LETTER TO THE EDITOR
There are many rumors around town about the financial crises at City Hall. Rest assured that your Elected Leaders are “pinching pennies” to get the City back on its feet. I, Darrell Volkmann Investigator at Edwards County Sheriff’s Office would like to inform you that no one is at Liberty to furnish us information unless a Formal Open Records Request is presented to the City.
I will tell you that any information that was collected was discovered by the Sheriff’s Office and no one in the City of Rocksprings is considered an Informant. (People that are currently working for the City do not have the knowledge of wrong doings). Furthermore, any threats to anyone, whether they know anything about the crises or not will be punished to the fullest extent of the Law.
In addition, several arrest are forthcoming. We at the Sheriff’s Office are planning to present this case to The Federal Bureau of Investigation. Your patience will be greatly appreciated.
TWO ADULT ROCKSPRINGS STUDENTS ARRESTED
Two adult students turn themselves in after arrest warrants were issued for their arrest. Leandro Gonzales (17) AND Saul Franco (17) were involved in an altercation with Law Enforcement Officers on May 21, 2019 on RSISD School property after an incident at City Hall. Gonzales was charged with Felony Assault, and Felony Obstruction, both a third degree felony that is punishable between 2-10 years confinement in TDC and/or a 10,000.00 fine each.
Franco was charged with Interference of Public Duties, a class B misdemeanor Punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a 2,000.fine.
Gonzales posted bonds totaling 30,000.00 and was released. Franco posted a 3,000.00 and was also released.
THIS WEEKS INMATES AT THE EDWARDS COUNTY JAIL
Joe Michael Enriquez
Capias profine $500.00
Driving While License Invalid W/ previous Conviction
Motion to Revoke Probation
Motion to Revoke Probation Real County Hold
Burglary of a Habitation Real County Hold
Burglary of a Habitation Real County Hold
FIVE INDIVIDUALS ARRESTED ON VARIOUS CHARGES
On January 1, 2019, Alejandro Torres (32) was arrested for Assault Family with a previous conviction, a 3rd degree felony
On January 4, 2019 Raul Saucedo (57) was arrested for Possession of Marijuana <2 Oz, a Class B misdemeanor
On January 6, 2019, Kyle Ramirez (20) was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1>4g grams, (Methamphetamines) a 3rd degree felony and possession of Marijuana <2oz, a Class B Misdemeanor. On the same day, Michael Scott Short (37) was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1>4 grams (Methamphetamines), a 3rd degree felony and Driving while License Invalid, a Class B Misdemeanor. Also on this date, Simon Estrada (54) was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance 1>4 Grams (Methamphetamines) a 3rd Degree Felony.
12.22. CLASS B MISDEMEANOR. An individual adjudged guilty of a Class B misdemeanor shall be punished by:
(1) a fine not to exceed $2,000;
(2) confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days; or
(3) both such fine and confinement.
Sec. 12.34. THIRD DEGREE FELONY PUNISHMENT. (a) An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for any term of not more than 10 years or less than 2 years. May be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.
Sec. 12.32. FIRST DEGREE FELONY PUNISHMENT. (a) An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the first degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for life or for any term of not more than 99 years or less than 5 years.
(b) In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the first degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.
Isaac Jimenez () from Del Rio, Texas and migrated to Rocksprings in 2017 has been arrested by Edwards County Sheriff’s Deputies for his “5th Felony Violation” since he moved here from Del Rio.
On November 30, 2018 at approximately 8:53 in the evening, a 911 call to the Edwards County Dispatcher was received, requesting assistance from a Deputy for a “Fight in Progress” in the 800 Block of N. Cedar Street. As Deputies approached the location, a vehicle sped off from the area southbound, which matched the description of the suspect’s vehicle. A Deputy activated the Patrol Units Emergency Lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle but the driver refused and continued speeding through the city streets of Rocksprings. After a brief pursuit, the vehicle came to a stop in the driveway of the apartments located in the 200 block N. Cedar Street and Issac Jimenez exited the vehicle as the driver. Isaac Jimenez was arrested for Felony Evading Detention with a Motor Vehicle.
While Deputies were handling this incident, Crystal Castro (25) and another female from Rocksprings, Texas approached and began yelling and screaming at the Deputies about the traffic stop with Isaac Jimenez and told the Deputies at the scene that “they needed to arrest the ******* ******** and stop ******* with my brother in law”. Crystal Castro was then placed under arrest for Disorderly Conduct -Language and was transported to the Edwards County Detention Center where she is being held on the Disorderly Charge plus 5 outstanding Class C Warrants for various violations she had failed to pay in the amount of $2,028.70 to the Justice of the Peace Office in Edwards County.
Isaac Jimenez was transported to the Edwards County Detention Center and was booked for Felony Evading Detention – Motor Vehicle, which is a State Jail Felony but due to Isaac’s extensive “past violations of State of Texas Laws”, a previous conviction of the offense now enhances the charge of to a 3RD Degree Felony. “A case for violation of State of Texas Penal Code 12.42 will be submitted to the 452nd District Attorney for Penalties for Repeat and Habitual Felony Offenders stated Sheriff Pamela Elliott. Isaac Jimenez numerous and continual violations of the Law, is dangerous for our community. It appears that all the past plea deals arranged by the District Attorney and Isaac Jimenez have failed to cease his criminal behavior.”
TWO INDIVIDUALS ARRESTED OVER THANKSGIVING WEEKEND
On November 22, 2018 Bernardo Pena Jr (39) from Stafford Texas was arrested for DWI 2nd Offense on Us Hwy 377 N. Pena was transported to Edwards County Detention Center and booked for the offense after the breathalyzer showed that he was twice the legal limit while operating a motor vehicle. Pena was released after posting a $6000.00 bond.
On November 23, 2018 Alonzo Trevino (19) from Rocksprings Texas was arrested for possession of Narcotic Paraphernalia and possession of an unlawful weapon (Brass Knuckles).
Trevino was transported to The Edwards County Detention Facility and was booked for the offenses. Trevino was released from custody after posting a $6000.00 Bond.
ROCKSPRINGS WOMAN TURNS HERSELF IN
On 10/10/2018 Jessica Espinosa (30) from Rocksprings turned herself in to The Edwards County Sheriff’s Office for outstanding warrants from Kerr County. Espinosa had a warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance 4-200 grams, a second degree felony and possession of Marijuana Less than two grams, a Class B Misdemeanor. Espinosa is free after posting a $11,000 bond.
On September 10, 2018, The Honorable District Judge Robert Hoffmann sentenced 4 individuals and accepted a plea on the 5th person.
Armando Franco (70), of Rocksprings Texas, plead guilty to Indecency with a Child and was sentenced to 7 years’ probation-deferred. With a $2000.00 fine. This was pursuant to a plea bargain. The original charges were 3 counts of sexual assault of a child (three different children) but they were dismissed as part of the plea agreement
Bobby Green (30) of Laredo Texas, plead guilty to Felony Evading Detention in a Vehicle and received 2 years confinement in The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (prison). Sentencing according to The Texas Code of Criminal Procedures shall be no less than two years but no more than 20 years plus up to a $10,000 fine. Green was on bond prior to the sentencing and was arrested in open court and was transported to The Edwards County Detention Facility and held pending transport to prison.
Fortino Rodriguez Jr (52) Of Houston Texas was ordered to pay restitution of $1000.00 for a Theft of a Firearm as part of a plea agreement. The theft case was dismissed as part of this agreement.
Fernando Franco (25) of Rocksprings Texas received 365 days in State Jail for Forgery of a financial instrument. State Jail is part of the Texas Criminal Justice system. Franco is being held in the Edwards County Detention facility waiting transport to prison. Franco received probation on this originally but failed to follow probation guidelines.
Vensilado Arispe Jr. (52) of Rocksprings Texas plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in part of a plea agreement. Arispe was ordered to 365 days in The Edwards County Detention Facility.
On August 27, 2018 an Arrest Warrant was issued for Clifford Madison Hunn (30) from Rocksprings Texas for Theft of Cattle less than 150,000.00. The incident occurred on July 15, 2018 when Hunn wrote the Victim a check for longhorn cattle for $7000.00 and there were no funds to cover the check. Several attempts were made by the Victim and The Edwards County Sheriff’s Office to remedy the situation but was unsuccessful.
On August 28, 2018, Hunn was arrested at a local eating establishment and was booked into The Edwards County Jail and was released after posting a $10,000.00 bond.
Another arrest involved Nicholas Gonzales Flores (28) from Rocksprings Texas was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty group 2, 4-200 grams. The warrant was issued from Kerr County. His bond was set at 15,000.00 and he remains in the Edwards County Jail in lieu of posting bond.
On 08-11-2018 Game Warden Carson Wardlow was driving directly behind a vehicle on Ranch Road 2630. Wardlow observed the vehicle stop and one of the occupants fired a rifle from the vehicle from a public road, across a fence and killed a Blackbuck.
Wardlow stopped the vehicle and placed Aaron Lyle Austin (34) from Haslet Texas and Justin Lee Moan (34) from Rhome Texas under arrest for hunting from a public roadway and hunting without the owner’s consent (poaching).
Both Austin and Moan posted bonds totaling 12,000.00 each and were released