Wood County Sheriff’s Office
04/16/14 through 04/22/14
Deputy Tony Ingram was dispatched to ProForm Metal Works located on SH 37 north of Quitman. Ingram was advised by an employee at the business that multiple items were missing from inside the business and a 2000 Volvo truck tractor was also missing from the location. Sgt. Carolyn Tanner was notified and responded to the scene as well. The Volvo was later discovered abandoned behind Muddy Creek Baptist Church off FM 69. The investigation continues.
Deputy Aaron Warren took a report of burglary of a vehicle on Hwy 80. The vehicle, a 2007 Peterbilt, had been left parked at the location for the past 5 days and when the complainant returned this day, he discovered items missing from inside the truck including a Connex CB radio, Wilson antenna, Bluetooth headset and GPS. The man also reported that he had found the driver’s door unlocked in contrast to how it had been left. It is unknown how the lock was bypassed. This case has been forwarded and remains under investigation.
Deputy Steven Fields took a report of theft from Dollar General in Yantis. According to the complainant, a woman had shopped in the store for two hours before finally checking out at 10PM. The woman presented a “starter” check as payment for her purchases which totaled over $900. The cashier accepted the check and the woman left with the merchandise. Two days later the store learned the check was no good. A loss prevention employee with Dollar General began calling other Dollar General stores only the learn the woman had unsuccessfully attempted the same ruse at multiple stores and had even returned some of her purchases for cash at other stores. Voluntary statements were taken from store employees and a copy of the surveillance tape was turned over to investigators who are now handling the case.
Deputy Brad Cates arrested Charles Gregory Stone, 47, of Quitman for driving while license invalid following a traffic stop after he failed to signal a turn onto CR 2140. Stone was also issued a citation for possession of an open container of alcohol.
Sgt. Chris Turner, Deputy Tony Ingram and Deputy Aaron Warren were dispatched to a residence on CR 2950 in reference to a suicidal person. Warren learned that a male subject called 911 and stated he wanted to kill himself. Upon arrival the deputies learned that the man had already cut his left arm with a box cutter but only superficial wounds were noted. The man’s girlfriend informed deputies she had confronted the man after finding evidence he had been attempting to persuade another female to go out with him. The woman also stated this was not the first time the man had attempted this behavior. EMS arrived on scene and wrapped the man’s arm. Deputy Warren transported the man to ETMC Quitman for evaluation.
Deputy Steven Fields was dispatched to an address on CR 1530 for a burglary of a habitation. The complainant stated that he left his residence for a period of about seven hours and returned to find drawers open in his office and a safe missing from underneath his bed. Multiple other items were found to be missing as well including $50,000 in cash, jewelry, a Nikon camera, TV, crossbow and a Samurai sword. There were no signs of forced entry into the home. Numerous items of value inside the home were not disturbed. This case has been forwarded and remains under investigation.
Deputy Terri Altman was dispatched to an address on PR 5561 for a civil disagreement. According to the female complainant, her estranged husband came to the residence and began to load up a riding lawn mower. The woman further stated she and the man struggled over the mower, one pushing forward and one pushing backward until the man was finally able to load it. The woman’s leg was bruised in the incident. Altman explained to the woman that due to the fact that there is no final divorce decree outlining who has the right to the lawnmower, no criminal act had taken place. An incident report was completed for documentation purposes.
Deputies Donivan South and James Hildebrand were dispatched to CR 2275 for a theft report. According to the complainant, sometime in the past week unknown person(s) came onto his property and took a late 1990’s green Kawasaki Bayou 220 4-wheeler. The man also stated the last time he knew the 4-wheeler was on the property was 5 days earlier. He went on to say he purchased the Kawasaki used and he did not have a title for it. The 4-wheeler is described as mostly stock in appearance with wider black fender flares. The man also stated the keys were left in it as he had never had any problems before this. The case has been forwarded to an investigator.
Sgt. William Burge and Deputies Donivan South and James Hildebrand were dispatched to CR 1681 in response to a 911 call reporting a disturbance with weapons. According to the reporting party, she heard several gunshots and could hear a man shouting out in the street. Looking outside she observed a male subject, who was known to her, place a gun in the waist of his jeans. When the deputies arrived, they observed the man walking behind a mobile home. Once he spotted the patrol units he ran in to a small wooded area. The deputies could hear him yelling as they exited their vehicles. The man was ordered to the ground and he readily complied. The man continued to rant loudly that someone was poisoning his dogs. When asked if he had a weapon the man stated he did not. A quick pat down of the man showed him to have a magazine for a .380 automatic pistol in his pants pocket. Believing the man had ditched the weapon when he retreated into the woods, deputies searched the area and located a loaded black Kel-Tec .380 pistol. Tony Dale Williams, 57, of Alba was arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon and was transported to jail without further incident.
Sgt. Sam Threadgill arrested Tommy Glen Sharp, 45, of Mineola, following a traffic stop initiated after Sharp was clocked traveling 10 mph over the posted speed limit. A routine check of Sharp revealed he was operating a vehicle without insurance. He was also found to be in possession of a syringe and spoon located inside his sock. Sharp advised he used the syringe for injecting methamphetamine. A light bulb, which had been modified into a glass pipe for smoking methamphetamine, was located inside the pickup. Sharp’s vehicle was released to a wrecker service and he was transported to jail where he was charge with failure to maintain financial responsibility and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Deputy Dustin Moffett took a report of theft of property from a complainant who owns a travel trailer located on CR 2745. According to the owner, he had been allowing a woman to live in the trailer for the past three years but she had begun the process of moving out. Because she was no longer staying at the trailer, the owner was keeping it locked unless she was there removing her property. He notified the woman he would be gone all day and upon his return this evening found a window on the trailer door had been broken out. Missing from inside the trailer were two loveseats and a bed with a collective value of $1,500. Information was recorded about the suspect and the case was turned over for additional investigation.
Deputy Dustin Moffett was dispatched to a disturbance in progress on CR 2232. According to the reporting party, his grandson became angry with him and his wife causing a verbal argument. The man further stated he heard his grandson outside yelling profanity and went to the door where he observed a book which had been burned and several ceramic statues that had been destroyed. A witnessing neighbor stated he observed the young man destroying property by stomping on it. The suspect had already left the residence before Moffett’s arrival. Shortly after clearing from the call, Moffett was advised the young man was back at the residence causing problems. Moffett returned to the scene and made contact with the suspect who admitted destroying property because he was mad. Justin Ray Wolfe, 20, of Mineola was placed under arrest for criminal mischief and was transported to jail without further incident.
Deputy Aaron Warren took a report of medication theft from a complainant on CR 3480. The woman stated the father of her infant daughter came over to visit the child and while he was there she became suspicious that he was under the influence of methamphetamine and made him leave the residence. After he left, she discovered medication missing from her purse and suspects the man took it one of the times she left the room. This case has been forwarded for additional investigation.
Deputy Austin Cryer took a report of identity theft from a woman who resides on PR 6316 who stated she had received a letter from the IRS stating that her tax return was under review. The woman found this odd since she had not yet filed her return and contacted the IRS only to find out that a return had been filed using her name and social security number. She was advised by the IRS to contact the Federal Trade Commission and local law enforcement. An incident report was completed for documentation purposes.
Deputy Steven Fields took a report of theft of service from an employee of Wood County Electric who stated a serviceman had notified him of finding jumpers in a meter base at a residence on PR 5387. Contacting the realty company whose sign was posted in the yard, it was learned the owner of the property had been allowing his son to live in the house. Information about the son was recorded and will be forwarded to CID. The estimated amount of electricity stolen is almost $3,000.
Sgt. Chris Turner took a report of debit/credit card abuse from a complainant on CR 3419. According to the complainant, an employee had been let go on March 25 after working for her company for only two days. The man requested to drive the company truck home to Jacksonville after being notified his son was in a vehicle crash. The man’s request was denied but he took the truck anyway and the woman was later forced to retrieve it from his residence in Jacksonville. The ex-employee told the woman the company’s fuel card was in the truck when she took it back but she later noticed unauthorized fuel charges totaling almost $10,000 on the card. The woman had contacted several of the businesses where the card was used and learned that one of the locations had video of the person using the card. The information was forwarded to CID for additional investigation.
Sgt. Carolyn Tanner is continuing to investigate the theft of more than $20,000 worth of property from Pro Form. A truck tractor, also taken from the business, was recovered locally.
Sgt. Tanner also obtained one warrant for terroristic threat, family violence and warrant for assault. The subject of the warrants has been arrested.
Current Jail Population 141
Males 114 Females 27