1 THE POLICE NEWS VOLUME VI, NUMBER 12 Texas' Largest Police News Publication December 2009 Where is "The Little Christmas Boy?" By Marie Beth Jones Not all stories about law enforcement are of the Dangerous, Catch the Bad Guy and Put Him in Jail variety, and one that occurred in Brazoria County just before Christmas of 1960 falls in that category. The child involved may have been too young to remember it in his later years, but it s a good bet that several adults still think about it at this season. The story was one I originally wrote for the Brazosport Facts column called Courthouse Corridors, which covered a wide variety of events dealing with county employees and the people they served. The names of the child and the adults involved were never revealed, but I have wondered during many Christmas seasons since, what the following years might have brought to their lives. I have also wondered about changes in laws that might have altered the case, had it occurred today. Here is the story, as it originally appeared on Dec. 22, 1960: Christmas arrived a few days early for one little boy this year. It was a celebration complete with the traditional tree, toys and new clothes as well as with that most necessary of Christmas ingredients, love. The sequel was not so idyllic. It came in the grayness of early morning and brought tears of parting and uncetainty. The story started with a routine call concerning a woman in a local tavern. She was drunk, the caller reported, and she had a small child with her. Angleton police picked up the pair and took them to the Brazoria County Court House. They asked the questions law enforcement officers must always ask name, address, age. They learned the woman and her son had come here from a Midwestern state. She had left her common-law husband, who was the father of the little boy, and came to Texas with another man. Soon after they arrived, the man vanished, taking all the money with him. The boy was three years old. She was 33. The officers decided not to file charges. Instead, they contacted the county welfare worker, who provided a blanket and a heater, and groceries for the woman and her son. The little boy sat solemnly during the questions and waited He grinned at passers-by, who joked with him or tousled his blonde hair. He paid little at- Where...Cont. on pg 3 WANTED for MURDER MOISES ALVAREZ La Marque Police Department Offense number LM Murder Intentionally Causes Death On Monday September 14, 2009 La Marque Police responded to a report of a dead woman in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 1215 Spruce. Officers found Faith Guillory dead in the driver seat of her vehicle; she had been shot one time the right side of her head. During the investigation, it was determined that the gunman in the Murder was Moises Alvarez, the estranged boyfriend of Guillory. Investigators later received information that Alvarez had fled to Mexico. He has family ties in the Galveston County area and it is possible that he may return from time to time. Moises Alvarez is a Hispanic male with light brown skin. He is five feet nine inches tall and weights about 130 pounds. He wears glasses and has been seen with and without facial hair. His date of birth is March 10, 1958 and at the time of this murder he was 51 year of age. The La Marque Police Department currently holds a Murder warrant for Alvarez with a bond of $250, La Marque Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward for information leading to the apprehension of Alvarez. If anyone know of the whereabouts of Alvarez, you are encouraged to call La Marque Crime Stoppers at (409) 938-TIPS (938-TIPS); your identity will remain anonymous.
2 College of The Mainland graduates 14 new peace officers TEXAS CITY - Fourteen newly commissioned Texas peace officers recently graduated from the College of The Mainland Law Enforcement Academy. During the 769 hour academy cadets receive hands-on training and expanded firearms training, decision making exercises and patrol procedures includes traffic stops, felony car stops and building entries. The majority of the training is Law. It includes the Code of Criminal Procedure, Constitution, Penal Code, Traffic Code, Health & Safety Code, NOW YOU CAN: Own one of the most affordable condos in Galveston for as low as $50,000 (limited units available for sale) 1 or 2 bedroom units and town homes with garages available for leasing starting at $ CORPORATE LEASING ALSO AVAILABLE CALL FOR RATES LEASE IT, OWN IT, LIVE IT! Walking Distance to Beach Business Center Fitness Center Wet Bar in some units Sparkling Pool with Waterfall Tanning Deck Club House AMENITIES/FEATURES Juvenile Law, Family Violence, Crisis Intervention (dealing with mental health issues) and Intoxicated Drivers. Many area police agencies come into the class to recruit the cadets. Some are firefighters who want to be Arson Investigators or Fire Marshalls and must obtain a peace officer license to acquire that position. The photo below is graduating class #110 in which each cadet had a 100% passing rate on the state exam. Back Row- L to R- Joshua Willhoite, Joseph Waggoner, Vanessa Walker, Lila Vaughn, Russell Rodgers, Ryan Richardson Front Row- L to R- Brian Graham, Warren Graef, Wilford Garvin, Jessica Cavendar, Sharron Bartl, Art Ayala, Gerardo Arredondo, Jeffrey Allen and B.J. Whitburn, Program Coordinator at the Law Enforcement Training Center Galveston s Most Affordable Condos Enjoy a luxury tropical living experience at Galveston s most affordable condominium community Completely Renovated and Upgraded Six Elegant Floor Plans Fireplace New Appliances Tiled Floor High Ceilings Private Balconies Full Size W/D Connections Ceiling Fans Cable and Water Included 3506 Cove View Blvd. Galveston, TX Call Today! (409) Killer GEtS a Cocktail HUNTSVILLE - A man convicted for the 1998 beating and murder of a 64-yearold Nacogdoches man was executed in November, becoming the state s 20th execution by lethal injection so far this year. Khristian Oliver, 32, was pronounced dead at 6:18 p.m., November 5th, eight minutes after the drug cocktail started flowing into his bloodstream. Oliver was sentenced to death for the March 1998 murder of Joe Collins who interrupted a burglary of his rural home outside Nacogdoches, 140 miles southeast of Dallas. Collins was beat severely and shot five times he was nearly unrecognizable when a neighbor found him dead in the front yard of his home. Joe Collins Sr. had left home to pick up dinner on March 17, 1998, and returned THE POLICE NEWS Police News Publishing Co. LLC PO Box 5879 Galveston TX Editor & Publisher Breck Porter Advertising Sales/Distribution Contributors Marie Beth Jones Jamie Nash Scott Engle Art Director/Graphic Designer Diane Jolley Printing Mirror Publishers, Inc Galveston News Office NEWS Business Office Advertising/Distribution Nationwide Toll Free The Police News is published monthly in Galveston TX. To subscribe or inquire about your subscription call: Toll Free Copyright 2009 All rights reserved Khristian Oliver to find 20-year old Oliver and 16-year-old Benny Rubalcaba inside his home. Rubalcaba s 15-year-old brother, Lonny, and Oliver s girlfriend were outside waiting in a pickup truck. As the two tried to run away, Collins grabbed a rifle and shot Benny Rubalcaba in the leg. Oliver fired his pistol at Collins, then took the man s rifle away from him and beat him with it. One of the teenagers said he saw Oliver swinging the rifle at Collins. Evidence showed at least two of five shots that hit Collins came while he was on his back on the ground. Oliver was arrested in Houston with his girlfriend, Sonya Reed. She turned down a 10-year plea deal, went to trial and received 99 years in prison. Benny Rubalcaba got five years and his brother 10 years. Both are now out of prison. policenewslink.com Late Breaking Police News! WANTED CHAD DENBOW W/M DOB: Height: 5 11, Weight: 145 Hair: brown, Eyes: brown Warrant: # Sexual Assault, Felony 2 Warrant # Indecency with a Child - Enhanced, Felony 2 If you have information as to the whereabouts of this wanted fugtive please call the Brazoria County Sheriff s Office or Crime Stoppers Page - The Police News
3 Where..Cont. from pg 1 tention as his mother voiced the wish that she could get back to the husband she had left. The boy was too small to understand when his mother answered questions as to scars on her hands, with the explanation that her husband had inflicted them. Within two days the two were back in the Sheriff s Office. An officer had noticed the woman as she lurched drunkenly down a street with the little boy trotting along behind her. There seemed no alternative this time. A charge of drunk in public was filed. She had no money to pay a fine, and was taken upstairs to County Jail. The little boy was installed in one of Brazoria County s newly established foster homes. Child Welfare Department officials placed him, and then visited the mother in jail to reassure her that the boy was being well taken care of. He s in a foster home with no strings attached, they explained, and he s getting the best of care. The mother s whole body trembled as they talked, apparently an alcoholic reaction. Don t you know that your child can be taken away from you if you continue doing this? one of the visitors asked. The mother said she was aware of that, but made no other answer. The visitors left a card listing the phone number of the Child Welfare Department, inviting the mother to call and check with them about her little boy, but the woman failed to do so. The days that followed were a time of investigation to find whether the little boy s father might want him, and if he would provide a good home. Officials checked concerning other relatives who might have a claim to the child, as well as delving into the legal aspects of the case. They found the results of this search a little discouraging. The mother had been arrested for drunkenness many times in the past. The local courts had no right to take the child from her because of the residence problem. The Welfare Worker made a special call to the foster mother. Don t plan too much on having Christmas with the child, she warned. I m afraid he won t be here that long. The prediction was correct. Officials decided that the only solution to the problem was to furnish the mother with a bus ticket back to her home and common-law husband, and to hope that Child Welfare workers in that state would watch over the boy. The foster mother refused to be deprived of the anticipated Christmas celebration, even though she knew the boy would not be with her on that day. Almost a week before December 25th, the tree lights were turned on and the house resounded with cries of delight as a little boy discovered that Santa had made a special trip, just for him. Santa had left a tricycle and other toys and new clothes, and it was a wonderful Christmas. In the cold, damp darkness of the next morning he was dressed and his new toys were packed away for a trip to his other home. The little boy s blue eyes opened wide in surprise when he saw the policeman waiting outside to take him away. Clinging to his foster mother, he cried in fright, not wanting to leave her. Tears streamed down the woman s face as she hugged the boy for the last time and the officer pulled him away. It was easier when the youngster saw his mother. The tears stopped, and he seemed less frightened. At three, he was a little young to remember for long, or to make comparisons. Perhaps it s just as well. His future appeared one of bleak uncertainty, far removed from the warmth and comfort and love he found with a stranger who was his mother for a little while. Marie Beth Jones is a freelance writer and published author based in Angleton, Texas and a regular feature writer for The Police News. Her latest book Trials and Tribulations. Early Texas Crime Stores, is available by telephone order at or Dickinson Raid Nets Drugs, Dope, Counterfeit Money DICKINSON, TX - A contingent of federal, state and local police have seized over $40,000 in fake U.S. currency a cashe of crack cocaine and firearms during a raid on a Dickinson home. Five persons inside the home were arrested. The raid in the 2500 block of Avenue G was carried out by federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, state drug agents, Dickinson police and Galveston narcotics agents. Shonnon Deon Jenkins, 29, is charged with Felon in Possession of Firearm, bail $250,000, police said. Codi Machelle Easter, 28, and Christina Marie Lazard, 23, are charged with Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver and Forgery. Easter s bail is $90,000 and Lazard s is $60,000. Bail for Ricky Dequincy Walker, 34, and Brandon Ross Hill, 28, is set at $750,000 each for Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Forgery. Brandon Ross Hill Codi Machelle Easter Shonnon Deon Jenkins Ricky Dequincy Walker Christina Marie Lazard Galveston Hummer limos Cheaper than a DWI! Weddings Rehearsal Dinners Engagement Bachelor Party Anniversary Casino Runs to Louisana Ball Games Dinner Outings Business Conferences Club Hopping Quinceañera Bar Mitzvah Day Trips in or out of state Sight Seeing Christmas Light Tours 4 Wheel Off Road Tours The Police News - Page
4 The Mailbox In response to our story that Kim Trenor will seek a new trial after being convicted of murdering her 2-year old daughter Riley Ann Sawyers (Baby Grace) our reader Pam wrote: This truly sickens me, one or both contributed to the death, BOTH hid the death. BOTH attempted to dipose of this poor childs body and she wants a new trial. I have no pity for this woman the ones I feel for are the ones that had to deal with everything after the parents deeds. From investigators to jurors. Freeport Mayor Larry McDonald says applicants for police chief in that city must pass a physical agility test and he will pay a Canadian company $15,000 of taxpayer money to help him find one that s in good shape. Reader MW replied: A physical fitness test for a Chief. Why? Reader Dwaine Davis ed: Why must Mayor McDonald go to a foreign company to conduct a search for a new police chief? Are there not enough qualified American companies? Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott resolved an enforcement action against Tagged, Inc., a social networking site operator that has an estimated two million Texas users. Under an agreed final judgment obtained by the state, Tagged must implement new privacy features and take additional measures to inform users about how the Web site will utilize their personal information. Police News reader Chris had this to say: This is so silly. Tagged.com and other Social Networks were already doing this BEFORE the penalty---sounds like Texas and New York just don t want to admit they filed suit over something rediculous, which is why it was settled out of court. Come on, Texas and New York, admit you were petty and lame all along. If anyone is lacking accountability for their actions, it is the state governments who sue anyone and everyone just so they can make money. About time these State Governments start owning up to their own criminalities and stop picking on scapegoats. The Murder of Baby Grace and the Collateral Damage by reporter Joan Meidam which appears in this edition, brought these comments to The Police News website. WHY DID THE D.A. NOT SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY????? AMAZ- ING...NO WONDER THERE ARE SO MANY MURDERS IN GALVES- TON COUNTY!!!! Posted by Reggie There are certain requirements in the law which must be met in order to seek a death penalty. According to the DA these requirements were not met. Editor Thank you very much, Joan Meidam, for being so brave to sit through the trial and report it all in so much detail. Still, I cannot fully understand WHAT was going through these people s minds while they saw the life drain out of poor baby Riley eyes and I don t think I will ever understand it. THIS, for some strange reason, brings closure for ME and I didn t know Baby Riley. I will forever keep her in the prayers that my 1 1/2 yr. old say every night. My lord, please fill a little part of the black hearts of the people who harm or want to harm our beaufiful children with LOVE. Give those hurt babies comfort and hope in THEIR hearts and let them know through YOU that they ARE loved. They are beautiful and are a blessing no matter what any bad persom does to them or makes them feel. Thanks again Joan Meidam... Posted by vr00_silva Recently found this article by Susan Murphy-Milano called Riley Sawyers Age 2- NO excuse for torture and murder. Please read it. I was unable to attach the link. I wonder how the visitation is going with the baby Shawn.. If the article is indeed true and it does seem to be researched. what about the baby they now have unsupervised visitation with? I feel for the Zeiglers, I do BUT if the article is true. what about Shawn? Also please read the article about the Zeiglers obtaining visitation. There is yet another son of Mr. Zeigler who refuses to let his children around his father due to abuse? What about Shawn? Posted by Sheri Before bashing the DA you must know that there are many stipulations in the law that you must show before filing for the Death Penalty. Without going into details this case was not a death penalty case. Hard to believe, but it is what it is. We don t want to jepordize the case and lose it on an appeal. Also, there are times when the victims family do not want the deatl penalty. I cannot say enough on how the Galveston County District Attorney s Office handled this case and the thousands of hours put into it. We should all be proud of the job they did, trust me, I know first hand. I was one of the lead investigators on this case. Since most homicides are crimes of passion you cannot in anyway blame the DA for the number of homicides. Many crimes are preventable, most homicides are not. Respectfully, Lt. Tommy Hansen Galveston County Sheriff s Office Criminal Investigation Division Posted by Tommy Hansen I WANTED TO SAY TO THE WRIT- ER OF THIS ARTICLE THAT THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE MEDIA RE- PORTERS LIKE YOU...WITH A HEART.AS THE SPOUSE OF SOME- ONE WHO HAD TO GO THROUGH A HIGHLY PUBLISEZED TRIAL AND WAS FOUND GUILTY.I HAVE TO SAY I WISH THERE WAS MEDIA LIKE YOU THEN.WHILE GOING Di Bella's ITALIAN RESTAURANT & CATERING Closed Mondays Tues. Fri. Lunch 11 2 p.m. Tues. Thurs. Dinner 5 10 p.m. Fri. Sat. Dinner 5 11 p.m. Sunday Dinner 5 10 p.m. See our Review at THROUGH A LONG VERY PUBLI- SEZED TRIAL IN GALVESTON MY IN LAWS AND I WERE TRASHED IN THE PAPERS.AS ROYCE ZEIGLER WENT THROUGH THIS TRIAL I HAD MY OWN THOUGHTS OF HIM BUT ALWAYS KEPT IN MIND THAT HIS FAMILY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS AND I FELT SO HEART- BROKEN FOR WHAT I KNEW THEY EVENTUALLY WOULD HAVE TO ENDURE.THEY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE CRIME AND NO ONE SHOULD JUDGE THEM FOR STANDING BY HIM...ITS FAMILY. I DID IT AND SO WOULD ANYONE ELSE! GOD BLESS YOU JOAN Posted by JED It seems like poor Riley wasnt loved by anyone,not her mom that killed her, or her dad that didnt even come to the trial. I know that she is loved in Heaven now and will never cry again. Posted by CJ The citizens of Galveston County can be proud that they have a District Attorney who is passionate about keeping the criminal element off of our streets and where they belong...in prison. Come election time, you know who will get my vote. Posted by Butch This should never have happened. The Sawyers adored Riley. Kim never should have taken her to Texas. Royce never should have married Kim. Although she adored her, Nellie Zeigler never should have complained about Riley s behavior. In the end, 3 families have been shattered. Two young people will spend their lives in jail. A grandmother will never see her beloved granddaughter s 1st day of school, her first prom dress, her wedding and her first baby. You re right - Riley s ability to love is pure, innocent and true. Posted by 2reddogs The Mailbox...Cont. on next page Voted Best Italian Restaurant & Friendliest Service in Galveston Co. 31st & Avenue P Galveston Page - The Police News
5 The Mailbox...Cont. from previous page I fully agree with the kudos for the DA s office. They did an outstanding job. What I don t understand is there is not one mention of the investigators in this case. You seem to forget that their diligence in gathering the evidence and presenting it to the DA s office, enabled them to have the tools in which to secure convictions. You dropped the ball, Ms. Meidam. Isn t this the Police News? Posted by Jredd Another comment - Robert Sawyers attended Kim s trial because she was the mother & killer of his daughter. He has no personal relationship with Royce Zeigler, the co-killer of his daughter. At present, he is married and has two young sons. He works full time to support his family and, I suspect, didn t have the vacation time to come spend 2 weeks watching that POS Zeigler get his day in court. Posted by 2reddogs Our story from San Jacinto County about 42-year-old Oliver Leonard Bubba Bills, Jr. who shot and killed his mother, 71-year-old Gloria Tice Bills; his girlfriend, Shara Jean Torres, 27 and Torres 6-year-old daughter then killed himself brought this from a family member. Gloria was my grandmother s younger sister. I didn t know her personally but the pain of losing Gloria has traveled very far. We are from Muskegon, Michigan and my grandma is traveling to Texas to say goodbye to her sister in the worst way imaginable. My heart goes out to the family of Gloria because if she was as loving and caring as her sister then they have lost a very special person. When we posted the photo of an abandoned Jamaica Beach beach house destroyed by Hurricane Ike on our website which is still standing dilapidated on the beach, we got these reader comments: I live in Jamaica Beach and this is common problem throughout our area. I understand that money is tight for most people these days and repairs and cleanup are costly. Jamaica Beach still needs some standards in place for these situations. There are falling-down houses and ruined bulkheads everywhere and no one is doing a thing about it. Posted by JW There ain t but so much money in the world. Dunno the reason the structure remains. If it occurred to me as it did these folks, I could not afford to tear it down nor repair it. Unique situation that caused this and it may well be a good The Mailbox...Cont. on page 6 The Murder of Baby Grace and the Collateral Damage By Joan Meidam, Correspondent Royce Clyde Zeigler II was found guilty of Capital Murder for his role in the death of toddler, Riley Ann Sawyers; the people had spoken. I was sitting in the courtroom that late afternoon when the verdict was read, just as I had sat there for the testimony in the proceeding seven days. I m still a little numb, these two days later. To say it wasn t easy, for all involved and present in the courtroom, would be an understatement. I had been present for the trial of Mr. Zeigler s wife, Kimberly Dawn Trenor and sitting here now, the thought of what a tragedy this all is, has been revived. The death of a child is never easy to cope with but the rehearing and reliving of the circumstances of that fateful night makes it even harder. District Attorney, Kurt Sistrunk and Assistant DA Kayla Allen presented an excellent case for the prosecution. Through their words and efforts young Riley Ann Sawyers was still with us, there in the courtroom; never letting us forget that she was the victim and a defenseless one at that. This case took two years to come to court and in that time they never lost their zeal or passion in seeking justice for Riley. They were successful in obtaining a guilty verdict on a Capital Murder charge and not a lesser one. I can t imagine the number of hours they must have spent on this case, never having it far from their thoughts. The Defense attorneys took on a Herculean task in defending their client. Neal Davis III, Dena Fisher and Dee McWilliams were as diligent and passionate in their defense of Mr. Zeigler as the District Attorney s Office was in prosecuting this case. The defendant could not have asked for, or hoped for, better advocates on his behalf. Defending someone accused of murdering a toddler is not and should not be, an easy task. They more than earned their fees in my opinion. At the end of the day, the term baby killer is a tough one to get past, yet they tried to show the court a fuller picture of their client. I admire their courage in taking this case, as they just as easily could have said, No thank you, to Mr. Zeigler and moved on with their respective careers. Although I sat through both the trial of Royce Zeigler and Kimberly Trenor, I still have some questions. One being, where was Robert Sawyers, Riley s biological father? It seemed odd to me that he wasn t in the courtroom as Riley was his daughter too. It was brought out in testimony that Mr. Sawyers has another child. According to a Mentor newspaper article I read online, he married his current wife three days before their child was born. Huh? I couldn t help but wonder if there is something going on that I am not aware of. Royce Zeigler and Kim Trenor murdered Riley and then proceeded to get pregnant with their own child; while Riley s father makes no appearance at the trial of her killers, yet is busy starting his own family. Then again, I m from that school of thought where children aren t hor d oeuvers, you don t lose one and then simply get another. I m still shaking my head. Towards the end of the trial, I fully learned the meaning of collateral damage. I was sitting in the courtroom when it was made known that the jury had reached a verdict. They had been deliberating for approximately four and a half hours. The courtroom was assembled and Judge Garner called the court to order. I turned around to see where the Zeigler family and friends were seated in the courtroom. I didn t see them. Mr. Zeigler was asked to stand and he did so, along with his attorneys and the verdict was read: Guilty of Capital Murder. I was seated, trying to absorb the implications of that verdict, when I heard the courtroom door open and saw Mrs. Zeigler enter, followed by her family and friends. The available seating in the courtroom at that time was scattered and they found seats where they could, some in my row. I don t know what the Zeigler family and friends were thinking or if they even knew that they had missed the verdict being read, as Judge Garner was still addressing the jury. A very brief time later, I looked down my row and saw two of the defense attorneys talking to Hiram Zeigler, the defendant s brother. I surmised that they were telling Hiram that the verdict had been read and that his brother was found guilty. I then became aware of the elderly, distinguished gentlemen sitting next to me who was physically trembling. I asked him if he was alright and if he was a friend of the Zeigler s. He said, yes, he was a friend of theirs. I introduced myself, told him I was with the media and that anything we discussed would be off Lowest Gas Prices the record, as I really didn t want to put any more pressure on him than he was already feeling. That conversation will remain off the record. What I will share with you is this, it is never easy delivering bad news and seeing the hurt in someone s eyes as they start to tear. Those are moments not easily forgotten, you just hope that you did the best that you could. As I looked around the courtroom, I saw Sheryl Sawyers being hugged and comforted, no doubt the end of this trial bringing some closure to her, let s hope so. Now, she will no longer have to testify and relive this tragedy. I wish her healing. I then saw Nellie Zeigler, the defendant s mother, sitting in the courtroom crying being consoled by family and friends. I believe she was in a state of shock, trying to absorb all that had transpired. She asked Neal Davis III if she could see her son for just a minute. He told her, as gently as he could, that seeing Royce would not be possible. Mrs. Zeigler pleaded to see her son and Mr. Davis left her to go and ask. The request was denied. As a person and a mother, my heart went out to Nellie Zeigler, seeing her so distraught, worried and confused. I wish healing for Mrs. Zeigler, her family and friends, also. What did I take away from this trial? I think it safe to say, some lessons about life. I will remember the attorneys, who although diametrically opposed, respected each other and the process; each passionate in their own cause. I ll remember the calm, the wisdom and the fairness of Judge David Garner. I will be ever mindful that there is a lot of collateral damage in this world and that sometimes, it s not so easily recognized or thought about. But, I believe the most important lesson I take with me from these trials, is the one taught to me by young Riley Ann Sawyers; who in her time of torment and adversity, still demonstrated the ability to love. That s a huge lesson and one that I will carry in my heart, always. Jamaica Beach Food Store BREAKFAST 7 AM Open 7am - 9 pm EVERYDAY 7 DAYS A WEEK Picnic/Beach Supplies Deli - Beer - LOTTO Groceries - Diesel Fuel ATM Pulse Machine Frozen Bait FRIENDLY SERVICE At the Traffic Light in Jamaica Beach The Police News - Page 5
6 The Mailbox...Cont. from page 5 write off and was not wanted anyway. But I couldn t afford it. I could burn it but then... Posted by MW Yes, myself and my wife feel Jamaica Beach is on the decline, that is why we plan to move. Posted by bob smith This is not just in Jamaica Beach, this is all over Galveston. In Bayou Shore the mess is unbelievable. There are houses just waiting for a good wind to blow them down. The rat problem in the area has been discussed in the Galveston Newspaper and all over. Then you can go to the East End of the island and see some houses that have fallen in. Nope the far west of Galveston is just another story NOT the main story! Posted by Jarg46 These homes are a disturbing alert that policy is required. Can my public confirm any precedent for land-attachment or lien-mortgage, whereby monies for public safety protection, as determined, can be recovered by custom, to relieve our area and aid owners recovering disrepair. These building dispositions are not without assessments of financial responsibility. Does Galveston government(s) pursue discussion to make known areas of relief or potential areas of relief. Is there relief being proposed? The editor would welcome an interpretation of that one. E. R. Johnson Family Mortuary Eddie R. Johnson Owner/Funeral Director Cremation, Monuments, Pre-Arrangements, Insurance and Notary Services Quality, Distinctive, Professional Service 3828 Avenue O/PO Box 5 Galveston, TX The story alleged that Galveston County area hospitals and clinics don t disclose their charity-care policies, despite laws requiring them to do so. Reader Jaybee ed us: It is the unwritten policies that escape scrutiny. Specifically the most prolific unwritten policy, present in practically all nongovernmental medical care providers is Get everything you can from the insurance carriers of insured patients by any means possible. These means include double-charging, charging for physician visits by uninvolved physicians, charging for medications and services not provided and, most prevalent, inflating charges to generate income to reimburse providers for services to indigents and other non-paying patients. Another reader opined on reporter Joan Meidam and her reporting of the Baby Grace trial: Susan Al Bassam ed us: Kudos to Ms.Joan Meidam!! I come to this site daily for the nitty gritty and I feel as if I am sitting in the court along with her because her reporting is that detailed. So many people all around world have taken the Riley Ann Sawyer s story to heart and we have all come to love this beautiful little girl that was taken from this world in the most horrific way possible. Brillant Reporting!! POLICENEWSLINK.COM For late breaking police news! Ph: Fax: Seawall at 89th street Galveston Movie Hotline: Featuring the latest in stadium-seating, comfortable high-back rocking seats and DTS digital sound Systems. Lobby ATM All major credit cards accepted All R rated Movies Require an ID Visit MATINEE $5.75 ANY SHOW PRIOR TO 6:00 P.M. FREE LARGE DRINK WITH PURCHASE OF A SMALL Expires December POPCORN 31, 2009 WANTED FUGITIVES Brazoria County Brazoria County Sheriff s Office or Brazoria County Crime Stoppers Cabrerras, Manuel WM DOB /150 BLK/BRO 2401 S. Johnson #41 Alvin, TX WRRT# MTAG/Accident involving injury/death WILLIAMS,ROBYN DONETTA B/F DOB:11/25/ BLK/BRO 7203 BELLERIVE DR 127 HOUSTON, TX FRAUDULENT USE OF IDENTIFYING INFORMATION BEJARANO,ALFREDO SOTO W/M DOB:04/30/ BLK/BRO 1307 W 10TH ST FREEPORT, TX WARRANT#60789 Failure to Appear ROBINSON,AARON W/M Thibault, DOB:11/ Raymond 5 5 WM DOB /10/1986 BRO/BRO 612 Elm 236 St. BASTROP Freeport, TX ANGLETON, WRRT# TX Agg Sexual WARRANT#60715 Assault w/child (2 DEBIT CARD counts) ABUSE Esquivel, Reynaldo Ramon Martinez, W/M, Thibault, DOB: Raymond 06/08/1987, WM DOB 5-1, 04/10/ Fox 612 Meadow Elm St. Freeport, Dr #226, TXAlvin Tx WRRT# Wrt # Agg Sexual Assault w/child (2 MRP/Agg. Sexual Assault counts) HELLAMS,ROSS B/M DOB: 02/11/ BLK/BRO 4814 CR 101 PEARLAND TX THEFT W/PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS SHUMAKER,GENE W/M DOB:03/19/ BRO/HAZ 401 LAKEVIEW APT#451 CLUTE, TX DWI PINEDA,JORGE W/M Rodriguez, DOB:06/09/1981 Cesar WM 5 9 DOB /12/1981 BLK/BRO 2233 Austin 8908 Ave North SONIA Pearland, LN TX ROSHARON, WRRT# TX WARRANT#60712 BF/Agg Sexual Assault Theft w/child of Firearm Trejo, Enrique Thibault, WM DOB Raymond WM 5 6 /164 DOB 04/10/1986 BLK/BRO 612 Elm 136 St. FM Freeport, 522 #10 TX WRRT# West Columbia, TX WRRT# Deem counts) Realty Agg Sexual Assault w/child (2 MTAG/Agg Sexual Assault of a Child Cooper, Richard Thibault, BM DOB Raymond WM 6 0 /190 DOB 04/10/1986 BLK/BRO Cotharn Elm St. Freeport, Dr. Angleton, TX TX WRRT# WRRT# Agg Sexual MTR/Robbery Assault w/child (2 counts) Page - The Police News
7 WANTED FUGITIVES Galveston County Galveston County Sheriff s Office or Christian Offenburger Race: White Sex: Male Age: 36 years old lbs DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED 3RD OR MORE Eduardo Magallon Race: Hispanic Sex: Male Age: 22 years old lbs BURGLARY OF HABITATION STREET GANG MEMBER Jose Torres Race: Hispanic Sex: Male Age: 24 years old lbs AGG ASSAULT W/DEADLY WEAPON PAROLEE- BURGLARY CONVICTION Troy Lartigue Race: Black Sex: Male Age: 28 years old lbs POSS CS PG 3= 400G A MATTER OF LIFE OR DEATH A police officer pulls a man over for speeding. As the officer approaches the car he can see that the man is very anxious about something. Good afternoon Sir. Do you know why I stopped you? Yes, officer... I know I was speeding--but it is a matter of life or death. Oh, really? How s that? There s a naked woman waiting for me at home. I don t see how that is a matter of life or death. If I don t get home before my wife does, I m a dead man. Sewing & Alterations 10% DISCOUNT for FIRST RESPONDERS UNIFORMS 6610-B Stewart Road, Galveston H & R Grocery & Meat Market th St. Galveston Custom Meat Orders Italian Sausages Marine & Restaurant Open 7 am to 8 pm Mon. Sat. 8 am to 8 pm Sunday Since Meat Market Anthony Hosea Race: Black Sex: Male Age: 43 years old lbs THEFT =$1500-$20K Tiffany Flores Race: White Sex: Female Age: 28 years old lbs POSS CS PG 1 =4G-200G Mark Daily Race: White Sex: Male Age: 24 years old lbs BURGLARY OF HABITATION Bryant Freeman, Rowdy Race: Black Sex: Male Age: 35 years old lbs MAN DEL CS PG 1 =4G-200G Yorshandra Daniels Race: Black Sex: Female Age: 22 years old lbs THEFT =$1500-$20K HARBORING RUNAWAY CHILD Latrice Bryant Race: Black Sex: Female Age: 38 years old lbs ABANDON ENDANGER CHILD CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE NOAH S Service Center & Tires Noah S. Rice Owner Your Satisfaction is our Pride Stewart Road Galveston, TX CREATIONS UPHOLSTERY David Gillioz, Owner /2 FM 1764 Santa Fe, TX Boats - Motorcycles - Jeeps - Pickups - Convertibles Automotive - Commercial - Marine - Residential Come see us for all your Upholstery Needs! Ask people why they have deer heads on their walls and they will tell you it s because they re such beautiful animals. I think my wife is beautiful, but I only have photographs of her on the wall. The Police News - Page
8 SUBSCRIBE TO THE POLICE NEWS YES - $37.50 a year. All subscriptions mailed First Class, 12 issues for the Police News Mail my Police News to: Name Address City State Zip < Check Enclosed Money Order Charge my credit card: Visa Master Card American Express Discover Credit Card Billing Address: Name Address City State Zip Expiration Date Card Number Signature Make checks payable and mail to: The Police News P.O. Box 5879, Galveston, TX Call: or Call Toll-Free: Or subscribe online at: To Pay by Phone Call > Violent Galveston Fugitive Captured in Arizona YOUNG, AZ - A Galveston ex-convict, wanted on felony warrants by the Galveston County Sheriff s Office and the Galveston Police Department has been captured in Young, Arizona by US Marshals acting on a lead from the Gulf Coast Violent Offender and Fugitive Task Force. According to law enforcement officials, Joseph Rene Hernandez, 29, who last lived at 816 Ball St. in Galveston, fled to Arizona taking his girlfriend with him. He was hiding out in a remote cabin at the end of a one-way-in, oneway-out road in the hills of Gila County, Arizona. Warrants in Galveston charge him with Injury to a Child and Assault with Intent to Commit Bodily Injury. The Gulf Coast Task Force was asked to assist local authorities and tracked Hernandez to the Arizona location. They relayed the information to Deputy US Marshals in Phoenix who made the arrest. Young, Arizona is in Arizona s eastern mountains, just below the Mogollon Rim at an elevation of 5,200 feet. The town is completely surrounded by the Tonto National Forest and is served by two roads. Highway 288 from the south has 35 miles of unpaved surface, and Forest Road 512 from the north is not paved for about 16 miles. Both are mountainous and have steep grades and curves. Officials tell The Police News that due to the nature of the terrain where Hernandez was hiding a helicopter had to be used to make a safe Joseph Rene Hernandez approach. The girlfriend was thought to have been held against her will after deciding to leave Hernandez there. The Gulf Coast Violent Offender and Fugitive Task Force is a combined law enforcement unit comprised of officers and deputies from various agencies throughout the Gulf Coast including the Galveston County Sheriff s Office, Galveston Police Department, Precinct Eight Constable s Office and Deputy US Marshals assigned to the Galveston County Area. Hernandez is being held in Arizona until local officials arrange his extradition back to Galveston County. OLSON'S PILING SERVICE Boat Houses House Pilings Water Pilings Pile Replacement Bulk Heads Cell: Office: Sea Isle, Galveston TX A&A D&P 24 HOUR WRECKER SERVICE Heavy Duty Unlock Any Car Jump Start RV Towing Off Road Service Out of Town Towing Emergency Auto Repair NO JOB TOO FAR or TOO SMALL! Operated by the Anderwalds Toll Free: VISIT US ON the WEB: ESCO PEST CONTROL WDI Inspections Termites - Rodents Roaches - Ants - Fleas Birds - Trapping Steve Spicer Owner 9355 Jamaica Beach Galveston, TX Page - The Police News
9 Bait Car waterloo for 3 car thieves Rickey Linkey 44 yoa of Santa Fe 1. Felony Theft - Bond $125, Felony Criminal Mischief - Bond $125, Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity - $125,000 SANTA FE, Texas - The western portion of Galveston County has been experiencing a rash of thefts to include vehicles and ATV s. To address this issue the Galveston County Auto Crimes Task Force (ACTF) has been assisting the Galveston County Sheriff s Office and the Santa Fe Police Department in addressing the problem with their Bait vehicle program. The ACTF warns thieves in the area that the next ATV, vehicle, golf cart or boat they steal may be bait that was set out by the Auto Crimes Task Force. Lt. Tommy Hansen, Project Director of David Herod 39 yoa of Santa Fe 1. Felony Theft - Bond $100, Felony Criminal Mischief - Bond $100, Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity - $100,000 Ernie Scales 46 yoa of Santa Fe 1. Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity - 20,000 the ACTF said one of the bait vehicles was stolen and then tracked to a location in Santa Fe. A covert operation began and the bait was captured and the thieves were identified. The investigation by the Auto Crimes Task Force resulted in warrants being issued for three men and additional charges are pending. Members of the Auto Crimes Task Force, Sheriff s Office Special Crimes Unit and Warrant Division with the assistance of Santa Fe Police Department and Alvin Police Department K-9 units located and arrested the men accused of the theft. Officers undergo water survival training during a seminar of the Airborn Law Enforcement Association at the San Luis Resort and Convention Center organized by Jamaica Beach Police Chief Andy McLane. (Police News Photo/Amy Quiroga) Fireman Turned Crook Arrested HOLLYWOOD, Florida - A former Tiki Island fireman wanted by Louisiana and Galveston authorities for a scam conducted via internet was arrested in Hollywood, Florida. Investigators with the DeSoto Parish, Louisiana Sheriff s Office were looking for the Texas ex-convict whose last known address was in Tiki Island in Galveston County. Sheriff s Sgt. John Cobb said Wesley Ross Collier, 28, was charged with Felony by Fraud in a scheme he pulled in Logansport, Louisana leaving his victim holding a worthless check for $7,000. Sgt. Cobb said Collier was trying to pull the same scam on a resident in Florida and the resident became suspicious and notified authorities. Hollywood police were able to reach the location before Collier could get away. He was being held in Seminole County Jail awaiting extradition back to Louisiana then to Galveston. Wesley Ross Collier Don Moore, 67, Jamaica Beach Police Officer JAMAICA BEACH, TX -- Don Moore, 67, veteran Texas lawman and Jamaica Beach police officer for the past 10 years, passed away November 22nd in UTMB Hospital where he had been admitted November 4th after suffering a massive heart attack. Jamaica Beach Police Don Moore Moore was a dyed in the wool lawman. He earned the Master Peace Officer rating, he was a firearms instructor and skilled in the martial arts. But he was a patrolman at heart, said Hubbell, He is a born patrol officer. In 2008 Don lost the love of his life, Sandy Lt. Steve Hubbell said Moore s son and two daughters were by his side when he died. Born and raised in Illinois, Moore became a Texas lawman when he joined the Precinct 5 Constable s Office in Nueces County, Corpus Christi, in On his way to Jamaica Beach he served on the Port Aransas Police Department, Taft Police Department and Kendall County Sheriff s Office. He was a workaholic, said Hubbell, He s was always there when we needed him, no matter what time it was, day or Lane, to cancer. He lived alone with his pets in Jamaica Beach a small, incorporated village on west Galveston Island. Moore was an active member of the Blue Knights, Chapter 31, law enforcement motorcycle organization and had recently purchased a new Harley Davidson 3-wheel motorcycle to replace his previous bike destroyed by Hurricane Ike. Don will be missed by his many friends, both personal and professional. Funeral arrangements will be posted on this website when it is announced. night. Bell Ringer Galveston police officers give the Salvation Army a helping hand during this Christmas season by standing in as Bell Ringers. Pictured is Captain Joe Pena ringing the bell at the Galveston Kroger store. The Police News - Page
10 Noel Stanley, 74 Soldier, musician, artist, lawman Jamie Nash MontgomeryCountyPoliceNews.Com Noel Stanley left this world Monday, November 16, 2009, after 74 years and not one minute wasted. The phrase lived life to the fullest has become an overused cliché, but it accurately describes the life of Noel Stanley. He was a soldier, a musician, an artist, a police officer, a family man and a friend. Stanley served in the United States Army, then came home and launched a career in country music. Stanley began playing bass at Houston s iconic Esquire Ballroom on Hempstead Highway, which is where he began a lifelong friendship with a drummer named Don Lacy in Stanley and Lacy took their talents to Nashville, where they split up when Stanley landed a spot in Ernest Tubb s band, the Texas Troubadours. Two years later, Lacy says he talked Stanley into joining him in playing with Jack Greene & Jeannie Seely. Lacy said he and Stanley lived a few doors apart in Nashville, where both became reserve police officers. After more than a decade in Nashville, both men moved back to Texas and went to work for the Harris County Sheriff s Office and a few months later, Stanley joined him. They also continued playing music, with the Texas Throwdown Band. Eventually, Stanley and Lacy went to work for the Montgomery County Sheriff s Office, where Stanley became highly respected for his work in forensics and retired as a lieutenant. His presence is still felt in the agency not only because of his exemplary work, but because his daughter, Katherine, is now part of the Montgomery County Sheriff s Office. After retiring from the sheriff s office, Stanley and his late wife, Amy, moved to Hawaii. They remained island residents for a decade or more, until Amy Stanley s death, Lacy said. Stanley then returned to Texas where he married, Carleen Whitton-Stanley. They lived in Spring, near The Woodlands. Lacy, a lieutenant with the MCSO, is deeply saddened at the loss of his friend of more than four decades. Noel was one of the most personable people, Lacy said. Once you met Noel Stanley, he was a friend forever. But Stanley s attributes were not limited to his magnetic personality. He was extremely intelligent and talented beyond belief, Lacy said. Stanley was a gifted bass player who shared the stage with legends in country music, but according to Lacy, he was also an amazing artist. Whether it was portraits painted in his leisure time or forensic sketches used in crime solving, Lacy said Stanley was second to none. Lacy said Stanley will be missed by everybody he ever knew or had any dealings with. Those sentiments were shared by Detective Stewart Hightower of the Montgomery Police Department, who worked with Stanley at the Harris County Sheriff s Office and then in Montgomery County. Legendary Jones Creek City Marshal Retires Man with a Very Fine Heart Marcie Ellis- BrazoraCountyPoliceNews.Com JONES CREEK, TX -- Bubba Howard Rape, whose unique style of marshaling included never carrying a gun and cutting his salary by half for 9 years, to provide funding for an extra deputy, was honored for his 28 years of service as City Marshall to Jones Creek. Dodie Armstrong, Staff Assistant to Congressman Ron Paul, presented Marshall Rape an American flag, which had flown over the nation s Capitol in honor of Rape s dedication to the citizens of Jones Creek and Brazoria County. Armstrong described Rape as a man with a very fine heart. Rape began his career in law enforcement more than 40 years ago as a deputy with the Brazoria County Sheriff s Office. He left the sheriff s office to run a body shop and wrecker service in the 1970s, before gaining the Marshal s post in Jones Creek. He served as a Brazoria County Deputy for 2 years---a 24-hour a day on call position. In 1980, he ran for City Marshal and was defeated by 2 votes. In 1982 he ran again and was elected. He would continue his career with an astounding run of 13 more consecutive terms. His retirement is an end of an era. He s more than just a marshal he has been a good friend to Jones Creek and He was a policeman s policeman, Hightower said, part of the old school he was fair to everybody and never got too excited. He was a good man, Hightower said. MCSO Captain Ken Ariola called Stanley a really great guy and said his Brazoria County. Brazoria County Sheriff Charles Wagner said. Jones Creek Mayor George Mitchell commended Marshall Rape for his 28 years of tireless efforts for the City and said he never left during a crisis, not once. Jones Creek Village Councilman John Audas said Bubba s probably one of the finest men I ve ever had the privilege of knowing. Rape, who retired officially, November 17th at noon said that he would pursue ranching. Jones Creek Marshal s Sgt. William Tidwell has taken over for Rape. Tidwell has been with the marshal s office for over two decades. American flag from Congressman Ron Paul assistant Dotie Armstrong Brazoria County Sheriff Charles Wagner, Sgt. William Tidwell, retiring Marshal Bubba Rape, former Brazoria County Sheriff Joe King, Jimmy Jones (retired investigator with Brazoria County DA s office) daughter Kathy is like her father, an asset to the agency. Memorial services for Noel Stanley were held at at Cashner Colonial Chapel. To post a tribute to the family, visit Page 10 - The Police News
11 Jamaica Beach beefs up fire, rescue equipment JAMAICA BEACH, TX - The Village of Jamaica Beach on West Galveston Island, may be small but it s requirements for police, fire and rescue personnel and equipment is significantly larger than the typical town of it s size. That is due largely to tourist traffic that travels to or through the village each summer. And because of its central location near the center of the western half of the island, Jamaica Beach becomes the staging area in cases of disaster such as Hurricane Ike in 2008 when first responders from throughout the nation were headquartered here. Pictured with the new vessel Fire Chief Steve Spicer (L) and Assistant Fire Chief Troy Beasley As an important part of it s rescue and fire fighting fleet Jamaica Beach recently acquired in new 17 Zodiac boat equipped for both rescue, recovery and for fighting fires while afloat. With its maze of canals, the boat s ability to pump water from the canal onto a canal side house fire ads a higher degree of fire fighting capability to its fleet of fire fighting equipment. The new watercraft is powered by a 75 horsepower, outboard engine and is equipped with a rescue sled and a compartment for the transport of a drowning or victim of a water related tragedy. A grant from the federal government provided funds for the acquisition of the new boat. Illegal Alien: A US Border Patrol Agent catches an illegal alien in the bushes right by the border fence, he pulls him out and says Sorry, you know the law, you ve got to go back across the border right now. The Mexican man pleads with them, No, noooo Senior, I must stay in de USA!... Pleeeze! The Border Patrol Agent thinks to himself, I m going to make it hard for him and says Ok, I ll let you stay if you can use 3 English words in a sentence. The Mexican man of course agrees. The Border Patrol Agent tells him, The 3 words are: Green, Pink and Yellow. Now use them in 1 sentence. The Mexican man thinks really hard for about 2 minutes, then says, Hmmm,... OK... The phone, it went Green, Green, Green, I Pink it up and sez Yellow? - Commercial - Industrial-Residential - Family Owned & Operated Since Elevation for piers - We can & do move almost anything - Tel: Carpet Cleaning Upholstery & Drapery Cleaning Stripping & Waxing 24 Hour Water Extractions Bonded & Insured - Galveston s Finest SHAMPOO & STEAM CLEANING $ Additional Rooms $18.95 out of your carpet! FOR LIVING ROOM, DINING & HALL The largest structural relocation company on the Texas Gulf Coast the "We clean The Police News - Page 11
12 Mr. Volunteerism is No Ordinary Cop By Breck Porter - The Police News It is generally felt that in many organizations about 10% of the members do 100% of the work, and of that 10% usually one or two persons are the driving force, that plan, organize and see the job through. Those people are also usually infected with a thing called "volunteerism. He or she is always there when there s a job to be done. The Galveston Police Department is fortunate to have several of these type people within its ranks. When the call for volunteers is sent out among the ranks, the response is usually robust and immediate. There is one guy in the Galveston Police Department however, who should have the word volunteerism engraved on his name badge. His name is Lewis Jackson, Galveston police officer, and the man behind the scenes in most big events that take place like fundraisers, benefits, community and charitable events. For the past several months Jackson has ORANGE, TX - In late October Jay Dee Herrmann, 41, of Orangefield kissed his wife of 9 years, told her he loved her and would be back after he ran some errands, however, he was never heard from again. The couple had a spat that morning, but Herrmann told his wife they would talk about it later as he left for Orange to pay bills and cash his paycheck. He also mentioned going to the Texas Workforce Center to look for a part-time job. He left in the family's only car and with only the clothes he was wearing. Lori Herrmann fell asleep waiting for him to return. When she awoke a few hours later and he still was not home she thought he may still be upset over their earlier argument. He had disappeared once before, but returned a few days later. But, this time is different she says. She repeatedly called his cell phone and each time it went straight to voic . When the voic became full and would no longer take new messages, she became increasingly worried so she had the cell phone shut off in order to be able to listen to his voice mails. "There was nothing helpful on there," Lori Herrmann said. "They are mostly Page 12 - The Police News worked endless off duty hours gathering sponsors, organizing, promoting and tying up loose ends for the first, big time Battle of The Badges event which features 17 boxes matches under the lights in the San Luis Convention Center on Seawall Boulevard. Cops and firefighters in the ring together in a common cause raising money for the Boys and Girls Club of Galveston. Making this event happen has been a herculean task and though there have been many involved in the various facets of producing the event, Jackson has been a main shaker and mover. I know of many days he has been working on his days off talking to prospective sponsors or taking care of a number of other details having to do with the event, said another one of the main organizers, Lt. Jorge Trevino. I am amazed at the dedication and professionalism he has exhibited each and every day since we started with this. One can wonder where Jackson finds the time that he contributes. He spends Lewis Jackson Army vet disappears from home near Orange Breck Porter GulfCoastPoliceNews.Com of us asking him to please call." According to Lori Herrmann, the last call made was on Oct. 27. A call was placed to information about 10:11 p.m. for the number of the Port Arthur Greyhound bus station. Seven minutes later he called the bus station. She called the bus station as well, but they did not have any record of him purchasing a ticket. Since he has been missing, his wife has called as many family and friends she can remember. He has friends in Galveston, California, Houston and Kansas. But, Lori is not the only person who has not heard from him. He is a 22-year veteran National Guardsman and has been considering retirement. The Desert Storm veteran has not reported to his station in Port Neches. As a result, according to an official there, the army has him listed as "AWOL." Herrman also did not return to his place of employment or called in to tell them he was not coming in to work. He also has not contacted his mother in Pennsylvania. For his wife, this is the most shocking of all. "It's very, very scary to me," Lori Herrmann said. "I have been on emotional roller coaster." Lori blames herself for the argument. Disappeared...Cont. on pg. 13 Jay Dee Hermann eight hours a day patrolling the streets of Galveston plus he is a fulltime husband and father of two children. Married to his high school sweetheart for 11 years, the couple have a 4-year old daughter and 3-year old son. Maybe his degree in Sociology earned at Huston Tillotson University helps him deal with the great demands for his time and skills. Jackson began his career with the department in 1995 and over that 14-year period he has worked everything from bicycle patrol to criminal investigation and for one period of time he was assigned to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force as an undercover agent. In recent years however, Jackson has coordinated three fundraising events. Two were for the police department s SWAT Team working in his private time over a period of seven months, raising $9 thousand. But his greatest achievement by far was the benefit this year for cancer victim Chris Sanderson, a brother Galveston police officer, in which $35 thousand was raised to help with the officer s mounting medical expences. Lewis is one of those employees that make us all look good, says Police GALVESTON, Texas - A couple wanted in Mississippi were arrested in the West Galveston community of Sea Isle by agents of the Gulf Coast Violent Officer and Fugitive Task Force. Douglas Gilbert, 27, and Sheli Sisk, 27, were both wanted in Harrison County, Mississippi. Gilbert absconded on a 10-year felony drug sentence and was also wanted for cooking methamphetamines and Sisk on a felony Worthless Check charge. The pair was renting a room in a Sea Isle residence on Mason Drive while he was working for a local contractor. Task force members included officers Chief Charles Wiley. In any organization we typically have a couple of employees like Lewis Jackson that we can really depend on to make the organization a great place. We re glad that he does those things that serve us well and we appreciate him, a lot. Officer Jackson has always displayed a willingness to help others. comments Captain Joe Pena, commander of the uniformed patrol services to which Jackson is assigned. He is a dedicated officer that understands the importance of volunteering his time. He has never asked for anything in return. He is definitely an asset to this department, Pena said of Jackson. Sgt. John Courtney, head of Special Operations said, Lewis Jackson exemplifies what the Galveston Police Department seeks in officers. Clean cut, articulate, professional, and selfless and always willing to accept a new challenge. We could use five more of him, he said. From the street cop to the chief, Lewis Jackson is respected and revered by his co-workers and the public he serves and he earns it everyday. Mississippi Fugitives Captured in Sea Isle Mississippi fugitives Douglas Gilbert and Sheli Sisk from the Galveston County Sheriff s Office, US Marshal s Service, and Jerry Fisher s Precinct 8 Constable s Office and were assisted by Galveston police officer s in the predawn arrests. Gilbert and Sisk were being held in the Galveston County jail awaiting extradition back to Mississippi. C A F E Open Monday Saturday 6am-2pm th Street Galveston Open for BuSineSS WelcOMe Back!
13 Schedule Execution: Dec. 3, 2009 Bobby Wayne Woods White man born October 11, 1965 Education level: 7 years Occupation: None Native of Tarrant County, Texas Bobby Wayne Woods was sentenced to death for the abduction and murder of 11-year-old Sarah Patterson on April 30, Woods, 32, also received a 40- year sentence for attempted capital murder in the injuring of the girl s 9-year-old brother. TEXAS EXECUTIONS Bobby Wayne Woods Defense attorneys had asked for a sentence of life in prison. The Granbury man was convicted of abducting Sarah and her brother, Cody, slashing Sarah s throat and knocking Cody unconscious. Cody told police to kill Bobby Woods for me after he was found wandering in a cemetery. About a dozen witnesses, including Sarah s best friend, testified in the punishment phase of Woods trial. Sarah s diary was among the evidence prosecutors offered. Dear Diary. Guess what? Bobby moved out and we are so, so, so, so happy, says an entry dated two months before Sarah was killed. In another entry, the girl wrote, I don t like Cody, and I hate Bobby. A psychologist hired by the defense testified Woods was mentally retarded and no longer a threat to society. But he acknowledged he hadn t examined Woods. A psychiatrist put on the stand by prosecutors said Woods was not retarded and could commit future violent acts. During the trial, Woods admitted taking the children from their mother s home April 30th and knocking Cody unconscious. But Woods claimed Sarah was killed by his cousin, who committed suicide shortly after the crime. Woods had been kicked out of the Patterson home days before the attack by the children s mother, Schwana Patterson, who faced trial on charges of injury to a child. Prosecutors said she heard her children screaming but didn t help. She denied the charges. Cody testified he was awaken by his sister s screams as Woods beat the girl in the bed the children shared. He said Woods told them to follow him, and all three went to a graveyard. The boy testified that Woods told him to get out of the car and told Sarah to get in the front seat and lie down. Cody said Woods choked him and knocked him unconscious. The boy later had surgery to remove skull fragments from his brain. Woods claimed his cousin, Jody Milton, agreed to take care of Sarah, whose body was found with her throat slashed. Milton hanged himself shortly after the girl s death. The trial was moved to Llano, 65 miles northwest of Austin, because of extensive news coverage in the Dallas - Fort Worth area. Disappeared...Cont. from pg. 12 She feels she has almost run out of options and tries to talk to as many people as she can to get the word out. She has filed a missing person report with the Orange County Sheriff's Office. The case is still under investigation. "It's the not knowing that is eating me alive," Lori Herrmann said. She says she understands if he doesn't want to talk to her, but she hopes he will at least call his mother. Jay Herrmann is 6 feet tall with a thin build, hazel eyes and shaves his head bald. He wears glasses and cannot see well without them. He also has several tattoos. On his right forearm he has a black panther, a skull on his left forearm, a small cross with the words "heavy metal" under it on his upper right shoulder. Below the wording is an angel with a large wing span. Herrman was last seen wearing a long sleeved tan colored shirt, blue jeans and tennis shoes. He has worked as a fork lift driver and a diesel mechanic. The car, a 1997 black Pontiac Sunfire, has a dent in the passenger side rear quarter panel and has not been located. Anyone with information is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff's Office at or EasTex Crime Stoppers at TIPS. Information received may earn the person a cash reward and they will remain anonymous. Lots of times, changes in life also affect your investments. That s why there s never been a better time to schedule your free portfolio review. We ll talk about the changes in your life, and help you decide whether it makes sense to revise your investments because of them. A portfolio review will help ensure your investments are keeping pace with your goals. Call your local financial advisor today. David P Rodgers Financial Advisor 6710 Stewart Rd Ste 201 Galveston TX The Police News - Page 13
14 Officer Down Memorial Page The Police News honors these area law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in the month of December in the years indicated. Deputy Joseph Arthur Harnest Brazoria County Sheriff s Department End of Watch: Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1937 Age: 34 Cause of Death: Gunfire Date of Incident: Tues., Dec. 14, 1937 Deputy Harnest was shot and killed by a farmer who mistook him for an escaped convict. The shooting took place near West Columbia. He was survived by his wife. Deputy Sheriff Jason Alexander Oliff Brazoria County Sheriff s Department End of Watch: Mon., Dec. 5, 2005 Age: 27 Tour of Duty: 4 years Badge Number: 1060 Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle Date of Incident: Mon., Dec. 5, 2005 Deputy Jason Oliff was struck and killed by a pickup truck while placing flares on FM 2004 in front of an industrial plant at 0520 hours. He was at the intersection to direct early morning traffic at the entrance to the facility during a shift change. He was setting up flares in a safety lane between two travel lanes when he was struck. He was flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital, in Houston, where he succumbed to his injuries. Deputy Oliff had served with the Brazoria County Sheriff s Department for 4 years. He is survived by his wife, parents, and siblings. Sheriff Robert E. Kirk Galveston County Sheriff s Department End of Watch: Sunday, Dec. 27, 1931 Age: 50 Tour of Duty: 23 years Cause of Death: Automobile accident Date of Incident: Tues., Nov. 24, 1931 Sheriff Kirk succumbed to injuries sustained in an automobile accident one month earlier. He had served with the agency for 23 years and was survived by his wife and two children. Narcotics Officer Gregory Urquiaga Jr. Galveston Police Department End of Watch: Sat., Dec. 11, 1976 Tour of Duty: 3 years Badge Number: 515 Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental) Date of Incident: Sat. Dec. 11, 1976 Weapon Used: Officer s handgun Officer Urquiaga was accidentally shot and killed by another officer while searching for a suspect at 2300 hours. He and the other officers were conducting a raid on a heroin suspect in a condo complex, but the suspect was not there. The suspect s girlfriend was able to lure him back to the complex. When an empty elevator opened on the floor the officers began to scramble to find the suspect. As Officer Urquiaga proceeded through a stair well the other officer observed a body and pistol come around the corner quickly, and opened fire, fatally wounding Officer Urquiaga. Officer Urquiaga had been with the agency for three years and was survived by his wife. The Pope was getting into his limo one night when he turned to the limo driver and said, Before I die, I would love to drive this beautiful limo just once. Well, here, the limo driver says, Take the wheel, Your Holiness! Further down the road, the limo is stopped by a policeman who looks in the window, goes back to his squad car, calls dispatch and says, I just pulled over someone real important and I don t know what to do. Well, who is it? his dispatcher says, The mayor? The governor? The president? I don t know, the officer responds, but the Pope s his chauffer! Man in shootout with Pasadena officer featured on The Police News website PASADENA, TX -- William "Bill" Terral, Jr. the 53-year old man shot to death November 23rd by Pasadena police officer Joshua Ridings was the same William Terral featured in a story on The Police News website three days earlier when we were alerted to his possible presence in the area by the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force. The Police News contacted the Houston County Sheriff's Office in Crockett, Texas, and obtained photos of Terral which were featured with our story. Three days later Terral shot Ridings when the officer tried to arrest him in a Pasadena donut shop. Ridings suffered gunshot wounds in his shoulder and chest and was William "Bill" Terral, Jr expected to recover fully. At the time The Police News was alerted to Terral, 3 warrants had been issued for his arrest in Crockett, Texas for Sexual Assault of a Child, 3 counts of Indecency with a Child and 2 counts of Sexual Performance of a Child. The cases stemmed from a July investigation by the Houston County Sheriff's Office. The Police News featured 2 photographs of Terral at the time and urged readers to contact Houston Crime Stoppers. Terral was known to have family in the Houston area and was believed to be hiding out in the Houston-Pasadena area. 25 Years in Galveston County! - (BOI) Licensed Bonded Insured We Love Our Police, But Breck Porter, The Police News SANTA FE, Texas - This Galveston County city of less than 10,000 residents loves its little spot of earth and it loves its police department, usually. But by the way they voted in a recent bond election, there is a limit to their love. The police have been in dilapidated facilities for years. Many describe police headquarters as a cracker box. It shares an old building with the city hall and municipal court. Many residents think if the police station issue had been on the ballot alone it would have passed. It was only short of passing by 25 votes, but the bond issue also called for money for a new library and that s what they say killed the police station deal. Mayor Ralph Stenzel isn t taking the defeat lying down. He vows to come back with another election but those who are passionate about getting a new cop shop are discouraging him from again putting it on a ballot with a library or anything else. Voters don t mind paying for police protections or police facilities, but they don t want a lot of other things thrown into the pot with it. Resident Bobby Wright, a faithful police supporters and PAC committee chairman who lead the fight for the new police facility says he hopes to get the issue back on the ballot next May when city elections are also held. Page 14 - The Police News
15 R O G U E ' S G A L L E R Y Adrina Alvarado, 24, jailed in Galveston for kidnapping a man from his apartment, shooting him and dumping him in the street. The victim survived.$500,000 bond. Laura Archer, 39, was driving a car invovled in a crash that killed a person. She awaits trial for DWI and Intoxicated Manslaughter in Galveston County. Leonard Boatright, 27, arrested in Pearland after he asked his neighbor for money then threatened to kill him with a knife when the neighbor said no. Daniel James Gray, 55, was cooking meth in his girlfriend s apartment. Her minor grandson died as a result. He is charged with murder. Nicole Breaz, 24, of Lake Jackson, Texas was jailed in Brazoria County for delivery of Marijuana to a minor. Johnny Ray Green, 39 - Jailed in League City after he beat his wife then she stabbed him. $80K bond for Aggravated Assault. Ngan Kim Huynh, 33 of League City arrested for operating a gambling establishment in La Marque. Trong Ton Huynh, 37 of Friendswood of Friendswood arrested for operating a gambling establishment in La Marque. Agnelio Londo Leon, 30 arrested in Texas City for painting gang graffiti on a city building. Darryl John Alvarez, 23, was charged with possession of marijuana in a drug free-zone in Freeport. 23-year old Geoffrey Smith drove by the Sonic Playground in Lake Jackson and wound up in jail for possesion of drugs in a drug free zone. Timothy Andrew Leahy, 34, a parole violator from Michigan arrested in Crystal Beach for resisting arrest. Robert Lee Fulton, 31, a Texas parole violator arrested in Galveston for assaulting a family member. Dennis Dwayne Doss, 36, arrested in Galveston for parole violation. David Joseph Prince arrested in Houston and confessed to setting a Heights home afire. Raymond Earl Williams, 52, Galveston transient arrested as a parole violator The Police News - Page 15
16 THLN calls for action against puppy mills PoliceNewsLink.Com Puppy mills in Texas are at an all-time high. In recent weeks, three breeding facilities confining dogs and cats in horrific conditions and sweltering heat were discovered in Montague, Kaufman and Nacogdoches Counties. A total of more than 1200 dogs and cats were removed! Sadder still, hundreds more puppy mill operators are still in business, profiting from shockingly abusive treatment of animals, representing the worst of humankind. The Texas Humane Legislation Network is addressing puppy mill cruelty in legislative sessions and raising public awareness through media exposure and public events. By unveiling the ugly truth that lies behind glossy pet shop ads and website photos, the THLN is transforming would-be puppy buyers Tony s Tony s nternational Car Care BACK IN Welcome all old and new customers! BUSINESS Serving Galveston County Welcome Serving all old Galveston and County Since Since new customers! Serving Galveston County Since Postoffice, Galveston to dog rescuers and adopters. THLN will soon launch a statewide grassroots campaign to lay the groundwork for the 2011 legislative session and will educate hundreds of thousands of people throughout the state about the pet trade and puppy mill industries. With nine THLN Chapters founded last year alone, THLN will continue to plant and nurture grassroots opertions throughout Texas, resulting in a true statewide network that can overcome the unscrupulous practices of our opponents at the Capitol. You can help stop puppy mill cruelty! Contact the Texas Humane Legislation Network PO Box Austin, TX Telephone: (888) or visit them online at A policeman stops a lady and asks for her license. He says Lady, it says here that you should be wearing glasses. The woman answered Well, I have contacts. The policeman replied I don t care who you know! You re getting a ticket! nternational Car Care nternational Car Care BACK IN BUSINESS Latest Technology & Diagnostics For All Newer European & Asian Cars 1328 Postoffice, Galveston SEX OFFENDERS-Brazoria Co. These are NOT wanted fugitives, but Registered Sex Offenders. If observed residing at any address other than the one listed below the photo, please notify the Brazoria County Sheriff s Office DELACRUZ, JOEL H/M DOB: CR 486, Trailer 15, Freeport Tx Agg Sexual Assault Child Victim: Female/13 Risk level: Moderate MEDINA, ISAIAS H/M DOB: Sylvia Lane, Alvin Tx Agg Sexual Assault Child Victim: Female/13 Risk level: N/A BOURGEOIS, TIMOTHY W/M DOB: Rivers Road, (CR 905) #3, Manvel, Texas Sex Exploitation of Minors Victim: N/A Risk level: (N/A) Out of State Conv. GARCIA, MIGUIL WENSCELADO H/M DOB: FM 2403, Alvin Tx Indecency with Child - Sexual Contact Victim: Female 14 yoa Risk level: Moderate HILL, JERRY RAY W/M DOB: CR 803, Brazoria Tx Sexual Assault Victim: Female/16 Risk level: Moderate TILLER, NORMAN LYNN W/M DOB: Warpath (CR 200), Alvin, Tx Indecency with Child/Contact Victim: Female/10 Risk level: Low NEAL, ROBERT LOUIS III W/M DOB: CR 46 #4, Angleton Tx Aggravated Sexual Assault Child Victim: Female 12 yoa Risk level: Low FREEMAN, ROBERT WAYNE W/M DOB: CR 342, Brazoria Tx Agg Sexual Assault - Child Victim: Female 13 yoa Risk level: Low GUTIERREZ, JOHN LOUIS JR H/M DOB: CR 138E, Alvin Tx Indecency with child - sexual contact Victim: Female 10 yoa Risk level: Low JASEK, WILLIAM TERRELL W/M DOB: ½ Dare, Pearland Texas Aggravated Sexual Assault Child Victim: Male/11 Risk level: High Page 16 - The Police News
17 SEX OFFENDERS-Galveston Co. These are NOT wanted fugitives, but Registered Sex Offenders. If observed residing at any address other than the one listed below the photo, please notify the Galveston County Sheriff s Office Why Tap Once When You Can TAP3X Karasienski, Erik Joshua W/M nd Street Bacliff Victim: Female/14 Sexual Assault of a Child Risk Level: None Assigned Smith, Herbert Paul W/M/ Sandy Lane Santa Fe Victim: Female/3 Indecency with a Child by Contact X2 Risk Level: None Assigned TAP3X, LLC Rairdon, Bobby Sue W/F Avenue D Santa Fe Victim: Female/19 Agg Sex Asslt X2/Burg w/intent Risk Level: Medium Gardiner, Robert Edward W/M th Street #6 San Leon Victim: Male/5 Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child X2 Risk Level: Medium Davis, Richard Jervane W/M/ West Hunter Hitchcock Victim: Female/8 Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child X3 Risk Level: Low Culbreth, Dennis Paul W/M FM 2004 Santa Fe TX Victims: Females/13 & 3 Agg Sex Asst of Child Ind w/child by Contact Risk Level: High Fedele, Ronald Dean W/M Lechenger Street Bacliff Victims: Male & Female/6,7,10 Indecency with a Child by Exposure X3 Risk Level: High Haygood, Larry Gene W/M Broadway San Leon Male/6 Indecency with a Child by Exposure Risk Level: High Spraker, Dennis Lane Sr. W/M th Street Bacliff Victim: Male/10 Aggavated Sexual Assault of a Child X2 Risk Level: None Assigned Spears, Glenn Albert W/M Tree Point Santa Fe Victim: Female/15 Prohibited Sexual Contact X2 Risk Level: None Assigned The Police News - Page 17
18 Red's Tire Shop NEW AND USED TIRES VEHICLE INSPECTIONS 844 Grand Ave. Bacliff TX YEARS IN BUSINESS AND SUPPORTING LAW ENFORCEMENT John Porter Gill - Sheriff Chosen as a justice of the peace on April 8, 1844, John Porter Gill was elected as Brazoria County Sheriff on July 13, Gill was one of several sheriffs during this period whose names were more familiar in other fields of endeavor than in law enforcement. At the time of his election he was a 42-year old stock raiser and one of the proprietors of the Fitchett & Gill taverns, which operated in both Brazoria and Columbia. He was serving as sheriff when Major Marshal Pinckard was shot to death by an enraged husband as Pinckard entered the bedroom of Mrs. John Wilcox in September of A full account of that case appears earlier in this book.* Another case that occurred on Gill s watch involved a particularly horrible mutilation, which was covered by a charge of cruelty to a slave. The Grand Jury indicted W.C. Coolgrove with inhumanly [sic] and maliciously and barbarously cutting one of the testicles from the said slave. On May 13, 1850, the Court overruled a motion by Coolgrove s lawyer to quash the indictment, but the following day the Judge sustained a defense motion to abate the prosecution because the record in the minutes did not accord with the indictment brought into Court. The prosecution was ordered to dismiss the case and discharge the defendant. Ironically, Coolgrove was named as foreman of the jury for the trial of James F. Martin, who was accused of murdering Frank Waldemann, in a case transferred to Brazoria from Matagorda County. Martin was acquitted and released in that trial. *From Trials and Tribulations, Early Texas Crime Stories, by Marie Beth Jones. To order call or Get your POLICE NEWS wherever you see these outdoor dispenser boxes. T MBServices Computer Repair Desktops & Laptops Networking Jeff Chasalow Phone: Fax: PO Box 3663 Galveston TX Serving All of Galveston County Available Evenings & Weekends at No Extra Charge FREE Estimates Electric Co. 24 Hour Service Residential ÿ New Construction Commercial ÿ Repair & Maintenance or or Licensed & Insured TECL #22987 MONTHLY AUTO AUCTION IN HOUSTON AREA CARS F FOR FULL LISTINGS CALL OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE: Texas Auto Title & Registration Consultants, Inc. Donald McClure TX Courtney McClure TX F Page 18 - The Police News
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