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Press Release #060514(02)-Thor's Command of Air Element Leads to Arrest
Jun 05, 2014   02:05 PM

A 47-year-old San Angelo man was arrested on drug charges after a Police K9 smelled contraband during a traffic stop.


Randy Allen Summerlin was arrested just before midnight last night on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 Less Than 1 Gram and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia during a traffic stop in the 800 block of E. 42 Street.  During the stop, Officers requested K9 Team Officer J. Fisher and his Police Service Dog Thor to the scene to conduct an exterior air sniff of Summerlin's vehicle. 


During the 'sniff?, Thor gave a positive alert on the passenger side door of the vehicle.   When officers searched the vehicle, they located drug paraphernalia and a crystal-like substance that field-tested positive for the presence of Methamphetamine. 


Summerlin was transported to the Tom Green County Jail. 




Door-to-Door Alarm Sales Groups Ramp Up During the Summer Months. What To Look For....
Jun 04, 2014   04:05 PM

If you are a #Nixle subscriber, you were told of an out-of-town alarm company that came to San Angelo in February that was not in compliance with the TX DPS Security Bureau's regulations.  This is the time of year when out of town alarm companies start knocking on doors and will continue through the summer months. 


The Texas Department of Public Safety Security Bureau requires out of town companies to check in with the Texas municipality in which they plan to sell.  They are not required to purchase a city sales permit.  However, they are required to carry with them at all times their TX DPS Security License.  This shows that DPS completed a background check and they have been approved by the DPS to sell or install alarm systems in your home. 


ALWAYS ASK TO SEE THE SALESPERSON?S TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY SECURITY LICENSE!  Under no circumstances should they not have it on their person.  No excuses!  They cannot sell or install alarm systems without it.


If you in any way doubt the credibility of the salesperson, feel threatened or feel intimidated by his or her actions, DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT THE SAN ANGELO POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 657-4498.  After normal business hours, contact dispatch at 657-4315. 


Best policy ? Let the salesperson leave the information (along with a blank contract) so you have a chance to look it over and to check out the company on the internet and with the Better Business Bureau.


Shop around and compare quotes for the installation along with the monthly monitoring fee, as you will be making this monthly payment for the length of the contract!  DO NOT LET THEM RUSH YOU INTO MAKING A DECISION THAT YOU WILL BE LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR. These people are there to sell -if they are pushing you to hurry send them be on their way! 


If you are signing a contract with an out of town company, take into consideration who will be available if there is a problem with your alarm system or if it requires maintenance.


READ YOUR CONTRACT CAREFULLY BEFORE SIGNING.  What you might understand from the salesperson and what you are signing may be different, especially concerning the longevity of the contract.  If the salesperson mentions, ?free installation?, make sure it is stated in the contract so you are not surprised.  In addition, free installation might mean that your monthly payment could be higher.  Do your homework.  Compare.


If you want to find out if a company is in compliance when conducting business in San Angelo call the alarm coordinator at 657-4304 Monday through Friday 8-5. 


Press Release 060314(01)-Hit and Run Crash Leaves Woman Injured, Police Search for Driver
Jun 03, 2014   12:19 PM

A woman is being treated at a local hospital for life-threatening injuries she sustained after an early morning hit and run crash.


At approximately 8:30 a.m., San Angelo police responded to Knickerbocker Road and Bentwood for the report of a crash.


Once on scene, officers discovered a severely injured female victim.  The woman was transported to San Angelo Community Hospital where she is being treated for life-threatening injuries.  Her current condition is unknown.


Traffic Investigators have determined that that the victim was the passenger in a maroon SUV that was headed southwest on Knickerbocker alongside a pickup truck that was towing a tractor.  The driver of the truck changed lanes and caused a collision with the front left portion of the SUV.  The driver of the truck came to a stop for the traffic signal at the intersection of Bentwood and Knickerbocker and during the stop; the victim exited the maroon SUV in an attempt to get the truck driver's attention.  At some point, the victim's hand became lodged in a void located on the truck's bed, and when the light turned green, the truck driver proceeded to travel with the victim still attached.  Police estimate the woman was dragged approximately 500 feet before she fell off and the truck's trailer ran over her.    


It is unknown if the truck's driver was aware of the initial or secondary accident.


Witnesses described the suspect's vehicle as a white or cream-colored pickup truck, possibly extended cab or 4-door, towing a rust-colored trailer with a rust-colored tractor.  The truck was last seen traveling southwest towards Lake Nasworthy. 


If you have information about the suspect's location or identity, please call the Hit and Run Investigator, Steven Quade, at 325-657-4253.   To remain anonymous, call 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 #053014(19)-San Angelo Police Locate, Arrest Two Graffiti Suspects
May 30, 2014   04:10 PM

Eighteen-year-old San Angelo residents Jeremiah Sosa and Carlos Mendieta have been arrested in connection to State Jail Felony Graffiti that was done to the Newton Building located at the Central High School Campus, 655 Caddo Street.


Police first learned of the graffiti after being summoned to the school shortly after midnight on May 23.  Later that morning, detectives with the San Angelo Police Department's Special Operations Section (SOS) responded to the school for further investigation and developed information about a possible suspect, Jeremiah Sosa.  Detectives located and interviewed Sosa; however, he denied any involvement. 


As the investigation continued, the detectives developed more information linking Sosa to the graffiti incident, including video surveillance footage from a local retail store that showed Sosa purchasing the same colors of spray paint used in the incident.  Based off this information, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Sosa on May 29. 


Police located Sosa just after 3:00 p.m. on May 29, sitting inside his vehicle in front of a residence in the 300 block of E. 29 Street.  Sosa was taken into custody without incident.  During a search of Sosa incident to his arrest, police located a quantity of suspected methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.


During a search of Sosa's vehicle incident to his arrest, police located several cans of spray paint and writings that matched the graffiti at the school.  Detectives also located evidence that Sosa had an accomplice to the graffiti incident, Mendieta. 


Today, May 30, 2014, detectives obtained an Arrest Warrant for Mendieta and located him just after 12:30 p.m. at a residence in the 700 block of E. 17 Street.  Mendieta was arrested without incident.


Sosa was charged with Felony Graffiti Worship Burial/Public Monuments/School, Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana.  Mendieta was charged with Felony Graffiti Worship Burial/Public Monuments/School. 



Press Release # 052814(18) Shoplifter Arrested After Brief Foot Pursuit
May 28, 2014   02:49 PM

A broadcast call regarding a shoplifter at a local store leads to the arrest of the suspect and seizure of suspected stolen property early this morning.


May 28, 2014, at approximately 3:50 a.m., San Angelo Public Safety Communications (Dispatch) received a call regarding a shoplifter who had just left Wal-Mart Supercenter located at 610 W 29th Street with a 37? television.  While officers were responding to the store, Dispatch sent out a radio message stating the suspect had left the store and was running through the field towards MLK Blvd. 


SAPD officer, Tony Lopez, arrived first and set up a perimeter with other patrol units who began searching for the suspect.  SAPD Officers Pruitt and Thomas soon located the suspect and pursued him to the 300 block of W 26th Street where Noriega jumped a fence to private property.  Officers Pruitt and Thomas continued the pursuit of suspect who was quickly arrested. 


After the suspect was handcuffed, he was identified as Joshua Noriega (DOB 04-12-93) of San Angelo.  Once officers placed Noriega under arrest, a search of his person revealed a driver's license and debit card that had been taken in a vehicle burglary earlier in the evening.   Noriega requested medical treatment for an injury to his foot.   San Angelo Fire Department Medics were requested to the scene to address Noriega's complaints and transport him to a nearby hospital for evaluation.  Upon his release from the hospital, Noriega was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and charged with Evading Arrest/ Detention, Class B Theft of Property, and Criminal Trespass.  The television Noriega reportedly stole from Wal-Mart was recovered in the parking lot and returned to the store.   The driver's license and debit cards found on Noriega's person were also returned to the victim of the vehicle burglary.   The investigation into the vehicle burglary is ongoing.


Noriega, Joshua

Noriega, Joshua 04/12/93

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