Houston Police Department handled several investigations in the last week.

The following reports were generated last week by the Houston Police Department.

•Michael L. Cross, 23, of 11401 Reed Road in Licking, was issued a citation for stealing under $500 after a Nov. 5 incident in which he allegedly stole a 22-year-old Houston woman’s cellular phone after she accidently left it at Houston Walmart Supercenter.

An investigating officer reported that the woman said a Walmart employee told her a phone like hers had been turned over to a man who had inquired if one had been found there. The officer stated the employee identified the man as Cross.

Cross was located at a Northview Lane trailer park in Houston and questioned about the incident. He at first claimed he had lost his own cell phone at Walmart and had asked if his had been found. He said at that point he was given the woman’s phone, but later discovered it wasn’t his.

Cross reportedly changed his story later, indicating he didn’t own a cell phone and decided to seize the opportunity to get one after someone told him one had been turned in at Walmart.

•Billie J. Carney, 38, of 217 W. Chestnut St. in Houston, was issued a citation on Oct. 21 for failing to register a motor vehicle.

•A Willow Springs man and woman were both issued citations after an incident Nov. 5 at the Houston Walmart.

According to police reports, Daniel M. Doughty, 30, and Jennifer E. Shriver, 38, were each cited for stealing under $500 after being caught attempting to shoplift items from the store at about 1 p.m.

Doughty allegedly took items off the shelves and immediately took them to the courtesy desk for refunds, and also was found to have two pocketknives concealed in his pocket. Officers also found a bag containing marijuana in his pocket, and he was cited for possession.

Shriver had several items concealed in a purse, and was also found to have an active Willow Springs Police Department warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Houston Police Chief Jim McNiell has announced that beginning with the Dec. 17 municipal court date, all new municipal court cases and trials will begin at 5 p.m. instead of 4 p.m.

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