Police term motel shooting ‘suicide attempt’ Thursday


A 39-year-old Rockdale woman was reported in “very stable” condition in Scott & White Hospital, Temple, after what police are describing as a “suicide attempt” at the Budget Inn motel.

Lt. J. D. Newlin said the woman herself reported the incident. Police arrived to find she had sustained a gunshot wound to the head with a .22 pistol.

Police don’t release the names of persons who attempt unsuccessful suicides.

“ She was ver y for t unate,” Newlin said. “The bullet didn’t go through her skull.”

Newlin said physicians believe she will recover.

ARREST—Police arrested a 41-year-old Rockdale man on a drug charge Christmas Eve, and found they had also cleared a theft report.

Newlin said Frederick James Goss was originally charged with possession of a controlled substance (less than one gram).

Later a charge of theft of property ($500 to $1,500) was also added. “ That involved a tiller which had been stolen,” Newlin said. “ It was recovered and returned to its owner.”

Goss remains in the county jail in lieu of $9,000 bond.

ACCIDENTS— Police responded to three traffic accidents during the past week.

Vehicles operated by Zha-lana Willis and Michael McGowan, both of Rockdale, were in collision at 2:11 p.m. Christmas Eve in front of Rockdale Intermediate School.

Police termed the accident “minor.”

Minor damages were reported in a two-vehicle accident at 3:08 p.m. Christmas Eve in the McDonald’s parking lot.

Drivers were listed as Kurt Streck of Rockdale and Hannah Streck of Cedar Park.

Moderate damages were reported in a one-vehicle accident at the Dairy Queen at 8:36 p.m. Thursday.

Driver was listed as Margie Malek of Caldwell.

OFFENSES—Police investigated a tire slashing on Green Street and are also investigating the reported theft of a debit card and a cell phone.

Also under investigation is the theft of a laptop computer from a residence.

CITATIONS—Traffic tickets issued during the past week included 53 for speeding, seven for failure to maintain financial responsibility, five for driving while license invalid, three each for expired MVI sticker and expired registration and one each for no seat belt, disregarding a stop sign, failure to secure child in safety seat and no driver’s license.

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