Woolly Weather. As Hurricane Alex approached the coast of Northern Mexico during the Independence Day weekend, nearly ten inches of rain flooded the streets of San Diego and other parts of Duval County. In Freer (25 miles northwest of San Diego), police officers witnessed a funnel cloud take shape behind the Super S Foods grocery store, though it did not touch down. “It did get kind of woolly,” said B.J. Alaniz, who took a 30-mile detour to avoid flooded roads as she made her way home to San Diego from Corpus Christi.
Tased, Bro. Jim Wells County jailers tased Gilberto Garibay after his arrest for attempted burglary of the Times Market in Alice during the early morning hours of July 7. According to police reports, Garibay resisted arrest, became violent with police officers, and, while in the patrol car, banged his head repeatedly against the windows and bars in the back of the vehicle. Once tased, however, Garibay began to comply with the jailers’ commands. The Jim Wells County sheriff’s office would not comment on the incident.
Smugglers Scatter. On July 6, Duval County Sheriffs seized a white Plymouth van, a 1999 Lincoln Town Car, and 412 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $340,000. While a patrol deputy attempted to stop the Lincoln for disregarding a stop sign, he saw the Plymouth veer off the road. Eight to ten people ran from the van and into brush on the side of the road. The Town Car then veered to the opposite side of the road and three more men ran into the brush. Both vehicles are registered to the same owner.
Car Crimes. The City of San Diego seeks information regarding nearly 20 criminal mischief incidents that have been reported in the first two weeks of July. The crimes have included broken windows and other vehicle damage, but no thefts have been associated with these crimes. Sergeant Alan Gonzales of the San Diego Police Department told the Alice Echo-News Journal, “We’re asking for residents to be vigilant when something doesn’t look right. A car speeding away at night — this is when they need to call us, because these individuals are doing this at night.”