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2009-04-23 / Police

Giddings Police Report

April 8, 2009

Around 10:23 p.m., Officer Connolly received a call from Giddings dispatch that a white older model Chevy Blazer had driven into a person's yard and struck a street sign in the 700 block of W. Columbus and left the scene heading back towards town. The complaint advised dispatch that it sounded like a tire was blown out. Connolly spoke to the complainant, and she advised that she was in her backyard and heard a car screeching around the corner and hit something. By the time she made it to the front yard to see what it was, she observed the white Blazer in the front yard of the Maas residence, backing away. It drove back towards town. Spencer and Connolly searched the area and Spencer observed a matching description of the vehicle at 486 S. Caldwell. Officers Spencer and Connolly made contact with a male subject later identified as Jose Luis Palomo. Spencer observed fresh grass stuck in the rear driver's side tire and the tire was flat. Palomo lied to Spencer, then confessed to hitting the pole. Palomo advised that he was going too fast around the corner and could not stop in time. Connolly cited Palomo for running the stop sign. Connolly did not proceed with filing for leaving the scene of an accident.

April 13, 2009

On Monday, at approximately 4:12 a.m., a Buc-ee's employee informed Officer D.A. Griffin that a bicycle had been left in the rear parking lot. Officer Griffin recovered the mountain bike and turned it in at the Police Department.

April 14, 2009

Detective Corporal Lacey Carvin was contacted by a Sergeant with Jasper Police Department in reference to a female subject, identified as Phyllis Thomas, who had been arrested by the agency for a warrant. The Sgt. advised that Thomas had numerous business cards in her possession with dollar amounts written on the backs of the cards. Also found in her possession were certificates displaying the name St. Jude's Children's Hospital Kidney Research Fundraiser. The Sgt. advised that after interviewing Thomas, he learned that she had been traveling through the State of Texas and presenting the certificates to local businesses and asking for donation for her ill daughter. The Sgt. advised that Thomas had informed him that she was not affiliated with St. Jude's Hospital and that her daughter, who was in the vehicle with her at the time of her arrest, was not ill and the she was collecting the donations to support Thomas' Vocodin addition. The Sgt. confirmed with St. Jude's that Thomas and/ or her daughter were not affiliated with the organization and that St. Jude's had been trying to locate Thomas for the past year after they had received information that she had fraudulently obtained money using the St. Jude's name. The Sgt. provided Carvin with the names of the business cards that were found in Thomas's possession. The total amount of money that Thomas received from local businesses was approximately $215. A warrant for theft less than $1500 with two prior convictions, a State Jail Felony, will be sought for Thomas.

April 14, 2009

Around 6:04 p.m. Officer Connolly was dispatched to Buc-ee's gas station in reference to a gas drive off. Upon arrival, Connolly was notified by Tonya, the shift manager, that another gas drive off had taken place 30 minutes prior. Video cameras revealed the subjects and vehicle information. One of the suspects was a white female who pumped gas in a green 1993 Ford Ranger pickup registered to Ralph Miller in Timpson, Texas. This case is under investigation.

April 14, 2009

On Tuesday, at 6:25 p.m., Officer Spencer made a traffic stop in the 100 block of East Austin for a traffic violation that took place in the 400 block of N. Main. The driver was identified as Preston James Jr. A warrant check revealed that James had an outstanding warrant for theft by check from Ector County, Texas. James was placed under arrest and Officer Connolly assisted by transporting James to the Lee County Jail without incident.

April 17, 2009

On Friday, while on routine patrol, Officer Shane Ray was dispatched at approximately 10 a.m. to the Radio Shack located at 1120 W. Columbus St. in reference to a theft that occurred on April 16. Upon arrival, Ray met with the complainant who stated that an unknown male and female came into the Radio Shack and stole four items. Total loss value was $659.92 Investigation is ongoing.

April 17, 2009

Around 10 p.m., Officer Connolly was dispatched to the 700 block of Hwy 77 South in reference to a truck stuck in the ditch trying to get out. Upon arrival, Connolly observed a white male standing near the truck. The male subject, later identified as Erik Liccioni from LaGrange, told officers that he was going around the corner and the rear end slid sideways causing him to exit the roadway. While speaking to Liccioni, Connolly detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath. Connolly tried to perform several sobriety exams on Liccioni, but he refused. Liccioni was transported to Lee County Jail where he was booked in for DWI, 2nd or more.

April 17, 2009

On Friday at 10:45 p.m., Officer Spencer observed a vehicle traveling North on Hwy 77 at the Hwy 290 intersection. The vehicle failed to stop at the stop light. A traffic stop was made in the 100 block of E. Houston. The driver was identified as Franklin Douglas Pickle, III, 21 years old. During the course of the traffic stop, the driver was asked if there was any illegal contraband in the vehicle and he indicated that there was a small amount of marijuana in an ash tray under the driver's seat. The substance was located along with a glass smoking pipe. No other contraband was located in the vehicle. The driver was released with a citation for possession of marijuana under two ounces (class B misdemeanor). The contraband was secured into evidence at the Police Department. The marijuana was weighed at .8 grams.

April 18, 2009

On Saturday at 12:23 a.m., Officer Spencer and Officer Connolly were dispatched to 742 N. Chambers in reference to a loud music complaint. Upon arrival to the residence, there were numerous subjects standing beside a vehicle that was playing loud music. Spencer made contact with the subjects and observed several empty beer cans, bottles, and beer boxes and a subject identified as David Segundo, 18 years old, was found to be intoxicated. Connolly transported Segundo to the Police Department where he was cited for alcohol consumption by a minor and released to a responsible adult.

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