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On Tuesday (April 26), a resident in the area of 2200 Cedar reported suspicious circumstances involving two males in a silver vehicle. The caller didn’t recognize the vehicle or the male driver and passenger and called police.
When Pearland officers arrived, the two males ran and began jumping fences to escape police. After a brief foot chase, both suspects were detained.
Officers recovered evidence and quickly learned that the pair had broken into a home in the 4900 block of Plum.
Officers identified the pair as Jarrod Pena, 18, and Xavier Valenzuela, 20. Both suspects were charged with Evading Arrest, a Class A Misdemeanor; and Burglary of a Habitation, a Second Degree Felony.
“This incident was a great example of citizens being involved in keeping their community safe,” said Assistant Chief of Police Johnny Spires.
To report suspicious activity, call the Pearland Police Department at (281) 997-4100. Call 911 to report crimes in progress.
The Pearland Police Department is mourning the loss of retired Detection K9, Nancy. The 12-year-old Belgian Malinois was the loyal partner and companion of Detective Eric Morton and served the Pearland community from November 2005 until her retirement in early 2014. Nancy was certified for narcotics detection, human tracking and article searches.
“Nancy was loved by everyone around her and she will be sorely missed by the Pearland Police Department, Detective Eric Morton and his family,” said Pearland Chief of Police, J.C. Doyle.
Nancy and Officer Morton are credited with the seizure of more than $1.3 million dollars of illegal narcotics, property and currency. Together, the two were recognized as the 2007 Pearland Police Officer of the Year. She and Officer Morton also assisted with training and investigations for other local law enforcement agencies, including Brazoria and Harris County, Texas Department of Public Safety and the Friendswood Police Department.
In addition to fighting crime, Nancy was a community favorite appearing at countless schools, daycares and community events. The City of Pearland sends condolences to Detective Morton and his family.
On Sunday (Apr. 10) at approximately 4 p.m., a young, black male approximately 5’7” to 5’9” tall, wearing long tan shorts, a red shirt, red shoes and a ‘Houston’ ball cap entered the Exxon gas station, located at 8431 Broadway St.
The suspect appeared to use his shirt when opening the door to the business. The suspect grabbed a Coke and approached the cashier to pay. When the cashier opened the register, the suspect pulled a black semi-automatic pistol out of his pants, pointed it at the cashier and demanded cash.
When the suspect left, he told the cashier to go to the restroom, located in the back of the store. The suspect fled, and no vehicle was seen.
Anyone with information about this suspect is urged to call the Pearland Police Department at 281-997-4100.
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Come take a walk on the City’s new Nature Trail
The John Hargrove Environmental Complex trail located at 5800 Magnolia Road is now open. The grant-funded project includes a 1.7-mile recreational nature trail, sidewalk connections, trailhead signage and nine additional parking spaces at the Stella Roberts Recycling Center.
Project construction began in December 2015 with trail subgrade preparation and drainage designed to ensure the trail is stable and sustainable for many years.
For more information, log on to pearlandtx.gov.
Old Town Site “Quiet Zone” in effect
Old Town Site may be quieter than you remember as Quiet Zones are now in effect. The Quiet Zone, established by the Federal Railroad Administration, states that locomotive horns are not required within highway-rail grade crossings equipped with Supplemental Safety Measures or Alternative Safety Measures or crossings that have a Quiet Zone Risk Index at or below the Nationwide Significant Risk Threshold. Read more on Quiet Zones on the City’s website.
Safe Exchange Zone initiative aims to keep residents safe
The City of Pearland is now offering a secure location for Pearland residents to help ensure and enhance their safety and to minimize the opportunity for an encounter to go wrong for internet-based purchases from websites such as Craigslist and eBay.
This initiative attempts to address safety and awareness concerns. Visit the Police Department webpage to read more.
Delores Fenwick Nature Center design moves forward
Design will soon be underway for the Delores Fenwick Nature Center, an educational facility coming to the John Hargrove Environmental Center.
The complex, located at 5800 Magnolia, houses the Stella Roberts Recycling Center, John Hargrove Environmental Center and the newly completed nature trail system. Read more on the the facility.
Do your part to help reduce pollutants
The City’s Stormwater Management Plan deals with ways to improve its surface water quality through the use of various Best Management Practices.
Residents can help to reduce chemical, biological and physical pollutants from the ground and storm sewer system by employing the practices used by the City.
Learn how you can help at pearlandtx.gov/stormwater.