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.

According to a release from the Coryell County district attorney’s office, a Coryell County jury sentenced a Copperas Cove man on a drug charge last week.

Aaron Crawford was given the maximum sentence of 10 years on a possession of a controlled substance charge for methamphetamine in the amount of one or more grams, but less than 4 grams.

On the morning of Feb. 26, officers responded to a one-vehicle crash after the defendant drove through a couple’s yard.

According to the report, Crawford left the scene on foot, dropping the methamphetamine and a stolen handgun in front of a house a few hundred feet from the crash site. About 10 a.m. the same day, the methamphetamine was located and police were called to the scene.

According to the release, Crawford has been to prison for a similar drug charge and has been charged with five separate offenses of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

Based upon Crawford’s previous penal records and his apparent unwillingness to be rehabilitated, the maximum sentence of 10 years is not excessive.

Keep kids busy during summer months

Summer vacation from the structure of the school environment is less than two weeks away. To most kids, this is a blissful, carefree time to engage in fun pursuits, and for others, it is simply a time to eat, sleep in and do nothing at all.

The latter group will soon become bored with doing nothing and seek out other avenues for adventure and excitement, oftentimes engaging in malicious mischief and other illegal activities.

We’ve all cited it and know it well: An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.

Keeping a vacationing child occupied is a responsibility shared by the child, the parents/guardians and the city in which they live.

Parents/guardians must allow children a certain amount of freedom to follow their own compass direction, but within well-defined boundaries. For example, established curfews must be enforced.

In an effort to keep the child’s brain functioning at peak levels, educational activities should be encouraged, including reading and visiting educational parks.

Most importantly, children should be encouraged to have fun. Season passes to Six Flags or Sea World are an attractive option. Summer camps offer a wide variety of activities that will appeal to most children.

On the flip side of the coin, parents who push their kids outside at daybreak with instructions to be home by dark may well be visited by uniformed members of the police department after their unsupervised kids engage in episodes of criminal mischief brought on by boredom.

The city has a moral obligation to provide activities for our children, including swimming pools, parks, sports facilities and the like.

I hear it from parents and kids — there is nothing to do in Copperas Cove. That is why kids get into trouble. While Cove, like all other cities, could do more, children need to be guided toward the activities offered.

If we let our children follow their own instincts exclusively and without parental supervision, they will gravitate to the first shiny thing that glitters. That may be the cellphone or wallet inside someone else’s car.

Assault

Eight assaults were reported to police this week, seven of them involving family violence. If this statistic isn’t appalling to you, it should be.

  • An assault with bodily injury/family violence was reported May 9 in the 200 block of Lincoln Drive.
  • An aggravated assault with a deadly weapon/family violence was reported May 11 in the 200 block of Patterson Street.
  • Two separate counts of assault by contact/family violence were reported May 4 in the 700 block of South 19th Street.
  • An assault by contact/family violence was reported May 14 in the 1300 block of North First Street.
  • Injury to child, bodily injury was reported May 15.
  • An assault with bodily injury/family violence was reported May 15 in the 3400 block of Plateau Street.
  • An assault by contact/family violence was reported May 15 in the 2900 block of Carroll Drive.

Theft/burglary/robbery

Fourteen thefts/burglaries and one robbery were reported this week. When did we inherit the crime statistics of a city three times our size?

  • A theft of a debit card and currency from a vehicle was reported May 10 in the 33400 block of Dalton Street.
  • A second burglary of a vehicle was reported May 10 in the 3400 block of Dalton Street.
  • A third burglary of a vehicle was reported May 10 in the 3400 block of Dalton Street.
  • The theft of a Jeep Wrangler was reported mat 10 in the 700 block of Judy Lane.
  • A theft of currency was reported May 10 in the 2300 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.
  • A burglary of a residence with intent to commit assault and violation of a protective order was reported May 10 in the 100 block of East Avenue B.
  • The theft of a gift card was reported May 10 in the 200 block of Easy Street.
  • A robbery was reported may 11 in the 1200 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.
  • The theft of a digital camera was reported may 11 in the 900 block of South Main Street.
  • The theft of a lawn mower was reported May 11 in the 2700 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.
  • The burglary of a vehicle was reported May 14 in the 100 block of Wolf Road.
  • A burglary of a habitation was reported May 14 in the 700 block of West Avenue B.
  • A theft of a bicycle was reported May 15 in the 200 block of Nauert Street.
  • The theft of coinage and a debit card from a vehicle and disorderly conduct-displaying a weapon were reported May 15 in the 500 block of West Avenue A.
  • The theft of street signs and a pole and criminal mischief was reported May 15 at the intersection of Big Divide and Mitchell Drive.

Other crimes

  • Public lewdness was reported May 9 in the 400 block of South 25th Street.
  • Another report of public lewdness was made May 9 in the 400 block of South 25th Street.
  • A forgery of a financial instrument was reported May 10 in the 3000 block of Lois Circle.
  • Public lewdness was reported May 11.
  • Online harassment/impersonation was reported May 11 in the 700 block of Constitution Drive.
  • Animal cruelty was reported May 11 in the 800 block of South 11th Street.
  • Criminal trespass was reported May 11 in the 400 block of South 25th Street.
  • Evading arrest/detention was reported May 15. An arrest was made.

Indictments

  • Patrick James Dioneven Church, 22, of Copperas Cove, on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, 1 gram or more.

John Vander Werff is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement and a Copperas Cove resident.​

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