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Sunday mismatch: Train vs. van

Reporter/Mike Brown Men flee, uninjured, as freight carries vehicle several hundred yards from site


This is what’s left of a 1998 Dodge van which was struck by a freight train at the Main Street crossing at 10:55 p.m. Sunday. This is what’s left of a 1998 Dodge van which was struck by a freight train at the Main Street crossing at 10:55 p.m. Sunday. It wasn’t a “fair fight.”

As of Wednesday police still had no identif ication of the ow ner of a 1998 Dodge va n which wa s demolished by a freight train at the Main Street crossing Sunday night.

Lt. J. D. Newlin said the van was apparently disabled on the Union Pacific tracks when it was struck by the train and carried several hundred feet down the tracks.

“A witness who was crossing the tracks in his vehicle said he saw two men apparently trying to push the van off the tracks,” Newlin said. “He turned around and was headed back when the men heard the train coming and fled.”

There were no injuries reported.

“We have not yet been able to identify either the men or the owner of the van,” Newlin said.


POLICE REPORT POLICE REPORT ARRESTS—Humberto DeLeon Sr., 45, of Rockdale, was arrested March 16 by Ofc. Tommy Shriver on a probation violation warrant.

Original charge was attempted indecency with a child.

DeLeon remains in the county jail in lieu of $20,000 bond.

OFFENSES— Police are investigating several burglaries reported during the past week.

Newlin said a television, several DVDs and clothing were taken in a home break-in during the week.

Several items were stolen in a Travis Street burglary, according to police and a gun was reported stolen in a break-in of an East Cameron Ave. (US 79) residence.

Newlin said rims were reported taken from the wheels of a vehicle parked at the home of a San Gabriel Street resident who was arrested last week on a drug charge.

MISSING— Newlin said a juvenile female was reported missing during the week but was quickly located by police.

WARRANTS—Police served two local warrants during the past week, along with one from t he Mi lam C ou nt y Sher if f ’s Department.

ACCIDENT—Police said no injuries were reported in a twovehicle accident in the 300 block of Charles at 3:56 p.m. Friday.

Drivers were listed as William Mason of Rockdale and Robert Douglass of Flint.

Damage estimates were not available from police,

CI TAT IONS— Polic e sa id citations issued during the past week included 27 for speeding, 11 for no valid MVI sticker, eight for operating a vehicle w ith expired license plates, four for failure to maintain financial responsibility, three for no seat belt use, two for running a stop sign and one each for failure to yield right-of-way from private property and no driver’s license

Two citations were issued for animal at large.

SERV ICE CA LLS—Police responded to 63 calls for service during the past week along with 102 calls 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.


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