Who: MetroCom Staff
What: Mural Unveiling
When: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 11:00 a.m.
Where: 4th Floor MetroCom, Police HQ
Local artist Patrick Richards of Architectural Details donated his talent in order to enhance the hallway leading into the MetroCom Communication’s Center. In April, Mr. Richards was contacted regarding National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week. Due to our telecommunicators’ dedication and hard work, Mr. Richards graciously agreed to complete the mural in an effort to reassure our appreciation of our MetroCom telecommunicators and beautify our work area. The mural displays the MetroCom’s Mission in order to remind our team of MetroCom’s principles and values on a daily basis.
Patrick Richards is President and Owner of Architectural Details. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art specializing in Advertising Graphic Design from Sam Houston State University in 1986. After traveling the world and working as an apprentice for the famous muralist Richard Haas, Mr. Richards was inspired to bring murals to the interior of people’s homes. In 1991 he began Architectural Details, established his studio, ArtPharm, recruited a team of three artists, and has completed over 40 projects throughout Texas.
Mr. Richards will be available for the media at this event.
In an effort to accommodate those wanting to learn more about the CCPD Entrance Exam Physical Ability Test (PAT), the Training Division Staff will host PAT Practice every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 AM to 3PM. In addition, the Staff will host PAT practice every other Thursday evening (see the schedule below).
One Saturday a month, a PAT clinic will be held at 8 AM (see the schedule below). This clinic will allow a more in depth look into the PAT exercises. During the PAT clinic, PAT practice will also be conducted.
The PAT testing will be administered at the CCPD Corona Training Facility, 4510 Corona Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas.
Thursday evening practice schedule for 2014
- Thursday September 11, 2014 – 6:00 PM
- Thursday September 25, 2014 – 6:00 PM
- Thursday October 9, 2014 – 6:00 PM
- Thursday October 23, 2014 – 6:00 PM
- Thursday November 6, 2014 – 6:00 PM
- Thursday November 20, 2014 – 6:00 PM
- Thursday December 4, 2014 – 6:00 PM
- Thursday December 18, 2014 – 6:00 PM
Saturday Clinic schedule for 2014
- Saturday September 20, 2014 – 8:00 AM
- Saturday October 18, 2014 – 8:00 AM
- Saturday November 15, 2014 – 8:00 AM
- Saturday December 13, 2014 – 8:00 AM
Grace Period for City’s Modified Peddler Ordinance Ends September 8th
Local and out of town door to door sales people and peddlers had 30 days to become compliant with the City’s updated peddler ordinance. The modified regulations came after complaints to the Corpus Christi Police Department about people selling items in neighborhoods after dark.
The updated ordinance includes:
- Solicitation hours of operation from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. during daylight savings time and from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. during standard time;
- Sales are prohibited at homes with “No Soliciting” or “No Trespass” signs;
- Vendors, peddlers, traveling merchants and commercial solicitors must apply with the City’s Development Services department, 2406 Leopard Street, for a permit that now consists of a criminal background check;
- Permits must be visibly displayed;
- Permits will be denied to applicants convicted of a felony; and offenses of moral turpitude;
- Local non-profit youth organizations are exempt from permitting process;
- Children under 16 years old are not allowed to step into traffic for donations;
- Adults or individuals 16 years of age or older soliciting in the roadway must wear safety vest.
The modified peddler ordinance will take effect Monday, September 8th, when fines of up to $500 can be issued. The peddler ordinance can be found at Updated Peddler Ordinance.
For more information contact the Public Information Office or the Development Services Project Manager, Jessica Alford at (361) 826-3112.
Date: August 27, 2014
Location: 3600 Topeka
Offense: Cruelty to Nonlivestock Animals (PC 49.092 SJF)
On 29 August 2014, Corpus Christi Police Detectives obtained an arrest warrant ($25,000 bond) for Steven Mulligan (05/30/1966) for Cruelty to Animals. After the warrant was issued officers responded to his home, located in the 3600 block of Topeka St., and arrested him without incident. He was transported to the City Detention Center.
The suspect allegedly amputated one of his dog’s legs at home after it became infected from a previous injury. The five-year old eskimo mix-breed named “Bugsey” is recovering from treatment and has been transferred to the Gulf Coast Humane Society.
Animal Care Services will continue to work closely with Detectives regarding Animal Cruelty cases such as this one.
Date: 08/29/2014 7:35 AM
Location: 500 South Chaparral
Offense: Aggravated Assault (PC 22.02 Second Degree Felony)
Case Number: 1408290031
Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to a call for a assault victim located behind a building. When officers arrived they discovered a male victim in his 40’s that had serious injuries about his head. He was transported immediately to Spohn Memorial Hospital. A witness discovered the victim and called 911. That witness is being interviewed by investigators. Detectives have little information about this crime and are working hard to acquire any information that will lead them to the suspect.
Anyone who has any additional information about this crime should contact the Corpus Christi Police Department at 886-2840. Information about unsolved crimes may be provided to investigators anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or online at 888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.
The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board declared the Corpus Christi Police Department Forensics Services Division has met or exceeded the accreditation requirements on August 12, 2014 in the Field of Forensics Science Testing.
The accreditation is for a period of four years and granted only after an evaluation of the laboratory’s management system and technical procedures and practices. Accreditation is the result of an extensive commitment of resources and preparation by the management and personnel of the entire program.
Accredited laboratories are expected to maintain high standards which were required to achieve accreditation. The Corpus Christi Police Department Forensics Services Division will also be expected to participate in external proficiency testing and agree for test results to be reviewed by a Proficiency Review Committee. The laboratory will be expected to conduct an annual internal audit and submit a performance declaration to the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board in accordance with program requirements.
The Corpus Christi Police Department Forensics Services Division submits to surveillance visits by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board based on the performance of the laboratory.
The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board accredited the Corpus Christi Police Forensics Services Division in the disciplines of Firearms/Toolmarks; Latent Prints; and Crime Scene Investigation.
Congratulations to the entire team assigned to the Corpus Christi Police Forensics Services Division!
Date: 08/27/2014 8:25 PM
Location: 2500 Fig Street
Offense: Suspicious Death
Case Number: 1408270128
CCFD EMS responded to a home in the 2500 block of Fig Street at 8:25 PM for a call about a six-year old male having a seizure. The child was transported to Driscoll Children’s Hospital were he later died. Corpus Christi Police Officers were notified of the death after some bruises were found on the child’s body. Officers responded to the child’s home located in the 2500 block of Fig St. to begin an investigation. CCPD Criminal Investigations Division was contacted and they responded to the scene, as well as the Crime Scene Unit. At this time it is unknown how many people were at the home at the time of the call. Officers did find two other children in the home ages three and eight and they appeared to be fine. At this time detectives are still investigating this case and no charges have been filed.
Date: 08/22/2014 8:52pm
Location: 200 State Highway 358
Offense: Traffic Crash
Case Number: C1403365
Corpus Christi Police Officers were responding to a report of a man walking on the freeway and were advised that he was possibly staggering. Three minutes later the call was upgraded to a accident involving a pedestrian. Officers and medics arrived and located the 25 year old male victim who was deceased. The victim was struck by two vehicles. Both vehicles stopped and the drivers were checked by officers. The drivers of those vehicles will not be charged in this accident. Follow up investigators shut down the West bound lanes to safely investigate this incident.
Detectives informed us that CDC Jail Booking Jesus Ruben Balli Garcia was booked into CDC late Sunday evening on the warrant for Aggravated Assault.
At approximately 7:00 pm our office was notified that a man fitting the description of Jesus Ruben Balli Garcia (10/28/88) was being detained by Border Patrol agents. Agents informed us that the man had become lost in the brush near the Sarita Checkpoint and called 911 for help. The U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) officers were able to locate him. At approximately 10:00 pm USBP officers confirmed to our office that the person they had detained was Jesus Garcia. He was arrested on the Aggravated Assault warrant and taken to the Kenedy County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives continue to work with the USBP and the Kenedy Co. Sheriff’s office regarding the case.
Date: 07815/2014 7:40 PM
Location: 4100 Highway 77
Offense: Stolen Vehicle (PC 31.07 State Jail Felony)
Case Number: 1408150168
A 45-year-old female reported to officers that her truck was stolen from the parking lot of the Chili’s Restaurant located at 4120 Highway. Video images show a light silver-colored older model four door passenger vehicle pull into the restaurant parking lot, and a male with a white t-shirt, long tan shorts, a tan cap black shoes with white socks get out and walk to the front of the restaurant. A short time later he returns to the back of the parking lot and opens the passenger side door of the victim’s truck, slides across and drives off through the Home Depot parking lot. The silver-colored car which was parked behind the victim’s truck then pulls out behind the stolen truck and follows it out.
Anyone who can identify the individual responsible, or has any additional information about this crime should call the Corpus Christi Police Property Crimes Detectives at 886-2841. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and still provide information to Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.
Suspect walking to front of restaurant
Suspect walking to front of restaurant from back parking lot