Missing toddler okay after 90-minute search Tuesday


A two-year-old boy was found safe and sound in south Rockdale early Tuesday afternoon, ending a tense 90-minute search by police, firefighters and volunteers from the community.

The child was found across Beverly Drive probably about two hours after he wandered away from his home on Roberts Street, according to Police Chief Thomas Harris.

“He was probably a couple of miles from his home,” Harris said. “We think he was gone about 30 minutes before the search began and we were out there for an hour and a half.

The child was found by volunteer searcher Dusty Albright.

“Mr. Albright did a tremendous job,” Lt. J. D. Newlin said. “He really went above and beyond the call of duty.

ARRESTS—Two incidents resulted in drug arrests during the week, according to police.

Stephen Dale Mikeska, 31, of Rockdale was detained in connection with a break-in in which tools and lumber were taken from a garage, according to Police Chief Thomas Harris.

During the investigation drugs were found, Harris said. Mikeska was charged with burglary of a building, possession of marijuana (less than two ounces) and manufacture/ delivery of a controlled substance (1 to 4 grams). He remains in the county jail in lieu of $38,000 bond.

A traffic stop for expired registration resulted in a possession of a controlled substance charge being filed against Angela Dawn Moore, 35, of Rockdale. She was released after posting $6,000 bond.

WRECKS—Vehicles operated by Lee Hairston, 74, and Robert Tovar, 55, both of Rockdale, were in collision at 9:49 a.m. April 10 at Hairston’s Body Shop on western US 79, according to police.

Damages were termed minor.

Police said vehicles operated by Delores Rubio, 56, and Benny Green, 36, both of Rockdale, were in collision at 3:57 p.m. April 10 at the San Andres-Green intersection.

Some extensive damages, but no injuries, were reported in a 12:22 a.m. Sunday two-vehicle collision at Gill’s Shop-N- Go, police said.

Drivers were listed as Charles McCarntey, 16, and Lisa Marie Vest, 18 both of Rockdale.

Damages were termed extensive to the Vest car and minor to the McCarntey pickup.

CITATIONS—Police said 22 no valid MVI sticker tickets were issued during the past week, along with 16 for speeding, five for operating a vehicle with an expired license plate, four for driving while license invalid, three for no driver’s license and one each for expired driver’s license, running a stop sign and failure to maintain financial responsibility.

One citation each was issued for animal at large and accident involving damage to vehicle, greater than $200.

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