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.
? 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ten cadets are one step closer to protecting and serving the citizens of San Angelo after graduating from local Police Academy.
On Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., the San Angelo Police Department's Basic Police Officer Class 2013-A will participate in a Graduation and Swearing in Ceremony at the McNease Convention Center located at 500 Rio Concho Drive.
The ten (10) graduates who will be sworn are; Abbey Click, Weston Crabtree, Shawn Curran, Matthew Faz, Kyle Green, Eric Hasty, Christopher Herrington, Ramiro Ramirez, Ethan Thomas and Tanner Tumlinson.
The cadets successfully completed an extensive one thousand and ninety-eight (1098) hour academy learning basic law enforcement skills. Following graduation, the Apprentice Police Officers (APO's) will participate in two (2) more weeks of department in-service training before being assigned to a sixteen (16) week Police Training Program. The Police Training Program is designed to teach the APO's how best to use the skills acquired in the academy and in-service training.
The cadets will also participate in the San Angelo Challenge that allows them to meet with and visit community leaders and service organizations that give back to the community. This gives them an outside perspective of what our community has to offer so that they in turn may put this knowledge to use when assigned to the patrol division.
The ceremony is open to the public.