The sheriff’s department responded to 35 calls; the Refugio Police Department, 24; state troopers, six; medics, 15; Refugio VFD, three; Woodsboro VFD, three; Bayside VFD, one, and Tivoli VFD, one.
A one-vehicle accident on Aransas River Road was reported on Feb. 7 at 12:06 a.m. The driver of the vehicle reported that there were no injuries, but that the car was not drivable because he went off the road and the tires were messed up.
Deputies Jacob Molina and Peter Silvas were advised of the accident and went to the scene. They advised that there was also damage to a fence. A case number was assigned for the accident and a wrecker was requested from Milton’s for the vehicle.
A 911 call was received by dispatch to report a garage fire on Feb. 11 at 9:31 p.m. The caller advised that she was on Fairgrounds Road and that there were three vehicles in the garage and one right outside. She also advised that the garage was only five feet away from her house.
Deputy Shelly Haertig was dispatched and the Refugio Fire Department was paged. Woodsboro Fire Department and Bayside Fire Department were also paged for their tankers. When the Refugio Fire Department arrived, they advised that the garage was fully evolved and soon after Deputy Haertig advised that the roof of the residence was catching on fire. Woodsboro Fire Department and Bayside Fire Department both arrived on the scene, along with DPS Cpl. David Poland, Officer Duqualis Farrow and Sgt. Enrique Diaz for traffic control. At 10:07 p.m. the Refugio Fire Department advised that the fire was under control and had been for the past 10 minutes.
Three female subjects were suspected of throwing rocks at an apartment and busting out some windows on Feb. 12 at 4:01 a.m.
The caller reported that the kitchen and back windows were knocked out and that there was glass all over. She also advised that she wanted to press charges. A case number was requested for criminal mischief and breaking and entering.
Several reports were made on Feb. 12 at 4:44 p.m. about cows being on FM 2678, approximately two miles north of the Mission River bridge. Dispatch made contact with the possible owner, who advised he would contact someone to go out to the area.
Another caller advised that he was able to get 10 cattle back in the fence north of the Mission River bridge. He also advised that the fence wasn’t in good condition and that the cattle would most likely get out again. The owner was again contacted about the damaged fence and he stated that he would come check it out later.
The burglary of a vehicle on Swift Street in Refugio was reported on Feb. 13 at 7:42 p.m.
A caller advised that someone had broken into her friend’s vehicle and took her purse, which had all of her personal items in it. The caller also reported that the passenger window was broken and that the vehicle was parked in the back of the building. Officer Farrow was dispatched to the scene to make a report of the incident.
A motorist called to report a possible intoxicated driver. The caller advised that the vehicle was unable to maintain a single lane. The caller was located on Hwy. 77 in the southbound lane and was advised by dispatch to turn on his flashers so that he could be located. Trooper Francisco Hosking and Deputy Daniel Beltran were advised. The suspected intoxicated driver was located and taken to Refugio County Jail for DWI. The vehicle was released to Miltons to be towed.
Vandalism to a meter and some wires were reported at a residence in Bayside on Feb. 13 at 9:31 p.m. The caller reported that someone had removed the meter and cut the wires; he requested an officer to make a report.
Deputy Beltran was advised and requested that dispatch contact AEP to see if they could send an employee to come secure the meter. He also advised that the meter was still there but had been removed and that a wire was taken that went from the meter to the residence. Dispatch contacted AEP and they advised that they would send someone to the residence.
Arrest at stripes
DPS Trooper Tim Gage had multiple suspects at Stripes on Feb. 12 at 10 p.m. He requested other units to report. Deputy Beltran and Officer Farrow arrived at the scene when Beltran escorted one of the suspects to the Refugio County Jail.
The gas tank of a vehicle blew up on Feb. 13 at 6:04 p.m. on First Street in Refugio. A caller reported that the gas tank blew up while they were working in the back yard. He also advised that the truck was still on fire. Refugio Fire Department reported to the vehicle fire.
Cpl. Poland reported a narcotic seizure in the gas tank of a vehicle on Feb. 13 at 4:23 p.m. on Hwy. 77.
One subject was taken to the Refugio County Jail and one adult and two juveniles were escorted to the Inns of Texas Motel. A wrecker was requested from Milton’s to tow the vehicle.
An officer was requested by a caller on Feb. 12 at 12:02 a.m. for a domestic disturbance. The caller reported that he and his girlfriend had been arguing and that he would just like to get some of his belongings.
The caller advised that he was currently at his neighbor’s residence. Deputies Haertig and Beltran arrived at the scene and cleared the call, advising that the parties had separated for the night.
A vehicle was reported that was stopped in the middle of the bridge and still running on Feb. 13 at 12:39 a.m. Officer Farrow made this report and also advised that no one was in the vehicle and it could be a possible bailout. The vehicle was taken to the Police Annex.
A report of children riding go-karts behind a residence was made on Feb. 13 at 6:23 p.m. The caller reported that the children were riding behind her residence and that she had pictures and would like to speak with an officer. The call was referred to the Refugio Police Department.
A complaint was filed by a Woodsboro man about a neighbor filling up a dry pond with trash. The caller requested that something be done about it. Sgt. Rick Adame was dispatched and advised that the subject was out of town and that he would come back to check it out to see if there was anything illegal going on.
Chief Sheldon Wiginton requested the Woodsboro Fire Department to a residence on Wood Avenue for a possible house fire. Woodsboro Fire Department soon arrived and advised that some papers had fallen into the toaster. They advised that it was a lot of smoke but there was not a structure fire at that location.