This afternoon, the San Angelo Police Department kicked off a 12-month seat belt safety initiative in San Angelo, with a goal to increase seat belt use and save lives.
The program, called Buckle Down & Stay Strapped In, relies on monthly seat belt surveys, existing enforcement of state laws, and extensive education and communication outreach. Buckle Down & Stay Strapped In is a grassroots effort to encourage people to make a habit of seat belt use.
“Buckling down is the single best way to protect yourself in a traffic crash, and wearing a seat belt halves your risk of death or serious injury. We all know this, but the consequences from unrestrained crashes continue to cause suffering in our community. From 2013 to 2015, 9,863 total crashes were reported in San Angelo and 24 of those crashes were fatal. Buckle Down & Stay Strapped In aims to reduce those numbers and raise long-term awareness of this important public safety concern.” — Officer Tracy Gonzalez, SAPD Public Information Officer and Campaign Spokesperson.
During a baseline survey conducted in mid-October, the Department learned San Angelo’s Seatbelt rate was 93.1%, which is 2.65% above the state average of 90.7% percent and 4.25% above the national average of 87%. The highest percentage of people wearing seatbelts in our community were age 25-59 (94.5%), the lowest were age 60 and over (89%).
The San Angelo Independent School District, Live Design & Print and other community partners will lend a hand by promoting seat belt use, sharing the results of monthly surveys, and conducting educational activities. San Angelo Police will continue to enforce Texas’s seat belt law.
Mayor Dwain Morrison and SAISD Public Information Officer Jaimie Highsmith were in attendance.
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A suspect wanted in connection with the 2016 double homicide on Rio Grande Street was arrested by a joint law enforcement fugitive task force this afternoon in Lansing, Michigan.
The suspect, Raymond Alvarado Jr., 28, is charged with capital murder of multiple persons. Alvarado is accused of fatally shooting Jimmy Andrew Gonzales and Anthony Martinez, both 28, on September 12, 2016. Three other suspects, 27-year-old Justin Gamez, 25-year-old Ricky Ray Ortegon Zuniga, and 27-year-old Krystal Nicole Sanchez were arrested and charged in mid-September.
The U.S. Marshals North Texas Fugitive Task Force began assisting the San Angelo Police Department in the investigation in late October. The investigation eventually led authorities to believe Alvarado was in the Lansing area based on a Crime Stoppers tip. The Lansing Area Fugitive Task Force was enlisted to help track Alvarado down.
On Dec. 8, task force members conducted surveillance at an address in Lansing. After several hours, Alvarado was seen leaving the residence and walking away. Marked units assisted the task force in approaching Alvarado and he was subsequently arrested without incident.
Alvarado is being held at the Ingham County Jail in Mason, Michigan, and will be transported back to Texas after extradition proceedings are concluded. He is expected to appear in court in Ingham County tomorrow.
The Lansing Area Fugitive Task Force is comprised of state troopers and officers from the Michigan State Police 1st District, the Michigan Department of Corrections, U.S. Marshals, Ingham County Sheriff’s Department, and the Michigan State University Police Department.
A 34-year-old San Angelo man was arrested on multiple charges following a late-night incident at a local restaurant.
Around 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6, San Angelo Police were dispatched to Denny’s located at 427 W Avenue I for the report of an unwanted subject. Officers arrived and located the man, who employees said refused to leave the restaurant after being told to leave multiple times during two separate incidents that evening.
Officers asked the man for his name and he replied, “Jay Walker”; however, Officers learned the man’s name was Francisco Edward Arambula, who was wanted on several outstanding warrants.
Officers arrested Arambula for Failure to Identify Fugitive from Justice, his warrants and Criminal Trespass. Arambula was also in possession of drug paraphernalia and suspected narcotics at the time of his arrest. The substance field-tested positive for methamphetamine and Arambula was subsequently charged with Felony 3 Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Arambula was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.
Around 4:10 p.m. on Sunday, December 4, 2016, San Angelo Police Officer T. Dietz was patrolling the unit block of E. 25th Street when he observed a white Nissan Versa similar to one that was reported stolen from the 2800 block of Chestnut Street in early November.
After confirming the vehicle was stolen, Officer Dietz followed the vehicle to a residence located in the unit block of W 26th where the vehicle’s male driver and passenger exited and ran. The vehicle’s driver was located a short time later by a responding Officer and taken into custody without incident. The driver, identified as 25-year-old Manuel Justin Rivas, was ultimately charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Evading Arrest Detention, Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, Possession of Dangerous Drug, and Class B Possession of Marijuana. The passenger was not located. This is the fifth stolen vehicle Officer Dietz has located within recent weeks.
Around 7:20 a.m. yesterday, December 5, San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the 3300 block of North Haven Court where a victim reported the theft of a maroon 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Later in the shift, Apprentice Police Officer S. Beal observed the stolen Jeep and initiated a high-risk traffic stop at S. Abe and W. Avenue D. The driver, identified 30-year-old Calvin Wayne Thames, and 17-year-old passenger Xavier Matheo Rivas were taken into custody without incident.
Thames and Rivas were transported to Police Headquarters for questioning. Subsequent to their interviews, Thames was charged with Unlawful Possession of Firearm by a Felon in connection to a stolen handgun that was located inside the stolen Jeep. Rivas was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 (methamphetamine). Charges for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle are pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.
Rivas, Manuel Thames, Calvin Rivas, Xavier
This afternoon, Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD) developed information about the location of 43-year-old Guadalupe Silva Reyes, who was wanted on an outstanding Warrant for Parole Violation.
SCD conducted surveillance on the Super 8 Motel located at 410 W. Avenue L and located Reyes inside one of the rooms. Reyes was in the process of using narcotics with 41-year-old Michelle Martinez, who also had an outstanding warrant.
During the investigation, detectives located a small quantity of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Reyes and Martinez were arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and their outstanding warrants. A third woman, 26-year-old Priscilla Espinosa, was also arrested for outstanding warrants in connection to this investigation.
Reyes, Martinez, and Espinosa were transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.