Press Releases

Police Investigate Fatal Crash at Grand Canal & Country Club Road
Feb 26, 2017   12:58 PM

San Angelo Police are continuing their investigation of a fatal, single-vehicle car crash near the intersection of Country Club and Grand Canal Roads this morning.

At approximately 12:52 a.m., San Angelo Police and Fire Department personnel were dispatched to the intersection for the report of a major motor vehicle crash with entrapment. 

Upon arrival, Officers discovered a white 2013 Chrysler 200 resting on its roof with its driver unresponsive.  Officers and bystanders attempted to gain access to the driver but the vehicle’s doors were not functioning.  Fire Department personnel arrived and utilized the Jaws of Life to extricate the driver, who was later identified as Jennifer Wall, 36, of San Angelo.  Wall was the only occupant.

Wall was transported to Shannon Medical Center where she later succumbed to her injuries.  Justice of the Peace Susan Werner responded to the hospital to formally pronounce Wall deceased.  Next of kin has been notified.

Investigators with the Department’s Traffic Section were summoned to the scene and their preliminary investigation shows Wall was traveling westbound in the 1600 block of Grand Canal Road when her vehicle left the roadway, traveled across a private drive and collided with a utility pole and surrounding trees.  The force of the collision caused the vehicle to overturn and come to rest on its roof.  Wall was not wearing a seatbelt.  Investigators believe alcohol may be a contributing factor to the crash.

Traffic in the area was diverted for several hours and representatives from AEP responded to the scene to address the damaged pole, which caused power outages to surrounding neighborhoods.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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February 24, 2017 Traffic Enforcement Operation
Feb 24, 2017   04:09 PM

This afternoon, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a LIDAR Traffic Enforcement Operation in the 1200 and 2200 blocks of W. Houston Harte from noon through 3:00 p.m.

Police issued a total of twenty-three (23) citations during the operation.  The breakdown for citations is as follows:

Speeding: 12 (Highest speed 89)

Fail to Slow Down or Vacate Lane for Emergency Vehicle: 3

Driving While License Invalid: 1

Other/Misc. charges: 7

As a reminder, the Texas Transportation Code requires drivers nearing stopped emergency vehicles with lights activated to change lanes or slowdown 20 MPH below the speed limit.  Failing to take these actions endangers personnel who provide critical and life-saving services.   

  

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San Angelo Police Arrest City Employee after Theft Investigation
Feb 23, 2017   03:23 PM

Around 2:15 p.m. on February 20, 2017, San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the 400 block of N. Poe for the report of a theft of an air conditioning unit. 

During the initial field investigation, Officers spoke with a witness who said that on the morning of February 17, 2017, they observed a white pickup truck marked with a City of San Angelo Street and Bridge logo pull into the alley.  The witness then observed a Hispanic male exit the truck, load the AC Unit onto a trailer, and drive away.  

Through follow up investigation from Patrol Officer J. Polnick, E. McAndrews, and Criminal Investigations Division Detective N. Anderson, probable cause was developed to name 40-year-old COSA employee Benito Huichapa Mosqueda as a suspect.     

This morning, members of the Patrol and Criminal Investigations Division located Mosqueda at the COSA Street and Bridge building, 1943 St. Ann Street.  Mosqueda was taken into custody without incident and transported to Police Headquarters for interview. 

Following the interview, Mosqueda was transported to the Tom Green County Jail where he was booked for State Jail Felony Theft of Material Aluminum/Bronze/Copper/Brass.

This is an ongoing investigation and no other information is available for release at this time.  

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Police Locate Meth, Other Things during Traffic Stop in Santa Rita
Feb 22, 2017   04:03 PM

A 48-year-old San Angelo man was arrested for narcotics possession and driving without a valid driver’s license during a traffic stop in a Santa Rita neighborhood yesterday morning. 

Just before 9:00 a.m., San Angelo Police conducted a traffic stop on a blue 2001 Ford F150 pickup truck in the 300 block of S. Madison Street.  

The driver, identified as Michael Ray Durst of San Angelo, was arrested after a records check showed Durst’s driver’s license was suspended and that he had a prior conviction for Driving While License Invalid.  

During a search of Durst incident to his arrest, Officers located small baggies that contained suspected narcotics which field-tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.  During a search of Durst’s vehicle, Officers located dark clothing items, latex type gloves, and a flashlight.  

Durst was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and booked for Driving While License Invalid with Prior DWLI Conviction and State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.  

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Three San Angelo Residents Arrested for Engaging in Organized Crime
Feb 22, 2017   01:21 PM

A 32-year-old San Angelo man who was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for engaging in organized crime was located and arrested by San Angelo Police during a traffic stop early Monday morning. 

Robert William Pierson, Jr. was identified as a passenger during the traffic stop that occurred around 3:00 a.m. at N. Main and Preusser Street.  He was taken into custody and transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident and booked for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity.   

Pierson, along with co-defendants Tera Rockay Chaplin, 46, and James Chaplin, 60, were indicted by a Grand Jury earlier this month stemming from a 2016 joint-area law enforcement investigation of illegal gambling activity at Chadbourne Gold, a gaming spot located at 2821 N. Chadbourne.  Tera Chaplin and James Chaplain were also arrested Monday by Tom Green County Sheriff Deputies in an unrelated incident. 

On October 13, 2016, members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division, Texas DPS, and the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office executed an Evidentiary Search Warrant at the establishment at the direction of State District Judge Ben Woodward. 

During the search, Investigators seized numerous items consistent with Texas Penal Code Sections 47.03 Gambling Promotion, Section 47.04 Keeping a Gambling Place, Section 47.06 Possession of Gambling Devices, Equipment, or Paraphernalia, and Section 71.02 Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity. 

Area Law Enforcement Officials will continue their investigation of local establishments and their business operators who furnish and maintain sweepstakes and gambling machines as such establishments serve as a breeding ground for further criminal activity, such as robbery, drug use or trafficking, violent crimes, and other felonious offenses.  The continued operation of such establishments poses a direct threat to the welfare and safety of the citizens of San Angelo and Tom Green County. 

Chadbourne Gold was one of the twenty-three establishments within Tom Green County that received cease-and-desist notices issued in August, 2016.   

 

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