POLICE

Woman charged with trying to escape police at hospital

TEXAS CITY

A woman taken to a local hospital after being picked up on a warrant attempted to use a bathroom break to try to escape custody, police allege.

Ashley Platero, 34, of Cleveland was arrested on Saturday on a burglary warrant, according to the Texas City Police Department.

While being booked, Platero asked to be taken to the hospital because she had low blood sugar, according to a police complaint.

While at the Mainland Medical Center in Texas City, she asked to use a restroom and was left alone for about 10 minutes as a nurse went to retrieve a wheelchair and an officer stepped away from the room, according to the complaint.

When the officer noticed Platero was not in her room, the hospital was placed on lockdown, according to the complaint.

About two hours after going missing, Platero was found in a labor and delivery break room, according to the complaint.

Platero was charged with escape while arrested and held on $25,000 bond, according to court records. She was still in custody at the Galveston County Jail on Monday afternoon.

Motorcyclist charged with striking two officers

TEXAS CITY

A La Marque man was charged with two felonies Sunday after two officers were injured during a traffic stop, according to the Texas City Police De-partment.

Daryll Young, 30, of La Marque, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a public servant, according to court records.

About 2:45 a.m. on Sunday, officers were called to a field in the 7500 block of 25th Street that was the site of an annual trail ride event, according to a police complaint.

The officers stopped a group of people who were trying to leave the field through a cattle gate, while a Texas Department of Safety trooper was making a traffic stop on a nearby road, according to the complaint.

Most of the motorcyclists stopped, but one man continued to approach the officers and the gate, according to the complaint. When the man reached the gate, he stopped briefly and sped forward, according to the complaint.

The motorcycle hit one officer in the knee, and caused another to injure his ankle, according to the complaint. The officers knocked the man and the motorcycle over before he could drive away, according to the complaint.

Young was arrested and held on $80,000 bond, according to court records. He was still in custody on Monday afternoon.

MARITIME

Appreciation day

honors harbormasters

GALVESTON

The job of harbormaster is part logistics manager, part traffic controller, part public safety manager and part puzzle solver.

It’s a big enough job that one group contends coastal cities should stop and recognize the people in charge of their docks.

Tuesday is the inaugural National Harbormaster Appreciation Day, a day of recognition organized by U.S. Harbors, a company that promotes coastal communities.

In Galveston, the job of harbormaster, and the day’s requisite appreciation, falls onto two people: Port of Galveston Director of Operations Brett Milutin and Assistant Harbormaster Jacob O’Kelley.

The two men are in charge of directing ships in the Port of Galveston to their proper destination, Milutin said. It’s a job that requires one of them to be ready and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Milutin said.

The job’s trickier than it might seem on the surface, he said. While the job is all about making sure things run on time, everything from fog to tropical storms to oil spills to Ebola scares aboard cruise ships can require a harbormaster to shuffle pieces to make sure things run smoothly, Milutin said.

Recently, the port has put an emphasis on bringing in more ships into the harbor for lay dockage, where a ship stops in for a short time for things such as U.S. Coast Guard inspections, refueling or crew changes.

The extra ships brings extra money to the port, and extra work for the harbormasters, who are now handling as many as 100 vessels a month, Milutin said.

“It’s almost like a puzzle or a game,” O’Kelley said. “We’re trying to see how many we can do, how many times we can beat out the previous month. It makes it challenging and always on the top of your toes.”

The port doesn’t have any official events planned for the appreciation day, but the harbor group is encouraging people to thank their local harbormaster by using the hashtag #harbormasterday2019.

— John Wayne Ferguson

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

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