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
LOCAL SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR DRUG RELATED CASES
On May 17, 2018, two individuals were found to be in possession of marijuana in a drug free zone (property in control of Rocksprings Independent School District). The alleged suspects were Daniela Garcia (18) and Alonzo Trevino (18) both from Rocksprings Texas were arrested at the location and were both booked into the Edwards County Detention Center and were released after both posting a $6000.00 bond.
On May 24, 2018 Michael Galindo (30) from Camp Wood called 911 and stated that some people were chasing him from Sonora and were pointing a handgun at him. The Vehicle that was chasing Galindo was stopped by Edwards County Deputies and it was alleged that Galindo had stolen money from them. Deputies went to Camp Wood to interview Galindo and Galindo was then arrested for abusive 911 calls and theft. Both charges were given a bonds totaling $6000.00 and Galindo posted bond and was released.
On May 4, 2018, John Hohman Hernandez (24) was arrested for Injury to a Child. Bon was set for 10,000.00. Gonzales was released after posting bond.
On May 07, 2018 Juan Falcon Gonzales (42) of Camp Wood Texas was arrested in Edwards County for Driving While Intoxicated and Possession of Marijuana. A 3000.00 bond for each charge was set by The Honorable Justice of the Peace Tommy Walker. Gonzales was released after posting bond.
On May 14, 2018 Bobby Joe Green (30) from Laredo Texas was arrested for an outstanding Felony warrant issued by The Honorable District Judge, Rob Hoffmann from the 452nd District Court for failure to appear to answer a charge of Felony Evading Detention of a Vehicle that took place in Edwards County Texas. Bond set was 50,000.00 and Green remains in the Edwards County Detention Facility in lieu of posting bond.
TWO LOCAL MEN ARRESTED ON VARIOUS CHARGES
An arrest warrant for Retaliation, (a Felony), was issued for the arrest of Isaac Jimenez (28) on charges related to an injury to the disabled that happened in May of 2017. Jimenez was in Prison when the warrant was issued. Jimenez was then transferred to Kerr County to answer for unrelated charges in that County. There was a Glitch that caused the warrant from Edwards County to not be in the system and Jimenez was set free from Kerr County.
In late April, Jimenez while being a fugitive, was involved in a traffic accident in Val Verde County and was arrested for the outstanding warrant. On April 30, 2018, Jimenez was brought back to Edwards County and booked for the warrant. Jimenez also has an outstanding charge for Possession of Methamphetamines < 1 Gram, (a Felony), in Edwards County.
Jimenez remains in The Edwards County Jail in lieu of posting bond.
On May 1, 2018 Jesse Marrujo (51) was arrested for Shoplifting at the Valero Store. He was booked into the Edwards County Jail for Theft <100.00/shoplifting and Public Intoxication. Marrujo posted bond for the two Class C Misdemeanors and was released.
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.
ROCKSPRINGS MAN ARRESTED ON SEXUAL ASSAULT
On 04/14 /2018, a Rocksprings man was arrested in Rocksprings Texas for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. A child in the Texas Penal Code means a person under the age of 14. Armando Lopez (37) was taken into custody and transported to The Edwards County Detention Center and was booked for the listed Offense. The incident happened in Sonora Texas and the case was presented to The Edwards County Sheriff’s Office and the case was coordinated with The Sonora Police Department who in turn issued the Arrest Warrant.
Any sex crime that has been committed can be presented to any department in the United States, even other countries. The department that receives the complaint in turn forwards their findings and will assist the handling agency in any way that is necessary. Both agencies will work together on the case, according to Darrell Volkmann with The Edwards County Sheriff’s Office.
Over the past three weeks local burglaries had occurred in Rocksprings. Through intensive investigation by The Edwards County Sheriff’s Office, the burglaries were solved and some of the property was recovered including a firearm.
Two juveniles were arrested on Burglary of a Habitation charges and Theft of a Firearm. Both charges are felonies. Juvenile Detention took custody of the suspects and are pending court referrals.
The names of the Juveniles cannot be released to the public because State Law allows identity protection of Juveniles.
On March 26, 2018 Armando “Butch” Franco Sr. (70) was arrested for 3 counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child without incident at his home on SH 55 N. in Rocksprings Texas. Franco’s case was presented to the Edwards County Grand Jury on March 5, 2018 and The Grand Jury Indicted Franco. A child means a person who was less than 14 years of age at the time of the offense.
Franco remains in the Edwards County Detention Facility in lieu of posting a $150,000.00 bond.