Heavy Rains and Warm Temps Create Ideal Conditions for Mosquitoes

Corpus Christi Animal Care Services is encouraging residents to put up their guard a little earlier this year when it comes to protection and prevention against mosquitoes. The  recent warm humid weather combined with plenty of man-made and natural water sources, including neglected swimming pools, flowerpot saucers, and storm drains, provide excellent breeding conditions and habitat for mosquitoes to thrive.

The Corpus Christi Vector Control section consists of three (3) fulltime employees, who are responsible for a number of other key tasks besides mosquito spraying. From 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM they are responsible for pesticide treatment of all city buildings, collecting and processing mosquitoes from the various traps throughout the city, and swarming bee eradication. Employees check approximately 27 mosquito traps each morning, and then observe the trapped mosquitoes under a microscope to determine the exact species. Large numbers of mosquitoes in certain areas suggest that the area residents should take extra precautions when outdoors and the area may need to be fogged. The areas to be sprayed are determined by the number of mosquitoes caught in traps, not by the number of complaints coming into the city call center.

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 PM and Midnight. It is estimated that the fog only kills one third of the total mosquito population.  Currently no specific areas have been identified for special fogging.

Although Vector Control employees do their best to reduce the number of pest mosquitoes citywide, ACS 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/

The Department of State Health Services released a new surveillance report last month. This report covers all mosquito diseases reported in 2013 across the State of Texas. To see the report and to view important vector information, please visit the Animal Care Services and Vector Website at:

http://www.cctexas.com/government/ccpd/animal-care/vector-control/index

CCPD Team To Participate In Special Olympics Torch

Corpus Christi Police Officers will be involved with the Special Olympics Torch run Wednesday May 21st. The event will take place at Sherrill Park on Shoreline Blvd. at 1 PM. A group of officers from the Rio Grande Valley will be staged at the edge of the park. They will come running up with the Special Olympics torch and hand it to a team from the Corpus Christi Police Department. Assistant Police Chief Mark Schauer, will then say a few words before the CCPD Team runs across Shoreline Blvd. The team will then go to San Antonio, where on Thursday the 22nd, the CCPD Team, along with all the South Texas teams will run in and hand the torch off to the San Antonio contingent. On Friday, all teams will travel to Arlington, Texas to participate in the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics Summer Games.

CCPD Announces Click It or Ticket Results

The Corpus Christi Police Department announced the results of the first day of the Click It or Ticket campaign.  Officers worked morning and afternoon shifts enforcing the state seat belt laws. 

Monday Click it or Ticket Results
37 seat belt citations
2 child restraint citations
17 other citations for miscellaneous offenses including one on a cell phone

The Click It or Ticket campaign continues through the Memorial Day weekend.

Remember make sure everyone in your vehicle is secured by a safety belt no matter how far your trip may be.

Patrol Report May 19, 2014

The Corpus Christi Police Department generated 366 original reports for formal criminal complaints from midnight May 17 to 6:00 a.m. May 19, 2014. These are samples of the criminal complaints filed by the Corpus Christi Police for that time period.

“Bravo” District
Date: 05/17/2014 6:30 PM
Location: 9500 Lovebird Street
Offense: Driving While Intoxicated (P.C. 49.04 Class B Misdemeanor)
Case Number: 1405170119

 
Corpus Christi Police responded to a fight in progress in front of a home in the 9500 block of Lovebird Street. Several witnesses told officers that they were having a party when Stephen Travis (05/21/1984) and a female got involved in an argument about him wanting to leave the party in his truck while he was intoxicated. The female took his car keys so that he couldn’t leave, but Mr. Travis ran home and got a spare set. He returned to the party and jumped into his truck and sped off. He didn’t make it far before he crashed into a parked car at the intersection of Lovebird Street and Waxwing Street. When the officers contacted Mr. Travis they found him to be intoxicated. After he was treated for some minor injuries, and a sample of his blood was obtained at the hospital, he was booked into the City Detention Center for Driving While Intoxicated.

“Bravo” District

Date: 05/18/2014 8:20 AM
Location: 6100 Hidden Oakes St.
Offense: Robbery      (PC 29.02 Second Degree Felony)
Case Number: 1405180065

An 85 year old male victim told police officers that his wallet and truck were stolen after he was attacked in the garage of his home in the 6100 block of Hidden Oakes Street. The victim said he remembers parking his truck and getting out at about 3 in the morning. As he walked out of the garage someone hit him. He woke up a few hours later after being knocked unconscious. The victim said that his truck and wallet were both missing and that he did not get a description of the suspect that assaulted him.

 

“Charlie” District

Date: 05/18/2014 3:02 AM
Location: 4000 South Padre Island Drive West at Weber Rd.
Offense: Driving While Intoxicated (P.C. 49.04 Class B Misdemeanor)
Case Number: 1405180036

Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to a roll over crash and upon arrival they found a vehicle upside down with the driver pinned from the knees down underneath the car. Witnesses told officers that they saw the 2013 Volkswagon Passat traveling at a high rate of speed down the access road and just before the Weber Road intersection the vehicle left the roadway and struck the fixture base of a light pole. The vehicle then flipped on its top and slid down the road to a stop. Upon further investigation the officers found that the 27 year old driver was intoxicated. He was transported to the hospital for injuries he sustained in the crash. He refused to provide a specimen of his blood, so the officers applied for a blood search warrant that was then issued by a judge and a specimen was obtained. The driver was released at the hospital to be treated for his injuries. Once investigators obtain the results of the blood, an arrest warrant could be issued for the driver.

 

“Charlie” District

Date: 05/18/2014 10:15 AM
Location: 4500 Megal Drive
Offense: Burglary of Habitation      (PC 30.02 First Degree Felony)
Case Number: 140518007

Corpus Christi Police Officers made contact with a female victim at a home in the 4500 block of Megal Drive who told them that she was asleep when she heard movement in the home from her bedroom. The victim walked into the kitchen area to look outside, but did not see anyone in the backyard. When the victim turned back around she was confronted by a male suspect, who grabbed her and shoved her head into the window. The victim suffered cuts to her face from the broken glass. The suspect ran out of the home using the back door and fled the area on foot. It is unknown how the suspect gained entry into the home. The suspect is described as a dark skinned male, 5`6 to 5`8, 180-200 lbs. At the time of the attack he was wearing a long sleeve grey shirt, black jeans and was wearing a black thin mask under a ski mask to completely cover his face. The suspect faces burglary of a habitation with intent to commit other felony crimes, a first degree felony.

 

“Delta” District

Date: 05/18/2014   4:55 AM
Location: 1500 Lazy Lane
Offense: Criminal Trespass (P.C. 30.05 Class A Misdemeanor)
Case Number: 1405180055

Corpus Christi Police responded to a call for a burglary in progress at a home in the 1500 block of Lazy Lane.  A 53 year old female victim woke up when she heard someone inside her home trying to open her locked bedroom door.   Officers arrived and found Tod McElduff (07/21/1984)asleep on the victims couch with only a shirt on. The intoxicated suspect explained that he was dropped off by his friends at the home on Lazy Lane where he was told by them that he was supposed to meet a girl. The suspect took off his pants in the front yard, wandered into the victim’s back yard and was able to get inside through the unlocked back door.  Once inside the home, he tried to open the bedroom door, and then went to the living room, took off his boxers and went to sleep on the couch.  When officers tried to arrest him, he resisted.  Officers also found a pill in the pocket of the pants that were found in the front yard. The suspect was charged with criminal trespass in a habitation for entering the residence, resisting arrest for fighting with officers when they attempted to take him into custody and possession of a controlled substance for the pill found inside his pants pocket.

 

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 886-2841. 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.

Narcotics Investigators Serve Search Warrant Friday Afternoon on Leopard Street

Date: Friday, May 9, 2014, 13:30
Location: 5549 Leopard Street
Offense: Warrant Service
Case Number:1405090085
 
Narcotics officers with the assistance of SWAT served a search and arrest warrant at 5549 Leopard.  Narcotics Officers received information that a subject was dealing drugs out of a room at the inn earlier this week which caused the Investigators to initiate an investigation. Through surveillance and intelligence gathering narcotics officers were able to identify the subject staying in the room as   Gene A. Hinojosa  5/18/82 and it was determined that he was wanted on a misdemeanor larceny warrant out of Aransas County.  On-going investigation led narcotics investigators to obtain a search warrant.  At approximately 1:30 p.m.  SWAT officers made entry into the room for narcotics officers.  Hinojosa was arrested for manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and the larceny warrant.  A female in the room at the time of the warrant service Gudino, Richelle 08/22/92 was arrested for manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.  A quantity of suspected methamphetamine and a quantity of marijuana were seized.
 

Corpus Christi Police Address Vehicles For Hire Concern

The Corpus Christi Police Department been made aware of a new type of vehicle-for-hire service entering our city in the form of ridesharing and would like to address some potential safety concerns.

The City of Corpus Christi regulates vehicles-for-hire to ensure that companies conform to industry standards to include drivers’ criminal backgrounds are thoroughly checked, vehicles are inspected for safety, and the proper amount and type of insurance is being utilized.

The Corpus Christi Police Department will give drivers of alternative ride sharing companies a one month period, ending June 10, to come into compliance with the existing vehicle for hire ordinance. After June 10th, operators of non-permitted vehicles-for-hire will be cited for violations of the vehicle-for-hire ordinance with fines up to $500 per offense.

The Corpus Christi Police Department takes it’s obligation to public safety serious and would like to remind everyone to have the following considerations when selecting a vehicle for hire service:
• Has the operator passed a thorough background check?
• Has the vehicle been properly inspected and have proper insurance;
• Has the driver been approved to be an operator of a vehicle for hire in Corpus Christi?

The vehicle for hire ordinance is in place for public safety. Please consider the previous information when making a decision to use a ridesharing service.

General Information Announced About the Buc Days Parade #bucdays

Those that attend the Buc Days Illuminated Parade scheduled for Saturday, May 3, 2012 should be aware of a few guidelines to make the event fun and safe for everyone. Follow the Corpus Christi Police Twitter feed at @CorpusChristiPD for updates and progress of the parade.

The Parade route will close to traffic at 5:00pm. The parade route will start at the Buccaneer Stadium and follow Leopard Street to Schatzel Street. The Parade will then follow Schatzel to Water Street and then turn south on Water Street to Kinney Street. A map may be found on the Bucaneer Days website at http://bucdays.com/assets/pdf/2014NightParadeMap.pdf.

Street closures will include Leopard from Nueces Bay to Water Street; Buffalo Street will be closed between Nueces Bay to Palm Street; and Antelope will be closed between Nueces Bay to Palm.

Paraders are allowed to occupy their spot along the parade route starting at 5pm Friday. The open container ordinance remains in effect throughout the night. No one is allowed to block the public rights of way or entrances to private property and no one is permitted to be on private property without the owners consent.

There are a few prohibited items along the parade route. The use of any air horns, any Fireworks, Silly String, and impact firecrackers are all prohibited, so the public is encouraged to leave those items at home. Those that attend the parade are encouraged to bring trash containers to collect and remove their garbage. Everyone that attends should also be mindful of the City Ordinance Section 23-63 for littering in prohibited places.

The parade is a family event and there will be children enjoying the parade. Those that attend will be able to claim a spot on the parade route after 5:00pm on May 2. The Corpus Christi Police wants everyone to enjoy the parade and promote a safe environment for all that attend.

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Vehicle Auction This Saturday, May 3

The city of Corpus Christi will auction 81 cars, trucks, and motorcycles at the four paved acres of the Corpus Christi Police Vehicle Impound Lot located at 5485 Greenwood Drive on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10:00am. The general public is allowed to register and view the vehicles for auction from 8:00am to 4:00pm on Friday, May 2nd. The general public can continue to register and view the vehicles from 8:00am to 10:00am on the day of the auction. The vehicle for auction may be viewed online and an auction list may be downloaded from www.siskauction.com.

There are 24 vehicles for auction that were seized for no insurance. The department’s strong stand and enforcement of this “Zero Tolerance No Insurance Initiative” will continue and all vehicles involved in accidents will be impounded and the driver cited if they are unable to provide financial proof of insurance. Driver’s license and proof of financial responsibility checkpoints will continue to be conducted at the Shift Captains’ authorization.

Police Warn Public of Potential Safety Threat

Damian Perez (9/12/1975)

Damian Perez (9/12/1975)

The Corpus Christi Police Department has a warning for the public of a potential threat.

Damian Perez (9/12/1975) has a criminal history of impersonating a public servant, criminal trespass, unlawfully carrying a weapon, burglary of a vehicle, harassment, assault with bodily injury and terroristic threat.

Recently Perez approached young females at Moody and Flour Bluff High Schools and asked to take their pictures or buy them meals. Perez identified himself as a “multimillionaire entrepreneur” for Showtime Productions. Area schools have been notified of this potential threat to the safety of their students.

On April 29, 2014 Perez was arrested for a warrant for burglary of a vehicle (Case Number 1404290098). A security guard uniform and an empty smith and Wesson handcuff box were found in Perez’s vehicle at the time of his arrest.

Damian Perez is a Hispanic male, 6 feet tall and 195 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes and multiple tattoos.

Perez is known to use a 2012 Red Volvo or a 2005 silver or blue Chevrolet Cobalt.

Anyone who may have information about suspicious activity of any kind should contact the Corpus Christi Police Department immediately at 886-2600 or call 911 for emergencies. If you see something, say something.

Police Announce “Drug Take Back” Results

Local Drug Enforcement Authorities announced the results of the Drug Take Back event which was held on April 26th, 2014. The following weights were announced:

HEB, 3033 S. Port Ave., Corpus Christi, Texas             67.2 kgs

HEB, 5313 Saratoga Blvd, Corpus Christi, Texas            129.6 kgs

HEB, 11110 Leopard, Corpus Christi, Texas           52.8 kgs

HEB, 1145 Waldron Rd., Corpus Christi, Texas         40.8 kgs

HEB, 106 S. San Patricio, Sinton, Texas                  10.0 kgs

HEB, 101 E. Goodnight Ave, Aransas Pass, Texas            11.4 kgs

HEB, 1600 Wildcat Dr., Portland, Texas               54.6 kgs

HEB, 409 E. Kleberg Ave., Kingsville, Texas         60.8 kgs

HEB, 1115 E. Main St, Alice, Texas (New Location)    57.4 kgs

NAS/CCAD April 24, 2014                              59.0 kgs

KIII                                                 159.4 kgs

Collected prior to Take Back Day                     332.3 kgs

 

Total              1,035.3 kilograms (2,277.66 pounds)

Thank you to all who volunteered and for those who participated to prevent misuse and pollution from unused and expired medications.