Category Archives: Community Outreach

Modified Peddler Ordinance in Effect

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.

 

 

 

Bugsey’s Owner Arrested

Date: August 27, 2014
Location: 3600 Topeka
Offense: Cruelty to Nonlivestock Animals (PC 49.092 SJF)
Case: 1408270080

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.

Aggravated Assault Victim Discovered this Morning

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.

Laboratory Accreditation Board Recertifies Corpus Christi Police Forensics Services

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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!

CCPD Investigating Death Of Six-Year Old

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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.

Fatal Pedestrian Accident

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.

Shooting on 2900 Easley

UPDATE:

Detectives informed us that CDC Jail Booking Jesus Ruben Balli Garcia was booked into CDC late Sunday evening on the warrant for Aggravated Assault. 

UPDATE: 

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.  

  Continue reading Shooting on 2900 Easley

Grand Theft Auto In A Five Points Parking Lot

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.

 

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Suspect walking to front of restaurant

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Suspect walking to front of restaurant from back parking lot

Power Lines Across Road Closes Parts Of Saratoga Blvd.

DATE: August 21, 2014       12:21 PM
LOCATION: 1700 Saratoga Boulevard
OFFENSE: Crash
CASE NUMBER: C1403334
Corpus Christi Police Traffic Officers responded to the 1700 block of Saratoga Blvd. for a downed electrical pole caused by a 18 wheel tractor trailer.  The 58 year old male driver was exiting Roadrunner Delivery located at 1706 Saratoga Blvd. and as he did so, the trailer pulled on some low hanging power lines which then snapped a utility pole causing some lines and a transformer to come down.   Saratoga Blvd. from Greenwood Drive to the Crosstown Freeway is shut down until AEP crews can assess the situation. The damage to the pole was estimated to be nearly $5000.   There were no injuries and at this time no citations have been issued. 

Have You Seen This Wanted Man

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The Corpus Christi Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in helping them locate a wanted person. Justin Knight (12/31/1989) is a registered sex offender and is wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for failure to appear on an indecency with a child charge.   He is 5’4” tall and weighs 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. There is a $20,000 bond set on the warrant.  We ask that anyone with any information on his whereabouts to call Corpus Christi Police at 361-886-2600. Anyone who would like to provide information to the investigators and keep their identity secret may provide the information through Crime Stoppers at 886-TIPS (8477) or online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.