A 48-year-old San Angelo man was arrested for narcotics possession and driving without a valid driver’s license during a traffic stop in a Santa Rita neighborhood yesterday morning.
Just before 9:00 a.m., San Angelo Police conducted a traffic stop on a blue 2001 Ford F150 pickup truck in the 300 block of S. Madison Street.
The driver, identified as Michael Ray Durst of San Angelo, was arrested after a records check showed Durst’s driver’s license was suspended and that he had a prior conviction for Driving While License Invalid.
During a search of Durst incident to his arrest, Officers located small baggies that contained suspected narcotics which field-tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine. During a search of Durst’s vehicle, Officers located dark clothing items, latex type gloves, and a flashlight.
Durst was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and booked for Driving While License Invalid with Prior DWLI Conviction and State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.
A 32-year-old San Angelo man who was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for engaging in organized crime was located and arrested by San Angelo Police during a traffic stop early Monday morning.
Robert William Pierson, Jr. was identified as a passenger during the traffic stop that occurred around 3:00 a.m. at N. Main and Preusser Street. He was taken into custody and transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident and booked for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity.
Pierson, along with co-defendants Tera Rockay Chaplin, 46, and James Chaplin, 60, were indicted by a Grand Jury earlier this month stemming from a 2016 joint-area law enforcement investigation of illegal gambling activity at Chadbourne Gold, a gaming spot located at 2821 N. Chadbourne. Tera Chaplin and James Chaplain were also arrested Monday by Tom Green County Sheriff Deputies in an unrelated incident.
On October 13, 2016, members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division, Texas DPS, and the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office executed an Evidentiary Search Warrant at the establishment at the direction of State District Judge Ben Woodward.
During the search, Investigators seized numerous items consistent with Texas Penal Code Sections 47.03 Gambling Promotion, Section 47.04 Keeping a Gambling Place, Section 47.06 Possession of Gambling Devices, Equipment, or Paraphernalia, and Section 71.02 Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity.
Area Law Enforcement Officials will continue their investigation of local establishments and their business operators who furnish and maintain sweepstakes and gambling machines as such establishments serve as a breeding ground for further criminal activity, such as robbery, drug use or trafficking, violent crimes, and other felonious offenses. The continued operation of such establishments poses a direct threat to the welfare and safety of the citizens of San Angelo and Tom Green County.
Chadbourne Gold was one of the twenty-three establishments within Tom Green County that received cease-and-desist notices issued in August, 2016.
As a part of Buckle Down & Stay Strapped In, approximately 668 seat belt observations were conducted in San Angelo during the month of January.
Results indicate that the overall seat belt use rate is 96.1%. This is 5.4% higher than the state average of 90.7%, 9.1% higher than the national average of 87%, and 3% higher than San Angelo’s October baseline of 93.1%.
January surveys took place in five locations in the area. In addition to the general use rate data, findings showed the following:
Women – 96.9%
Men – 95.4%
Highest Age Group for Belt Use: 60 +
Lowest Age Group for Belt Use: <24
Highest Vehicle for Belt Use: SUV
Lowest Vehicle for Belt Use: Passenger Car
The next round of Surveys will be released in March, 2017. Take the seat belt challenge, buckle up, every trip, every time and encourage your family and friends to do the same. You might just safe a life.
Buckle Down & Stay Strapped In is made up of the San Angelo Police Department and a network of community partners, including SAISD and Live Design and Print Shop.
This public safety initiative was created to increase belt use, save lives, and reduce injuries in San Angelo. For more information about Buckle Down & Stay Strapped In or to become a partner, please visit contact Officer Tracy Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just after 2:30 a.m., Police were dispatched to Colonial Storage, 3120 Knickerbocker Road, for the report of a suspicious occupied vehicle.
Officers arrived and located a man working on the vehicle in question, a white 2000 GMC truck. The man was identified as James A. Hall, 53, of San Angelo.
While awaiting the results of a routine records check, Officers observed body armor inside the truck. Hall showed to have an outstanding warrant out of Taylor County and prior Felony convictions.
Hall was arrested for his outstanding warrant and Unlawful Possession of Body Armor by Felon and transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.
Our community is diverse, just like the Officers who make up this Department. Our Officers are professionals and I hold them to a high standard. As a Department, we will continue to police this community in a professional manner, treating all citizens with respect regardless of their race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, or disability.
The inflammatory statements recently made by Council Member Bill Richardson on Social Media accomplish nothing but to fracture the relationships that we have worked so hard to build. At a time when police officer line-of-duty deaths are at an all-time high, it is vital that we continue to strive for unity and to build solid relationships with the public we serve.
Although the Department has not received an official complaint from Mr. Richardson concerning the Officer’s conduct, the audio concerning the February 18, 2017 contact with Mr. Richardson and two of our Officers is currently under review. We are working with City Legal regarding the release of the audio recording in an effort to ensure public transparency and police accountability.
If someone feels that an Officer has acted inappropriately or violated the law, we urge them to file an official complaint with the San Angelo Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards at (325) 657-4463, (325) 657-4390, or email email@example.com.