1st Annual Festival Focuses on Making Good Decisions

 No one sets out to make decisions that will forever damage the course of their life. Yet every day, good individuals make wrong decisions which they may never recover from. Decision House is a realistic example of how seemingly small decisions can lead youth down a path to ruin and provides them with the tools to make the right decisions.

The Decision House free Fall Festival will take place Friday, October 28, 2011 and Saturday, October 29, 2011, from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., on the grounds of the Police Department. The Festival will encompass two different areas:

  • An alternative to a haunted house. Scenes will be acted out by local church groups and CCISD students, focusing on the impact poor decisions can have on themselves, their families, and the community. Examples the consequences of teen alcohol and drug use, involvement in gangs, and being untruthful.
  • The second area will offer live music, games, and information from local colleges, law enforcement agencies, the armed services, and other organizations. The information provided by these organizations will reinforce the concept of making the “right decision”.

Mayor Joe Adame, Chief of Police Troy Riggs, members of Faith Based Services Coalition and Citizens in Support of the CCPD Police Foundation, along with volunteers, will take part in an opening ceremony on Friday, October 28, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. at the Police Department, 321 John Sartain. Members of Police Explorer’s Post#133 will present the colors during the event.

The first annual Decision House Fall Festival will officially open at 6:00 p.m. Everyone who tours Decision House will receive a free hot dog, bag of chips, and a soda. Free parking is available at a lot located at the corner of N. Chaparral and Cooper’s Alley. To register for a group tour contact DeAnna McQueen, Special Projects Coordinator, at (361) 826-2940.

Auto Burglars Arrested Leaving the Scene of the Crime

10.12.2011/6:06am   3429 Xanadu    Burglary of a Motor Vehicle    1110120011

Officers were dispatched to the 3400 block of  Xanadu for a Burglary to a Vehicle in progress. The caller indicated that the two males who had committed the Burglary were still on Xanadu but walking away towards Carroll Lane. An Officer arrived and detained John Hernandez (10.7.1992) and Christian Taylor (8.8.1992) who fit the description of the two males.

A witness informed the Officer that both Hernandez and Taylor were inside of a truck in the 3400 block of Xanadu. The witness had actually called the victim and told him that his vehicle was being burglarized. When they went outside to check, both Taylor and Hernandez were walking away from the area.

Hernandez and Taylor were arrested for Burglary of a Motor Vehicle.

Auto Burglary Suspect Arrested After Chase

10.11.2011/11:31pm    4653 Everhart (Roper’s)    Burglary to Vehicle/Evading    1110110173

An Off Duty Officer, working at Roper’s Night Club, called for backup as he observed a Burglary to a Vehicle occur in the parking lot of the club. The Officer was able to give dispatch a description of the vehicle and the direction that it was traveling.

Officers working in the Charlie District were able to locate the vehicle as it was driving South on Staples St. They attempted to traffic stop the vehicle. The vehicle did not stop for the Officers and continued past S.P.I.D. As the vehicle turned on Holly Road an occupant threw a purse out of the window. Since the Officers had a license plate, the pursuit of the vehicle was terminated, per department policy.

Officers recovered the stolen purse and went back to Roper’s to make contact with the burglary victim.

Soon thereafter an Officer saw the suspect vehicle again and was able to make a traffic stop near the Wal Mart at Everhart and S.P.I.D.  The driver of the vehicle, Kara Bateman (8.26.1990), was arrested for the Burglary to a Vehicle. Her vehicle was impounded and during the inventory some of the stolen money, from the Auto Burglary, was found. The money was returned to the victim.

 

Non Working Headlight Leads to Arrest for Marijuana

10.10.2011/11:19pm   5000 Weber Rd.   Poss. of Marijuana/Poss. of Drug Paraphernalia/Proh. Weapon   1110100165

Officer S. Gonzalez made a traffic stop on a vehicle that had its right headlight not working. Once he made contact with the driver, Jordan Zamora (12.16.1992), Officer Gonzalez smelled marijuana from within the vehicle.

Officer Gonzalez, having probable cause, began to search the vehicle and found a prescription drug bottle with marijuana inside of it. Zamora was taken into custody for the Possession of Marijuana. Upon inventory of the vehicle for impound, Officers located even more marijuana to include drug paraphernalia and also a Prohibited Weapon (knife designed to fit over four fingers).

Jordan Zamora was arrested for the Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Prohibited Weapon. His vehicle was impounded.

Ocean Dr. “Rollin’ Stolen” Recovered on Ayers

10.10.2011/6:41pm    2400 S.P.I.D.    Recovered Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle    1109200005

Officer L. Rodriguez saw a Black Dodge Charger traveling on Ayers St. away from S.P.I.D.  Officer Rodriguez remembered seeing a stolen Dodge Charger on the list of stolen vehicles report and confirmed the license plate with the MetroCom Dispatch Center. They informed Rodriguez that it in fact was the stolen vehicle. Officer Rodriguez’s information, on the stolen vehicle, was broadcast to all Officers working the area. Officer B. Cordell spotted the vehicle at Ayers and Gollihar and made a traffic stop. Additional Officers arrived and assisted in taking Jose Garcia (12.28.1978) into custody for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

The vehicle was impounded for further investigation by Auto Theft Task Force Detectives.

The Dodge Charger had been reported stolen from Ocean Drive on September 19, 2011.

Garcia also had two active Nueces County warrants for Probation Violation and Failure to Appear.

Stripes Robbery

10.9.2011/2:45am   11201 IH 37   Robbery   1110090026

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Robbery Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the individuals responsible for a Robbery that occurred on Oct. 9 at 2:45 am at the Stripes store located at 11201 IH 37 access Rd. southbound.

The witness, an off-duty Constable, told police that the suspect came into the store and grabbed two (2) 18 packs of Bud Light Beer and began to walk toward the counter. The clerk then advised the individual that he could not purchase the items due to the time of day. The suspect got upset and attempted to leave the store without paying for the items. At this time the off duty officer intervened and told the subject to put down the items, that is when the subject struck the officer and a scuffle ensued.

After the short scuffle, the subject managed to get away and leave the store. A few seconds later, a second subject came to the front door of the Stripes and verbally threatened the Officer with his life.

Both subjects then fled the store location in a small black passenger car.

The first subject is described as a white male in his late teens or early twenties wearing a black ball cap, white t-shirt, and jeans.

The second individual is described as a white male in his late teens or early twenties wearing an orange shirt and blue jean shorts.

If you can identify these individuals, we ask you to call crime stoppers at 888-TIPS, or log on at www.888tips.com The information you provide could earn you a cash reward.

Arson Suspect Arrested

10.10.2011/12:39pm    2610 Dempsey    Arson     1110100080

MetroCom Dispatch received a call for a fire at 2610 Dempsey. Initial calls came in that it was an abandoned home. Witnesses then began calling 911 stating that a Black male was seen running from the location just prior to the fire. Fire crews arrived and began to fight the blaze.

Working off witness descriptions, of the man running from the home, Officers located Anthony Daquan Randle (11.8.1988) in the 3500 block of Leopard and detained him. He was taken to the Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division for an interview by CCFD Arson investigators and then arrested for Arson.

CCFD Arson investigators will continue to work on the investigation.

Aggravated Robbery 3238 Buddy Lawrence

10.09.2011/2:05 am    3238 Buddy Lawrence    Aggravated Robbery    1110090015

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Robbery Investigators are asking for the public’s assistant in identifying the individual responsible for an Aggravated Robbery that occurred on Oct. 9 shortly after 2 am at the Stripes store located at 3238 Buddy Lawrence.

 A witness told police that the suspect came into the store and waited until all the other customers left. The suspect then approached the clerk behind the counter and displayed a steak knife as he demanded the money from the register.

 He is described as a Hispanic male 5’ 8” tall around 180 lbs. with Black hair and Brown eyes. He had tattoo sleeves on both arms, a thin goatee and thick Black eye brows. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a dark Blue t-shirt, Black jeans and Black tennis shoes.

 After the robbery, he then fled the store on foot towardNandina St.

 If you can identify this individual, we ask you to call crime stoppers at 888-TIPS, or log on at www.888tips.com the information you provide could earn you a cash reward.

 

Burglary of a Vehicle; Felony Theft

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09.02.2011/5:00 am    100 Atlantic     Burglary of a Vehicle    1109020039

Investigators with the Auto Theft Task Force are asking for your help in identifying this individual who they believe is responsible for an auto burglary in the early morning hours of September 2 on the 100 blk. of Atlantic St.

The individual is described as a white male medium to large build, wearing a tan ball cap and black t-shirt.

If you can identify this individual we encourage you to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS, or you can log on at www.888tips.com the information you provide could earn you a cash reward.

City Begins Rollout of New Parking Meter Rates

On Thursday October 13th, the Parking Control division of CCPD will begin the rollout of the new parking rates approved by City Council in August of this year. The new rates will range from 25¢ to 75¢ per hour, still far below the state average of $1.25 per hour and unlike most cities in Texas and nationwide meters will still only operate Monday through Friday, 8 AM until 6 PM. In fact, most cities nationwide have extended their collection days through Saturdays and evenings.

The rollout will be phased in over a 2 month period. In the first phase existing electronic meters will be increased to 25¢ and 50¢ across the city, from the current 10¢ to 25¢. As the 300 new credit card meters and 200 additional electronic meters come into inventory, most of the older mechanical meters that are 25 to 50 years old will be phased out. Once all the new meters are in place Phase II will see the 300 credit card meters raised to 75¢. These changes will see the end of one hour meter zones and reduction of time frames to just three standardized time frames of two, four or ten hours.

Unlike most cities, Corpus Christi has been able to make these changes utilizing current city staff. Most cities utilize parking consulting firms for design, layout, implementation and installation of new parking programs costing from $100,000 to $300,000 dollars. Vendors will typically charge $25 per meter to install credit card meters and as much as $18,300 for software and training on electronic meters. Following the mandate of Chief Troy Riggs to be better stewards of our city revenues, the Parking Control division was able to negotiate huge savings to the city during this rollout.

Doing our own design, layout, implementation and installation in-house saved over $100,000 in consulting fees. Using refurbished housings, utilizing web-based training and bundling equipment, which reduced software cost, saved the city an additional $50,000 in up-front money. With these savings the upgraded equipment should pay for itself in less than one year.

The most important aspect of this program is the profit-sharing aspect for downtown revitalization. Most successful cities nationwide turn a significant portion of the profits from parking meter revenue back into downtown revitalization. Texas cities like San Antonio, Austin, Galveston and Houston put the profits back into the community by adding trees, planters, benches, cleaning sidewalks and installing decorative lighting which also increases public safety, into their downtown areas. Each of these cities uses a different means of managing those revitalization dollars. Corpus Christi settled on using an advisory committee similar to Austin, Colorado Springs and Tucson. The committee is made up of a cross-section of representatives from uptown, downtown and Corpus Christi Beach businesses, as well as downtown residential representatives.

“The concept is to use community representatives to advise city council, with city staff as liaisons. In this manner we are able to use the many talents of our local citizens to participate in the look of our city center areas. These type programs have been successful in every city utilizing them and there is no reason to suspect that with the combined talent of our citizens and city staff we can’t accomplish the same success in Corpus Christi”, said Marc Denson, Parking Control Supervisor.

Corpus Christi Police Daily Blotter

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