MISSING A COW?
A Black Angus cow has been found on a Ranch where it doesn’t belong. The cow is on The Robinson Ranch on CR 310 between gate 10 and gate 12. The cow has been there a while and possible has a yellow ear tag #66.
Please contact the Edwards County Sheriff’s Office at 830-683-4104 for information.
THE TIME IS HERE AND WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH
I don’t know about you but it is time that we as a community take control of this Meth problem. Enough is enough!! We at the Edwards Sheriff’s Office are concerned with the well-being of our relatives, friends and neighbors having to deal with their loved ones while they are addicted to this drug.
Meth is a nasty drug. One cannot fathom the idea that something that can be manufactured under a kitchen sink with products like Phosphorous, (the red part of a match) acetone, (Paint thinner), ephedrine, (cooked down portion of Sudafed) and sometimes ether when it can be found. Some of these self-proclaimed Chemist use fertilizer as an ingredient. Oh yes, all of this goes into the drug that has taken over some of our lives. Sadly, the application of this drug will be shot into their veins, snorted, or smoked. The end result is the deterioration of calcium in the body causing the teeth to rot and bones to become fragile and can cause apparent sudden death.
Upon seizing a clandestine drug lab. Law Enforcement has to call in a special unit (DEA) to take possession of the lab with protective clothing to avoid exposure to the dangerous fumes. Your neighbor could be cooking it right now and is exposing you to these dangerous fumes without your knowledge.
Now, it’s time to start our agenda. Edwards County has petitioned Crimes Stoppers for a membership in their organization. Crime stoppers will pay a reward for information for the arrest and Grand Jury Indictment for the information and you will not have to be identified in giving the information or collecting the reward.
Meth is the cause of other crimes also and rewards for other crimes will be offered also pending the acceptance of the Membership to Crime Stoppers.
In the interim, while approval is in the making, ESCO is seeking Board Member participation that will govern the Chapter. No, you will not ever know the name of the caller, none of us will.
We will be asking for community members to come forward and accept this challenge and will be seated for 12 months, meeting monthly, if needed. Please be advised that this a voluntary position. It is imperative that you are a person of good character and integrity. We want this open to a vast group of individuals that want these problems addressed. In addition, no member of Law Enforcement will interfere with the decision making of the seated panel.
FAMILY VIOLENCE LEADS TO A TRAGIC ENDING
On 11/09/2017 Edwards County Sheriff’s Office received a call stating Marc Accove was on The Hackberry-Pecan Ranch on RR 335. Accove had a Protective Order issued to him because Accove was involved in Family Violence on October 8, 2017. Accove was accused of assaulting his common law wife.
On Sunday, November 5, 2017, Accove violated the Protective Order by showing up at her workplace and was seen observing her from a distance of about 75 feet. Accove sat in his vehicle for about 15 minutes. Accove also hacked into another person’s messenger account and was communicating with the Victim, posing as another person.
On Monday November 6, 2017, the Victim came into the Edwards County Sheriff’s Office and filed a complaint. The Texas Code of Criminal Procedure clearly states that a Law Enforcement Officer shall arrest an individual that violates a Protective Order. On this same day just a few moments after receiving the complaint, Deputy Darrell Volkmann typed a complaint and The Honorable Judge Tommy Walker issued a warrant for the arrest of Marc Anthony Accove Sr. for Violation of a Protective Order. Edwards County Deputies started searching for Accove immediately.
On November 9, 2017, the Victim calls in to the Sheriff’s Office stating that Accove’s Vehicle was found partially hidden from view. Robert Ibarra and DPS Trooper Tyler Weatherford arrived at the location first and began searching the area for Accove. Darrell Volkmann then arrived and the search continued. A person that lived at the location alerted Law Enforcement Officers that Accove was hiding in the Victims vehicle.
Weatherford, Ibarra approached the vehicle and each opened a door on the vehicle to look inside. Volkmann spotted Accove from the door that he opened and ordered Accove to show his hands. Accove then fired at Volkmann missing him. Accove then turned the gun on himself, shooting himself in the head.
The case is being investigated by The Texas Rangers.
HOUSTON MAN ARRESTED FOR THEFT
On 11/02/2017, Fortino “Tim” Rodriguez Jr. (51) was arrested at his hunting camp in southwest Edwards County charged with Theft of a firearm, a state jail felony and theft 2500-30,000, a state jail felony.
In 2015, a legal agreement was made to return an AR-10 assault rifle and monies that were to be paid back to the Victim. Numerous opportunities were given by the Victim and The Edwards County Sheriff’s Office were attempted to mediate the situation ending in the result of his arrest.
DEL RIO MAN DENIED BOND REDUCTION IN ASSAULT OF DISABLED MAN
On Thursday, September 14, 2017, The Honorable Judge Robert Hoffmann denied a bond reduction on Mark Anthony Jimenez (27). Jimenez filed a Motion For a bond reduction, asking the bond to be lowered from $100,000.00 so he could make bond and be released from custody. After Judge Hoffmann denied the bond reduction, a pre-trial hearing was set in October 2017.
LOCAL MAN ARRESTED FOR SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION VIOLATIONS
On September 13, 2017, The Edwards County Sheriff’s Office was notified that Joel Perez Ortiz (31) had not been following the guidelines of status changes that were established as part of his Sex Offender Registration.
Ortiz is on Parole for Sexual Assault of a Child (15 years old female) and had not reported that he had job changes, changes in vehicles that he uses and was observed by an Edwards County Deputy drinking alcohol with underage children present.
The Parole Office in Del Rio Texas immediately violated his parole. Ortiz turned himself in to Sheriff Elliott on September 15, 2017 without incident.
Additional charges will be filed on Ortiz for failure to comply with Sex Offender Registration in the immediate future. Ortiz remains in The Edwards County Detention Center without bond.
Ortiz could be facing additional prison time if convicted.
CHARGES INCREASED ON THREATS TO WITNESSES
On Monday August 21, 2017 a case was being reviewed at the Edwards County Sheriff’s Office on a Terroristic Threat that happened in May 2017, at the Mesa Motel. A disabled man was assaulted by two Del Rio Men that caused the man to be hospitalized, be monitored in ICU and be put on life support. Terroristic Threats is a Class A Misdemeanor and is punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $4000.00 fine.
Isaac Jimenez and Ashley Castro is accused of threatening witnesses, with harm and possibly death if the witnesses told Law Enforcement anything about the incident. The witness were afraid to come forward concerning the Injury to the Disabled case.
The State of Texas will file the charges against the alleged actors in the original incident and The State will also file the new charges against Jimenez and Castro. It was determined that the Terroristic charges did not properly fit the incident so the Terroristic Threat Charges were dismissed and re-filed by The Edwards County Sheriff’s Office. The new charge is Retaliation and is a 3rd degree Felony punishable up 2-10 years in prison and optional fine not to exceed $10,000.
Ashley Castro was arrested on August 22, 2017 without incident and transported to the Edwards County Detention Facility where Castro posted a $15000.00 bond. Jimenez is currently incarcerated at The Texas Department of Corrections (TDC) on an unrelated charge from Val Verde County
SECOND ARREST MADE IN THEFT SCHEME
On August 17, 2017, a second arrest was made in Rocksprings in connection to a scheme that was played out over a year at the Family Dollar on SH 55 S. Samuel “Sammy Flores (44) of Rocksprings Texas was arrested for Theft 750.00- 2500.00 and was released on a $6000.00 Surety bond.
Cynthia Russo Hernandez (39) was an employee at the store and was acting as though she was scanning the items as her husband Flores was receiving the stolen goods. When several hundred dollars’ worth of items were run through the scanner only a couple of items were charged to his card thus scamming the corporation from the benefits of the sale.
Hernandez was indicted for theft on June 5, 2017, was arrested and immediately posted a $7500.00 Surety bond. When Hernandez was interviewed, she admitted in participating in thefts from the store about 50 times in less than a year, totaling several thousand dollars’ worth of merchandise.
The second arrest came after The Edwards County Sheriff’s Office viewed the tape several times and clearly saw that there was another actor in the scheme. There are other suspects that are rumored to have participated and the investigation will continue in an attempt to expose any other suspects.
Theft 750.00-2500.00 is a Class A Misdemeanor that has a maximum penalty of one year in jail and/or a $4000.00 fine.
TWO DEL RIO MEN INDICTED FOR ASSAULT TO THE DISABLED
On August 10, 2017, two Del Rio men were indicted for Injury to the Disabled in connection with an assault over a small undisclosed sum of money that was owed.
Mark Anthony Jimenez (28) and his brother James Edward Jimenez (33) are accused of beating a disabled Rocksprings man at the Mesa Motel on May 14, 2017 causing serious bodily injury to the point that the man had to be placed on life support.
The indictment also increased the defendants bonds to $100, 000 dollars each and they remain in jail in lieu of posting bond.
ROCKSPRINGS MAN IS NOW FACING FEDERAL CHARGES
On March 29, 2016, Jesus Javier Ornelas (34) was in the City of Rocksprings, TX, reported to the Edwards County Sheriff's Office that he had been cruising around when all of a sudden his vehicle was being chased by two rival parties, Manuel Rodriguez III and Justin Rodriguez. According to Ornelas, Justin Rodriguez had previously attempted to kill him during a shooting where Justin and other “Crips gang members” began firing aimlessly at him and several other innocent men who had challenged the gang by demanding they stop selling drugs in Rocksprings. So, Javier said that when he observed a black truck driven by Manuel Rodriguez III and the passenger was his son, Justin Rodriguez, following him he stated, “I feared for my life because Justin has already tried to kill me with a gun once.” Upon being notified of the two vehicle driving through town erratically and possible shots being fired, Sheriff Elliott and Deputies quickly made a traffic stop of both vehicles involved and identified all subjects. During the initial statements of all the subjects at the scene, each party related to the Sheriff that they were the victim of the other person shooting but, evidentiary facts located at the multiple scenes concluded that Javier had been sole shooter who had actually shot his own car. Due to fact that both Manuel and Javier were both convicted felons, Sheriff Elliott requested the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) in this matter, which is a common practice for agencies to interact and share information to reduce criminal activities.
On September 20, 2016, Ornelas was arrested by Edwards County Sheriff’s Office for Evading Arrest/Detention in a Motor Vehicle during a routine patrol of the City of Rocksprings and was booked into the Edwards County Detention Facility. While being held on that charge, Ornelas was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury for a violation of Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Sheriff Elliott served Javier Ornelas with the Federal Arrest Warrant and he was transported to Federal custody on September 25, 2016 where he remains in the custody of the ATF awaiting trial for this charge.