String of violence mars Bay Area’s holiday season

December 31st, 2019

By Mary Alys Cherry

While the holiday season is supposed to be a time of hope, love, peace and tranquility, residents of the normally safe Bay Area found themselves stunned over a string of violence that included the deaths of two area police officers just three days apart – Dec. 7 and 10 — and another reportedly having to kill a suspect Dec. 11, to possibly survive. Plus, a wife shot to death, reportedly by her husband.

Nassau Bay Police Sgt. Kaila Sullivan, 43, died after being hit by a car, driven by Tavores Dewayne Henderson, 21, in the 2000 block of San Sebastian Court Tuesday, Dec. 10, about 8:30 p.m. She was among a group of officers trying to handcuff Henderson, when he broke free and jumped into his vehicle, hitting Sullivan as he was driving away. She was pronounced dead after being rushed to HCA Houston Clear Lake Hospital in Webster, and Henderson remained on the run until the next day. He has been charged with Capital Murder.

Nassau Bay Police Chief Tim Cromie described Sullivan as a “cop’s cop” and a “cornerstone” of the 14-member police force.

Mayor Mark Denman said it was the first time an officer had been killed in the line of duty. “We have a very safe city,” he added.

Houston Police Sgt. Christopher Brewster, 32, was gunned down Saturday night, Dec. 7, as he was responding to a domestic violence call in Magnolia Park. Officers arrested Arturo Solis, 25, a few blocks away that night for his death and charged him with capital murder. Brewster was from the nearby Sagemont area and a graduate of Dobie High School. Services for both fallen officers were held at Grace Church on the Gulf Freeway.
A League City Police officer had to shoot and kill a suspect when he answered a disturbance call in the 6500 block of the residential neighborhood of Turner Fields about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 after allegedly being assaulted by the suspect. The suspect, Matthew Jonathon Krupar, 31, was carried to HCA Clear Lake Hospital in Webster, where he was pronounced dead.

A League City Police Department spokesman said Patrol Officer Patrick Bradshaw first was greeted by a woman at the location, after which Krupar came out of the residence, confronted the officer and then became combative. It was during the ensuing altercation that Bradshaw shot Krupar. Officers and members of the League City EMS performed emergency medical assistance on the suspect before he was transported to the hospital.

The Galveston County Sheriff’s Department and the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office also were on scene and conducting the investigation. Bradshaw, who has served as a police officer with League City since 2008, will remain on administrative leave as policy dictates until he is released for duty.

Dudley Bernard, 40, of League City, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer, has been charged with his wife’s murder on Thanksgiving night and held on a $200,000 bond.
League City Police arrested him at 11:08 p.m. after responding to reports of multiple gunshots in the 2300 block of Indigo Harbour Lane, taking him into custody in the front yard of his residence without incident. His wife, Chauntelle Bernard, 42, a supervisory CBP officer, was found dead at the front door of the residence from gunshot wounds.

Bernard, who has been suspended by the CBP, where he has worked for the past 10 years, is accused of fatally shooting his wife several times shortly after guests left his home Thanksgiving night. League City Police found Chauntelle Bernard lying facedown in the foyer of the home after Dudley called 911 to report the shooting. He reportedly told police he had “accidentally” shot his wife.

Their two sons were also at the home at the time of the shooting as was the wife’s sister, who had been visiting them.

Six face prostitution charges in League City

January 28th, 2016

indexSix have been arrested in League City on prostitution charges and seven face charges for Occupational Code Violations after League City Police shut down six massage parlors, it was announced Thursday, Jan. 28.

Over the past four months, the League City Police Department Community Impact Unit has been proactively investigating a number of local massage parlors after receiving a tip alleging a local massage business was promoting prostitution. The Unit is a proactive investigative group within the department equipped to manage prolonged investigations within our city.

Working closely with other city departments to eliminate these types of businesses in our community, as well as, develop increased safeguarding measures, the six massage parlors were closed due to the investigation.

“We are invested in the economic growth and community well-being here in League City.  As our city grows and continues to attract new residents and successful businesses, we remain dedicated to ensuring all businesses are operating within the allowances of the law,” Assistant Director of Development and Planning Richard Werbiskis said.

The investigation ultimately led to 14 code violations, four charges of prostitution, and two charges of Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution.  “One of the reasons people choose to live in League City, is that our agency doesn’t overlook important issues.  The men and women of our department work everyday on behalf of our citizens to keep our city a great place to live, work, and shop,”  stated Sergeant Stephen Antley who leads the department’s Community Impact Unit.

The League City Police Department said it is grateful for the following partnerships that led to the success of this investigation:  Houston Police Department, Harris and Galveston County District ATtorney’s Offices, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office, Texas Department of State Health Service, the City of League City Fire Marshall’s Office, Code Compliance, and Building and Permits.  “The investigation was truly a joint effort,” a spokesman added.

The following arrests occurred from the investigation:

Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution
Peiyi Liang (53 years old)
Jiao Wang (51 years old)

Suthida Butrnark (42 years old)
Rutima Boransarn (43 years old)
Aiming Ye (46 years old)
Xueyan Ning (40 years old)

Occupation Code Violations
Umaporn Klimmeck (50 years old)
Display of License/Practice by Massage Establishment 455.202(a)
Display of License 455.204(b)
License Required 455.151(a)

Arunee Inno (49 years old)
Display of License 455.204(c)

Matthew Burns (32 years old)
License Required 455.151(a)
Display of License/Practice by Massage Establishment 455.202(a)
Display of License 455.204(b)

Pattraporn Kaewmongkol (59 years old)
License Required 455.151(a)
Display of License/Practice by Massage Establishment 455.202(a)
Display of License 455.204(b)

Kanjana Noomak (36 years old)
Display of License 455.204(c)

Chantana Sittisaman (50 years old)
Display of Licence 455.204(c)

Jiao Wang (51 years old)
Display of License 455.204(b)
License Required 455.151(a)

League City Police arrest five suspects in burglaries

September 28th, 2015

LCPDFive men were arrested and charged in burglary activity by League City Police early Friday, Sept. 25 after officers were called to break-ins in three different areas.

This morning around 1 o’clock, League City Police officers were dispatched to 805 Davis Road, Wharf townhomes, after a citizen observed two men who, they said, appeared to be cutting a chain or lock off of a boat trailer.

As the officers arrived on scene, witnesses reported the two ran from the area. Officers were able to track and locate them a short distance away. After an investigation, the two men were identified as Jeremy Jones, 27, and Harvey Jones, 33.  Both were subsequently arrested and charged with Unlawful Use of a Criminal Instrument.

About an hour and half later, around 2:30 a.m., while patrolling the same area, 805 Davis Road, witnesses observed two men checking door handles in the Wharf parking lot and called 911.  Officers, already in the area, located two young men inside a parked car. After the officers made contact with the men, they shortly determined they were sitting in a car that did not belong to them and after an investigation, were found to be in possession of stolen property, including a handgun.

They were identified as Brooks Drier, 20, and Patrick Scott, 18. Both were arrested and charged with Burglary of a Motor Vehicle and Scott received an additional charge of Theft of a Firearm.

Minutes later, LCPD received reports from a homeowner that his vehicle was in the process of being burglarized in the Sedona neighborhood. Officers arrived and took Dustin Dyson, 21, into custody.

Officers said he was wearing all black and had a backpack containing stolen property from multiple cars. LCPD received reports of at least 10 burglaries in the Sedona neighborhood from this time period, and Dyson was arrested and charged with five counts of Burglary of a Motor Vehicle and was held under a $7,500 bond.

Anyone who may have found or be missing property that may be connected to this case, should contact LCPD at 281-332-2566.

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