San Angelo Police and Fire Department personnel assisted several motorists who were stranded in their vehicles during last night’s storm.
At approximately 8:47 p.m., local first responders were dispatched to W. Avenue I and S. Harrison for the report of a stranded driver whose vehicle was filling up with water. A San Angelo Police K-9 Officer was able to rescue the woman through her window. [See Photo]
The National Weather Service and local law enforcement want to remind drivers about the dangers of driving into flooded roadways. Drivers often underestimate the power of floodwater. When there's water running across a road, drivers should always turn around and choose a different route.
Although last night’s rain totals were low, it was enough to cause flash flooding across many of the City’s low-water crossing areas. It only takes six (6) inches of water to cause tires to lose traction and begin to slide and twelve (12) inches of water can float many cars. Two (2) feet of rushing water will carry off some trucks and sport utility vehicles.
In flash floods, waters rise so rapidly they may be far deeper by the time you are halfway across, trapping you in your vehicle. And flash floods are especially treacherous at night when it is difficult to see how deep and how fast the water may be rising.
More lives can be saved every year if drivers follow this one golden rule: when there’s water on the road, turn around, don’t drown. For additional resources about flooding visit http://tadd.weather.gov/
Other calls for recue came from S. Lincoln at W. Beauregard and S. Oakes at E. Highland.
[Photo courtesy of Devra Esposito]
At approximately 4:00 p.m. this afternoon, San Angelo Police were dispatched to Shannon Medical Center’s Emergency Room for the report of a 14-month-old female gunshot victim.
The Department’s Criminal Investigations Division Child Crimes Unit responded along with the Crime Scene Investigations Unit.
This is an active investigation and no other details are available for release.
Residents of San Angelo and the surrounding area are cautioned to be aware of a phishing scam to collect money from fake parking tickets.
With this scam, recipients receive an email that has “Parking Ticket” in the subject line and “You got a parking fine” in the email’s introduction. In the email, a citation number is listed along with a reason for the fine (ex: Parked Obstructing Fire Lane, etc.) and recipients are asked to pay the fine(s) online or over the phone with a Visa or Mastercard. In closing, the email reads, “Best Wishes, Police Department”.
The San Angelo Police Department does not contact citizens about parking violations. Notices of parking violations are only sent by the San Angelo Municipal Court.
San Angelo Municipal Court does not send initial parking notices to violators by email. Only violators who have previous business dealings with Municipal Court (ex: payment plans for warrants, fines, etc.) and who have provided clerks with an email address will receive electronic notifications from the court’s email address ending in “@cosatx.us”. Additionally, legitimate notices of unpaid Parking Tickets from Municipal Court are mailed to the violator’s home address.
Recipients who receive this type of email or similar email should never make contact with the sender or click on any links or attachments. Clicking on links and attachments could also infect your computer with malware aimed at stealing your personal financial information.
Please report such emails to the Federal Trade Commission, which has detailed information for consumers on how to handle phishing scams.
Please share this warning so we can prevent our citizens from becoming victims.
Yesterday, San Angelo Police Department employees gathered in the Chief’s Conference room to celebrate the career and retirement of Officer Ed. Hunger, who is leaving the Department after nearly twenty-nine years of service.
Hunger began his career with the Department in August 1988 and attained his Master Peace Officer Certificate in July 1994. At the time of Hunger’s retirement, he had 2,239 hours of training.
Throughout his tenure, Hunger served twenty-one years in the Department’s Patrol Division before his transfer to the Traffic Section in 2009, where he remained as a Motors Officer until his retirement.
Hunger received several awards throughout his career, to include a Life Saving Award after he rescued a female drowning victim at Lake Nasworthy in May 2009. In 1989, Hunger received commendation for his role in the apprehension of two suspects during a burglary, and in 2013, Hunger was recognized by the District Attorney’s Office for his work on the Intoxication Manslaughter/Intoxication Assault case against Carl Bevers.
A 36-year-old San Angelo man is facing weapons charges after he sold a prohibited weapon to an undercover San Angelo Police Officer Tuesday evening.
On May 30, 2017, the Department’s Street Crimes Division began investigating claims of a local man who posted a sawed-off shotgun for sale online.
Investigators made arrangements to meet the seller in a local Walmart parking lot and purchase the gun. The suspect, later identified as Tony J. Reyes, unknowingly met with an undercover officer and he was taken into custody immediately following the transaction.
Reyes was charged with Felon in Possession of Firearm and Possession of Prohibited Weapon. He transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.
The K-9 Unit assisted with yesterday’s operation.