Crime and Court UpdateFeatured Stories, News Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Nearly two years ago, a Houston man was arrested taking more than $1,500 dollars of golf equipment from the Academy store in College Station. The Brazos County District Attorney’s office announced this week a plea agreement with 43 year old Steven Lyons that includes a six year prison term. The punishment was due to Lyons criminal history of property and driving offenses. At the time of the shoplifting, Lyons was seen on store video wearing an ankle bracelet issued by court officials. That was used by investigators to track down Lyons, who was on house arrest at the time of the shoplifting.
The District Attorney’s office also announced a Bryan man placed on probation in June 2011 for more than three drunk driving convictions is headed to prison to serve a five year sentence. 34 year old Martin Espitia admitted to violating conditions of his probation. According to court records, Espitia is also awaiting trial on a charge of sexual assault of a child.
Wednesday during the afternoon commute, College Station police and fire responded to motorist reports of a car swerving in the middle of Balcones and Welsh, with a witness seeing the car pull into a driveway on Navarro and rolling into a tree. The driver was checked at the scene and an emergency room before being arrested for drunk driving with multiple convictions. Court records for 55 year old Pamela Paceley indicate two prior DWI convictions and jail records showed a third arrest last July.
A College Station man’s 20th arrest since 1998 accuses him of stealing electricity. A two month investigation resulted in this week’s arrest of 33 year old Waylon Leggett. Officials at College Station Utilities told police investigators power was cut off at Leggett’s apartment in mid-December for non-payment. Leggett is accused of breaking a seal from the electric meter to restore power two times. After the meter was removed by the electric department, Leggett is accused of stealing a meter from a vacant residence to obtain service. According to the arrest report, Leggett told police someone he did not know staying at his apartment was responsible.
The latest robbery of a convenience store was in College Station early Wednesday morning. The clerk at the Exxon at Rock Prairie and the freeway told police the suspect stuck his hand in his waist as if he had a weapon and demanded money. When surveillance video is released, it will be posted online at wtaw.com.
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