Realtor jailed during passionate rendezvous
A neighbor was leaving for work at 4:53 a.m. on August 20 when he noticed suspicious activity at a vacant home. A car parked on the street one house over from the vacant home in the 200 block of E. Castle Harbour. A man and woman got out of the vehicle, walked up to the vacant home and then went out of sight. Then, the witness noticed what looked like flashlights inside the home and called police.
When police arrived, they peeked inside and could see a man and woman lying on the floor. The man and woman hid as officers entered the home through the unlocked front door. Kayla Marisa Seloff, 22, of Houston, claimed she and Joshua Gene Leal, 27, of Friendswood, were married and had just purchased the residence the day prior. Seloff and Leal were escorted to their car to retrieve their identification; but as soon as Seloff opened the car door the smell of marijuana was detected and a glass pipe was observed on the dashboard.
The officer collected the pipe, found a pouch with additional drug paraphernalia and a small baggie of marijuana. Seloff claimed ownership of the marijuana and paraphernalia. She also revealed that she was actually the real estate agent for the home, not the new homeowner. In fact, she had just sold the home and the new homeowner closed on the house the day prior.
Seloff and Leal did not have permission to be in the home according to the new homeowner who agreed to file criminal charges. Kayla Marisa Seloff and Joshua Gene Leal were charged with Criminal Trespass. Their bond was set at $1,000.
[Pictured left to right – Kayla Seloff and Joshua Leal]
Summer is over for partying Friendswood college student
Officers responded to a major accident at the intersection of Quaker Drive and Independence Drive at 11:36 p.m. on August 20. A resident in the area heard a loud crash, observed a car overturned and the driver of the car fleeing the scene. When police arrived, they found a vehicle upside down on its roof and the marquee sign for Heritage Estates was broken and scattered over the roadway.
When an officer looked inside the vehicle, there were no occupants, the driver’s side airbag deployed and there were several shot glasses and a bottle of Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum next to a wallet and credit card. Both the name on the credit card and the driver’s license belonged to Joshua Ross Lambert, 19, of Friendswood.
Police knew Lambert lived nearby in the 500 block of Williamsburg, so officers went to the residence to find him. They were met by Lambert’s mother who confirmed that the driver of the vehicle was indeed her son and that the vehicle belonged to her.
Lambert refused to come outside; he locked all of the doors, locking his mother out of the house. As officers attempted to make entry, Lambert jumped out of a window, saw two officers waiting and jumped back in the window. One of the officers went in the window behind him and found Lambert hiding in a bedroom closet. Even after Lambert was handcuffed, he tried resisting the officers’ attempts to escort him out of the house.
Lambert exhibited signs of intoxication but refused a breath test. A blood search warrant was signed by a judge and Lambert was taken to a local hospital for a blood draw. Lambert was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Evading Arrest, Resisting Arrest and Failure to Notify Owner-Striking Fixture/Landscaping. Lambert’s bond was set at $5,000. In late July, Lambert was jailed after causing a disturbance at a Friendswood Whataburger. He had been drinking during that incident also.
Aug. 16 (3:53 p.m.) Tyler Kordell-Blaine Franklin, 20, of Friendswood, was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Officers responded to the Baywood Apartments located at 5025 FM 2351 where a man pulled a knife on another man. The caller identified the knife-wielding man as Franklin and said he left the area. Officers were flagged down and told that Franklin was at the Enclave Apartments located at 5000 Watkins Way. Franklin was found and taken into custody. The knife was recovered from Franklin’s girlfriend’s apartment.
Aug. 17 (10:20 p.m.) Rock Vern Betcke, 58, of Friendswood, was charged with Assault by Contact-Family Violence. Heather Marie Betcke, 34, of Friendswood, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 2. Officers arrived at a disturbance in the 16700 block of Townes and found Rock Betcke in the garage in his underwear holding a metal broom. Officers could hear a woman screaming in pain. Rock Betcke was highly intoxicated, so an officer detained him in handcuffs. The woman who was screaming was found in the bedroom with a dislocated shoulder. She claimed Rock Betcke assaulted her. A protective sweep of the house revealed another female in the home identified as Heather Betcke. She had flushed a bag of methamphetamine down the toilet. But, she left a marijuana pipe, hashish oil and methamphetamine residue in plain view. Friendswood EMS transported the injured woman to the hospital. Officers transported Heather and Rock Betcke to the Friendswood City Jail.
Aug. 21 (12:49 a.m.) Roel Garza Benavidez, 52, of Friendswood, was charged with Assault by Contact-Family Violence. When police arrived at the Benavidez home in the 1900 block of Blue Quail Drive, they found Benavidez was intoxicated. He attacked his daughter when she tried to stop him from threatening her mother.
Aug. 15 (6:29 pm.) Sometime between 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m., a vehicle was burglarized in the 16200 block of Townes Road. A firearm and a set of headphones were stolen. Later, the officer found that the stolen firearm was in the Friendswood property room and has been there since July 28.
Aug. 21 (10:19 a.m.) An overnight burglary was reported at Dairy Queen located at 204 S. Friendswood Drive. The owner of the business arrived to open the store and found the back door was open and the prior day’s receipts were stolen. It appears the actor knew what they were looking for and where to find it.
Aug. 15 (2:36 p.m.) A Friendswood woman, who was already notified that her personal information was breached, received a letter in the mail about her new Amazon credit card even though she has never applied for a credit account. Other persons who also had their person information breached have experienced the same fraudulent activity. Fortunately, there were no charges made to the credit account before it was closed.
Aug. 16 (2:22 p.m.) A Friendswood man attempted to write checks at two retail locations. The checks were declined. He contacted the collection agency and discovered two checks were bounced and the person passing the checks used his identifiers.
Aug. 21 (9:35 a.m.) Someone opened up a credit card account with an $8,500 credit limit using a Friendswood woman’s social security number. She received a notice in the mail at her home advising that the new account was approved. She contacted the credit card company and the cards cancelled.
Aug. 21 (2:54 p.m.) A Friendswood resident reported that someone has been using her personal identifying information to attempt to open fraudulent credit accounts. She was first alerted to the fraudulent activity after receiving a call from the fraud department of Bank of America.
Aug. 17 (4:40 p.m.) A delivered package was taken from the front door of a residence in the 1700 block of Hunters Trail.
Aug. 19 (5:28 p.m.) Dawn Kessler, 48, of Friendswood, was issued a citation for shoplifting at the HEB store located at 701 W. Parkwood Avenue. She walked out of the store without paying for cosmetics and jewelry items. An employee witnessed the theft of a ring, followed her and watched as she placed two liquid soaps, two sanitizer sprays and fashion jewelry into her purse and zip it shut. Employees confronted Kessler but she got into her vehicle and left. Officers tracked down the vehicle to the Enclave Apartments at 5000 Watkins Way. Officers contacted Kessler and issued her a citation. None of the stolen items were recovered.
Aug. 18 (2:59 p.m.) Dale Wayne Whitshell, 21, of Dayton, was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Curtis James Smith, 22, of Dayton, was charged with Falsification of Drug Test Results. Whitshell and Smith were passengers in a vehicle stopped for expired registration in the 2700 block of FM 528. By the time the officer received the registration return, she had already passed the vehicle so she slowed down. However, the slower the police unit went, the slower the driver would go; so the vehicle was not stopped until it reached Interstate 45. The driver did not have a driver’s license or proof of insurance. She broke down, was crying and overly nervous. The officer asked her if she had anything illegal in the vehicle and she admitted that there was marijuana but it didn’t belong to her. Whitshell exited with marijuana all over his shirt and in the seat. Whitshell dumped the marijuana he had in the crack of the seat but still left a usable amount in a baggie that he stuffed under the seat with rolling papers, a joint and two glass pipes. In the glove box where Smith was seated, the officer found a bottle of synthetic urine and a condom containing urine or synthetic urine. The driver was released with the small child passenger. Whitshell and Smith were taken into custody.
Aug. 19 (5:58 p.m.) Leslie Ann Cottingham, 36, of Houston, was charged with Possession of a Dangerous Drug. An officer noticed a potential intoxicated driver in the 3700 block of FM 528. The vehicle crossed over the lane divider twice. The officer checked the license plate and discovered that the registered owner, Leslie Cottingham, had two warrants for her arrest. The officer stopped the vehicle and identified the driver who had the smell of alcohol on his breath but after conducting a field sobriety test, he appeared to be under the legal limit. The driver gave the officer consent to search his vehicle and during a check of the passenger side, the officer detected the smell of marijuana. The officer found a joint and noticed that Cottingham’s purse had rolling papers inside. The officer did a more in depth search of her purse and found marijuana and prescription-strength muscle relaxer pills.
Aug. 20 (12:25 a.m.) Brian Keith Holland, 47, of Arlington, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1. A suspicious vehicle was slow-rolling through the Wilderness Trails neighborhood. The driver appeared to be driving aimlessly, pulled into a driveway and waved the officer on. The officer noticed that the license plate was obstructed and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in the 1400 block of Frontier. During contact with Holland, the officer discovered that Holland has a history of drug offenses and inquired about the presence of illegal substances inside the vehicle. A marijuana cigarette was admittedly in his ashtray, so the officer conducted a search. The search also turned up methamphetamine inside a cigarette pack that did not have any cigarettes in it. Holland’s bond was set at $20,000.
Aug. 21 (10:27 p.m.) Michele Lynn Elko, 40, of Pasadena, was charged with Possession of Dangerous Drug. Marshall Glenn Kea, 45, of Tyler, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. A vehicle got stuck in a ditch just outside the Laurelfield subdivision near the intersection of Quaker Bend Drive and E. Castlewood. A witness reported that people were yelling at each other. When police arrived, Elko and Kea were identified. They had differing stories about how they ended up in the ditch. During a consent search of the vehicle, Elko and Kea were found in possession of two used needles and a bottle cap that had a crystal-like substance in it. At the jail, the substance tested positive as meth. Elko was also found in possession of Zoloft without a prescription. Elko’s bond was set at $1,500.
Driving While Intoxicated
Aug. 17 (12:43 a.m.) Jocelyn Michele Engelhardt, 49, of Friendswood, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. Engelhardt was stopped after an officer observed her to disregard a traffic control device, cross over the divider lines and drive against traffic, directly toward a police officer. The officer turned around and paced the vehicle as it was speeding in the 3400 block of Friendswood Link Road. Once stopped, Englehardt handed the officer her credit card instead of her driver’s license. She exhibited signs of intoxication, failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath test. A blood search warrant was approved and executed.
Aug. 19 (2:31 a.m.) Ronald Wayne Thetford, 28, Friendswood, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. Thetford was traveling at a high rate of speed in the 17100 block of Blackhawk Blvd when he swerved out of his lane, hit a parked vehicle, drove up over the curb, hit and knocked over a street light, then stopped in the front yard of a residence. Thetford exhibited signs of intoxication, failed a field sobriety test and refused a blood test. A blood search warrant was obtained and Thetford was taken to a local hospital for a blood draw.
Aug. 16 (6:28 p.m.) Timothy Demond East, 21, of Houston, was charged with Driving While License Invalid. East was stopped for expired registration in the 5000 block of FM 2351. East did not have a driver’s license and advised that he had just purchased the vehicle. East’s driving record showed his license was suspended and he had outstanding warrants with Harris County Precinct 4.
Aug. 17 (2:56 p.m.) Peter Jonathan Elliott, 38, of Friendswood, was charged with Reckless Driving and had a warrant for his arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance. Elliott was stopped in the 5100 block of Whittier Oaks Drive after an officer witnessed him driving recklessly on Tibet Road. Elliott was going in reverse at a high rate of speed and almost hit a truck. He put the vehicle back into drive and accelerated off of Tibet at a high rate of speed and ran a stop sign. As the officer pursued the vehicle, Elliott continued to drive a high rate of speed on a residential street with no regard for others or property. Once stopped, he was taken into custody.
Aug. 20 (12:23 a.m.) Tracey McDaniel McNulty, 49, of Alvin, was charged with Driving While License Invalid and Possession of a Dangerous Drug. McNulty was driving with his high beams on, had a burned out license plate light and no insurance. She was stopped in the 300 block of E. Parkwood Avenue. McNulty did not have a valid driver’s license but did have an open container of alcohol in the front passenger seat. McNulty was taken into custody for DWLI and secured in the back of the police unit. Back at the vehicle, the officer noticed a significant amount of marijuana residue and an Adderal tablet. McNulty’s bond was set at $2,500.
Aug. 20 (6:25 p.m.) Registered sex offender Troy Edward Hogues, 33, of La Porte, was charged with Violation of a Protective Order. A witness called police when Hogues was spotted at the residence in violation of the protective order. Officers went to the residence and were allowed inside by Hogues’ grandmother. Hogues was taken into custody without incident.
TIP OF THE WEEK
It’s the first day of school
It is important to have a plan in place for your children to follow if they get home from school and no adult is at home. You should have a list of emergency phone numbers available to your child. These should be numbers of people they know and can call, either for advice or during emergencies. You should also have a well-defined list of what your child can and cannot do while they are home alone. Some topics you should consider making rules about are:
- Are they allowed to leave the house? If so, where are they allowed to go?
- Are they allowed to have anyone come into the house? If so, whom?
- What cooking appliances or electrical equipment may they use?
- What should they say when someone comes to the door or asks to speak with a parent who is not at home?
Support your school’s effort to enforce safety rules. As parents, you should:
- Familiarize yourselves with school policies.
- Instruct your children not to leave school with anyone unless they check with the office first.
- Inform the school, in writing, if you are making any changes in your child’s schedule (like, taking your child out of school early, or having someone else pick up your child).
- Develop a secret password with your child to be used in emergencies.
National Night Out
National Night Out is a great opportunity for citizens and law enforcement to partner up against crime. We invite you to attend the event, meet your neighbors and commit to helping law enforcement reduce crime in your community.
This year, National Night Out is Tuesday, October 4, 2016, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Neighborhoods must register by 5:00 p.m. September 16, 2016.
You can join the National Night Out event by: (1) getting all of your neighbors to turn on their porch lights; (2) organizing a block party or some type of neighborhood event; (3) filling out and returning the National Night Out application to the address below:
Friendswood Police Department
Attn: Officer Kevin Crouch
1600 Whitaker Drive
Friendswood, TX 77546
Fax (281) 482-9318
Email: [email protected]