At approximately 7:48 am this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident involving an SAISD school bus that was traveling to Lincoln Middle School. It was learned upon arrival some of the children were complaining of non-incapacitating injuries. SAFD Medics responded and transported 4 of the children to Shannon Medical Center for treatment. There is no further information on their condition.
Police learned through the investigation a 2013 dark gray Chevrolet Impala, operated by Martha Valenzuela Castanon DOB 09/27/85, was traveling west bound on 39th Street. Castanon failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign and collided with the bus that was traveling north on Chadbourne.
Castanon was cited for Failure to Yield the Right of Way at a Stop Sign. It was also learned that she had a warrant from El Paso for Theft by Check. Castanon was placed under arrest for the warrant and was transported to the Tom Green County Jail.
The bus involved in the crash was towed from the scene. Some of the children were released to parents at the scene of the crash. A second SAISD school bus arrived and transported the remaining children to school.
The San Angelo Police Department will be honoring Sgt John Rodriguez with a retirement ceremony on Tuesday April 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm at the Police Department.
Sgt John Rodriguez was hired by the San Angelo Police Department on January 24, 1983. Prior to working for the SAPD, Sgt Rodriguez was an Officer for the El Paso Community College and the San Angelo Regional Airport. During his career at SAPD, Sgt Rodriguez worked on patrol and in the traffic section. Sgt Rodriguez was also a D.A.R.E. and G.R.E.A.T. instructor. Sgt Rodriguez was made an acting Sergeant in November 2009 and promoted to the rank of Sergeant in March of 2010. Sgt Rodriguez has a total 34 years and 9 months as a Police Officer, with 32 years and 2 months of that time with the San Angelo Police Department. Sgt Rodriguez has 3,780 hours of training and a Master Peace Officer License.
Following the retirement ceremony, the San Angelo Police Department will be conducting a promotional ceremony for Officer Ali Shah-Tirmizi at 3:15 pm. Officer Shah will be promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
Officer Ali Shah-Tirmizi was hired by the San Angelo Police Department on April 20, 2009. Officer Shah transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division as a Detective on April 22, 2012. On March 22, 2015, Officer Shah transferred back to the Patrol Division as an Acting Sergeant. Officer Shah has 1,727 training hours and holds a Basic Peace Officer License.
On Thursday, April 2, 2015, The Texas Police Chiefs Association named San Angelo Police Chief Tim Vasquez as the organization's 57th President.
The announcement came at the conclusion of the association's final business meeting, which was held during the organization's recent annual conference in Galveston, Texas.
Nominated and elected by a board of past Presidents, Vasquez is the second Hispanic Police Chief to hold the position for the association, which was founded in 1958 to promote, encourage and advance the professional development of the Chiefs of Police and senior police management personnel throughout the State of Texas.
Prior to this seat, Vasquez has served the TPCA since 2005 as the association's First, Second, and Third Vice President, Secretary, Sergeant at Arms, and Region 6 Director.
Vasquez will be officially sworn in as President at the Texas Municipal League's Annual Conference, slated for September 25, 2015 in San Antonio.
?It is an honor to serve all police Chiefs across our great state, as well as to represent San Angelo in such a capacity. I look forward to partnering with my peers to explore creative ideas and find innovative solutions to the many challenges facing our profession today.? ? Tim Vasquez
Vasquez is the first Police Chief from San Angelo voted to the elected board.
Two San Angelo residents were arrested yesterday morning after witnesses called police to report a vehicle burglary in progress in the 400 block of N. Van Buren.
Upon arrival, Officer R. Spearman met with the victim and a witness who said the suspects, who had run off prior to his arrival, had just stolen a purse from their car.
Officer Spearman issued a broadcast message of the suspect's descriptions and direction of travel and immediately began canvassing the area. Detectives with the Special Operations Section (SOS), who were nearby and heard the message, responded and located the pair walking in the area of Jefferson and W. Harris.
When the Detectives attempted to make contact with the pair, the male subject ran away. The woman was taken into custody by one of the Detectives and identified as Destiney Calaway (DOB 03-01-93).
Other Detectives pursued the male suspect to the 1300 block of W. Beauregard where he was tackled in the parking lot of the Catfish Corner Restaurant. During the apprehension, the suspect, who was later identified as Jacob Flowers (DOB 05-04-89), threw a wallet on top of the restaurant's roof. Officers retrieved the wallet and confirmed it belonged to the victim of the burglary.
Flowers agreed to lead police to the location of the discarded purse but during the search, Flowers asked for an ambulance because he felt ill. San Angelo Fire Department Medics responded and treated Flowers at the scene for dehydration before clearing him for transport to the Tom Green County Jail.
Police located the stolen purse and returned it and the wallet to the owner.
Flowers was charged with Burglary of a Vehicle, Evading Arrest Detention, and three outstanding Arrest Warrants. Calaway was charged with Burglary of a Vehicle and three outstanding Arrest Warrants.
At approximately 11:00 pm on March 31, 2015, San Angelo Police officers were dispatched to the area of 2401 N. Lille in reference to 'shots fired.? Several callers reported numerous gunshots coming from the parking lots in or around the apartment complex. Officers arrived to a chaotic scene where a number of witnesses and bystanders directed officers to a vehicle that had been struck numerous times by apparent gun shots.
Officers located the owner of the vehicle who advised that she and a male friend of hers became involved in an altercation. The male friend left the apartment and shortly thereafter, she heard gunfire. The victim did not investigate the source of the gunfire and was unaware of the damages to her vehicle until informed of this by police.
Officers identified at least six (6) bullet holes from an unknown caliber of weapon that struck the windshield and sides of the vehicle. The suspect was identified as a Hispanic male, approximately 32 YOA, 5?5?, 125 lbs (name withheld pending investigation). The suspect was not located at the scene of the incident. Police Canine were called to the area but were unable to determine a suitable track in order to locate the suspect. No one was injured during this incident.
The case was referred to the SAPD detective division for further investigation.
(This release was originally sent out on 4-1-15 but would not upload to Facebook successfully)