Judge severs ownership after dogs found ‘left and forgotten’ at New Caney home
By Catherine Dominguez, Staff writer Updated 12:07 pm CST, Thursday, January 10, 2019
Montgomery County Animal Shelter Director Aaron Johnson goes over documents beside Assistant County Attorney Ronald Chin before an hearing in the courtroom of Montgomery County Justice of Peace Precinct 4 Jason Dunn, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in New Caney. Dunn awarded custody of 57 living dogs seized from a New Caney home on Jan. 5 to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter….READ MORE
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Care Cottage — Five staff members were fired from two residential treatment facilities for girls before Montgomery County law officials raided the facility in May, part of an ongoing criminal investigation into complaints of neglect, improper supervision, physical and sexual abuse, according to state officials and law enforcement. Troubling living conditions — including broken windows, moldy bathrooms and holes in the wall — and a lack of employee background investigations at the Care Cottage treatment facility for girls in Willis have been documented in state inspections. The Care Cottage facilities, which are licensed for 65 girls ages 6 to 17, are operated by the private HTK Care Foundation Inc, which is registered to Harold Taylor and his wife, Tabitha.In July, Child Protective Services remove girls from Care Cottage North. County Attorney J.D. Lambright said the last girl from the north facility was moved July 13. Care Cottage South remained open with about 25 girls still residing at the facility. “This is not the result of any court order,” Lambright said adding CPS officials made the decision following the raid. “CPS started seeing the (extent) of the problems there.”The investigation started after officials with the Willis Independent School District contacted Lambright to report numerous incidents involving girls who lived at the facility and attended classes in the district. The case is still pending.
Lawsuit dismissed — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Montgomery County that claimed Precinct 1 Judge Wayne Mack’s courtroom prayer by volunteer chaplains violated part of the First Amendment. The lawsuit was filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation in March 2017. The judgment was filed Sept. 27. The FFRF does have the option to appeal the court’s decision.In January, Mack was dismissed from the suit after the plaintiffs with the FFRF clarified their intentions stating they were suing Mack in his official capacity as a justice of the peace. According to First Assistant County Attorney B.D. Griffin, by suing Mack in his official capacity, the plaintiffs effectively sue the county.In the suit, two attorneys and another person who were in Mack’s courtroom on official business claim they felt prejudiced by Mack during separate dockets in 2014. The Freedom from Religion Foundation believes the religious prayer practice Mack initiated in his court violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. However, one of the plaintiffs was dismissed because there was no standing.In his courtroom, Mack allows for voluntary chaplains to open ceremonies with an invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance. The volunteer chaplaincy program includes leaders from multiple faiths, such as Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and Mormon religious leaders…READ MORE
The County Attorney’s Office would like to welcome our two new employees Anna Emmons and Scott Davis.
Anna Emmons joins us as an Assistant County Attorney with the Juvenile Division. She was in private practice for the last two years and she handled adult and juvenile criminal cases. Anna has worked in criminal law for over eighteen years and has previously served as a Harris County Assistant District Attorney for over fourteen years. She has assisted law enforcement agencies with active investigations and has tried numerous criminal cases including complex capital murder cases. Anna graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business and obtained her Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law in 2001.
Scott Davis, a Master Peace Officer, joins us as an Investigator assigned to our CPS Division. During his 28 year law enforcement career, Scott served Montgomery County for 22 years in a variety of roles with the Sheriff’s Office. Scott is a Willis High graduate, began his career with the Houston Police Department and most recently he filled the role of Sergeant Investigator for the Williamson County District Attorney.
Department of the Year
The County Attorney’s Office, headed by J D Lambright, was named 2018 Department of the Year. The Government Affairs Division of the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office nominated the County Attorney’s Office for Department of the Year. The County Attorney’s office provides legal advice and other related services to a variety of county departments, agencies, boards and organizations, as well as to the County Judge and County Commissioners. The team members of the Government Affairs Division stated that “the staff works diligently in the performance of its duties to ensure the accuracy and promptness of responses to all queries, routinely going the extra mile. Additionally our staff is dedicated to the highest level of serve and attentiveness to clients’ concerns.”…READ MORE
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“Our office is committed to doing the right thing, in the right way, and for the right reasons.” – J D Lambright