Orange police had a strange start to a holiday weekend Friday afternoon with a 911 call to the Econo Lodge off Interstate 10. A man was threatening to jump out of a second-story window. Officer J.D. Dempsey reported that he had dealt with the 25-year-old man before when the man was using PCP or other drugs. Dempsey waited for Officer Patrick McDonald to go into the room, where the man was leaning halfway out of the window. The police told the man to put his hands in front but instead he reached into his pockets. Dempsey said they thought he might have a weapon; so the two tackled the man. Another officer had to help get hand restraints on the man. Dempsey reported finding a small amount of marijuana and crack cocaine. They also found a T-shirt with the words 'Ain't Nothing Important To Me Except Codeine Over Ice. They arrested Brian Nicholas, who has an address in the Westmont neighborhood, for possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and resisting police.
At 10:06 p.m. police were called to the Cypress Plaza store at 1610 Park Avenue because a man went inside, picked up two, 24-can packs of Bud Light, and ran out of the store. The weekend was under way.
A 911 call came in at 11:32 p.m. Friday about a man and a woman having a verbal argument in the 1400 block of 14th Street. Officer J.M. Busby reported he went to the house where the fight was reported. When a man answered the door, the officer smelled burned marijuana. The officer found a burned ‘blunt,’ a small cigar with cannabis inside, and a bag of marijuana on the man. The 27-year-old man was arrested for misdemeanor possession.
The shift changed at 6 a.m. Saturday and the new duty officers immediately went out for several 911 calls to the Cove neighborhood. A bloodied man with no shirt was banging on doors asking for help. Officer Caleb Davis went to the 800-900 block of Arkansas and found the man. He had been cut on his head and left shoulder. The man went to the Baptist Orange Hospital Emergency room for treatment. Detective Captain Cliff Hargrave told KOGT Tuesday that the man had been in a house with several other people when a fight broke out. The victim turned into an arrestee a short time later. At 10:30 a.m., Officer Davis was called to the 800 block of Strickland Drive, a couple of blocks from the hospital. The man who had been cut was being accused of assaulting his girlfriend in the parking lot of a business. The woman had been yelling for help. Her shirt had been ripped and the officer saw specks of blood. Her shoes had been thrown into a drainage ditch. Davis said the man kept telling the woman he loved her. Sean Crooks, 23, was arrested for assault.
Officer Dempsey got the call again for another strange incident. Neighbors on Bruce Lane in the Westmont subdivision called at 2:56 p.m. Sunday about a teenage boy who lives on the street. A neighbor told police the boy threw an aluminum can at a car parked at her house. He cursed at her when she admonished him. Dempsey said he saw the teen standing in the driveway of his residence. The teen yelled obscenities at police officers then walked into his house and came out smoking a cigarette. Dempsey said he has given the boy tickets before and knew he was 17; so he went to arrest him for minor in possession of tobacco. The youth went inside his house. Dempsey said the captain of the shift said they could enter the house because they were in pursuit. They arrested 17-year-old Damarkeith Thompson. The officer said the teen went outside cursing and making obscene gestures in front of officers, neighbors and children. The youth faces charges of disorderly conduct-language, minor in possession of tobacco and evading arrest.
At 2:28 a.m. Monday, officers went to the LCM Mart on North Highway 87 after a woman reported that someone she knew had damaged her car. The 2012 model had an estimated $3,000 worth of damage.
Officer L.L. Claybar investigated a small explosive device that was apparently set off in a trash can Sunday night. The residents in the 900 block of Eighth Street called Monday morning to report they had heard a pop outside about midnight. Claybar found that the Waste Management plastic trash bin had charred garbage inside and was partially melted. Also, an SUV nearby had a deflated tire and the word ‘hoe’ was scratched onto the side.
A burglary was reported in the 1300 block of 14th Street reported at 4:32 a.m. Sunday The resident came home to find two, 42-inch TVs, a 32-inch TV, Xbox game system, auto speakers and safe were missing. The total value was estimated at $4,200. Monday morning, a visitor at the Econo Lodge on Interstate 10 reported that a GPS device and a radar detector had been stolen. Another visitor at the motel reported that the back window in his pickup truck had been broken.