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2009-05-21 / Police

Giddings Police Report

May 12, 2009

At approximately 2:46 p.m., Detective Corporal Lacey Carvin, Sgt. Farah Ramsey and Lt. Dan Harney were dispatch to Whataburger, located at 2050 E. Austin, in reference to suspicious persons. The caller adviced that there were four subjects that appeared to be under the influence of drugs that were lingering in the parking lot near a black Chevrolet truck with a red stripe. The caller described the suspicious persons as two white males and two white females. Upon arrival, Carvin observed a white male sitting in the driver's seat of the vehicle, a 1997 Chevrolet truck, and a white female in the front passenger seat. The two occupants of the vehicle were identified and while speaking with them another white female approached the vehicle and advised that she was traveling with the couple. A restaurant employee advised that the fourth occupant of the vehicle ran into the bathroom upon the officers' arrival. Harney went into the bathroom and brought out the fourth subject who was identified as Christopher Martin Sallouha, who admitted to Harney that he had flushed marihuana down the toilet in the restaurant when he observed officers in the parking lot. Carvin observed that Sallouha was sweating profusely and extremely nervous. Harney walked him past the driver's side of Carvin's patrol car and into camera view where he conducted a pat down search. During the search Harney located a large bulge in Sallouha's front pocket of his shorts. Harney removed the item, a purple Crown Royal bag containing a white crystal-like methamphetamine. Sallouha was placed under arrest and seated in Carvin's patrol car. Sallouha had $860 in his possession, which was taken for seizure. When Carvin approached the driver's side of her vehicle, she observed a glass pipe containing white powdery residue lying on the ground near the front tire. Carvin retrieved the item and asked Sallouha if he had dropped the pipe. He nodded his head indicating "yes". The crystal-like substance in the Crown Royal bag tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed approximately 29 grams. Sallouha was transported to the Lee County Sheriff's Department without incident. Sallouha was ultimately charged with possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 2-4 grams to 400 grams with intent to deliver, a first degree felony, and tampering with evidence, a third degree felony. Sgt. Ramsey completed the vehicle inventory and located numerous other drug paraphernalia. The vehicle was towed from the scene. All other occupants were released at the scene. Case cleared, adult arrest.

May 13, 2009

On Wednesday at approximately 7:01 a.m., Sgt. Anthony Ramirez and Officer Joseph Harrison were dispatched to the area of 1701 S. Leon St. in reference to two black male subjects that entered the residence without permission and attempted to take items from the residence and left. Officers located the two subjects and identified them as Joshua Benson and Jeffery DeBose. Upon further investigation, both subjects were arrested for burglary of habitation and Benson was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and terroristic threat.

May 13, 2009

On Wednesday, at approximatly 7:03 a.m., a local resident reported a lost wallet from Brookshire Brothers, located at 513 E. 290. That contained several personal identifying items along with a small amount of cash and credit cards. No other information.

May 14, 2009

On Thursday, at approximately 10:19 a.m., Officer Joseph Harrison received a call from dispatch in reference to a theft that had occurred at 735 W. Houston St. Upon arrival, two City of Giddings workers advised that they had discovered that an electrical meter had been stolen from this residence. Workers were able to provide a code of the meter so that it could be tracked if used at another location. This case is still under investigation.

May 15, 2009

At approximately 9 a.m., Detective Corporal Lacey Carvin met with William Love at the Police Department in reference to an assault that had just occurred. Love advised that he was at home on S. Polk, with his girlfriend, identified as Bridget Cook. Love advised that Cook woke him up at approximately 8:30 a.m. and stated accusing him of being unfaithful. Love reported that Cook placed her hands around his neck and scratched him on the right side of his neck and struck him in the face. Love reported that he grabbed Cook by her shoulders and pushed her away from him. Love then collected his personal belongings and left the residence. Carvin photographed Love's injuries, a scratch approximately 4 inches in length that broke through the skin causing bleeding, and a smaller scratch approximately 1 ½ inches in length. Love provided Carvin with a voluntary written statement and refused a Magistrates Order for Emergency Protection. This case will be forwarded to municipal court for review. Charges pending for assault causing bodily injury to family member.

May 15, 2009

On Friday at approximately 7:42 p.m., Officer D.A. Griffin initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle in approximately the 800 block of W. 290 for a traffic violation. The driver, Jose Adolfo Soto, of Houston, was cited for no driver's license, no insurance-2nd offence, and driving while license invalid or suspended and an equipment violation and the vehicle was impounded.

May 16, 2009

On Friday, while on routine patrol, Officer Shane Ray observed a vehicle traveling without its headlights on in the 400 block of West Austin St. Ray initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. An odor of marijuana was detected coming from the vehicle. The passenger in the vehicle identified as Christopher Bradshaw was observed to have a green leafy substance on his black pullover shirt. Bradshaw was detained. Inside the vehicle where Bradshaw was sitting, a baggie of marijuana weighing less than 2 oz. was found. Bradshaw was arrested for possession of marijuana class B.

May 17, 2009

At around 9:24 a.m., Officer Connolly was dispatched to the 600 block of E. Industry in reference to a complainant advised that a beer bottle was thrown at this vehicle. Upon arrival, Connolly spoke to the complainant, Mr. Miertschin, who stated that he was outside doing some yard work and noticed a broken beer bottle next to his truck at around 9:15 a.m. Connolly observed broken glass and a small dent on the truck. This case is under investigation at this time.

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