Rod Carroll

The Vidor Police Department (VPD) is adding an officer to its ranks, and plans to sniff out a name soon for the new K-9 officer, Chief Rod Carroll reports. 

According to a news release, the newest addition to the VPD team is a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois. The K-9 unit is being trained for narcotics, tracking and handler protection, states the department, and is expected to start patrolling with Officer Ethan Mansfield in February 2018. 

"The K-9 is another tool that is being utilized to better protect our community," Carroll stated. 

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In the 1950s, carhops were the waiters or waitresses who brought food to patrons in their vehicles at Sonic-like establishments, sometimes on roller skates. Fifty years later, criminals have corrupted the term, using “car hopping” to describe a troublesome criminal trend.

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Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst and Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll invite the public to join them from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. for coffee at Whataburger on Main Street in Vidor Aug. 4. According to Kunst, the pair will be meeting at the fast food establishment "semi-regularly," so, "If you can't make this one, perhaps we will see you next time." 

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Police are investigating the shooting death of a 46-year-old Vidor man after a family dispute allegedly erupted in violence on July 4, reports Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll. 

According to Carroll, police dispatch received a call at 8:17 p.m. that night in reference to a shooting in the 100 block of Carla Street in Vidor. Upon arrival, officers found the victim, identified by police as Gregory Paul Goldsmith, being treated by medics from Acadian Ambulance Service. The medics were unable to revive Goldsmith and declared him deceased at the scene.

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On Friday, June 30, 2017, at 10:51 pm the Vidor Police Department Dispatch Center received a call of an automobile collision in the 600 Block of S. Main Street. The caller advised the vehicle had left the roadway, flipped and was submerged in the School House Ditch. The caller advised that there were individuals entrapped in the vehicle. The first Officer on scene found the vehicle submerged up-side down in approximately four feet of water. Arriving officers and firefighters entered the waterway to conduct a water rescue.

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The Vidor Police Department (VPD) launched its 2017 Click it or Ticket enforcement campaign on Monday, May 22, Chief Rod Carroll reports, and drivers beware! Fasten your seatbelts or be prepared to pay the consequences - like the citations you'll receive if fail to adhere to safety standards and follow the law.

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Sgt. Lee Brading with Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll

The city of Vidor and the Vidor Police Department honored the heroic actions of Sgt. Lee Brading during a Life-Saving Award Ceremony at City Hall on May 3. Brading literally breathed life back into an unresponsive infant at a Vidor residence March 15, performing CPR on the baby twice during the encounter, reports Police Chief Rod Carroll.

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Vidor Police responded to the 900 block of Sarver Thursday, Feb. 23 at 11:40 a.m. to a call that a 17-year-old male had dismembered his right hand at the forearm with a radial arm saw. The teen was taken by ambulance to a landing zone where a medical transport helicopter could take him to UTMB Galveston, according to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll, but was then re-routed to St. Elizabeth Hospital due to the life-threatening conditions he sustained. Carroll said he didn't know if the teen's hand could be saved.

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Vidor Police and Orange County Fire ESD #1 were notified of an 18 wheeler on fire on I-10 westbound at mile marker 862 on Feb. 1 at 6:45 a.m., Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll said in a statement.

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Rod Carroll

Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst announced Nov. 18 that he had nominated Rod Carroll as the next chief of police for the city of Vidor, replacing Chief Dave Shows, whose last official day coincided with the announcement of the city’s nominee.

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