Category Archives: Community Outreach

Police Plan Community Events On Padre Island

The Corpus Christi Police Department would like to invite you to attend our community events scheduled every Saturday during the month of May. All events will be at the Corpus Christi Police Island Substation, located at the corner of Zahn Road and State Highway 361.

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For more information contact Senior Officer L. Flores 361-774-0117

 

Vector Control Begins Plan To Reduce Mosquitoes

Corpus Christi Vector Control will begin spraying for mosquitos tonight and will continue through the week until the entire community is sprayed. Vector Control will start in the Six Points area tonight and working out from there. We ask for everyone’s’ patience while Vector Control works through the city.

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.

To learn more about mosquito bite prevention, please see the DSHS website at:

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/arboviral/westNile/

 

Police Offer Safety Tips To Reduce Risk of Violent Crimes

The Corpus Christi Police received several reports of violent crimes Sunday night and have the following suggestions for the public to reduce their risk. These are general safety tips which may reduce your risk of becoming a victim of a violent attack.

  • Be alert and aware. Pay attention to who is around you and avoid distractions.
  • Travel well-lighted, busy routes and avoid shadowed areas.
  • Have your keys in your hand as you approach your door, and remember to be alert to what and who is around you.
  • Be alert when using, or simply carrying, your cellular phone, especially after dark. There is a market for stolen smart phones. If you do not need to use the phone, keep it secured and out of sight.
  • Carry a purse close to your body, but do not loop or wrap straps around you. Keep wallets in an inside pocket.
  • It’s best practice to travel with others.

Your safety is most important. If you are the victim of a crime, report it immediately. Also be aware of crime in the areas you frequent. The public may search the site, Crimereports.com for current information about all the criminal activity reported to the Corpus Christi Police Department. Below are three violent episodes in which the public should be aware because of the similar nature of the crime, and the similarity in suspect descriptions. The suspects in these cases remain at large and the Corpus Christi Police work as an equal partner with the community to solve these crimes.

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015, 22:57 Location: 4700 Angela Drive Offense: Aggravated Robbery (Penal Code Section 29.03) 1st Degree Felony Case Number: 1504260150

A 49-year-old man was injured by gunfire Sunday night when two men robbed the man in front of his home on the 4700 block of Angela Drive. A 45-year-old woman told Corpus Christi Police Officers that she and her 49-year-old husband parked in their driveway at about 10:50pm and were approached by two men. The 45-year-old woman told Officers that one of the two men asked if they wanted to buy a cell phone, but then displayed a pistol and demanded the purse and wallet from the 45-year-old woman and 49-year-old man. The 45-year-old woman told Officers that the man with the gun shot the 49-year-old man after the valuables were handed over. The 49-year-old man was taken to the hospital by ambulance with an injury to his chest and leg which Officers believe are consistent with gunshot wounds. Medical staff told Officers the man is expected to recover from his injuries. Officers contacted at least one other witness to the event. The 45-year-old woman described the two attackers as men about 18 years of age with dark-colored skin and the men were last seen running from the scene toward West Point Road. The 45-year-old woman said one of the men wore a gray hoodie with dark pants and the other man wore a white shirt with dark pants. The woman did not report any other injuries or property damage. The two suspects have not been captured.

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015, 21:51 Location: 700 St. Pius Drive Offense: Aggravated Robbery (Penal Code Section 29.03) 1st Degree Felony Case Number: 1504260141

A 26-year-old man told Officers he was injured by gunfire at 9:50pm Sunday night at the 700 block of Saint Pius Drive after a robbery. The 26-year-old man told Officers that 2 slender black males who wore dark hoodies robbed him of his wallet and then shot him once in the chest. The 26-year-old man was transported to the hospital with possible life threatening injuries. The two suspects in this case have not been captured.

UPDATE:

The video contains images of the possible suspects and suspect vehicle from the Agg. Robbery at 700 St. Pius. The suspects can be seen exiting the suspect vehicle and walking away. The suspect vehicle leaves and then passes by in the opposite direction. The suspects are then seen running away from the area.

If you have any information about this case call CCPD Detectives at 361-886-2840 or call crime stoppers at 361-888-TIPS (8477).

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015, 21:31 Location: 2022 Treyway Lane Offense: Aggravated Robbery (Penal Code Section 29.03) 1st Degree Felony Case Number: 1504260139

A 36-year-old woman reported a robbery at 2022 Treyway Lane Sunday night to Corpus Christi Police. The 36-year-old woman told Officers that she arrived home at 9:30pm with her 10-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son when she was approached by two men who wore gray hoodies. The 36-year-old woman told Officers that one of the men displayed a large revolver and demanded all her money. The 36-year-old woman told Officers when she told the suspects she had no money the men took her purse and ransacking her vehicle. The 36-year-old woman told Officers the two men then ran south through the complex towards Holly Road. The 36-year-old woman described the two men as about 20 years in age, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and had dark-colored skin. The suspects have not been captured and no injuries were reported.

Search the website Crimereports.com to research all reported criminal activity in Corpus Christi. Anyone who knows any additional information about these crimes 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.

CCPD Investigating Deadly Shooting

Corpus Christi Police Homicide Detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred in the back yard of 228 Richard Street.  Officers arrived on the scene after a neighbor called 911, at about 8:40 PM, to report hearing a shot being fired.  When they arrived they found a 44 year old man on the driveway in the backyard behind the house.  The man had a single gunshot wound to his head.  Officers did not locate a weapon, and at this time no suspects have been indentified.  The Nueces County Medical Examiner responded to the scene and took custody of the victim.  Detectives continue to investigate this crime.  If anyone has information regarding this crime, please call Detectives at 361-886-2840 or Crime Stoppers at 361-888-TIPS.   

Corpus Christi Parking Control Hosts Their First Industry Convention

Tuesday, April 21st through Thursday April 23rd the Texas Parking & Transportation Association (TPTA) held their annual Conference & Trade Show at American Bank Center for the first time in Corpus Christi. The parking industry is a $46+ billion industry in the United States. The TPTA expects 200-250 people who represent parking programs throughout the state from municipalities, universities, medical centers, airports, private parking entities and the vendors who support them.

Corpus Christi Police Parking Control Operations Manager, Marc Denson, has served on the Board of Directors of the TPTA organization the past 3 years and worked diligently to bring the event to Corpus Christi. “With the encouragement of CCPD Police Chief Floyd Simpson and tremendous support from the Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau and the American Bank Center we have been able to land this event,” said Denson.

This is the first time in many years that the TPTA has attempted to host their annual conference in a mid-size city, typically holding it in Austin, Houston or the Dallas areas. “Our goal was not only to bring the conference here, but to get it on a regular rotation to keep bringing revenue into our city as well as introducing people to Corpus Christi who have never been here.” said Denson “We want them to bring their families back this summer.”

The Texas Parking & Transportation Association is the nation’s 3rd largest state parking organization behind California and Florida in membership. As cities expand and revitalize downtown parking has been deemed a valuable asset to cities, with industry professionals often stating ‘parking is everything’. “With most cities land locked downtown and the number of commuter vehicles increasing annually, cities have to become creative to facilitate parking needs for growth. This is not just limited to cities though, as we find the same situations in universities, medical centers and airports. The TPTA and its members exist to help provide solutions!” said Denson.

New Parking App Lets Motorists Ditch Their Coins & Tickets

A recent technology upgrade in the parking meter industry allows people to pay with their smart phone at meters. This technology has been introduced by a hand full of cities in the last year and interest is growing by leaps and bounds. One great advantage is it gives every parking meter the ability to be a credit card meter without costly replacements of older meters.

The one drawback has been the lengthy and somewhat costly process of contracting a vendor and then paying for the various interfaces between the various vendors who handle the meter, financial and enforcement software, with the new vendor.

“After reviewing current cities success with the new program, the one holdup for us was not wanting to monitor another system. We determined in 2012 we wanted to move to one backend system to manage all of our data and hoped one of our vendors could bring the system to us as an add on to our current system, not another system.,” said Corpus Christi Police Parking Operations Control manager, Marc Denson. ”With all of the meters and the few pay-stations under one backend system with Duncan Solutions in Corpus Christi, ideally the solution would be for them to offer us an internal solution, which they have now done.”

Parking technology integrator Duncan Solutions, collaborated with ParkX, and Brazos Technology to create a mobile payment application that gives motorists an easy way to pay for parking that would be part of the current system in place. The Park Corpus Christi (Park CC) mobile app will be launched starting in late-April on the city’s 1163 parking meters.

The new app will allow motorists to pay for any parking meter within the city directly through their smartphone. Furthermore, the Park CC app will automatically send a message reminder five minutes before their parking session expires. The alert will allow the motorist to remotely add time, thereby reducing the likelihood of receiving a citation.

During Denson’s research he discovered cities currently using the program have seen citations drop by as much as 35%. “The majority of people who pay with coins rely on what’s in their pocket to cover the time they need, thus gambling on a citation. Additionally, we wanted to give our customers the ability to receive a message before their meter expired and a fair opportunity to avoid citations,” said Denson. “Having the pay-by-cell option will accomplish that while also making parking available to more people.”

Local shops and restaurants will be one of the primary beneficiaries of the Park CC app. Not only are patrons likely to stay longer; but local businesses will have the opportunity to advertise to subscribers via location-based offers through the app. Merchants will also be able to offer their customers validation for parking by depositing coupon codes into their Park CC account.

The new effort reflects a commitment made by Denson in July 2012 to expand payment opportunities and reduce citations. The ability to park using a credit card is something that has been desired in Corpus Christi for years, but was limited by the cost of converting all 1163 meters with the credit card option. Currently 300 of the cities meters have the credit card option available and to convert the remaining 863 would have cost the city upwards of $600,000. The new Park CC app will now give all of those meters credit card capability at virtually no cost. The efficiency is something Denson believes will have a ripple effect on the greater community.

Paying by phone will not change the time on the meter itself but will be registered on the hand held ticket writers showing who has paid and who has not. By entering the parking space number from the meter and your license plate with the payment Parking Enforcement Officers will see the payment made on the hand held unit after scanning the barcode on the registration sticker of the vehicle. The system does not give city employees an access to alter any of the data only read it.

For those who prefer traditional methods, the coin option still exists. Using the Park CC app will cost motorists a 35 cent convenience fee but as Denson puts it, “The real value comes with the reminder to avoid citations. 35 cents can save you 35 dollars (the cost of an average citation). It’s a no-brainer.”

Park CC will be free to download in both the Apple Store and Google Play Store. All participating vendors will be present at the Texas Parking & Transportation Association Conference and Tradeshow April 21-23, 2015 at the American Bank Center Convention Center.

Traffic Investigators Called For Fatal Crash

Corpus Christi Police responded to a crash involving a motorcycle and three different vehicles at 9:45 PM along South Padre Island Drive East just before Airline Road on April 17.  While en route to the call, officers were told that bystanders were performing CPR on the driver of the motorcycle.  Due to the seriousness of the motorcyclist’s injuries, Corpus Christi Police Traffic Investigators were requested.  The crash investigation revealed that the 27-year-old driver of the motorcycle was traveling at an unsafe speed along the freeway access road when it struck the rear passenger side of a Chevrolet Tahoe that was slowing due to traffic congestion.  The motorcyle then veered off the access road, striking a raised curb, and the driver was ejected.  The motorcycle, traveling without a driver, continued, crashing into a van.  The motorcycle driver impacted on a car that was waiting to exit the Golden Corral Restaurant and was seriously injured.  The freeway access road between South Staples Street and Airline Road was closed for nearly two hours while officers conducted the crash investigation.  The motorcycle driver was transported to Spohn Memorial Hospital by CCFD EMS and died from his injuries just after 1 AM this morning.   At this time, no charges are expected to be filed against anyone involved in the crash.

Police Seek Woman For Organized Criminal Activity

Penny Clark (8/31/1977) is wanted for engaging in organized criminal activity
Penny Clark (8/31/1977) is wanted for engaging in organized criminal activity

The Corpus Christi Police would like help from the public to locate 37-year-old Penny Clark (8/31/1977) who has a warrant for her arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance and a warrant for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, issued out of the 94th District Court. Clark is described as a white female with brown hair and brown eyes who stands 5 feet 9 inches tall, and weighs 145 pounds. Clark has five tigers, a moon, and stars tattooed on her chest, and has a scar on her stomach.

Anyone with any information to help Police locate Clark 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.

Suspects Steal Items From Stripes

Date: 03/31/2015            9:40 PM
Location: 3102 Ayers Street
Offense: Theft
P.C. 31.03        Class A Misdemeanor
Case Number: 1504010014

Corpus Christi Police Detectives have released camera surveillance images of suspects they believe stole nearly $750 worth of merchandise from a Stripes Store on March 31.

After entering the store located at 3102 Ayers Street, the two males and one female are believed to have concealed several cartons of cigarettes worth nearly $600, and nearly $100 worth of baby formula cans.  The three also are believed to have stolen beer.

The suspects are two Hispanic males and one Hispanic female. All appear to be between 20 to 30 years of age. One of the males is heavy set with dark hair hair, wearing blue jeans, a red shirt and work boots. The second male has a medium build, dark hair, and was wearing a blue t-shirt, jeans and what appears to be work boots. This male also has a large tattoo that covers his entire chest area. The female, not seen in the images, is between 5’1” to 5’3” tall, with dark hair. She was carrying a large purse that she used to conceal the baby formula that she stole. All three suspects left the store together in a light blue car.

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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Two male suspects entering the Stripes Store

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Two male suspects removing cigarettes cartons from storage area

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Suspect with a large tattoo on his chest

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Two suspects in store

Police Seek Fugitive For Violence Against Family Members

 

Adam Anderson (9/8/1983) wanted for Violent Offenses Against Family Members
Adam Anderson (9/8/1983) wanted for Violent Offenses Against Family Members

The Corpus Christi Police would like help from the public to locate 31-year-old Adam Anderson (9/8/1983) who has a warrant for his arrest for two counts of assault on family members, issued out of the 117th District Court. Anderson is described as a black male with black hair and brown eyes who stands 6 feet tall, and weighs 185 pounds. Anderson has a cross tattoo on his back, “Nessa” tattooed on his right wrist, and has a design tattooed on his neck.

Anyone with any information to help Police locate Anderson 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.