RELEASE: EL PASO TEENS COMPLETE THE 2015 EPCSO YOUTH ACADEMY

 

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX - Sheriff Richard Wiles and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office held its annual youth academy program June 29th – July 2nd, 2015.

Teens from around the El Paso County, who attended the youth academy, were presented various topics from various sections within the Sheriff’s Office:

· Penal Code

· Juvenile Law/CID/Crimes Against Persons

· Property Crimes

· Jail Annex Tour

· Firing Range Tour

· Special Traffic Investigation Section

· CREFS

· EPCSO Explorer Post 2005

· SWAT

· Communications

· Detention & Gangs

Sheriff Wiles presented the teens with a completion certificate on the last day of the youth academy.

Youth Academy is open to teens ages 13-18, who are still attending high school. Our next youth academy is scheduled for the Summer of 2016, those interested in next year’s program can contact Public Information Officer; Leslie Antunez via email at lantunez@epcounty.com .

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FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX – Sheriff Wiles and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office would like to wish you a safe and fun “Fourth of July Weekend.”

ALL fireworks have been banned in the County of El Paso.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has extended El Paso County's fireworks ban until the morning of July 5th.
The extension allows for a full ban on the sale, use and possession of fireworks in the unincorporated areas until 7 a.m. July 5th

Violation of the ban is considered a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500.


The ban DOES not impact professional firework displays through out the county of El Paso.

Sheriff’s Deputies will also be focusing on DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.

“The Fourth of July weekend is a patriotic time to celebrate responsibly, don’t drink and drive!

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RELEASE: PAWS DAY OUT

 

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX - PAWS Officer Alfredo Lopez along with Canine Cadets “Camila” and “Peyton” attended the “Adoption of a Dog” at the Tractor Supply on Saturday, June 27, 2015.

Officer Lopez distributed pamphlets and held a presentation for the public on the purpose and function of the PAWS in Detention program.

Officer Lopez also demonstrated basic dog obedience with both canine cadets.

Those in attendance were given dog safety tips, and various other information pamphlets.

 

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RELEASE: THIRD EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICER CERTIFIED AS MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID INSTRUCTOR

 

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX – Sheriff Richard Wiles congratulates Detention Officer Yvette Rodriguez for being certified by Mental Health First Aid USA as an instructor in adult Mental Health First Aid course.

Officer Rodriguez achieved her certification after completing and passing a 5-day interactive training. Rodriguez may now instruct an 8-hour course that teaches how to help someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

During training students learn about depression and mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychosis and substance use disorders. They are taught to use the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan to assist:

Assess for risk of suicide or harm.

Listen without judgment.

Give reassurance and information.

Encourage appropriate professional help.

Encourage self-help and other support strategies.

A partnership with the El Paso del Norte Health Foundation has allowed the certification of two previous Mental Health First Aid instructors who have trained 31 supervisors (Commanders, Lieutenants, and Sergeants), 60 Corporals and 24 Detention Officers have also been trained in the past six months.

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RELEASE: EPCSO TAPS SUMMER ACADEMY

 

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso – The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office summer TAPS academy will visit the Ft. Bliss Family MWR Outdoor Recreation Tango Tower on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015.

The TAPS students will be participating in a challenge course at the Ft. Bliss Family MWR Outdoor Recreation Tango Tower.  The Tango Tower is a 50 foot high, six sided structure with over 20 different high elements.

This program is the summer element of the Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer Program, within the Clint Independent School District.  The students selected for this program are referrals from the County Juvenile Probation Department, the County Justices of the Peace or the Clint ISD Alternative Education Program.

  Each of the 25 students has had to overcome adversity, personal challenges and legal issues.  Through the Summer TAPS Academy the students are able to interact with Sheriff’s Deputies, reducing social distance with law enforcement, and recover academic credits, with the assistance of Clint Independent School District.

The TAP’s summer activity is open to our media partners if you’d like to attend Thursday’s activity please contact Public Information Officer; Leslie Antunez at lantunez@epcounty.com .

 

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RELEASE: 100% GRADUATION FOLLOWING EPCSO SPECIAL RESPONSE TEAM SCHOOL

 

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX – The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office held a Special Response Team (SRT) School from June 22nd – 26th, 2015.

This SRT school saw a 100 percent passing rate for its 19 trainees following the week long intensive training.

Trainees focused on tactics and techniques in inmate control, force training, riot control, and other emergency situations . The 19 trainees also became Taser and PepperBall certified.

"The most important thing about the school is that they become certified in techniques and tactics, and the most important thing is the safety of the inmate they need to extract.” - Officer Luis Trevino.

“(We learn) to control our movements and not to take things personally and to be able to manage the situation better. Not to just go in there and let the adrenaline kick in." – Detention Officer Juriana Galeano.

This SRT school trained 15 Sheriff’s Office Detention Officers, and 4 detention officers from Curitiba Brazil.

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RELEASE: EPCSO RESPONDS TO MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ON TRANSMOUNTAIN ROAD.

 

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX - El Paso County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to Transmountain Road mile marker 20 just before 7:30 pm, Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015, in reference to a motorcycle accident.

The motorcyclist was traveling west bound on Transmountain Road near mile marker 20.

The motorcyclist a male approximately 30 years of age. Motorcyclist went off the roadway due to unknown reason at this time.

The motorcyclist was transported by El Paso Fire Department EMS to University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Special Traffic Investigation unit was requested on scene, the investigation will continue.

RELEASE: EPCSO TO INCREASE DWI PATROLS

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX - The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office will be increasing DWI patrols for a 10-day period that includes the July 4th holiday. 

Beginning Friday, June 26 – July 7, Sheriff’s Deputies will be focusing on DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.  “The Fourth of July weekend is a patriotic time to celebrate responsibly, don’t drink and drive!

Use designated drivers; our Deputies will be out in full force keeping El Paso roadways safe,” says Sheriff Richard Wiles.  “One drink is too many, when getting behind the wheel; this is a NO-REFUSAL County and we will be out looking for DWIs.”

Americans love to celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, food, but all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation's roads. The fact is, this iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes. According to data from NHTSA, during July 4th holiday period over the last five years (from 2009 to 2013), 750 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or more. These fatalities account for 39% percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities over this same five-year period. 

The increased patrols that target impaired driving are funded through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).  According to TxDOT, Independence Day traditionally ranks among the deadliest holiday periods on Texas highways as a result of alcohol-related crashes.

RELEASE: NARCOTICS OFFENSE WARRANT ROUND UP

 

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX - The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Section conducted a warrant round up June 16th – 20th, 2015.

The round up targeted outstanding warrants regarding narcotics offenses. Fifteen people were arrested, 9 subjects were located in outside counties where warrant teletypes were sent, and one subject was located already in custody elsewhere.

The following is a complete list of round up results:

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Flores, Andy 12/14/1983 Poss CS PG 2 >= 1 G < 4 G

Ramirez, Gabriel 05/16/1986 Man/Del CS PG 1 < 1 G

Salazar, Jesus Martin 09/25/1997 Poss Marijuana U/2oz.

Rodriguez, Rodolfo 11/10/1977 Poss CS PG 1 < 1 G

Gonzalez, Fernando 06/13/1994 Poss Marijuana U/2oz.

Gardea, Carlos 06/16/1995 Poss Marijuana <= 2 oz Drug Free Zone

Nevarez, Salomon 12/24/1959 Poss Marijuana U/2oz., Injury Child/ Elderly DWI Open container, DWI BAC >= 0.15 Resist Arrest Search or Transport

Quintero, Ruby 03/13/1995 Poss Marijuana U/2oz.

Gutierrez, Gustavo 04/30/1960 Poss CS PG 1 >= 1G < 4G. DWI 3rd or more

Soltelo, Edwin Ivan 07/23/1997 Poss Marijuana < 2oz. Drug Free Zone IAT

Castro, Vanessa 09/08/1983 Poss CS PG 3 < 28G

Portillo, Alexis 03/30/1997 Poss Marijuana < 2oz. Drug Free Zone IAT

Stanley, Paul 07/20/1979 Poss Marij < 2oz, Theft Prop >=$50<$500

Almanza, Jesus Ramon 05/20/1989 Poss Marijuana > 5 lbs <= 50 lbs

Ontiveros, Hilda 03/06/1981 Theft of Property/Tampering w/Government

Records X 6(Counts)

ATL Teletypes sent out.

Aranda, Ruben 03/10/1967 Arlington, TX

Espinoza, Mauro M 09/02/1979 Amarillo, TX

Montano, Sunny 05/16/1976 Odessa, TX

Harville, Michael 08/14/1986 Houston, TX

Diaz, Christian 04/15/1994 Odessa, TX

Lopez Billups, Jeremy 11/04/1994 San Antonio, TX

Wright, Stanton 12/22/1981 Laurinburg, NC

Olivas, Jose Paz 01/24/1964 Midland, TX

Mendoza, Ruben Ibanez 09/17/1981 San Angelo, TX

Incarcerated in other facility/Hold placed

Morales, Jesus 01/30/1984 Sierra Blanca, TX

Warrant’s Recalled After being ATL’ed

Alvarado, Andria 05/05/1992 Poss Marijuana < 2oz.

Diaz, Jose Eduardo 04/20/1992 Poss Marijuana < 2oz.

Non-extraditable

13 additional subjects located out of state with non-extraditable warrants.

RELEASE: SPECIAL RESPONSE TEAM SCHOOL

UPDATE: PHOTO ALBUM INCLUDED

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX – The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is holding a Special Response Team (SRT) School from June 22nd – 26th, 2015.

SRT squad members are trained to respond to violent inmates, riots, and other emergency situations using the least amount of force necessary to control the situation.

The school is currently training 15 Sheriff’s Office Detention Officers, and 4 detention officers from Curitiba Brazil. The Brazilian SRT team heard about the Sheriff’s Office SRT program and they sent their best officers so they can take back and train their personnel in prison operations.

This morning the trainees completed a grueling obstacle course, and they will continue their training throughout the week.

Training exercises are open to our media partners if you’d like to attend one of the sessions please contact Public Information Officer; Leslie Antunez at lantunez@epcounty.com .

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MANHUNT CONTINUES 06-22-15: JOEL PONCE

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FUGITIVE INFORMATION:

NAME: JOEL PONCE (35)

AKA’s: ALVAREZ

DOB: 05-06-1978

ETHINCITY / GENDER: HISPANIC / MALE

HEIGHT: 5’7”

WEIGHT: 280 lbs.

HAIR: Brown

EYES: Brown

BUILD: Heavy

LAST KNOWN RESIDENCE: BERINO, NM

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EL PASO, TEXAS For this week’s Most Wanted Fugitive, MANHUNT MONDAY revisits a 2013 Murder that occurred in Berino, NM. The target is identified as JOEL PONCE of Berino, NM.

Law Enforcement once again seeking assistance from the Community in providing the 1964516_269443323222118_755261274_n_whereabouts of JOEL PONCE who may be hiding in the Borderland area. In May 2013, 41 year-old Juan Perez was found unresponsive with head injuries in the 100 block of Saltbush in Berino, NM. As the investigation continued, JOEL PONCE surfaced as a person of interest & has not been seen since. PONCE knows authorities are looking for him and is on the run eluding capture. He is wanted for the Offense of: Murder (New Mexico) but has contacts & is known to frequent the areas of Berino & Las Cruces, New Mexico /  El Paso,Texas & Northern Mexico.

NEW INFORMATION: Since the last time PONCE was featured on MANHUNT MONDAY (February 21, 2014), he had been spotted at an East El Paso Sports Bar where a tipster indicated PONCE now wears his head shaved. Information also surfaced he fled to Mexico. On Todays Date (June 22nd) – it would have been the Victims – Juan Perez’ Birthday.

If anyone has seen or has any information on the whereabouts of JOEL PONCE please contact Crime Stoppers Of El Paso at (915) 566-TIPS (8477) or the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department at (575) 525-1911 or the Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority at (575) 526-0795.

AUTHORITIES REMIND THE GENERAL PUBLIC – HARBORING A FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE IS A FELONY OFFENSE.

The Victim’s Family is also offering a $1,000 Reward for information leading to the Capture of JOEL PONCE.

Since its inception in 2008, Tips & Information provided to MANHUNT MONDAY has resulted in the Capture of numerous fugitives in several parts of Texas & other States such as New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, California & south of the Border in Mexico.

If anyone has seen or has any information on the whereabouts of

JOEL PONCE please (click on SUBMIT icon):

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at 566-TIPS (8477). Callers will remain anonymous & may be eligible for a reward if the information provided leads to the apprehension of the individuals featured.

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RELEASE: ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED

UPDATE: CORRECTION ON DOB AND CHARGE.

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX - On May 27, 2015 a Robbery occurred at a liquor store located at 14000 block of Montana Ave. in far East El Paso County. Through the course of the investigation Juan Carlos Saucedo was identified as one of the offenders in this Robbery. Saucedo was taken into custody on June 17th, 2015 and was charged with Robbery. He was placed into the El Paso County Detention facility under a $100,000.00 bond.

Anyone who may have any information about the Robbery is urged to call the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office @ 915 546-2280

 

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RELEASE: EPCSO EXPLORER POST 2005 TRAINING

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX - The El Paso County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post 2005 is busy getting ready for competition.

This week they are conducting live exercises, and classroom instruction on various subjects to prepare them for upcoming combined training and competition.

During this week’s training Explorers will learn how to perform daily tasks Sheriff’s Office deputies encounter on a daily basis such as: arrest and search, burglary in progress, traffic stop, obstacle course and active shooter.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 2005 will host the 1st Annual Law Enforcement Explorer Post Training and Competition. It will be held on July 6-10, 2015 at the Texas National Army Reserve Center located at 11701 Montana. Post attending consists of Border Patrol, El Paso Police, El Paso Sheriffs, Anthony and Horizon Police. There will be approximately 150 explores participating and 20 post advisors to assist.

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Visit our YouTube page at the link below to see what else the EPCSO Explorers were up to this week.

https://youtu.be/PPXhvXvBvQ4

RELEASE: FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE ARRESTED

 

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX - Alonzo Gonzalez D.O.B. 06/08/1988 of Hobbs, N.M. On 06/15/2015 the Hobbs, New Mexico Police Department released a Wanted Bulletin for Alonzo Gonzalez. New Mexico authorities wanted Gonzalez in connection with a Criminal Attempted Murder that occurred on Sunday 06/14/2015. The Hobbs Police Department contacted the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office after it was believed that Gonzalez may be in the El Paso Area. Sheriff’s Office Deputies working with information provided by Hobbs Police Department were able to locate Gonzalez’ vehicle at a local area Hospital parking garage. Sheriff’s Office Crimes Against Persons Investigators were called in to assist in the investigation. Through the course of the investigation Sheriff’s Detectives were able to identify and locate the wanted fugitive who had been treated and admitted to University Medical Center under a false identity. Sheriff’s Detectives charged Gonzalez as a Fugitive from Justice; he was taken into custody and booked into the El Paso County Detention facility without bond.

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$13K RECOVERED FOLLOWING BURGLARY OF A BUSINESS

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

Tornillo, TX- El Paso County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrest 2 individuals following the burglary of a business Wednesday, June 10th, 2015.

Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the “Don Pancho’s” grocery store located on the 200 block of Florinda in Tornillo, TX in reference to a burglary.

Upon arrival deputies observed that forced entry was made through a wall into the store.

The grocery store is equipped with an ATM machine, the offenders proceeded to pry open the ATM machine and stole approximately $13,000. The offenders also took multiple calling cards, cigarettes and cigarette rolling papers.

Detectives with the Sheriff’s office were able to obtain enough information from video surveillance, customer transactions, and previous criminal investigations to identify the 2 suspects as Jesus Terrazas-19yrs and Cristobal Escajeda-20yrs.

Terrazas and Escajeda confessed to the burglary during questioning and were placed under arrest. The $13,000 was recovered from the individuals. The remaining stolen property was located and recovered at another location.

 

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