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Press Release #042514(13)-Tech Error Reminds Public Safety Officials Not to Solely Rely on Social Me
Apr 25, 2014   03:14 PM

Social Media has its place in the world of public safety.  It can help present a friendly face to the community, quickly send safety information to the public, and engage residents in finding missing persons.  Nonetheless, formats such as Facebook and Twitter can also create a set of issues when it comes to communicating important public safety alerts to our citizens.

Facebook has recently made some changes to their publishing features, and as a result, our Nixle public safety alerts are not able to auto-publish to our Department's Facebook page at this time.  Nixle is aware of the problem and their engineering team is working with Facebook's engineering team to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

This technical error is a good reminder that Social media avenues, such as Facebook and Twitter, often fail when it comes to addressing the needs of public safety agencies and the public they serve.  In the event that Facebook or Twitter have technical issues, you can still receive our public safety alerts directly from Nixle.  This is the only way we guarantee you will receive every alert, advisory, or community message from the San Angelo Police Department.

Nixle is a mass communication system designed by and built for public safety agencies. Strict verification procedures, industry-specific message structuring, and geographic-targeting technology are just a few features that make Nixle ideal for delivering everything from public safety announcements to emergency alerts.

Sign up is easy? if you live in San Angelo and want to sign up for the free Nixle alerts, go to www.nixle.com and click ?Sign Up Free!?  Once you create an account, you can customize your settings to include points of interest or to specify what hours you may want to turn off alerts.  Remember, there is no charge but Message and Data rates may apply.  AT&T, T-Mobile®, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and most other carriers are supported.

If you want to receive our public safety alerts by TEXT MESSAGE only, simply text your zip code to 888777.

For additional help with creating your account, contact customer support at support@nixle.com.

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Press Release #042414(12)-OPEN CARRY TEXAS to host event in San Angelo
Apr 24, 2014   02:47 PM

On April 26, 2014 the Tom Green County Chapter of the Open Carry Texas Organization will be participating in an event in San Angelo, Texas so as to inform the public about the Open Carry Law in the State of Texas. The San Angelo Police Department is well aware of the event and would like the citizens of San Angelo to know that this is a peaceful demonstration and that there is no need to be alarmed. By Law this organization has the right to openly carry in public.  The public should be aware that the San Angelo Police Department will only be monitoring the demonstration to ensure that it remain a safe demonstration for all involved.

 

The following is information provided by the Open Carry Texas Organization:

WHEN: Sat, April 26, 10am-12pm

WHERE: 4351 Sunset Dr, San Angelo, Texas

DESCRIPTION: The O.C.T. will be meeting in the parking lot of Academy Sports. They will then walk down Sherwood Way a short distance actively promoting their 2nd amendment rights. The O.C.T. will be openly carrying and passing out brochures and talking to anyone with questions about the organization. After the event the O.C.T. plan on eating at Chic-fil-a as they practice their rights to openly carry.

PURPOSE:

? To educate all Texans about their right to openly carry rifles and shotguns in a safe manner.

? To condition Texans to feel safe around law-abiding citizens that chooses to carry them.

? To encourage our elected officials to pass less restrictive open carry legislation.

? To foster a cooperative relationship with local law enforcement in the furtherance of these goals with an eye towards preventing negative encounters.

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Press Release #042114(10)-Unlawful Restraint, Assault Family Violence Strangulation, Injury to a Chi
Apr 21, 2014   04:22 PM

On April 20, 2014 at approximately 10:40pm Officers responded to the Creekside Apartments located at 3018 Knickerbocker Road in reference to an Assault in progress. Upon arriving on scene officers confronted a white male leaving this particular apartment and the subject refused to comply with verbal commands as he pushed passed officers.

 

Officers attempted to subdue the subject by deploying the Taser which was unsuccessful. The subject continued to resist officers and ran towards the red arroyo area located behind the Creekside Apartments. Several officers responded to the scene to assist with taking the subject into custody.

 

The subject was finally taken into custody after a lengthy struggle and was immediately transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment due to the struggle while being arrested. He was identified as Jerry Lee Smith (6-21-79).  Officers were able to make contact with a victim after securing Mr. Smith.

 

Det. Bobby Elrod responded to scene in reference to an investigation into further charges.

The victim's names are not being released at this time due to ongoing investigation in reference to the domestic dispute.

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SAPD Press Release #041714(09)-San Angelo Lake Patrol Warns Boaters about Hazardous Lake Level
Apr 17, 2014   04:00 PM

San Angelo Lake Patrol Police are urging boaters to use extreme caution when operating upon the waters of Lake Nasworthy.  The water levels have dropped to critical levels and there are many hazardous areas.  Most of the public boat ramps are not usable and have been closed off or posted as "Ramp Closed".  These closed ramps are extremely hazardous and should not be used.  There are currently four usable boat ramps, which are listed below.  Although these ramps are usable, they are still hazardous due to the shallow conditions and due caution should be used. 


Usable Ramps: 


1.  The north ramp in Middle Concho Park (directly into the park from Middle Concho Drive)


2.  The north ramp on S. Concho Drive (closest to Knickerbocker Rd.)


3.  The ramp beside Mary Lee Beach


4.  The ramp at the old "Lake Nasworthy Marina" (adjacent to bridge by the fishing pier)


The fork of the lake, which leads to Spring Creek Park and Middle Concho Park, is now hazardous to boaters due to extremely shallow waters.  Due to this situation, the "Slow/No Wake" area has been extended to include this portion of the lake.  The "Slow/No Wake" area entering this area now extends out to almost the main body of water.  This area is directly adjacent to the southeast of Red Bluff Circle, extending south to the grass island.  It is clearly marked with a line of "Slow/No Wake" buoys.  This is the same area that has been previously blocked off during the Boat Races.  In addition to the extended "Slow/No Wake", the "No Ski" area has also been extended out into this area and is marked with buoys. 


A short distance inside the "Slow/No Wake" buoys, there are now a number of "Hazardous Area" buoys.  These buoys are marking extremely shallow water, much of which has a hard rock bottom.  The area should be entirely avoided.  This area is passable on both the north and south sides, but stay well clear of the buoys.  The north side of this hazard area, closer to the houses, contains the deepest water and is the safest area for passage.


The main body of the lake, away from all shorelines, is the only lake area that currently has no "known hazards".   There are likely hazards not yet discovered, so caution should be used even in the main areas of the lake.  All of the lake's channels and forks have become dangerously shallow and contain many hazards.  When traveling in any unknown waters, boat operators are urged to travel at headway speeds until it is known to operate at speed.


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Press Release #041714(08)-SAPD Assists Other Agency, Arrested Man near Local Park
Apr 17, 2014   02:37 PM

A 20-year-old man was arrested after he led police on a low-speed chase that ended with a standoff near a park in north San Angelo last night. 


On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, just after 7:00 p.m., a representative from the Winters Police Department contacted San Angelo Public Safety Communications to request assistance with locating a man who was the subject of a Telephone Harassment Investigation.  The man, identified as Derrik Juarez (DOB 11-15-93), was allegedly threatening to do harm and may have had a weapon with him.  Winters Police further advised dispatch that Juarez was currently in San Angelo, driving a maroon colored Ford Focus.


Winters Police continued to update San Angelo Police about Juarez's potential whereabouts and during a search of the area, officers located Juarez's vehicle traveling near 19th and Chadbourne Street.  Officers activated their patrol units? lights and sirens in an attempt to stop Juarez; however, Juarez refused to stop and led police on a low-speed chase that ended in a parking lot in the 2100 block of Martin Luther King Blvd, adjacent to Martin Luther King Park.  


Officers attempted to negotiate a peaceful surrender with Juarez; however, Juarez refused to exit his vehicle and made several verbal threats towards officers.  Out of concern for the park patrons? safety, police called for the evacuation of the park for the duration of the incident.


Winters Police Officers arrived to the location, and after several hours of negotiations, Juarez surrendered without further incident.  A Tom Green County Sheriff Deputy assisted with the incident as well.  A weapon was never located.     


While en route to the Tom Green County Jail, Juarez complained of an injury and was subsequently transported to Shannon Medical Center by ambulance.  After his release from medical care, Juarez was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and charged with Fleeing a Police Officer and Class B Misdemeanor Driving While License Invalid with Previous Conviction.


 


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