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Wood County Sheriff's Report
Written by Clayton Neville   
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 07:02

Wood County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff’s Report

3/7/13 through 3/13/13

March 7

Deputy David Hitt arrested Timothy Adair, 25, of Quitman for driving while license invalid and possession of marijuana under two ounces, following a traffic stop on Highway 80. Adair was stopped for speeding.

 

Deputy Brad Cates arrested Gary L. Muro, 31, of Odessa for public intoxication following reports of a man walking in the roadway on FM 17 north of Alba. Cates observed that the man was unsteady on his feet and had trouble standing up without holding onto something. Muro was also confused and stated that he believed he was in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and did not know where Wood County was located. At approximately the same time, Deputy Kevin Atkinson was taking a report from a man who stated that his girlfriend had encountered Muro while driving on Fm 17 when he jumped into the roadway waving his arms. While she was attempting to determine if the man was in need of help, Muro became hostile and struck the vehicle with his hands and chest as it was driving away. The driver of the car declined to file charges as the car did not sustain any damage.

 

Deputy Cates also took a report from a man on Highway 154 east in the Quitman area who stated that he had heard a gunshot and noticed his neighbor was outside. The complainant stated that a verbal altercation ensued between the two and ended with the neighbor threatening to kill the complainant’s dogs. Deputy Cates spoke with all parties, and at the complainant’s request, a criminal trespass warning was issued to the man’s neighbor.

 

Deputy Kevin Atkinson was dispatched to CR 4849 in the Winnsboro area for a theft. The complainant stated that he had been away from his residence for several days and upon his return noticed that several items were missing from outside his residence including a power washer and speaker boxes. This case was forwarded to investigators.

 

Other calls on this day include a complaint about goats in the Hawkins area; a civil dispute in the Mineola area; a report of cows out in the Alba area; a report of starving horses in the Mineola area; a dog problem call from the Quitman area and a copper theft report from the Mineola area.

 

March 8

Deputy Misty Burns took a report from a woman in the Winnsboro area who stated that she had received a call from her credit card company informing her that her credit had been placed on hold due to recent activity on the card not being consistent with her normal spending patterns. Purchases, of which the cardholder was unaware, totaling over $1,000, were made in the Tyler area. The case has been assigned to an investigator.

 

Deputy Chris Turner was dispatched to CR 2430 in the Mineola area in reference to a disturbance in progress. Turner arrived at the location to find that a disabled woman had been physically assaulted by her daughter following a verbal altercation between the two women. The daughter had also removed the phone from her mother as she was speaking with a 911 operator and attempting to get help. A third female at the residence, identified as the mother of the assaulted woman, was a witness to the event. Shelby Elayne Adams, 17, of Mineola was arrested for the offense of injury to child/elderly/disabled with intent bodily injury, a third degree felony, and was later also charged with interfering with an emergency call.

 

Deputy Austin Cryer was dispatched to a residence on CR 1678 in the Alba area for a theft. The complainant stated that a go-cart and wood splitter were taken from outside his residence sometime while he was away. The case had been assigned to an investigator.

 

Other calls on this day include two agency assists in the Alba and Winnsboro areas; a residential alarm call in the Hawkins area; one child abuse report in the Mineola area; four calls concerning cows out in the Winnsboro, Alba and Quitman areas; a reported dispute that turned out to be a civil matter in the Mineola area; a disturbance in the Hawkins area; a report from the Winnsboro area of a woman acting irrationally after her medication was changed and not yet regulated; a sexual assault of a child in the Yantis area; a report of shots fired from the Winnsboro area that was attributed to a man safely shooting gofers; and two welfare checks in the Mineola and Quitman areas.

March 9

Deputy Josh O’Grady met with a complainant at the Sheriff’s Office who stated that her two storage units, located on FM 2869 in the Hawkins area, had been broken into and numerous items including household furniture and appliances had been stolen. A list of missing items, as well as suspects, was provided and investigators will be working the case from this point forward.

 

Deputy Dustin Moffett was dispatched to Wisener Airport for a report of criminal mischief. Moffett was advised by the complainant that someone had damaged a Cessna airplane in a failed attempt to pry open the doors. The airplane is stored at the airport, outside under a shield and checked daily by the complainant. Photos were taken of the damaged doors and forwarded to CID for investigation.

 

Deputy Austin Cryer was dispatched to a residence on CR 2315 for a criminal trespass. Cryer made contact with the complainant who stated that the man on her property had been criminally trespassed off her property in 2011. Raymond Kyle Burden, 50, of Canton was arrested for the offense of criminal trespass and transported to jail.

 

Deputy Cryer was also dispatched to a structure fire on CR 2650 in the Mineola area. The fire, in a tin barn on the property, was discovered several hours after an earlier fire was put out. Welding in the barn had caused insulation in the building to catch fire and was extinguished, but had apparently rekindled. Mineola Volunteer Fire Department had the blaze well under control when the deputy arrived.

 

Deputy William Burge was dispatched to Crossroads General Store in the Yantis area for a gas drive-off. Clerks at the store stated that a man, who was known to them, came into the store and attempted to pay for $73.00 worth of gas with a check. The customer was told that the store would not accept a check as payment as they were already holding a returned check on him and had unsuccessfully attempted to notify him of the returned check due to him refusing the certified mail used for notification. The man became angry, slammed down the check and left the business. The case has been forwarded to investigators.

 

Other calls on this day include three alarm calls in the Yantis, Hawkins and Mineola areas; a report of an assault in the Winnsboro area; a burglary of a habitation in the Mineola area; two reports of cows out near the Rains County line; three criminal trespass reports from the Winnsboro, Quitman and Alba areas; a report of a disturbance in the Winnsboro area in which an intoxicated woman was threatening people; a report of dumping in the Alba area; a report of an explosion in the Mineola area; three noise disturbance calls in the Alba and Mineola areas; two reports of a prowler in the Mineola area; a report from the Hawkins area from a man who was receiving text messages he believed were a scam; a report of suspicious activity in the Alba area in which a teenager parked his vehicle and walked through the woods to get home, unseen, after curfew and two welfare checks in the Hawkins area.

 

March 10

Deputies Dustin Moffett and Josh O’Grady were dispatched to a residence on FM 14 for a child custody dispute.  The complainant advised that she had taken her grandson to the ER after finding bruises on him during a bath. CPS was notified by ER staff due to the severity of the bruising and subsequently granted temporary custody of the boy to his grandmother. The child’s mother was now demanding she be allowed to pick up the boy and had threatened the boy’s grandmother verbally by phone and then shown up at the residence. The woman had left the residence by the time deputies arrived and the complainant did not wish to pursue charges.

 

Deputy William Burge was dispatched to a residence on CR 1830 in Yantis for a report of an intoxicated person. Burge was informed upon his arrival that the woman had left the residence and he was provided with a vehicle description and partial license plate number. Burge located the suspect vehicle stopped at a nearby intersection and made contact with the driver who displayed several signs of intoxication. The woman’s spouse arrived on scene and was allowed to take custody of his wife. The vehicle was released to the woman’s son.

 

Sgt. Sam Threadgill and Deputy Austin Cryer were dispatched to a report of shots fired on CR 2650 in the Mineola area and were provided a description of a vehicle driven by the suspects. Cryer was able to intercept the vehicle on his way to the location and initiated a traffic stop. Inspection of the vehicle revealed open containers of alcohol and a large amount of unopened containers. All four occupants of the vehicle were below the legal drinking age and were issued citations for minor in possession of alcohol. All alcohol was ordered poured out on the ground. Deputies also located the shotgun alleged used to fire the shots that resulted in the initial call.

 

Deputy Chris Turner responded to a call of suspicious activity at a residence on CR 4249 in the Winnsboro area. The complainant stated that while home baking bread, she had heard a loud noise at the door and thought someone was trying to come in. The woman further stated that she screamed and did not hear anything after that. Turner was able to locate a dent in the bottom of an exterior door and noted that several items had been knocked off the wall due to the force used on the door. Turner did not find that anything else had been tampered with and extra patrol was provided to the area.

 

Other calls on this day include a report of an abandoned vehicle in the Yantis area; an agency assist in the Hawkins area; two civil complaints in the Mineola and Winnsboro areas; a criminal mischief report in the Winnsboro area; a disturbance call in the Mineola area that turned out to be a misunderstanding; a report of a dog bite in the Mineola area; a call reporting drag racing in the Alba area; a call of horses out in the Mineola area; two successful warrants services and a welfare check in the Winnsboro area in which a man was allegedly cutting himself.

 

March 11

Deputy Heath Richardson was dispatched to a residence on PR 6125 in the Quitman area for a burglary of a vehicle. The complainant stated that her vehicle had been broken into sometime during the night and multiple items including sports equipment, books, money and an asthma inhaler were stolen. Also missing were an iPad and charger that were issued by Quitman ISD. Richardson photographed the inside and outside of the vehicle and the case has been forwarded to CID for investigation.

 

Lt. Robert Holland took a report from a walk-in complainant that stated that while performing background checks on herself and her employees she found that an unknown person had checked her credit report and performed a background check on her. She also stated that an address in another town has her name associated with it and she is concerned that someone may be using her identity. The woman also provided the name of a possible suspect.

 

Deputy Heath Richardson took a report from a woman at a residence on CR 2117 in the Quitman area who stated that her son’s bicycle had been stolen from under the carport and although there were several other bicycles next to her son’s, only the one bicycle was taken. Richardson photographed the area from which the bicycle was taken and the case has been forwarded to investigators.

 

Other calls on this day include two residential and one business alarm calls in the Winnsboro and Quitman areas; a report of ATV’s on the roadway in the Alba area; a civil complaint in which a man claimed his wife stole his truck; a report of cows out in the Mineola area; two criminal mischief calls concerning smashed mailboxes in the Alba and Mineola areas; a death notification on behalf of the Pennsylvania State Police; a dog problem complaint in the Winnsboro area; a report of a reckless driver in the Yantis area; a report of suspicious activity in the Winnsboro area and a report of a suspicious vehicle in the Quitman area.

 

March 12

Deputy David Hitt was dispatched to a report of a grass fire on CR 3875 in the Pine Mills area. Hitt was advised by the property owner that he had been cutting down pine trees which were infested with pine beetles and burning them when the fire got away from him and burned grass and brush not only on his property, but on a neighbor’s property as well. The owner of the other property that was burned lives out of the area. Hitt was provided with a phone number for the man but was unable to make contact with him at the time.

 

Deputy Brad Cates took a report of a missing person from a residence on CR 2276 in the Mineola area. The complainant stated that she had not seen or heard from her husband and juvenile son since approximately 6:30 the previous evening when they left to go fishing. She also stated that her husband has gone missing for weeks at a time, but has never taken their son with him. A BOLO (be on the lookout) for the missing man and child was issued.

 

Deputy Heath Richardson was dispatched to a residence on CR 3440 in the Hawkins area for a report of a dispute among neighbors. The complainant stated that his neighbor had come onto his property and demanded he return items to her that had been given to him by the neighbor’s husband. When the complainant stated that he would not, the woman went into his basement and attempted to retrieve the items. When told to stop and return to her property, the suspect began cussing the man and his family and friends. The daughter of the complainant’s friend began filming the incident using her cell phone and the woman threatened her with a pocket knife. Nancy Stringer, 51, of Hawkins was arrested for the offense of assault by threat and transported to jail.

 

Other calls on this day include an agency assist in the Mineola area; a residential alarm call in the Winnsboro area; a report of ATV’s on the roadway from the Alba area; a burglary of a building in the Hawkins area; a report of child abuse in the Winnsboro area; two reports of cows out in the Winnsboro and Quitman areas; a criminal trespass complaint in the Mineola area; a disturbance call in the Quitman area; a report of horses out in the Mineola area; an inquest in the Winnsboro area; a noise disturbance in the Winnsboro area; a report of a pasture party in the Mineola area in which all underage drinkers were released to their parents/guardians; a report of phone harassment from the Winnsboro area; a request to speak to an officer from the Mineola area; four theft reports in the Mineola, Hawkins and Yantis areas and two welfare checks in the Mineola area.

 

March 13

 

Deputy Dustin Moffett was dispatched to a location on CR 3940 in the Mineola area for a burglary of a habitation in which three guns were stolen. The complainant stated that he believes entry was made through an unlocked back door. Serial numbers were recorded, photographs taken and the case had been assigned to an investigator.

 

Deputy Austin Cryer was dispatched to a home on Evening Shadows Trail in Holly Lake Ranch for a burglary of a habitation in which multiple items were taken including jewelry and electronics. Entry into the residence was apparently made by prying open a side door. Evidence was collected at the scene and turned over to investigators for processing.

 

Deputy Josh O’Grady was dispatched to the Exxon Mobile Plant in the Hawkins area for a theft of copper. Approximately 1,000 feet of copper wire with black insulation on a wooden spool was taken. This case has been forwarded to CID for continued investigation.

 

Other calls on this day include a report of an abandoned vehicle partially blocking the roadway in the Winnsboro area; two agency assists in the Winnsboro and Mineola areas; two residential and one commercial alarm calls in the Mineola and Winnsboro area; a report of ATV’s on the roadway in the Alba area; a child custody issue in the Yantis area; five reports of cows out in the Mineola, Quitman, Winnsboro and Yantis areas; a criminal trespass call in the Hawkins area; a walk-in report of fraud; a report of an underage drinking party in the Quitman area; two sex offender checks in the Mineola area; a report of suspicious vehicles in the Winnsboro area and a welfare check in the Winnsboro area.

 

CID Summary

Investigator Carolyn Tanner was able to close 14 cases and assisted another agency process a crime scene.

 

Call Summary

Abandoned Vehicle (2)

Agency Assist (5)

Alarm (10)

Animal General (2)

Assault (4)

ATV on Roadway (3)

Burglary of a Building (2)

Burglary of a Habitation (3)

Burglary of a Motor Vehicle (1)

Child Abuse (2)

Child Custody (2)

Civil (4)

Cows Out (15)

Credit Card Abuse (1)

Criminal Mischief (5)

Criminal Trespass (7)

Cruelty of Animals (1)

Death Notification (1)

Dispute (3)

Disturbance (4)

Dog Bite (1)

Dog Problem (2)

Domestic Disturbance (1)

Drag Racing (1)

Driving While License invalid (1)

Drug Offenses (2)

Dumping (1)

Explosion (1)

Fraud (1)

Grass Fire (1)

Horses Out (3)

Identity Theft (1)

Incident (1)

Information (1)

Injury to a Child (1)

Inquest (1)

Interference (1)

Juvenile Transport (1)

Mental (2)

Minor in Possession (3)

Missing Person (1)

Noise Disturbance (4)

Overdose (1)

Pasture Party (1)

Phone Harassment (1)

Possession of Marijuana (3)

Prowler (3)

Public Intoxication (2)

Reckless Driver (1)

Request to Speak to Officer (3)

Scam (1)

Sex Offender (2)

Sexual Assault of a Child (1)

Shots Fired (2)

Structure Fire (1)

Suspicious Activity (5)

Suspicious Vehicle (2)

Terroristic Threat (1)

Theft (10)

Theft of Copper (2)

Traffic Stop (3)

Transport (4)

Vehicle Blocking Roadway (1)

Warrants (5)

Welfare Check (8)

 

Total Calls   164

 

Call Summary by Area

Alba                          20

Hawkins                    27

Mineola                     49

Quitman                    24

Winnsboro               31

Yantis                        13

 

Current Jail Population

Males               65                                                                                                                    Females           9

Bookings            43

Releases            46

 
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