Traffic stop nets pot bust
A routine traffic stop at the corner of Plum and First just after 9 p.m. Thursday resulted in felony marijuana possession charges being filed against the passenger and misdemeanor charges against the driver.
Kizzie Marie Russell, 27, of Rockdale, was charged with possession of marijuana (4 ounces to 5 pounds), a felony. She was released after posting $5,000 bond.
John Douglas Dunn, 43, of Rockdale, was charged w ith possession of marijuana (2 to 4 ounces), a misdemeanor. He was released after posting $2,000 bond.
Lt. J. D. Newlin said 3.745 ounces of marijuana was found in a bag between the two seats. "That's where the difference in the charges comes in," Newlin said. "Both of them were charged with possession of that. But she had a little bit more on her person, enough to make the total over four ounces and that bumped up the charge on her to a felony."
Officers S. A. Smith and Ethan Patton made that arrest and the same two policemen made another, unrelated, marijuana possession arrest about 3 a.m. Tuesday at a Murray Avenue residence.
"Another 18-year-old at the residence was not charged and three 16-year-old juveniles were cited for curfew violation," Newlin said.
Other arrests during the past week included:
• A lber t Way ne Diver, 44, Rockdale, theft ($500 to $1,500) with two previous convictions, released on $5,000 bond.
• Marcella Hight McMeans, 52, Rockdale, theft of a firearm, released on $5,000 bond.
• Joe A nthony Vargas, 36, Cameron, assault causes bodily injury/family violence, third or more conviction, failure to identify fugitive intent, giving false information, in custody on $18,000 bond.
Two English bulldogs were stolen in separate theft incidents during the week.
"Dog thefts are pretty rare anyway and to have two of the same breed taken in one week is obviously something out of the ordinary, "Newlin said.
Police made a criminal mischief arrest on a theft of electricity case and investigated several shoplifting incidents.
No serious injuries, and minor damages were reported in two accidents.
Vehicles operated by Raymuda Rodriguez and Doris Henry, both of Rockdale, were in collision at 12:05 p.m. July 1 in the Subway parking lot Driver in a 12:19 p.m. Friday accident in the Walmart parking lot were listed as Mary Lopez Jimenez and Denson Ford, both of Rockdale.