Chief Priest’s Weekly Report



Greetings from Lytle PD, Slow times at

Lytle PD … only 42 calls for police service this past week. It kind of worked out well. We have some staff members out right now so the timing is good.

Two property crimes were reported. On Monday, June 22, a couple of guys took a bottle of Crown Royal. One of them shoved the bottle down their pants and walked out of Twin Liquors. On Sunday, June 28, a fellow grabbed a couple of bluetooth speakers and walked out of the H-E-B Plus. An alert partner stepped in and the suspect left empty-handed. So, that is the property crime wrap for the week. No trips to jail. We did cite and release one female for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cpl. Robison stopped by another 38 business/ commercial locations this week. He is just checking in to see if there is something we can help them with. It’s time for me to make my semiannual statement on fireworks. Our city’s fire code prohibits the discharge (that means “popping”) of fireworks in the city limits. Please enjoy your fireworks at a location outside our city limits. While you may think it is “no big deal,” your neighbor may have the exact opposite opinion.

This COVID-19 is for real. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. So yeah, maybe you shouldn’t be hanging out with friends. Maybe try to stay home more. I kind of feel bad. Everyone is talking about wanting to have friends and family back over to the house, going to the lake, etc. I realized that I didn’t have too much of that before all this mess. It hit me, not a single person in the whole world is saying “I can’t wait for this to be over with so Richey can come over.” The John Lott Park will be closed on Saturday, July 4 due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The park should reopen Sunday morning.

It is hard to believe that it is already time for the city’s budget process. I’m sure that the COVID-19 situation will have an impact on the budget, but I don’t believe it will be anything too drastic. I can tell you, for those that have been pushing for a statue of me to be erected in front of the police station, you will most likely have to keep waiting. That would be a frivolity during the current conditions. Besides that, it appears statues aren’t fairing very well these days. I have, instead, selected a more economical option: I’ll get my kids some sidewalk chalk from the dollar store and they can draw me on the parking lot.

RICHEY PRIEST is the Lytle Chief of Police. You may reach him at richard.

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