Police seeking info after vehicle runs down woman

A 52-year-old Rockdale woman remains in stable condition in a Temple hospital after she was struck by a hit-and-run driver just after midnight Saturday.

Lt. J. D. Newlin said Graciela Rodriguez was found at 12:45 a.m. Sunday at 524 Scarbrough.

"She was lying about half in the street and half in the yard," Newlin said.

Ofc. Br ian Light foot, who investigated, said Rodriguez did not see the vehicle which struck her and could provide no description.

At midweek she remains in stable condition at Scott & White Hospital. "The hospital would not release any more information," Newlin said.

Newlin asked anyone with information on the incident to contact Rockdale police at 446-3436 or Milam County CrimeStoppers at 1-888-697-TIPS (8477).

"This isn't a case of someone not knowing they hit something," Newlin said. "This person had to know and we want to find them."

Business theft

Newlin said Mitzi Drake, 35, of Rockdale, was charged with theft of property ($50 to $500) in connection with an investigation into the theft of about $500 from the cash register at Duchess Double Kwik convenience store.

She was released on $1,000 bond.

Arrest pending

Newlin said an arrest is pending in an incident in which two rings were stolen and pawned and a vehicle was taken without permission.

Other investigations during the past week included prohibited weapon (switchblade found during traffic stop), forged check at Sunny Food Mart and burglary of a mini-warehouse.


One felony arrest was reported during the past week.

Vanese Shelander, 46, of Rockdale was arrested on a Milam County warrant for probation violation/duty on striking unattended vehicle and local traffic warrants for speeding, bail jumping, failure to appear, expired registration and no insurance.

Police said she served time on the local warrants and was transferred to the county jail.


Vehicles operated by Maurice Zapata of Rockdale and Barbara Mansfield of Amarillo were in collision at 12:24 p.m. Thursday in the downtown parking lot of Citizens National Bank Damages were termed minor and no injuries were reported.

Moderate damage was reported after a Jeep driven by Susan Humble of Cameron struck the Patterson Center at 8:21 p.m. Thursday, police said. No injuries were reported.

Vehicles operated by Ulisses Muñoz and Helen Lovell, both of Rockdale, were in collision at 12:24 p.m. Friday in the 1200 block of Murray. Police said damages were minor and no injuries were reported.

Police said vehicles operated by Natasha Duffie and Bradley Vaculin, both of Cameron, were in collision at 2:14 p.m. Saturday in the Chevron parking lot. Damages were termed minor and no injuries were reported.

Minor damages, and no injuries, were reported at 6:21 a.m. Saturday in a collision at Cameron at Wilcox (US 79 and FM 487). Drivers were listed as Enemias Perez and Ovido Cruz Jr., both of Rockdale.C


Police said 13 tickets for speeding were issued during the week, along with six for no liability insurance, five for expired registration, four for expired MVI sticker, three for running a stop sign, two each for driving while license invalid and no seat belt and one each for no driver's license and running a red light. Two citations were issued for disorderly conduct


Police answered 151 calls over the past week, and 119 through the 911 system.

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