Weather data OK.
Deer Park
82 °F
Weather details

CPA: What happens when you go directly to jail

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

CPA jailerDeer Park Police Jailer Ryan McBride (right) explains the jailing processes to the Citizens Police Academy. McBride gave the group a tour of the facility as part of the course. Photo by Holly Galvan.

This week, the Citizens Police Academy class got a behind the scenes look at a place where no one should want to spend time: the city jail.

After being arrested, the suspect is taken to the DPPD jail for processing. The officers will get necessary information such as date of birth, social security number and fingerprints from the prisoners. Next, the officers take the prisoner’s mug shot. DPPD Jailer Ryan McBride said during the first eight hours, new prisoners don’t receive a blanket or a mat.

“It’s hard to do CPR on a mat. People who are intoxicated don’t get mats. The number one complaint I get is people wanting the mats and blankets. People say the first eight hours are the worst,” said McBride.

Companies make DP greener for Earth Day

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

GenesisParksLocal industries partner with the Deer Park Parks and Recreation Department for green projects for Earth Day. This year, Genesis Energy and Calpine assisted the department with beautification along State Hwy. 225 and planting trees at the Ella and Friends Dog Park. Photo by Holly Galvan.

The Deer Park Parks and Recreation Department paired with local businesses to make Deer Park a little greener for Earth Day.

Kristy Unzicker, Genesis Manager of Environmental and Marine Compliance said this is the fourth year that Genesis Energy is pairing with the City of Deer Park.

“This year we are planting 300 trees. We are helping [Deer Park] with their reforestation project,” said Unzicker.

Parks Operation Coordinator Tiffany McGallian said Genesis Energy wanted to do something that would benefit the local environment.

Deer Park Relay for Life to raise funds for cancer's cure

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

American Cancer Society Relay For Life LogoResidents from Deer Park can lace up their shoes and walk for a good cause on April 30 at the 2016 Relay for Life of Southeast Harris County. The event will start at 4 p.m. at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center at 500 W 13th St.

This is the 21st year for the event in Deer Park. At the relay there will be activities for cancer survivors, walking, onsite fundraising activities, a silent auction, music, games and a luminaria ceremony in honor of survivors and in memory of those that have lost their lives to cancer.

Relay for Life Community Manager, Krista Bahnsen said Relay for Life started in 1985 in Tacoma, Wash. and has grown to thousands of events worldwide.

Deer Park detailer set for historical project

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

SalazarLeRoux Luxury Detailing's Jason Salazar is one of 58 detailers chosen to refurbish several historical planes, including former Air Force One units. Photo provided by Detail Mafia.

One Deer Park resident is about to leave his mark on several historical aircraft, including Air Force One. Jason Salazar was selected as the newest member of the elite Air Force One Detailing Team. The AFO detailing team has 58 highly skilled members and is also the 2016 Museum of Flight Detailing Team.

The AFO detailing team is preparing the planes for Boeing’s Centennial Anniversary and the opening of the Seattle Museum of Flight’s new Airpark Pavilion.

Salazar, of Leroux Detailing, was trained by master detailer Renny Doyle, who was the first detailer of Air Force One. Doyle has made a group of highly skilled detailers called the Detail Mafia, all members of the AFO detailing team are members of the Detail Mafia. Salazar is the second member of the AFO team to be from the Houston area.

DPPD volunteers make heavy impact

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

volunteerdonation2016Volunteers with the Deer Park Police Department present the city with a check for more than $103,000. The amount represents DPPD's savings through volunteer hours. Photo by Bobby Vasquez

At its Tuesday meeting, Deer Park City Council learned the impact volunteers have at the Deer Park Police Department.

“We have a very successful volunteer program,” DPPD Chief Greg Grigg said. “This last year, they donated 4,479 volunteer hours to the department. That’s 942 hours more than what was donated in 2014.”

That is the equivalent of 2.2 full-time staff members, he said.

“That’s 2,080 hours a year and never taking a day off,” Grigg said of the comparison.

The volunteers come from the Deer Park Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association and police volunteer services. The group organizes a city-wide shred day, assists with the evidence and property room, conducts handicapped parking enforcement, patrols parks, maintains the radar gun inventory, assists with vacation safety school, drug take programs and much more.

CPA Notebook: Crime scene investigation is not like TV

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

CPA MasonMooreDPPD Crime Scene Officer Mason Moore demonstrates equipment used to gather evidence at crime scenes. Unfortunately for real police officers, the process takes much longer than the 60 minutes allotted to the popular forensic TV shows. Photo by Holly Galvan.

This week’s Citizens Police Academy discussed how the Deer Park Police Department handles crime scene evidence.

Evidence can vary from bodily fluids to physical items like rocks. The man who organizes all that information is Property Room Custodian Eddie Salazar.

There can be more than 20,000 pieces of evidence in custody at the DPPD. There are spots for every item and everything is carefully organized, so nothing is lost.

“A barcode system allows us to sign things in and out by scanning the labels on the evidence. It is a great system that has worked well for us all,” he said.

Salazar ensures that the chain-of-custody is followed with all items.

Walgreens, Mouton kick off Red Nose Day campaign

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

walgreensRNDDeer Park Mayor Jerry Mouton joined the staff at Walgreens to kick off the pharmacy's Red Nose Campaign. Red Nose Day, set for May 26, raises funds for and brings attention to the fight against childhood poverty. Photo by Holly Galvan.

The Deer Park Walgreens kicked off its Red Nose campaign Friday. Walgreens is on a mission to help raise funds to fight poverty of children. The second annual Red Nose Day is May 26.

The VIP guests of the event were the Deer Park Mayor Jerry Mouton and the Miss Pasadena Rodeo Emily Tadalecki.

Mouton said he came out to support the community and a good cause.

“I am always looking for opportunities to support businesses in the community, and this is a great one that is benefiting organizations in Deer Park,” said Mouton.

Funds for the Red Nose campaign that benefits children in all 50 states and 15 countries internationally through programs that keep children and young people safe, healthy and educated. The campaign will end on June 4th. There will be a live TV special that will air live on NBC May 26.

2016 Hall of Honor inductees blaze a trail of selflessness

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

HallofHonor2016(From left) Victor White, Jo Kiefer, Chad Burke and Nathan Colunga were inducted into the Felton F. Waggoner Hall of Honor Saturday night. The four Deer Park High School graduates were honored for their selfless work toward the improvement of their communities. Photo by Holly Galvan.

Four Deer Park High School graduates were inducted to the Felton F. Waggoner Hall of Honor Saturday night.

This year's class included Chad Burke, Nathan Colunga, Jo Kiefer and Victor White.

The Felton F. Waggoner Hall of Honor recognizes graduates of Deer Park High School. Honorees are selected who have made a significant contribution through their service or accomplishments to their profession or community and must be considered to be positive role models for the youth. The Deer Park Chamber Commerce hosted the event.

"These are persons who have graduated from this school district and have gone on to their professions and careers and become a shining example of the products of Deer Park," said Tim Culp, Chamber CEO and emcee for the event.

Catch a good time at DPFFA's Fish Fest Saturday

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community file photoThe Deer Park FFA Booster Club is inviting area young people to catch some fun at its 14th annual Fish Fest. The fundraiser for the organization is April 23 at the Deer Park ISD Agricultural Center, at 6804 Line Drive in Pasadena, behind McCoy's Lumber on Red Bluff. The event, sponsored by Shell Federal Credit Union is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., the FFA will be in the McCoy’s parking lot for its annual fish fry.

The Ag Center's ponds will be freshly stocked with plenty of fish. Participants will have the opportunity to catch as many fish as they can during this timed event. Prizes will be awarded for most fish caught, the longest fish and the top three fundraisers from each age group.

“Fish Fest benefits the community by offering children ages 14 and under an opportunity to experience the sport of fishing at no charge,” said Paula Smith of the FFA booster club. “If the children choose to compete for fund raiser prizes, they have the opportunity to acquire sponsorships. The event is sponsored by the Deer Park FFA Booster Club which supports the various activities of the Deer Park FFA Chapter. The FFA chapter is ultimately benefits financially from this community-wide event.”

APP opens Great American Trailer Park Musical Friday

Written by staff. Posted in Community

Trailer park 1

This month the chair-throwing revelry of the Jerry Springer Show comes to the Deer Park stage as the Art Park Players present “The Great American Trailer Park Musical."

The show opens Friday, April 15 with shows continuing through April 30 for this Broadway musical comedy jam-packed with big hair and hilarious fun.

“‘The Great American Trailer Park Musical’ is a PG-13 story that showcases some of the not-so-good parts of the American south, so be prepared to have a good time,” said Director David Eck. “The best part of the story itself is that it’s so ridiculous and far-fetched, but you can still see the humanity in the characters. This is a show you won’t want to miss!”

A true ensemble piece, the show stars Susan Mele as Betty, Emmy Smith as Donna ‘Pickles,’ Julianne McBride as Linoleum ‘Lin,’ Stacey Holiman as Jeannie, Chad McCallon as Norbert, Margo Staley as Pippi and Cody Ray Strimple as Duke.

CPA Notebook: Why the Tahoe works & ID theft

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

dppdpatcheditedThis week’s Citizens Police Academy discussed the Deer Park Police Department’s vehicle fleet and a crime that can happen to anyone at any time.

Things have changed around Deer Park Police Department since Asst. Chief Sharon Massey joined the force more than 20 years ago. Massey said she remembers in 1992 when Ford introduced the Crown Victoria cars to police departments.

“[The Crown Victorias] were the go-to police cars for police departments across America. I was shocked when they stopped making them,” said Massey. DPPD had included the Fords in its fleet.

After the Crown Victorias were retired, DPPD needed to choose a new police vehicle. Within the department, there was a promotion available for officers. One of the requirements for the applicants was to present a research paper on a recommendation for a vehicle for DPPD.

Massey said most of the applicants wrote their papers favoring the Chevrolet Caprice because its large size.

Rotary hears dramatic account of 1942's Doolittle Raid

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

DoolittleRetired Lt. Col. Don Houk portrays the late Lt. Col. James Doolittle during a presentation to the Deer Park Rotary Club. He led the famous 1942 Doolittle Raid that boosted American morale following the Pearl Harbor attack. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.When the United States needed a morale boost in the Pacific theater in 1942, a raid planned and executed by Lt. Col. James Doolittle gave military and civilians the shot it needed. Retired Lt. Col. Don Houk of the Frontiers of Flight Museum visited the Deer Park Rotary Club to talk about that raid and its ripple effects during World War II.

Houk’s presentation took a life of its own as he spoke about the sneak attack in character as Doolittle. During the first world war, Doolittle served as a flight leader and gunnery instruction in California. He later attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned his masters of science in aeronautics in one year.

He returned to active duty in the US Army Air Corps in 1940. In January of 1942, he was assigned to the Army Air Forces Headquarters to plan an air strike against Japan in retaliation or the Pearl Harbor bombing just a month before. The result became the famous Doolittle Raid.

“I was so mad I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t eat,” said Houk, performing as Doolittle.

Planning for the eventual raid began with the concept of safely launching twin-engine bombers from an aircraft carrier. The mission also required the bombers not fly with their regular fighter escort for defense. The B-25 Mitchell was selected for the mission.

“We only had about five inches between the wing and the walls of the carrier,” Doolittle said.

City cuts ribbon on Minchen complex

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

MinchenFirstPitchDeer Park Mayor Jerry Mouton throws the ceremonial first pitch to TJ Haight at the Minchen Athletic Complex. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.Community leaders joined the Deer Park Parks and Recreation Department in dedicating the Minchen Sports Complex this week.

Demolition of the existing site began last June and new construction began later during the summer.

TJ Haight, Parks board member and DP Pony League President said the completion on the complex is the end product of a vision for youth sports. The Minchen Complex was built with bond funds. With last year’s voter-approved Type B funding for additional projects, even more improvements are on the horizon, he said.

“The people had vison to upgrade and improve in Deer Park. The Type B passage ensures Deer Park will go on and on,” he said. Haight said he encourages residents to get involved with the upcoming projects.