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Man Crashes Into Oso Bay And Does Not Survive

A 57-year-old man did not survive a single vehicle crash into Oso Bay Sunday morning.

Corpus Christi Police responded to a single vehicle crash at 2:31am Sunday morning at the 8800 block of South Padre Island Drive in which the vehicle drove into the water. Several Corpus Christi Police Officers entered the water to recover the 57-year-old man from inside the vehicle. No other person was in the vehicle and the 57-year-old man was taken to the hospital by ambulance where the man later died. The Corpus Christi Police Dive Team responded to the scene to get the vehicle out of the water and have it taken to the city impound lot.

The Corpus Christi Police Traffic Safety Section is investigating the crash in which a tan 1999 Saturn 2 door car drove east on the access road toward Flour Bluff, drove over traffic warning signs, then went into the water. The cause of death will be investigated and determined by the Nueces County Medical Examiner’s Office. Investigators have spoken to at least one witness to the crash but would like anyone who has any additional information about the crash to contact the Corpus Christi Police Traffic Safety Section at 886-2600.

Date: July 21, 2013 2:31am

Location: 8800 South Padre Island Drive http://goo.gl/maps/ZQ2RC

Event: Vehicle Crash with Fatal Injuries

Crash Number: C1305403

Auto Theft Task Force Seeks Two Auto Burglars

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Date: June 7, 2013 16:20

Location: 2833 South Padre Island Drive http://goo.gl/maps/2u15F

Offense: Burglary of a Motor Vehicle

Case Number: 1306090066

The Corpus Christi Police Auto Theft Task Force would like help from the public to identify and locate two men responsible for a burglary to a motor vehicle that happened at 2833 South Padre Island Drive on June 7, 2013.

A man reported to the Corpus Christi Police that someone broke the passenger rear door window to his silver 2007 Chevy Avalanche and took his radio. The man explained that he went out of the store at about 4:20pm on June 7, 2013 and walked to his vehicle and discovered his door window broken and his radio on the ground. The man said there were two men who stood next to the vehicle. The man said he confronted the two men and the two men walked away.

Police Investigators now have video surveillance images of the two men who may have caused the damage to the vehicle.

One man is described as a Hispanic male about 20 years of age who wore a blue polo shirt, blue and white plaid shorts, white socks and black shoes. The second man is described as a black male about 20 years of age who wore a green shirt with short striped sleeves, green athletic shorts, and black shoes.

Anyone interested to research reported criminal activity in Corpus Christi should search the website www.Crimereports.com for valuable information.

Anyone who can identify these suspects or has any additional information about this crime should call the Corpus Christi Police Auto Theft Task Force at 886-2841. Anyone who would like to submit information to Detectives and keep their identity secret may call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

Corpus Christi Animal Care Services Has New Program Manager

Heather Hendrick, Program Manager for the Corpus Christi Animal Care Services
Heather Hedrick, Program Manager for the Corpus Christi Animal Care Services

The Corpus Christi Animal Care Services has a new program manager, Heather Hedrick.

Mrs. Hedrick completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s of Business Administration. She holds a Master Peace Officer license from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education and is a certified High School Teacher from the State Board of Education.

Mrs. Hedrick taught Criminal Justice and Firefighting in public schools for the past four years. Mrs. Hedrick was the Animal Services Director for the city of Coppell in Dallas County prior to her teaching.

Mrs. Hedrick chose to move to Corpus Christi after her husband retired from firefighting. Mrs. Hedrick said she couldn’t sit still and she felt compelled to do something constructive. Mrs. Hedrick was attentive to the Animal Care Services because of her passion for animals and applied to be the program manager once the position became available.

Mrs. Hedrick brings her experience to accomplish several goals for the Animal Care Services in Corpus Christi. Mrs. Hedrick said she wants the Animal Care Facility to be a pleasant place for the public. “I want everyone to see this place, not as a pound or someplace negative,” Hedrick explained, “this is a positive place to rescue animals.”

Mrs. Hedrick provided a list of goals for the Animal Care Services staff, for volunteers, and for the building maintenance. Mrs. Hedrick shows her passion for animals and invites the community to visit the Corpus Christi Animal Care Services at 2626 Holly Road in Corpus Christi. Please visit the Animal Care Services Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/corpuschristianimalcareservices.

Police Investigate Homicide

Date: July 4, 2013, 20:12

Location: 4000 Lamont Street http://goo.gl/maps/J5f9y

Offense: Murder

Case Number: 1307040130

Corpus Christi Police Detectives are investigating a homicide on the 4000 block of Lamont Street which occurred at 8:12pm Thursday night.

Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to the 4000 block of Lamont Street for a report of a possible shooting. Officers found a male laid near the sidewalk who was not conscious and not breathing. A Corpus Christi Police Officer and witnesses performed cardio pulmonary resuscitation until paramedics from the Corpus Christi Fire Department arrived; but, the person was not revived.

Corpus Christi Police Officers investigated the death as suspicious and were provided information by witnesses and evidence which led them to apprehend a person responsible for the death. A juvenile male was taken into custody and charged with murder and Detectives believe there are no other suspects in this case. The juvenile was delivered to the Nueces County Juvenile Detention Center.

The Corpus Christi Police would like anyone who has any additional information about this case to call the Robbery/Homicide Detectives at 886-2841.

Anyone who would like to research reported criminal activity in Corpus Christi should search the website www.Crimereports.com for valuable information.

Police Seek Robbery Suspect

Date: July 5, 2013, 3:19am

Location: 3802 Staples Street http://goo.gl/maps/QjgC2

Offense: Aggravated Robbery

Case Number: 1307050035

The Corpus Christi Police Robbery/Homicide Detectives would like help from the public to locate a man who robbed a convenience store Friday morning.

No person was injured in the event but the store employee reported to the Corpus Christi Police that a man entered the store at 3:15am, displayed a handgun, and demanded cash. The man ran from the store on Doddridge toward Alameda. The man was described as a black male about 25 years in age that stood about 5 feet 6 inches tall and about 190 pounds.

Anyone interested to research reported criminal activity in Corpus Christi may search the website Crimereports.com for valuable information.

Anyone who can identify the person responsible, or has any additional information about this robbery should call the Corpus Christi Police Robbery/Homicide Detectives at 886-2841. Information may be provided to Detectives anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which leads to an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

Man Celebrates Independence Day By Shooting Gun In Front Of Police Officer

Date: July 5, 2013 3:08am

Location: 1510 Ramirez Street

Offense: Discharge a Firearm in a Municipality, Prohibited Weapon, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon

Case Number: 1307050039

A 26-year-old man was arrested Friday morning for discharging a firearm in the Corpus Christi city limits after the man leaned out a window and shot a rifle in front of a police officer.

A Corpus Christi Police Officer heard gunshots at about 3:00am on the 1400 block of North Alameda and walked the street to investigate. The Officer then saw a man lean out an apartment window at 1510 Ramirez and shoot several shots from a rifle in the air. No person was struck by the gunfire.

The Officer went to the apartment and arrested 26-year-old Akeem Edwards (2/6/1987) for discharging a firearm in the municipality; a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine. The firearm Edwards used was modified in an unlawful manner so Edwards was additionally charged with Prohibited Weapons, a 3rd degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. The Officer discovered Edwards also had previously been convicted of a felony offense, so Edwards was additionally charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon; also a 3rd degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

No person was injured and no property damage was discovered. Edwards was then delivered to the city detention center.

Police Arrest Man For Murder

Date: July 4, 2013, 00:26

Location: 7842 Leopard Street

Offense: Murder

Case Number: 1307040008

A 35-year-old man was arrested Thursday morning for the death of a woman at the 7800 block of Leopard Street.

Corpus Christi Police Officers were called to a mobile home at 7842 Leopard Street at 12:26am Thursday morning. The Police Officers received information that a woman was dead. The Officers found the lifeless body of a woman, believed to be in her middle 40’s in age. The patrol officers detained a 35-year-old man at the scene in connection to the investigation of the woman’s death.

Detectives from the Corpus Christi Police Robbery/ Homicide bureau responded to the scene to gather evidence and information.

Officers then arrested 35-year-old Johnny Flores (12-13-1977) for murder and delivered Flores to the city detention center.

The Nueces County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an investigation to determine the cause of death and the time of death of the woman. Corpus Christi Police Detectives believe no other suspects are involved in this crime.

Police Arrest Man On Traffic Stop With Mobile Lab

Date: June 30, 2013, 22:17

Location: 9600 South Padre Island Drive http://goo.gl/maps/i2557

Offense: Possession or Transport Chemicals with Intent to Manufacture a Controlled Substance

Case Number: 1306300149

 A 23-year-old man was arrested Sunday night at the 9600 block of South Padre Island Drive for driving a vehicle with a load of chemicals for the purpose to make illegal drugs.

A Corpus Christi Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on the 9600 block of South Padre Island Drive at 11:17pm. The 23-year-old driver, Dale Johnson (6/4/1990) was stopped in a white 1998 Toyota Tacoma for failing to signal a turn.

The Officer conducted an investigation and discovered Johnson had a group of chemicals in the truck. The Officer recognized the chemicals as those collected to make methamphetamines and Johnson was arrested.

The Corpus Christi Police Bomb Squad collected the chemicals for proper and safe disposal. The truck was impounded and Johnson was delivered to the city detention center. Johnson is charged with possession or transport of chemicals with intent to manufacture a controlled substance; a second degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Police Arrest Man For Racing and Unlawfully Carrying A Handgun

Date: June 29, 2013, 23:47

Location: 6200 Saratoga Boulevard http://goo.gl/maps/XJ30f

Offense: Racing and Unlawful Carrying of Weapons

Case Number: 1306290153

A 23-year-old man was arrested Saturday night for racing and for unlawful carrying a weapon on the 6200 block of Saratoga Boulevard.

Several Corpus Christi Police Officers were on the 6200 block of Saratoga Boulevard at 11:45pm and saw several cars engage in a race in the eastbound lanes of Saratoga. The Police Officers stopped 23-year-old Robert Guzman (7/6/1989) in an orange 2004 Ford Mustang and arrested him for Racing; a Class B Misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail and up to a $2,000 fine.

The Mustang was impounded and the officers located a handgun in the car when they conducted an impound inventory.  Guzman was additionally charged with unlawful carrying of weapons; a Class A Misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine.

Guzman was then delivered to the city detention center.

14 Year Old Driver Injures Two at Convenience Store Parking Lot

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A 4 year old girl and a 24 year old woman were injured in a convenience store parking lot at Horne and Ayers Saturday afternoon after they were hit by a vehicle.

A 1999 silver Dodge Durango hit the woman and the girl at about 5:20 Saturday afternoon. The two injured people were taken directly to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The three occupants of the Durango exited the vehicle and ran from the scene without providing any aid to the two injured people. Corpus Christi Police Officers quickly arrived and located all three individuals who ran from the Durango.

Corpus Christi Police Officers discovered a 22 year old man allowed an unlicensed 14 year old to drive the Durango. The third occupant was a 12 year old boy.

Charges of allowing an unlicensed operator to drive the Durango, will be applied to the 22 year old man. The 14 year old boy and the 22 year old man will have charges of Fail to Stop and Render Aid applied along with the possibility of citations for traffic violations which led to the crash.

Crash Investigators are still on scene at the time of this report as they interview witnesses, review video, photograph the scene and take measurements. Investigators expect to impound the Durango and decide the next course of action for the three occupants of the Durango.

Date: June 29, 2013 17:22

Location: 4100 Ayers Street

Offense: Fail To Stop And Render Aid

Case Number: 1306290111