Man accused of taking ATM in April robbery


A Houston man was arrested last week and accused of using a truck to crash into a Santa Fe con-venience store and steal an ATM, police said.

Alton Himes, 21, of Houston, was arrested June 5, according to police records. He was charged with burglary of a building, two counts of felony mischief between $2,500 and $30,000 and theft of property.

At about 3:15 a.m. on April 22, someone drove a white pickup truck into the side of a gas station in the 13200 block of state Highway 6 in Santa Fe, according to a police complaint.

The people driving the truck stole an ATM from the store, according to the complaint.

About seven hours after the robbery, police found the pickup truck suspected of being used in the robbery at a football field about a mile away from the gas station, according to the complaint. The ATM was in pieces near the truck, according to the complaint.

The owner of the ATM said it contained $7,620 at the time of the robbery, according to the complaint. The owner of the building estimated that the damage caused by the truck to be about $6,500, according to the complaint.

Police lifted fingerprints from the truck and the machine and received a partial match connecting the prints to Himes on April 29, according to the complaint.

A warrant was issued for Himes’ arrest, and he was taken into custody in League City on June 5, according to police records.

Himes was still in custody at the Galveston County Jail on Monday, according to jail records. His bond is set at $100,000, according to jail records.

— John Wayne Ferguson


Dickinson, Santa Fe Council seats filled in runoff elections

Voters chose city council members for Santa Fe and Dickinson during runoff elections that culminated on Saturday.

Elected to the city of Dickinson Council Position No. 2 was Sean Skipworth with 482 or 57.86 percent of the vote against Bruce Henderson.

Skipworth and Henderson emerged from a three-way race in the May 4 general election with 49 percent to 42 percent of the vote respectively.

Henderson drew more absentee and Election Day votes than Skipworth in the runoff but only received 38.5 percent of early votes cast, the voting category in which the majority of people cast their votes.

In the city of Santa Fe Council Place 1 election, Claude Hoke IV emerged as the victor with 202 total votes over opponent Paul Shelley’s 144.

Hoke and Shelley each earned roughly 41 percent of the vote in the three-way general election on May 4.

Shelley collected 62.5 percent of absentee votes cast in the race but only 27.14 percent on Election Day. The majority of voters cast their ballots early with Hoke securing 55 percent of early votes.

— Kathryn Eastburn


City of La Marque earns award of excellence

The city of La Marque was given an award of excellence at the 2019 Texas Association of Municipal Officers Conference in Denton.

Colleen Merritt, the city’s public information officer, accepted the award in the Video — Special or One Time Program category for populations less than 50,000. La Marque has a population of 16,000. The traffic stop safety video was produced at the request of the city council through a partnership between its police department, La Marque High School Theatre Arts, under the direction of Dana Joseph, and Jim Richards, of Richard Productions.

This was the city’s first professional video project of this nature and its first-ever award submission.

The award-winning video can be seen at https://youtu.be/keJ8vc_zLrw.

— Angela Wilson

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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Bob Mitchell


Bob Mitchell

Excellent presentation! Police officers are fathers and husbands, too. When traffic stops result in police shootings, it is usually because the person being stopped reacts adversely, putting the officer ill at ease. If you're not doing anything wrong, you have no reason to fear being stopped by police, as this video demonstrated.

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