Arson charge filed in connection with February 7th fire


A 19-year-old Rockdale man who sustained severe burns in connection with a Feb. 7 fire at a local business has now been arrested for arson in connection with the blaze.

Lt. J. D. Newlin said Darion Ramirez turned himself in Thursday in connection with the blaze in a cargo trailer at Top Hat Services, corner of Calhoun and West Cameron (US 79).

He was released after posting $25,000 bond.

Police said Ramirez had walked to a convenience store to report the fire.

He was transferred to a burn center in Dallas. After being released he was recuperating at home.

ARRESTS— Other felony arrests during the past week included:

• David Allen Davis, 57, Rockdale, theft ($500 to $1,500), possession of a controlled substance (less than one gram), in custody on $8,000 bond.

• Christopher Michael Garcia, 36, Rockdale, theft ($50 to $500) with two previous convictions, magistration pending at presstime

• John L. Robertson Jr., 36, Rockdale, driving while license invalid, assault by contact, non-payment of child support, in custody on $52,000 bond.

OFFENSES— Police are searching for a white male subject who took two desktop computers from Walmart and loaded themintoagreenvanina3a.m. incident.

Police are also investigating a theft from Brookshire Bros. and a theft of medication.

ACCIDENTS—Police investigated a motorcycle crash at 7:09 p.m. Saturday in front of Comfort Inn on West Cameron Avenue. Driver was listed as James Gilbert Hales, 61, of Dickinson.

Police investigated a two-vehicle accident at 6:13 p.m. Saturday and did not list the location. Drivers were listed as Shirley Reaves, 63, of Rockdale, and Charlotte Taylor of Carlsbad, TX.

No other information was listed about either crash.

CITATIONS—Police issued 53 speeding tickets during the past week along with 24 for expired MVI sticker, five for no insurance, three for expired MVI sticker, two each for running a red light and unrestrained child and one each for running a stop sign, expired driver’s license, following too closely and unrestrained child.

Two citations were issued for disorderly conduct.

SERVICE CALLS—Officers responded to 132 total service calls during the reporting period and 107 calls were received through the 911 system.

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