Wood County Sheriff’s Report

In the recent past, there have been a large number of animals in the roadway calls.  We would like to remind drivers to be careful, especially at night when animals can be hard to see.  We would also like to remind livestock owners to check your fences as often as possible which would help with this problem.

As you can imagine, the Wood County Sheriff’s Office spends a considerable amount of resources on this problem.  This is time that our deputies could spend on other calls for service which would benefit all of the citizens of the county.

Section 143.102 AGRICULTURE CODE.  RUNNING AT LARGE ON HIGHWAY PROHIBITED

A person who owns or has the responsibility for the control of a horse, mule, donkey, cow, bull, steer, hog, sheep or goat may not knowingly permit the animal to traverse or roam at large unattended, on the right of way of a highway.

An offense under this section is a Class C Misdemeanor.

April 12, 2017 to April 18, 2017

April 12th

At 1:58 a.m., Wood County Sheriff deputies assisted the Winnsboro Police Department who were actively pursuing a suspect on Highway 11 near the Camp County Line.  One Wood County deputy positioned his car in the westbound lane while the other Wood County deputy positioned his car in the eastbound lane.  As the suspect approached, he slowed and then came to a complete stop on the shoulder of the road.  He was then taken into custody by the Winnsboro Police Department.

At 7:42 a.m., cows were reported out on Highway 37N, near CR 4836.

Deputies were dispatched to CR 3120 in Quitman at 8:23 a.m. in regard to an animal complaint call.  The reporting party stated that a neighbor’s dog was chasing his cattle in his pasture and he shot at the dog.  He stated that the previous day, the dog had actually attacked one of his cows and injured the cow’s tail.  The deputy met with the dog’s owner who was issued a warning to contain his dog. 

At 10:01 a.m., cows were reported out on FM 778, off of Highway 80E.

At 10:01 a.m., cows were reported out on FM 779, north of Highway 69N.

Deputies were dispatched to FM 2911 in regards to a possible burglary.  The complainant reported that the window screen on the NW side of his residence was off and the window was broken and then opened.  At the time, none of his belongings were missing, but will advise if he discovers anything gone.

At 7:44 p.m., cows were reported out on CR 4186.

April 13th

Deputies were dispatched to Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins at 1:43 a.m. on an assault call.  The complainant stated that, during a pool party, 3 fellow students physically picked her up and attempted to put her in a trash can.  Investigators will follow-up.

 At 7:52 a.m., cows were reported out on FM 779, just north of Highway 69N.

Deputies were dispatched to FM 2422 in Mineola at 9:28 a.m.   The reporting party stated that, after tenants moved out of her rental property, she discovered multiple credit cards and I.D. cards with names other than her tenants.  Investigators will follow-up on this case.

At 10:13 a.m., a bull calf was discovered on E. Highway 154 in Quitman.

Deputies were dispatched to CR 1970 in Yantis at 2:01 p.m. on an assault call.  The victim stated that a family member had assaulted her during the course of an argument.  Tommy Wayne Davis, 50, was arrested for Assault Causes Bodily Injury Family Violence.

Deputies were dispatched to CR 2770 in Mineola at 2:40 p.m. on a scam.  The victim reported that she received a phone call from someone claiming to be her grandson.  He stated that he had been in an accident and he knew a lawyer who could keep it off of his record.  A second man, claiming to be a lawyer named Peter Walsh, instructed her to get two $1,000.00 Wal-Mart gift cards then give him the card numbers which she did.  He called her again, later in the day, and instructed her to get two more $1,000.00 Wal-Mart gift cards in order to keep her grandson out of jail.  She did as instructed, but later, believing that she had been the victim of a scam, contacted the Sheriff’s Office.  This case has been forwarded to investigators for follow-up. 

Sheriff Castloo advises to be very wary of this scam and contact the Sheriff’s Office if you do receive one of these or similar calls.

At 6:55 p.m., deputies were dispatched to CR 4925 in Quitman in regard to a theft call.  The complainant reported that an unknown person had stolen money from a container inside her home.  There were no signs of forced entry, but the house might have been left unlocked. 

Deputies were dispatched to CR 2167 in Quitman in reference to a theft.  The reporting party stated that an unknown person had stolen a go-cart from her fenced backyard.

April 14th

 At 4:53 p.m., cows were reported out on FM 2225 and CR 1350 in Quitman.

April 15th

 Deputies were dispatched to CR 2610 in Mineola at 12:55 a.m. on a deceased person.   A male, 80, was found deceased at his residence and was pronounced dead by the Justice of the Peace. 

At 5:37 a.m., cows were reported out on 182 on the Alba side near the dam.

At 9:36 a.m., cows were reported out on FM 312/CR 4660 in Winnsboro.

At 1:24 p.m., cows were reported out on FM 69 @ 1799/799 in Mineola.

Deputies were dispatched to West Loop 564 in Mineola at 5:37 p.m. on a theft call.  The complainant reported that an unidentified male had stolen a tool, valued at approximately $140.00, from the store shelf and walked out of the store unnoticed by hiding the item.  The complainant reported the incident after finding the empty box on the shelf.  The person was observed on the store surveillance video and the responding deputy recognized the subject.  This case will be turned over to investigators.

Deputies were dispatched to CR 2771 in Mineola at 5:56 p.m. on a burglary call.  The reporting party stated that an unknown person had vandalized the residence and stolen most of the wiring from the house.  The house is vacant and the owner is currently in the process of refurbishing it.  The shed behind the house was also burglarized and wiring stolen.  The value of the stolen wiring is approximately $15,000.00.  This case will be forwarded to investigators for follow-up.

Deputies were dispatched to FM 2225 in Quitman at 11:29 p.m. on a disturbance call.  Two family members were involved in a mutual combat disturbance with minors present.  Erica Veronica Hammer, 35, of Quitman and Justin Pearce, 34, of Gladewater were both arrested for Assault causes Bodily Injury Family Violence.

April 16th

Deputies were dispatched to CR 2840 in Mineola at 1:58 a.m. on a disturbance call.  When they arrived at the location, they made contact with an individual with a very strong odor of alcohol and minor injuries who was walking down the road.  He stated that he had been assaulted inside the residence by a person known to him.  The deputy then contacted the 2nd person who also had visible injuries and he admitted to having a mutual fight with the 1st individual, but didn’t want to pursue charges.  Billey Ray Gentry, 32, of Mineola was arrested for Public Intoxication.

At 6:10 a.m., cows were reported out on FM 312 in Winnsboro.

At 6:44 a.m., cows were reported out on FM 2869, east of FM 2088.

At 12:36 p.m., cows were reported out on Highway 69, south of 779 in Mineola.

Deputies were dispatched to N. FM 312 in Winnsboro at 6:01 p.m. in reference to a disturbance.  The complainant reported that, during an argument, a family member had assaulted him with a weapon.  Carmen Renee Pyron, 47, of Winnsboro was arrested for Aggravated Assault Family with a Weapon.

Deputies were dispatched to CR 1885 in Yantis at 8:11 p.m. on a suspicious vehicle call.  Upon contact with the driver, the deputy noticed drug paraphernalia and a small container in the front seat of the vehicle.  A controlled substance was discovered inside of the small container.  Christopher Hayden Kimbley, 35, of Mineola was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance.

April 17th

At 3:28 a.m., cows were reported out on FM 2869 and FM 852.

At 8:40 a.m., cows were reported out on Loop 564 at FM 1801.

At 10:05 a.m., cows were reported out on Highway 37N at CR 4186.

A citizen came to the Sheriff’s Office at 4:16 p.m. to report a theft that had occurred at his residence in Alba.  He reported that he believed a person known to him had stolen 3 checks out of his checkbook when she was inside of his residence.  He discovered they were missing when he was reviewing his bank statements and noticed those checks had been written at Wal-Mart and Brookshire’s.    He was advised to contact his bank and the police agency in the city the checks were cashed.  Investigators will follow-up. 

At 6:25 p.m., cows were reported out on CR 4890.

At 8:21 p.m., cows were reported out on FM 778/FM 1254.

April 18th

At 1:54 a.m., cows were reported out on Highway 69/CR 2370.

At 7:17 a.m., cows were reported out on Highway 37N near CR 4165.

At 7:20 a.m., cows were reported out on Highway 69, north of FM 779.

Deputies were contacted via telephone at 10:19 a.m. from an individual wishing to report a theft.  An unknown person had stolen a trailer valued at $1300.00 from her home on CR 3819 in Hawkins.  Investigators will follow-up.

Sheriff Castloo would like to remind everyone…if you have any information on these or any other crimes, please contact the Wood County Sheriff’s Office at 903-763-2201 or Crime Stoppers at 903-763-CASH.