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Wood County Sheriff's Report
Written by Clayton Neville   
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 06:51

Wood County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff’s Report

05/02/13 through 5/8/13

 

May 2

Deputy Heath Richardson was dispatched to a residence on CR 1560 in the Alba area for a burglary of a building. The complainant stated that an Echo brand weed eater, Echo brand leaf blower, and Echo brand gas powered drill were missing from his shed. Entry into the shop was gained through a window at the rear of the shop which had been left open due to warm weather. Model and serial numbers for the stolen items were recorded and turned over to an investigator.

 

Deputy Kevin Atkinson was dispatched to a residence on CR 2122 for a burglary of a habitation. The complainant stated that the electric stove had been stolen and the front window was left open several inches. The bar that was used as a wedge to keep the sliding glass door from opening had also been removed. Information regarding a possible suspect was noted and the case has been sent to an investigator.

 

Other calls on this day include:

Alba area – a criminal trespass call; two dispute calls and a report of horses out near CR 1570.

Hawkins area – a business alarm call and a report of horses out that was actually a horse tied to a tree in a ditch.

Mineola area – a report of an assault that turned out to have occurred inside the city limits; a report of 25 cows in the road; a harassment call and three reports of phone harassment.

Quitman area – a report of cows out; a criminal trespass call; a request to speak to an officer; a report of shots fired that turned out to be a blown transformer; a report of a suspicious vehicle; two transports; a successful warrant service and two welfare check requests.

Winnsboro area – two civil calls; a report of cows out and a scam report.

Yantis area – a criminal mischief report and a sex offender call.

 

May 3

Deputy Brad Cates took a report from a woman on FM 49 in the Mineola area who stated that she had been physically assaulted by her boyfriend following a verbal altercation over a cell phone. The woman eventually managed to escape the residence and drove to Mineola Police Department where Deputy Cates took her statement. Once he photographed the woman’s injuries, Cates relocated to FM 49 where the assault occurred and made contact with the woman’s boyfriend. Robert Wayne Dreyer, 58, of Mineola was arrested for assault (impede breathing) and transported to jail without incident. Dreyer was again arrested the following day when he returned to the residence, a violation of a protective order.

 

Deputy David Hitt was dispatched to a residence on CR 4287 in the Winnsboro area for a burglary of a habitation. The complainant advised that sometime between April 22 and May 2, someone had entered his home and stolen his 50” Vizio LED TV that had just been purchased a few days prior. Entry was determined to have occurred through a front window that had been left unlocked. Investigators are now in charge of the case.

 

Deputy Chris Turner took a burglary of a habitation report from a man on FM 1254 in the Mineola area. The man stated that he had left his residence at approximately 6 am and returned about 5 pm. When he returned, he found several guns missing from the residence including a Remington .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle; a lever action .22 caliber rifle and a .410 bolt-action shotgun. Other missing items include a laundry basket, titles to vehicles, several books of checks and bottles of prescription medication. Entry appeared to have occurred through an unlocked back door. Information was collected concerning possible suspect(s) and the case was forwarded to investigators.

 

Deputy Brad Cates took a report of criminal mischief from a man on FM 49 in the Mineola area. The man advised that he had been lying in bed about to go to sleep when he heard what he believed to be someone attempting to remove his window air conditioner. The man pulled open the blinds in time to see a male subject running away. The man immediately ran outside in an attempt to catch the would-be thief but was unsuccessful. This case has been turned over to investigators.

 

Deputy Dustin Moffett responded to a criminal mischief call from Holly Lake Security. According to security officers, a man who was selling meat products from the back of his pickup truck broke off the security gate arm in order to gain access to the area to peddle his goods.  Security officers also advised that the man’s actions were all videotaped. Magdiel Shumaker, 38, of Rice, was arrested for the offense of criminal mischief and his vehicle was towed.

 

Deputy Dustin Moffett took a report of identity theft from a man who stated that he had attempted to get internet service through Suddenlink only to find that he had an outstanding balance from a previous account that he was unaware of. Someone had apparently used his information in 2003 to open a Suddenlink account and left an unpaid balance of $55.04. According to the complainant, he had not noticed any other accounts opened or altered in his name.

 

Deputy Dustin Moffett took a report of phone harassment from the area of CR 2951 in the Mineola area. The complainant stated that she had received repeated calls from a private number in which a man was talking in a low voice and making sexually explicit comments. The woman continued to hang up on the man but the calls persisted.  Deputy Moffett recognized the pattern of phone calls as being consistent with those that had been reported to him earlier in the day by a woman in the area of CR 2317. This case has been forwarded to CID.

 

May 4

Deputy Dustin Moffett took a report of burglary of a building from a tenant of Affordable Storage on Highway 154 east. The complainant stated that someone had broken into her storage unit and stolen multiple household items including a washer and dryer, a box of cookware, a skillet, miscellaneous plastic tubs, a box of canned food, a box of towels and two bar stools. The woman was unable to say when the burglary occurred as she had not returned to the unit since renting it at the end of March. This case has been assigned to an investigator.

 

Deputy Austin Cryer was dispatched to a burglary of a habitation on Coker Lane in Yantis. The complainants stated that they had been away from home since approximately noon and when they returned at about 7 pm, found that someone had entered their home through a window at the back of the house. The only item found to be missing was a partial bottle of prescription medication. Information was obtained regarding a possible suspect. This case has been forwarded to CID.

 

Deputy Bradley Armendariz responded to a report of a dog bite on CR 3486 in the Hawkins area. Armendariz made contact with the complainant who stated that her two year old granddaughter had been bitten about the face and neck by one of her two dogs but she wan unsure which dog was responsible. The woman also advised that both dogs had already been put down. An interview with a juvenile witness indicates the girl may have possibly been poking the dog with a stick when the attack occurred. The toddler was transported via ambulance to Trinity Mother Frances hospital. Biological samples from the deceased animals were sent to Austin for testing and the results returned negative.

 

Other calls on this day include:

Alba area – a request to speak to an officer and a report of shots fired.

Hawkins area – three child custody calls and a missing person report.

Mineola area – a residential alarm call; a report of criminal mischief; a dog problem and a request to speak to an officer.

Quitman area – a 911 hang up call; a disturbance call; two noise disturbance calls; a request to speak to an officer; a report of suspicious activity; a report of a suspicious person and a welfare check request.

Winnsboro area – a 911 hang up call; a child custody issue and a report of a dog problem.

Yantis area – no additional calls.

 

May 5

Deputy Dustin Moffett took a report of disorderly conduct from a man who lives on Highway 154 east. The complainant stated that he had been having trouble with his neighbor making obscene and/or threatening gestures while driving past the complainant’s residence. The complainant also stated that this has been an ongoing problem for some time and simply wanted a written record of the incident.

 

Sgt. Sam Threadgill was dispatched to the area of CR 4660 for an assault call. The complainant stated that she had arrived at her boyfriend’s house to pick up their two year old daughter and the man was pleasant with her while they were in the house but once they walked outside he became angry and began to yell and curse at her. The woman further stated that the man had pushed her against her car and later tried to grab her through the driver’s side window. Threadgill observed a small scratch and minor redness on the woman but she stated that she did not wish for the man to go to jail and only wanted the incident documented.

 

Deputy Austin Cryer was dispatched to an illegal dumping call on CR 3983. The complainant advised that trash had been dumped on her property and she had found documents identifying suspects while going through the trash. Cryer took down the names and address from the documents and cleared the location. Shortly afterwards, he was contacted by a Game Warden who advised that another illegal dumping site in the area had been reported to him. Cryer took the information about the second site and upon his arrival at the second site found documents bearing the same names and address as those from the first location. Cryer passed the information about the second site on to the Game Warden who stated that charges against the suspects would be pursued through the JP’s office.

 

Sgt. Sam Threadgill was on patrol about midnight when he initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle which had failed to signal a turn onto a county road. Once the car came to a stop, the male driver exited the vehicle, threw the keys on the car’s hood, leapt over a barbed wire fence and ran off through the woods. Sgt. Threadgill issued the man a verbal command to stop but was ignored.  Sgt. Threadgill encountered the passenger walking in the area of CR 2169 later in the day and made contact with him. The man smelled strongly of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet, had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. Brandon Keen, 27, of Quitman was arrested for the offense of public intoxication and transported to jail without incident. The evading driver was spotted several times walking in the same area but continued to evade every time contact was attempted. This case has been forwarded to an investigator.

 

Deputy Dustin Moffett took a burglary of a building report from J & M Storage located at the intersection of FM 2869 and FM 14. The complainant stated that her storage unit had been broken into sometime between March 15 and May 5. Items stolen from the unit include a tool chest, miscellaneous tools, cleaners, paint and a 10 x 10 canopy. This case has been assigned to an investigator.

 

Other calls on this day include:

Alba area – a request to speak to an officer and a welfare check request.

Hawkins area – a report of a vehicle blocking the roadway.

Mineola area – one business alarm call and one residential alarm call; a dispute and a request to speak to an officer.

Quitman area – a residential alarm call; a criminal trespass call; a dispute; two disturbances; a noise disturbance; a request to speak to an officer; a report of suspicious activity and a transport.

Winnsboro area – an agency assist; a criminal trespass call; a dispute; a report of 4 donkeys out and a structure fire.

Yantis area – a burglary of a building.

 

May 6

Deputy David Hitt was dispatched to CR 1550 for a burglary of a building. The complainant stated that sometime in the past week, someone had stolen two five gallon gas cans with gas and a large Poulan chain saw in a black case from her unlocked storage building. The case has been assigned to an investigator.

 

Deputy Hitt also took a burglary of a building report from a residence on CR 1388. A storage building was entered through an opening where an air conditioner had once been and a pressure washer was stolen. This case has been passed on to an investigator.

 

Deputy Brad Cates took a burglary of a building report from New Hope Church on Hwy 80 in Hawkins. The complainant stated that the west rear door of the church had apparently been forced open causing damage to the door frame and there were signs that cabinets, drawers and closets had been gone through. The complainant was uncertain if anything was missing due to the pastor being out of town. Information was obtained regarding a possible suspect and the information has been forwarded to investigators.

 

Lt. Robert Holland took a burglary report from a location on Highway 80 east in the Hawkins area. The complainant stated that the house at that location had been vacant for some time as the owner was recently deceased and the house still contained all of the deceased owner’s property. The complainant also advised that he and another family member had come to the location a week prior and secured the doors with padlocks. As Lt. Holland was taking the report he observed that a window screen had been cut and a window was open. The complainant also stated that due to the fact that he was not the executor of the estate he would be unable to determine if anything was missing from inside the residence. A small shed located behind the house was inspected and found to be secure. Lt. Holland photographed the scene and the case was closed pending notification from family members that items are indeed missing.

 

Deputies Aaron Warren and Donivan South responded to a burglary of a habitation call from FM 1801 in the Mineola area. The complainant met deputies outside and stated that she had arrived at the residence to find the door damaged from forced entry. The deputies made entry and cleared the residence for safety. The complainant advised that the house, which belonged to her father who was deceased, had sat empty for the last 3 – 4 years while in a probate situation.  An examination of the property showed that copper wiring had been cut and removed in the house and attic and the inside air conditioning unit had the copper tubing removed. Photographs were taken of the residence and forwarded to CID.

 

Deputy David Hitt took a theft report from the area of CR 4141. The complainant stated that sometime in the last few days, someone had entered his storage area (which is only enclosed on three sides) and removed a Yamaha generator, a Hitachi radial arm saw, a Dewalt auto chuck drill and a Dewalt Sawzall in a black case. The case has been assigned to an investigator.

 

Lt. Robert Holland took a report of a stolen RV from a location on Hwy 17. The complainant stated that he had moved the RV to the property approximately a year prior and his son had just recently leveled the RV in preparation to live in it. The RV was now missing, along with the jack stands that had elevated it. The sewer pipes had also been disconnected and left lying on the ground. Information about possible suspects was gathered and forwarded to the investigator assigned to the case.

 

Other calls on this day include:

Alba area – no additional calls.

Hawkins area – a report of child abuse; a civil call and a report of suspicious activity.

Mineola area – two commercial alarm calls; a report of criminal mischief; a motorist assist; a request to speak to an officer; a report of suspicious activity and a report of a suspicious vehicle.

Quitman area – a criminal trespass report.

Winnsboro area – a report of a dog problem and a report of suspicious activity.

Yantis area – a theft report.

 

May 7

Deputy Donivan South was dispatched to a residence on CR 3486 in the Hawkins area for a burglary of a habitation. The complainant stated that he was in the process of remodeling the house and had returned after an absence of a few days to find that someone had stolen a 3-piece Samurai sword set. The complainant further stated that when he arrived at the residence the front door was still locked but upon inspection the door was discovered to have sustained damage apparently from a sledge hammer found discarded at the scene.  This case has been forwarded to an investigator.

 

Deputy Aaron Warren took a theft report from a student at Jarvis Christian College. The student advised that her purse had been stolen from her dorm room which she had left unlocked as the school had not yet given her a key. The purse was described as being made of beige canvas material with “Juicy Couture” lettering on the outside. This case is now in the hands of investigators.

 

Other calls on this day include:

Alba area – no additional calls.

Hawkins area – a report of cruelty of animals and a request to speak to an officer.

Mineola area – an agency assist; two residential alarm calls; a report of shots fired and a report of suspicious activity.

Winnsboro area – an agency assist; a criminal trespass call; a report of a dog problem; a report of horses out and a report of a suspicious person.

Yantis area – a report of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and a welfare check request.

 

May 8

Deputy Dustin Moffett was dispatched to a structure fire on CR 1600 in the Alba area. Alba Fire Department was already on scene when Moffett arrived. Moffett spoke with the homeowner who stated that she had noticed flames and smoke coming from the laundry room and ran next door to get her daughter. Both women tried to extinguish the fire unsuccessfully before calling for the fire department. No additional information is available at this time.

 

Deputy Moffett also took a theft report from a man on CR 2590 in the Mineola area who stated that someone had stolen approximately 40 solar lights from his front yard. This case has been assigned to an investigator.

 

Sgt. Carolyn Tanner took a medication theft report from a walk-in complainant who stated that someone had taken 8 bottles of prescription medication from his home on CR 3811 in the Hawkins area. The man also stated that he sometimes leaves his residence unlocked when he is not home. An incident report was made for documentation purposes.

 

Other calls on this day include:

Alba area – an agency assist; a report of child abuse; a report of found property (drug paraphernalia) and a missing person report.

Hawkins area – a residential alarm call; a report of horses out; a request to speak to an officer and a welfare check request.

Mineola area – an agency assist; a civil call; a report of cows out; a report of cruelty of animals; a report of found property; a public nuisance call; a report of suspicious activity and a theft report.

Winnsboro area – a report of child abuse; a dog problem call; a report of a reckless driver and a report of suspicious activity.

Yantis area – a civil call.

 

CID Summary

Sgt. Carolyn Tanner closed a total of six cases during the past week. Sgt. Kyle Henson obtained an arrest warrant in one case and closed an additional 15 cases.

Rusty Pruitt has been arrested and charged with the theft of two 4-wheelers and the burglary of two homes in the Little Sandy Hunting and Fishing Club after new evidence surfaced last week.

Sgt. Jacob Richardson obtained an arrest warrant for Ray Gover of Quitman for the theft of $150.00 from a victim in the Clear Lakes area. Mr. Gover was subsequently arrested.

Sgt. Brian Andrews obtained a felony arrest warrant on James Swann for theft of copper.

 

Call Summary

911 Hang up (2)

Abandoned Vehicle ()

Accident Minor ()

Accidental Death ()

Agency Assist (6)

Alarm (11)

Animal General ()

Arson ()

Assault (4)

Assault by Contact ()

Attempted Suicide ()

ATV on Roadway ()

Burglary of a Building (7)

Burglary of a Habitation (7)

Burglary of a Motor Vehicle ()

Burn Ban ()

Child Abuse (3)

Child Custody (5)

Civil (5)

Cows Out (7)

Credit Card Abuse ()

Criminal Mischief (5)

Criminal Trespass (10)

Cruelty of Animals (2)

Deadly Conduct ()

Death Notification ()

Debris ()

Disorderly Conduct (1)

Dispute (6)

Disturbance (3)

Dog Bite (1)

Dog Problem (7)

Drag Racing ()

Drug Offenses ()

Dumping (2)

Elderly Abuse ()

Emergency Notification ()

Evading Arrest (1)

Explosion ()

Fireworks ()

Found Bones ()

Found Property (3)

Fraud ()

Funeral Escort ()

Gunshot ()

Harboring a Runaway ()

Harassment (3)

Horses Out (6)

Hospice Death ()

Identity Theft (1)

Incident (4)

Indecent Exposure ()

Indecency ()

Information (2)

Injury to a Child ()

Inquest ()

Juvenile Dispute (1)

Juvenile Transport ()

Lost Property ()

Mental (1)

Missing Person (5)

Missing Property ()

Motorist Assist (2)

No Driver’s License ()

Noise Disturbance (3)

Other (1)

Overdose ()

Pasture Party ()

Pedestrian in the Roadway ()

Phone Harassment (6)

Possession of Controlled Substance (2)

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia ()

Possession of Marijuana ()

Prowler ()

Public Intoxication (2)

Public Nuisance (1)

Reckless Driver (1)

Recovered Property ()

Recovered Vehicle ()

Request to Speak to Officer (9)

Robbery ()

Runaway ()

Scam (1)

School Bus ()

Sex Offender (1)

Sexual Assault (1)

Sexual Assault of a Child (1)

Shots Fired (4)

Snake ()

Stolen Property ()

Stolen Vehicle ()

Structure Fire (2)

Suspicious Activity (12)

Suspicious Person (3)

Suspicious Vehicle (4)

Tampering ()

Terroristic Threat ()

Theft (10)

Theft of Copper (1)

Theft of Livestock ()

Traffic Stop (5)

Transport (5)

Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle (2)

Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon ()

Vehicle Blocking Roadway (1)

Vehicle Fire ()

Violation of Bond Conditions ()

Violation of Protective Order (2)

Warrants (3)

Welfare Check (6)

 

Total Calls   211

 

Call Summary by Area

Alba                         21

Hawkins                    33

Mineola                     52

Quitman                    57

Winnsboro               31

Yantis                        13

 

Current Jail Population

Males               76

Females           13

Bookings                      44

Releases                       40

 
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