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Press Release #051414(11)-Police Seek Public's Help in Unsolved Felony Criminal Mischief Cases
May 14, 2014   12:05 PM

The San Angelo Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division is seeking the public's help in two unsolved Felony Criminal Mischief cases:


Felony Criminal Mischief:

Location: 500-700 blocks of Lake View Heroes Drive

Synopsis:  Unknown person(s) used an unknown weapon, possibly an air gun (BB or pellet) or slingshot to shoot out 4 streetlights.  The incident may have taken place in the month of April 2014. 


Felony Criminal Mischief:

Location: Concentrated in Sector 3 along A & M Avenue, Sul Ross Avenue, Chatterton Drive, Tanglewood Drive, and Vista Del Arroyo Street

Synopsis:  Unknown person(s) used an unknown object (possibly a firearm) to damage several vehicles? windows.  Police believe these incidents occurred between the night time hours of May 5 into the morning hours of May 6, 2014.


If you have any information about the person(s) responsible for these two separate incidents, please contact the San Angelo Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division at 325-657-4264.  Anonymous tips can be sent through the SAPD's 24 hour Tip Hotline at 1-855-TIPS-247.  You can also text your tips, text TIP SAPD followed by your message, to 888777.  You can submit Tips online at: http://local.nixle.com/tip/san-angelo-police-department/



Press Release #051414(10)-Police Department Employees Recognized by Peers
May 14, 2014   10:28 AM

Every year in May, the San Angelo Police Department honors their employees and volunteers who best exemplify the spirit of public service and outstanding service to the organization during the past year. 


Aside from fourteen awards categories, Chief's Special Awards are given to those who, because of their extra effort or participation, have made the mission of the San Angelo Police Department more attainable.   


In early spring, employees are invited to nominate fellow co-workers for consideration in each respective category.  After the nomination deadline, the Department's Meritorious Conduct Board meets to discuss the nominees before selecting the winners.


This year's awards recipients are:


?             Patrol Supervisor of the Year: Sergeant Chris Cimino


?             Patrol Officer of the Year: Officer Adrian Castro


?             Rookie of the Year:  Officer Keith Lane


?             Investigative Supervisor of the Year:  Sergeant Todd Dornhecker


?             Investigator of the Year:  Detective Hank Hethcock


?             Support Services Supervisor of the Year:  Public Safety Communications Supervisor Linda Waller


?             Support Services Officer of the Year:  Officer Tom Daniel


?             Civilian Employee of the Year:  CSI Tech Terri Adams


?             Communications Officer of the Year:  Sarah Bates


?             Community Service Award:  Detective Travis Griffith


?             Reserve/Retiree Officer of the Year:  Officer Jimmie Byrne


?             Volunteer of the Year:  Police Chaplain Scott Cotton


?             Overall Officer of the Year:  Officer Adrian Castro


?             Life Saving Awards:  Officer Jeff Fisher, Officer Charles Flores, and Officer Travis McGee


?            Chief's Special Awards:  Intel Specialists Shawna Hitchcock and Heather Maier, and V.I.P.S. Members Armando Vasquez and Tom Bright 



Press Release #051314(09)-Passenger Arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine During Traffic Stop
May 13, 2014   03:54 PM

A 41-year-old San Angelo woman was arrested last night after police find narcotics at her feet.


Just after 10:30 p.m. last night, Sector 1 Patrol Officers A. Dietz along with APO A. Click conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near the 1400 block of Guadalupe Street.


As the officers were attempting to identify the vehicle's occupants, the female passenger began searching her immediate area for her identification.  During her search, the woman reached for an item on the floorboard near her feet, and as she did this, police observed a baggy that was consistent with the ones used to carry narcotics. 


A field test of the bag's contents tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed approximately .8 grams.  Police also located drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle, near the passenger seat.


The passenger was identified as Tracy R. Waldo (AKA Flanary DOB 06-26-72).  Waldo was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and two outstanding City Warrants.


The male driver was released at the scene.      



Press Release #051314(08)-Police Recover Guns, Drugs, Wanted Felon
May 13, 2014   03:52 PM

On May 12, 2014, at approximately 11:15 p.m., Sector 1 Patrolman C. Schneider conducted a traffic stop on a 1999 Ford Mustang in the area of E. 32 and Travis Street for expired registration.


When Officer Schneider approached the driver's side door of the Mustang, he smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside and assisting Officer T. Lopez observed marijuana in plain view upon his approach to the passenger side.


The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, Michael A. Meza (DOB 02-09-80) of San Angelo, was placed under arrest.  A records search for Meza showed he had an outstanding Blue Warrant for Parole Violation.


During a search of the vehicle, officers located 2 handguns and a rifle, various ammunition, drug paraphernalia, and approximately 14 ounces of marijuana.  It was also discovered that the expired registration sticker was registered to a different vehicle. 


Meza was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and charged with Displaying Wrong Fictitious Registration, Parole Violation, State Jail Felony Possession of Marijuana, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.      




Press Release #051314(07)-San Angelo Police Pistol Team Achieves Top Spots in Recent National Pistol
May 13, 2014   11:18 AM

Recently, three members from the San Angelo Police Department's Pistol Team traveled to Charleston, South Carolina to compete in the 2014 Palmetto State Pistol Match. 


This year's match was comprised of sixty officers from around the nation, including South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas, New York, and Florida. 


Officers Brandon Farris, Brian Gesch and Sergeant Rusty Herndon received first place accolades in following categories: 


Brandon Farris

1st Place Classified Class

Distinguished semi- auto

1500 semi-auto


Service revolver

Dist revolver

1500 revolver

1500 aggregate (Combined scores from 1500 Revolver and Semi-Auto)

Grand aggregate (Combined scores from all matches)


Brian Gesch

1st Place

Grand aggregate sharpshooter.

Off-duty match marksman.

Stock semi auto marksman.


Rusty Herndon

1st Place

1500 Semi-auto Marksman class

1500 Aggregate (Combined 1500 Revolver and Semi-auto) Sharpshooter class


Team members raised the competition's entry fees and travel expenses through various fundraising events.  Several more fundraisers have been planned as the Team gears up to compete in the National Police Shooting Championship scheduled for September of this year in Albuquerque, New Mexico.   For information on the upcoming event, contact Sgt. Rusty Herndon at 325-657-4342.


[Photo left to right: Stu Snowden, Randy Hanson, David Lahah, Rusty Herndon, Brian Gesch, and Brandon Farris.  Snowden, Hanson and Lahah, additional first place winners from the match, work for the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision]




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