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School van kills 9-year-old Jacinto City Elementary Student

JACINTO CITY – The Family and whole community are mourning the tragic accident that took the life of a 9-year-old Jacinto City Elementary student. Authorities are investigating after the boy was struck and killed by the driver of a van who had just dropped him off at home, according to Jacinto City police.

The tragic accident happened around 3 p.m. in the 10500 block of Pillot Street last Wednesday, October 12.

According to Police Chief Joe Ayala, the 9-year-old and several other children were on a private van that was transporting them home after school. When the boy arrived at his destination, he exited and crossed in front of the van. The driver did not see the child and struck him. Chief Ayala suggested there might have been some type of distraction for the driver or the boy that contributed to the tragedy.

Jacinto City and Nation Celebrate National Night Out

By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City, TX. — On October 4, 2022, the City of Jacinto City joined in the nation’s National Night Out (NNO) to help fight to lower crime.

Jacinto City’s Mayor Ana Diaz said, “Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to cut back the past two years on having very many neighborhood locations.”

Hopefully the city’s police department will actively begin recruiting the neighborhood get-togethers all over the city for next year because that’s the concept of the NNO event.

Located at the JC Police Department, City Manager Lon Squyres said, “The city furnished hot dogs, cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn & cold drinks. Children enjoyed the inflated bounce house with a slide.”

Police were present passing out crime prevention information and meeting and getting to know citizens.

GP/JC CIP Meeting hears about Citizens Emergency Warnings

LEFT: DIANE SHERIDAN, CIP Facilitator reporting on local area cities emergency notification systems. She also reported on how citizens can report strange odors and receive emergency warnings. See article details. (Photo by Allan Jamail) RIGHT: ALEX RENDON, Director of Operations, Kinder Morgan (KM) Galena Park Terminal Presents to CIP meeting attendees a report on the types of products KM either
stores and/or transports through the Galena Park KM terminal. See article details. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City Town Center – August 4, 2022 the CIP meeting was hosted by Kinder Morgan Inc. Diane Sheridan, CIP Facilitator called the meeting to order and GP-JC CIP Secretary Kristin Gauthier took the roll of members present and minutes of the meeting.

Alex Rendon, Director of Operations, for Kinder Morgan (KM) Galena Park Terminal gave the following information to the attendees.

50% of all motor oil on the Gulf Coast is either stored and/or transported through the KM Galena Park Clinton Drive Terminal.

Medical disinfectant, rubbing alcohol, nail polish, paint solvent, detergent, adhesives and other lubricants proponents are stored and/or transported through KM’S Galena Park Terminal.

JC Arrest leads to discovery of Catalytic Converter thief

Blue portable metal saw with catalytic converter discovered in the arrest of suspect Mack Arthur Kizzee. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City – On May, 2022, Jacinto City Police Sgt. J. Aguilera, while on routine traffic control, stopped a speeding violator driving a Lexus SUV. Officer Aguilera discovered the Lexus driver Mack Arthur Kizzee (see photo) did not have a driver’s license, and he also smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

During a standard vehicle probable cause search for marijuana, Sgt. Aguilera discovered a catalytic converter which appeared to be sawed off from some unknown vehicle, and a blue colored portable saw with a metal saw blade attached (see photo).

Giant Fireworks Display celebrates the 4th of July

(Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

July 4, 2022 – Galena Park and Jacinto City had their annual 4th of July celebration at a safe location between the two cities. The thousands of celebrants were allowed to get as near as safely possible to watch the display. Lon Squyres, Jacinto City’s City Manager said this year’s fireworks show cost twenty-two thousand dollars ($22,000) with both cities splitting the cost.

GP and JC police will enforce Hot Weather Safety for Pets

Galena Park Police Chief Richard Wagner (left) and Galena. Galena an AKC registered one year old English Bulldog has won the hearts of the police department’s personnel. She goes office to office getting all the love and attention and healthy treats a one year old could hope for. Her name on her registered paper is Galena, but the personnel have tagged her several other nicknames, Boo Boo and Lena short for Galena. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park, TX. – July 4, 2022 – Galena Park Police Chief Richard Wagner and Jacinto City Police Chief Joe Ayala and their officers will be keeping a careful watch for possible dangers or difficulties the city’s pets may encounter this hot summer.

Chief Wagner said, “If people would test their own foot to the temperature of where their pet’s paw is on then they’d understand the pain their pet is being exposed to. If it’s too hot for your foot, it’s too hot for their paw.”

Galena Park Officer E. Reyna said people take their pets out for a walk without concern for their need of water or about the scorching pavement on their paws. He said if they’d imagine their dog asking, “What would it be like if you walked a mile in my paws on the hot pavement and without water?”

Jake rescued by JC Police

Jake the Dog, Owner Justine Balderas,
and Officers Fisher and Seydler.

By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City, TX. – Saturday, June 12, 2022 – The Jacinto City patrol officers got an unusual assignment from their dispatcher when they were sent to a citizen’s home.

Long time Jacinto City resident Ms. Gloria Balerio called the police to report her granddaughter Justine Balderas’ dog had its paw stuck in the fire place grating.

Sgt. A. Seydler and Officer R. Fisher arrived on the scene to see a sad puppy (Jake). Jake somehow managed to get its paw caught in the grating. The officers couldn’t free the paw by gently pulling on it, so they quickly dismantled the grate, freeing Jake.

JC Police Arrest Catalytic Converter Theft Suspects

Typical double catalytic converter model being stolen by sawing off from under vehicles with $100 portable saw. Converter replacement cost from $3,500 to $15,000 depending on the model. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

High Speed Chase ends in Crash, Capture

By Allan Jamail

JACINTO CITY, TX. – April 1, 2022, before noon, it was no April Fool’s Day for two suspects when they came into Jacinto City to steal catalytic converters. There is a nationwide epidemic of stealing expensive catalytic converters for resale. Because they’re made of rare materials there’s a big resale market for them. Thieves can steal them in less than 5 minutes from under vehicles in home driveways and parking lots using a $100 portable saw.

Jacinto City Police Communication’s Officer E. Perez, after receiving a call from a witness of a theft in progress, quickly dispatched patrol units to the shopping center at 11420 I-10 East Service Road to investigate. Officers arriving were informed of 2 black males leaving in a silver Chevrolet Malibu eastbound after having gone under a vehicle in the parking lot and removing its catalytic converters.

Jacinto City’s police units converged into the area and were informed by citizens that the police reportee was following the suspect’s car and gave the dispatcher the license plate number and location it was last seen. Officers swarmed that area, and one of the police units spotted the get-a-way car and gave chase using the emergency lights and siren. The suspects refused to stop and recklessly sped at high rates of speed through the parking lots in the 12,800 block of the East Service Road.

Jacinto City Recognizes Fallen Heroes

L – R: Lt. D. Walker, Sgt. S. Flores, Officer F. Benavides, Officer R. Fisher, Sgt. C. Nieto, Constable Jerry Garcia, former Jacinto City Police Chief Allan Jamail, Chief J.M.Ayala, Lt. M. Longrigg, TCO Kacey Aguilar, Officer J. Pizano, Detective C. Cazares, Officer N. Frazier, and Officer E. Villatoro. Not pictured Galena Park Fire Chief Tom Ehlers (duty called him away) (Photo by Linda Jamail)

By Linda Jamail

JACINTO CITY – Saturday, May 14, 2022 law enforcement, firemen and veterans paid tribute to those fallen heroes who’ve died in the line of duty. This annual event began in the city in 1973 when the Jacinto City Police Officers Association had a monument and flag pole placed at Mercury Drive and IH 10 service road. It’s now been moved to the front of the police station at 10429 Market Street Road.

The month of May has memorial events for the Nation’s Armed Forces, Firemen and Law Enforcement so it was in 1973 the Police Officers Association decided to have a monument made recognizing all three services.

Jacinto City Police Chief Ayala thanked Constable Garcia, Galena Park Fire Chief Tom Ehlers and his officers for coming to the annual event. Chief Ehlers said he and his department are always willing to work with Jacinto City’s emergency departments to help save lives.

Local communities receive federal funding

Congresswoman Garcia (center) presents $3 million water line and fire protection improvement check to GP Mayor Esmeralda Moya and Fire Chief Tom Ehlers. L-R: GP Fire Dept. Assist. Chief Kathy Kirkpatrick, Mayor Esmeralda Moya, Fire Chief Tom Ehlers, Paramedic Dimitirius Dollarhide, FF/EMT Micheal Richardson & Capt. Marcus Tunchez (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Rep. Sylvia Garcia present checks of $3 mil to Galena Park, $1 mil to Jacinto City for Infrastructure

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park/Jacinto City, TX. – On Tuesday April 12, 2022, Christmas came early for the communities of Galena Park and Jacinto City. Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia of the 29th Texas Congressional District presented $4 million to be used for community improvement projects. The funds are part of a larger $10 million nine Community Projects Funding request led and secured by Garcia, and will also include projects for Houston and South Houston.

The funding came from the historic $1.5 trillion Bipartisan Omnibus Appropriations Bill that President Joe Biden promoted and Rep. Garcia supported. It provides a substantial increase in spending for domestic and national security but also sends $13.6 billion in emergency aid to Ukraine in its defense against the Russian invasion. Both parties scored political victories in the spending bill.

Rep. Sylvia Garcia (left) of the 29th Congressional District presents JC Mayor Ana Diaz and City Manager Lon Squyres a $1 million dollar check for the city’s south side water main and fire hydrant replacement project. (Photo by Allan Jamail)