
CONROE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the recapture of an MMA fighter and murder suspect who escaped custody while being transported in Texas (all times local):
A private Texas company that transports prisoners is declining to say how an MMA fighter suspected in the deaths of two people was able to escape from one of its vans.
MMA fighter wanted in killings captured after escaping van
CONROE, Texas (AP) — An MMA fighter suspected of killing two people, including an ex-girlfriend, was captured Sunday after escaping from a prisoner transport van in Texas, authorities said.
Cedric Marks was taken into custody after a nine-hour manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies, Montgomery County sheriff's Lt. Scott Spencer said in a tweet Sunday evening. Marks was found hiding in a trash can and surrendered without incident, Conroe police said on their Facebook page.
The Latest: MMA fighter wanted on murder charges captured
CONROE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the escape in Texas of an MMA fighter who is now wanted for murder (all times local):
Authorities say an MMA fighter suspected of killing two people, including an ex-girlfriend, has been captured after escaping from a prisoner transport van in Texas.
Montgomery County sheriff's Lt. Scott Spencer tweeted Sunday evening that Cedric Marks was taken into custody after a nine-hour manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies.
Houston-area legislator out of jail in time for new session
CONROE, Texas (AP) — A Houston-area lawmaker and attorney who was convicted of illegally soliciting clients and won re-election while in jail has been freed just days before the Texas Legislature convenes.
Rep. Ron Reynolds was released Friday from the Montgomery County jail in Conroe after nearly four months behind bars.
Search continues for Texas inmate wrongly freed due to error
CONROE, Texas (AP) — Authorities are searching for an inmate who was mistakenly released from a Houston-area jail due to a clerical error.
Officials with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office say 30-year-old Edward Manning was released from jail late Wednesday evening in place of another inmate who had the same last name.
The other inmate was eligible for a personal recognizance bond that required no money while Manning was being held on a $20,000 bond.
Texas firefighters save more than 100 snakes from house fire
CONROE, Texas (AP) — Firefighters in Texas have rescued more than 100 snakes from a home that caught fire over the weekend.
Authorities say a Christmas tree may have sparked the blaze Saturday near Conroe, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of Houston. The snakes included pythons and boa constrictors.
Authorities say that when firefighters arrived, they discovered a second-floor bedroom full of snakes and lizards.
Ex-football player convicted of killing Texas man
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A former college football player has been convicted of killing a North Texas man from whom he was trying to steal marijuana.
Twenty-one-year-old Dontrell Dock was found guilty Thursday after jurors deliberated for about three hours in Tarrant County. Dock was a running back with NCAA Division III McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, when he and three other men, including a teammate, were indicted in the January 2017 death of 29-year-old Chris-Dion Russell.
Biker gang’s president sentenced to life imprisonment
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The national president of the notorious Bandidos biker gang was sentenced Wednesday to life plus 10 years in prison for directing a violent racketeering and drug trafficking enterprise.
Jeffrey Faye Pike of Conroe, Texas, was sentenced in federal court in San Antonio. The 63-year-old leader of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Organization for more than a decade was convicted in May, along with Vice President John Xavier Portillo of San Antonio, after a lengthy trial.
Man to return to Louisiana prison after escape 15 years ago
CLINTON, La. (AP) — It's been 15 years since inmate Lonnie Payne called Louisiana's East Feliciana Parish Prison his home, but a sheriff's official says that's about to change.
Criminal Deputy Greg Phares said late Friday that Payne escaped the prison in Clinton in 2003 while serving time for burglary. He says the now-44-year-old was arrested in Mexico and is now jailed in Conroe, Texas, awaiting a return to the Louisiana prison — possibly by Monday.
Abuse scandal hits diocese of cardinal set to meet with pope
HOUSTON (AP) — As U.S. Catholic leaders head to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis about a growing church abuse crisis, the cardinal leading the delegation has been accused by two people of not doing enough to stop a priest who was arrested this week on sexual abuse charges.
Sheriff’s office says woman wearing restraints is safe
CONROE, Texas (AP) — Authorities in Texas say they've found a woman who was captured on video ringing a doorbell in the middle of the night, her wrists shackled in what appeared to be broken restraints.
CONROE, Texas (AP) — Police say two men face charges after a 16-year-old girl was fatally shot as she and one of the suspects allegedly played with a gun while taking selfies at a Houston-area apartment.
Conroe police say the teen died at the scene Tuesday. Police believe the juvenile and a man were taking selfies and playing with the handgun when it discharged.
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HOUSTON (AP) — A woman is accused of biting off and swallowing part of another woman's nose after being asked to leave the victim's home in Southeast Texas.
Station KTRK-TV reports that 41-year-old Jessica Collins of Conroe, Texas, has been arrested and charged with assault-bodily injury in the July 11 attack.
CONROE, Texas (AP) — A Houston woman accused of offering to sell her 2-year-old daughter for sex at a cost of $1,200 has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.
Twenty-five-year-old Sarah Marie Peters was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to charges that include promotion of prostitution.
CONROE, Texas (AP) — A Houston woman has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges that she offered to sell her 2-year-old daughter for sex at a cost of $1,200.
Twenty-five-year-old Sarah Marie Peters was sentenced Thursday after earlier pleading guilty to charges that include promotion of prostitution.
CONROE, Texas (AP) — Two young children and their 90-year-old grandmother are dead after a house fire north of Houston.
Authorities in Conroe say the blaze was reported at 2:30 a.m. Saturday in a house where a mother, father, their four young children and the family's grandmother were trapped inside.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Two former leaders of the notorious Bandidos biker gang have been found guilty by a federal jury in Texas of racketeering charges alleging multiple murders, attempted murders and other crimes.
The jury in San Antonio reached its verdict Thursday against 62-year-old Jeffrey Fay Pike of Conroe and 58-year-old John Xavier Portillo of San Antonio.
The Boy Scouts of America is set to have its new location for Camp Strake opened in 2019, according to Chief Operating Officer Thomas Franklin, who shared information at the April 18 Coldspring-San Jacinto County Chamber Luncheon.
Camp Strake served the Boy Scouts of America for 70 years in Conroe before it was shut down in December 2014 due to the city’s urban development.
“We actually had gang activity on that property,” said Franklin.
The Signorelli Company announces new land project in Conroe: Granger Pines
The Signorelli Company recently announced a new residential property in Northeast Conroe, known as Granger Pines.
The community offers immediate access to I-45 north, I-69 north and Grand Parkway (99). Located within proximity to The Woodlands and Conroe, north of Texas 242, Granger Pines in proximity to shopping, dining and entertainment.
Granger Pines will feature more than 450 acres, encompassing over 1,300 single-family homes on multiple lot size offerings.
Conroe ISD board recognizes Caney Creek Navy JROTC Unarmed Drill Team
For the first time in 18 years, the Caney Creek High School Unarmed Drill Team took home the state championship. Their achievements were recognized by the Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees Tuesday night with plaques, cheers and applause.
Lt. Cmdr. Louis Cortez, Navy JROTC senior instructor, thanked the board on Tuesday for “giving us this honor.”
It’s official. The Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees has named Dr. Curtis Null as the next district superintendent to take the helm of one of the fastest-growing districts in the state.
Without going into executive session, board members voted to approve Null as the superintendent on Tuesday night.
TUESDAYS-SUNDAYSThe Mercer Society Gift and Plant Shoppe10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays at 400 Main, Old Town Spring; 281-651-5475, themercersociety.org/ways-to-give/donate. Sales proceeds benefit flood-damaged Mercer Botanic Gardens.SATURDAYBrazoria County Master Gardeners’ 20th Annual Spring Plant Sale8 a.m.-noon at Brazoria County Environmental Education Station, 799 E. Hospital, Angleton; brazoria.agrilife.org. Free.Educational ClassesSession 1: Gardening in the...
Oak Ridge North incumbent Mayor Jim Kuykendall has spent his entire life in leadership roles, from city committees to civic organizations and a even being a church elder.
The number of students classified as homeless in the Conroe Independent School District has nearly doubled in the 2017-2018 school year over the previous year, district officials confirmed.
In light of the increase in homeless students, district officials believe adding a dedicated professional services liaison to work with students classified as homeless could make a positive academic impact on their grades.
Whether you have a vacation home or are a full-time resident at Lake Conroe, it is a great place to be especially if you’re at The Shoreline at Waterpoint, a new luxury midrise condominium.
This upscale condo endeavor from Winkler Development, located an hour north of Houston, is an expansion of the Waterpoint retail and dining complex located between Conroe and Montgomery. Residents will be in walking distance to shopping, dining and lakefront recreational activities.
A mother concerned over at least two recent alleged gun threats made by students is calling on the Conroe Independent School District to take action.
Heather Carrier, a mother with two children enrolled in Conroe ISD schools, addressed the district's board of trustees on March 20 demanding action in reference to two different rumors involving gun threats made by two separate children the week before spring break.
To the editor:
As long as we are saying what we believe, I must quote William F. Buckley Jr. "Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other points of view, and are then shocked and offended when they discover there are other points of view!" I believe what Buckley said is true; maybe more today than it was when he first opined.
Here are the top 6 candidates for Billings’ superintendent of public schools
The national search for the next Billings Public School superintendent will truly have a national candidate field.
Of the 22 applicants for the job, only one candidate hails from Montana and only one is from Wyoming.
None applied from within School District 2.
Trustees have emphasized that they wanted candidates with large-district experience throughout the search process to replace Terry Bouck, who's retiring at the end of the school year. They'll interview six semifinalists Monday and Tuesday:
After 32 years, it's time for the Conroe Independent School District to choose a new superintendent.
After more than a month of interviews, the CISD Board of Trustees is ready to name a lone finalist-whittled down from 25 candidates-to replace superintendent Don Stockton, who announced his retirement in August. The finalist will be named Tuesday night during a Board of Trustees meeting.
3 arrests in Houston ID theft ring involving 300 victims
CONROE, Texas (AP) — Authorities in suburban Houston's Montgomery County say three people have been arrested and more are expected after a traffic stop led to discovery of an identity theft ring believed to have stolen nearly 2,000 documents involving at least 300 victims.
Three meetings meant as the starting point for major changes to Interstate 45 north of Houston start Tuesday, offering the first chance for people to say what sort of options are needed in Spring, The Woodlands and Conroe.
Two new home builders added to The Woodlands Hills
Retail Wrap: The Woodlands’ East Shore Place starts next-phase construction
Houston-based Wulfe & Co. has started construction on the next phase East Shore Place at the northwest corner of Grogan's Mill Road and East Shore Drive in The Woodlands. A two-story building with 49,000 square feet will have retail, restaurant and professional space on the ground floor and specialty office and medical space on the second floor. Leases so far include Toasted Yolk Café, 4,347 square feet, and Isle PediSpa, 2,500 square feet. Katherine Wildman of Wulfe & Co. is handling leasing for the project, which was designed Ziegler Cooper Architects and is being built by Arch-Con. East Shore Place has a 9,000-square-foot Frost Bank building and a four-level parking garage. A freestanding restaurant is also planned.
Villager Q & A: Veronica Bai, president of The Woodlands Chinese Cultural Center
Veronica Bai founded The Woodlands Chinese Cultural Center in 2016 to help educate the local community about Chinese culture. Bai particularly wanted to showcase the various arts found in China, and she recently was able to bring the Art Troupe of The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China (RDFZ) to give a Chinese New Year Celebration performance at The Woodlands High School.
Under the last three University Interscholastic League realignments, the Klein Independent School District has been paired up with three different districts. The next challenge is north of Houston. Klein ISD joined Conroe ISD in the new district 15-6A and the travel will be convenient for both districts.
Conroe, College Park, Oak Ridge and The Woodlands will join Klein Collins, Klein, Klein Oak, Klein Forest and Klein Cain for the next two school years, the UIL announced Feb 1.
Texas man sentenced to life after filming rape of infant
CONROE, Texas (AP) — A Texas man was sentenced to four consecutive life sentences after being convicted of filming the rape of a 3-month-old child.
David Vincent Akins was convicted last week of four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. The 38-year-old opted to let a judge, rather than a jury, render his punishment.
A retired teacher who suffered a series of debilitating strokes is grateful he has what he terms a "chance at life without recurring strokes" after undergoing a relatively new medical procedure at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center.
Hundreds of Conroe ISD students participate in Kids Running for Kids
Running for a cause isn't new, but it is special when the runners are children trying to help other children.
On Feb. 3, hundreds of Conroe Independent School District students in kindergarten through eighth grade participated in the annual Kids Running for Kids race, which raises funds for the school district's Read for a Better Life program. The initiative provides reading books to low-income families in the school district.
Lake Houston residents’ flooding lawsuit against SJRA lands in appellate court
The San Jacinto River Authority was denied motions to dismiss a mass tort lawsuit involving more than 100 Lake Houston area residents.
Bradford T. Laney, Kingwood resident and lawyer with Raley & Bowick LLP, filed the lawsuit in October when his and hundreds of other area homes flooded after Hurricane Harvey.
The Marilyn Edgar swimming pool in Oak Ridge North, what was once considered an afterthought to the quality of life in the city of just a little more than 3,000 residents, has become a bustling, successful "resident-focused" pool program that attracted more than 5,000 people last summer.
Both the Crosby ISD and Huffman ISD school boards recently passed resolutions asking the Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to allocate funds to dredge and remove sand and other debris from the San Jacinto and Lake Houston.
When Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area in August, it flooded the Lake Houston area with more than 40 inches of rain.
Campaign launched to protect Lake Conroe water levels as downstream communities fight to lower it
Months after record rainfall during Hurricane Harvey caused some communities to experience historic flooding, the Lake Conroe Association's response to calls for a permanent 3-foot reduction in the lake's level was a resounding "no."