POLICE REPORT

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‘Attempted sexual assault’ arrest after library incident

A 24-year-old Lexington man was arrested Friday and charged with “attempted aggravated sexual assault” after an incident last week at the city’s Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library.

Justin Howard was arrested after an investigation by Ofc. Adam Assaker, according to Lt. J.D. Newlin.

Newlin said the incident, which was reported by library personnel to the police, involved “inappropriate touching” of a female.

“ The victim is a mentally challenged adult,” Newlin said. “According to Texas law, the mentally challenged aspect enabled the charge to be filed as an ‘aggravated’ incident.

At deadline time, Howard remained in the Milam County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.

OFFENSES—Police are investigating an indecency with a child report but have not yet made an arrest.

A steel pole saw was taken from a construction site at First Baptist Church during the week, according to police.

Police also investigated a “deadly conduct” report in which Newlin said a man made threats while brandishing a rifle.

Newlin said the rifle was not discharged and no injuries were reported. The suspect was arrested.

WARRANTS—Police served four warrants during the past week, one each for speeding, no liability insurance, failure to appear and expired registration.

Police also answered seven other reports, which were termed to be “routine” calls.

ACCIDENT—No injuries were reported in a two-vehicle collision at 1:59 p.m. Thursday at Miller Starnes Chevrolet-Buick.

Police also investigated a minor non-injury, two-vehicle collision on Friday in the 700 block of West Cameron (US 79). See photo at right.

Police listed the drivers as Jeremiah Wacker, 35, of Bryan, in a 2001 Nissan SUV and Norma Dawson, 47, of Rockdale in a 213 Kia.

Damages were termed minor to both vehicles.

CITATIONS—Traffic citations issued during the week included 13 for speeding, three for expired MVI sticker and one each for expired registration, running a stop sign, no liability insurance, failure to report change of name or address, disregarding traffic control device and violation of open container law.

SERVICE CALLS—Officers responded to 90 total calls for service during the past week, along with 62 through the 911 system.

Any crime listed above, or any other crime, may be phoned in to Milam County, toll-free, at 1-888- 697-TIPS (8477).

A reward of up to $1,000 may be paid for tips.

All calls to the CrimeStoppers system are anonymous. No one will ask your name and you will be issued a number for further correspondence.

2012-12-27 / Crime Beat

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