Convict ‘no-show’ results in arrest of local woman

In one of the stranger arrest warrants ever ser ved by the Rockdale Police Department, a 51-year-old local woman was arrested Saturday and charged with failure to report to jail.

Clara Renae Ruthford was arrested by Ofc. Dale Bekker on a Milam County Sheriff’s Department warrant for unauthorized absence from community corrections.

“She had been convicted in 20th District Court and asked the judge for a couple of weeks to ‘get her affairs in order’,” Lt. J. D. Newlin said.

“The few weeks turned into months and it was even reported she had moved to Waco,” Newlin said. “Finally the county issued a warrant and we went and picked her up.”

ARRESTS —</BOLD during the week included criminal trespass and public intoxication.

There were also 12 arrests on traffic offenses.

Police also served six local warrants, on offenses ranging from possession, purchase or use of tobacco by minor to theft.

Police also served an Upshur County warrant for terroristic threat.

OFFENSES— Police are investigating a report of a stolen heater and a criminal mischief incident.

Other offenses reported during the week included criminal trespass, public intoxication and several traffic offenses

WRECKS— Two persons were treated at Richards Memorial Hospital after an 11:35 p.m. Thursday one-vehicle accident in the 1400 block of East Cameron Avenue (US 79).

Police said driver Janeene Maloy and an unidentified passenger were treated at RMH.

Police did not list damages for any accident reported during the past week.

Richard Tibbits of Rockdale was treated at RMH following a one-vehicle accident at 10:50 p.m. Sunday on FM 908 inside the city limits.

Police investigated a two-vehicle accident at 6:20 p.m. Friday in the 700 block of Morrison.

Drivers were listed as Sylvia Lune and Jonathan Guzman, both of Rockdale.

CITATIONS— Citations issued during the past week included 35 for speeding, 19 for no MVI sticker, 12 for no insurance, seven for expired registration, three for running a stop sign and one each for parking violation and disregarding official traffic control device.

SERVICE CALLS— Officers responded to 157 total calls for service during the week, and 97 through the 911 system.

CRIME STOPPERS— Tips on any crime listed above, or any other crime, may be phoned in to Milam County CrimeStoppers, toll-free, at 1-888-697-TIPS (8477).

A reward of up to $1,000 may be paid for arrest and conviction of persons responsible for crimes.

All calls to CrimeStoppers are anonymous.

E-MAIL— Comments, tips or suggestions may be e-mailed to police at rockdalepd@rockdaleci

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