2011-10-20 / Police

Lexington Police Report

By Chief Jerry Bowden

October 17, 2011

Hello again from your Chief. Your Police Officers were all here on Saturday working the Chocolate Festival and this was a very enjoyable law enforcement duty indeed. A great time was had by all. Excellent foods and sweets were offered by the many vendors represented and much fellowship and camaraderie was enjoyed by everyone as everyone’s “sweet tooth” was satisfied. As an unknown author has written, “Coffee makes it possible to get out of bed. Chocolate makes it worthwhile.”

A few items of police activity are noted as follows:

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011:

Officer Dontrell Nurse and Chief Bowden responded to a report of a pit bull dog being hit by a passing motorist. Officers went to the scene and found the dog. It had been killed on impact. The owners came to the scene and claimed the dog for burial.

At 1:40 pm. Chief Bowden, Capt. Yarbrough, Officer Gaskamp and Officer Nurse responded to a report of 2 loose horses in the area of 5th Street and Rockdale. Chief Bowden and Capt. Yarbrough located the horses in the area of Caldwell Street and 4th Street and caught them with the help of two local ranchers.

At 10:15 pm. Chief Bowden was called out to a motorcycle accident on Hwy. 696, about 2 miles east of Holy Family Catholic Church by Capt. Yarbrough. One of our citizens had been seriously injured after he was thrown from his motorcycle when it struck an animal on the highway. He was transported to an Austin hospital by Star Flight due to the

seriousness of his injuries. Chief Bowden assisted Capt. Yarbrough, Officer Gaskamp, Deputy Khan, and Lexington Fire and EMS Departments until a Trooper arrived to write a report of the accident.

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011. Chief Bowden presented the City Council and Mayor with a certified check from the Lee County District Attorney’s Office in the amount of $255.45, that money being drug forfeiture money seized pursuant to an arrest by our Police Department and the prosecution of two defendants in Lee County District Court. Cause # 14,461 to be added to the City Treasury for use as deemed most appropriate by our City government. This is a case where the arrest and prosecution of drug offenders has “ added” money to the City, instead of depleting money from the City.

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011. 9: 00am: Chief Bowden and Officer Nurse attended an Emergency Operations Briefing at the Lexington ISD Office on Hwy. 77 and many good ideas were exchanged.

Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. 9:30 am: Chief Bowden and Capt. Yarbrough checked on the welfare of an injured bull in a pasture in old town. The owner of the bull arrived and advised the bull had an injured hip and would have to be put down. Officers left the care of the bull with the owner.

At 2:00 pm, Chief Bowden, Capt. Yarbrough, and Corporal Wooldridge responded to a residence in the 900 block of N. Rockdale reference a complaint of an open back door and a possible burglary in progress. Finding the rear residence door unlocked, Chief Bowden and Capt. Yarbrough searched the residence while Cpl. Wooldridge covered the front door escape route. Finding no one inside the residence, Officers locked the rear door and notified the owner before leaving the scene.

At 6: 45 pm, Corporal Wooldridge and Officer Gaskamp attempted to locate a reckless driver on Hwy 77. The vehicle was located by Capt. Yarbrough and interviewed.

At 7: 16 pm, Corporal Wooldridge and Officer Gaskamp checked a vehicle parked at CEFCO for damage reference an earlier incident where a truck struck the utility pole (Oct. 9, 2011), thereby causing a fire. No damage was observed.

Saturday, October 15, 2011. 3:18 am: Officer Gaskamp was dispatched to the corner of Rockdale Street and Cherry Drive reference a dead deer in the roadway. Officer Gaskamp removed the dead deer from the roadway and notified the Texas Game Warden to respond to the scene to pick it up.

Saturday, October 15th Chief Bowden, Capt. Yarbrough, Cpl. Wooldridge, Officer Nurse, and

Reserve Officer Raney worked the 8th Annual Chocolate Festival in Lexington. All Officers found it a very welcomed part of duty when sampling the sweets that were available.

At 6:50 pm, Officer Raney issued a warning for a traffic offense.

6: 45 pm: Officer Raney responded to a complaint of dogs running at large on Hilliard Street at Hwy. 77. Unable to locate.

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. 10:42 am: Officer Nurse was flagged down by a citizen in the 600 block of Burns reference information. Information received.

At 10:19 pm, Officer Gaskamp and Officer Raney were dispatched to the CEFCO store reference a complaint of a suspicious person. The subject was located and was assessed as non- threatening. He was monitored until he left the area.

At 10:50 pm, Officer Gaskamp issued a warning for a traffic offense.

At 1:45 am, Officer Gaskamp and Officer Raney were dispatched to Lexington Park reference a suspicious person asleep in a vehicle. A citation was issued and the driver was released to a responsible adult.

At 8:15 pm, Officer Gaskamp initiated a traffic stop on Hwy. 77 and 3rd Street for a traffic offense. During the course of the stop Officer Gaskamp determined the Victoria, Texas man was wanted on an outstanding warrant for Class B Theft out of Travis County. Officer Gaskamp arrested him and transported him to the Lee County Jail where he was incarcerated.

As your Chief and your fellow citizen, I ask you to please use extra caution when you drive at night. As you are aware, we have had several very serious accidents and two fatal accidents in our immediate area within the past two months. Many accidents lately have occurred because of animals on the roadway, and animals are very difficult to see at night. Please drive safely and “arrive alive.”

We are your police department and we are here for you. We solicit your support, your prayers, and your friendship as we serve and protect you in the City of Lexington.

Progress Note: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011: Chief Bowden received a new copy machine at the Police Station at a savings to the citizens of Lexington. A trade was negotiated with our contractor who replaced the old black and white copier with a new color copier, at a lower price than we were paying each month for the older model. This provides the Police Department with a modern color copy machine at a lower payment each month, and at a less total cost to the citizens of Lexington, thereby saving tax payer money.

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