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Wood County Sheriff's Report
Written by Clayton Neville   
Friday, 18 January 2013 09:53

Released by the Wood County Sheriff's Office

WOOD COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

January 11 – 17, 2013

January 11

Deputies Austin Cryer and William Burge were dispatched to a residence on CR 3870 in the Hawkins area in reference to a 911 hang-up call. Upon the deputies’ arrival, contact was made with the caller who stated that a gentleman acquaintance had kicked open her door, took away her phone and then assaulted her. This case has been forwarded to CID (Criminal Investigation Division) for further investigation.

Deputy William Burge was dispatched to a residence in the Holly Lake Ranch area in reference to a burglary. The homeowner advised the deputy that he had discovered an open door on his storage shed and after a closer examination had realized someone had used what appeared to be bolt cutters to remove a padlock. The homeowner’s inspection of the storage shed did not reveal anything to be missing.

Deputy Josh O’Grady was dispatched to a location on FM 2869 in the Winnsboro area in reference to a possible stolen vehicle. Before the deputy’s arrival at the location, he received a phone call from an individual who stated that the car in question had been given to him as payment approximately a year ago in return for some work he had performed. The vehicle had no license plate and no VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) could be located. Upon the deputy’s arrival at the location on FM 2869, he met with the complainant who advised that he had reported the car stolen about a year earlier in Franklin County and had just spotted the car at this location. Due to the fact that no LP or VIN was available, Deputy O’Grady advised the complainant to attempt to locate the car’s title. The deputy then made phone contact once again with the gentleman who had earlier stated that he received the car as payment and apprised him of the situation. The man stated that if the vehicle did indeed prove to be stolen, he would have no problem returning it to the owner. Investigation into the matter will continue until the car’s rightful owner can be identified.

Deputy Dustin Moffett was dispatched to a residence on CR 1780 in the Yantis area in reference to a disturbance. Upon the deputy’s arrival, he met with a female complainant who advised him that she had been physically assaulted by her boyfriend. The female displayed marks that substantiated her story and she was subsequently turned over to the custody of her grandparents. This case was cleared with the arrest of James William Davis, Jr., 20, on a charge of Assault Causes Bodily Injury, Family Member. Case Closed.

Captain Miles Tucker initiated a traffic stop on a passenger car on CR 2179 in the Clear Lakes area. Captain Tucker made contact with the driver and after informing him of the reason for the traffic stop, asked for and received consent to search the vehicle. When asked if there were any illegal substances in the car, the driver directed Captain Tucker to a backpack in the car’s trunk. Examination of the backpack revealed it to contain a quantity of marihuana in individual packets commonly used in the sale and distribution of marihuana. A set of electronic scales were also located in the car’s trunk. This case was cleared with the arrest of Mitchell Earl Thompson, 17, of Plano for the charge of Delivery of Marihuana, less than 5 lbs, more than ¼ oz.

Deputy Austin Cryer took a phone report from an employee of Wood County Electric who advised that 2,400 feet of copper wire had been stolen from power lines at a location in the Pine Mills area. This case has been forwarded to CID for the development of leads and suspects.

Deputies Cryer and Burge responded to EPCO Energy Production Systems on FM 778 for a report of a copper theft. An EPCO supervisor advised the deputies that over 50 ft of copper wire had been stolen from that location. This case is ongoing and the investigation will continue.

Deputy Josh O’Grady was dispatched to a residence on CR 3980 in the Winnsboro area and took a report of lost or stolen medication. The complainant advised the deputy that she had filled three prescriptions at a Quitman pharmacy earlier in the week and was now unable to locate any of the bottles. The complainant further advised that she felt she may have lost them at the pharmacy but a call to the pharmacy revealed that no prescriptions had been turned in to them. Deputy O’Grady completed a report for documentation purposes and this case was closed.

Deputy Dustin Moffett was dispatched to a residence on FM 2869 in the Hawkins area in reference to theft. The complainant advised that several items were missing from the outside of his home including Christmas decorations, solar lights, boots and a hammock and frame. Photos were taken at the scene and investigators have been called in to assist with the case.

 

January 12

Deputy Bradley Armendariz was dispatched to a location in the Hawkins area in response to a report of a sexual assault. The female complainant stated that an unknown male had entered her room while she slept and sexually assaulted her. The female was referred to ETMC Tyler for examination and two male suspects were interviewed. The investigation into this case will continue.

Deputy Chris Turner responded to an address on FM 514 in the Yantis area in response to criminal mischief. The complainant advised that he had witnessed a dark colored pickup bash his mailbox and further advised that he did not wish to pursue any charges but would like the suspects located. Sgt. Sam Threadgill later initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle matching the description given and made contact with the two male occupants who admitted striking the mailbox. Sgt. Threadgill noticed both males appeared to have been consuming alcohol and when asked both admitted they had been. James Oneas Lynn, 18, of Yantis and Bryce Benjamin Berry, 17, of Point were both arrested for Minor in Consumption and transported to jail. A wrecker was dispatched and the pickup was towed.

Deputies Austin Cryer and William Burge were dispatched to a home on FM 3056 in the Hawkins area in reference to a criminal mischief complaint. The homeowners advised the deputies they had arrived at their weekend home to find the gas had been siphoned from a vehicle on the property. The complainants stated they did not wish an investigation or to pursue charges but simply wanted to make the Sheriff’s Office aware of the situation.

Deputy Josh O’Grady was dispatched to a residence on PR 5985 in the Yantis area in response to a theft. The complainant advised Deputy O’Grady that a trolling motor and depth finder were missing from one of the boats at the property and further advised that he does not own the property, but does watch over the property in the owner’s absence. Photos were taken at the scene and the case has been forwarded to CID for further investigation.

 

January 13

Deputy Bradley Armendariz was dispatched to a home on CR 2650 in response to a report of criminal mischief. The homeowner advised the deputy that several outside lights had been shot out. Deputy Armendariz took photos of the damage and investigators will continue to work the case.

Deputy Armendariz was dispatched to a home on CR 3540 in the Hawkins area in reference to a burglary of a habitation. The complainant advised Deputy Armendariz that he had arrived home to find evidence that unknown person(s) had been inside his home and after inventorying the residence discovered that 30 tablets were missing from a prescription bottle. The property was checked for latent fingerprints and photographs were taken at the scene.

January 14

Deputy Donivan South was dispatched to Fouke Water Supply on FM 1254 in reference to a theft. Deputy South was advised by a supervisor that when she arrived at her office she noticed signs that a theft had occurred and upon review of the security footage noticed that the camera had captured footage of an unknown male as he walked in front of the office door. Copies were made of the surveillance footage and an attempt to identify the suspect will be made.

 

January 15

Deputy Aaron Warren was dispatched to a location on SH 154 in the Lake Fork area in reference to criminal mischief. The complainant advised that a door was open on a building which had been abandoned for several years and the door had always been closed. Deputy Warren made entry into the building and determined that no one was inside. Due to the disorganization of the items inside, the deputy was unable to determine if anything had been stolen or tampered with. Photographs were taken of the damage to the door and jamb. An attempt will be made to locate the owner of the property in order to determine if anything was taken.

 

January 16

Deputies Austin Cryer and William Burge were dispatched to a location on Highway 80 in reference to a civil dispute between two parties. The property owners advised deputies that they had recently fired a husband and wife who had been hired to work and live on the property. The couple had been paid all wages due them but was steadfastly refusing to leave the residence on the property. After an extended dispute, both parties were able to come to an agreement.

Deputies Cryer and Burge were dispatched to a structure fire on CR 2297 in the Mineola area. Mineola VFD was on the scene and able to extinguish the fire but not before the home suffered devastating damage. According to the fire department, the fire likely originated from the clothes dryer at the back of the residence.

Deputy Sam Threadgill took a report from an individual who stated that several items of jewelry had been stolen in the past six months from her residence located on FM 14 and from her purse at an unknown location. The complainant further advised that she did not report the thefts at the time they occurred as she felt she would never get the jewelry back. At the urging of an acquaintance, the complainant visited several pawn shops in the Tyler area and was surprised to find what she believed to be one of her rings that had been custom made for her approximately 15 years ago. The complainant spoke to an employee of the store about the ring and was advised to file a police report. Deputy Threadgill took all the information and forwarded it to CID. The investigation will continue.

 

January 17

Deputy Bradley Armendariz was dispatched to a residence on FM 1799 in the Golden area in reference to a burglary of a building. The complainant advised Deputy Armendariz that he had awakened to the sound of his motorcycle running outside his shop building and looked out the window to see the motorcycle parked halfway through the side door of the building with the lights turned on. The complainant advised his wife to call 911 while he went outside to await the deputies’ arrival. Deputies Armendariz and Chris Turner searched the surrounding area in an attempt to locate a possible suspect but were unsuccessful. Photos were taken and turned over the investigators who will assist with the case.

Deputy Josh O’Grady was dispatched to a residence in the Holly Lake Ranch area in reference to a burglary of a building. The complainant advised that an air conditioning unit was stolen and the back door broken open at the residence which is a rental property he owns. Photos were taken and the case has been forwarded to CID. The investigation is ongoing.

Deputies Austin Cryer and William Burge responded to a residence on PR 5561 in the Alba area in reference to a dispute. The complainant advised deputies that her estranged husband had taken two saddles – one that belonged to her and one that belonged to her brother. Deputies were able to locate the husband who admitted to having both saddles and stated he did not realize the second saddle belonged to the brother. The man turned both saddles over to the deputies and they were returned to the complainant.

Deputy William Burge was dispatched to the Wood County Jail in reference to a possible narcotic possession. Deputy Burge was informed by a correctional officer that a woman who was there to visit an inmate had an outstanding warrant. During the book-in process, a search was conducted and the woman was found to be in possession of controlled substance. Deputy Burge took possession of the suspected methamphetamine and the book-in process was completed.

 

CID investigators have also been busy during the past week.

Investigator Kyle Henson closed 10 cases; obtained a warrant and arrested Michael Ray Bolden, 29, of Mineola on a charge of Indecency with a Child; attended several CAC (Child Advocacy Center) interviews; re-evaluated 2 assault cases for the DA’s office and consulted with Texas Ranger John Vance on several pending cases.

Investigator Carolyn Tanner is working 37 open cases, including multiple copper theft cases and has identified a suspect in one case and obtained 6 felony warrants in a separate aggravated assault case.

Investigator Jacob Richardson was able to recover some stolen property and return it to its rightful owner and wrote a warrant for a suspect in another theft case. Investigator Richardson, assisted by Investigator Brian Andrews traveled to the Hawkins area in connection with several copper thefts. They were also able to locate and arrest Rusty Lynn Pruitt, 52, of Hawkins on an outstanding warrant.

Call Summary:

          911 Hang Up                                              1

          Agency Assist                                             7

          Alarm                                                           7

          Animal General                                           2

          Assault                                                         2

          Attempted Suicide                                      1

          Burglary of a Building                                 3

          Burglary of a Habitat                                  5

          Child Abuse                                                4

          Child Custody                                            4

          Child Endangerment                                  1

          CPS                                                   1

          Civil                                                  10

          Cows Out                                          4

          Credit Card Abuse                                     1

          Criminal Mischief                                      8

          Criminal Trespass                              5

          Cruelty of Animals                              5

          Disorderly Conduct                           1

          Dispute                                              1

          Dog Bite                                            1

          Dog Problem                                    11

          Driving While License Invalid           1

          Found Property                                1

          Harassment                                      2

          Horses Out                                       1

          Incident                                             1

          Information                                       7

          Inquest                                              2

          Mental                                              2

          Minor in Possession                     1

          Noise Disturbance                         1

          Open Door                                     1

          Other                                                2

          Phone Harassment                        3

          Possession of a Controlled Substance  1

          Reckless Driver                                1

          Request to Speak to Officer            4

          Sexual Assault                                   1

          Structure Fire                                      2

          Suspicious Activity                            3

          Suspicious Person                            1

          Suspicious Vehicle                          1

          Terroristic Threat                              5

          Theft                                                 10

          Theft of Copper                               4

          Traffic Stop                                      3

          Transport                                         2

          Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle       2

          Welfare Check                                 8

Total Calls                                                 158   

 

Current Jail Population         98

          Males                            79

          Females               19

Bookings                       50

Releases                        39     

 
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