Category Archives: Community Outreach

Mosquito Spraying on Island Tonight

Due to increased mosquito activity and high mosquito counts on the Island area all routes located on the Island will be sprayed.  Spraying will take place this evening from dusk to approximately 11:00pm

Vector Control can only spray for mosquitoes when it is not raining and the wind speed is low. The pesticide dissipates very quickly when it comes in contact with the ground, especially if there is dew.  Even then, the fogger only kills the mosquitoes that are actually airborne and come in direct contact with the pesticide at the time of the spraying, so it is not effective for any great period of time.

Since the fog only kills the airborne mosquitoes, spraying only occurs during evening hours, usually between 7:00 p.m. and Midnight. It is estimated the fog only kills one-third of the total mosquito population. 

 Although Vector Control employees do their best to reduce the number of pest mosquitoes citywide, Corpus Christi Animal Care Services (CCACS) urges residents to take these personal precautions to avoid being bitten:

• Use an approved insect repellent every time you go outside and follow the instructions on the label. Approved repellents are those that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

• Regularly drain standing water, including water that collects in empty cans, tires, bird feeders, buckets, clogged rain gutters and saucers under potted plants. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. Purchase mosquito donuts (dunks) at retail stores that kill mosquito larvae in standing water. 
• Wear long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
• Use air conditioning or make sure there are screens on all doors and windows to keep mosquitoes from entering the home.
• Keep grass cut and yards maintained. Treat the yard for mosquitoes, fleas, and pests.

Auction Set For This Saturday

The City of Corpus Christi will auction 75 cars, trucks, and motorcycles at the Corpus Christi Police Vehicle Impound Lot located at 5485 Greenwood Drive on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 10:00 am.

The general public is encouraged to register and view the vehicles for auction from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday, April 3. The general public can continue to register and view the vehicles from 8:00 am to 10:00 am on the day of the auction.

All vehicles up for auction may be viewed online and an auction list may be downloaded from www.siskauction.com.

Mosquito Spraying Schedule

Vector Control crews will be spraying for mosquitos in the Annaville area between 6:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m

 

The following routes will be sprayed.

 

Route 1 – Hwy 77 west to City limits

Route 2 – Hwy 77 east to Violet north of IH 37

Routh 3 – Hwy 77 east to Violet south of IH 37

 

Vector Control can only spray for mosquitoes when it is not raining and the wind speed is low. The pesticide dissipates very quickly when it comes in contact with the ground, especially if there is any dew.  Even then, the fogger only kills the mosquitoes that are actually airborne and come in direct contact with the pesticide at the time of the spraying, so it is not effective for any great period of time.

Since the fog only kills the airborne mosquitoes, spraying only occurs during evening hours, usually between 7:00 p.m. and Midnight. It is estimated the fog only kills one-third of the total mosquito population. 

 

Although Vector Control employees do their best to reduce the number of pest mosquitoes citywide, Corpus Christi Animal Care Services (CCACS) urges residents to take these personal precautions to avoid being bitten:

• Use an approved insect repellent every time you go outside and follow the instructions on the label. Approved repellents are those that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

• Regularly drain standing water, including water that collects in empty cans, tires, bird feeders, buckets, clogged rain gutters and saucers under potted plants. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. Purchase mosquito donuts (dunks) at retail stores that kill mosquito larvae in standing water. 
• Wear long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
• Use air conditioning or make sure there are screens on all doors and windows to keep mosquitoes from entering the home.
• Keep grass cut and yards maintained. Treat the yard for mosquitoes, fleas, and pests.

Warrant Issued For Bank Robber

Date: March 24, 2015           12:15 PM
Location: 1300 Waldron Road
Offense: Aggravated Robbery
Case Number: 1503240070
Corpus Christi Police Detectives have issued an arrest warrant in connection to a bank robbery that occurred at the IBC Bank located at 1317 Waldron Road on March 24.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Christopher Birkigt (12/30/1967).  The warrant has a bond amount of $150,000.  The suspect is described as being 6’00” tall, and 240 pounds.  He has brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone who knows the suspect wanted for this robbery, should call the Corpus Christi Police Robbery & Homicide Detectives at 886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and provide information to Detectives Should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

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Suspect Christopher Birkigt    (12/30/1967)

 

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Suspect at the counter of the IBC Bank

Suspect Robs American Bank

Date: March 24, 2015           11:55 AM
Location: 4100 South Alameda Street
Offense: Aggravated Robbery
P.C.     29.03         First Degree Felony
Case Number: 1503240066
Corpus Christi Police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred at 4145 South Alameda Street, the American Bank, at 11:55 this morning.

A bank employee told officers that a suspect entered the bank, presented a note to one of the female tellers that demanded cash.  The bank employee told officers the suspect then displayed a handgun. Once the teller handed over the money, the suspect fled out the front door and went around toward the back of a nearby building.

The suspect is described as being a Hispanic male, approximately 40 years old, with tattoos on his neck.  He was last seen wearing a blue baseball cap, and a blue collared shirt.

There was one customer and at least four employees inside the bank at the time of the robbery.  No one inside was injured.

Camera surveillance images of the suspect were provided to police by the bank. This suspect was not captured and the police department is asking for your help identifying this individual.

Anyone who knows who is responsible, or has any additional information about this robbery, should call the Corpus Christi Police Detectives at 886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and provide information to Detectives Should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

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Suspect exiting the American Bank

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Suspect exiting the American Bank

 

 

Spring Break 2015 By the Numbers

Although spring break crowds were much smaller than in years past due to the poor weather, enforcement actions by Corpus Christi Police Officers on Padre Island Beaches resulted in the following statistics.

 

Officers placed a strong emphasis on keeping the streets safe for both spring breakers and local residents by increasing the number of officers assigned to DWI patrol.  As a result, Officers made 21 Driving While Intoxicated arrests during this year’s spring break period (March 13th through March 22nd), compared to zero in 2014.

 

Perhaps the number that CCPD is proudest to report is zero:  Zero traffic fatalities; Zero DWI related major accidents; and Zero serious assaults on the beach (stabbings, shootings, beatings, etc.)

 
339 traffic citations
21 DWI arrests (up from zero in 2014). Twelve were blood draws and nine blew on the Intoxilyzer (7 at Tortuga, 2 at CDC)
16 Minor In Possession of Alcohol
16 Glass Container violations
9 No Insurance Impounds
7 Misdemeanor warrants
5 Driving in Dunes warnings
5 DWLI/DWLS arrests
4 Public Intoxication arrests
4 Poss. of Marijuana (not synthetic)
4 Felony warrants
2 Open Container citations
2 Minor Accidents
2 Fail to ID/Fugitive arrests
1 Reckless driving arrest
1 Possession of Controlled Substance arrest
1 Unlawful Carrying of a weapon arrest
1 Fraudulent Use of Identifying Information arrest
1 Tampering with Evidence arrest
 
 
These stats are from the beach units, Gang unit and Traffic units who took enforcement action on the beach for Spring Break.

Suspects Use Stolen Credit Cards

Date: 3/11/2015           
Location: 5800 South Padre Island Drive
Offense: Burglary
P.C. 30.04        Class A Misdemeanor
Case Number: 1503110019
Corpus Christi Police Detectives have released camera surveillance images of two suspects that used stolen credit cards at the CVS Store located at Everhart Road and South Staples Street on March 11.

Officers had originally been dispatched to a burglary of a vehicle at Freedom Fitness, located at 5858 S. Padre Island Drive.  A 72 year old female reported that her 2012 Honda Odyssey van had the front passenger side door window broken out and several items were stolen sometime between 5:30 and 6:30  AM.  Her credit cards  which were stolen from her van were used a short time later at the CVS Store.

Officers went to the store and were able to view surveillance images of the male and female suspects that used the stolen cards to make purchases.  Detectives now need your help in identifying these two people.

Anyone with information about this case should call the Corpus Christi Police Property Crimes Detectives at 886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and provide information to the Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

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Male and female suspects at the counter of the CVS Store

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Male and female suspects at the counter of the CVS Store

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Male and female suspects at the counter of the CVS Store

Female Robbed At PMI

Date: 03/17/2015            6:52 PM
Location: 900 South Tancahua Street
Offense: Robbery
P.C. 29.02       Second Degree Felony
Case Number: 1503170141
Corpus Christi Police Detectives have released camera surveillance images of a robbery from an individual that occurred at the PMI Store located at 910 South Tancahua Street on March 17.

A 50 year old female victim is seen exiting the store when she is suddenly attacked by another women.  After the female victim was assaulted, the suspect took property from her off the ground.

The female suspect is described as wearing a pink top and grey pants. She is last seen running behind the store. The suspect in this case was not located and Detectives need your help in identifying this individual.  Anyone with information about this case should call the Corpus Christi Police Property Crimes Detectives at 886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and provide information to the Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

 

 

Stabbing Suspect Wanted

Date: March 13, 2015       10:55 P.M.
Location: 4650 Kostoryz Road
Offense: Aggravated Assault
Case Number: 1503130180
Corpus Christi Police Detectives have secured a warrant for the arrest of a suspect they believe is involved in a stabbing that occurred at 4650 Kostoryz Road, The Meet Me Midway Club on March 13.

A 39 year old male victim had six stab wounds to the upper torso and  he was taken to Spohn MMC by CCFD EMS.   He is still there in the Intensive Care Unit.

The arrest warrant for aggravated assault was issued on March 18 for Ricco Davis (11/02/1977)  and has a $50,000 bond amount.

Anyone who knows where this suspect can be found should call the Corpus Christi Police Robbery & Homicide Detectives at 886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and provide information to Detectives Should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

 

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Ricco Davis   (DOB 11/02/1977)

Police Help Encourage Two Participants of Operation Red Cord Out of Prostitution

Since July 2013, the District Attorney’s Office, Corpus Christi Police Department and Coastal Bend Wellness Coalition have joined forces in a Prostitution Diversion Program titled Red Cord. This program is intended to help women and men involved in prostitution have a second chance at life and find a way out of their current environment and present circumstances.

The program entails providing services such as substance abuse treatment, health evaluation and treatment, mental health evaluation and treatment, job skills programs, education programs as well as temporary housing all provided by the non-profit partners.

With the help of Judge D. Galvan, Asst. District Attorney Lorena Whitney, substance abuse agencies and several community agencies, Red Cord successfully removed 2 participants, ages 39 and 52, out of prostitution and improve their quality of life. These women have found stable housing, link to social services, gain employment, increase self-esteem, and even found faith in their future free of having to resort back to surviving through prostitution. One of the clients was successfully linked to substance abuse treatment services and remains sober. The other participant is a mother of two and this program has provided them the opportunity to remain a strong family unit in their own housing unit.

The Coastal Bend Wellness has counseled, case managed and encouraged those who are really looking for a way out of their present circumstance and address those issues related to their involvement in prostitution. The path it takes out of prostitution is a long and difficult one for some. The complexity of circumstances and dedication it takes to make the necessary behavior changes to leave prostitution is too much for some to handle. We will continue to help those who are willing to help themselves.

Watch this video to learn more about Operation: Red Cord.