Wood County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff’s Report

08/22/13 through 08/28/13


August 22

Deputy Donivan South took a report from a complainant on CR 3875 who stated that he had discovered that unknown person(s) had cut the top three strands of barbed wire on a fence at the back of his property. According to the complainant, approximately 75’ of wire would be needed to repair the fence at a cost of $150.00.  Extra patrol was arranged for the area and the case was closed.


Deputy Kevin Atkinson took a report from a complainant on SH 37 north of Quitman who stated that someone had entered his residence by removing window screens from their brackets. Windows at the residence had been left open for air flow purposes. The only thing deemed to be missing from the residence was a Black and Decker electric cordless drill valued at $100. This case has been forwarded to an investigator.


August 23

Sgt. William Burge took a report of phone harassment from a complainant who stated that she had been receiving harassing phone calls from her ex-boyfriend. Sgt. Burge was able to listen to phone messages saved on the woman’s phone and verify the harassing nature of the calls. Contact was made with the ex-boyfriend who stated he would stop the harassing calls. The complainant wished to pursue criminal charges and this case was forwarded to an investigator.


Deputy Josh O’Grady was dispatched to CR 2169 for a theft of property report. The complainant stated that over the past few weeks, small items have come up missing from his property including a car battery, miscellaneous yard tools, and a green skill saw. O’Grady recorded information from the complainant about a possible suspect and the case is now in the hands of an investigator.


Deputies Dustin Moffett and David Hitt took a report of burglary of a building from a complainant on CR 4545 who stated that several buildings on his property had been broken into. The complainant was last at the property approximately two weeks prior and stated that all the buildings were secure at that time. Items were deemed to be missing from only one building and include a Poulan chainsaw, bolt cutters, and a come-along. Several items of value, which were easily accessible, were not taken. Moffett and Hitt were able to locate a barbed wire fence on the property that had been cut. Items of evidentiary value were collected at the scene and forwarded to investigators who will continue to work to develop suspects.


Deputy Dustin Moffett was dispatched to PR 5561 for a theft of property report. The complainant stated that unknown person(s) had stolen a black 16’ dovetail tandem axle trailer from his property. The trailer was last seen at the location by the complainant the day before.Information was recorded regarding possible suspects and the case has been assigned to an investigator.


August 24

Deputy David Hitt was dispatched to west Highway 154 for a report of criminal mischief. The complainant advised that three mailboxes had been bashed at his residence on Wednesday orThursday night.  The case was forwarded to an investigator.


Deputy Dustin Moffett was dispatched to a location on FM 515 west for a reported disturbance. Moffett arrived to find Winnsboro PD already on scene and Moffett was advised that a man had been chasing a woman down the road with a knife. According to the victim, she was traveling down FM 515 when she saw the man walking down the road and stopped and offered him a ride.  The man got into the vehicle and displayed a large knife and told the victim to drive to a gas station in Winnsboro. Along the way, the victim ran out of gas, angering the man. The victim stated that she and the man both got out of the vehicle and she attempted, unsuccessfully, to flag down a passing motorist for help. Hearing voices at a nearby residence, the woman ran screaming for help. The occupants of the residence, who dialed 9-1-1, were able to verify that the woman came running for help. Winnsboro PD stated that upon their arrival on scene, the suspect put the knife in his back pocket and covered it with his shirt. The knife was described as a double-edged bayonet with an approximate blade length of 10”. James Earl Chambers, 47, ofWinnsboro, was arrested for the offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was transported to jail.


Deputy Josh O’Grady took a report of forgery from a complainant on CR 3900 who stated that she had contacted her bank for a balance inquiry and discovered that two checks, not authorized by her, had been cashed on the account. In checking her checkbook, it was discovered that a series of checks was missing. Information was collecting regarding a possible suspect, a man who had been allowed to stay at the residence. The case has now been forwarded to an investigator.


August 25

Deputy David Hitt was dispatched to Lake Fork Marina for a theft of fishing equipment. The complainant stated that five Shimano rod and reel combos had been stolen from his boat in the overnight hours. Hitt spoke with a representative of the marina who stated video surveillance footage would be reviewed to determine if the crime was caught on tape. This case has been assigned to an investigator.


Deputy Josh O’Grady was dispatched to a residence on CR 2290 for a theft report. The complainant stated that a black 2008 Kearny 16’ trailer had been stolen from his residence sometime in the overnight hours. Distinguishing details were recorded about the trailer and the case was forwarded for continued investigation.


August 26

Deputy Aaron Warren took a report of burglary of a building from Holly Brook Baptist Church. The complainant stated that unknown person(s) had made entry into the youth building, located behind the main church building, by removing a piece of Plexiglas that had been used to repair a window that was previously broken out. The items missing from the building include a microwave oven and coffee maker. The suspects also took the piece of Plexiglas removed fromthe window. Several items of greater value were not tampered with. This case has been assigned to an investigator.


Deputy Josh Tawater was dispatched to PR 7951 for a disturbance. The complainant advised that she had attempted to call for help when her son began verbally abusing her and her son had forcefully taken the phone from her and thrown it across the yard. The complainant was able to retrieve the phone and call for help. Jonathon Shaddox, 27, of Mineola, was arrested for interference with an emergency call and was transported to jail.


August 27

Sgt. Tim Baucom was dispatched to a structure fire on CR 3400 and arrived to find Hawkins Fire Department already on scene and flames coming through the roof of the house. The property owner advised he had been awakened by the smoke detector and exited the house through his bedroom window and made his way to a neighbor’s house to call 9-1-1. Baucom noted that the majority of the damage to the home was to the kitchen and laundry room area. The homeowner stated that he had some problems the previous afternoon when his air conditioner stopped working but did not know of any other electrical issues. The scene was photographed and the fire marshal was notified.


Deputy Aaron Warren took a theft report from a complainant on CR 3482 who stated that several items were missing from a building behind her residence and she believed the items were taken during the past two months. The missing items include a welding machine, copper wire, two dollies and a .22 rifle. Warren recorded information regarding two suspects that had been seen by the complainant on the property in the area of the building. This case has been forwarded for continued investigation.


Deputy Josh Tawater was dispatched to a residence on CR 4608 for a burglary of a motor vehicle. The complainant stated that unknown person(s) had pried open to door of his pickup and removed several items including an orange flare gun and a blue coin purse containing $20 worth of quarters. Photographs were taken of the damaged door and the case has been forwarded to the Criminal Investigations Division.


Deputy Donivan South was dispatched to Country Boy’s Small Engine Repair at CR 1534 and FM 17 for a theft of property. The complainant stated that he had discovered 10-12 20’long, two inch steel pipe missing from a pile of identical pipe behind his shop building. Value of the missing pipe was listed as $500. The case is now in the hands of an investigator.


August 28

Deputy Josh O’Grady was dispatched to CR 2930 for a structure fire. O’Grady arrived to find that the fire department had the blaze under control. According to the homeowner, she heard loud popping noises coming from the area of a shop building where an RV was plugged into an outlet and she believed the plug to be the source of the fire. The fire marshal was called to the scene and after a brief investigation, stated that he, too, believed that to be the source of the fire, which was deemed to accidental in nature.



Following a narcotics investigation in the Lake Holbrook area, Sgt. Jacob Richardson obtained a warrant and arrested Diego Edwardo Vallejo, 25, of Mineola for the offense of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, < one gram. Vallejo was also charged with a burglary out of Smith County.


Sgt. Richardson also obtained two felony warrants on a suspect in a forgery case in which a man took checks from a woman’s home while she was in the hospital receiving cancer treatment. Two checks were cashed in the Hawkins area.


Sgt. Richardson and Captain Miles Tucker conducted a follow-up investigation that led to the discovery of a four wheeler stolen from the Little Sandy Hunting and Fishing Club. Forrester Dominic Sotak, 34, of Hawkins was arrested and charged with felony theft. The four wheeler was recovered in the White Oak area and returned to its rightful owner.


Sgt. Brian Andrews obtained warrants and arrested Ransom Ainsworth on two counts of assault with bodily injury. Sgt. Andrews also obtained two warrants for Kenneth Joe Musselwhite for injury to the elderly and interfering with an emergency phone call. Musselwhite is currently at large and tips to the Crime Stopper tip line place him in the Lindale area. Sgt. Andrews traveled to Lindale on Wednesday and checked several locations but was unsuccessful in locatingMusselwhite.


Sgt. Carolyn Tanner successfully closed 12 cases and made an arrest on retaliation related to an earlier aggravated assault with a deadly weapon case.


Sgts. Carolyn Tanner and Kyle Henson worked with the Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center on behalf of three juvenile females who were turned over to CPS.



Game cameras are a great way to protect your property when monitored security systems are not an option. Game cameras can be purchased at most discount and sporting goods stores as well as purchased online for as little as about $50. Cameras with higher megapixels, wider angles, andlonger range can cost anywhere from $100 to $300. While game cameras are a great crime fighting tool, they are only operational for the life of the batteries which must be checked regularly and replaced when needed. Several recent burglaries occurred where game cameras were in place, but were not operational due to dead batteries.


Call Summary

911 Hang up (1)

Abandoned Vehicle (1)

Agency Assist (4)

Alarm (5)

Assault (1)

Assault by Contact (1)

Assault by Threat (1)

Burglary of a Building (4)

Burglary of a Habitation (4)

Burglary of a Motor Vehicle (2)

Child Abuse (4)

Child Custody (2)

Civil (11)

Cows Out (22)

Credit Card Abuse (1)

Criminal Mischief (9)

Criminal Trespass (3)

Dispute (4)

Disturbance (1)

Dog Problem (1)

Dumping (1)

Forgery (1)

Found Property (2)

Funeral Escort (1)

Harassment (2)

Horses Out (1)

Identity Theft (2)

Incident (9)

Indecency (1)

Information (2)

Inquest (1)

Interference (1)

Mental (1)

Noise Disturbance (1)

Other (3)

Phone Harassment (2)

Prowler (3)

Request to Speak to Officer (13)

Runaway (3)

Scam (3)

Shots Fired (2)

Structure Fire (1)

Suspicious Activity (2)

Suspicious Person (2)

Suspicious Vehicle (6)

Terroristic Threat (1)

Theft (7)

Theft of Copper (1)

Traffic Stop (14)

Transport (1)

Vehicle Fire (1)

Warrants (1)

Welfare Check (3)


Total Calls177


Call Summary by Area


Alba 14                                                             Hawkins 34

Mineola 46

Quitman    41

Winnsboro    24

Yantis  18


Current Jail Population122

Males       95

Females     27