Friday, September 30, 2016

BIG SPRING POLICE DEPARTMENT MISSION STATEMENT

BSPD BadgeIt is the mission of the Big Spring Police Department to enhance the quality of life throughout our community by working cooperatively with the public to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, minimize fear and provide for a safe environment. We are committed to excellence in law enforcement and are dedicated to the people we serve, and to the traditions and diversity within our city. We will provide service with professionalism and understanding, response with compassion, performance with integrity and law enforcement with vision.

 

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If you are seeking a rewarding career in Law Enforcement, we encourage you to consider the Big Spring Police Department as your home for a career. The City of Big Spring Police Department is committed to reaching out to the citizens it serves while providing the highest level of professionalism and services available. The department has adopted a community oriented policing philosophy. The department's aim is to provide that information and those services necessary to reduce crime, the fear of crime and to improve the quality of life in our community. The department is working with the community toward a common goal of having the safest streets and neighborhoods possible. The City of Big Spring is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of Race, Color, National Origin, Sex, Religion, Age or Disability in employment or the provision of services.

Shooting 8/18/16

On the 17th of August 2016 at approximately 10:07 P.M., Big Spring Police Department Officers and Emergency Medical Service personnel were dispatched to 1007 S. Scurry in reference to a gunshot victim.  Upon arrival a male subject identified as Michael Nall 37 years of age was located outside of the residence with an apparent gunshot wound to the torso.  EMS personnel provided medical aid and transported Nall to the VA Hospital landing zone to meet with an Air Evac helicopter.  From the VA Hospital Nall was flown to Odessa Medical for treatment to his injuries sustained.  Preliminary reports suggest the shooter is known by the residents of 1007 S. Scurry and the shooter had arrived at the residence with the intent of shooting Nall.  The Big Spring Police Department Investigations Division is actively investigating this incident and are following up on leads.  We will not be providing any additional information to this incident as this investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information regarding this incident please call CrimeStoppers at (432) 263-tips (8477).  You can also leave an anonymous tip using the “P3 Tips” mobile application or from the Big Spring Police Department website www.bigspringpd.net

Steinhoff Update

SteinhoffThomas Hunter Steinhoff

White/Male, 22 years of age

Warrant:Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Felony 2

Thomas Steinhoff was wanted for the shooting of Michael Nall which occurred on the 17th of August 2016 at 1007 S. Scurry. Steinhoff turned himself in at approximately 4:00 A.M. this morning.

Pedestrian Fatality 9/24/16

On the 24th of September at approximately 9:45 A.M., Big Spring Police Department officers and Emergency Medical Service personnel were dispatched to the 1800 block of S. Gregg St. in reference to a vehicle striking a pedestrian. Upon officers and EMS arrival the pedestrian, Daniel James Lafler White/Male 69 years of age, was found to have succumbed to the injuries sustained. The investigation has revealed that Lafler had entered the roadway from a parking lot on the east side of the 1800 block of S. Gregg St. travelling westbound at which time the vehicle (Black in color 2007 Dodge Pickup), which was travelling northbound, struck Lafler. Big Spring Police Department officers has found no fault of the driver of the vehicle in this accident. Lafler had entered the roadway outside of a crosswalk and the vehicle had the right-of-way. This tragedy has been hard for all parties involved. The Big Spring Police Department reminds our citizens to always look both ways and use designated cross walks before crossing a roadway.  

Felony Arrest Warrant - Joe William Petty

Joe William PettyOn the 26th of September 2016 at approximately 1:30 P.M., Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division were attempting to serve a felony arrest warrant (Manufacture/Delivery of Methamphetamine) on Joe William Petty, White/Male 51 years of age at 1014 Bluebonnet. Once investigators identified themselves and their purpose, Petty retreated into his residence and locked the door. Investigators then requested the assistance of the Big Spring Police Department and Howard County Sheriff’s Office. A perimeter was established around the residence and repeated attempts to call Petty outside of the residence was met with his refusal. The Big Spring Police Department / Howard County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team responded to assist. Once the SWAT Team approached the door, Petty immediately exited the residence and surrendered. Petty was arrested and charged with the felony warrant.

Moss Elementary Incident 9/27/16

On the 22nd of September 2016, Big Spring Police Department Officers were dispatched to the Law Enforcement Center to meet with a parent in regards to allegations of suspicious activity involving a janitor at Moss Elementary and his child. The parent informed officers that his child claimed they were given money from a janitor while in the restroom and that the janitor had cover their mouth to prevent them from screaming. The case was immediately forwarded to the Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigation Division and contact was made with the Big Spring Independent School District. The child was taken the following morning to Midland, Texas where an interview was conducted by the Children’s Advocacy Center personnel. The child made no outcry indicating any inappropriate contact with the janitor. The janitor in question along with a teachers-aide were both interviewed and their statements of the incident were taken. Detectives had met with school officials and obtained all video recordings in question at the time of the incident. The videos revealed the child entering the restroom and the janitor never leaving the cafeteria while continuing to work. The videos further showed the janitor seeing the child crying in the snack bar line and the janitor giving a teachers-aid money to give to the child. The statements taken by Detectives of the janitor and teachers-aide were both corroborated by the videos. It has been determined that the janitor did provide the child money through the teachers-aide to make a purchase within the snack bar because he had witnessed them crying and that no criminal offense had occurred.

Understandably this case has caused emotional response through Social Media, but the Big Spring Police Department urges our citizens to wait for the facts prior to jumping to conclusions.

Lozano 9/28/16

On 09-28-2016, at approx.. 7:58 pm, Officers responded to the 500 block of W.6th in reference to a disturbance. On arrival officers found that a domestic disturbance had turned violent and a 64 year old female, Irma Lozano, had been seriously injured. Officers learned that a male subject identified as, TORRES, Abel 28, of Big Spring had come to the residence and became involved in an argument with his ex-girlfriend, Anastacia Lozano, who resides in the home with her mother, Irma. Officers were told that Torres became physical with his ex-girlfriend outside the residence in the carport. Her mother tried to intervene and Torres turned on her and shoved her to the ground. The victim did not get up and was found to be unconscious. Torres fled the scene on foot. Irma Lozano was taken by ambulance to the emergency room and a short time later was flown to Lubbock in very critical condition. She had suffered a serious head injury. Officers searched the area for Torres and found him in the residence of a friend, near the crime scene. He was hiding in a closet and was taken into custody without incident. He was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault. He remains in custody awaiting arraignment. At last report, Irma Lozano remains in very critical condition in a Lubbock hospital. No further at this time.

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Moss Elementary Incident 9/27/16

On the 22nd of September 2016, Big Spring Police Department Officers were dispatched to the Law Enforcement Center to meet with a parent in regards to allegations of suspicious activity involving a janitor at Moss Elementary and his child. The parent informed officers that his child claimed they were given money from a janitor while in the restroom and that the janitor had cover their mouth to prevent them from screaming. The case was immediately forwarded to the Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigation Division and contact was made with the Big Spring Independent School District. The child was taken the following morning to Midland, Texas where an interview was conducted by the Children’s Advocacy Center personnel. The child made no outcry indicating any inappropriate contact with the janitor. The janitor in question along with a teachers-aide were both interviewed and their statements of the incident were taken. Detectives had met with school officials and obtained all video recordings in question at the time of the incident. The videos revealed the child entering the restroom and the janitor never leaving the cafeteria while continuing to work. The videos further showed the janitor seeing the child crying in the snack bar line and the janitor giving a teachers-aid money to give to the child. The statements taken by Detectives of the janitor and teachers-aide were both corroborated by the videos. It has been determined that the janitor did provide the child money through the teachers-aide to make a purchase within the...