Wood County Sheriff’s Department
3/21/13 through 3/27/13
Deputy Donivan South was dispatched to a cabin on CR 3840 in the Hawkins area for an alarm call. While en route, South was notified that dispatch had made contact with the property owner who advised that the property had been burglarized several times in the past. South found the front door of the cabin secure and the back door partly open. At the property owner’s request, South secured the back door and arranged extra patrol for the area. Photographs were taken of the area and evidence was collected at the scene to be forwarded to investigators. A list of missing property will be provided by the owner of the cabin.
Deputy South was also dispatched to a residence on Highway 80 in the Mineola area for a stolen vehicle. South was notified by dispatch that a large Penske moving truck, reported stolen out of Colorado, was located behind the residence. Once confirmation of the truck’s stolen status was confirmed, the on-call wrecker was dispatched to remove the truck. The homeowner stated that she had called Penske to come remove the truck after it was left at her residence by a family that had stayed with her for a short time and who were friends with her son-in-law.
Deputies Donivan South and Heath Richardson were dispatched to CR 3810 in the Hawkins area in response to a 911 call reporting a disturbance in progress. The 911 caller stated that her child’s father had broken into the caller’s mother’s home and taken their 3 year old daughter. The child had been left in the care of her grandmother while the mother went for a walk and the child’s father had shown up during her absence from the home. The woman returned to her mother’s home to find the house in disarray and her mother distraught over the child being taken from her home. Deputy South went to the location where the child and her father were reported to be and did observe the man and child outside playing. The man explained that he was upset over not being told that his daughter had been involved in a car accident a few days ago. Statements were taken from everyone involved in the case and it has been forwarded to CID for further investigation.
Deputy Brad Cates took a theft report from a woman on highway 80 east in the Mineola area who stated that she had discovered that a Marlin 30-30 rifle, which she had purchased for her ranch hands to use on wild hogs, was missing. The complainant also stated that she was unsure of exactly how long the gun has been missing. The woman provided information about three workers who had recently left her employ that she felt may be responsible. This case has been assigned to an investigator.
Deputy Heath Richardson took a report via phone from a complainant in the Hawkins area of a phone scam. The man advised he and his wife had received a call from a man purporting to be with the Reader’s Digest Sweepstakes who requested they send a certified check to a name and address in Detroit, Michigan. The man further stated that he did not send a check, and the number has continued to contact them the past two days three or fours times each day. The complainant was advised to contact their phone carrier and attempt to have the number blocked.
Other calls on this day include two agency assist calls in the Winnsboro and Quitman area; two reports of child abuse from the Quitman and Mineola areas; a child custody dispute in the Winnsboro area; two civil calls in the Yantis and Quitman area; three reports of cows out in the Mineola and Quitman areas; a report of criminal mischief in the Yantis area; an illegal dumping call in the Alba area; a report of a possible overdose in the Mineola area; a report of phone harassment from the Quitman area; a suspicious vehicle report in the Quitman area and two welfare checks in the Mineola area.
Deputy Austin Cryer was dispatched to CR 1676 in the Alba area for a burglary of a habitation. The complainant stated that her trailer had been broken into and the door, which had been screwed shut, was broken and numerous items, including a roll of linoleum flooring, a water heater element, tool box and tools and various other items, were missing. Cryer collected information about possible suspects and photographed the scene. This case has been forwarded to investigators.
Deputy Chris Turner was dispatched to a residence on CR 4440 in the Winnsboro area for a burglary of a habitation. The complainant stated that someone had broken into his house and stolen a Glock 27 .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol, valued at $600.00. Entry into the home was gained by kicking in the back door. Turner collected evidence at the scene and recorded the gun’s serial number so that it could be entered as stolen. Turner was also able to observe several other firearms and pieces of jewelry in plain sight that were not taken. The case will be turned over to CID for continued investigation.
Deputy Josh O’Grady was dispatched to a residence on CR 2438 in the Mineola area for a burglary of a motor vehicle. The complainant stated that someone had taken $80 and a can of snuff out of his vehicle sometime in the overnight hours. Photographs were taken at the scene and forwarded to investigators.
Deputy O’Grady was also dispatched to CR 3277 in the Quitman area for a report of cruelty to animals. The complainants stated that they had turned their hunting dogs loose and were tracking them via GPS equipped collars. Shortly after GPS showed the dogs enter onto a separate tract of land, the complainants heard approximately 10 gunshots. Following the sounds of the gunshots, the complainants encountered a man who claimed he had shot at the animals because they were threatening his chickens. One dog was found deceased at the location and the property owner claimed the other dog ran away when he started shooting. Evidence was collected at the scene and voluntary statements taken from everyone involved in the incident. The case was forwarded to investigators who will continue to work the case.
Deputy O’Grady was also dispatched to a location on CR 3840 in the Hawkins area for a theft of property. The complainant stated that he had returned to the property after a brief absence and in checking the property had observed several items were missing along his ATV trail, including game cameras and other sporting goods. Deputy O’Grady collected information regarding possible suspects and has forwarded the case to CID investigators.
Deputies were dispatched to an address at Holly Lake Ranch after multiple calls from the area reporting a man in blood stained clothing walking in the street and threatening passersby with a stick because they would not stop and talk to him about the coming of Christ. The suspect, who has a history of mental illness and was reportedly off his medication, was located and transported to ETMC Quitman for a mental committal.
Other calls on this day include a commercial alarm call in the Mineola area; a child custody dispute in the Mineola area; two dog problems in the Hawkins and Winnsboro areas; a report of illegal dumping in the Mineola area; a report of found property in which a man found aluminum wire in the roadway and wanted to know what he could do with it and three welfare check requests in the Mineola, Hawkins and Winnsboro areas.
Deputy Sam Threadgill was dispatched to a residence on Highway 154 west in the Quitman area for a disturbance/medical call. Upon arrival, he observed a female wrapped in a blanket lying on the floor and her daughter kneeling beside her, comforting her. The woman was conscious but obviously having some type of medical issue. The daughter advised that she had called 911 when the woman began to have a seizure following a verbal and physical altercation between the two. The woman was transported by EMS for medical treatment and the daughter declined to pursue charges against her mother despite the fact that she had obvious injuries to her neck.
Deputy Josh O’Grady was dispatched to a residence on CR 2270 in the Mineola area for a criminal trespass involving an intoxicated person. Upon his arrival, O’Grady observed the suspect, shirtless, sway back and forth and then fall to the ground. The man had trouble speaking without slurring his words and fell to the ground a second time while attempting to walk. An ambulance was dispatched to the location and after a brief evaluation by EMS, he was transported to the hospital for his own safety.
Deputy Dustin Moffett was dispatched to CR 3540 where he took a theft report from a complainant who stated that a Kawasaki ATV had been stolen from his residence. The complainant further stated that he believed the theft occurred sometime between midnight and 8 a.m. and that the ATV had been pushed away from the residence. Identifying information was collected on the ATV and the case has been turned over to investigators.
Deputy Bradley Armendariz was dispatched to CR 2724 in the Mineola area for a theft report. The complainant stated that she had a John Deere lawnmower, with a for sale sign on it, in her front yard when she left to go on vacation, and found it missing upon her return. Information about a possible suspect vehicle was collected and turned over to investigators.
Sgt. Sam Threadgill took a report via phone of a theft of livestock from a woman who stated that she had purchased two horses from her ex-husband and made arrangements for him to keep and train the horses for six months. The woman further stated that she had since been given information that the ex-husband is in drug rehab and his mother had directed another family member to take the horses to the sale barn and sell them. The man’s mother had offered to pay her the amount the horses brought at sale but it was not as much as she had originally paid for the horses. An investigator has been assigned to this case and it remains open and under active investigation.
Other calls on this day include a report of an abandoned vehicle in the Alba area; a commercial alarm call in the Alba area; a report of a lamb out near the road in the Hawkins area; two civil calls in the Alba and Mineola areas; three reports of cows out in the Yantis and Hawkins areas; a report of criminal mischief from the Mineola area; three reports of criminal trespass from the Mineola and Hawkins areas; a dispute call in the Winnsboro area; a disturbance call from the Alba area that turned out to be in Rains County; a dog problem call from the Quitman area; two reports of harassment from the Hawkins and Mineola areas; two noise disturbance calls from the Mineola and Yantis areas; a report of a suspicious person in the Hawkins area; five reports of suspicious vehicle from the Yantis, Winnsboro and Hawkins areas and a report of a terroristic threat in the Quitman area.
Sgt. Sam Threadgill was dispatched to the Crossroads store in the Yantis area for a burglary of a vehicle. The complainant advised that she had left her car parked at the store while she left with a friend and when she returned had found the back driver’s side window had been busted out and items were missing from inside the car. Stolen from the car were college books, a backpack, cash, cell phone and various articles of clothing. This case has been turned over to CID.
Deputy Austin Cryer encountered an ATV without its lights on traveling northbound on FM 14 and attempted to initiate contact with the driver. The ATV immediately went off road and out of sight. Shortly after midnight, Hawkins PD advised the ATV had been located parked behind the Family Dollar Store. Officers attempted to find a serial number but were unsuccessful due to the ATV being covered in mud. Because the ATV had earlier evaded, it was ordered impounded and the on-call wrecker service was contacted. At the officers’ request, the ATV was transported to a car wash and mud was removed that revealed the serial number had been scratched out and was unreadable. The ATV was then transported to the wrecker yard and held pending identification of the owner.
Other calls on this day include an agency assist in the Hawkins area; two residential alarm calls in the Alba and Quitman areas; two general animal calls in the Alba and Winnsboro areas; a report of a camp fire in the Clear Lakes area of Quitman; a child custody dispute in the Winnsboro area; two disputes in the Mineola area; two reports of dog problems in the Alba and Hawkins areas; a report of dumping on CR 1476 in the Quitman area; an incident in the Hawkins area in which a woman busted into a church service looking for her child; a report of lost property in the Mineola area; a mental call in the Yantis area; two reports of phone harassment from the Hawkins area; two prowler calls in the Quitman area; a report of shots fired in the Alba area; a report of suspicious activity in the Quitman area; a report of a suspicious vehicle in the Mineola area; a theft report from the Yantis area and two welfare check requests from the Alba and Quitman areas.
Deputy Heath Richardson took a report of burglary of a vehicle from a location on CR 2118 in the Quitman area. The complainant stated that her car’s stereo had been stolen and although it appeared that someone had gone through the rest of the car, the stereo was the only item that seemed to be missing. Photographs were taken at the scene and will be forwarded to investigators.
Deputy Aaron Warren was dispatched to an oil lease off CR 4930 in the Quitman area where he met with two complainants who advised that several items had been stolen from a storage box trailer at the lease. Warren was able to observe that the lock had been cut so that the doors could be opened. Various brass ball valves and a box of leather work gloves were taken. Photos were taken around the area and were forwarded to investigators.
Deputy Warren also took a theft report from a man on CR 1905 in the Yantis area who stated that a full box of checks had been stolen from him. He further stated that he had received a call from his bank after a man, known to the complainant, had cashed one of his checks for more than $300. Warren spoke with an officer at the bank who advised him that another one of the man’s checks had been cashed at another bank location for an amount in excess of $600. All evidence in the case has been turned over to CID investigators.
Deputy David Hitt was dispatched to CR 2121 in the Quitman area for a burglary of a vehicle. The complainant stated that an amp and a black speaker box were missing from his truck. This case has been forwarded to CID.
Deputy Kevin Atkinson was dispatched to CR 1900 in the Yantis area for a structure fire. The property owner advised that he had been burning trash in several barrels near a storage shed when wind caught the flames and caused the shed and nearby vegetation to ignite. Combustible chemicals inside the shed caused minor explosions and increased the size of the fire. The shed was partially destroyed by the fire before being extinguished.
Other calls on this day include two alarm calls in the Mineola area; a civil call from the Hawkins area; a report of cows in the roadway from the Winnsboro area; two reports of criminal mischief from the Quitman and Mineola areas; a disturbance call in the Yantis area; a dog problem reported in the Quitman area; two reports of harassment in the Mineola and Hawkins areas; a report of pedestrians in the roadway in the Yantis area; a prowler call in the Quitman area; a report of a scam in the Quitman area; a report of shots fired in the Quitman area; two terroristic threat reports from the Quitman and Mineola areas and a juvenile transport.
Sgt. Tim Baucom was dispatched to an oil tank fire on Highway 37 north of Quitman. Sgt. Baucom spoke with two employees of AKP Oil Company who stated that they were working around the tank battery, pumping saltwater into the lines to clean and purge them, when one of the tanks exploded. Baucom observed one tank, along with a pickup and trailer parked beside it, fully involved. Baucom took photos of the scene and attempted to record VIN numbers from the truck and trailer, but was unsuccessful as the intense heat from the fire had rendered them unreadable.
Deputy David Hitt was dispatched to ETMC Quitman for a cat bite. Hitt spoke with the victim, who was also the cat’s owner, and was informed that the cat had scratched and bitten the woman when she attempted to catch it. Hitt was able to verify that the cat had all its required shots and had been in the house before and since the incident.
Deputies were dispatched to a residence on CR 2249 for a suicidal subject. They arrived to find the mother of the subject restraining him in an attempt to keep the man from cutting himself. The subject was handcuffed for his own safety and a pat-down revealed a razor blade in the man’s front pants pocket. EMS also responded to the scene and treated the man for his cuts. The man’s mother stated that she believed him to be distraught over a child custody issue. He was transported to ETMC Quitman for evaluation.
Lt. Robert Holland took a report of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle from a man on FM 1799. The man stated that he had left his residence the day before to travel out of town and when he returned in the morning found that his 1967 Ford pickup was missing. The man also stated that he has owned the truck since buying it new in ’67 from a dealership in the Dallas area. The truck had been kept behind a small shed located on the man’s property. Lt. Holland recorded all the information about the truck and has turned the case over to investigators.
Other calls on this day include four agency assists in the Quitman area; a residential alarm call in the Mineola area; an animal call in the Yantis area involving a donkey; two reports of cows out in the Winnsboro and Yantis areas; a disturbance call in the Mineola area; two funeral escorts in the Mineola and Hawkins area; three reports of suspicious vehicles in the Quitman and Alba areas; a theft report from the Hawkins area and a welfare check in the Yantis area.
Deputy Josh O’Grady was dispatched to CR 2660 in the Mineola area for a burglary of a building. The complainants stated that several items had been stolen including tools, sporting goods and lawn mowers. The case is now in the hands of investigators.
Deputy Chris Turner took a report from a woman who resides on CR 3234 in the Quitman area who stated that several items of jewelry and a cell phone had been stolen from her home. The woman further stated she believes entry was made through the back door. A complete list of missing items has been transferred to CID for investigation.
Deputy Turner arrested George Logan Jacobs, 56, of Hawkins for the offense of driving while license invalid following a routine traffic stop for driving without headlights.
Deputy David Hitt was dispatched to a residence on FM 69 in the Quitman area for an alarm call. Upon his arrival, Hitt did not observe anyone at the residence and in checking the perimeter of the house, found that the electric meter had been pulled and was on the ground and a window was open. Deputy Brad Cates arrived on scene and assisted Hitt in clearing the residence to make sure no one was inside. Once the residence was determined to be empty, the deputies continued their examination of the outside of the residence and found three window screens removed and a fourth screen bent. At the owner’s request, the residence was secured and the alarm re-set. This case has been forwarded to investigators.
Other calls on this day include two agency assists in the Hawkins and Mineola areas; three alarm calls; an assault in the Yantis area; a civil call in the Yantis area; five reports of cows out in the Winnsboro and Quitman areas; three criminal trespass calls in the Quitman, Mineola and Hawkins areas; a dispute in the Quitman area; a report of horses out in the Alba area; a report of lost property in the Alba area; three noise disturbance reports in the Hawkins and Quitman areas and a report of a suspicious person in the Mineola area.
Investigator Brian Andrews conducted follow-up investigations regarding burglaries in the Hawkins area. He also assisted the Attorney General’s office on a felony arrest warrant. He was also able to obtain a felony warrant for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on a four wheeler in the Yantis area. Andrews was able to close five cases; obtain one warrant; and recover one ATV.
Andrews also spent time setting up training in April for a legal updates class and an auto theft investigation class and contacted surrounding agencies to participate.
Sgt. Jacob Richardson closed five cases and assisted other CID deputies with the recovery of a stolen 4 wheeler. The 4 wheeler was recovered at a residence on CR 3840. The 4 wheeler was in the process of being painted a different color and had been hot wired when stolen. I was able to make contact with the owner and release his 4 wheeler back to him on scene. One subject was arrested and charged with theft by possession of stolen property.
Sgt. Richardson also spoke with a complainant by phone in reference to the theft of his mail He advised that someone had taken all of his mail from the mailbox at his residence and went through it. He advised that his bank statement was missing that he had called and put a block on that account just to be safe. This residence was on FM 2088 and the reporting party stated that a neighbor had seen a white male and white female walking down the road late the night before. This case was taken into consideration and passed on to patrol units to be on the look out in that area.
Sgt. Carolyn Tanner assisted with the recovery of a stolen 4 wheeler and the arrest of one subject for theft by possession of stolen property. She was also able to obtain a warrant on an injury to a child suspect and made an on site arrest for possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. Tanner also obtained two warrants for burglary of a building and recovered the stolen property in that case.
Abandoned Vehicle (1)
Agency Assist (10)
Animal Bite (1)
Animal General (4)
Attempted Suicide (1)
ATV on Roadway (1)
Burglary of a Building (1)
Burglary of a Habitation (6)
Burglary of a Motor Vehicle (6)
Child Abuse (2)
Child Custody (3)
Cows Out (14)
Criminal Mischief (4)
Criminal Trespass (7)
Cruelty of Animals (1)
Dog Problem (7)
Driving While License invalid (1)
Emergency Notification (1)
Evading Arrest (1)
Found Property (1)
Funeral Escort (2)
Horses Out (1)
Identity Theft (1)
Juvenile Dispute (1)
Lost Property (2)
Noise Disturbance (5)
Pedestrian in Roadway (1)
Phone Harassment (3)
Possession of Controlled Substance (1)
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (1)
Possession of Marijuana (1)
Possession of Stolen Property (1)
Public Intoxication (1)
Recovered Property (1)
Request to Speak to Officer (4)
Shots Fired (2)
Smoke Investigation (1)
Structure Fire (1)
Suspicious Activity (2)
Suspicious Person (2)
Suspicious Vehicle (10)
Terroristic Threat (3)
Traffic Stop (8)
Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (3)
Welfare Check (8)
Total Calls 205
Call Summary by Area
Current Jail Population 88