Category Archives: Community Outreach

First Friday Fun Fact

The Corpus Christi Police Department has a campaign called “First Friday Fun Fact” that will focus on different Texas traffic laws.  It will run on the first Friday of each month. Here is this month’s traffic fact.

 

Advisory speeds

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What is the speed limit on the curve marked by the sign at the left?  Most people would say 25 MPH, but the answer is that we don’t have enough information to know what the speed limit is here.  The “25 MPH” sign here is a speed advisory sign only, not a speed limit sign.  Speed advisory signs indicate the recommended speed for a particular upcoming hazard like a turn or a curve in the roadway, but they are not a legal speed limit.  Enforceable speed limits are marked by the familiar black and white SPEED LIMIT signs.  So, the speed limit for this curve would be whatever the last black and white

 

*Thanks to the Texas Highway Man

http://www.texashighwayman.com/laws.shtml

103 Vehicles Up For Auction On Saturday

The City of Corpus Christi will auction 103 cars, trucks, and motorcycles at the Police Vehicle Impound Lot, located at 5485 Greenwood Drive, on Saturday, December 5, 2015. The auction will start at 10:00 am.

The general public is encouraged to register and view the vehicles for auction from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Friday, December 4. The general public can continue to view the vehicles from 8:00 am to 10:00 am on the day of the auction.

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

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1 of the 103 vehicles up for auction

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1 of the 103 vehicles up for auction

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1 of the 103 vehicles up for auction

Officer Involved Shooting

Date: November 23, 2015
Time: 12:15 am
Location: 5000 Concord Dr.

At 12:01am, Corpus Christi Police Officers were dispatched to the 5000 Concord Dr. in reference to an overdose. Upon arrival, officers were confronted by a 49-year-old male with a knife. The responding officers communicated with the suspect and at some point during the confrontation a TASER was deployed but was ineffective. The suspect came at the officers with the knife. Fearing for their safety, the officer fired his weapon, striking the suspect in the torso. The suspect was transported to Spohn Memorial and at the time of this report his condition is unknown.

The Officers involved will be placed on Administrative Duty, as per policy, pending the investigation. None of the Officers at the scene were injured.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division and Forensics Division will work this evening to gather more information and interview those present during the incident.

There will be more details available sometime Monday afternoon.

Keep Your Hands Off The Bats

After three separate reports of humans coming into contact with bats, the Corpus Christi Animal Care Services wants to remind people to never touch a bat.

On November 9, a 48-year-old female went to get medical treatment when she came down with a fever, fatigue, and body aches after handling a bat with her bare hands at work.  The female said that she found the bat on the ground, and picked it up.  Doctors are planning on starting the woman on rabies treatment.

Earlier in the week, a 59-year-old female was at work when she was struck in the back of her head by a flying bat.  Doctors are also planning to start her on the rabies treatment.

A 26-year-old truck driver was attacked last week by a bunch of bats when he was leaving the loading dock of business in the Five Points area.  He was given the rabies treatment as a precaution.

Bats have such small teeth, most people do not even know that they have been bitten.  Bats also can secrete the rabies virus in their saliva. Since bats are a carrier for the rabies virus, it is very dangerous to touch one with your bare hands.

Animal Care Services will not respond to calls regarding bats flying around, however, if you find one on the ground call 361-826-4622.

 

Beware of IRS Phone Scam

An aggressive and sophisticated phone scam targeting citizens in Corpus Christi has been making the rounds again.

Callers claim to be employees of the Internal Revenue Service. These callers can sound very convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers to help fool the people they are targeting. They usually know some information about the person they are calling and they can even alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

Victims may also be told that they have a tax refund coming to them from the IRS. This is a trick used to get private banking information from you.

The Internal Revenue Service wants everyone to know that they will never:

1) Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.

2) Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.

3) Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card or wire transfer.

4) Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

5) Threaten to bring the police or other federal law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

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If you have any questions regarding a solicitation that you have received,  you can call the Better Business Bureau at 361-852-4949.

Arrest Warrant Issued For Caregiver

Location: 2500 Hulbirt Street
Offense: Injury to a Child / Disabled Person
P.C. 22.04     Second Degree Felony

Case Number: 1511100094
An arrest warrant has been issued for a caregiver in connection to the injury to an elderly person case that occurred at a home in the 2500 block of Hulbirt Street on November 10.

Police Detectives obtained an arrest warrant earlier today for Chriscelda Villafranco (01/16/.1987) for injury to an elderly person, a second degree felony.  Detectives believe she was the primary caregiver charged with the wellbeing of the female.

Officers had already arrested Maria Del Rosario Rodriguez (05/06/1969), the renter of the home, after she was found at the house where a 57 year old disabled and bed ridden female was living in uninhabitable conditions.

At this time, the female is not in custody and remains at large.

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Chriscelda  Villafranco
 (01/16/.1987)

Suspect Robs Store on McArdle Road

Date: 11/05/2015       11:00 PM
Location: 6300 McArdle Road
Offense: Aggravated Robbery
P.C. 29.02     Second Degree Felony
Case Number: 1511050166
Corpus Christi Police Detectives have released camera surveillance images of a man they believe robbed a store on November 5.

A store clerk at the Valero Corner Store, located in the 6300 block of McArdle Road, called Corpus Christi Police after a man  walked into the store and asked if he could have $40 from the cash register. When the clerk refused to give him the cash, he threatened to pull out a gun. The clerk opened the register and the suspect took the bills from inside.

The suspect fled on foot toward the back of the store.  He was described as being a Hispanic male in his thirties, and was last seen wearing a black shirt with a white design and khaki shorts.

The suspect in this case has not been identified, and detectives need your help in solving this crime.

If you recognize the person in these photos or know information about this case please call the Corpus Christi Police 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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Suspect at the counter inside the store

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Suspect at the counter inside the store

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Suspect exiting the store

 

 

First Friday Fun Fact

The Corpus Christi Police Department has a campaign called “First Friday Fun Fact” that will focus on different Texas traffic laws.  It will run on the first Friday of each month. Here is this month’s traffic fact.

Driving with parking lights only
 

§547.302 – DUTY TO DISPLAY LIGHTS

(a) A vehicle shall display each lighted lamp and illuminating device required by this chapter to be on the vehicle:

(1) at nighttime; and

(2) when light is insufficient or atmospheric conditions are unfavorable so that a person or vehicle on the highway is not clearly discernible at a distance of 1,000 feet ahead.

Often you see people driving around in the dark or in bad weather with just their parking lights on.  There’s a reason they’re called parking lights.  The law requires you to use all your lights (including headlights) at nighttime, which is defined as being one half hour after sunset to one half hour before sunrise, as well as anytime when you cannot see clearly for 1,000 feet, which essentially covers all inclement weather as well as dusk and dawn.  Therefore, you should never be driving with just your parking lights on.  If you’re in a situation where you need to have any lights on at all, then you must use your headlights.

Some people will say that they don’t want to use their headlights during bad weather or at dusk because there’s enough ambient light for them to see and their headlights won’t be illuminating anything.  However, headlights are not only for lighting-up the road ahead, but they also make you more visible to other drivers.  So whenever visibility is reduced, you should use your headlights, if not to help you see but to help others see you.

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Vehicle with parking lights on

 

*Thanks to the Texas Highway Man

http://www.texashighwayman.com/laws.shtml

Public Notice Of On-site Inspection with Location Correction

The Corpus Christi Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to achieve accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards.

Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 6:00 P.M. The session will be conducted in the 6th Floor Conference Room located in City Hall at 1201 Leopard Street.

Agency employees and the public are also invited to offer comments by calling 361-886-2792 on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 between the hours of 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. Comments will be taken by the assessment team.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. Local contact is Lieutenant Maria Huerta-Garcia at 361-826-2977.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Corpus Christi Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainsville, Virginia, 20155.

Protect Your Firearms

The Corpus Christi Police Department wants to inform citizens about auto burglaries occurring in the city and victims having their firearms stolen from inside their vehicle.

From January through the end of October of 2015, the police department has investigated 151 reports of burglaries that involved a firearm being stolen from inside of the vehicle.  Only 35 of those stolen guns have been recovered.

The Corpus Christi Police Department respects the right to own and carry a gun,  but we want to warn citizens that these types of crimes are occurring in our city and remind them to  protect their firearms and keep them out of the hands of criminals.

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Graph shows number of cases by month