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China Grove ‘suspends’ police department

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Wilson County News
December 10, 2013, 11:39am
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CHINA GROVE -- Residents here will receive police services from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and Bexar County Pct. 4 Constable’s Office following a 4-0-1 decision by the city council to indefinitely suspend the China Grove Police Department. The vote came during a Dec. 9 special meeting, in which no members of the public were present.

Mayor Eugene Ripps, in a telephone interview with the Wilson County News, said Dec. 10 that his wife, Alderman Cathy Ripps, voted to abstain. Aldermen Mike Trainor, John Massengale, John McRae, and Doug Pruski all voted in favor of suspending the police department until after the council establishes policies and procedures for the department and for all city personnel.

“I wished it could have went some other way,” Mayor Ripps said. “Legal advice told me this was my option.”

The mayor said he hopes that the Texas Rangers will conduct an investigation of the department, in light of allegations of officers not being on patrol in the city, which he said were raised by Police Chief Larry Davis and by residents. Mayor Ripps said residents complained of seeing police vehicles in other areas of the county, not in China Grove.

“We had one month where they wrote zero tickets,” he said.

On the police department’s Facebook page, the most recent post informs the citizens that the department has been disbanded.

“We do not know the reasoning behind the disbandment but knew it would one day happen,” according to the post.

For more on this developing story, read our Dec. 18 print edition.


Your Opinions and Comments

December 16, 2013 8:57am
New Guy get it right! It's 3 lights and two horses not one.

Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
December 15, 2013 7:01am
Prairie Grouch ... LIKE ...

December 15, 2013 6:56am
T-Bone Pickens.....China Grove and a hot cup of coffee on a Sunday morning well before daylight. What a hoot.....got it bookmarked ...Thanks

New Guy  
Wilson County  
December 14, 2013 11:22pm
F moneyReally. So I was 110 people off...still a waste of money

Facts only please  
December 14, 2013 11:20pm
Fact. La Vermia population in 2012 was 1110.

T-Bone Pickens  
December 14, 2013 8:58pm
Prairie Grouch - a little known fact. I was roomates with Doug Pruski's brother while attending the greatest university on the planet the Texas A&M University. These are good people and back to the song..... Click on ... More ›

Really Cmon  
December 14, 2013 8:19pm
New guy really 1000? Two stop lights, you obviously dont know the city statistics. You are bashing good people that care about the City. Its people like you that make this city such a bad living environment. If you dont like ... More ›

New Guy  
Wilson County  
December 13, 2013 10:54am
Really Cmon: Worried about your job security? Town with a population of 1000 and two stop lights needing a full up police...really? 50K on a code enforcer? 30K on an assistant city clerk? Where is the TEA on local waste of ... More ›

December 12, 2013 7:20pm
T-Bone Pickens....Funnest ones since your snake bit several months ago......Keep it up....this old man loves to laugh. Thanks

William J. Gibbs Jr.  
December 12, 2013 6:27pm
According to Damian Balderas, one of the department's three officers, all three officers met late yesterday with Mayor Pro Tem Doug Pruski. During the meeting, Balderas, Chief Larry Davis, and Officer John Jenkins turned in ... More ›

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