The second aggravated robbery at a convenience store in as many weeks was reported June 29.

In last week’s column, I warned against complacency regarding the shootings that recently occurred in Killeen. At last count, there were 11 in a two-week period.

A Copperas Cove man was arraigned June 17 on a felony charge of evading arrest in a vehicle after Killeen police said he threw drugs and alcohol out of his car window while evading, wrecking his vehicle and fleeing on foot.

Cove police are asking the public’s help in identifying a woman involved in the theft of a wallet from a shopping cart May 21 in the parking lot of H-E-B. located at 2990 E. Business U.S. Highway 190 in Copperas Cove.

A Gatesville man with a disturbing history of arrests for sexually abusing children was indicted June 1 by a Coryell County grand jury on a charge of capital murder in the death of a 2-year old boy in January.

So, you don’t think the simple act of stalking someone is a serious crime? It’s a game, you say?

A former Copperas Cove Independent School District teacher and coach entered a plea of guilty to sexually assaulting a 15-year old girl.

We’ve seen reports of multiple arrests of drug offenders in recent months. Some of those perpetrators are heading to court to receive due adjudication now, with others are still pending.

The yahoos who target parked and unattended vehicles for theft are always looking for an easy mark and one that will yield some profit.

Whether the cause is loose morals, the decline of family values or the explosion of social media, the number of sexual crimes against children has taken a dramatic upturn in recent years.

Thieves degrade the quality of life in any venue they occupy.

It’s no secret that predators of all description have inundated the Internet and other communications media. They include financial predators, identity thieves and the worst of the worst, sexual predators.

Seeing one’s hometown in the national spotlight is usually a proud, strutting and momentous occasion, but not when the spotlight shines upon us for all the wrong reasons.

Before we get to the meat of Cove’s crime picture this week, I want to throw in my 2 cents worth of opinion on the upcoming vote on alcohol sales in Cove.

With the inordinate number of crimes in almost all categories being reported in Copperas Cove during the last several months, it is not surprising that a homicide would make the list.

We all know about the rights of the accused in criminal cases. So much so that it’s a wonder the high court continues to require the reading of Miranda prior to questioning a criminal suspect. Nearly all of us, police background notwithstanding, can recite the Miranda warning verbatim.

Big news, huh? Identity theft becoming a rising problem? Two years ago it was an emerging problem in our area, averaging about one each week. At the same time, identity theft was considerably more pronounced in bigger cities in Texas and across the nation.

Scammers rely on complacency and trust to successfully ply the unsuspecting into providing personal and financial information, which will ultimately be used by thieves to further their goal of transferring your wealth to their pockets.

According to a news release from the Copperas Cove Police Department, police in Williamson County arrested a suspect in the Feb. 5 shooting that occurred in the 1000 block of West Business U.S. Highway 190.

In reporting crimes, arrests, trials, convictions and sentencing, questions often surface regarding the difference between prison and state jail.

Working as a team, the Bell County Organized Crime Unit and the Copperas Cove Police Department successfully ended a nine-month investigation into the distribution of controlled substances, which resulted in securing 45 indictments and the execution of 13 arrests.

Copperas Cove should be in the news. The news should all be good, but good news usually doesn’t make the headlines.

The Coryell County law enforcement community has lost a champion with the untimely passing of Joe Blakely, Coryell County Sheriff’s Department chief deputy.

DWI is the acronym for driving while intoxicated. It is also the acronym for diving while “intexticated.” Both are illegal to some point and both are deadly.

The Coryell County District Attorney is preparing its case against a convicted child abuser arrested Sunday on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Cove experiences an average of four reported crimes each day, or 28 crimes per week. These are “reported” crimes. In my experience, there are about 50 percent more crimes that go unreported for a variety of reasons.

Hotheads, take heed. This planet has had just about enough of your bullying, intolerance and violent responses to personality and ideology conflicts.

Someone opened the gate and let the thieves out! The vermin slithered out from under their rocks this week and wreaked havoc on the good citizens and merchants of Copperas Cove, stealing property not rightfully theirs before slithering back into the dank confines of their grimy lairs.

The title of this column since its inception has been crime trends, but what is a crime trend?

When family violence becomes the norm in Copperas Cove, we as a city have lost our identity — not only as the “city built for family living,” but as a city with small town values.

Theft is by far the most common crime committed during the Yuletide season in almost every venue in the nation, if not the entire world. Thieves are, in my opinion, basically lazy and cowardly opportunists, lacking enthusiasm for legitimate employment and possessing the conscience of the low…

It is not my intention to beat the proverbial horse to death, although I may come across that way when it comes to domestic violence. Because family violence is completely avoidable, it is my pet peeve. Better we should beat the proverbial horse than our spouse or other family member.

With the rash of domestic violence reports in Cove during the past year, it has become clear that intolerance and family member bullying threatens to severely tarnish our image as “the city for family living,” as our motto touts.

It’s almost time for the scum of the earth, the sleaze, the slimy slugs and the vermin to slither out from under their rocks to prey on decent, law-abiding citizens. What time is that, you ask? The holidays, of course! Thanksgiving and Noel.

During the first two weeks of October, numerous burglaries of buildings were reported to police among other property crimes, most of which occurred in a localized area.

Obviously, a homicide in sleepy little Copperas Cove is the week’s top story. Unlike jurisdictions to our east, such crimes in Cove are infrequent, the last one occurring a year ago during a domestic violence incident.

Apparently, not all Covites read this column and it’s equally apparent that some who read it don’t heed it.

As one drives around Copperas Cove these days, the blue-and-white neighborhood watch signs are no longer as prevalent as they once were. In fact, there are precious few, if any, left.

A former prison guard at the Crain Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Gatesville faces multiple felony charges in both Bell and Coryell counties.

To understand how a seemingly ordinary citizen is capable of communicating a terroristic threat, one must first understand the actual meaning of the term.

When will they ever learn? Fleeing the police in a vehicle never ends well for the numbskull driving the vehicle or the passengers in the vehicle.

Since the beginning of September, more than 35 assaults were reported to police in Copperas Cove, including 11 this week. Many more have gone unreported, for reasons known only to the assailant and victim.

On July 3, in the Cove Herald, I wrote about five Coveites who were arrested for aggravated robbery following a criminal episode during which the five men robbed a 14-year-old Harker Heights boy of two pairs of Air Jordan basketball shoes and a cellphone he offered to sell on local social media.

Why do people steal? The reasons are as plentiful as the number of people who commit this category of crime. I believe that very few people actually steal a lot, but a lot of people steal a little. Admittedly, there are a few people who have never stolen anything. I haven’t met many of them.

Frankly, I’m getting a bit weary of writing about the multitude of thefts that have plagued Copperas Cove in recent months and of the low-life sponge-mops who commit them.

Criminal minds and the lazy subspecies who possess them never rest so long as there are gullible and uninformed consumers left to scam.

Copperas Cove police continue to search for the man who robbed a local fast-food restaurant Saturday.

They’re everywhere. Like big brother watching your every move, video cameras, or closed circuit video recorders as they‘re known in the industry, are positioned in nearly every venue of our lives from retail outlets to traffic lanes in busy intersections.

Apparently unrepentant after being charged in the Sept. 24 aggravated robbery of the Texas Partners Credit Union Bank in Copperas Cove, a Cove man was arrested and jailed again July 28 on new charges of robbery and burglary of a habitation in Bell County, according to Bell County jail records.

Assaults in all categories continue to paint Copperas Cove as a bastion of assaultive behavior, undermining Cove’s motto of “a city for family living.”

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