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Live Oak County Grand Jury indicts two teens for burglary
by Rita Arnst
Jun 03, 2009 | 1238 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Live Oak County Grand Jury brought in ten indictments on May 14.

Timothy Villarreal, 18, of George West was indicted two times. Both indictments are for burglary of a building. On the first indictment, Villarreal was arrested on Feb. 8 for burglary; he posted bond on Feb. 11. Two months later, on April 22, Villarreal was arrested along with another youth by George West Police officer Juan Garcia for burglary of the George West school. Villarreal was magistrated by George West Municipal Judge Patricia Lanford and she set bond at $15,000. However, he remains in Live Oak County jail, Live Oak County Sheriff Larry Busby said.

In conjunction with Villarreal, Joshua James Ortiz, 19, of George West was arrested on April 24 for allegedly burglarizing the George West school. Ortiz was magistrated by Lanford. She set bond at $2,500; he posted bond and was released on April 25.

Aaron Rugerio was indicted for bail jumping. Originally, Rugerio was indicted on a first degree felony on May 8, 2007, with a $10,000 bond. “He posted bond and was supposed to appear for court but didn’t,” Busby said. Upon indictment, District Court Judge Mike Welborn ordered a capias and $50,000 bond.

Nellie Cole, 46, was indicted for deadly conduct-discharge firearm. She was arrested on March 9 for deadly conduct, a third degree felony, at the Buckeye Knoll subdivision in Dinero, Busby said. Investigating the scene was Sheriff’s investigator Charlie Stroleny and Deputy Peter Garza. Allegedly Cole and her boyfriend had an argument. As he was leaving, she allegedly shot at his pickup, read the deputies’ reports. Cole was magistrated by Three Rivers Municipal Judge Dawn Benham. She set bond at $55,000. Cole had a bond reduction hearing on March 13, and her bond was lowered to $7,500. Cole posted bond and was released. Upon indictment, Cole was continued on the same bond.

Ovidio Villarreal, 42, of Kingsville was indicted for burglary of a building. Villarreal was charged with burglary of a building on April 7 in Lagarto. “He and another man were doing work on a residence and were charged with going to neighboring residence (garage) and taking a utility box full of tools,” Busby said. Bond was set at $5,000 by Justice of the Peace Endercio Chapa, Jr. Villarreal posted bond on April 18. Upon indictment, Welborn continued Villarreal on the same bond.

Jody Zimmede Lowery, 35, of San Antonio was indicted for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. “On June 8, 2008, at 5:42 p.m, southbound IH-37 near mile marker 56, DPS Trooper Jason Galvan pulled over a Toyota. After checking the license plate, it was discovered the vehicle was stolen,” Busby said. Lowery was arrested and magistrated by Justice of the Peace Jim Lane. Bond was set at $3,000. Lowery posted bond on July 9, 2008. Upon indictment, Welborn continued him on the same bond.

Moises Mireles, 45, of McAllen was indicted for attempted assault of a public servant. Mireles was arrested on March 12 at 12:09 a.m. by Trooper Rolando Ramirez for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Mireles was driving a 2008 Chrysler traveling on U.S. 281 southbound. Mireles allegedly assaulted Ramirez during the stop. Mireles was magistrated by Benham. She set bond on the DWI charge at $15,000. Mireles posted bond and was released. “The district attorney saw fit to indict Mireles for the assault of Ramirez as well,” Busby said. Upon indictment, Welborn issued a capias and $15,000 bond for the assault charge.

Jose Manuel Tovar, 38, of Austin was indicted for possession, unlawful use of criminal instrument. After a traffic stop on April 6 by George West Police officers Juan Garcia and Jorge Medina it was discovered Tovar’s “vehicle that had a recently constructed compartment to haul contraband,” Busby said. Tovar was magistrated by Chapa. Bond was set at $ 5,000. Tovar posted bond on April 7 and was released. Upon indictment, Welborn continued Tovar on the same bond.

Horace Reed was indicted for assault against a public servant. “This came as a result of an alleged assault on DPS Trooper Rey Garcia on Feb. 1. Reed was not arrested at the time of the incident; instead, he was taken to the hospital,” Busby said. Following indictment, Welborn ordered a capias and a $10,000 bond.

James R. Van Horn was indicted by bribery. “Van Horn was a guard at the federal prison and he allegedly was smuggling contraband for pay,” Busby said. “On June 28, 2008, he agreed to accept a benefit of U.S. currency to bring cigarettes to inmates, alleged Special Agent (U. S. Department of Justice–Dallas) Brian Miers.” Upon indictment, Welborn issued a capias for Van Horn.
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