National Night Out a huge success

Our numbers were low this week. We only had 44 calls for service and 32 traffic stops. Of those stops 20 received citations and 12 got warnings.
Our staff made 5 arrests last week; it started out at 8 AM on Monday when a fellow with a domestic violence warrant (our case) turned himself in. When Lt. Matt Dear got back from Jourdanton, we responded to a disturbance on Main St. and a female was arrested on a poss. of marijuana warrant out of Bexar Co. So, Lt. Dear was off to Jourdanton again. The next one was a suspicious person call at the old Schwan’s building on IH-35; a fellow was cited and released for poss. of drug paraphernalia (meth pipes). Lt. Dear closed out the arrests on Sunday after he responded to a closed business for a report of a suspicious person. He located a male and female and, after investigating, arrested them both for poss. of a controlled substance (meth). Matt really wore out the path to the county jail this week.
We had two financial crimes reported, one was an online scam and the other involved a fraudulent loan that was taken out. The $45,000 machine that was taken last week was recovered in Bexar Co. on Old Pearsall Rd. The owner of the company actually saw it partially hidden and called the BCSO to the location. A Harbour St. resident reported some clothes and baby items missing from his residence, he said he knows who took the items.
Our National Night Out event was our largest yet. The Lytle VFW and their Auxiliary cooked and served over 550 hotdogs (M&M Performance Auto provided the chili)! At the end of the night we had one bottle of water and a single juice box left. Little Caesars donated certificates for 25 free pizzas and H.E.B. donated 12 cool door prizes (and cookies for the event). We were sure busy with door prize drawings. This event took a lot of help to pull off, the Lytle Public Works crew as well as City Parks employee Wayne Newman helped set it all up. The National Honor Society from Lytle HS really came through with over a dozen members; they served cookies, drinks and chips as well as helped with the cleanup. We were blessed to have lots of organizations and businesses represented! Those with tables set up included: Lytle PD Civilian Auxiliary, Lytle Animal Control, Lytle State Bank, Lytle Chamber of Commerce, Colonial Farms Day Care and the Lytle Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts. The list goes on… Lytle Public Library, Lytle Comm. Health, Lytle VFW, CPS Energy, Taco Bell, Atascosa Co. Sheriff’s Office and the Lytle Fire Dept. Two tables were set up to gather signatures for petitions, Ruben Gonzalez for the local option (City of Lytle) election to allow the mixed drinks in restaurants and Lytle Fire was working on one to create an Emergency Services District in their service area of unincorporated Atascosa Co. I hope I didn’t leave anyone out.
The kids really loved climbing around the fire trucks and police vehicles and it appeared everybody had a decent time. The best way to avoid complaints about an event is to keep the free food and give-a-ways going strong, it is hard to complain when you have a 100% beef hotdog smothered with canned chili in one hand and a bag of Lytle State Bank pens in the other.
On Sunday night, I worked security for the annual Octoberfest at St. Andrew Church. As usual, I bought raffle tickets and came up with a big zero; though my investment in a burger and a beef fajita taco was rather rewarding. It seemed more like a “Julyfest,” it was hot.