Officers managed 48 calls last week, that’s on the low side. Officers conducted 73 traffic stops, 57 resulted in citations and 16 were warnings. It looks like even the crooks are taking time off to enjoy the cooler weather. Imagine how hot it was crawling underneath those cars and cutting off the catalytic converters during our super-hot summer. I guess I would take a break too.
I don’t have much to report, only one property crime and two arrests occurred last week. Property crime number 1 of 1: A mobile home was being moved on Creek St. and the AC unit was left by the side of the road, it appears it was picked up by someone who thought it had been set out as junk. If you want to get rid of something around here, just sit it by the side of the road. It will disappear quickly.
Arrests last week: #1 – Officer Diaz (assisted by Ofc. Pena) conducted a traffic stop on Main St. The suspect had “veered” into the other lane of the traffic. He was booked into the Atascosa Co. Jail. #2 – While on patrol in the 17900 Blk. of Wisdom Road, Ofc. Pena observed a roadside fire and a man holding a gas can. The suspect had poured gasoline on a deceased dog and lit it on fire. It was determined that the dog belonged to the suspect, and it had been struck by a car a few days prior. The suspect was arrested for arson and booked into the Atascosa Co. Jail. I am not sure what was going on in this guy’s mind but starting a fire on the side of the road at 3:45 AM is never a clever idea.
Here is some “news you can use”: It looks like City Hall has worked out a plan where they can remain open during the lunch hour! It was that way 5 or 6 years ago and then was changed. Being open during the noon hour will make the city hall more accessible to the public. When I am down there, I have often commented that “It wouldn’t hurt if you all missed a few meals.” Maybe, they decided to skip lunch based on my words of wisdom. No matter who gets credit for this, me, or the people that actually work down there and make decisions….it is a win for our citizens.
There has been lots of other activity in town. The Lytle HS Band did very well at their competition in Beeville. We escorted them out of town on Saturday morning and night shift brought them back into town at 2:45 AM on Sunday! I thought I had some long days. The community clean-up on Saturday morning went well too! I saw some big dumpsters full of junk and trash. I am proud that when the call goes out to our community to find some junk…. they always come through.