First arrest made under new felony family violence law

Rockdale police have made their first arrest under a law which makes choking, or impeding breathing, a felony offense.

Frederick Lee McBride, 49, was arrested Thursday and charged with assault/family violence, impeding breathing or circulation.

The “impeding breathing” section of the criminal code was recently added to the list of felonies by the Texas legislature.

“This is the first arrest we’ve made for the offense since it became a felony,” Newlin said.

He said the charge involved a female victim.

McBride was released after posting $15,000 bond.

THEFT—Stacy Michelle David, 44, of Rockdale was charged with theft (1,500 to $20,000) on Thursday in connection with an incident involving the sale of a motorcycle.

She remains in custody in lieu of $6,000 bond.

INDECENCY—Ernest Duke Wright, 41, of Rockdale, was charged with indecent exposure Saturday in connection with an incident which occurred on the porch of his San Gabriel Street home, according to Newlin.

Wright was released after posting $2,000 bond.

INCIDENTS—Newlin said police are investigating two vehicle burglaries involving unlocked vehicles in the area of Highland Street.

Also investigated during the week was unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, burglary, credit car/debit card abuse, assault, criminal trespass, telephone harassment and misdemeanor marijuana possession.

WARRANTS—Police served five warrants during the past week, including one under the city’s junk vehicle ordinance.

Three misdemeanor arrests for criminal trespass were reported by police.

ACCIDENTS—No traffic accidents within the Rockdale city limits were reported to police during the past week.

CITATIONS—Police said traffic citations over the past week included 19 for no MVI sticker, 17 for speeding, eight for operating a vehicle with expired plates, five for driving while license invalid, four for failure to maintain financial responsibility, three for no driver’s license, two each for failure to report change of address or name, no seat belt and running a stop sign and one for expired driver’s license and failure to yield right of way to an emergency vehicle.

SERV ICE CA LLS—Police answered 161 service calls during the past week, along with 73 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 tips leading to the arrest and conviction of persons responsible for crimes.

All calls to CrimeStoppers are anonymous. No one will ask your name.

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