Off Duty Police Officer Stops Burglary at Neighbors House

Occurred Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 9:19am, 1100 Graham Rd. Burglary of a Habitation, 1302050026

                An off duty Corpus Christi Police Officer stopped a burglary Tuesday morning at his neighbor’s house on the 1100 block of Graham Road.

The Corpus Christi Police Officer worked in his garden at his home on the 1100 block of Graham Road Tuesday morning at about 9:20am and saw an unknown 22-year-old man with a hatchet in the officer’s neighbors drive way. The Officer confronted 22-year-old Gordon Morris (9/6/1990) and convinced Morris to drop the hatchet.

The officer then led Morris away from the hatchet and other tools which could be used for weapons while they waited for uniformed Corpus Christi Police Patrol Officers to arrive. Morris then began to struggle with the unarmed off duty officer until uniformed officers arrived and placed Morris in handcuffs.

Officers discovered Morris had entered the off duty officer’s neighbors recreational vehicle without permission from the owner and stole the hatchet and other items.

Morris was arrested for burglary of a habitation (a Second Degree Felony), for Unlawful Use of Criminal Instruments (a state jail felony), and for possession of drug paraphernalia (a Class C misdemeanor). Uniformed officers then delivered Morris to the city detention center.

Utility Work to Affect Traffic on Balboa Street and Morgan Avenue

The City of Corpus Christi Traffic Engineering office advises residents beginning on Wednesday, February 6 through February 8, 2013; weather permitting, contractors will be doing utility work in the 500 block of Balboa Street and in the 3900 block of Morgan Avenue.

Work crews will implement the following traffic control plans:

Balboa Street:  Traffic will be reduced to one through lane and flaggers will be available to guide motorist through the work site.

Morgan Avenue:  Morgan Avenue westbound traffic will be reduced to one lane through the work area.

Traffic control devices will guide motorists through the construction site.  While the work is underway, motorists should expect delays and are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the area if possible.  Motorists are also advised to observe all construction warning signs and barricades for their safety and that of construction crews.   Access to local driveways will be maintained throughout the duration of the project.

For more information, please contact Traffic Engineering at 826-3547.

Correction:

The City of Corpus Christi Traffic Engineering office advises residents beginning Monday, February 11, 2013; weather permitting, contractors will be doing utility work in the 3900 block of Morgan Avenue.  During this period, Morgan Avenue westbound traffic will be reduced to one lane through the work area.

The Balboa Street utility work has been rescheduled.

Traffic control devices will guide motorists through the construction site.  While the work is underway, motorists should expect delays and are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the area if possible.  Motorists are also advised to observe all construction warning signs and barricading for their safety and that of construction crews.   Access to local driveways will be maintained throughout the duration of the project.

For more information, please contact Traffic Engineering at 826-3547.

Police Begin Death Investigation On Bentwood Lane

Occurred Monday, February 4, 2013, 5:49pm, 3814 Bentwood Lane, Death Investigation, 1302040155

The Corpus Christi Police Department has begun an investigation that they are treating as a homicide at 3814 Bentwood Lane after a deceased person was found in a shallow grave in the back yard of that home.

The Corpus Christi Police Department was called by a San Antonio man on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 5:50pm to request a welfare check on a 77-year-old woman. The responding Patrol Officers received no answer at the door, and the woman’s vehicle and personal items were at the residence.

Investigating officers were provided information that a 27-year-old man lived in the home with the woman and they began a search for the man and the 77-year-old woman. The 27-year-old man, David Christy (2/13/1985) was found near the 6400 block of Weber Road at 8:30pm.

Christy ran and fought with police and then was arrested for Assault on a Public Servant, Evading Arrest, and Resisting Arrest, search or Transport. One patrol officer received a minor hand injury during the arrest.

Corpus Christi Police Detectives applied for a search warrant for the home on Bentwood and discovered a shallow grave in the back yard. The grave contained human remains which were collected by the Nueces County Medical Examiner’s Office and have not yet been identified.

Police Search for 77 Year Old Woman From Bentwood Drive

Occurred Monday, February 4, 2013, 17:49, 3800 Bentwood Drive, Missing Person 1302040155
Corpus Christi Police are searching for a 77-year-old woman from a home on the 3800 block of Bentwood Drive Monday night.
A San Antonio man called the Corpus Christi Police Department at 5:49pm Monday afternoon after he was unable to contact his 77-year-old mother. Corpus Christi Police Officers checked the woman’s home less than 10 minutes after having received the welfare concern call by the San Antonio man. The officers saw the woman’s vehicle in the driveway and her cane inside the car. The information provided to police officers was that the 77-year-old woman was not able to walk without the use of her cane and the car was her only mode of transportation.
There was no answer at the door. Police Officers were given information that the 77-year-old woman’s 27-year-old grandson resided at the house with her. Officers searched for the 27-year-old man until he was found at the 6000 block of Weber Road at 8:30pm. The 27-year-old man ran from police, but was detained by police officers.
Corpus Christi Police Detectives have applied for a search warrant to enter the house to search for clues to locate the 77-year-old woman. The 77-year-old woman is Johanna Christy and Corpus Christi Police would like any information the any person may have which may locate Christy. Anyone with any information about this event should call the Corpus Christi Police at 886-2841.

Burglar on Furman Avenue Stopped After Witnesses Call Police

Occurred Saturday, February 2, 2013, 9:09am, 800 Furman Avenue, Burglary of a vehicle, 1302020053

                A 25-year-old man was arrested for burglary of a motor vehicle on the 800 block of Furman Avenue Saturday morning.

A 40-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman saw 25-year-old Juan Garcia (4/13/1987) in their neighbor’s driveway at about 9:00am Saturday morning. The two witnesses saw Garcia get into the neighbors unlocked green 2000 Jeep Liberty. Garcia took tools from the Jeep until the witnesses called Corpus Christi Police.

Garcia walked away from the Jeep until he was apprehended by Corpus Christi Police Patrol Officers. Garcia was arrested and taken to the city detention center for burglary of a motor vehicle; a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine.

Police Catch Burglars on Alameda Street Moments After Crime

Occurred Saturday, February 2, 2013, 1:33am, 3104 Alameda Street, Burglary of a Building 1302020018

                A 31-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were apprehended by police for a burglary moments after the crime was committed on the 3100 block of South Alameda Street Saturday morning.

A Corpus Christi Police Patrol Officer saw two people walk the street and pull on car door handles on the 2800 block of Lawnview. The Police Officer stopped the 16-year-old boy and 31-year-old Michael Jenkins (4/8/1981) to investigate them as suspects to vehicle burglaries. The two had bags of frozen turkey and packages of tortillas.

The officer heard a call on the radio for other police patrol units to respond to an alarm at a business building on Alameda Street. The officers investigating the alarm call discovered an open back window and an open freezer. The investigating officers connected the items with Jenkins to the alarm call and then Jenkins was arrested for burglary of a building. The 16-year-old boy was taken to the Nueces County Juvenile Detention Center for the burglary and Jenkins was delivered to the city detention center.

Burglary of a building is a stat jail felony punishable by up to two years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Police Take Man From Trash Can to Jail

Occurred Monday, February 04, 2013, 8:35am, 5900 Norvel Dr. Warrant of arrest and Evading Arrest, 1302040046

                A 35-year-old man was arrested after he ran from Corpus Christi Police Officers on the 5900 block of Norvel Drive near Cullen Park Monday morning.

Corpus Christi Police responded to a call for a man sleeping on the sidewalk at Norvel Drive and Belmeade Drive at 8:35am. A patrol officer woke 35-year-old Rocky Cooper (5/20/1977) and asked for identification. Cooper then reached for a bag, then pushed the officer and ran.

The officer chased Cooper until Cooper ran behind a house. The officer then found Cooper hidden in a recycle bin and Cooper refused to get out of the container. Cooper was exposed to the Electronic Control Device and then was placed in handcuffs.

Cooper had a warrant for his arrest and he was additionally charged with evading arrest. Cooper was then delivered to the city detention center.

City Road Closures February 1-8, 2013

Chaparral Street and Schatzell Street Intersection

Monday – Friday

Schatzell Street:  From Shoreline Boulevard, Schatzell Street westbound traffic will be detoured onto Water Street.

In addition, Schatzell Street will be closed to through traffic between Water Street and Mesquite Street.  Parking will be permitted on this section of Schatzell Street.

Chaparral Street:  Chaparral Street will become a two-way traffic between Lawrence Street and Schatzell Street where parking will be allowed on this section of the Chaparral.  Motorists are cautioned to be aware of those vehicles that are entering and exiting this section of Chaparral at the Lawrence Street intersection.

McBride Lane (Between Leopard Street and IH-37 Eastbound Frontage Road)

Monday – Friday

McBride Lane:  Beginning Monday, January 21, 2013, the southbound traffic on McBride Lane will be closed to traffic between IH-37 frontage road and Up River Road.  Closure will be for approximately 30 days.  During this period, southbound traffic will be detoured onto southbound Navigation to IH-37.

Kostoryz Road

Saturday – Friday

Beginning January 23, 2013 through January 28, 2013, weather permitting; city contractors will be doing road work on Kostoryz Road between South Padre Island Drive (S.P.I.D.) and Mansheim Boulevard.  During this period there will be various lane shifts and traffic will be reduced to one through lane in each direction.   Upon completion, traffic between S.P.I.D and Gollihar Road will then be shifted onto the northbound lanes and be reduced to one through lane in each direction.

In addition, traffic on eastbound McArdle Road will be shifted onto the westbound lane where traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction through the Kostoryz Road intersection.

Staples Street (Williams Street to Saratoga Boulevard)

Saturday – Friday

Holly Road:

Left turns will be restricted at Holly Road from northbound Staples Street until further notice. Southbound drivers on Staples Street will not be able to turn left onto Holly Road and right turns will be restricted when the traffic signal is on red.  There are no turning restrictions for westbound and eastbound drivers on Holly Road onto Staples Street.

Wooldridge Road:  The Wooldridge Road traffic will be shifted onto the westbound lanes and traffic will be reduced to one through lane in each direction through the Staples Street Intersection.

Staples Street:   Contractors will shift the southbound Staples Street traffic onto the northbound lane reducing traffic to one through lane in each direction from the Moore Plaza entrance through the Williams Drive intersection.  Southbound drivers will have dedicated right and left turn lanes at Williams Drive.  Northbound drivers will have a dedicated right turn lane at Williams Drive but no left turns will be permitted.

On Staples Street from Woodridge Road to north of Holly Road, there are two lanes of traffic open in each direction.  Staples Street traffic, between Cain Drive and Bonner Drive, will be shifted onto the northbound lanes and traffic reduced to one through lane in each direction.

Bonner Drive, Cain Drive, or Curtis Clark Drive:  Cain Drive, Bonner Drive, or Curtis Clark Drive may be periodically closed at the Staples Street intersection.  Motorists will be detoured into Burton Lane.  In addition, when one street is closed, the other may be reduced to one lane with flaggers to direct traffic.  Once work is completed, each street will be closed for 10 days to pour concrete and allow the pavement to cure.

Sarazen Drive: Contractors will permit only inbound traffic to enter Sarazen Drive from Staples Street and traffic exiting must continue north on Sarazen and exit onto Wooldridge Road.

Rodd Field Road and Williams Drive

Saturday – Monday

Contractors will shift traffic onto the northbound lanes and reduce traffic to one through lane in each direction at the Rodd Field Road and Williams Drive intersection.  No left turns will continue to be enforced.

Bear Lane 

Saturday – Friday

Bear Lane will be closed from Green Point Drive to Old Brownsville Road and closed on Navigation Boulevard from Agnes Road to Old Brownsville Road.

Airline Road

Saturday – Friday

Traffic on Airline Road is closed to traffic between Wall Street and Rodd Field Road.  In addition, eastbound traffic on Lipes Boulevard and Slough Road will be closed between Giants Drive and Rodd Field Road.   Eastbound Lipes Boulevard traffic will be detoured north onto Giants Drive, and eastbound Wall Street traffic will be detoured northbound onto Airline Road.

Staples Street and Weber Road/Doddridge Street

Saturday – Friday

City contractors will be doing road work on Staples Street between the Weber Road/Doddridge Street intersection and Barracuda Place.  As this project is ongoing, southbound traffic on this section of Staples Street will be shifted onto the northbound lane and traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.  No left turns will be permitted onto Doddridge Street from Staples Street.

Cadets Learn Proper Police Response to Suspicious Items #CCPD71

Cadets from the 71st Academy watch the explosives demonstration from a safe distance

Cadets from the 71st Academy watch the explosives demonstration from a safe distance

Status of the 71st:

The Corpus Christi Police Department 71st Academy session ended week 2 with a boom! The Corpus Christi Police Department Bomb Squad delivered an 8 hour block of instruction on explosives awareness. The purpose of the class was to train the Cadets to properly and safely respond to bomb threats and reports for suspicious items. The Bomb Squad then provided a demonstration for the cadets at the Corpus Christi Police Bomb Range in order to exhibit the dangers of explosive materials officers may encounter on patrol.

The Cadets were assigned to read Chapters 3,4, and 5 of the Corpus Christi Police General Rules Manual for homework over the weekend. Chapter 3 covers Supervisor Responsibilities; Chapter 4 explains Uniforms, Appearance, and Equipment; and Chapter 5 provides the standard for Conduct and Performance.

This picture was taken by a Corpus Christi Police Bomb Technician during a demonstration for the 71st Police Academy Session

This picture was taken by a Corpus Christi Police Bomb Technician during a demonstration for the 71st Police Academy Session

 

“Color Me Rad” Street Closure

Northbound Shoreline Boulevard will be closed to traffic between William Street and Resaca Street.  Mesquite Street will be closed between Palo Alto Street and Port Avenue.  Port Avenue will be closed between Sam Rankin Street and Chaparral Street.  No Parking will be allowed on the seawall beginning at 10:00p.m., Friday, February 1, 2013 between Cooper’s Alley and Resaca Street.

Traffic control devices will guide traffic around the event area.  Motorists should expect delays and should seek alternate routes to by-pass this area if possible.  Motorists are advised to observe all warning signs and barricades for their safety and that of the event participants and spectators.