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City of Alice Water is Ok

ALICE–Some Alice residents were concerned after a report came out about arsenic levels being high in ground water in Jim Wells County.

Many residents flooded the Alice city utilities department asking questions about the water. They were worried there was something wrong with the drinking water in the small town.

Alice city officials issued a warning today about its water.

“There isn’t arsenic in the water here in Alice and residents don’t have to worry about anything,” said Ray De Los Santos, the Alice City Manager. ” We don’t use ground water in Alice at all. We use surface water and have tested it recently with no problems.”

A media report stated arsenic levels are high in some rural communities in Duval, Nueces, Bee Jim Wells and Refugio County.

That prompted the phone calls in Alice, but city officials said the water is fine to drink.

–Manuel De La Ros, South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

Brownsville PD Catch Car Burglars

BROWNSVILLE–An off-duty police officer in Brownsville  caught some car burglars breaking into cars at a movie theatre on Saturday night.

Diego Morales 11012285 Burglary, Org Crime, Crim Inst Click on Photo

Jorge Sanchez-Bustos 11012285 Burglary, Org Crime, Crim Inst Click on Photo

Roberto Sanchez 11012285 Burglary, Org Crime, Crim Inst Click on Photo

Diego Morales, 17, Roberto Sanchez, 20, and Jorge Eduardo Sanchez-Bustos, 18, were arrested for burglary of a motor vehicle, possession of criminal instruments, evading arrest and engaging in criminal activity.

An off-duty officer saw the three breaking into cars at the Cinemark Theatres around 7:30 pm. He was interviewing them when they ran away from him and jumped into a car.

An officer who was coming to help with the call blocked in the car. When the three tried to driver out another way, another unit blocked the escape.

Police found inside the car two radio faceplates, a car radio and perfume that were taken in a car burglary so the three were arrested.

Officers discovered Morales had warrants for outstanding warrants from the Brownsville Police Department on separate charges from a different crime. The warrants were for evading arrest, evading arrest with a motor vehicle and assault on a public servant.

All three were taken to the Brownsville City Jail and were arraigned on Sunday morning. Bond for Sanchez-Bustos was set at $18.000 and bail for Sanchez was $25,500. For Morales, with the outstanding warrants, his bail was set at $69,000.

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

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Start of a New Era at CCPD

CCPD Police Chief Troy Riggs promoted several new officers to senior leadership positions.

CORPUS CHRISTI–Retirements of an assistant chief and a police commander with more than 70 years of experience have led to the announcements of new leadership at the CCPD.

At a promotion ceremony on Monday morning, Commander J.V. Garcia and Steve Mylett were both promoted to Assistant Chief.  

CCPD Asst. Chief Mike Walsh retired last month

They replace former CCPD Assistant Chief Mike Walsh, who had more than 40 years of experience at the department, and Commander John Mosley with about 30 years of experience.

Both worked as Interim Police Chief before Chief Troy Riggs was appointed late in 2009 and were considered the number two and number officers in the administration. They agreed to stay on during the transition after the appointment of new police chief.

Others getting a promotion are Captain Santiago Escalante, Captain Todd Greene and Captain Mike Markle who were promoted to commander.

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

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Corpus Christi Man Wanted in Gameroom Robbery Found After 8 Hour Search

DONALD CAMPBELL click for booking photo

GREGORY–A Corpus Christi man was caught late this afternoon in the brush near the gameroom he robbed when it opened up this morning in Gregory.

Authorities converged on the area and searched via helicopter, ATV’s, Coast Guard boat and with three agencies before finding 35-year-old Donald Campbell.

“We knew he was out there and we had the place surrounded,” said Chief Deputy Oscar Rivera of the San Patricio County Sheriff’s Department. “After several hours, the helicopter with an infrared camera above saw some movement, then one of the ATV’s unit seized an opportunity and arrested him around 5 pm.”

Authorities said Campbell entered the gameroom, acting like he had a gun, but it was never found, and robbed the place on the frontage road near Highway 35 in Gregory.

Campbell told authorities he robbed the gameroom because he has a sick girlfriend with cancer with an infant child and he wasn’t working. So he committed this crime in desperation to help the family with their situation.

Sheriff officers got the gameroom robbery call right away and set up a perimeter to make sure he didn’t get away. Sheriff officers got help from DPS, Coast Guard and the Gregory Fire Department.

“We looked all over the area and we knew he was in that thick brush, but couldn’t find him,” Rivera said. “The suspect told us we were near him the whole time. In fact, a fire truck nearly ran him over one of those times.”

Campbell was arrested on an aggravated robbery charge. Authorities also found out he had some warrants for traffic violations in San Patricio County.

Tonight, he is in the San Patricio County Jail and he will be arraigned on the gameroom robbery charge on Saturday morning.

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

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Border Patrol Agents Seize More Than $2.5 Million Worth of Drugs

One of the big loads of marijuana seized by Border Patrol

EDINBURG–Border Patrol Agents in the Upper Rio Grande Valley report they seized nearly 3,200 pounds of marijuana in several seizures on Thursday worth more than $2.5 million.

More than 2,000 pounds found in Mission area

Agents heard about smugglers working in an area in Mission. When they started searching through the brush, agents found 24 bundles of marijuana weighing more than 2,000 pounds and it was worth $1.6 million.

While looking around the brush, they caught one man, who is believed to be one of the drug smugglers, trying to leave the area.

Agents discovered 500 pounds of marijuana backpacking the drugs in Starr County

In Starr County, agents found more than 1,000 pounds  in multiple seizures on Thursday.

The largest seizure was about 500 pounds when they saw some men walking with large bundles on their backs near Escobares north of the Rio Grande. 

When they approached the men, the drug smugglers dropped the marijuana and ran into the brush. They were never found, but the drugs were seized.

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

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Gregory Police Chief Accused in Vandalism Case

San Pat CO JOSEPH ROBERTS Click for Booking Photo

TAFT–The Gregory Police Chief turned himself in to authorities after an arrest warrant was issued stemming over vandalism case.

Joseph Roberts, his wife and a third person are accused of scratching a vehicle of a neighbor in their neighborhood, causing damage to it.

The Taft Police Department worked the case and got a warrant for his arrest. The three are facing a criminal trespass charge.

Roberts came to the San Patricio County Jail and turned himself in on Wednesday. He was later released on bond.  

It’s a misdemeanor case so the San Patricio County Attorney’s Office is handling the case.

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

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NAACP in Corpus Christi to Honor Bishop Emeritus

NAACP in Corpus Christi will honor Bishop Edmond Carmody

CORPUS CHRISTI–The NAACP of Corpus Christi will honor six area leaders, including the Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of the Corpus Christi,  on Friday night for their contributions to the area.

The 41st Annual Freedom Fund Banquet will be held at the American Bank Center and is a big gala fundraiser for the NAACP.

It’s expected to attract more than a 1,000 people for the event. The money raised will go to scholarships and other programs the local NAACP conducts in the area.

One of its honorees is Most Rev. Edmond Carmondy. Bishop Carmondy  was appointed to be the seventh Bishop of Corpus Christi and served about a decade as the area’s top Catholic leader before retiring. Since he left his post, he is now called the Bishop Emeritus and works at Pope John Paul II.

NAACP will honor outgoing Corpus Christi City Manager Angel Escobar

Other honorees included Corpus City Manager Angel Escobar, State Rep. Todd Hunter and three other area leaders.

The keynote address for this gala dinner will be given by tv personality  Judge Mablean Ephriam, who used to be the judge on the syndicated tv show Divorce Court. 

 –Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

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