Forged checks net warrants, charges


A report of checks stolen, then forged, led Rockdale police to issue warraants, then arrest a pair of local residents last week.

Victor Jacier Cerritos, 20, and 19-year-old Greg Edward Strelsky were arrested by Sgt. Adams Assaker and Sgt. Alex Gonzales and charged with forgery by passing.

They were released after posting bonds of $5,000 each.

Brandon Wayne Knoblock, 31, of Rockdale, was arrested Oct. 22 and charged with theft ($1,500 to $20,000) in connection with the theft of four tires and rims from an auto repair shop.

He was released after posting $5,000 bond.

Michael Burden Cunningham, 46, of Pasadena was charged with possession of a controlled substance after test results from a previous traf f ic stop were received by police, according to Lt. J. D. Newlin.

He remains incarcerated in lieu of $5,000 bond.

Police made an arrest after an incident Thursday in which a man was beaten with a baseball bat. See photo and story, page 1A.

ACCIDENT—In addition to several vehicle-deer accidents on rural roads (see story page 6A), there was also one inside the Rockdale city limits.

Police said a pickup operated by Gary Whiting of Lindale collided with a deer at 7:23 p.m. Thursday at the West Cameron (US 79)-Oak Park One intersection.

Minor damages and no injuries were reported.

OFFENSES— Pol ice said speakers were taken as the result of a break-in at a storage unit during the past week.

Also under investigation is an incident in which the title to a trailer was forged, according to police.

A prohibited weapon cal l resulted in an arrest involving a pair of brass knuckles.

The theft of two weed eaters was reported.

Police detained a 10-year-old juvenile in connection with an incident on a school campus.

WARRANTS—Police served six warrants during the week, one for Waller County on failure to ID a fugitive from justice and local warrants for expired MVI sticker, expired registration, speeding, failure to appear, failure to maintain financial resolution and failure to report change of address or name.

CITATIONS—Traffic tickets issued during the past seven days included 42 for speeding, six for failure to maintain financial responsibility, five for driving while license invalid, four for expired driver’s license, two for possession of alcohol by minor and one each for reckless driving, displaying a fictitious, cancelled or altered driver’s license and possession of a fictitious license representing the person as over 21.

SERVICE CALLS—Officers responded to 153 total calls for service during the week and 101 calls were received through the 911 system.

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