The weekly report has been uploaded to our
website, check it out.
Next week I hope to be able to send out these
mass emails using our Nixle / Everbridge Notification system. It should
ease the flow of information, allow me to include pictures and mainly it should
prevent some of the email issues I am having because I currently have to send
multiple emails to make sure I get everybody covered. So next Monday if
there are problems or you don’t receive the email let me know so I can work out
the kinks. Today is a holiday, Labor Day and I am here at work laboring
The biggest activity this
week was found at the gas stations. People poured in to get gas and then
stations ran dry, that situation has repeated itself over and over again.
One guy actually told me he had to drive into San Antonio to find gas so he
could “top off” his tank, I’m not sure that was very productive. We haven’t
had any issue with keeping fuel in our police vehicles, a couple times the
officers had to wait in line but that’s not a big deal. Maybe this whole
situation will let everybody refocus on fuel usage, we really just take an
unlimited fuel supply for granted until something like this happens.
Police wise we had 58 calls
for service and issued 36 traffic citations this past week, nothing major going
on here. I feel bad because we are here in what is “paradise” compared to
what was going on only a few hours away in Houston. Our very own Reserve Sgt.
Mark Montgomery had been deployed down there as a Medical Incident Support Team
Leader (Emergency Medical Task Force 8-1), he has been in Corpus, Pasadena and
when I last talked to him they were evacuating a hospital in Beaumont. He said
he has been living on MREs and bottled water and when he called me he was in
search of a hot meal for his team of about 60 people. Please continue to pray for and do what you
can to support what will now become a huge rebuilding effort.
on to our other activity this past week, again there was nothing too
exciting. Property crimes included the
attempted burglary of a vehicle at the park and ride on IH-35 and the big theft
this week was an iron bench valued at $100 taken from a residence on Martin St.
We did arrest one fellow for public intoxication but he was cited and released
to his wife. We assisted SAPD with
serving a search warrant on Star Cross Trail, some stolen property was
recovered. We had an incident where a Lytle ISD cross country runner was struck
by a motorcycle, the motorcyclist didn’t remain on the scene. The incident
happened near the Methodist Church at Benton and Mesquite St. around 7 AM on Wednesday August 30. We would like to find the motorcyclist.
VFW Freedom Walk that was scheduled for Saturday Sept. 9 has been cancelled;
they will be walking during the homecoming parade that will take place on
Saturday Sept. 16.
might just be time for our city to take advantage of all this Confederate
monument removal stuff. I bet we could
pick up a statue of Robert E. Lee pretty cheap, modify it, and then put it in
front of city hall. We could replace the sword with an iPhone and tell everyone
it is Mayor Mark Bowen. It wouldn’t
surprise me if before long the government will start selling civil war
battlefields, that’s another opportunity for us. Now we are a small city so we couldn’t afford
Gettysburg and would need a river for Vicksburg but maybe we could buy a
smaller more obscure battlefield. I
could get with public works and we could take the bobcat, backhoe, dump truck
and some trailers and head east. We
could reassemble the battlefield in Lytle with convenient parking and dining
options and voilà (I had to do some research to make sure I got that word
right, I hope) instant tourist attraction.
The possibilities are endless we just have to “think outside the
box”. This is just another example of
how I always have the best interest of the city on my mind. I don’t charge
extra for my ideas, it’s a bonus the taxpayer gets when they have a police
chief like me.
Lytle Police Department
15245 Hester St. / PO Box 750
Lytle, TX 78052
Office: (830) 709-0277
Fax: (830) 772-3473
24 Hour Dispatch: (830) 769-3434