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Sunday, October 28th
*Officers issued a "Criminal Trespass Warning" in the 300th Block of 1st Street.
*Police assisted the HCVFD with a city "Grass Fire" in the 500th Block of West 5th Street were the psuedo-inferno
was aptly snuffed out.
Friday, October 26th
*Officers aided "EMS on an Agency Assist" in the 200th Block of West 3rd Street.
Police responded to a complaint of "LOUD MUSIC" in the600th Block of Main Street.
Thursday, October 25th
*Police responded to a call of "LOUD MUSIC" in the 200th Block of West 13th Street. The music was turned down. The chief told us that these calls are both complaints and occasionally just observations by the officers on patrol - so just because your neighbor may like your loud music doesn't mean you can not still be reprimanded. So there!
*Officers aided "CPS on an Agency Assist" in the vicinity of the 500th Block of East 2nd Street. Later in the same day CPS returned for two more cases that HCPD assisted them with in their investigation.
*In the 300th Block of Avenue I a residence that is being remodeled was broken in to. There were tools inside, but nothing was taken - leading officers to suspect juveniles or just vandals looking to perturb somebody ...and we feel sure they did!
*Officers offered "Motorists Assistance" in the vicinity of East Cleveland and Avenue G.
Police dealt accordingly with an "Illegally Parked" tractor-trailer around Main Street and 10th.
In the 200th Block of 1st Street a pick-up and trailer was moved that had been obstructing the roadway.
Wednesday, October 24th
*Police were called to the location of the Hale Center Gin about some "Suspicious Activity" around some of the cotton Bales. They didn't find anything unusual.
*Officers were called to a "Domestic Disturbance" in the vicinity of the 1100th Block of Avenue I that resulted in the arrest of two individuals. "Hey! Settle down Y'all!!!"
Sunday, October 21st
*Police were called to the 500th Block of West 4th Street for a "Neighbor Dispute" which our diplomatic men in blue (who actually wear black) resolved for the time being.
Saturday, October 20th
In the 600th Block of North Main Street Police were called about LOUD MUSIC! They did their thing and the tunes were turned down!
In the 700th Block of Main Street some kids were reported to have been "Messing Around" at City Hall. No one was caught Messing Around
*Police were called to the 200th Block of West 3rd Street on a 911 call. Nothing was out of the ordinary so the call was dismissed.
*Officers were called to the 1200th Block of Avenue G for a "Domestic Disturbance." The chief says there are a LOT of these kind of calls in our little town. If you know of someone being physically or verbally abused...tell somebody! Let's get a STOP put to this crapola!
*Police sought after a "Suspicious Person" at Caudle Lake Park but didn't find any offenders.
Police were called to the 500the Block of East 4th Street for "Criminal Mischief." The brand and or flavor of mischief was not reported in this report. (Color anyone??? Can someone provide some color to these reports?)
*Police were called to the vicinity of I-27 and the East Access Road about a run-away. The subject was apprehended and returned home before suppertime.
In the 500the Block of East 3rd Street a "Criminal Trespass" warning was issued. "Keep Your Butt Away from HERE!"
*Police investigated a possible "Illegal Dumping Report" in the 800th Block of Southlawn - in the Alley. The report was deemed unfounded. "Hey, Keep your trash in your own....trash place! You know what I mean!"
In the 500the Block of East 3rd Street a "Criminal Trespass" warning was issued. "Keep Your Butt Away from HERE!"
Friday, October 19th
*HCPD participated with FDHC and EMS at Akin Elementary for a Student "Smoke Out" from about 8:30AM till about 12:30PM with over 200 students learning fire safety. It really Burns Us UP that we weren't notified about this in time to have gone. ;-)
*HCPD investigated some "Kids Riding in the Back of a Pick-Up." Turns out they were over 18 and not subject to getting in trouble. (What? No seatbelt laws in pick-up beds?) Make sure if you ride in back of a pick-up (or ANYWHERE in Lubbock) you were a helmet!
*A call about a "Reckless Driver" on I-27 was investigated, but no probable cause for a stop was found.
*Officers issued a "Code Warning" for a tractor-trailer rig parked in town in the 1000th Block of Avenue G.
*Police had a "Civil Matter" brought to them at the Police Station. That, at this point in time is None of our business!
*Officers made a "Motorist Assist" in the 100th Block of East Cleveland
*Officers made an "Agency Assist" with DPS...but it doesn't tell where!
Thursday, October 18th
*Officers made a "Motorist Assist" in the 100th Block of West 13th Street. Order was resumed to the city's delicate flow of traffic straight-away.
*HCPD investigated a "Dog-at-Large" in the 600th Block of East Cleveland. It is not known if the dog-at-large is indeed a large dog or an un-sized canine...on the lamb. Being politically correct is getting to be a bigger and bigger journalistic event!
*From the hand-written report the chief tried to make out whether a "Boy" or a "Bag" was removed by the officer on duty - from Southbound I-27. Either way, whatever was in the roadway was removed and no one was arrested, assaulted or otherwise ostracized.
*Officers removed an "Unwanted Person" from the 500th Block of West 1st Street. There is no charge for this service but it does attract public scrutiny.
Wednesday, October 17th
*Officers were called about some "People on my Roof!!!" No roof-dwellers were found and officers resumed whatever officers usually do while not searching local roofs for strangers.
*Police received a complaint about a "Stolen Vehicle" but it turns out the alleged Hot Rod incident was outside of town so it was referred to the Hale County Sheriff's Department.
*FM37 West - about two miles out, had a "1 Vehicle Accident" where HCPD assisted DPS & County responders.
*Officers received some "Suspicious Meat" at the station - that someone thought might was gonna be used to poison an animal. Since the meat was bagged in a sealed storage container it was determined that either a cat had dragged it from a dumpster or the possible scoff-law wanting to poison an animal...wasn't very efficient or bright!
*Officers worked a "Civil Problem" in the 700th Block of Main Street - where they also performed a "Motorist Assist."
*HCPD performed a "Motorist Assist" on I-27 Southbound.
Sunday, October 14th
*HCPD performed a "Motorist Assist" in the 400th Block of Main Street
*In the 500th Block of West 2nd Street officers were called about a "Verbal Argument." The unruly ner-do-wells were aptly separated and shunned.
Also in the 500th Block of West 2nd Street some "Persons Fiddeling Around on the Roof" were reported. When officers indeed found NO "Fiddlers on the Roof" they left...SMH
Saturday, October 13th
*Police investigated an "Assault" in the 400th Block of West Cleveland. No details were given.
*HCPD were called about "Possible Gunshots Fired." in the 900th Block of Avenue E. Nobody was found walking around with unexplainable "holes" so we're assuming no one was shot!
*Officers made a "Welfare Check" in the 300th Block of West 1st Street. Everything was 10-4,
*In the 500th Block of West 13th Street officers made a "Vehicular Curfew Check..." Even the chief wasn't sure what that meant. Maybe a "Late Model" car was out too late?!?!
Friday, October 12th
*Officers worked a "Horse in Town" case in the 500th Block of West 5th Street. A warning was issued, but the chief wasn't certain if the warning was for the horse or the rider!
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Wednesday, October 10th
*Officers worked a couple of "Truancy Issues" a few "Traffic Stops" and spent several hours at the department Headquarters taking part in a Standardized Field Sobriety Testing School...complete with glazed donuts just like they have in the bigger cities.
Tuesday, October 9th
*Officers gave an escort for a funeral to the cemetery.
*Police investigated a "Class B Misdemeanor" where one of our infamous, former Fugitives of the Week had allegedly stolen over 27,000 gallons of the City's water without paying for it! Seems the landlord went to kick them out for non-payment of rent...and discovered - LOW, there is water service here and the landlord KNEW for a fact it wasn't legally turned on! The subject doesn't know it yet (Unless of course you're reading this...) - But if it's you....Buddy, this just ain't your day!
*HCPD gave yet another escort to a person who was "removed" from a rehab in Lubbock and was going "home" to Amarillo, via their thumb. Officers found it in everyone's best interest to hasten his journey so he was "Leap-Frogged" from one vehicle to the next, county-by-county until he was closer to his destination...or at least a good ways out of HERE! Didn't know they did that sort of thing did ya!?!.
Monday, October 8th
*A Hale County Deputy Sheriff came to HCPD with a warrant for a Hale Center Resident. It was learned that the "Wanted Person" - was with her boyfriend/husband who was looking for a job at the time. The officers sneakily called the subject posing anonymously, simply asking that they come to the gin. Supposing there might be a job for "Joe" the couple went to the gin where "Ms. Joe" was aptly apprehended and carted to the local pokey. In a strange stroke of judicial good fortune, the curious, indeed resourceful lawmen ran a check on the "Joe" and found him to be - as his sweetheart was - also wanted by the law. He too was pokey-ized. Unfortunately for the couple, the jails are not co-ed and they were not rooming together after the arrests.
*Officers received - at the station, a "Disorderly Conduct by Language" incident that allegedly took place at the grocery store. Disorderly Conduct by Language is better known to you and me as getting supposedly, "Cussed Out in Public!" The named, accused person will be summoned to court where they'll be afforded opportunity to tell their side of the story, sans-expletives, of coarse and a judge will disperse justice.
*Police investigated several "Truancy Checks.".
*Police looked for a reported "Reckless Driver." on I-27 Southbound. After driving at excessively dangerous speeds for extended periods of time, with eyes peeled in all directions at once...the (Original) Reckless Driver was not found!!! Go figure!
*Officers were called to the West Service Road and Cleveland for a "Motorist Assist." A wheel, it seems, had fallen off of a vehicle. Being originally designed to perform optimally with 4 wheels, the crippled vehicle was nudged to a nearby parking lot where it sat tranquilly until proper repairs could be made.
*Police were called about someone being "Suspiciously Followed." on I-27 into town.. After finding the follow-er, they were questioned and determined that "she" indeed had followed the complainant into town. As it turns out, it is the same subject who had earlier in the day been accused of "cussing someone out at the store!" There'll no doubt be more to come!
*Officers were called to the Middle School about the "Theft of a Mobile Phone" from a student by another student. The Principal got to the bottom of the situation, found the phone and we believe the guilty party was suspended for theft of a cell phone. Can you hear me now? Huh?.
Sunday, October 7th
*Officers offered "Motorist Assist" at Cleveland and the West Service Road.
*Police responded to a "LOUD MUSIC" call at 9th Street and Avenue K. The music was turned OFF and peace and quiet resumed....till the darn train came through!
Saturday, October 6th
*Officers "Cleared Debris" from the roadway on I-27 Southbound.
*In the 300th Block of West 2nd Street Officers helped a "Patient" who was wandering at-large and was confused.
Friday, October 5th
*Police got "ALL UP INTO" some kids throwing rocks in the 700th Block of Main Street. The mess was cleaned up and there were no reports of damage.
Thursday, October 4th
*Police were called about a "Disturbance" in the 500th Block of West 13th Street. An argument had escalated at the ball game - Officers broke things up and sent one party packing.
*Police performed an "Agency Assist with the Constable" in the 700th Block of Avenue K. Seems to have been a "Possession" charge...not sure what the case had possession of though...
*Officers were investigating the "Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle." in the 200th Block of 13th Street. Seems someone had thought his car was re-possessed but the financier said they did NOT repossess it....so the potential victim reported the vehicle stolen. Hummm, could be the perfect crime if everybody buys it!
*Police worked a "Minor 10-50" in the 500th Block of West 5th Street. Better known as a "Fender Bender" it seems one car backed into another that was illegally parked. There were no arrests or imprisonments.
Wednesday, October 3rd
*Officers worked a code enforcement violation in the 300th Block of East 9th Street where a person had some "Unlawful, Exotic Animals" in the city limits... More specifically, A Miniature Pony, Some Ducks & Some Chickens. As we inquired further the chief explained they WERE considered exotic with the possible exception of the chickens which could qualify as legal if their owner had them when the law was passed - forbidding them in the city - or "Grand fathering them." Ladies & Gentlemen, I implore you - me finds this discriminatory action against my poultry to be FOWL! Old McDonald was warned and the varmints in question shall be cast without the limits of the village! He went on to sternly warn the Easter Bunny to stay out of town, told Santa he'd better have a door-to-door permit and an inspection sticker on his sleigh if he comes back to town under his watch! I questioned his lack of leniency and he just wiped the fried chicken crumbs from his mustache and said, "I doesn't makes the laws...I just enforces them!"
*Police performed a "Motorist Assist" in the 400th Block of South Main Street..
*Police dug into a "Sewer Leak" in the 1300th Block of Avenue J which they promptly "passed" on to the department of water...thank you very much!
*Officers responded to a 911 call where a man reported a "Missing Wallet." He later reported there was something missing from the "soon-to-be discovered" wallet. Seems the subject was rather heartily celebrating his birthday and officers determined it to be in everyone's best interest to NOT file any paperwork until the next day after the jubilation had an opportunity to pass. The subject slept it off and had no more complaints about his wallet or the contents and/or lack there of. "Happy Belated Birthday, Sir!"
Tuesday, October 2nd
*Officers assisted with a one vehicle accident in the vicinity of 400 and FM1914. There were injuries, but no life threatening injuries.
*Police investigated a "Criminal Mischief" where it appeared someone had thrown a rock into a window at the old Higginbotham Bartlett Lumber Yard.
Monday, October 1st
*Police investigated a "Residential Alarm" in the 500th Block of Avenue J. Seems the residents accidentally set the alarm off their own selves.
*Officers dealt with an individual AT THE STATION who desired to file a "Disorderly Conduct by Gesture" incident. If you don't know for sure what that is...LOOK AT THIS! No complaint got filed...
Sunday, September 30th
*Officers Re-checked into the same "Verbal Disturbance" as reported yesterday in the 200th Block of West 13th Street. Seems one or both parties remembered some other stuff they really wish they could have thought of to say at the time of the original argument! A good reason to always make notes before a verbal dispute.
*Police worked a "Civil Matter" in the 200th Block of East 1st Street. Seems a mother & daughter were at disagreement over cash AND car keys. Between the actual juveniles in truancy and the adult juveniles with civil and domestic disturbances...our officers hardly have time to hide behind billboards and ticket the passing out-of-town, motorists like other cops in other little towns!
*In the 500th Block of West 10th Street Officers took care of a "LOUD MUSIC" complaint that was aptly silenced.
*Officers performed a "Motorist Assist" at the High School. City Council should consider putting TAXI Meters in the squad cars!
Saturday, September 29th
*HCPD working as Truancy Officers again made visits on behalf of HCISD pertaining to unruly or otherwise un-perpendicular pupils concerning their social behavior at school...or the absence thereof.
*In the vicinity of Avenue D & Cleveland police offered a "Motorist Assistance."
*Officers checked into a "Verbal Disturbance" in the 200th Block of West 13th Street. One of the parties wisely chose to leave.
Friday, September 28th
*Police were called about a "Reckless Driver" on I-27 Northbound. They were unable to locate the driver.
*Officers were dispatched to the vicinity of Stevenson & Avenue K where a truck was blocking traffic. The truck was moved.
*Police were called to the vicinity of 10th Street & Avenue G where a tractor-trailer received it's "Last Warning" about unlawful parking. It will be cited next time.
*Police were called about "LOUD MUSIC" in the area of 10th Street & Avenue K. It was turned OFF!
*Police were called about a "Driver with a BLOW-OUT" on I-27 at mile marker 38. The Chief supposed they were referring to the driver's tire...but it didn't say for certain.
Thursday, September 27th
*HCPD assisted DPS with an accident on I-27 northbound. No further details were provided. )Boy! You can tell the Chief was outta town!) Paperwork is a despised discipline...just ask me!
*Police looked into a report of a "Suspicious Vehicle" in the 500th Block of West 1st Street. The alleged suspicious vehicle proved as evasive as it was suspicious...it was gone when officers arrived!
*Police were called to Main Street & Cleveland about some un-permitted sales persons who were promptly pointed to City Hall and taken off the streets until the required certificates/permits could be warranted and provided. Sounded pretty official, huh?
*Officers were called about a "Vehicle Blocking the Roadway" in the 200th Block of 13th Street. Said vehicle was removed!
*Police were called about "LOUD MUSIC" in the 500th Block of West 10th Street. It was turned down...
*Police performed an "Agency Assist for EMS" in the 500th Block of West 13th Street.
*Police performed another "Agency Assist for EMS" in the 500th Block of West 5th Street. The two incidents were NOT related...and as far as we know, neither were the patients!
*Again in the 500th Block of West 5th Street Police were called for an "Agency Assist" with other law enforcement that resulted in an arrest. No details were available.
*Police investigated a "Suspicious Vehicle" in the 500th Block of North Main Street. Everything checked out "10-4."
Wednesday, September 26th
*Officers performed an "Agency Assist with the County'" on I-27 & the East Access Road. No Details were provided.
*Officers also performed a "Motorist Assist" on 3rd & Main. HCPD has observed that our fair city has an inordinate amount of breakin' down vehicles and thusly supposes we might be "ripe" for another reputable used car dealership. Just Sayin'!
Tuesday, September 25th
*Officers delivered 3 "School Notices..." THIS reporter did not realize that now-a-days (at least in Hale Center) the local Police Force are utilized to inform parents that the kiddos are about to get a "Bustin'" at school the next day! Boy, that would not have been popular in my day! With ME anyway!!!
Monday, September 24th
*Police investigated a case of "Dog Chasing A Cat" in the 1300th Block of Main Street. Now we understand why the City & State send our Police Chiefs to Specialty Law Enforcement classes. The owner of the dog was swatted with a rolled up copy of "The American" and his dog was instructed to attend FFA..."Feline Friends Anonymous" Classes - and that cats are Friends not prey!
Chief Burton is out this week attending "Police Chief School" in Lubbock. Regularity will be restored to the reports when he returns or when more bran is inserted into the data...whichever comes first.
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Sunday, September 23rd
*Officers assisted DPS with a "10-50" that took place on Southbound I-27. Sally informs us that a 10-50 is an accident!
*Police worked a "Verbal Domestic" incident in the 600th Block of West 6th Street that was peacefully resolved.
*In the 500th Block of West 11th Street Officers took care of a "LOUD MUSIC" complaint that was remedied...."Quiet" Quickly! :-)
Saturday, September 22nd
*In the vicinity of 3rd Street and Avenue K police assisted the City Dog catcher in a "Canine Capture." Impressive, huh?
*Officers followed their ears to 5th and Main Street where they did observe "LOUD MUSIC." The Music was turned down.
*Officers assisted DPS on a stop that took place on Southbound I-27.
Friday, September 21st
*Police urged the removal of a "Big Rig" from the vicinity of West 6th Street and the West Service Road.
*In the 300th Block of Main Street police offered "Motorist Assistance" to a potential motorist who had become a stationary fixture.
*Officers escorted the OWLS out of town to aptly put the proverbial "Butt Whoopin'" on Olton.
*Police investigated a case of "Criminal Mischief" in the 1200th Block of Main Street where a 2013 Ford Mustang was KEYED! It is not known who done the deed...but if we find out - and they're old enough...WE'D LOVE TO PUBLISH THEIR NAME!!!
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Thursday, September 20th
*Police advised a driver of a tractor-trailer in the 400th Block of West 11th that, "Ya can't park that thing thar, fella!" The truck was moved to a more choice location.
*In the 300th Block of West 1st Street officers checked into an "Abandoned Vehicle." The abandoned vehicle was cheered up and assured that there's someone for everyone and that they should be patient and not just hook up with any old ride that comes along. (Get it? Abandoned Vehicle...feelings of abandonment.... Hahahahah!)
*In the 300th Block of West 10th Street officers investigated a "Suspicious Person." After arriving and asking the prescribed questions from the Questions Policemen ask Suspicious Persons - Handbook the suspicious person in question was deemed to be 10-4.
*And...Thursday was wound up but maintaining order at every arsonist's delight...the Homecoming Bon Fire!
Wednesday, September 19th
*In the 300th Block of West 14th Street officers performed an "Agency Assist" with Plainview EMS as our own EMS Service had suffered from ruptured rubber the previous day (a tire had blown-out) and they were still getting our coach back into tip-top condition.
*Police Chief Burton made a traffic stop on the 500th block of Main Street that resulted in an investigation of a driver who had invalid drivers license......, yet continues to tool about our fair city! (to be continued...seriously)
*In the 1100th Block of Avenue I police responded to the report of a "Sounding Residential Alarm." Turns out the resident had their alarm for smoke detection tied in to their "Home Invasion" system and the smoke detector went off while dinner was being prepared...resulting in a slew of unexpected dinner guests - all in uniform! "COME AND GET IT!!"
*Our Police Chief arrested an "Outdated Spouse" who had turned in his vows in exchange for a restraining order a couple of years back. When said expired spouse tried to interrupt guests at the ex's home, she advised law enforcement who, in turn demonstrated the nuts & bolts of how a restraining order indeed functions. "He's in the jail-house now!"
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Tuesday, September 18th
*Police received a report of last week's "Fugitive of the Week" being in the City Park! (With friends like his...huh?) Anyway, when officers arrived he had already gone - IF he was indeed there in the first place. The chief said had he been there, or should any FOTW be seen anywhere and local officers identify him/her - they will be arrested, placed in handcuff and hauled off to the pokey until they pay their warrants! DUDE!
*In the 100th Block of West 10th Street officers responded to a report of "Domestic Abuse" where a male subject beat a female. Officers have initiated an investigation and hope to get enough evidence and testimony to put this guy away!
*Police Chief Burton spent most of his day yesterday "Enforcing Code" for the City of Hale Center. The moral of today's report...should there be one to garner - would be; If you have warrants in Hale Center...DON'T be silly enough to Break City Code too!!! Mow you lawns and get those broken-down vehicles out of town...ESPECIALLY if you're name is already on the proverbial "Poop List!" Thank you and Good Day!! :-)
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Monday, September 17th
*Police responded to multiple "Truancy Checks." Typically the kids that don't want to go to school are the ones who already know everything they need to know. Just ask 'em.
*In the 600th Block of East 10th Street the Chief did spy an equine at large.... or a "Loose Horse." Our fearless leader found the owner of said horse and explained that the horse should be properly contained - and he was.
*In the 300th Block of West 13th Street our officers had a call about a dog that needed to be picked up! Seems there had been an agreement about custody of the dog after a domestic incident - but the dog was NOT taken, as discussed. The dog was quoted as saying, "Hey! What about me!?" SMH
*Police were called to the local convenience store about "Some Guys Trying to Steal Some Merchandise." The suspected culprits had already "Cheesed It" once officers arrived.
*Officers responded to a report of a "Suspicious Vehicle" in the 500th Block of West 1st Street. Nothing came of that one!
*Police made another call to the local convenience store - but the chief could not make out what the officer had reported in his log. Since we are fairly certain that it was not an "Armed Robbery In Progress with a Potential Hostage Situation" we'll likely just go on to the next day's report. Thank you very much!
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Sunday, September 16th
*Police responded to a call of "LOUD MUSIC" in the 600th Block of Main Street. The folks at the address replied, "Huh? What'd ya say, Officer?" After the complaint was effectively relayed to the head-bangers, they cheerfully obliged by turning the music down.
*In the 500th Block of East 4th Street police performed an "Agency Assist" with EMS where they DID NOT Transport anyone away.
*Police observed a "Christian Concert" in the City Park that was very peaceful and well attended.
*Officers responded to a report of a "Suspicious Vehicle" at Law Lake. The potential offender was deemed harmless and sent on his/her way without significant incident.
Saturday, September 15th
*Unbeknownst to this reporter. Saturday was "Thank a Peace Officer Day." Local police officers were aptly thanked and appreciation was shown in the utmost of tangible and appropriate manners. The officers were shown all four fingers in waves MOST of the day.
*Officers "Assisted with Traffic Control" for the "Hale on Wheels" bike marathon that originated in Plainview and toured through the city.
*Police attended to an individual at the station who sought direction on a "Child Custody Matter." Since the matter was a "Civil Case" police directed the individual on to the appropriate authorities.
*Police had a report of a "Horse Out" off of the East Service Road on I-27 southbound - south of mile marker 36, but they could not locate the meandering horse.
Friday, September 14th
*Officers conducted an "Agency Assist" for EMS in the 300th Block of West 13th Street.
*Police were called to the 300th Block of West 1st Street about an "Persistent Peddler" and we ain't talking about a bicycler! The Unauthorized Salesman proceeded to City Hall where he sought the proper paperwork to go door to door in the Oasis of the Plains.
*Police were called about a "Reckless Driver" southbound on I-27. Officers indeed located the vehicle, but found no probable cause to pull the menace over. On his way he did go!
*In the vicinity of 10th Street and Avenue G Officers issued a warning for a Semi-Truck being parked in a non-designated area in the city limits. "Yeaaa,, Gotta plant it whar it belongs good buddy!"
*Officers investigated a "Suspicious Vehicle" at 1st Street and Avenue H. The vehicle was deemed benign and consequently kicked to the curb. (That's what they say on Law & Order!)
Thursday, September 13th
Due to the delicacy of this next entry we will use direct quotes from Chief Burton...
*"...Had a report of a Pig on the highway west of the city!" (LOLOLOLOL) "...So we had a pig looking for a pig!" The swine in question was not located....Chief thinks he may have "gone to market" leaving PD to go "Wah, wah, wah all the way home!"
*Officers performed a "Motorist Assist" at Caudle Lake.
Wednesday, September 12th
*Officers responded to a call about "Suspicious Activity" in the 200th Block of West 9th Street. Some folks were reported as trying to gain access into a dwelling. Turns out the two females and one male lived there...but didn't have their keys. No one was arrested but the thrill provided to nosey neighbors was delightful!
*Police made a "Disciplinary Notice" which is a written notice to parents that their kiddo is about to get a "bustin'" the next day at school! I had no idea that was how they do it these days. The parents have the option of coming and spending the day at the school with the kids in lew of their devious spawn's spanking, or letting it rip - so to speak. When I was a kid...if daddy got word that I had licks at school - I got an encore when I got home! AND, many were the times my teachers & principals worked over their old tennis swings on my meager backside, so I learned early to take my medicine and keep it on the down low. And - I might add...a lot of fat good it did any of 'em to spank me! I don't know that my character was improved, but I DO still look forward to a brisk swat when Sally's in the mood. (TMI has been brought to you by Kudo Granola Bars, "Get one of those in his mouth and shut him up -- QUICK!!")
*HCPD were called to the 400th Block of Avenue H about a "Suspicious Person in Someone's Alley." When police arrived, said potential, ner-do-well had already fled the scene.
Monday, September 10th
*Officers were called to Mile Marker 39 South of the city for a "HOT ROD"....Literally! A car was on fire. The flamboyant mode of transport was aptly squirted into submission and left to smolder. No one was hurt.
*Officers took a call about another "Stray Dog" in the 300th Block of West 14th Street. THIS IS SERIOUS BIDNESS... The dog was taken to the pound. Stray dogs only get 3 or 4 days in town here then they are transported to Plainview where they are "Put Down!" Again, PLEASE keep you dogs restrained!
*Police made several more truancy checks as some of the kids just don't see the value in today's "Book Larnin'!" GO TO SCHOOL!!!
*HCPD were called to the 400th Block of Avenue H about a "Suspicious Person in Someone's Alley" When police arrived, said potential, ner-do-well had already fled the scene.
Sunday, September 9th
*Officers took a call about a "Stray Dog" in the 500th Block of West 1st Street. The poor mongrel was indeed out of sorts and had to be detained by our own well-meaning dogcatcher! Dang it!! KEEP YOUR ANIMALS IN... Ginger asks that we all ask around to find this poor dog's owner and inform them so that it not meet with the ultimate demise. (This reporter is not sure what that means...but it's what she said.)
*Police assisted EMS with a call to the local convenience Store where a clerk needed medical assistance. No details were given.
*Officers were called to the 400th Block of West 1st Street where a "Kid had his ankle stuck" in his bicycle frame! Our fine EMS team pulled the foot out without incident and we are delighted to report that foot AND bicycle were unharmed.
*HCPD were called to the 200th Block of West 2nd Street for a "Domestic Disturbance." One party was transported to another address where they later requested a "Civil Stand-by" as the couple continued to work out their situation.
Saturday, September 8th
*Officers responded to a call about a "Reckless Driver" on I-27 southbound. The driver was not located.
*Officers, a short time later responded to another call about a "Reckless/Drunken, Driver" on I-27 northbound. DPS found that one and hauled him/her in!
Friday, September 7th
*Officers responded to a call about a "Reckless Driver," northbound on 1424 but once locating the vehicle did NOT see reckless driving and therefore not having probable cause to pull the driver over...returned to the city.
*HCPD looked into a call about "LOUD MUSIC" in 300th Block of West 14th Street. The partiers turned the danged music off! No in betweens there...another great shindig just shot to heck!
*HCPD looked into another call about "LOUD MUSIC" in 100th Block of East Stevenson. These partiers, however determined to continue their reveling at a lower DB. They turned the tunes down a bit and continued to shake, shake, shake - shake their collective booties.
*HCPD looked responded on a "Welfare Concern" in 200th Block of East 13th Street. Everything was 10-4.
*Officers also made a fair amount of "Truancy Calls" as it Was a Friday and nice weather....but still - "GO TO SCHOOL!!".
*Police sent some rowdy, suspected minors home that were found after hours frolicking in Memorial Park. Be it known, there is no recorded law against frolicking in Memorial Park, but juveniles are to be in their respective homes after prescribed hours (Curfew).
*Officers responded to a call about a "Suspicious Vehicle" in the 400th Block of West 10th Street. Turned out to be the "City Boys" taking care of business. Seems one of the city water lines 'done sprung a leak' (Late in the night) and the fellas were just patchin' it up.
Thursday, September 6th
*Police looked into a "Suspicious Vehicle" on I-27 just North of the City. Seems it was an abandoned vehicle! Someone had apparently had one-too-many breakdowns and abandoned ship....as it were!
*Officers responded to a "Person Locked Out of Their Own Residence" in the 500th Block of West Cleveland. We weren't appraised as to whether the subject had locked themself out, or someone inside didn't want to let them in....BEEN THERE!!!
*Officers responded to a "Criminal Mischief" call in the 700th Block of Main Street. Seems a couple of female juveniles were suspected of vandalizing the old movie theater. Officers found finger paint smeared on the walls in the building and writing of the girl's names and dates of when the deed was done. Though they denied doing it, they couldn't sufficiently explain their orange and purple fingers or the neon green cell phones. Their parents will be brought into this investigation.
*Police reported "Someone Returned Some FOUND Property." The report did not say what the property was so good luck laying claim to it!
Wednesday, September 5th
*Officers responded to a call from the Middle School Principal to assist with an unruly "Juvenile Female" with an unsociable attitude toward authority. This one was filed under "Student Problem." -- "WHAT-EVERRRR!"
*Later at the High School the juvenile reported as a "Runaway" a couple of days ago was apprehended. Police "Baby-sat" him until a parent could be reached and summoned. To Be Continued Below...
*Officers investigated a "Stolen Vehicle" in the 200th Block of East 13th Street. The matter turned out to be a "Civil Matter" (UN-Civilized as it may have been...) in that the owner of said vehicle had loaned it to a family member who just wouldn't bring the darned thing BACK!!! What R Ya Gonna Do?
*Resume Story from Above: Police responded again to the 200th Block of West Cleveland concerning the same "Runaway Juvenile" referred to above. A "Directive" or Juvenile Arrest Warrant was issued and the child was apprehended and transported to Lubbock and then on to Post in Garza County. Sadly, NOT a happy ending.
*In the 100th Block of West 10th Street HCPD received a call about "Unwanted Guests." When officers arrived...NO ONE was home! I guess they couldn't live with their own-self!
*Officers performed an "Agency Assist with EMS" in the 200th Block of East 13th Street. It seems a teenage boy was passed out and determined to be NOT breathing. After being transported to Plainview and being told he WOULD still have to go to school tomorrow...breathing resumed and he was treated & released.
*HCPD checked out a "Suspicious Vehicle" in the vicinity of 1914 and Avenue K. After questioning the vehicle thoroughly and not getting a single reply - officers deemed the vehicle to be harmless.
Tuesday, September 4th
*Officers performed an "Agency Assist with EMS" in the 100th Block of Avenue I where a man had fallen and couldn't get up. He was transported to Plainview.
Thursday, August 30th
*Officers responded to a "Fire Alarm" at Legends of the Plains Nursing Home. Turns out one of the patients deliberately set the alarm.
*In the 600th Block of East 11th Street Police made a "Welfare Concern Check." Everything turned out "10-4."
*Officers performed a "Curfew Check" in the 600th Block of Main Street.
*In the 300th Block of West first police reported at the scene where someone was reportedly being a real STINKER! Turns out officers shooed away a skunk.
*Police responded to a "Car Fire" at Hi-Line Road and 12th Street! The closest we've gotten this year to a car actually being "Hot!"
Friday, August 31st
*HCPD Assisted DPS in the search of a vehicle stopped on Southbound I-27.
*In the 700th Block of Main Street Police performed a "Motorist Assist."
Saturday, September 1st
*Police looked into an "Unsecured Business" at 9th and Main. Officers made contact with the owner and the building was secured.
*In the 300th Block of Main Street Police performed a "Motorist Assist."
*Officers responded to a "Disturbance Call" at the Softball Park but were unable to find anything out of the ordinary. Soft balls are less intrusive, audibly - making the investigation a bit more difficult.
*In the 500th Block of West 6th Street Police responded to the report of a "Horse in Someone's Front Yard!" The homeowner was deemed sober and the horse was found and appropriately penned back up.
*Police took a report of a "Runaway Juvenile" from the 500th Block of East 3rd Street. The juvenile in question was still missing at the time of this report.
*Officers investigated an "Assault" in the 1900th Block of Hi-Line Road. No charges have yet been filed.
*Officers took report of an "Assault (Domestic)" in the 400th Block of West 11th Street. That was NOT the location of the alleged assault, but rather where the report was taken.
Sunday, September 2nd
*Police received a "Civil Child Custody Matter" - but being a civil matter the officers referred the issue on to the appropriate sources.
*Officers performed a "House Welfare Check" of an empty dwelling in the 300th Block of West 2nd Street. Police secured the residence.
*Officers responded to a Semi-Tractor/Trailer blocking the railroad tracks in the vicinity of East 4th Street...it was moved.
*Police "Assisted DPS" with a vehicle search on Southbound I-27 that resulted in the arrests of two felons in possesion of fire arms.
*Police "Assisted DPS" with another vehicle search on Northbound I-27 that turned out to be 10-4.
Monday, September 3rd
*Police "Assisted EMS" a call in the 100th Block of West 9th Street where a 16 year-old was transported to Lubbock having seizures.
*And police "Assisted EMS" again in the 500th Block of West Stevenson Street where a subject appeared to be suffering a heart attack.
*Chief Burton asked that everyone keep in mind - with school starting back up
for the 2012-2013 school year...we all need to Please, keep our eyes wide-open and be very alert! Cell phone usage is strictly prohibited in the school zones and the Elementary and High Schools both have flashing lights at the designated areas where it is prohibited. The middle school has sufficient signage. H ey, do we really need to be on our phones while driving anyway???
Monday, August 27th
*Officers worked a "Suicidal Subject" in the 500th Block of West 6th Street. Family members took the person to the emergency room on a voluntary referral. The subject was approximately 50 years old.
*Hale Center Police described a non-reportable accident - or a "Parking Lot Fender Bender" during the hustle and bustle of gettin lil' chillins to school yesterday.
*In the 400th Block of West 4th Street Police took a complaint of an "Unwelcome Visitor." GOSH! I got chill bumps realizing that THAT could be a crime! I would think by now MY picture would be hanging in the Post Office!!
*In the spirit of accountability, Officers reported that they continue working on the previously reported burglaries, assault cases and other goodies we've noted here.
*An though we've told ya and told ya....Officers still made TWO traffic stops regarding "Cell-Phone Usage in School Zones!" WOW! In defense of the drivers...the Chief did say the lights were out on the Cell Phone Prohibition Signs in the zones where the culprits were accosted...so they were NOT issued citations - however....C'mon y'all, "Hang up and drive" before ya do something you regret for a long, long time! ;-)
Sunday, August 26th
*Police worked a "Domestic Disturbance" in the 1400th Block of North Main Street. One of the parties had a "Panic Attack" prompting a call for EMS. The squabbling parties took their proverbial "Chill Pills," parted ways, and abandoned their disagreements for the time being.
*Officers took a report of a "Complaint" that occurred in the 1000th Block of Main Street that was forwarded on to the District Attorney's Office. This was another case of Male against Female violence. It seems the male had choked the female to unconsciousness. Thankfully this case HAS gone to the DA's Office. We always want to respect individual's privacy in these matters and we ALWAYS strongly encourage the victims to follow through with reporting the behavior and seeking protection.
*Police pursued and pulled over a reported "Reckless Driver" on I-27 that resulted in a "DWI Arrest!" DPS was called to issue a field sobriety test and the inebriated scofflaw - From San Angelo...was busted and incarcerated. "They're in the Jailhouse now..."
Saturday, August 25th
*"Move along ladies & Gentlemen....Nothing to see here!"
Friday, August 24th
*Officers received a report of a "Minor Automobile Accident" in the Lowe's Parking lot. When they arrived...everybody done got the heck outta there!
*Police took a complaint at the Department Office from an individual who claimed he/she had a "Terroristic Threat" made against them. Basically, this just means some had threatened to beat the 'unholy tar-nation' out of them and they took it seriously.
*Police worked a "Domestic Disturbance" 200th Block of West 13th Street where it seems two individuals (siblings) were making amorous advances on the same spouse. Obviously one of the obligated parties considered themselves to be at liberty to "Keep it in the Family"...when the "Family" - as it were felt that would be (understandably) stretching things a bit thin! An acceptable resemblance of peace was restored - and the battle cry; "YOU CAN GET YOUR OWN!" resounded through the night air!
*In the true spirit of "Protect & Serve" Officers removed some reported debris from the roadway of Interstate 27.
Thursday, August 23rd
*Police continue working on the previously reported "Sexual Assault" with follow-up visits and investigation.
*In the 400th Block of West 4th Street Officers made a "Welfare Check" on an individual who seemed to be all right.
*Chief Burton worked in conjunction with the Pennsylvania State Police on a case of "Exploitation of a Child." The authorities in Pennsylvania are investigating a suspect who was found in possession of sexually explicit photos and content on their computer. One of the victims was a 14-year-old individual from Hale Center. The actual charges are "Criminal Solicitation of a Minor" and "Online Harassment." The case is being worked in a manner that hopefully will NOT require testimony of the local child. Please reiterate the importance of discretion to your children when it comes to personal content and information - particularly if it involves their phones & computers
*Officers were called to the Plainview Hospital Emergency Room last night to investigate a "Sexual Assault Case..." again involving minors. The alleged victim was not physically injured but was being examined for evidence of rape.
*In the 500th Block of West 10th Street Officers investigated a case of "Criminal Mischief" that resulted in two vehicles being pretty badly harmed. Dirt was poured into the gas tanks and a brick or key was used to make long scratches down the length of the vehicles. The suspect was described as a young person in a black hoodie and short pants. Later that night (early morning) some of the victims engaged in a search of their own - looking for the suspect. Around 3AM the victims located and approached the suspect who pulled a weapon on them. The weapon turned out to be a BB gun that he almost had to eat! Authorities were called and the suspect was taken into custody and eventually turned over to the Juvenile Detention Facilities in Lubbock. Turns out the suspect alleged some of the family of the victim owed him/her money - and they were taking out the debt in vandalism. Pretty, pretty, pretty smart..... NOT!
Wednesday, August 22nd
*Police offered "Agency Assist" with a Special Agent from the Veterans Affairs. It seems there was an individual who was fraudulently receiving benefits to the degree that it warranted a Special Agent. More on the news at 10.....
*In the 500th Block of East 2nd Officers made a requested "Welfare Check" and found no one at home! Guess that would make for a big 10-4 on the person-in-question's welfare!
*Police performed a "Motorist Assist" in the vicinity of 1st Street & Main.
*Officers worked an "Assault Case" in 600th Block of East 11th where a man came to a house and assaulted a woman. She was taken to the ER where she was treated and released. This investigation is ongoing. The perpetrator was not a close acquaintance of the victim and the motive is not clear.
Tuesday, August 21st
*Police investigated the "Burglary of a Habitat" in the 500th Block of West 5th Street. It seems the resident had failed to secure their home and some sorry, no-account scoundrel entered the residence and made off with a laptop computer, a TV and possibly some other stuff. Dang it!
*In the process of visiting neighbors and asking questions about the above call, an individual looked familiar to the investigating Officers who found the man they were questioning had 3 warrants from the City of Hale Center! In that the individual opted to not pay the fines with legal tender...he will not be worrying about a place to stay for the near future. "Pokey-Bound!"
*Lt. Richardson is currently investigating an "Indecency with a Child" case in a neighborhood too sparsely populated for us to comfortably name. The alleged victim is 10 years old.
Monday, August 20th
*Officers worked an "Agency Assist with EMS" in the 200th Block of West Cleveland!
*Officers were called about a "Theft" in the 600th Block of East Cleveland. Turns out Officers determined it not to be a theft since the complainant chose NOT to file charges! Since the alleged victim claimed an individual took their money...but did NOT want to file a complaint, (but rather wanted police to retrieve the loot and/or booty) - our King Solomon-Like, Men In Blue informed the complainant they are not a "Collection Agency!" How about that!
Sunday, August 19th
*Police were called about a "Kid who Fell Off His Bicycle..." in the 200th Block of West 13th Street. The youth was fine and the yellow tape should be removed later this week.
*Police were called about "Harassment" in the 300th Block of West 11th Street. "Subject A" was reprimanded and sternly told to stop touching "Subject B" - even if "Subject B" did touch "Subject A" first!
Saturday, August 18th
*Officers were called about a "Car Improperly Parked in the Roadway" in the 500th Block of West 6th Street. It was MOVED!
*Officers were called about a "Suspicious Person" in the 500th Block of Avenue K. The suspected hoodlum actually checked out to be 10-4!
*Officers responded to a call of "LOUD MUSIC" in the 200th Block of East 2nd. The volume knob was NOT broken and the music was turned down.
*Our "Cowboys in Blue" lassoed a "Bedazzled Bovine" who had lost her way and crossed the line (as it were...) in the vicinity of FM 1424 and County Road 165. The Utter-ly Lost Cow was mooooooved.
*Police investigated a reported "Dog Bite" at Stevenson and Avenue I. Remember, YOU're responsible for your carnivore's ill behavior!
Friday, August 17th
*In 100th Block of West 1st Street, some "Lost Property" was turned in.
*Police looked for a reported "Reckless Driver" on I-27
*In 200th Block of West Cleveland Officers issued a "Criminal Trespass" warning.
Thursday, August 16th
*In the 100th Block of East 1st Street officers responded to a call about a "Vehicle in the Roadway!" Darned if ya do, darned if ya don't... I once was turned in for having MY vehicle on the sidewalk and was told to get back INTO the roadway!!
*Officers responded to a "Panic Alarm" at Lowe's Pay-n-Save. Seems someone had just asked Carolee for change from a five and her calculator was broken!
*Police responded to "911 Calls" from some unruly patients at the local Nursing Facility.
*HCPD performed an "Agency Assist for EMS" in the 100th Block of West 6th Street where someone was having chest pains.
Wednesday, August 15th
*Police were called about a "Reckless Driver" on the Interstate. By the time officers took the call and made pursuit, the menace had gotten away.
*Police investigated a call about a "Suspicious Vehicle" in the 400th Block of West 11th Street. The vehicle had no comment.
*Officers investigated another call about a "Suspicious Vehicle" on 1914, East of the city, but determined the vehicle belonged to a worker who was supposed to be there. It was not reported as to whether the worker himself was suspicious.
*Police investigated YET another call about a "Suspicious Vehicle" behind Caudle lake. THIS particular vehicle may have indeed been suspicious in that it had made flight by the time officers arrived on the scene to investigate.
*Finally - in 400th Block of South Main Street, in the spirit of "Protect and Serve" HCPD performed a "Motorist Assist" by helping some poor, stranded soul with the changing of a flat tire. Yet another reason to use ALL fingers when waving at these good men!
Tuesday, August 14th
*In the 500th Block of East 2nd Street, Police were called about a possible "Window Peeper." It was not determined that anyone was indeed attempting "The Proverbial Eye-Full," but the resident was comforted and looked over good in-person by the attending officer who assured the complainant that the HCPD was only as far away as the phone.
*In the 500th Block of East 1st Street officers responded to a call about an act of "Criminal Mischief." The deed however was determined to have actually taken place in Plainview so Plainview PD got the honors.
Monday, August 13th
*Police were called about a "Sounding Alarm" in the 200th Block of West Cleveland. There was no intrusion and everything appeared to be "10-4."
*Police performed an "Agency Assist with EMS" in the 400th Block of West 14th Street.
*They also performed another "Agency Assist with EMS" in the 500th Block of West 4th Street.
*In the 500th Block of West 6th Street, Police were called about a "Domestic Disturbance" where one party just packed their stuff and LEFT! Their mama told 'em they could do better anyhow!
*Officers were called about "Fireworks being Discharged in the City Limits" in the 400th Block of Avenue A. Turns out they were actually popping outside the city limits, so the complainant just had to "Get Over It!" On a related note the Chief informed us that the City Council (last night) determined to tighten restrictions on fireworks in the city. There will be more in the minutes from last night's meeting later today or as soon as they are received.
*Police received a call about a "Door Kicked in At a Residence" in the 300th Block of West 12th Street. The report was somewhat vague as to the outcome of the call.
*Police took another call about a "Drunk Trying to Start a Fight...with a Minor" in the 400th Block of Main Street and again later in the 500th Block of East 4th Street. In both instances, all parties were vamoose when officers arrived, and the Chief just wants to know - what was a minor doing out at that hour in the first place!?!?! "Go home and keep yer nose clean, kid!"
Sunday, August 12th
*Police were called about a "Possible Kidnapping" in the area of Main Street and the West Service Road. Seems onlookers witnessed a young girl screaming and fighting to get away from a driver. Upon a big scare, a brief search and an intense investigation it was determined a father was doing his best to ascertain his 14-year-old daughter who was trying to runaway.
*In the West Access road and 5th Street officers received a report of "Kids playing in the road." The CHILDREN (Not Kids - that is another story below...) were removed from the street.
*In the 500th Block of East 2nd Police performed an "Agency Assist with EMS."
*In the 700th Block of Main Street Police were called about a "Suspicious Vehicle." Upon closer look, the vehicle in question was indeed a foreign model, but our officers are trained NOT to profile "Foreign" as "Suspicious" and the Foreign car was deemed safe. So there!
Saturday, August 11th
*HCPD responded to a "Reckless Driver" on the Interstate. The driver's direction was not reported - making the search twice as hard to complete! He/she was not located.
*Officers were called to the Hale Center Cemetery about some suspicious people wandering around. Upon questioning, the individuals claimed to be "Ghost Hunters".....in Hale Center! Talk about needing a theater! Gosh!
*In the 200th Block of West 3rd Police performed an "Agency Assist with EMS."
*In the 200th Block of Main Street Police investigated a "Wallet Stolen from a Vehicle." Remember...Don't leave your valuables in your car....and Don't leave your car UNLOCKED!! Golly!
Friday, August 10th
*HCPD Officers performed an "Agency Assist with DPS" that resulted in a lengthy search of a vehicle south of the city. The car was even taken to a local garage to be dis-assembled for a better look-see. There is no report as to the results of the search (Except for a confirmed discovery of $3.72 in change, several floss-type toothpicks and a pair of nail clippers that had been missing for over a year.)
*In the fork of I-27 & Main Street Officers dealt with some "Meandering Goats." Once it was established that they were NOT any of the old goats seen daily at the Owl Cafe or CP Smith's Office, police moved in to lasso the bearded culprits and turn them over to the "Laws..." (As in Ronnie & Edna Law.) I asked the Chief if it really went down like that and he replied..."No Kidding!" Which we thought was pretty baaaaaad!
*In the 200th Block of Avenue J Officers responded to an "Alarm Call" where everything checked out, 10-4.
*Police received a complaint from an unreported address of some "Aggressive, Loose Pit bulls." The information was passed on to the "On-Duty Utility Worker" better known as our Dog Catcher!
*In the 400th Block of West 5th officers looked into the report of a dog trapped in a garage barking...but they found the call to be unfounded.
*Police performed an "Agency Assist with EMS" in the 300th Block of West 14th Street.
Thursday, August 9th
*Police went to the 100th Block of Avenue H where a report had been made of "SOMEONE SCREAMING!!!" Turns out it was just an emotional parent expressing their dismay with a spawn.
*Officers received a 9-1-1 call of a "Possible Stabbing" with some confusion over the address (As to whether it was actually in Littlefield, Olton or Hale Center) - due to the call originating from a cell phone. After some cross-tower analysis, officers determined the address to indeed be in Hale Center. Turns out the call was a product of either a mentally disturbed individual or a person under the influence of drugs. Nobody got cut, so that's a good thing!
*Police performed an "Agency Assist with EMS" in the 300th Block of West 11th.
*Police were called about a "Possible Drunken Driver" in the 1300th Block of Avenue G. By the time officers got the call and made the investigation "Otis" had moved along.
Tuesday, August 7th
*Police were called to the 100th Block of East 5th Street about a "Large Dog At-Large." 'Taint funny, McGee! Seems a woman was walking and was terrorized by the ominous canine critter and she phoned the fuzz. The owner could not be located but received a "Red Tag" on his door which I'm sure the dog will deny knowing anything about.
*HCPD arrested a man and a woman who were physically attacking one another. Seems she bit and scratched him and he smacked her!! Usually only the aggressor goes to jail, but it was hard for the officer to determine the aggressor as they were both most unruly! She was approximately 48 and he was approximately 57. (REMEMBER, age makes NO difference in fighting...when I was 12 I beat up a boy that was 7!) It was not determined if alcohol was a factor. Both spent the night in the Grey Bar Pokey.
*In the 1000th Block of Main Street a tractor-trailer rig was given a "Verbal Warning" for illegally parking.
*AND in and apparent "Copy-Cat Crime," in the 1000th Block of Avenue G a tractor-trailer rig was given a "Red Tag Warning" for illegally parking in a residential area.
*Officers made a "Traffic Stop" in the 100th Block of West Cleveland that resulted in a potential arrest - in that the subject had a warrant for his arrest. Unfortunately, the officer couldn't locate the actual warrant so the arrest couldn't be made! The subject is supposed to appear in the judge's office later today - where he'll probably be asked, "Now, just what do you think we ought to do with you, fella?"
*Police went to the 400th Block of West 14th Street at about 2:30AM to offer "Agency Assist" to EMS.
Monday, August 6th
*Police notified a driver about an illegally parked semi, tractor-trailer in 200th Block of East 13th Street to remain in compliance with the City Code. The rig scooted over a bit and everybody was happy again.
*Officers worked a "Reported Scam" in the 300th Block of Main Street where a subject had received a phone call about an aledged bad check from several years ago and the "collectors" informed them that they had to immediately make the check good or a warrant would be issued. HCPD followed up by returning a call to the bogus, unethical, kill-joys and looked for any pertinant information that would make the debt collection in any way credible. It appeared to be just another blood-sucking collector who had run out of legal ways to try to get some blood from a turnip. Beware!
Sunday, August 5th
*Police were called about a "Suspicious Vehicle" near the city's South Overpass...said slooth was gone by the time the officer got there.!
*On Avenue D and 4th Street someone had an open pit fire in their back yard...which is not allowed. Cooking or not! REMEMBER - 2 things, no open fires and you can't take your lamb to school! Come on!
*Officers worked a "Motorist Assist" "Somewhere along Avenue K" (Chief couldn't make out the officer's scratch) where they helped some poor soul who had a tire on their vehicle that had taken - flat!
Saturday, August 4th
*Officers offered "Agency Assist" to EMS in the 300th Block of West 6th Street..
*Police were called about a "Domestic Dispute" in the 1200th Block of Main Street where one subject voluntarily left the scene - "Forget about it...I'm outta here!"
*Police were called about some "Loose Dogs" in the 500th Block of East 1st Street where they simply had to turn things over to "Public Works..." Now, I guess you know what that means... If not ask your dog - and as the dyslexic criar says: "RESTRAIN YER PETS FER DAWGS SAKE!"
*Officers offered "Assist to the Public" with someone who couldn't get to their feet in the 300th Block of Avenue K.
Friday, August 3rd
*Police performed a "Civil Stand-by" in the 400th Block of West 3rd Street where some rascal was issued a "Criminal Trespass" restraining order. GOSH!
*Officers "Agency Assisted EMS" in the 600th Block of East 11th Street..
*Officers were called about a "Reckless Driver" on I-27 southbound...but the ner-do-well got away!
Thursday, August 2nd
*Officers were called on a "Motorist Assist" on I-27 Northbound, just outside the city.
*Chief Dennis Burton (Sheriff Taylor) released the revised HCPD's "Most Wanted" Warrant List available by clicking the link.
*Police answered a call about "Debris on the Roadway" on I-27 Northbound, They went and picked it up!
*Officers looked into a "Curfew Concern" in the 300th Block of West 5th Street. Turns out they were only "Acting" like children!
*Officers were called to the local 24/7 convenience store on another "Curfew Concern" where the subjects were indeed "Green" and Officers promptly told them to get their butts to the house!
Wedesday, August 1st
*Police were called about "Kids in the Street" in the 200th Block of West 13th Street. The officer shooed the kiddos back to their respective homes and out off the traffic-way!
*HCPD assisted DPS on a DWI on I-27 and transported one PI as the DPS took care of the DUI. AOK? 10-4!
*Officers were called about some cars parked behind the bank. There were some cars there but they were told to loiter somewhere else and everyone moved along!
Tuesday, July 31st
*Police looked into a possible "Criminal Mischief" complaint in the 100th Block of West 9th Street. Seems someone had stuck a stick into someone's air conditioner fan. With the continuing heat wave, that's right up there with cattle rustling these days. Officers left the case (and the windows) open - in that they couldn't determine if it was an intentional act of mischief, or just some dumb kid that didn't know any better!
*Officers were called about some "Keys Someone had left in a Box at the Post Office." Our highly-trained, most capable officers read the name of the owner on the tag and promptly solved yet another case.
*The Chief ask again this morning that we remind everyone that the investigation continues on the"Attempted Child Abduction." that took place Sunday morning (July 22nd) around 9am in the 300th Block of West 11th, and ask that we all remain vigilant about the description of the suspect. The 8-year-old child was in front of a relative's home and went to "go after a ball."
A man approached the child, offered him/her candy and then instructed him/her to get in his van before they "got in trouble." The vehicle was a full-sized white, passenger van with windows. The suspect is a White Male, described as; about 6 feet tall, with short hair and a bushy beard. He was wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap with a black, sleeveless shirt and blue jeans. The cap had writing on the front AND back of it and the suspect reportedly had a "Skull" tattoo on one of his shoulders. The child was NOT harmed.
Several possible suspects and sex-offenders in the area have been interviewed and cleared so this is an ongoing investigation.
The Chief stressed the importance of establishing a password of some kind for your children to know if anyone ever tries to approach them. He also points out that as unlikely as this kind of thing seems in our little town, we are still a town on a major Interstate. It could as likely have been someone passing though as a local offender.
Meanwhile, please be on the watch for the person and vehicle described and remain alert. If you have any information please contact HCPD at: 806-839-4450
*Police continue seeking a "Vehicle of Interest" that has been casing an area along West 13th and Avenue A. The vehicle is described as a White Mazda SUV, a Newer Model (similar to the one pictured below) being driven by a "White Male, 40-50 years old and Heavy-Set." If you have any information please call the HCPD at 806-839-4450
Monday, July 30th
*Police are currently "Seeking a Vehicle of Interest" that has been casing an area along West 13th and Avenue A. The vehicle is described as a White Mazda SUV, a Newer Model (similar to the one pictured below) being driven by a "White Male, 40-50 years old and Heavy-Set." If you have any information please call the HCPD at 806-839-4450
*Police followed up with some more "Kids Dialing 9-1-1 Without Cause" from the 500th Block of East 2nd Street. Doesn't anybody still scare their kids with ominous threats about the "OPERATOR!?!?"
*Police looked into a "Dispute Over an Air Conditioning Unit" in the 200th Block of West 2nd Street. It was not a "Hooked Up" unit, but it sounds like both parties were imagining it Hooked Up! Officers advised the parties take it to court before things get....you guessed it... Heated Up!
Sunday, July 29th
*Officers performed a "Motorists Assist" at West 3rd Street and the Access Road.
*Police were called about a "Dog Hit by a Car" in the 400th Block of Avenue E and Interstate 27. The dog did NOT Survive. Please confine your mongrels.
*Police performed an "Agency Assist with EMS" in the 500th Block of West 4th Street.
*Officers offered a "Motorists Assist" on I-27 and mile marker 35 where a motorist had a flat tire. (How would you like to be the next car stopped after THAT call!?!)
Saturday, July 28th
*Officers reported working a "Follow-up" in the 300th Block of West 11th Street. The report did not detail the call...so it may have been a multi-million dollar jewelry heist - but it may have been a drunken man bothering his family...
*Police followed up some "Juvenile Prank 9-1-1 Calls" in the 500th Block of East 4th Street. Anyone else remember where you were when you first learned that they can SEE YOUR ADDRESS WHEN YOU CALL?
*Officers performed a "Welfare Check" in the 500th Block of East 2nd Street - everything checked out "1-4" (Good Buddy!)
*Police responded to a call of some "Unauthorized People Wandering Around in the Back Yard" in the 500th Block of West 14th Street. The complaint was determined to be unfounded. Hummmm.
*Police worked an "Agency Assist with DPS" on the East Access Road & Cleveland
*In the 600th Block of East Cleveland officers looked into a "Verbal Threat."
*Police worked a "Domestic Verbal Dispute" in the 600th Block of West 5th Street. And yes, if you see a trend...the Chief DOES attribute the ongoing heat as a factor in all of the anger related calls. Along with whatever some of the subjects may be drinking to cool themselves off!
Friday, July 27th
*Officers were called about a "Verbal Disturbance" in the 200th Block of West 5th Street. Nobody got hauled off This Time...
*Officers were later called on another "Verbal Disturbance" in the 500th Block of West 11th Street. Nobody got hauled off This Time either!
*Police worked a "Pedestrian/Car Accident" that left the victim fighting for his/her life. BTW, the pedestrian had four paws. PLEASE, keep your pets confined to their home grounds for their safety.
Thursday, July 26th
*Officers were called about "2 Suspicious Vehicles" at Cleveland and the East Service Road. Everything checked out "10-4."
*Police were called to our local convenience store (We won't name them since they don't advertise with us, but you know - the ones with the World-Famous, mouth-watering burritos and HUGE soft drinks...the one that is open 24 hours a day, 7days a week....but we're NOT gonna use their name!) Anyway, some of their inventory proved too desirable for some juvenile's budget and he/she was caught taking without paying! A citation was issued and the would-be scoundrel was released to his/her parents.
*Cleveland and Avenue K had a report of a "Suspicious Vehicle..." but it checked out "OK."
*Officers were called about "Suspicious Person" at the City Park...but they weren't all that bad - they were released!
*HCPD offered an "Agency Assist" in the 500th Block of West 5th Street with EMS.
*Here's one of those stories that makes us proud... - One of our Men In Blue (Happened to be the Chief...) reported to the 300th Block of West 1st Street about the "Burglary of a Residence." Taken was a large Screen TV, Some games & game consoles and miscellaneous items totaling over $1500.00. The officer began to canvas neighbor's residences to see if anyone had seen anything when he came across one neighbor who acted suspiciously. The officer used some of his keenly developed, professional skills to smoke out enough "probable cause" to make his way into the suspect's residence and - sure enough discover the aforementioned loot and/or booty! The victims have not yet determined to file charges and the officer is to meet with the subject later today. The suspect is said to be a male around 25 years old with a clean record. The "Einstein" blamed the bad decision on "Being Drunk at the Time..." He should probably hope charges aren't filed as I don't think that excuse holds precedence in our court system!
*Officers performed a "Welfare Check" in the 500th Block of West 4th Street. Everything checked out "10-4."
*Police were called AGAIN about a "Disturbance" in the 300th Block of West 5th Street. "Just keep on pushing"
*Police cited a contractor for "Illegal Dumping" in the 500th Block of West Cleveland that resulted in a dumpster fire! The contractor is said to have dumped "Hot Tar" in the dumpster. Officers were simply, "Sick & Tarred of such disregard for the law!"
Wednesday, July 25th
*Police looked into a concern of a "Vehicle Parked Inside Caudle Park..." The driver was asked to move back outside the park into the parking area.
*Officers were called about "Illegal Discharge of Fireworks" at East 7th and Avenue A. "Hey Earl...Look what I found!!!"
*Officers responded to a "Verbal Argument" at East 9th and Avenue G. Everything checked out OK.
*Police were called to the 200th Block of West 5th Street for a "Disturbance." Police described the incident as "On-going" and said they have it squelched for now. They are hoping not to have to make an arrest but...If you're reading this...and you're one of these folks they're getting tired of telling you! An impending arrest was described as "eminent" if calls continue concerning this address.
*Officers responded to a "Criminal Mischief" complaint at East 600th Block of Avenue G where a vehicle was vandalized.
Tuesday, July 24th
*Officers checked out a "Suspicious Person" on FM 1424 near the High School...but they checked out "10-4."
*In the 500th Block of West 4th Street, Police received a report of a "Juvenile Spitting and Trying to Hit People with a Golf Club!!" The officer spoke with the parents. The Juvenile was penalized for being "In the Rough" and the incident went down as a "Double-Bogey!"
*Also, in the 500th Block of West 4th Street, around 1:15AM, a suspect was observed, "Attempting to Get into one of the HCPD's Parked Patrol Units." The suspect was not apprehended.
*Police performed an "Agency Assist" for the Plainview Police Dept., at the HCPD Headquarters. We didn't get any danged, juicy details on that one!
*Officers continued to follow-up on a "Sexual Assault" complaint that will be detailed when completed.
Monday, July 23rd
*Police received a report of a truck, southbound on I-27 with what appeared to be a "Flopping Air Hose Hanging From It...." Editor's Note:We're not gonna touch that one! - NEXT!
*Officers were called about a "Suspicious Vehicle" at Caudle Lake. Officers questioned the driver and determined everything to be "10-4."
*Police responded to a complaint of an intoxicated person who was "Bothering His Family" in the 400th Block of West 13th Street. The intoxicated person was asked to stop bothering his family. No report if he moved on to bother another family.
*Officers were called about another intoxicated person who was "Bothering His Girlfriend" in the 200th Block of West 13th Street. Just a couple of blocks from the "Family Botherer" but we were informed that they were two separate and unique cases. Me thinks there is something in the tequila!
*Officers responded to a call of a "Disturbed Person" in the 200th Block of West 3rd Street. The situation did not prove appropriate for police intervention so the officer checked out the situation, made a report and went back on patrol. (...and NO, we live on East 3rd!!)
Sunday, July 22nd
*Police are investigating an "Attempted Child Abduction." that took place Sunday morning around 9am in the 300th Block of West 11th. The 8-year-old child was in front of a relative's home and went to "go after a ball."
A man approached the child, offered him/her candy and then instructed him/her to get in his van before they "got in trouble." The vehicle was a full-sized white, passenger van with windows. The suspect is a White Male, described as; about 6 feet tall, with short hair and a bushy beard. He was wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap with a black, sleeveless shirt and blue jeans. The cap had writing on the front AND back of it and the suspect reportedly had a "Skull" tattoo on one of his shoulders. The child was NOT harmed.
Several possible suspects and sex-offenders in the area have been interviewed and cleared so this is an ongoing investigation.
The Chief stressed the importance of establishing a password of some kind for your children to know if anyone ever tries to approach them. He also points out that as unlikely as this kind of thing seems in our little town, we are still a town on a major Interstate. It could as likely have been someone passing though as a local offender.
Meanwhile, please be on the watch for the person and vehicle described and remain alert. If you have any information please contact HCPD at: 806-839-4450
*Police got a complaint about the "Car Wash Blues" being played a bit TOO LOUD at the Car Wash. The rhythmic offenders were asked to turn it down.
*Officers performed a "Welfare Check" in the 600th Block of East 12th Street. Everything was "10-4."
*Police helped a citizen with a "Motorist Assist" in the 500th Block of Main Street. Good Guys!
Saturday, July 21st
*HCPD Provided a "Motorists Assist" in the 600th Block of Main Street.
*Police performed a "Welfare Check" in the 500th Block of East 4th Street. Everything was "10-4."
*Police looked into a possible "Curfew Violation" in the 600th Block of Avenue G. The suspects were "of age".
*Officers looked into another a possible "Curfew Violation" around the area of City Hall...These suspects were also "of age".
*Police were called about a "Disturbance" in the 200th Block West 13th Street. The conflict was resolved and then reported again as a "Harassment Call."
Friday, July 20th
*Police offered "Agency Assist" services to CPS at the Police Station.
*Officers were summoned to the East Service Road about a "Loose Cow..." Police corralled the bewildered bovine and restored order on the range. As a show of our journalistic maturity we've opted not to milk this story.
*Officers received a complaint about "Horseback Riders" inside the city limits (around 4th & Main Street.) There were no Horsemen, or Would-be Cowboys to be found. We inquired of the City Offices as to the legality of riding horses in town, and were told that indeed, it is NOT permitted, except in cases of organized events such as parades. I suppose since there is nowhere to mount a license plate and nothing that would pass as a functioning "Brake Light" the safety and proper taxing of such activity would not be feasible. So, "Thank You! - ...and the horse you better not-have rode in on!"
*Police were called about a "Vehicle Illegally Parked" on the grass at the High School. As if that wasn't obviously not a bad thing to do, the subject's car got STUCK trying to move off the grass!
*Police received a call about a "Truck Losing it's Load" on the Interstate (The actual fear of the horses on our streets...) but officers found neither a "Un-loaded Truck" nor a non-trucked load in the road. Boy! Better to write this stuff than try to SAY it!
Thursday, July 19th
*Police investigated a "Welfare Concern" of some kids walking along the southbound side of the Interstate. STOP telling your grandkids to "Go play on the Interstate!" Some of 'em are just dim-witted enough to do it!
*Officers deterred individuals who were going through the donations left at Mission Hale Center in the 600th Block of Avenue H. The Mission as well as HCPD request that you allow the donations to be taken in, processed and prepared for distribution. It also creates a bigger mess for volunteers when people go through the items that have been left on the dock.
*Finally, Police were called on what appeared to be an "Attempted Burglary" in the 400th Block of Avenue I, where some kids were trying to get into the Snow-Cone stand. The employee was STILL INSIDE! The would-be hoodlums were scolded and sent on their way. GOSH!
Wednesday, July 18th
*Police answered a "Dog Welfare Check" involving a pooch in the 600th Block of West 12th Street. We inquired of the nature of the call and were told by our Chief, "Nahh, somebody was just Barkin' Up the Wrong Tree!" Where was that sense of humor when I failed to yield right-of-way!?!
*Officers offered a "Motorist Assist" on FM 1914 where a citizen's tire had gone flat.
*Police performed a "Curfew Check" in the 500th Block of Main Street, but the suspect was only flattered as he/she turned out to be plenty old to be carousing the streets at that particular hour.
Tuesday, July 17th
*Police were called about some possible "Drug Activity" in the 400th Block of West 4th Street. The investigation is ongoing...if it's YOU...you better put it out and straighten up while you can!
*Officers responded to a call about some "Juveniles in an Alley" after the prescribed curfew - somewhere between the Streets of 10th and 11th. The suspects were not found.
Monday, July 16th
We begin today's report with a couple of "Left-Overs" from Sunday the 15th. It seems they were found under a Krispy Kreme Box near the window.
*(07/15/12) - HCPD followed up on a report of a "Reckless Driver" on I-27 Northbound, but they were unable to locate the menace.
*(07/15/12) - Along Avenue K Police were called and dispatched about some illegal dirt bikes being operated on the city streets. The difference between the paved city streets and dirt roads were pointed out to the culprits who very attentively listened and replied, "Yeah, Whatever, Dude!" The bikers then took their toys off-road.
*Police were called about a "Criminal Trespass" in the 400th Block of Main Street. The trespassing party decided to be on their way before Police arrived.
*Officers responded to a report of "Strewn Trash in the Alley" in the 200th Block of West 4th Street. There was an investigation that determined somebody had been placing trash beside the dumpster instead of INTO the dumpster. That never worked with my dirty clothes and the hamper either. Mother AND Sally always wanted my dirty drawers IN the hamper...not near it. Learn from this!
*Police were called about someone "Stealing Freon From Their Air Conditioning Unit." Indeed a rather odd complaint, but filed none the less. There were no fingerprints at the scene, but likely the culprit had gloves for such a job. Maybe if they can sell this story Insurance will cover a fresh charge.
*Officers were called about a "LIVE Body in the Street" in the 500th Block of East 4th Street. The female was passed out and EMS took her to the hospital. Officers weren't certain enough to make an official presumption, but they supposed the patient would be much better after some sleep......
*Police were called about someone "Threatening to Kick Someone Else's' Mule." in the 400th Block of East 1st Street.... Wait - huh? OH, threatening to kick their DONKEY!... Huh? Oh, never mind - I think we understand. The allegation was looked into and the potential victim's back-side was aptly protected.
*HCPD picked up someone for and "Outstanding DWI Warrant." in the 1200th Block of Avenue H.... You can run - but you cannot hide.
Sunday, July 15th
*HCPD provided an "Agency Assist" in the 400th Block of Main Street with the EMS. A senior Citizen was taken to a near by hospital.
*Officers were called to the 600th Block of Avenue K for a "Criminal Mischief" complaint where ALL of the windows were busted out of a vehicle. Strangely, the complainant did NOT prefer charges as yet... It's Been so hot lately, maybe they welcomed the more "breezy" ride of a non-windowed sedan!
Saturday, July 14th
*Officers were called on an "Agency Assist" about a person having difficulty breathing in the 300th Block of West 11th Street
*HCPD are investigating a possible "Sexual Assault" between two under aged persons.
*Officers performed an "Agency Assist" with DPS in the 300th Block of Cleveland that resulted in a search and subsequent arrest of an individual.
*Police received a call about a "SNAKE UNDER MY HOUSE" outside of town on FM 1914. The snake was not located and the officer on call was pretty glad!
Friday, July 13th
*Officers were called to the 200th Block of Avenue J about some "Loose Dogs Out and About." The mongrels were lassoed and secured and all ended well.
*Police were called to South Avenue K about some "Lost Shetlands." The "Pint-Sized Ponies" were found among some pretty tall grass & Weeds. How embarrassing!
*HCPD offered "Agency Assist" to DPS & EMS during a major accident on I-27 North in the afternoon. One vehicle struck another sending it into the oncoming lane and then strayed itself onto the accompanying service road - BOTH lanes had to be closed temporarily sending all interstate traffic through the city. No life threatening injuries were sustained, but our local convenience store did sell a record amount of Burritos and Potato Wedges in a 30 minute period for a Friday Afternoon. "Eat Here - Get Gas!"
*Officers were called to the 300th Block of West 13th for a "Welfare Check" of sorts as the resident asked the cops to check on their dogs! Humm...wonder if I could get them to change my yard water if Sally & I go to Lubbock Saturday!?!?
*Police were called about a southbound vehicle on the Interstate, pulling a trailer that had "Sparks Coming From Underneath The Trailer!" When the vehicle was stopped they discovered that a spare tire was not properly secured. Does anyone but me imagine the Volkswagen on back of the tow truck in Every Which Way But Loose?
*Officers were called about a "Possible Drunk Driver" on the East Service Road, but the complainant had lost sight of the driver before police could arrive.
*Police received another call about a "Possible Drunk Driver" on the Interstate, but when the officers arrived and found the reported driver, they were not driving erratically anymore - so Officers did not have probable cause to pull them over.
Thursday, July 12th
*Police received a report that someone had threatened to "Thrash" their house in the 500th Block of West 6th Street. Nothing came of the threat so the aforementioned house is still un-thrashed at this time.
*Officers aided (as best they could) a citizen who came to the Police Station wanting information about their driver's license. The license in question was about to expire, but it seems the citizen in question was confused about the impending now-ness of 2012. Don't laugh...sometimes I have to count backwards from my birth year to remember how old I am!
*In the 1300th Block of Avenue G, Officers responded to the report of "Loose, Agressive" dogs. The dogs were spotted and had to be apprehended by Animal Control. In most such cases, our professional opinion is that the owner should be taken off by animal control and the dogs secured back in their own yard!!
*Police received a report of the "Smell of Weed" coming from an area in the 400th Block of 4th Street. Not knowing the nature of What Kind of Weed... officers weren't sure whether to alert Narcotics or Code enforcement! By the time police arrived the smell had dissipated. "Dude!...THAT was close!"
Wednesday, July 11th
*We wanted to start off today's report with a word from one of Hale Center's newly appointed COOs (City Ordinance Officer) - Chief Dennis Burton -- After clearing throat and leaning back with a furrowed brow... "Uhmm, not gonna have any of this here high weed growin' and un-mown grass a foulin' up our beautiful little town's...ah, uhm, well, BEAUTY. Also, it makes the skeeters worse - so let's all band together and keep the greenage (That's NOT a word!) manicured to below 6 inches. Otherwise my own self or another of the city's duty minded COO's will have to "red-flag" your property which could lead to the City Boys coming along and mowing it down at the city's appointed rates. That is all and thank you for your keen attention." Editor's Note:That wasn't REALLY a quote from the Chief - it was more of a paraphrase...'cause even with my extensive journalism experience (Almost 8 months) I'd need Dr. Hinze (Town Dentist) to translate this guy's mumble. If you're ever talking with him, just read his mustache...it's the most efficient way to garner his intended verbal projection.
*Police aided in an "Agency Assist" with EMS in the 400th Block of West 10th Street. The Assist was for Dick Shaver who suffered a Heart Episode. We spoke with Peggy this morning who said they were having lunch yesterday and she noticed him sweating a lot and he said his chest was hurting - so she called EMS. Turns out his right coronary was 100% blocked. She said they performed a procedure implanting a stint that opened up passage and got him "Out of the Woods." She also told us that there was some blockage in another artery that would be addressed in the near future. As of this publication Dick is doing very well but is still in CPU, Room 412 at the Heart Hospital in Lubbock. Peggy humbly asked for everyone's prayers and wanted to thank those who've already been praying and she said Dick would appreciate you letting his friends know that he is OK.
*Officers checked out a "Suspicious Vehicle" on Avenue K across from the High School (The NEW High School.) All checked out, OK.
*HCPD provided a "Funeral Escort" From St. Theresa's Catholic Church to the Cemetery.
*Officers called down a "LOUD MUSIC" culprit in the 1000th Block of Avenue K.
*Police provided a "Motorist Assist" to an individual at City Hall. We're assuming since the provided assistance was "Asking Directions" that the motorist was a female. No red-blooded male would EVER stop and ask for directions - ESPECIALLY from City Hall! GOSH!
Tuesday, July 10th
*Police investigated and took a report of "Criminal Mischief" which had taken place at St. Theresa's Catholic Church a couple days prior. Editorial: Punk kids who mess up places of Worship should have to write the Book of Numbers on the chalk board 333 times! Officers have a suspect and plan on busting his..... Well, I Should be able to say it...it's in the Bible!
*Officers received a report of "Someone Tossing Rocks off the Overpass" at traffic below. Thing is - when this was reported the on-duty Officer was parked ON the overpass looking for speeders. "Wise Guys"
*Officers looked into a possible "Criminal Trespass" in the 200th Block of West 2nd Street where (According to the complainant) a subject took a key to look at rental property, never returned the key and then proceeded to move into the dwelling and "Squat!" The subject never turned on utilities but took up residence in the house with furnishings, clothing, etc. all without communicating with the owner after initial meeting and without paying any money! We'll keep an eye on this and see how it works.
*Police were called about a reported "Red Mustang Racing." The car was not spotted but is being watched for in case they think they can get away with it again!
*Police reported to a call of a "Suspicious Person Hanging Out" after hours in the Lowe's parking lot in the little garden area. The suspect was described as being low to the ground with a wide butt, tall ears and a rapidly twitching nose. We suspect that it would be either; The Mayor or a Rabbit, but we - as journalists are not qualified to name anyone as an actual suspect.
Monday, July 9th
*Police responded to a possible "Fight Ensuing" Which lead to an arrest being made after one of those in question fled the police! Stop! Don't Run!
*Officers were called to 100th Block of West 6th Street for "Fireworks Discharged in the City Limits." The Children and Parents were warned to which the parents earnestly assured officers it would never happen again.
Sunday, July 8th
*Officers were called to 300th Block of West 13th Street where someone "Wanted to Speak with an Officer" but when officers arrived the complainant got all shy and wouldn't say anything.
*Officers were called to 100th Block of West 6th Street over an "Argument." No details as to what all the fuss was about.
*Police responded to a call at the 400th Block of East 13th Street for a possible "Drunken Driver." The driver was not located.
*Police responded to I-27 and the West Service Road for a "Motorist Assist."
Saturday, July 7th
*Officers investigated an incident in the 100th Block of Stevenson where someone drove their car into "Bud's Laundry" then Fled the scene. Officers have a lead and are working it diligently. As badly as we all feel for Ronnie (Law) - he was assured by officers that it "...would all come out in the wash."
*Police were called to the 200th Block of Avenue K where a "Subject had Fallen." Officers helped the subject back into an upright position.
*Police responded to the 200th Block of West 4th Street on a "Domestic Disturbance." The parties were separated. Sometimes it's a lot like raising kids!
*Officers were called about another "Reckless Driver" on I-27 Southbound...another one that got away!
*Police went to the 200th Block of West 5th Street on a call of an "Unattended Child in the Street." The tot was simply "Kicked to the Curb" and traffic resumed.
*Officers visited the 200th Block of East Stevenson due to "LOUD MUSIC" where the offenders just turned their music off! There!
*Officers were called to the 400th Block of West Stevenson about a "Possible Prowler." No one was found prowling, but officers are watching the area.
Friday, July 6th
*Officers were called to 1100th Block of Avenue I about some "Lost Dogs" and - as we all LOVE happy endings, they turned up a short time later near the Interstate. The dogs seemed in fine condition with rapidly wagging tails and a sinister grin on their respective snouts that you NEVER wanna see on your kid!
*Police were contacted about another "Reckless Driver" on I-27 Southbound. Turned out it was just another motorist who's vehicular navigation didn't meet up to the "Next Guy's" high, driving expectations. The driver was scolded harshly and sent on his/her way. (Not really...)
*Officers were called to the 700th Block of Main Street about some "Telephone Harassment." There were no details provided on this call, and when I assume too much to make the story better somebody always accuses me of not being a very good journalist...but I are one!
*Officers responded to the 500th Block of East First Street about a "Loose Dog." The Chief wasn't clear whether the description was referring to the mongrel's containment status or his/her morals.
*Police were called to the 500th Block of West Cleveland about " LOUD MUSIC!!!" The culprits in compliance - turned their music down.
*Police were called again to the 300th Block of Main Street for " LOUD MUSIC!!!" Those in question simply turned their music OFF! Boy, no middle ground, huh?
Thursday, July 5th
*Officers responded to the 200th Block of East 13th Street about a "Theft..." The less you know of this one - the better.
*Police were called about a "Reckless Driver" Southbound on the Interstate. This one got away. Seems more and more folks are getting fed up with rude drivers as more and more they call 9-1-1 and report reckless driving and officers are dispatched. Keep that in mind if you feel you or the public-in-general could be threatened by someone's driving (Unless of course the vehicle in question is a black '97 F-150 or a White '94, Chrysler Mini Van with chrome wheels...)
*Officers responded to the 400th Block of West 4th Street about a "Civil Matter" That's the way Dennis described it, but I'm presuming it was more of an "Un-civil Matter"...Just sayin'
*Officers responded to the 500th Block of West 4th Street on a "Welfare Concern"...Everything checked out, OK. That's just when police are called because someone was concerned about someone else...or they just want to know what someone else is up to and call the cops and watch out the window to find out!
*Police were dispatched to East 14th Street and the Access Road for "Fireworks Discharged in the City." You better cut that stuff out! The Chief done told us he wasn't gonna tolerate fireworks after the 4th... Nice guy that he is - he just gave them a warning (Accompanied by the Standard-issue, HCPD "Stink-Eye!")
Wednesday, July 4th
*First things first...the Chief voiced his extreme pleasure with the Fireworks event last night at Caudle Lake Park. There a spectacular crowd that he estimated between 250 to 400 - coming and going throughout the evening. Chief Burton:"I heard some people say, the nice thing about what we did was that you got to see other people's fireworks. Ya know, if people went to Plainview or Lubbock they got to see fireworks, but they didn't got to do fireworks.""The really nice thing is at the end of the night the majority of the public went and picked up their debris and put it in the dumpster - that was so neat, I was just really impressed with the public - with them cleaning up after themselves without being asked to do so!" -- (The words of Chief Dennis Burton - HCPD)
*Police responded (as would be expected on the 4th of July) to a LOT of "Fireworks Related" calls all over town.
*Officers were called to West 1914 for "Cattle on the Road..." HEY, don't laugh, that could happen in Chicago - and it HAS happened in Dallas and Ft Worth!
*Police checked out "A Vehicle Blocking the Road" at East 6th Street and Avenue A. I inquired if it was stalled out or just parked poorly and was told someone was actually reported for parking in the street talking to someone else! THEY WOULD'T EVEN MOVE! Sounds like the Wal-Mart Parking lot! I hear you agreeing with me!
*Officers helped with a "Motorists Assist" in the 500th Block of Main Street. Apparently somebody's car stopped - don't go!
*Police investigated a "Reckless Driver" on the Interstate...but "they wuz already gone!"
*And winding up another busy day, a complainant told police they had been assaulted and their cell phone was taken away from them...which constitutes "Robbery!" The alleged event occurred in the 400th Block of East 4th Street. The complainant opted not to file charges...he/she just wants their phone back! "Can you hear me now?"
Tuesday, July 3rd
*Police responded with a plethora (I've been waiting to use that word) of "Fireworks being Discharged in the City Limits" complaints from West 10th to West 12th to East Cleveland and beyond.
*Police were called to look into a "Civil Situation" in the 100th Block of West 9th Street where someone was invited to "Hit the Road, Jack..." but Jack wasn't ready to hit the road. Officers peacefully convinced him of better times down said road.
*Police were called to look into another "Civil Situation" in the 400th Block of West 4th Street where Mammon, Benjies...yea - the almighty dollar had caused a crack in the otherwise peaceful ambience.
*Officers were called to 200th Block of East 13th Street "Agency Assist" with EMS.
*Police responded to a call at Cleveland and Avenue K for a "Motorist Assist."
*Officers were called to 400th Block of West 6th Street on a "Criminal Mischief" call.
*Officers were called to 400th Block of West 3rd about a "Suspicious SMELL".... Details weren't immediately available as to whether the smell was to be described as "musty," "poignant" or just "Downright Rank!" In any event it brings to mind when I, as a Jr. High Student - raised my hand to complain that someone had caused a foul odor in the vicinity of my desk...the quick witted, street-savvy teacher replied to my embarrassment, "The Guilty Dog Always Barks First!" (Trouble is -- She was RIGHT!)
*Police responded to the 900th Block of Main Street on another "False Alarm!!"
*And finally HCPD worked a Lot of "Code Enforcement" issues with the public, not only weeds and high grass, but a persistent problem of inoperable motor vehicles...Junk Carts! They're trying to give time and make arrangements but the City has mandated the removal of these old gems and owners can and eventually will be cited for failure to give these old cars a proper burial.
Monday, July 2nd
*Somehow despite our...and the Chief's meticulous record keeping - the breath-taking events of Monday were somehow bundled into the heart-stopping report of Sunday - which we've already lived! On to Tuesday!
Sunday, July 01st
*OK, first things first - In today's report you will see a LOT of calls about "Fireworks being Discharged" within the restricted City Limits. This is a controversial issue as a LOT of folks think they should be allowed to pop their fireworks...where a LOT of other folks are mostly concerned about the noise - since the popping is usually after 10PM and going on till after 1 or 2 in the morning. Also there has been mention of the affect on domestic pets being frightened by the popping. What do you think? The Department has NOT been citing most first offenders...should they? Should there be an allowance for popping the fireworks in town? Should those breaking the ordinance be spanked hard and put in the corner? After the 4th, the Chief said there will be a "Zero Tolerance" for fireworks in the City Limits"
Here is your chance to sound off - CLICK HERE to "Pop-Off!"
*"Some Guy came by the Chief's house at 7 in the morning while he was sound asleep wanting to complain about a family member!" The Chief listened intently, sympathized and then aptly dispatched the "On Duty" officer to do what needed to be done. GOSH!
*In the 500th Block East 4th Officers received a report of a "Verbal Domestic"...which is Official PD Lingo for, Some family was a hollerin' and a yellin' at one another and one of 'em got fed up and called the Poll-ese! Our patient officers sent the opposing parties back into their respective corners with the appropriate warnings about a "fair fight" and he got back to his "Fireworks in the City" calls....
*Police were called to the 1000th Block of South Lawn for a "Reckless Driver."
*Officers were called on "Multiple Complaints of Fireworks Discharged in the City Limits."
*Police were called to the 100th Block of 1st Street for a "LOUD MUSIC COMPLAINT." The subjects replied, "Huh?"
Saturday, June 30th
*Officers made a concerted effort to "Look Good" in the Parade and to maintain order and civility. --Which they did...
*Police responded again to several reports all over the city for "Illegally Discharging Fireworks" in the City Limits.
*Officers took note of, and watched for - a reported "Lost Dog" in the community. Imagine that dog's dismay at being accosted by the authorities and being told they were reported as a "Runaway!"
*Police were dispatched to the 300th Block of East Cleveland on an "Agency Assist" with EMS.
*On the 500th Block of Main Street Police issued a citation to some Einsteins who were "Discharging Fireworks AT EACH OTHER" from their vehicles.
*In the 100th Block 1st Street Police were summoned to a report of "Suspicious Activity."
*Then in the 500th Block of West 6th Street Police were called to a report of "Suspicious Activity" as somebody complained of someone "Screaming Outside Their Window!" Suspicious indeed, but nothing else was reported...so apparently said "screamer" was muted or gone.
Friday, June 29th
*Police were summoned to "Speak to a Parent & a Teenager" about some inappropriate communication between a male and a young female.
*Officers responded to the report of a "Possible Fight About to Break Out" on the grounds of Akin Elementary. Police arrived and the situation was quickly resolved.
*In the 600th Block of East 3rd Street officers worked on a "Code Enforcement" situation where a disabled individual had a lot grown up with excessively high weeds and grass. The Chief offered to help look for a volunteer who might wish to assist the individual. If YOU would like to volunteer your services, Please contact the Chief at 806-839-4450 (Please leave a message if no one answers.)
Thursday, June 28th
*In the 200th Block of East 9th Street officers responded to an "Unattended Death" which appeared to be a natural occurrence.
*Police did a follow up on a "Protection Order."
*HCPD received a "Complaint" of Drug Activity. The subject was extremely agitated by drugs being made available to family members to the point that they wanted to become actively involved in the fight against drugs in Hale Center. The Chief voiced, as he has in the past, a shared frustration with the illegal drug activity in the city and again expressed the HCPD is actively investigating and "watching" for opportunities to make efforts to end the activity. As he said, "The Offenders operate outside the rules...while we have to operate within the rules"...but actively operate we will!"
*Police responded to a "Vehicle Blocking Traffic" at Cleveland & Avenue D.
*In the 200th Block of Avenue B Officers responded to a "Welfare Concern"...everything checked out OK.
*In the 500th Block 3rd Street Officers looked into a "Suspicious Vehicle" but found the vehicle to be minding its own business..
*In the 600th Block Main Street Police responded to a report of a "Dog Being Struck by a Car." The condition of the dog was not reported, but Officers DID have to make a "removal" of the animal...dead or alive, it doesn't sound good. Once again, PLEASE keep your animals on your property.
*In the 900th Block Main Street police responded to a "Business Alarm." Nothing out of the ordinary was observed.
*In the 500th Block East 4th Our Men in Blue responded to a report of "Fireworks discharged in the City."
*In the 500th Block East 2nd they again responded to a report of "Fireworks discharged in the City."
*In the 900th Block Main Street police re-responded to a "Business Alarm." Nothing out of the ordinary was observed...AGAIN! Nothing like chewing your cabbage twice!!
*Police were called to the 400th Block of Avenue K about a "Suspicious Vehicle." Said vehicle was questioned and released.
Wednesday, June 27th
*In the 200th Block of Avenue A officers assisted the Housing Authorities on a suspected "Drug Concern." No illegal narcotics were found.
*In the 600th Block of East Cleveland Officers performed a "Civil Stand-by" which also resulted in a "Criminal Trespass" being issued.
*In the 500th Block of Main Street HCPD investigated a "Harassment" allegation.
*In the 100th Block of East Cleveland Police offered a "Motorist Assist"...what a swell bunch of fellas!
*Police responded to a report of "Fireworks being Discharged" and found the involved parties were outside the city limits.
Tuesday, June 26th
*There was nothing of significance to report today except for the following statement from our "Fearless Leader of the Troops," (Both of them) Chief Dennis Burton:
The biggest issue being dealt with at present is the setting-off of fireworks in the city limits. "We're not trying to be party-poopers" but there has already been a lot of folks around town popping off fireworks at all hours of the day and especially at night...within the city limits.
"I think we're gonna go to the source; go to the fireworks stands and let them know, 'Hey, here's what the ordinance is...and ah, just so you can pass it on to your clients and let them know that they cannot pop in the city limits.'"
Incidentally, if the department is forced to start citing individuals for popping fireworks in the city limits, the fines run from $200.00 to $300.00 per offense!
"Also, ah... due to the recent rains that we've had, the great moisture - weeds and grass are growing and part of our job also includes code enforcement. So, we've been out giving warnings for people with high grass and weeds. We're trying to keep the city beautiful."
*They're really good guys, just trying to do their sworn duty, uphold the law and maintain proper & pleasant lawn astethetics. We would like to ask that you show them your full support...unless, of course - they come after me and my weeds.
Monday, June 25th
*Police were called North of the city on I-27 about a "Reckless Driver." When officers arrived, they found a "wobbly, 18-wheeler." Upon stopping the big rig, they were informed the driver had dropped a lit cigarette in his lap and was trying to navigate a safe stop to insure the final drag before extinguishing his/her butt. The driver was warned, flogged and humiliated and sent on his way.
*Officers investigated a "Suspicious Vehicle" around the railroad tracks and 4th Street. The vehicle will be looked for again today and if it is still there...it will likely be tagged.
*In the 1300th Block of Avenue B there was a report of an incident that occurred outside of the city. "Domestic Do-do" is how the situation was described in police lingo... as a couple were having issues and one of them who lives out of town allegedly became physical with the other, then left town. The incident was turned over to the Sheriff's "Domestic Do-do Squad." Believe me, you don't want none of that bunch!
*As it is almost time for "Ratings Sweeps" we were particularly happy to see this next, rather steamy, little entry into the report... Officers came upon a foggy-windowed vehicle along 1424 on the North end of the city, with a man and woman "getting busy" if you will, right there in broad daylight! They naturally claimed to be "Just Talking" which usually implies either they are otherwise committed or under aged. We'll leave you guessing on that part. As it went down - One minute they were "just talking"...then the next minute they were literally surrounded by several city & county vehicles. "Officer, If this van's a rockin'....then PLEASE don't come knockin'!
*Officers made a rather awkward "Stop/Motorist Assist," again on 1424 on the north end of town where the suspect was stopped (a mom with several kids) for incomplete vehicle registration as the vehicle has recently been purchased. After the warning was issued, the lemon-like mode of non-transportation wouldn't start! Our fine Policeman then proceeded to try to boost the car into functionality...to no avail after which he loaded mother and all the loving offspring into the squad car for an exciting ride home. Our Police force should have White Hats!
*Later officers were called back to the "Domestic Do-do" location where apparently some of said DDD had hit the fan resulting in a "Criminal Trespass Restraint" being issued - a binding of sorts I guess you could say.
*Police were made aware of "Door-to-Door" salespersons that seemed suspicious. Again, remember anyone coming to your door with the intent of selling you something is supposed to be permitted by the City offices. These guys were. You have every right and privilege of asking them to see the permit and if they are professional they should gladly provide it along with a business card. They also should politely go away if you tell them you are not interested! Some of these people have good and worthwhile services and products and we do not want to make it look like ALL Door-to-Door salespersons are suspicious. Each case should be dealt with accordingly. We simply have a door matt that says "Go Away!" But it's OK, we also have a little shingle on the side of the door frame that says, "Bless You!"
*Officers were alerted around 10:30 last night about "Possible Gunshots Fired" in the city. Turns out it was just some folks that needed warning about popping off fireworks in the city limits.
*And finally, keep an eye on the Insider as we are working diligently on a package that will bring you audio (Internet Radio) and Video of not only the Police Report, but other headlines throughout the day as well as 24/7 music and the Sally & Terry Wright Morning Show! LOTS More to Come!!
Sunday, June 24th
*Officers offered "Agency Assist" to EMS in the parking lot of the Fire Department where a child was having seizures. The Child was transported to a Medical Facility.
*Police were called to the 600th Block of Avenue G on a report of "Criminal Mischief."
*Police responded to the 600th Block of Avenue G about a "Car Parked in the Alley." It was moved.
*Officers were called to the 200th Block of West 13th Street where a child on a bike was reportedly "Almost Hit By a Car" in the street.
*Later, Police responded to the 100th Block of West 5th Street where a child on a bike was "Almost Hit by a Car" as he/she tried to get away from an out-of-control, loose dog. The owner of the dog was cited.
Saturday, June 23rd
*Police were called to Cleveland Street and the Access Road where a motorist had a "Flat Tire." Said tire was replaced and the motorist was sent on their merry way.
*Police responded to a call in the 500th Block of East Cleveland about a "Possible Drunken Individual in a Wheel Chair." The individual seems to have evaded arrest, it is believed that the suspect must have had a fresh charge on their HoverRound and Aptly "Cheesed It" from the local fuzz.
*Officers responded to a "Reckless Driver" report in the east 13th street of Avenue B.
*Police were called to I-27 near Mile Marker 35 about a fire. It was a "Pit Burn" and everything was deemed OK.
*Officers had an individual come to the station to charge that "Their Neighbor was Abusing Their Kids" The questioned occurrence was to have taken place in the 200th Block of West 6th Street.
*And then Police had a "Civil Situation" concerning money. It was in the 400th Block of West 4th Street.
Friday, June 22nd
*Officers Looked Into - "Literally" another "Open Door at a Business" in the 300th Block of South Main Street. All was OK.
*Officers were called to an "Unknown Block" of West 13th Street about some "Darned Kids in the Street!" The kids were removed from the street and order was restored.
Thursday, June 21st
*Police received a "Harassment Report" at the station. Further details in the investigation revealed the location as the 300th Block of Avenue B.
*Officers performed an "Agency Assist" with EMS in the 400th Block of West 14th Street.
*Local officers performed a "Motorist Assist" South of town on Avenue K.
*Police responded to complaint of a "Suspicious Person" in the 500th Block of West 1st Street.
Wednesday, June 20th
*The chief advised us of a Major Accident with injuries this morning around 8AM at mile marker 40, (approximately 3 miles North of the City) involving a pick-up and a van. The helicopter was dispatched for injured parties. Injuries did NOT appear to be life threatening.
*Officers took a "Theft Report" in the 200th Block of East Stevenson. A victim stated the loss of a toolbox and tools.
*Police filed a "Disorderly Conduct by Gesture" complaint in the 200th Block of West Stevenson. This charge in layman's terms would be more recognizably known as "Giving Somebody the Bird!" You'd do well to keep that finger in line with the others as the charge is a Class C Misdemeanor punishable with a fine of up to $500 which would be better spent on 25 manicures!!!.
*Officers looked into (literally) an "Open Door" in the 200th Block of West Cleveland. Everything was 10-4 good buddy and the building was then secured.
*The Chief, his own self ordered an officer to inform a well-meaning, yet slightly misguided motorcyclist to "Remove Their Motorcycle" from the sidewalk at the City Park. "Um...that's what the city streets and parking areas are for..."
*Officers were called several times to the 400th Block of East 4th Street on a "Possible Theft." Later at the same address the "Missing loot and/or booty" was discovered. Humbly the complainant withdrew their accusation/charges.
*Police filed a "Harassment Allegation" made in the 600th Block of East Cleveland.
*Local Officers performed a "Motorist Assist" for a Southbound sojourner on the Interstate.
*The chief advised us of a Major Accident with injuries this morning around 8AM at mile marker 40, (approximately 3 miles North of the City) involving a pick-up and a van. The helicopter was dispatched for injured parties. Not further details have yet been released
Tuesday, June 19th
*Reports for Monday & Tuesday seem to be filled away under a do-nut box or beneath a stack of Tru-Detective Magazines as they were not available at the time of this publication.
Monday, June 18th
*See the excuse above....
Sunday, June 17th
*Police handled a complaint about a "Truck Blocking a Driveway" in the 200th Block of Avenue K.
*Officers were called to a local business about an "Extortion Attempt by Email." A report was made and handed off to the District Attorney, then forwarded to the FBI in Lubbock where it was neatly wrapped in red tape and presented back to the victim. The incident at the time of this publication seems to be benign.
*Police were called about a "Loose Propane Tank" rolling around on the Interstate. The tank was retrieved, the chief stated, "This could have been a real blast!" FUNNY MAN!
Saturday, June 16th
*Police had no incidents to report this Saturday. One of the force's Reserve Officers patrolled for what he described as over a half tank of gas' worth of driving and city order was maintained.
Friday, June 15th
*Police reported making an "Agency Assist" at an undisclosed location.
*Officers were called to 4th Street and Avenue H on a complaint about a "Loose, Aggressive Dog." Something about that description always triggers the Chief's funny bone!
*Police were called to the 500th Block of West 10th Street where someone complained about "One Dog Biting Another Dog..." proof, further that we live in a "Dog Eat Dog" world! One dog was hauled away to the Canine Poky.
*The Chief voiced a growing concern about unattended dogs running loose. He said it seems to be a seasonal problem, that more people seem to let their dogs roam free in the summer months, but that the problem is growing to the degree that they may be forced to begin citing the owners...and worse yet, hauling the dogs to the pound where they are automatically on "Death Row" unless they are claimed in a set time. PLEASE, keep your dogs on YOUR own property.
*Police looked into (literally) an "Open or Unsecured Door" at a business in the 1000th Block of North Main Street. The door was secured and everything seemed to be in order.
*Police worked the Cleveland Underpass again due to "Faulty Pump Float Switching" which led to yet another flooded underpass, halting traffic on I-27 through the metropolis. The switch was eventually thrown manually, the water subsided and traffic was again sent on their merry, yet somewhat waterlogged way.
*Lt. Richardson turned in a report also on Friday simply filled out; "Rain, Rain, Rain!" The report was water stained and the ink had ran making it difficult to read...but we get it!.
Thursday, June 14th
*Police were called about an "Aggressive, Loose Dog" meandering about in the 1000th Block of South Lawn. No word whether the canine-on-the-lamb was retrieved. or as the anonymous reader pointed..."on-the-lam!" ...and Thank You!
*Officers responded about the time of the power outage to a "Criminal Mischief" call at the Carr Middle School Track (500th Block of West 13th.) There was no further information on this call as the actors were not seen upon arrival, and about then "All Heck Broke Loose" with flooding and power outages. Humm, they got away with something!
*Police were called about a "Reckless Driver" on the 400th Block of West 14th. Likely kids splashing their car through the water.
*HCPD was advised of a "Sparking Power Line" at 13th and Avenue I. Once officers arrived the sparking had subsided...but then so had cooking, TV viewing and Internet searching all over town!
*The flash flooding was not as severe as what it usually takes to flood the underpass, but in the loss of power, the pumps were not functional, so water began to rise and a car on the interstate hydro-planed, causing them to crash into another vehicle. Officers blocked I-27 traffic for about 30 minutes while the situation was resolved. No injuries were reported.
*Officers responded to a "Residential Alarm" in the 500th Block of Main Street. It seemed to have been a "False Alarm" as nothing was out of the ordinary
*We have been advised that our Illustrious Leader, Commander & Chief of the HCPD; Sir-Chief Dennis Burton the first will be testifying in a court case in Pampa, Texas next week, causing a postponement of the Monday and possibly the Tuesday editions of the HCPD Report. Please check back often and well-wishes and speedy return to our beloved "Marshall Dillon." or as the anonymous reader AGAIN pointed...it's "Commander-IN-Chief" ...Ahh, Thank You again, and trust me this is a leak you don't want to spend too much time trying to plug!
Wednesday, June 13th
*Officers were called on a more unusual disturbance of "Criminal Mischief" were some rather creative scoff-laws proceeded to desicrate some poor unsuspecting soul's vehicle...get this with bread, bologna and ketchup, etc. There was no actual damage to the vehicle. Bologna all over a car...that' not Kosher any way you wanna look at it!
*Police took a report of a "Reckless Driver" Southbound on I-27. The subject was found and followed, but unfounded for reckless driving and they were not stopped.
*In the 200th Block of West Cleveland Officers made an "Agency Assist" with EMS.
*Also in the 200th Block of West Cleveland a "Welfare Concern" was made - officers checked it out and everything was OK.
*Police reeceived a call about "Kids in the Street" in the vicinity of Avenue K and Southlawn. The Kids were told to "GO HOME!" ...And they did.
Tuesday, June 12th
*Police investigated a call of, "Criminal Mischief" in the 500th Block of West 14th Street. It seems some sorry, no-account, cowardly individual "keyed" someone else's car. Even if you're looking for revenge...that's no way to get it - you're anonymous ! What did the car ever do to you? Humm,
*Officers were called about an "Abandoned Bicycle!" We inquired if the tires were still aired up (we're committed to asking the hard-hitting questions...) and get this - they were! A fully functioning bicycle that had been abandoned for several days in some unsuspecting person's yard. Officers took possesion of the bike and now the Chief is learning how to do wheelies. Life is like a box of chocolates...
*Officers were called on a "Trespassing Issue" in the 300th Block of West 3rd Street. "Move along folks...nothing to see here."
*Things got exciting when Local Law Enforcement responded to the "Panic Alarm" at Lowe's Pay-N-Save. It was deemed a "false alarm"...apparently two customers asked Carolee about eggplant on the same day and she lost all control. The Lesson to be learned here is; If you're sitting around your dimly lite home, contemplating a robbery at the local grocery store... THEY ARE EQUIPPED WITH FULL ALARM & SURVELANCE!! So, There!
*Officers were called about a "Harrassment Allegation" in the 500th Block of East 4th Street and also the 300th Block of East 6th Street. It would seem the two addresses are at least three or four blocks apart - surprised there weren't a lot of "Disturbing the Peace" calls in between! Maybe they harrassed each other over the phone - or just chuncked rocks at each other, though that would require a powerful sling-shot. ...And yet again - I digress,
Monday, June 11th
*Officers were called about "Kids playing on their own roof" in the 500th Block of West 10th Street. The department advised that only "Rubber Bullets" are used to resolve these types of matters, and NO animals are harmed in the process.
*Early this morning police investigated a call of "Suspicious Juveniles" messing around at Caudle Lake. Police made a hidden presence and observed, but the mischievous, delinquent ner-do-wells had either already gone, or blended into the scenery and quieted down. Remember, there is a curfew in place and it is strictly enforced. Just Sayin'
Saturday, June 9th
*Officers responded to a "Verbal Domestic Disturbance" in the 200th Block of East 9th Street, it was resolved peacefully.
*Later Officers made an "Agency Assist" for EMS - again, in the 200th Block of East 9th Street, where an individual was apparently experiencing a "Heart Episode."
*HCPD performed an "Agency Assist" with DPS who had pulled over a southbound driver on I-27.
*Local Officers went on the hunt for a reported "Reckless Driver" on I-27. The driver was not found...But they're a watchin' for 'em!
*Our distinguished men in blue received a report that Mr. Laws (Ronnie) goats were "On the Lamb" again (That didn't sound very good...) By the time police arrived, the cleaver goats had made their way back inside the fence where they proceeded to blea, gleefully at officers and taunt them while denying they had ever gone outside the fence. Film at eleven.
*Police performed a "Motorist Assist" in the 200th Block of West Cleveland - Thank you very much.
*Officers responded to a call of "LOUD MUSIC" at Caudle Lake. It had already been turned down when officers arrived. Could it have been those goats?
*Officers checked out a "Domestic Disturbance" on the 800th Block of Hi-Line Road. I was born here, but I had to ask, "Where is Hi-Line Road?" The Chief informed me that it is the East-most "avenue" running North & South of the city.
*Guns were drawn and a "Skunk was shot and killed" on the 400th Block of East 4th Street.
*Officers were called again for a "Civil Stand-By" in the 800th Block of Hi-Line Road. The report does not specify whether it was the family of the deceased skunk.
Friday, June 8th
*Police handled a "Situation" around 11:15a.m. in the 500th Block of West Cleveland where a 75 year old white male suffering dementia had been holding his wife at bay with a gun all night. The man's nurse arrived and reported the incident drawing the attention of local police, Constable, and a DPS trooper. Shortly after their arrival the subject turned the gun on officers threatening to shoot them. The officers, at just the right time, took advantage when the man temporarily dropped his guard and they took the weapon and subdued him. He was restrained and put in an ambulance and taken to a proper facility in Lubbock. The Chief commended the officers on their handling of the situation. HCPD will forward a copy of the report to the Hale County District Attorney's Office.
Thursday, June 7th
*In the 200th Block of Main Street, local Police offered "Agency Assist" to Emergency Medical Services. (EMS)
*In the 200th Block of West 13th Street, local Police offered "Agency Assist" to Emergency Medical Services. (EMS)
*Later in the day officers looked into a "Suspicious Vehicle" in the Akin Elementary parking lot. Everything checked out OK.
*Officers pursued a call of a "Reckless Driver" on the Interstate. Neither the driver nor the reckless vehicle were found.
*In the 300th Block of West 13th Street, Police reports indicated a "Theft..." The Chief couldn't locate the part of the report with the details of the investigation - it would appear the theft report may have been stolen - or not.
Wednesday, June 6th
*Police looked into a "Child Custody Matter" in the 500th Block of East 1st Street.
*Officers responded to a "Welfare Concern" on the 100th Block of West 10th Street where everything checked out OK..
Tuesday, June 5th
*Police answered a call of a "Domestic Disturbance" in the 400th Block of West 5th Street, it appeared to be just verbal and both parties complied with the officers instructions.
*Police stood by as an "Agency Assist" for the Hale County Sheriff's Office in the 400th Block of West 13th Street.
*Officers investigated a "Suspicious Vehicle in the 700th Block of Main Street"...Everything checked out OK.
*Local Police made a "Traffic Stop" on I-27 that resulted in the arrest of one man for 2 warrants out of "JP-3"......one for "Disorderly Conduct" and the other for "Failure to Appear". We asked what the vehicle was pulled over for and discovered there was an underaged passenger in the bed of the truck (again, this is going down the Interstate) and the underaged passenger was...drinking a beer. Other than that, they were all just good guys enjoying the sunny day. The minor was charged with "MIP" (Minor in Possession) and the "wanted" driver was driven to the pokey!
Monday, June 4th
Monday morning initial dialog: Insider: "Good Morning!" Chief: "Good Morning!" Insider: "Boy! Ya'll got busy with the rain didn't ya?" Chief: "We DID! It, uh... made business pick up. We got to block off the interstate yesterday because of it..." Insider: "That went pretty quick though didn't it?" Chief: "Yes, the pumps worked real good after they got started." Insider: "It seemed like it, what was it - about 20 minutes to get the underpass cleared?" Chief: "Yeah, yeah probably something like that. But, uh...after the pumps got going it worked real good." Now, Let's see, ahhh yesterday........
*Officers worked an "Agency Assist" with EMS in the 500th Block of West 6th Street, it was an MHMR situation.
*Later in the 400th Block of West 5th Street, Officers responded to a call of a "Domestic Verbal Dispute" (AKA "a Hollering fight!") at which the male subject decided to go away.
*Police looked into an "Opened Door" on a building in the 600th Block of Avenue H, it was a vacant habitation. Everything checked out clear and the dwelling was secured.
*Officers worked an "Agency Assist" with EMS in the 500th Block of West 6th Street, it was an MHMR situation.
*Police were called to the 300the Block of West 14th Street about a "Reckless Driver" where a driver apparently lost control of their vehicle while driving at an unsafe speed in the rain flooded streets and going into a citizens' yard and messing it up a bit. The driver was sent back to the persons home and told to work things out...probably need to give 'em a rake and tell 'em, "Straighten this mess out and learn how to drive!" (There's a good reason why I'm not a COP...")
*The Chief, Constable, Sheriff's Department and the DPS all worked the Interstate as the Thunderstorm dropped an inch of rain in less than 45 minutes. In the Chief's words, "It rained so hard we were rescuing ducks!" Quack! Quack! Quack! Quack!
Sunday, June 3rd
*HCPD responded to a "HOLD UP" alarm being sounded at the local Convenience Store. Upon arrival officers found that a couple of the "On-Duty" Clerk's children had found the Big Red Button as it were and couldn't resist the overwhelming curiosity to find out, "What's This Do?" Been there, done that! No harm done, the children were left to the discretion of their parents.
*Officers answered a call and sought out a "Reckless Driver" on Interstate 27.
Saturday, June 2nd
*Local Police performed a "Motorist Assist" for a southbound driver on I-27.
*Officers responded to a "Reckless Driver" report on the 200th Block of West 6th Street. Details were not given, coulda been a drunk, a speeding teenager showing off, a "little-old person not paying attention" or a person on a cell phone...if any of those describe YOU, you might wanna sharpen up your driving habits!
*Police were called on an "Unwanted Person" report in the 400th Block of West 14th. Alcohol was involved...must not have been enough to go around!
*Officers acted in the 500th Block of East 3rd Street where a child was found wandering unattended in the street. The child was reunited with his/her parents.
Friday, June 1st
*Officers were called to North FM 1424 for a "Suspicious Person" report. Everything checked out so apparently the person in question had some business there...and were minding it!! (Did that sound right?)
*Police offered "Agency Assist" to EMS in the 300th Block of West 2nd Street.
*In the 600th Block of East Cleveland, Officers were called to a "Verbal Domestic" (Folks a yellin' and a hollerin' at one another). Report said, "He left!" Police were called again a short time later and the report says, "SHE Left!" It's Like I always say, "If Sally ever leaves me...I'm a goin' with her!"
*In the 200th Block of East 14th, Officers arrested an individual that was pointed out by court clerk records for 4 Outstanding Warrants. The individual was taken without incident and the city coffer got a little bit fuller!
*Officers were called to the 400th Block of West 4th, about an "Unattended Child" but reports indicate that everything checked out.
*Police were called to the 400th Block of West 9th Street on a "Criminal Mischief" call. Nothing was reported as vandalized and no further information was provided.
*THEN for a cherry on top of the Sundae...Officers were called to the Lowe's parking lot about a person who had had a few too many and was wielding a knife! When officers arrived the suspect had mossied on along and was not reported again. The inebriated Knife Wielder was reported to have been in an older model Ford Bronco, white in color.
Wednesday, May 30th
*We spoke with Chief Dennis Burton of the HCPD about the current break in the heat wave and inquired if we could expect a drop in crime, as is predicted in other Urban Metros such as Chicago. The Chief replied, "We should NOT expect a drop in crime locally due to the cooler weather..." He went on to explain that our local criminal element subscribes to more of a Postman's Creedo of "Rain, Snow, Sleet or Hail" our participation of petty larceny will prevail! With that...let's delve into another Local Crime Report!
*Officers answered a disturbance on the 300th Block of Main Street that resulted in an arrest. At the Local Convenience Store, a female subject came to the final realization that her male companion was NOT the love of her life and she proceeded to "break it off" as it were by dumping his worldly possessions into the parking lot in the full view of God and everyone else! In a tasty morsel of irony, neither the heartbreaker nor the heartbroken were the subjects of the arrest, but rather a female member of the heartbreaker's "Cheer Squad" who got a bit over excited and unruly prompting Officers to ask for her identification - which in-turn, led to the three (3) outstanding warrants for her arrest from Lubbock County! If there were to be a moral to this story, it might go something like this, "Person whom over-glee at Dumpee's humiliation get rewarded with three, warm, squares-a-day in the pokie!"
*Officers made a "Civil Stand-by" in the 300th Block of West 3rd Street. Since no further details were available, it is assumed the situation remained civil...
*Police looked into a "Welfare Concern" in the 400th Block of East 1st Street.
*Officers investigated a "Domestic Disturbance" in the 500th Block of West 6th Street where the two subjects were evaluated and asked to go back to their respective corners, keep it a "Clean Fight" and to watch the blows "Below the Belt" (No...I'm not going there...) One subject left voluntarily so the situation was resolved peacefully.
*Local Police looked into two separate incidents of "Criminal Mischief" in the 400th Block of West 6th Street and the vicinity of Stevenson and Avenue J where some suspected juveniles defaced some automobiles with a sort of "liquid chalk." The damage was fairly, easily cleaned up and caused no permanent damage, but it still constitutes Criminal Mischief nonetheless and the culprits need to be aware of the consequences if caught. Especially if it's MY vehicle (...and assuming I'm bigger than they are!)
Tuesday, May 29th
*Back to Monday the 28th, an individual came to the Police Station looking for information and help with a family member who appeared to be suicidal. The subject was referred tot he appropriate channels at a regional local hospital.
*Officers responded South of the city on a call of a hitch-hiker on the interstate in the city limits but the officer didn't find the subject and it was assumed the subject had already been picked up.
*On the 500th Block of West Stevenson, officers investigated a residential alarm but nothing was found suspicious, it was a falsie!
*At an undisclosed location a in the city officers worked a report of "Indecency with a Child by Contact." In cases like these we will offer no more details but the fact of an incident and we would request your prayers for all involved as well as for the officers working with the involved parties.
Monday, May 28th
*In the 1200th Block of Avenue H, Officers were called to mediate or abolish a "Verbal Disturbance." The significance of said disturbance was quashed, the involved parties subdued and order was maintained. Alcohol may have been a contributing factor.
*At 14th and Main Street a traffic stop around 2:30AM resulted in a DUI for a minor.
*Police answered a call from the 400th Block of West 14th Street where the resident had a "Complaint About Drugs"...and apparently not about their effectiveness as the complaining party did NOT answer the door when Officers arrived. Again, Alcohol was suspected to be a contributing factor to the call.
*Officers responded to the 500th Block of West 14th Street on complaint of a possible "M-I-P" Party (Minor In Possession). No arrests were made
*On the 800th Block of Hi-Line Road Officers responded to a call of a dog-fight where one dog was bitten by a neighboring dog. The bitten dog was critically injured. AGAIN, PLEASE keep your dogs restrained.
*In the 200th Block of Stevenson Street Officers responded with an "Agency Assist" as an approximately 1-year-old child was hit in the head by another child with a baseball bat. EMS responded to the situation. No information at the time of publication as to the condition of the child.
Sunday, May 27th
*Police spotted a Pick-up in the area of 10th Street and Main with minors riding in the back of the truck. Since there are NO SEATBELTS in the bed of pick-up beds - yes, it is illegal! The only time someone should be in the bed of a pick-up truck recreationally is with a mattress and wedding rings...and by all means the truck should NOT be moving!
Did he just say that?
*Officers moved in on a call on the 300th Block of 10th Street about a Honyok riding an unlicensed 4-wheeler on the streets. Fortunately this individual was sober (this time) and scolded and released.
*Police responded vigorously to the report of a chair, low, a slightly scuffed recliner in the road on Southbound I-27. The fugitive furnishing was aptly moved to the center median for road clearance and safety. Chief Burton has requisitioned City Offices for the purchase of a Solar-Powered Radar whereby he may occupy the recliner and with subsequent traffic stops, procure funds for the city coffer at the same time. (I doubt he really did that, but he indeed did say it!)
*Also on I-27 Officers responded to a report of a vehicle traveling without taillights.
*In the 500th Block of West 6th Street, HCPD investigated an assault. The complaining party determined NOT to make charges as the actual incident had occurred the day before and evidently cooler heads prevailed, as it were.
*At the local unnamed Convenience Store (...see, they haven't yet seen the value of advertising with us yet so we won't say their name - you know, the guys with the delicious burritos and huge cold drinks? Ya know, the only store in town open 24/7. Yup, we'll show them, we won't say who they are...)Anyway there was a report of a customer getting hit with an EGG! Thankfully NOT by a clerk either! Place your incident related joke here:________________. The same culprits were pursued through the evening and night as complaints about them popped up at various locations, involving eggs and water balloons. Undoubtedly they took "Mama's Eggs"...Once they start buying them - they'll learn to scramble them like the rest of us!
*Officers took a report at the station of a stolen gun. No further information on that report.
*Local Police assisted EMS in the 400th Block of Avenue H on a call about a person who was burned on the hands and arms by a pretty badly by a Drain-O splash.
*Officers assisted a stranded motorist on I-27 North of the city. Consequently DPS came and had them move their vehicle off the highway.
Saturday, May 26th
*Police were called to the 1000th Block of Ave E for your Standard, Regulation, "Small-Town, Variety, Fender-Bender." No one was hurt, information was properly gathered and the involved parties were sent wobbling on their way.
*Officers answered a call to the 200th Block of East 13th Street on a "Civil Matter." It was called a Civil Matter, but since Police were called, we feel it safe to report that it was likely a rather Indeed, an Uncivil Matter.
*Local Police performed a "Civil Stand-by" on I-27 North. That's all the report said and even the Chief was smh or actually shh on that one!
*Police moved in on the 500th Block of West 14th Street where there had been a complaint of LOUD MUSIC!
*Police were also called to the 500th Block of West 10th Street where there had also been a complaint of LOUD MUSIC!.....I SAID A COMPLAINT OF LOUD MUSIC!!!!!
*Around mid-day on this Saturday, the call came of some "YaHoo" that most believe was suspected of some rural burglaries - who had been apparently spotted and took flight. As we monitored the scanner, said Yahoo scurried out across the fields East and South of the greater Hale Center Metropolis as someone took chase who was later rammed by the "Sky-Blue, Hatchback, Sedan" which caused authorities to open up the proverbial can of "Whoop-$@#!" as the pursuit took on County Sheriffs, DPS and our own Local Men in Blue. Through the confusion of county roads, directions, the abundance of adrenaline and stirred dirt on country roads and turn-rows, the would-be scoundrel managed to give the authorities a "slip of the hip" as it were. If you have any information on the whereabouts or ownership of a "Sky-Blue, Hatchback, Sedan" that looks like its been through an Arkansas, teenage driving school, please report your information to HCPD at 839-4450 or you can email confidential tips to the Insider by Clicking Here
Friday, May 25th
*Local SWAT was called about "Loose Goats" around Avenue K in the city. Actually, SWAT was NOT Called... But the goats were not found - it is assumed they were either rounded up by their "Person" and taken home or possibly eluded arrest by being mistaken for Lawyers walking around (as sheep/goats in "Wolves" clothing!) You can do better? Please do!!
*Officers offered an "Agency Assist" to CPS in the 500th Block of West 6th Street where a Child was removed from the residence.
*Police assisted on a call of a "Grass Fire"...Not Marijuana in the 300th Block of West 4th Street.
*Officers were called to the 500th Block of West 14th Street on yet another call of LOUD MUSIC. I SAID LOUD MUSIC!!
*Local Police were called about a driver either going the wrong way, OR being on the wrong side of the Interstate - as he was Northbound in the Southbound lane. It all depends on how you look at it
*Officers were called to the High School for a "Motorist Assist."
*HCPD assisted DPS in the 500th Block of Main Street where DPS conducted search on a motorist - and/or their vehicle.
*In the 600th Block of Main Street Police checked out a "Suspicious Vehicle." We're not sure, but we think the vehicle in question had a pencil-thin mustache and was wearing a spangled, poncho. We're talking suspicious!
Thursday, May 24th
*HCPD answered a call and responded to the 300th Block of West 10th Street for an "Agency Assist" where a gentleman had fallen. The subject checked out and officers were quickly released to get back to bonafide crime-stopping.
*Also in the 300th Block of West 10th Street, officers lassoed some unlicensed, juveniles who were reportedly riding unlicensed, unregistered "Dirt Bikes" in the city limits. The kids were sent home with their scooters and told to get a license and go find somewhere besides city property to run up your folk's medical bills! (Yes, I'm getting old!)
*Local Police responded to a call about several vehicles traveling southbound on the interstate...WITHOUT TAIL LIGHTS! Officers looked and looked but couldn't see them - they must have been BEHIND the culprits!
*One interview has been made in the burglary of the City Service Barn and consequent theft of the Safe full of city property-keys. Nothing came of it, but the investigation is vigorously moving forward. If you have ANY information that could assist in this investigation, please get in touch with the Police or confidentially email the Insider. We won't tell anybody you told!
*And Finally, we would like to cordially invite everyone to join us for next Tuesday's Police Report, as it is certain to be "Chock Full" of juicy tidbit-tells about the mindless shenanigans of the beer-swilling, shame-to-their-best-friend, always-too-loud, revelers who will be turned in and detained for over-celebrating the Memorial Day Weekend. Remember - too much to drink only makes you more attractive....TO YOURSELF! It's a shame some of you are gonna do it anyway, but we're sure looking forward to writing/reading about you on Tuesday! Be Safe and Happy Memorial Day!
Wednesday, May 23rd
*UPDATE We reported that on Saturday, May 19th a 2005 Beige, Dodge Caravan was reported stolen from the 500th Block of West 6th Street. Chief Burton informed us today that the vehicle was spotted and pursued yesterday (05/23/12) in Castro County. After a brief chase the van crashed and the driver took off on foot. Following a short foot-chase, the suspect was apprehended and arrested. Taken into custody and charged with "Theft of a Motor Vehicle" was Julio Sylva of Dimmit. The van was not insured.
*Hale Center Police "Talked To" some kids at the City Park who, first took down the "Keep Off the Grass" signs, and then - you guessed it got on the grass. Golly, we were watching the outcome of that case...a different response from the police would have had Stop Signs all over town coming down!
*Officers were called to the Hale Center Coop Supply Store where employees observed a subject in the act of "Shoplifting." The subject was apprehended, asked not to return to the store and released. We understand they were trying to make off with some tarp tie-downs. Just look for the person with the flapping tarp and you'll likely see the culprit!
*Local Police assisted the DPS with an accident on the Interstate south of the city. A single vehicle had gone off the road and hit an embankment. From the scanner information we understand the driver was NOT wearing his/her seat belts. Come on folks, buckle up and set a good example for the up and coming drivers...and possibly save yourself serious injury. Gosh! Nimrods, smdgh!
*Officers were called to the 300th Block of East 13th Street about some kids "running around the church at night." They were asked to leave, though the real threat isn't there unless They all blow horns on the seventh time around! Huh, you didn't get that? Didn't you ever go to Sunday School?
*Back to Tuesday for a moment...Police were called to the Jr. High Practice Field where some kids were jumping off some structures onto pads. That is just boys being boys, but it still doesn't make it safe or allowed. They were asked to keep their feet on the ground....SOMEWHERE ELSE!
*Officers were called to the 100th Block of West 4th Street about "Telephone Harassment." Boy! I didn't know you could turn that one in. Apparently if someone calls you whom you ask not to call anymore...you can turn them in and even file charges of harassment! Now, where's my pencil and paper?
*In the 500th Block of West 6th Street, a subject was asked to leave the premises and they wouldn't. Don't get mad, just call your local neighborhood Police force...works almost every time! By the time the Police arrived, the intruding party realized the home-owner was serious about calling the cops and split! Sensitivity to others, that's what we need more of. If you sense someone doesn't want your company - LEAVE! It's why I never go anywhere! (Poor Sally)
*Officers were called to the 300th Block of East Stevenson Street to get an inoperable car moved.
Tuesday, May 22nd
*First things first, I need to make a clarification on a post I made on my personal Facebook page yesterday. We made a promo for the Insider and one of my "Facebook Acquaintances" made a comment about being acquitted of a crime for which I congratulated him/her. In their comment they went on to accuse one of our policemen, (a friend of mine) of lying. Firstly, I was out of line for making congratulations to someone in a post where a friend of mine was called a liar, secondly I did not know that the charges he/she was acquitted of, were "assault" against my friend (a Police Officer). I have since deleted the post and I would like to acknowledge that I was wrong and disloyal to a friend that I speak with on a daily basis - for so abruptly acting in my ignorance. I hope my apology will be accepted. --Terry Wright, Co-Editor
*Hale Center Police were called to the 200th Block of East 9th Street to help with a uncontrollable child. Officers assisted the situation and CPS ultimately took over.
*Police are currently working a "Burglary" that originated at the City Service Center on 10th Street and Avenue E. The burglar or burglars made off with a safe that contains the keys to "practically every piece of equipment and property the city has" as well as a pair of bolt cutters. If you have any information on this burglary, PLEASE contact the Hale Center Police Department at 839-4450 or you can email confidential tips to the Insider by Clicking Here
Monday, May 21st
*Today we begin with a "Retro" call...from Saturday the 19th. A report found on the floor, in the squad car or still in "the library" - we don't ask! A person came to the Police Department to file "Assault Charges" against an individual from the 500th Block of West 10th Street.
*We are grateful for the discovery of the aforementioned "Assault Charge" as the only other documented activity from yesterday (Monday) was officers assisting county agents and EMS as they looked for an overturned fertilizer truck South & West of Cotton Center. Details on this were sketchy, as we monitored the event on our Police Scanner (Compliments of Brown Pharmacy.) It seems emergency personnel had extreme difficulty locating the overturned vehicle and when they did...as we understood it, medical help was refused by the subject! Sounds an awful lot like my "fertilizer spreading" ...If ya know what I mean, and I think you do.
*Don't despair, we'll call the chief up again in the morning and see if today has proven any more interesting. Meanwhile, let's all just relish the "Mayberry-like" peace and quiet...as long as it should last!
Sunday, May 20th
*On the 1200th Block of Main Street was a complaint of a "Reckless Driver." The driver was not found....but they're looking!!!
*On the 200th Block of Avenue B there was a call about a "Kid in the Street." When we inquired whether it was a minor or what...Our Commanding Police Chief responded, "Yeah, either that or a goat!" It's hard to find adult conversationalists anymore.
*In the 600th Block of West Main Street the Chief described a report about a "Suspicious Vehicle." He said beside the info was a notation that it was 10-4. The Chief said he is not sure if that means, "10-4 it checked out", or "10-4 that it was indeed a Suspicious Vehicle." Communication...THAT's what it's all about!
Saturday, May 19th
*Officers responded 300th Block of West 13th Street for a "Possible Party." Though some very suspicious streamers were seen in the yard and a pointed hat on the porch, there was no tell-tale evidence of an ongoing "Party In-Progress." The residents were told to behave and stop being so jovial! (That last part was admittedly a fabrication of the editor's.)
*Now back to the 500th Block of West 6th Street, Police were called on the "Theft of a Motor Vehicle." The report was taken and Officers are on the watch for a 2005 Beige, Dodge Caravan Please contact HCPD if you have any information on this vehicle at: 839-4450.
*Again on the 500th Block of West 6th Street (different house number) officers were called in for "LOUD MUSIC..." the complaint was deemed, Unfounded. Huh?
*Officers were called to the area of Avenue K and 6th Street about.... "Kids!" (Hot Rodding Again.) If you're reading this and you really enjoy the smell of burning rubber from your spinning tires...be smart and find yourself a place outside of town to "burn out" before you wind up having to get your car out of the pokey!
Friday, May 18th
*Officers responded to 2 separate calls about a "Possible Fire" on the 400th Block of Avenue C where some old fertilizer tanks used to be. They were taken care of and the Department is looking into possible "Suspicious Behavior" surrounding the fires.
*Officers aided EMS in the 200th Block of West 3rd Street in a simple "Agency Assist."
*Police responded to a call of a possible "Intoxicated Driver" on I-27 Northbound. No stop was made.
*Officers "Assisted DPS" on I-27 Northbound with a Search.
*Later HCPD stopped a "Reckless Driver" on the Interstate. DPS was called in to perform a "Field Sobriety Test" which resulted in the arrest of a woman - an apparently Drunken Woman!
Thursday, May 17th
*Officers responded to a call at Avenue K and East 13th street to conduct a "Motorist Assist."
*Police were dispatched to the 600th Block of West 5th Street about a "Loose Horse." You can bet that complaint wasn't called in by a "Stud!"
*At 11th Street and Avenue H, Police responded to a complaint about "Motorists Spinning their Tires." The Chief expressed a marked frustration with similar and ongoing activity of this nature along Avenue K and he said actions are being taken to put an end to it. Chief Burton said the old "Exhibition of Acceleration" Charge is no longer on the books, so when individuals are caught "Hot Rodding" charges of reckless driving will be filed and the vehicle will be impounded - in the event of multiple vehicles involved, more serious charges of "Drag Racing" will be filed and BOTH vehicles will be impounded.
*Officers responded to a call about "LOUD Music...someplace on West 12th Street but the officer was unable to locate it!" Somebody got away with disturbing the peace...Don't Push It! :-)
*Police were called to the 500th Block of West 6th Street on a "Kind of a Theft." A key was taken by a household member to someone's medicine box! "I'll show you, I'll take the key to your medicine till you see things MY way!" Not a very nice or legal way to resolve disagreements. Police talked the situation back into place as best they could....
*Later police were called to the same address for a "CPS Agency Assist." Those three letters take the humor out of the situation.
*Police investigated a "Theft of Service" call in the 1300th Block of Avenue D where somebody had the "Stones" to illegally tap into the public water supply and proceed to steal WATER! Charges will be filed.
Wednesday, May 16th
*HCPD are investigating the "Burglary of a Habitation" that occurred in the 600th Block of West 4th Street. Among the items taken were video games, musical instruments and various other items choice for quick-sell or self consumption. Again, "Burglary" is defined as "Entry into a building illegally with intent to commit a crime, especially theft." Significant damage was not described in the forced entry, which is good. If you have any information as to who the "ignoramus" may be, please contact the HCPD at 806-839-4450 or you can send anonymous tips to the Insider by CLICKING HERE. Let's quickly find who did this and put a stop to it!
*The chief also said there was possibly "other activity" that occurred, but the reports weren't complete as of this interview. Remember, for a limited time...you can see the Police Station and City Hall on our "LIVE" Streaming Video Cam by Clicking HERE!. It's OK...we know you like to watch! :-)
Tuesday, May 15th
*Hale Center Police Officers made an "Assist" to the Sheriff's Department on a fatal farm accident.
*Chief Burton made a traffic stop at 10th & Avenue E that resulted in the felony arrest of a Hale Center man. The subject was stopped because his back, right door swung open as he gently rounded a corner. "Whoever named it 'DOPE' knew what they were doing!" The driver had no drivers license on him and the Chief acknowledges that he has a "Zero-Tolerance Policy" for drivers who do not have their license with them. "You got no license...you get a ticket! - Take it up with the Judge!" Upon an identification check, a 22 year old male currently of Hale Center was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Lubbock County for possession of marijuana. There was a "Pre-Set bond" of $10,000.00.
*On the 200th Block of Avenue H officers responded to a call of a "Refrigerator Being Stolen from a Citizen's Back Yard!" Excuse me maam, Is your refrigerator running? Upon investigation it seems a relative had made off with the evasive appliance. No charges were filed but we'll keep this case open until further notice.
*Later in the day Police were called about a student fleeing from Akin Elementary. Officers procured said student and reattached the meandering pupil to his/her rightful place in academia.
*Officers had a "Terroristic Threat" taken in the 100th Block of West 4th Street. No action was taken and no one was physically harmed.
*Police responded to a call of a "Loose Dog" in the 100th Block of East 4th Street. Officers notified the owner of the promiscuous pooch and he/she was aptly re-confined to the appropriate canine quarters.
*Again Police responded to "Terroristic Threat" activity on the 100th Block of West 4th Street.
Monday, May 14th
*Officers responded to a "Reckless Driver" complaint on the Interstate.
*Police were called on a request to constrain or subdue someone who was in someone else's care. The request was respectfully declined as there was not a criminal, or potentially violent threat.
Sunday, May 13th
*Officers responded to the 400th block of West 14th street where it seems two brothers got into a fight and one called the police, complaining; "I just wanted to call it in before he did!!" (Yes, this stuff is for real!)
*Police provided a "Motorist Assist" at the 1400th Block of Avenue K. "Let's keep things moving along...nothing to see here folks!"
*Officers responded to a "Verbal Altercation" at the 200th Block of East 13th Street, where they managed to restore verbal order.
*Police found a "Missing Dog" in the 200th Block of Avenue K. The Misplaced Mongrel was returned to his/her home. When a "missing dog" winds up in the doghouse...that's a good thing!
*Officers were called to the 100th Block of Avenue K about a "Horse In-Town." We inquired about the illegality of a horse being in town and we were told that if someone chooses to ride their horse in town, they'll not be hassled, but that having a horse loose, or in an inappropriate place, or leaving "calling cards" where they shouldn't is not conducive to maintaining civility in an advanced culture such as ours. (We took liberties with the Chief's actual words to try to more subtly convey the desired point of the matter.)
Saturday, May 12th
*On Saturday Morning officers received a call to check on a "Loose Dog" 17 miles south of the city. The complaint was of a dog being loose one mile north of Abernathy. Officers opted NOT to investigate the doggoned matter.
*Later in the day officers were called on a "Motorist Assist." It seems the motorist was "lost..." - In Hale Center....AND SOBER! The Motorist was pointed "that-a-way" and left to their own bliss.
*In the 200th Block of East 9th street police were called about an "Unwanted Person" at the address. There was also mention in the report of an EMS call at the same address. There were no further details in the report, leaving much to speculation. The Chief just assumed that an unwanted visitor maybe made the resident SICK! The Chief will be doing two Friday & Saturday shows nightly at the Owl Cafe starting in July. "Remember to tip your servers!"
*Police were called to the 1300th Block of Avenue B on a "Theft" complaint, but while investigating, the culprit "brought the purse back!" The Victim maintains the right to file charges at will. "I told you I knew you took my purse and that I was gonna call the cops!"
Friday, May 11th
*On the 500th Block of West Cleveland officers conducted a "Welfare Check." I wonder if it requires two forms of ID to cash a "Welfare Check?"
Thursday, May 10th
*Officers provided a "Motorist Assist" on the 100th Block of East Cleveland.
*Police investigated a "Possible Prowler" on the 500th Block of West Cleveland. No word on whether there WAS a person possibly prowling or whether there was Possibly a person prowling. You see the difference, don't you?
(05/10/12)--The Chief was away yesterday (thus the missed report - made up today) at a "Drug Interdiction" class. These courses basically teach law enforcement how to see "tell-tale" signs of drug possession or usage in interactions with the public! The class was in Perryton, and "Chief Gung-Ho" made stops along the way home looking for warrant fugitives who had moved to various locations along his trek! He may not be all that tall... but he does possess the "Long Arm" of the law! Strangely - on him, though he's right-handed, the long arm is his left! Go figure!
Wednesday, May 9th
*Officers provided an "Agency Assist" to EMS on the 400th Block of West Stevenson. An elderly woman sustained injury and was attended to. No other details were available.
*On the 200th Block of West Stevenson Police responded to a "Burglary of a Vehicle" call...and you gotta Get This! When officers arrived they discovered that some assailant had broken into the vehicle and taken... the entire DASHBOARD! Imagine getting into your car to go to work and seeing nothing but a naked steering wheel! We're talking A/C vents, heater, radio, speedometer; EVEN the danged glove compartment was gone! This is where I would usually try to think of something funny to embellish on the story, but I really don't think that will be necessary here!
*On the 400th Block of West 4th street Officers responded to an "Assault." Police took a report. Details of charges, if any are filed will be reported at another time.
*On the 600th Block of East 6th Police issued a "Criminal Trespass" warning.
*On the 400th Block of Avenue G police provided a "Civil Stand-By." Again the Civil Stand-by is just a presence of law enforcement to insure public civility.
*On the 400th Block of Avenue H police investigated a "Possible Prowler." Chief Burton said; at this time of the year - as weather becomes more pleasant, "Prowler Calls" increase considerably. More and more people and animals roam the streets and alleys enjoying the mild temperatures. As he added, it doesn't mean there aren't prowlers out there... we just notice more activity.
Tuesday, May 8th
*On to the 200th Block of East 13th Street, Officers responded to a "Possible House Fire." Turns out the subject was grilling. Police "sniffed around" a bit, but weren't offered a hot dog and they decided the subject AND situation were docile. (Look it up! Click here for definition of docile)
*On to the 1300th Block of Main Street, Police responded to a "Civil Issue" regarding a subject contracting to perform car repairs and leaving the customer "afoot" so to speak. F.Y.I. best to use a real mechanic when paying someone to work on your automobile, like guys or girls who have tools and a shop!
*Later in the day Officers responded to a Juvenile call. Charges have not yet been filed so it's not too late to turn things around. All kidding aside, if you know who the subject is (or even if you don't...) may we please ask for your prayers for him/her. Decisions made in youth can often greatly affect the rest of your life!
Monday, May 7th
*Officers responded to a call about a "Vehicle Parked in a Shelter Where it Didn't Belong" on the 600th Block of Avenue H. Seems the "Care-taker" of the vehicle wanted to protect it from hail storms so he/she found an unattended garage of a supposed vacant dwelling and they "Just Pulled Right In!" Police located the "Care-taker of the Vehicle" and had it removed. File this one under, "Squatter's Rights" don't mean squat no more!
*Later in the day Reserve Officers observed a "Suspected (possible) Fight" about a mile East of town on FM 1914. Upon questioning and a little "Stink-Eye" the potential brouhaha was aptly thwarted and said "rabble-rousers" were sent on their respective ways. "Nothing to see here folks, let's move along!"
*Police responded to a call of "Possible Shots-Fired" on County Road 185. Remember, as good Texans, there ain't nothin' wrong with going outside the city limits and shootin' a few rounds...but it's best to let property owners know you're there and get their permission first. Either way, don't be surprised to have a visit from local law enforcement. All that to say, since the shots are heard from afar, it's best to leave your liquor and your felonious friends at the house when goin ' shootin'.
*And back to the 500th Block of East 2nd Street Officers responded to a call of "A Man on the Roof." No one was found on the roof....BUT, in the complainant's defense there WAS a cat on the roof!
Sunday, May 6th
*Officers made an "Agency Assist" on a sensitive Medical issue on the 500th Block of 4th Street. The subject was taken to the hospital.
*Police responded to a call of "Debris in the Road" in the 1300th Block of Avenue K. Officers removed the Debris.
*In the 400th Block of East 1st street Police responded to a "Welfare Concern" call. Everything turned out to be fine.
*And back to the 500th Block of East 2nd Street Officers responded to a call of "Men on the Roof." No men were found. If indeed "It's Raining Men, Hallelujah!"...these men would be liable to wind up "in the gutter!"
Saturday, May 5th
*On Saturday, "The Sheriff" (actually one of our officers) rode out to round up "some loose horses" on the 700th Block of Cleveland Street (that's down thar, just east of "the pass." The hosses were lassoed and corralled back onto their homestead range.
*Local officers were called upon to assist DPS with a Northbound stop on the interstate. Generally if there is a felony stop, a search or suspected violent or intoxicated driver, the nearest law enforcement are called to assist as a "back-up."
*Police were called to the 1000th Block of North main on a "Loud Music" complaint. This time it resulted in a citation! "I've told you and told you and told you...turn that noisy thing DOWN!" Typically, citations aren't issued on these kinds of complaints unless you've been warned multiple times...or you have "an attitude!" SO...if you're gonna play it LOUD, be smart and be nice! If you're asked to turn it down, TURN IT DOWN! GOSH, courtesy 101!
*Police responded to a caller who wanted "Their Water Turned On!" Officers passed the request along to the Water Department, and it all "Came out in the Wash!"
*Officers were called to Stevenson and Avenue G...and it was probably something pretty juicy...but the Chief couldn't read the report! SO - if this one was about YOU consider yourself lucky! The officer's poor penmanship got you a break!
*Police responded to the 400th Block of Avenue H for a "Too-Loud, Noisy Party." This one resolved itself and said party-goers subdued their excitement.
*Officers were also called to "Wet-Blanket" a Birthday Party in the City Park. Cake, Ice Cream, Guns & Badges...poor combination. The party moved along.
Friday, May 4rd
*HCPD Conducted a funeral escort from the First Baptist Church to the cemetery.
*Police responded to a "Welfare Concern" at the 500th Block of East 2nd. Everything checked out OK.
*Officers were summoned to Avenue H and 11th Street on a call of "Kids beating on the bleachers with baseball bats." Apparently future Texas Tech Student/fans anticipating an A&M or Texas game.
*On the 500th Block of West 5th Police responded to a call of "Suspicious Activity." The officer didn't find anything out of the ordinary, which is, in and of itself pretty suspicious!
*Again at the 500th Block of East 2nd, Officers were called about "People walking around in the front yard..." The "people" were "gone" when police arrived.
*Police took a report on a "Civil Matter" at the Police Station, no details were provided.
Thursday, May 3rd
*The Chief described yesterday as a "busy day"...."All this stuff occurred yesterday, it was a slow day - ya know, we got to go to the school track meet and you know, just hang around there...then 3:30, 4 O'clock things just got busy..." --Chief Dennis Burton
*Officers responded to the call of a "Burglary of a Motor Vehicle." All property was recovered and officers made an arrest of a local juvenile. The 14 year old, male juvenile is now in custody of the Juvenile facility in Lubbock.
*On 400th Block of West 4th, officers responded to a report of juveniles "Throwing Rocks!" We inquired if they were throwing at people or things...the answer was "Both, but they didn't hit anything!" Obviously they weren't from the baseball team! AND...since they didn't get away - I guess they weren't very valuable assets to the Track Team! The kids got a good "Talkin' to" and they were sent on their way.
*Officers had a Local, Adult, Female "Turn Herself In" on warrants out of Plainview including "Public Intoxication" and "Criminal Trespass." Local officers obliged the lady and placed her under arrest and took her to Plainview. Maybe she just wanted to do the "Right Thing." Wonder how that worked out for her?!?
*Police responded to a call in the 500th Block of West 9th Street concerning a "Garage Door That Wouldn't Close!" Officers arrived on the scene and managed to take control of the situation, promptly getting the door down and secure. This case, and the door are now considered...Closed!
Wednesday, May 2nd
*Police had investigated a "Suspicious Vehicle" on the 400th Block of West 4th Street. A "White Box-Type Truck" with "no markings on it" was seen backed into an area where it had no business and did not belong. Police still have an eye peeled for this vehicle and any others that look like they could be up to "no good!"
*On 1000th Block of South Lawn, "A Resident" complained to officers about "All The Darned Pot Holes!" Officers expect to collar one of the alleged pot holes sometime later today and "Fill said Pot hole in" on the "Pit"-falls of just laying in the middle of the road. AND...we wouldn't make THIS stuff up!
I believe it was Mr. Lester Carr who said, "You can't Dig a hole....You can only Dig the ground...what is left is the hole!"
Tuesday, May 1st
*Police had a report of "Lost Property" at the 600th Block of East 9th. Seems somebody left "something" on top of their car and drove away...then when realizing it wasn't still there...called the Men in Blue! Most likely not a "Big Gulp" like we've all done - but maybe a purse or wallet. Reminds me of my favorite "Born Loser" Cartoon - remember those? Frame 01; The subject walking happily down the street with a flower pot on his head. Frame 02; Rounding the sidewalk corner to his house - flower pot still on his head. Frame 03; Enters his home, flower pot still on his head and hears his wife call out, "Dear, is that you?...The Florist called and said you forgot your hat!
*Officers answered an "Agency Assist" call, this time from CPS. Though the officers aren't always needed to participate in these assists - they still are called to abserve and stand-by. Another aspect of all the scenes your Police Officers have to take to bed with them each night.
*Officers wrote a "Criminal Trespass Warning" at the department. The Police Scanner had a lot of disturbing activity yesterday (from surrounding communitiues) the worst of which was domestic violence - against women AND children. If you're in an abusive situation PLEASE tell someone. Have our Police Department write up a "Criminal Trespass Warning" and keep yourself and others safe. Remember Terrorism is illegal...and yes, Physical AND verbal abuse is a form of terrorism!
*Police were called to another sad situation on an (APS) "Adult Protective Services Assist." Without going into too much detail, if you believe you've witnessed an adult, elderly or not - living in a way that could be hazardous to themselves or others it doesn't hurt to tell one of your local police officers. As we learn here everyday, they've just about seen it all and they are experienced and familiar with what can and should be done in most situations.
Monday, April 30th
*Yesterday's report was short, but exciting:
HCPD responded to a "Multi-Vehicle (2) Crash Site" actually described as a "minor accident" in the 500th Block of West 4th Street. "No injuries or anything" --Chief Burton.
The Jaws of Life were not required and the HazMat Team was not dispatched. Traffic was diverted and no significant impact was reported on drive-time traffic in the city.
Sunday, April 29th
*In the 500th Block of East 13th Some "Lug Nut" threatened somebody with a tire tool! Apparently the assailant was "Tired" of the potential victim's "Inflated Talk!" Waving a tire tool around is a good way to get "Busted!" Get it...Busted! Hahahaha! Hey, it's Monday, you wanna do this stuff?
*Officers responded to a request for "Motorists Assist" at Allsup's.
*And Police investigated a "Suspicious Vehicle" in the 1300th Block of Avenue K.
Saturday, April 28th
*Police were called to the 400th Block of West 12th Street about an "Aggressive Dog." When these reports are made...not only is the dog in danger of being taken in and subjected to the worst case scenario, but the owner can also be fined. C'mon, y'all...Keep ole Fido in the yard!
*Police were called to the 400th Block of Cleveland Street on a "Welfare Concern." Everything was "OK!"
*Officers responded to the 100th Block of East Stevenson on a "Threat." This call was described as a "Follow-up" and no other details were provided.
*On the 900th block of Avenue E police were called to the address for a "Drunken Person reportedly beating on the door!" The resident did not know the dipstick in question. Police are searching for the driver of the "maroon colored 4-door." GOSH! Really! Some people shouldn't even be allowed around alcohol!!!
Friday, April 27th
*Police provided a funeral escort from the Baptist Church to the cemetery.
*Officers responded to the 600th Block of West 9th relating to the previously reported "Juvenile Runaway."
*On the 200th Block of South Main HCPD responded to a request for assistance with EMS.
*Officers performed a "Motorist Assist" on the 600th Block of Main Street.
*Police responded to a report of LOUD MUSIC on the the 200th Block of South Main Street.
*On the 100th Block of East 6th Street Police looked into another "Suspicious Vehicle." Anytime I do that... I wind up seeing someone looking back...once it was really embarrassing! (...but well-worth it!)
Thursday, April 26th
*Local Officers filed a report of a "Juvenile Runaway" from the 600th Block of 9th Street. The Juvenile has since been located.
*Police responded a report of "Road Rage" incident on Interstate 27. Sally & I monitored this report and subsequent stop on the police scanner. In all diplomacy may I say, "What Idiots!" This driver was tailgating and flashing his or her lights while traveling at or above posted speeds on the interstate...obviously because they didn't like the way someone was driving! NEVER a good idea! The other driver called it in and the aggressive driver was stopped and issued several warnings. No matter how mad you are, or how "bad" you may believe you are...you could cause an accident, get arrested or very possibly get SHOT! Remember, there may only be one person on Earth meaner and tougher than you...and they could be in that other car. Idiot! (written by Anonymous!)
*On the 400th Block of Avenue E officers looked into a car that was "Impeding Traffic." The car had pooped out in traffic and was moved.
*On the 500th Block of West 6th Police responded to a call of LOUD MUSIC! The music was turned down.
*Officers responded to the 300th Block of West 6th street on a "Suspicious Person" call. The person was looked at real good...
Wednesday, April 25th
*There was a report of another "Suspicious Vehicle" on the corner of Avenue K and Cleveland. Police are still following up on this one. This car is said to have shifty headlights and a growling rear-end. We're talking suspicious! It seems the car's identification implied that it was incognito, leaving authorities to investigate if the car is kidnapped or a runaway. We'll have more on the news at 10.
*Police responded to the 400th block of Avenue A on a "Runaway Juvenile" This too is an ongoing investigation and being treated more as a "Welfare Concern."
*One of the officers who was "Very Busy" yesterday seemed to have misplaced his "Call Sheet." Other officers are assisting in the search for the missing call sheet. I guess this entry on the report is about missing entries on the other report...make any sense? Hey, Some days are exciting, some days we have to fluff things up a bit.
Tuesday, April 24th
*On the 200th block of West 3rd street, Officers were called to assist with a "Combative Patient." The patient was subdued and transported to a better-equipped facility for their condition.
*On FM 1424 police responded to a residential security alarm. The alarm seems to have been false. City officials are looking into accessing a charge for excessive false alarms as is the case in other cities. This does not mean every call, just after "X" amount of consecutive false alarms.
*Officers responded to the 300th block of Avenue K on a "Welfare Concern"... The person was OK.
*Police were called yet again - this time to the 400th block of West 6th on a "Residential Security Alarm." Police reported no intrusion. (except for the intrusion of their do-nut break for a false alarm!) Again, the home was secure - the donut however ended up being "slam-dunked."
Monday, April 23rd
*Officers responded to a call of a "Wrong-Way Driver" on the Interstate. The report was very vague and no driver was found going the wrong way.
*On the 300th Block of West 6th Police assisted a citizen to gain entry into his or her apartment as they had misplaced their keys and wisely provided a set to the Department beforehand. Wonder if I could get Dennis to keep a spare remote control to our TV?
*Officers responded to the 1100th Block of Avenue I to a call of "Kids Walking on People's Grass." It seems the kids had words with the owner and the owner had words with the kids and next thing you know...the kids were "On Grass!" "Ya see...that's how it gets started!" The kids were asked to stay off the owner's grass!
*On the 400th Block of West 3rd Police investigated a "Home Invasion Alarm." As impressive as that sounds, it turned out to be a "False Alarm."
*The police department answered a call to assist CPS
*Officers responded to a call on the 500th block of West 1st Street of some kids "Stealing Flowers." As benign as it sounds, it wasn't just a love-struck fool trying to procure a "favor" for his sweetheart, but rather a would-be delinquent; who "scooped up an entire thing of petunias that were planted!" The kids were "Talked To" and hopefully will find a more appropriate method of displaying that they "really dig flowers!"
*And finally there was a "Domestic Disturbance" in the 1200th block of Avenue H THIS MORNING that has not, as yet result in an arrest.
Sunday, April 22nd
*Police answered a report of "Theft" of a porch swing or a swing set being taken in the 400th block of West Cleveland. They have this matter under investigation and plan to curtail the suspected unlawful Swingers soon.
*Officers responded to a "Motorist Assist" on the 400th Block of Main Street. Good Guys!
*On the 1000th Block of Main Street Officers investigated another "Suspicious Vehicle."
Saturday, April 21st
*Officers acted on an illegally parked semi-truck tractor on the 300th block of Main Street. Designated parking in Hale Center for Tractor Trailer Rigs is restricted to: Avenue K and East Cleveland. Designated truck routes do not necessarily constitute designated parking. Like I'm told at most civic functions, "You can walk through...just don't get too comfortable anywhere."
*Officers acted again on another illegally parked semi-truck tractor on the 200th block of East Stevenson. Hello? Both drivers were given "Verbal Warnings"
*Sadly there was a report of a dog being hit by a car on East Stevenson Street. No dog was found at the reported location. Even though it is illegal for dogs to wander about in the city limits unattended and unleashed - we would like to encourage dogs that have been violated, such as in a "Hit And Run" to please make the report anyway. You may not receive immunity for wandering about illegally, but you can still do your part to prevent further violations of other dogs that may be bending the laws. No animal should be left for dead...even/especially if they are vagrant or homeless.
*In the 600th block of Avenue C some kids were found "Fooling Around" behind the Pharmacy. The kids were sent home and told to stop fooling around behind the pharmacy! What do they think alleys are for!"
*Officers responded to a "Motorist Assist" on the Interstate.
Friday, April 20th
*On the 600th block of the access road police responded to a report of a stranded vehicle which they promptly shuffled along.
*Local officers assisted DPS with the stop of a "Drunken Driver" on southbound I-27. Guess he or she didn't have and "friends who wouldn't let friends drive drunk!"
*Police checked out a "Suspicious Vehicle" on the 400th block of East 1st Street. No further details were available, but we do not suspect our officers of "Vehicular Profiling" in this stop... this car would have looked suspicious to ANYBODY!
Thursday, April 19th
*At approximately 12th and Main Street HCPD Assisted DPS on a stop that resulted in the arrest of two out-of-town men on "Narcotics Charges." The men were turned in by another motorist for driving southbound on I-27 at speeds of up to 100mph. The Stop resulted in a search and consequent arrest of the men on narcotics.
*Local officers answered a call to the 400th block of east 1st concerning a "Disturbance." Upon questioning and running identification of the parties involved, one man was arrested on unrelated outstanding warrants from Castro County. We are waiting to see what the warrant in Castro County was for - before releasing the individual's name.
*Police offered a "Motorist Assist" to a driver on Southlawn and Avenue K.
*Officers were again called to the address at the 400th block of East 1st Street for an EMS assist but when EMS and Police arrived the subject had already been taken to the hospital by a private means of transportation.
We will put in a call to DPS to see if there is more to the arrest of the two men on drugs later today. Check back for more "Juice" should there be any. Enjoy your safe weekend and be sure to check back Monday to see what happened over the Weekend! Hope we're not writing about YOU!
Wednesday, April 18th
*"All right, in the 500th block of west 2nd we had a 'Welfare Check' ...ahh, everything was fine. Uhmmm...
*500th block of west 10th we had ahh-nuther 'Welfare Concern...' - Everything was fine..."
NOTICE how we delved right into today's report with direct quotes from the Chief, himself! A technique we'll not use often, rather a "creative license" that we'll, from time-to-time exercise for dramatic effect.
*Officers responded to a call on 1300th Block of Avenue G concerning a citizen who felt he was being the victim of a "Money Scam." No further details were available at the time of this publication, but we have assigned a correspondent to this investigation to unveil further developments (Another words; If Dennis tells me anymore, I'll tell y'all.)
*Finally, in a related story, this past weekend it was reported that a business from Plainview was going door-to-door passing out business cards offering to buy people's GOLD:
--Chief Burton "Yeah, They said they weren't soliciting, even to do so, ah, people (residents) need to know that any solicitors are supposed to have a Solicitation Permit issued by the City of Hale Center. So if somebody's knocking on the door -- residents have the right to ask to see their Solicitation Permits."
You are encouraged to do so to keep door-to-door sales people on the up-and-up. If you are interested in obtaining a Solicitation Permit for selling in the City of Hale Center, see Kamy Eady, City Secretary at City Hall.
Tuesday, April 17th
*Officers were called To Hale Center High School on a "Harassment Issue." Police spoke with both subject and one of the parents. The offence was described as "Harassment By Texting" which now carries the same penalties as any other type of bullying or Harassment and is punishable as a Class B Misdemeanor. Second offence elevates to a Class A offence which could result in $4000.00 fine and up to a year in jail. It's a new day and our children need to be aware of the consequences of what they may not realize is so serious. Plus, remember..."Mean People Suck!" Penal Code, section 4207 - Harassment
*Police were called to the 400th Block of West 6th on an "Residential Alarm Call." Turned out to be a "False Alarm" as the residence got a new system! Hope their new alarm system turns out better than our last DVR, Wireless Internet Set-up and remote control system or the Police Department will be on their toes 24/7!
*Officers responded to a call that "ended up" on 500th Block of West 10th. The domestic situation began at another location and was brought to a peaceful resolve at the aforementioned address. The situation remains under investigation.
*Local officers were called to assist DPS on a "Drunk Driving" call on southbound I-27.
*Otherwise the day was spent delivering summons, school notices and general traffic patrol.
Monday, April 16th
*Officers were called (yet again) to 500th block of East 2 Street on a "Prowler call"- Police evaluated the scene and determined there was no prowler. Notice the frequency & regularity of this call, yet officers maintain their duty and respond with respect each time.
*Police were called to the 400th Block of East 13th for a "Civil Stand-By." More insight to the "less glorious" aspects of their jobs...in maintaining the peace officers are called to maintain civility as families break up and go their separate ways.
*There were no armed robberies, terroristic threats, ongoing homicide investigations or loose goats to report on today. Don't miss tomorrow's report - you never know what could break...and we'll be here to report it!
Sunday, April 15th
*Officers were called to 200th block of East 10 Street on a "Verbal Disturbance"- All parties were gone upon arrival of the Police.
*Police were called to the 400th Block of Avenue K on a "Civil Stand-By." Nothing developed.
*Police had a "Walk-In Complaint" of "Criminal Mischief" - It is not known yet from reports where it it took place or how mischievous it got. Hopefully there'll be more at 10.
*Officers were called to the 500th block of East 2nd Street about abandoned vehicles in the alley. The vehicles were removed.
Saturday, April 14th
*Officers were called to 500th block of West 2nd Street on a "Domestic Situation" which was handled as a welfare concern. Officers assisted and secured the residence and situation. We are hopeful that this situation is resolved.
*Police were advised of a "Reckless Driver" on I-27 North.
*Police responded on an "Agency Assist" with the DPS in the 500th block of East 3rd Street.
*Police responded on to the 200th block of 14th street about "Suspicious Persons".
Friday, April 13th
*Officers responded to a possible "Drunken Driver" On South Interstate 27.
*Our Local Police were called on a "Criminal Trespass" complaint at the Hale Center Country Club. No other details were provided.
*Officers were called to Caudle Lake where "Kids were hanging on the Volleyball Net." The possibility is being considered that they were blown there in the excessive high winds.
*Officers received a report of fireworks being discharged in the city limits. FYI, there is still a ban on fireworks in the area AND the Chief emphasized that it is always unlawful to discharge fireworks in the city limits. He described it as a "Special Misdemeanor" - in that, the more you do it...De-Meaner he gets! EVERYONE is a comedian!
*Police responded to the 500th block of East 2nd Street on a welfare concern.
*There was another report of a "Drunk Driver" investigated on northbound I-27.
Thursday, April 12th
*Officers were called to the 800th block of East 2nd Street on a "Welfare Check."
*Police were called to the 1000th block of South Lawn on a "LOUD NOISE" complaint.
*Officers looked into an "Open Door of a Building" report at the intersection of Cleveland and the East Access road.
*Officers "checked a residence" at the 800th block of East 2nd Street.
Wednesday, April 11th
*Police were called to I-27, South of the City Limits about a "female walking on the shoulder of the road with a baby." Police were unable to locate the subjects.
*Officers were called to the 400th block of North Main Street on a "Motorist Assist."
*Officers were called to the 500th block of East 2nd about a "Person on the roof..." This is one of several calls to this address that seem to be unfounded, but our officers continue responding and treating all parties with dignity. It's not all guts & glory..."
*Local Police were called to the 400th block of North Main Street on a "Motorist Assist."
Tuesday, April 10th
*Officers were called to the 500th block of West 1st Street on an EMS Agency Assist call. They "Stood-by and assisted EMS."
*Officers responded to a County Call at County Road 155 and Avenue Q concerning "Shots Fired." No further information - This is...after all, Rural Texas...
*Officers responded to another County Call of an accident at County Road 135 and FM 1424. Two vehicles were involved, one overturned. There were no injuries reported and no charges filed that we learned of.
*Police were called to the 1000th block of Main Street on a "Domestic Disturbance." One party left and everything was settled without further incident.
Monday, April 9th
*Officers responded to the 200th block of Stevenson on a "Civil Matter"...which would - in all reality be an "un-civil matter - just sayin'". The matter concerned a child and was handled appropriately - no one was in danger or was charged.
*There was a "Theft Report" in the 200th block of West 3rd Street. Again, Robbery involves personal confrontation, burglary (or "being burgled" is unlawful removal of property after unlawful access...and Theft, as in this case is the taking of items without unlawful entry. A laptop and other items were taken.
*Police responded to a complaint from someone that "Somebody is dumping their garbage in MY dumpster..." Sounds like SOMEBODY hasn't been reading his or her Hale Center Insider! See: Dumpster Dilema. The officer told the complainant that he would, "Look into it..." Similar to what we used to tell callers who requested songs..."I'll see what I can do."
Sunday, April 8th
*Officers responded to a report of "LOUD MUSIC" on 400th block of Avenue A.
*Officers responded to a report of "LOUD MUSIC" on Avenue K and Cleveland. We inquired if some of the Easter Cantatas had gotten out of hand...that was a negative.
*Police answered a call of "Domestic Assault" on the 600th block of East 12th Street where one person was arrested. No one was injured but property was damaged. Further charges are pending with the District Attorney.
Saturday, April 7th
*Officers responded to a report of an "Intoxicated Driver" on I-27 South. The driver was found at the rest area and was not determined to be intoxicated. "Keep it between the lines, fella!"
*Police responded to the 500th block of East 1st Street on report of a "Suspicious Person." No other details were reported, implying nothing else of significance took place.
*500th block of West 6th Street had a report of LOUD MUSIC. Officers responded and the subjects turned their music down/off. Dude...lame!
Friday, April 6th
*Police were called to the 100th block of Main Street (The Car Wash) on a "Welfare Check." It wasn't clear if the person with "suffering welfare" made the call or not so it could have been a frustrated patron - who lost their money in the machine...or someone "sleeping it off" in one of the stalls and reported by a very well-meaning onlooker.
*Officers responded to the 500th block of Avenue H on a "Curfew Concern." Again, our curfew is in effect for those under 17 years of age or over 65....that was a little of the Chief's brand of HUMOR - ACTUALLY -- only those under 17 must be off the streets by 11PM on weeknights and by midnight on weekends.
*Police received a report of 2 suspicious vehicles in the parking lot of the 100th block of Cleveland. They were examined and released.
Wednesday, April 4th
*Police were called to the 300th block of west 4th Street where a "Criminal Trespass Order" was issued to two people. "You don't have to go home...but you can't stay here - AND DON'T COME BACK!"
*Officers received a complaint from the 300th block of Main Street about LOUD MUSIC. Huh?
*Police issued a warning to a Semi-Tractor Truck in an unauthorized (residential) area of the city, parked at 11th and Avenue J. The driver was unaware and resolved the issue.
*Officers responded to a report of a reckless driver on I-27. Identification of the reckless vehicle was simply of a "white car"...glad there aren't many of those! On the scanner recently we monitored a call of a vehicle, southbound on I-27 traveling the WRONG WAY! (It was southbound in the northbound lane)...As scary as that was, we had to laugh when the officer (not one of ours) called back in and ask dispatch to DESCRIBE THE VEHICLE! Hello! It's the one headed toward your windshield!!
*Again, on 4th and Main Street, Police responded to a "Motorist Assist" call where a car apparently had their starter go out and needed to be towed - our cops helped the folks get it together and get on their way. Now don't ya feel bad about what ya said about 'em when they wrote ya up last time? Huh?....
Tuesday, April 3rd
*Police were called to the 1300th block of Avenue H on a report of an attempted burglary. Officers investigated the scene and documented their findings.
*HCPD was called to assist on a minor issue with a juvenile at Akin Elementary. Officers visited with the child and after a little time investment and encouragement the issue appeared resolved.
Monday, April 2nd
*Police were called to the 200th block of west 3rd on a "Domestic Disturbance" call. One party left. Later Officers were called to the same address on a "Civil Stand-By" (...where officers presence is requested to maintain civil behavior.)
*It was reported to Officers that; At the 300th block of Main Street "The Clerk was being Rude." It seems the clerk was being called "bad names" so he advised them that he did have the right to refuse them service. The customers said the clerk did NOT have such rights, prompting the "clerk" to display to them - his badge (from his day-job.) The customers decided they weren't really in the mood for burritos after all and left.
*Police were called to the west service road and Cleveland Street - on a "Motorist Assist" call where they helped the motorist "wind his/her car back up" and got him/her on their way.
*For the month of March, HCPD issued a grand total of 33 warnings/citations (combined) to the public. That tallies to just over one per day.
Sunday, April 1st
*Police responded to a "Verbal Disturbance" at the 600th block of east 1st Street - (An Argument between any two individuals) ...a domestic disturbance by a different name.
*Officers were called to the 300th block of West 4th because of "Some girls" reportedly "throwing eggs at a house." I cackled when I heard that!
*Police responded to a the 500th block of east 4th on a loud music call.
Saturday, March 31st
*Officers were called on an "Agency Assist" on South I-27. These are calls where our officers assist the DPS and/or Sheriff's department as "back up" on a call.
*Police responded to a report in the 100th block of South Main Street on a "Motorist Assist" - again, where a car is disabled or "discombobulated" (an online press term.)
Friday, March 30th
*Police were advised of a "Possible Theft" in the 300th block of Cleveland. Details on this call were sketchy, but it sounds like a call in 1989 in Weatherford, TX when a hot "Strawberry Blond" (Sally) in a Porsche Coupe "Stole My Heart!" There really was a "possible theft" reported...the officer just didn't elaborate.
*Officers responded to the 1200th block of east 13th on a "noise complaint." This could be noisy mufflers, loud music or the after effects of Mama's Chile...again, officers didn't elaborate.
*Police were called to the 1000th block of Main Street for a "Suspicious Vehicle." The suspected vehicle was questioned and released.
*HCPD Assisted at the roadside park South of the city on a domestic disturbance with a "possible gun" involved.
Thursday, March 29th
*At FM 1914 and Avenue P (west of the city) HCPD responded to a "noise concern." Chief Burton described the situation as "the Gas Company cleaning out their lines..." - I thought to myself, "Sally could have called that one in on me last night!" Turned out to be scheduled maintenance, though the county received multiple noise complaints. "Nothing to see here!"
*Thursday provided several traffic stops and a truancy call. One day next week the Chief will provide us with a list of traffic stops - citations & warnings for the month of March. (Don't start sweating; no names will be published...until your name appears on a warrant for "no-pay!")
*Police responded to a call from the 400th block of east Stevenson for a motorist assist. "To Serve And Protect!"
*Officers responded to the 1200th block of Main Street on a prowler call. No arrests were made and no prowler was caught. Ginger was hoping it was a "Cat Burglar!" She always makes the most obvious jokes...
*Police responded to a report in the 100th block of west 4th about a tractor-trailer in the city. There are designated tractor-truck routes in our fair city - they cannot park the "Big Rigs" in the residential areas on the streets OR on private property. This ordinance was passed in January of 2012 to protect the city streets from undue wear & tear and our fine citizens from the unpleasant noise element. Chief Burton spouted off, "City Ordinance #2011 dash 1-1-1-4" like he was Dan Aykroyd or something!
Wednesday, March 28th
*Police started their day off with what easily could have been one of the most dangerous and newsworthy calls of the year; A residential alarm was tripped in the 300th block of West 6th. Officers arrived on the scene. There were no injuries or arrests and no property had been taken - in fact, in the words of the Chief, "Everything was fine..." But we maintain there could have been a story there.
*Officers were called to the 300th block of west Cleveland, to the scene of a reported assault! One of the subjects is expected to file a formal complaint. There were no reported injuries.
*Police responded to a call from the 300th block of west 10th Street on a domestic call. No further details were recorded.
*Finishing out the report our local police were called to an "assist." (We'll not provide the vicinity.) An Assist is where our Men in Blue simply arrive to help someone - in this case someone had fallen and needed help getting back up and around."
Editor's Note: When you see our officers today around town, I hope you'll bear in mind that last call...and remember, they are not just the guys that ruin your loud party, make you pour out your beer and slow you down when you're speeding - They're also the guys who are there when your grandma or grandpa falls, or needs help and you can't be there! 'When you wave at these guys today...use all four fingers!"
Tuesday, March 27th
*HCPD started their day off with a call to I-27 and Main Street to round up some loose goats "out by the service road." When we inquired of the resolve we were told, "We herded 'em up and got 'em back inside the fence" ...and the goats tasted very good!"
*At the 300th block of Main Street, Police responded to a "Criminal Trespass" report.
*"Somewhere on Main Street" police were made aware of a dog bite. (Ginger was with her mother all day.) Details were not available as the Police were notified only about "an incident"...by the EMS. Please, keep your dogs and goats restrained!
*Officers were called to the 500th block of West 13th Street on a "Terroristic Threat." As ominous as this sounds, the Chief advised us that the complaint-type in question was known as a "Terroristic Threat" even before 9-1-1. In this case it involved an individual threatening to put his foot in an inappropriate place on another individual. Somewhat of a "Shoe-Bomber if you will."
*Police responded to a call in the 400th block of Main Street where they assisted in the return of a missing "patient" back to the security of his home.
*Officers found a "couple of girls" sitting on top of the concrete water pump stations on the side of the Interstate at Cleveland...talking on their cell phones. "Sorry gurls...that is NOT allowed."
*Police Chief Burton delivered a presentation to the Pioneer Club, updating them on the Warrant Round-Up, AND the Tornado Whistle was blown as a test. Did you hear anything?
Monday, March 26th
*HCPD was dispatched to I-27 where there was a report of a reckless driver in the northbound lane.
*Officers were called to do a "Welfare Check" at 400th block of west 9th street. Again a Welfare Check is when a citizen calls the police because they are concerned about another person's safety or welfare, usually elderly or a suspicion of danger or foul play.
*Police were requested for an "Agency Assist" for the EMS at the Senior Citizens Center. Personnel at the Center advised us that one of the guests/members slumped over and passed out unexpectedly. She had regained consciousness by the time EMS arrived but was transported to Covenant Hospital in Plainview by Hale Center EMS at the request of a family member. The person's name is not being revealed, as we have not yet spoken with the family.
*Officers were called on a "Welfare Concern" for an elderly woman walking around at Caudle Lake.
Sunday, March 25th
*A "Civil Stand-by" was requested in the 400th block of Avenue E. This is where officers are requested to be present to assure peace and safety.
*Officers were called to Caudle Lake to check on a reckless driver in the parking lot.
*A dog was reported loose or "at large" in the 400th block of west 9th.
*Suspicious activity was reported and investigated in the 500th block of East 2nd.
*A suspicious vehicle was reported and investigated in the 500th block of Stevenson.
*A danged barking dog was reported and looked into in the 400th block of West 9th.
*A fight was reported in the 300th block of Main Street. Everyone described to have been involved was gone when officers arrived.
*Another "Civil Stand-by" was requested in the 400th block of Avenue E.
*Officers were called to and investigated reports of "An old dude p***ing in the alley. He had apparently already finished and gone when officers arrived.
Saturday, March 24th
*Officers were called to Cleveland and the East access road to assist a motorist.
*There was a report of LOUD MUSIC! in the 400th block of East 1st Street.
*Officers invstigated a possible prowler in the 400th block of East 1st Street.
*Officers invstigated a possible prowler in the 500th block of East 2nd Street.
*Someone's party got too loud and out of hand in the 600th block of Main Street. No arrests were reported.
*Officers were called to 400th block of the West access road for a verbal domestic disturbance. No arrests were made.
Friday, March 23rd
*Police were called to the 500th block of East 2nd on a welfare check. We inquired, "What is a Welfare Check?" I thought it was what my granny used to get on the first of each month. Chief Burton described it as a "Check of someone's Welfare." We may NEVER learn this PD lingo!
*Officers were called to look into a complaint of LOUD MUSIC in the 500th block of West 13th Street.
*Officers were called to assist with a MHMR situation in the 600th block of Avenue K.
*There was a 9-1-1 call to the 500th block of East 1st Street. All was well.
*Police were called to the 300th block of East 6th Street to assist EMS where a lady had slammed the car door on her finger! The finger was caught!! The situation was resolved though there will likely be loss of a nail.
*Officers were called to the 500th block of East 2nd Street about a possible prowler...Again.
*Police responded to a call of a "Reckless Driver," Northbound on I-27.
*Officers responded to a "Shots Fired!" call on the South East side of the city but were unable to locate anything.
*And at 5:30AM Officers were called - yet again on the report of a possible prowler on top of the person's house....?? Didn't find anyone on the house.