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Posts published in “Day: May 5, 2011”

Alleged Dayton bank robber caught in Florida

By BOBBY HORN JR.
DAYTON—The man believed responsible for the April 5 robbery of the Security State Bank in Dayton was arrested in Florida last week.
Police arrested David Glenn Manuel , 38, at a condo in Panama City, Fl. on April 27. Manuel’s arrest followed another bank robbery in Florida.
Manuel is charged with the robbery of Bay Credit Union in Panama City on April 15. He also faces a federal violation of probation. Deputies found drugs in Manuel’s condominium and additional charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Cocaine and Oxycodone), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, as well as a hold for the United States Marshal Service has been placed on him.
Police said they attempted to capture Manuel the day before, but he evaded them by diving into the Gulf of Mexico. A tip then led them to the condo, where they apprehended him at 1:30 in the morning when he returned. As officers approached the condominium, Manuel was seen jumping off the balcony of one of the units and running away down the beach.
Police believe that the Bay Credit Union robbery was one in a string of robberies dating back to April 5.
Dayton police have identified Manuel as the man who entered the Security State Bank in Dayton on April 5. The robber passed a note to a cashier saying he had a firearm and demanding cash. No one was injured in the incident.
Shortly before the robbery the Dayton High School received a call saying that there was a bomb at the school. No such device was found. Police traced the call back to a payphone near the bank. They believe the call was made to divert police resources away from the area.
On April 25 a man identified as Manuel entered the Citi Bank off the 18400 block of Interstate 45 in Shenandoah and allegedly handed a teller a note stating he had a gun and wanted cash in large bills given to him. He was given an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing.
No one was injured during the robbery, but police determined he was also was the same man who allegedly had robbed the Compass Bank in Porter earlier in the day. Police also said that Manuel attempted to purchase a used car in Conroe immediately following the robbery and that he offered to pay cash.
As of press time, Manuel was being held in a Panama City jail while authorities decided whether to pursue state or federal charges against him and in which state would the charges be filed.

Detectives seek Newport burglar

CROSBY – Detectives have filed Burglary Habitation charges on an alleged serial burglar in Newport, but he remains at large.
The accused is identified as Taylor Ramirez. Deputy Thomas W. Hitt of the General Investigations Division Criminal Investigations Bureau says Ramirez has been linked to seven residential burglaries in the Newport subdivision. He is currently wanted on the felony charge of Burglary Habitation and his whereabouts are unknown.
Ramirez drives a silver Mitsubishi Montero he once resided in the Newport subdivision. Ramirez was familiar with the area and is known by several of the complainants that were burglarized. Items stolen in the burglaries are electronics, jewelry and firearms. Many of the stolen items have been recovered. Anyone that knows Ramirez location is being asked to contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at 713-221-6000.

Highlands Rotary sends aid to Tornado-hit town in Alabama

HIGHLANDS– After the devastating tornadoes that ripped through several Southern states last week, the victims needed immediate help to survive. In a move reminiscent of the rescue aid that Highlands Rotary offered after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the local club sent a $2500 cash donation to one town it knew was in need, and organized a collection drive to send supplies and other necessities.
Working with Rotarians from Houston District 5890, Highlands Rotary is collecting blankets, clothing, food, water, toiletries, gift cards (Walmart), money, and children’s toys to be sent to the town of Hacklesburg, Alabama.
Rotarians Hugh Conway and Hurley Johnson are already there, helping and sending back unbelievable reports of the utter devastation. This is the town that President Obama visited, along with Tuscaloosa and others in Alabama. Conway reports that 150 of the 200 homes in Hacklesburg are destroyed. Temporary housing is being built as replacements. He also said that at least 5 Centerpoint crews from Houston are there, helping to restore electricity and water.
Locally, Rotary president Michelle Lomazoff is organizing the collection drive. Anyone wanting to help, is asked to bring goods or money to her shop, It’s a Girl Thing, 524 N. Main Street, or call 281-426-3223 for help in picking up your donation.