Thursday, October 23, 2014

Urgent Call for Midland Texas Quilts!

We have an urgent need to get quilts out to Midland, Texas to help comfort 911 operators, the Chief/Sheriff of Midland and the officers on scene of the following:

'October 9, 2014 was a very dark day for the Midland County Sheriff’s Office and her employees. At about 2:00pm deputies received information that a suspect wanted for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, DAN WILLIAM HIGGINS, 37 years of age with an address of 3800 N County Road 1247, was currently at his residence and was armed. Deputies enlisted the aid of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force with the United States Marshal Service, Western District of Texas Midland Office and the Warrant section of the Midland County Sheriff’s Office. Task Force members established surveillance on the residence where the suspect, HIGGINS, was located and verified that he was indeed home. Deputies went up to the residence, a metal building with living quarters inside with bay doors, a walk in door and a window, to make contact with the wanted suspect. The suspect would not come to the door and the deputies broke out a window to make visual and verbal contact. Higgins responded to the deputies and refused to come out. During the verbal exchange Sgt. Mike Naylor attempted to get the suspect to voluntarily surrender which the suspect refused. Suddenly a shot was fired by the suspect striking Sgt Mike Naylor in the head dropping him instantly. A supervisor on the scene put out a radio call stating “officer down”, “officer down”. Deputies returned fire pulling Sgt Naylor to safety and applied first aid to stop the bleeding. Sgt Naylor was placed in a patrol unit and taken down the street to a waiting ambulance then was transferred to the Emergency Room at Midland Memorial Hospital. Sgt. Mike Naylor never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead at 4:19pm by Justice of the Peace Billy Johnson. Numerous law enforcement officers arrived on the scene from the FBI, DEA, U. S. Marshals, Midland Police Department, Texas Rangers, Texas Highway Patrol, DPS Intelligence, Odessa Police Department and several others, with the SWAT Unit from the Midland Police Department taking the lead in talking the suspect out. At about 5:30 pm DAN WILLIAM HIGGINS surrendered and was transported to the Midland County Jail by Midland County Deputies. On Saturday, 10-11-14 at 2:45 pm DAN WILLIAM HIGGINS was officially charged with Capital Murder, had his rights read to him (he requested a court appointed attorney) and had his bond set at 2.5 Million dollars. The case will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office by the Texas Rangers for Grand Jury action then trial in District Court.'

If you live in Texas and are part of a quilt guild or live close to a quilt shop, we need these quilts as soon as possible.  Please contact me for further information if you can donate one of these and they will go from you directly to Midland as opposed to coming through me first.

Lets bless this Texas department the only way quilters can with quilts of love!

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