Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

Local News

February 1, 2011

Candle sparks minor house fire

A lit candle placed on a shelf near a skateboarding helmet caused a small fire in a house in the 100 block of Lane Avenue on Saturday.

Heat and smoke from the helmet caused a window above the door to break and set smoke alarms off.

Cleburne firefighters arrived on scene at 8:23 p.m. to find all occupants outside of the home. A neighbor extinguished the fire, which originated in the entrance hall of the house, with a garden hose before firefighters arrived.

Firefighters removed the shelf from the house and set up fans to expel smoke. The entrance sustained moderate smoke damage while the rest of the house sustained light smoke damage.

Firefighters monitored the air quality in the home to ensure carbon monoxide levels were safe before allowing the occupants back in.

Firefighters responded to a grass fire in the 1500 block of Holly Street at 5:51 p.m. Friday.

The minor fire caused little damaged and posed no threat to structures. The cause of the fire, which firefighters extinguished without incident, remains unknown.

Men arrested after wrecks

Cleburne police arrested two men involved in unrelated traffic accidents shortly after they fled the scene. Both accidents occurred on Friday.

Police responded to Dewey and Olive streets at 6:16 p.m. on a single-vehicle accident.

The driver of a Chevrolet Silverado left the road while turning onto Dewey Street from Olive Street, struck a power pole and fled, according to reports.

The driver, Fidencio Torres-Rodriguez, 26, of Cleburne, parked the truck in a garage and left the residence in another vehicle, according to witness reports. Police stopped Torres-Rodriguez and arrested him for leaving the scene of an accident.

Police responded to an accident involving two vehicles at the intersection of North Main Street and U.S. 67 at 10:10 p.m. the same day.

The driver of a Kia Sephia drove off after rear ending a Ford Windstar parked at a red light, according to reports. A short time later, police located the Kia driver, Austin Taylor Tuley, 25, of Cleburne, and arrested him on charges of possession of dangerous drugs and resisting search and arrest.

Neither he nor the Ford driver suffered injury in the wreck.

Police responded to three additional hit-and-runs in recent days.

Police responded to the 600 block of Mansfield Road at 1:01 p.m. Thursday on an accident involving a Chevrolet Silverado. The driver, traveling at a high rate of speed, lost control and struck several metal poles and a water meter box. No one was hurt, but police cited the driver for failure to control speed and leaving the scene of an accident.

Police responded to a business in the 1600 block of West Henderson Street at 11:17 a.m. Friday. An unknown vehicle struck and damaged a cement barrier in front of the business then fled the scene.

Police responded to the 900 block of North Buffalo Street at 12:09 a.m. Saturday on another hit-and-run.

An unknown vehicle struck and damaged a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, which was parked and unoccupied, and fled the scene.

A man led police on an early morning chase Monday before being arrested.

An officer attempted a traffic stop at 12:08 a.m. when he saw Richard Garrett Hays, 27, of Cleburne drive by in a truck. The officer knew Hays to be wanted on a felony warrant, according to reports.

Hays eluded officers until his truck hit spike strips laid out by officers, at which point he fled on foot, according to reports.

Once police caught up with him, Hays began to fight and injured an officer.

Police arrested him on charges of assaulting a public servant, evading arrest with a vehicle, evading arrest on foot, resisting arrest and warrants.

The officer was not seriously injured and did not require hospitalization.

Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Judge Ronny McBroom set Hays’ bonds at $25,000 on the assault charge, $5,000 on the evade-with-vehicle charge and $1,000 each on the remaining two charges. McBroom denied bond on Hays’ warrant charges, however.

Theft calls

Police responded to the 300 block of West Chambers Street at 11:27 p.m. on Friday. Someone stole a CD stereo system and a case containing about 100 CDs from a man’s pickup.

Police responded to a restaurant in the 100 block of Katherine P. Raines Drive at 2:46 p.m. Thursday. Someone stole a bank deposit bag containing an undisclosed amount of cash.

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