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Wood County Sheriff's Report
Written by Clayton Neville   
Tuesday, 09 April 2013 06:59

Wood County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff’s Report

3/28/13 through 4/3/13

 

March 28

Deputy Josh O’Grady was dispatched to CR 2660 in the Mineola area for a burglary of a building. The complainant stated that a volt meter was missing from underneath the seat of his truck which was in an unlocked building. Information was gathered about a possible suspect in the case and forwarded to investigators.

 

Deputy Dustin Moffett was dispatched to a residence on a private road in the Mineola area where a woman claimed she was robbed the previous day by three men, two of whom she was familiar with. The complainant stated that the three men had pushed their way into her residence and demanded that she return items to one of them. The woman informed them that she did not have the items they were looking for and the men pushed her into a chair. Two of the men proceeded to look through the bedrooms, presumably for the items they claimed the woman was in possession of. Not finding the items they were searching for, the men took a laptop computer and a cell phone instead while the third man implored the two men to “back off”. All three men left the residence at that time. The complainant further stated that she did not notify the Sheriff’s Department at the time this occurred due to the fact that she believed she could handle the situation herself and get her stolen property back.

 

Deputy Moffett also took a report of a burglary of a habitation from a woman on CR 3870 in the Hawkins area. The woman stated that her residence had been broken into some time in the past two weeks but couldn’t be sure of the exact date due to the fact that she is not currently residing at the residence. Entry into the residence is believed to have occurred through a bedroom window that does not lock. Missing from the residence was a Milwaukee Sawzall and a tool bag with miscellaneous tools.

 

Deputy Moffett also took a report of burglary of a habitation at a residence on Lakewood Circle in the Hawkins area. The complainant stated that his home had been burglarized sometime during the two and a half hours he was away from it. Medications had been pulled from a cabinet and thrown onto the stovetop. Prescription medications were missing, some of which belonged to the man’s wife who passed away some time ago. Also missing from the residence was one H & K 91 rifle and multiple items of jewelry. The man also pointed out that the rifle had been removed from a closet that also contained multiple guns that had not been disturbed. Photos were taken of the residence and the back door, where entry is believed to have been gained. Investigators will work the case from this point on.

 

Deputy William Burge was dispatched to a residence on CR 4660 in the Winnsboro area for a burglary of a habitation. The complainant stated that unknown person(s) had entered his rent house and removed most of the copper wiring. The complainant gave information about a possible suspect which was forwarded to CID.

 

Deputy Josh O’Grady was dispatched to a residence on CR 3978 in the Winnsboro area for a burglary of a habitation. The complainant stated that he had just returned from out of town to find that several guns and boxes of ammunition were missing from his home. No signs of forced entry were observed. The scene was photographed and checked for latent prints. Investigators will continue to work the case.

 

Deputy O’Grady also took a report of criminal trespass of a habitation from a complainant on CR 3298 in the Winnsboro area. The man stated that someone had entered a residence on his property but had not taken anything, only moved items around.   A report was made for documentation purposes.

 

Deputy Austin Cryer was dispatched to a residence on FM 778 in the Quitman area for a burglary of a habitation. The complainant stated that someone had entered the residence by prying open the back door and multiple items, including musical instruments and electronics were missing. Deputy Cryer took down information about a possible suspect and the case was forwarded to investigators.

 

Other calls on this day include an agency assist in the Quitman area; an assault in the Winnsboro area; a report of child abuse from the Hawkins area; two reports of cows out in the Quitman area; a report of criminal mischief from the Hawkins area; two reports of criminal trespass from the Winnsboro and Mineola areas; a dog bite report from the Mineola area; a report of elderly abuse from the Winnsboro area; a grass fire in the Mineola area; a report of a suspicious person in the Mineola area; a suspicious vehicle in the Mineola area; a terroristic threat report from the Alba area and a welfare check request in the Winnsboro area.

 

March 29

Deputy Heath Richardson took a burglary of a habitation report from a complainant on CR 4470 in the Winnsboro area. The complainant stated that he had returned to his residence after an extended absence to find that the residence had been broken into and several items were missing. Items stolen include car and golf cart batteries, a 12 volt wench, a 12 volt tire inflator, chainsaw, nail gun, power cords from multiple electronic appliances and more. Copper tubing was also missing from underneath the sinks. Entry appeared to have been gained by tearing off a piece of side panel and cutting a small hole in the subfloor. The scene was photographed and the report forwarded to investigators.

 

Deputy Kevin Atkinson was dispatched to a residence on CR 3340 in the Hawkins area for a burglary of a habitation. The complainant stated that he had returned to his residence after an extended absence to find that the residence had been broken into and items were missing from both inside and outside the residence. Entry appeared to have been gained through a back door as both the frame and lock mechanism were found damaged. Items missing from the residence include waterfowl hunting equipment, flashlight, two headlamps, a Honda open body ATV and trickle charger, and a leather case containing an antique ceremonial heirloom shovel.

 

Atkinson also took a report of theft from a second residence on CR 3340 in which the complainant returned to his residence after a brief absence to find two open body ATVs missing. The man was able to locate one of the ATVs approximately 50 yards behind his house but was unable to locate the second one. There were no signs that the residence was entered and the complainant stated that the keys are normally kept in the ATVs. Model and serial numbers were recorded so that the ATV could be entered as stolen.

All evidence in this case has been forwarded to investigators who are working multiple burglaries in the area.

 

Deputy Brad Cates was dispatched to Wilson Paving on FM 2869 in the Hawkins area for a report of a man destroying property and waving a large piece of wood around. Deputy Cates arrived on scene to find the suspect in the act of attempting to break a car window and commanded the man to stop. The man refused to divulge why he was destroying property and simply stated that he was trying to “preach the word of Jesus Christ”. Cates observed multiple broken windows at the business and items taken from the shop scattered where they had apparently been thrown toward the road. The business owner provided a list of all damaged items, the value of which exceeded $11,000. Timothy Myers Poole, 35, Hawkins, was arrested for the offense of criminal mischief and transported to jail.

 

Deputy Aaron Warren took a report of theft from a complainant on CR 4985 in the Winnsboro area who stated that someone had stolen five cattle panels from his pasture. The complainant further stated that the panels had been taken sometime in the past five days and were old and lightweight. The panels had been located approximately 120 yards out in the pasture behind a gate that was not locked, simply secured with a chain catch. This case will be worked by CID investigators.

 

Other calls on this day include an agency assist in the Mineola area; a commercial alarm call in the Mineola area; an attempted suicide in the Winnsboro area; a report of cows out in the Mineola area; an unfounded report of animal cruelty in the Hawkins area; a report of illegal dumping on county property in the Winnsboro area; a report of horses out in the Mineola area; a report of shots fired in the Hawkins area; three reports of suspicious vehicle in the Mineola, Quitman and Yantis areas and two reports of terroristic threat from the Yantis and Alba areas.

 

March 30

Deputies Donivan South, Heath Richardson and Heather Bailey were dispatched to a residence on CR 2298 for a burglary of a habitation. The complainant advised that she was at her father’s residence packing up his belongings when she witnessed a male subject, who appeared to be carrying a rifle, walk from her sister’s residence next door and into the woods. Deputies were able to locate a man in the woods that proved to be in possession of items stolen from the residence. Kristopher Corey Pitre, 35, of Alba, was arrested for the offense of theft of property over $500, under $1500 and unlawfully carrying a weapon and was transported to jail.

 

Deputy Aaron Warren took a report of theft from a well site on CR 4150 in the Quitman area. The complainant stated that 42 joints of pipe had been taken from the location earlier in the year but it was not reported. The complainant also stated that he decided to report it at this time due to the fact that there have been other thefts in the area. A report was completed and forwarded to CID.

 

Other calls on this day include three agency assists in the Mineola, Yantis and Winnsboro areas; a residential alarm call in the Winnsboro area; a report of cows jumping the cattle guard in the Quitman area; a criminal trespass from the Quitman area; a report of cruelty to animals in the Winnsboro area; two disturbance reports in the Winnsboro and Hawkins areas; a report of a gunshot wound that was the result of a hunting accident, determined to have happened in another county; a noise disturbance call from the Winnsboro area; two reports of shots fired from the Mineola and Alba areas; a report of suspicious activity in the Quitman area; a suspicious vehicle in the Alba area and a terroristic threat in the Quitman area.

 

March 31

Deputy Heath Richardson was stopped at the intersection of FM 778 and FM 49 when he witnessed a small gray passenger car strike the stop sign while attempting to turn onto FM 778. The car backed up, and then proceeded south on FM 778. Richardson initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver of the car who stated that she was “seeing triple” due to medication she was taking. The woman was also observed to be very unsteady on her feet. DPS and an ambulance were dispatched to the scene. The woman was found to be intoxicated and was subsequently arrested. Dorma Christine Moss, 52, of Mineola, was arrested by DPS for the offense of driving while intoxicated.

 

Deputy Donivan South was dispatched to a residence on CR 2336 in the Mineola area for a burglary of a habitation. The complainant stated that his daughter and her boyfriend had entered his residence and removed a computer valued at $3,000. Before South could finish taking the report and clear the scene, the daughter arrived back at the residence and returned the computer. At the complainant’s request, a criminal trespass warning was issued to the daughter’s boyfriend.

 

Deputy David Hitt was dispatched to a residence on CR 4460 in the Winnsboro area for a burglary of a habitation. The complainant advised that sometime in the past few days someone had forced open the door to the house he had been renting. Missing from the residence was boxes of baby clothes and some toys. Pieces of a bed frame and the water heater from the residence were found scattered along the road ditch. Deputy Hitt noted the strong smell of diesel fumes throughout the residence and located a burned spot in one room where it appeared someone had attempted to burn the residence. Sgt. Investigator Jacob Richardson was called to the scene and assisted with evidence collection. The case will be forwarded to the Fire Marshal and CID investigators.

 

Other calls on this day include four agency assists in the Mineola, Quitman, and Yantis areas; a residential alarm call in the Alba area; a report of child abuse from the Quitman area; four reports of cows out in the Hawkins, Winnsboro and Alba areas; a report of criminal mischief in which kids were throwing rocks at cars in the Mineola area; a report of a dog bite in the Winnsboro area; a noise disturbance involving three explosions in the Mineola area and a report of a suspicious person in the Hawkins area.

 

 

April 1

Deputy Chris Turner took an assault report from a woman who stated that she had been assaulted by her boyfriend. Turner spoke with both parties and noted inconsistencies in both stories. All information was forwarded to CID for investigation. The woman later notified investigators that she did not wish to pursue charges.

 

Deputy David Hitt responded to an alarm call at the scrap yard on Highway 80 in the Mineola area. Mineola Police Department also responded to the call and arrived prior to Hitt to find an open front door. The Mineola unit cleared the building and found no one inside. Evidence was photographed at the scene and will be turned over to CID for continued investigation.

 

Deputy Josh O’Grady took a report of identity theft from a complainant who stated that he had been notified by his accountant that the IRS had rejected his tax return due to his social security number having already been used on a return. The accountant had already provided the complainant with paperwork to file identity theft with the IRS. A report was made of the incident for documentation purposes.

 

Deputy Dustin Moffett was dispatched to a residence on CR 1320 in the Quitman area for an incident in which the homeowner had found what he believed to be a bullet hole in the side window of his residence. The complainant stated that he found a small hole in one of his window blinds and after raising the blinds, found a corresponding larger hole in the window. The man was unsuccessful in finding the bullet that caused the hole and just wanted the incident documented.

 

Moffet was also dispatched to the bridge on CR 2100 for a report of suspicious activity. He arrived midmorning to find two men standing on the bridge outside their vehicles. Moffett was also able to see what appeared to be marijuana rolled in white paper on the hood of one of the vehicles. When questioned, one of the men admitted ownership of the suspected marijuana and gave the deputy consent to search his vehicle where drug paraphernalia was located. Alexander James Pringle, 22, of Quitman, was arrested for the offense of possession of marijuana, less than two ounces, and transported to jail.

 

Deputy William Burge was dispatched to a structure fire on CR 3480 in the Hawkins area. Burge arrived to find Hawkins Fire Department and Holly Lake Fire Department, as well as an officer with Hawkins Police Department on scene and the fire extinguished. A shed on the property, ignited when wind blew burning trash on the ground near it, was a total loss. The home was not damaged.

 

Deputy Austin Cryer arrested Donald Rutledge, 64, a transient, for the offense of terroristic threat. Cryer was dispatched to the home of Rutledge’s estranged wife who stated that he had been leaving threatening voicemails on her phone in which he threatened to do her harm. The woman was able to play the voicemails for Cryer and also provided a location where the man had been living in his truck. Deputy Cryer was able to locate the man, asleep in his truck, on CR 1426 at Lake Quitman. When questioned, the man readily admitted to calling his wife and leaving the threatening voicemails. The man was arrested and transported to jail.

 

Other calls on this day include two agency assists in the Winnsboro and Mineola areas; a report of an assault by threat from the Mineola area; a report of cows out in the Mineola area; four separate disturbance reports from the Mineola, Alba and Quitman areas; a report of a dog problem in the Mineola area; a report of found property from the Yantis area; a fraud report from the Mineola area; a report of harassment from the Mineola area; four reports of horses out in the Mineola area; a report of a sexual assault of a child in the Hawkins area; a report of shots fired in the Hawkins area; a suspicious person in the Alba area; two theft reports from the Winnsboro and Mineola area and a welfare check request in the Quitman area.  

 

April 2

Deputy Dustin Moffett was dispatched to a residence on CR 2749 in the Mineola area for a report of family violence. The victim advised that her husband had become physical with her following an argument. The suspect had left the residence prior to the deputy’s arrival. Photos were taken of the woman’s injuries and the case has been forwarded to CID for further investigation.

 

Deputy Moffett was also dispatched to a residence on FM 49 in the Mineola area for a burglary of a habitation. The complainant stated that she had arrived at one of her residences and found it had been broken into. The complainant further stated that she does not live at the residence and had not been there for a couple of weeks. Items were missing including appliances, furniture, hot water heater, air conditioners, and TVs. Copper wire had been ripped from the walls in many of the rooms as well. Photographs were taken throughout the house and placed with the case file to be handed over to an investigator.

 

Deputy Moffett was dispatched to the Key’s Creek RV Park in the Mineola area for a burglary of a habitation. The complainant stated that several items had been stolen from his trailer including a TV, two game consoles and a computer.  A pair of custom made pants that the complainant used for dancing had been cut and ripped. He was able to provide Moffett with a description of a vehicle seen at the residence earlier in the day. All information will be turned over to investigators.

 

Deputy Moffett was on routine patrol when he came upon a pickup parked in the roadway on CR 2260 on the Mineola area. Moffett approached the pickup and found that the motor was not running and a female appeared to be asleep behind the wheel. After repeatedly knocking on the window and yelling “hello”, the woman finally woke. When asked why she was parked in the roadway, the woman stated she was lost and trying to find her residence located in Quitman. The woman was confused and had trouble answering simple questions. The woman granted the deputy consent to search her vehicle where multiple items of drug paraphernalia were found. Amber Diane Adams, 29, of Quitman was arrested for the offense of possession of drug paraphernalia and transported to jail.

 

Deputy Austin Cryer was dispatched to an RV fire at Chaney Point RV Park on CR 1590 in the Alba area. Alba Fire Department had the blaze extinguished prior to the deputy’s arrival and gave the cause of the fire as being faulty refrigeration wiring. The owner of the RV resides elsewhere and attempts to contact him proved unsuccessful. Photographs were taken at the scene and forwarded to the Fire Marshal.

 

Sgt. Sam Threadgill and Deputy Chris Turner were dispatched to the Key’s Creek RV Park in the Mineola area for an assault. The victim stated that her live in boyfriend had head butted her in the midst of an argument and deputies noted injuries consistent with her story. Contact was made with the boyfriend who admitted that he became angry and head butted the woman. Hunter Cole Hobbs, 21, Mineola was arrested for the offense of assault causes bodily injury, family member, and transported to jail.

 

Deputy Turner took a report from a woman on CR 2179 in the Quitman area who stated that someone had stolen her son’s bicycle and an 18-pack of beer from the residence. Turner located the bicycle at a residence on the same county road and made contact with the homeowner who stated that the bicycle had been found near the ditch and, believing it belonged to her nephew, she had simply stood the bicycle up next to a tree. Deputy Turner returned the bicycle to its rightful owner. The investigation into the theft of the beer continues.

 

Other calls on this day include three agency assists in the Alba and Mineola areas; two alarm calls in the Winnsboro area; a report of ATVs on the roadway from the Alba area; a child endangerment call from the Winnsboro area involving a toddler in the roadway; two reports of cows out in the Mineola area; two criminal trespass calls from the Hawkins area; a dispute in the Alba area; three dog problem reports in the Mineola area; two reports of harassment from the Mineola area; a report of horses out in the Hawkins area; a report of a lost license plate from the Quitman area; a missing person report in the Mineola area; a prowler call in the Mineola area; a report of suspicious activity in the Alba area, suspicious person in the Winnsboro area and a suspicious vehicle in the Mineola area and a welfare check request in the Winnsboro area.

 

April 3

Deputy Heath Richardson was dispatched to a residence on FM 2869 in the Hawkins area to speak with a complainant who believes his phone is tapped. The complainant stated that he hears static on his phone line and the line went dead previously in the middle of a conversation. The complainant also played a recorded message for the deputy in which no voices were heard, only static. The man also stated that two phone calls to California showed up on his December phone bill and while he does have family in California, he does not recall making the calls. An incident report was made for documentation purposes.

 

Deputy Richardson was dispatched to a residence on CR 1560 in the Alba area for a theft report. The complainant stated that two cultivator wheels had been taken from the side of a metal building on his property. The case has been forwarded to investigators.

 

Other calls on this day include an agency assist in the Mineola area; a report of a verbal assault in the Winnsboro area; a report of child abuse in the Hawkins area; two civil calls in the Winnsboro and Quitman area; four reports of cows out in the Mineola, Winnsboro and Quitman areas; two cases of criminal trespass reported in the Hawkins and Alba areas; a report of cruelty to animals in the Quitman area; a dispute call in the Quitman area; five reports of dog problems, most involving pit bulls, from the Mineola, Yantis and Quitman areas; a report of found property in the Winnsboro area; a suspicious person report in the Mineola area; a suspicious vehicle report in the Quitman area; a terroristic threat report from the Winnsboro area and welfare check requests from the Yantis and Mineola areas.

 

 

CID Summary

On March 29, 2013, Sgt. Jacob Richardson and deputies with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office executed a narcotics search warrant at a residence on CR 1676 in the Alba area. This was the result of a lengthy narcotics investigation into the sale of methamphetamine from that residence. During the search of the home, multiple items were discovered that indicated that the home was being used as a selling point for methamphetamine including all the packaging material, and cutting material. Marvin Lee Carr, 56, of Alba was arrested April 3, 2013 in the Mineola area on an arrest warrant for delivery of a controlled substance stemming from this investigation.

Sgt. Richardson also cleared a 2012 case of a stolen four wheeler with the recovery of the four wheeler, and the subsequent return to its rightful owner. Richardson was also able to close eight additional cases.

Sgt. Carolyn Tanner assisted with the narcotics search warrant and spent the week working a homicide investigation. She was able to close one additional case as well.

Sgt. Kyle Henson was able to close eight cases and continues to work several active investigations.

Wood County investigators also assisted in the Hopkins County manhunt.

 

 

Call Summary

Agency Assist (14)

Alarm (5)

Animal General (1)

Assault (4)

Assault by Threat (1)

Attempted Suicide (1)

ATV on Roadway (1)

Burglary of a Building (2)

Burglary of a Habitation (8)

Child Abuse (2)

Child Endangerment (1)

Civil (4)

Cows Out (13)

Criminal Mischief (3)

Criminal Trespass (9)

Cruelty of Animals (3)

Dispute (2)

Disturbance (7)

Dog Problem (9)

Drug Offenses (1)

Dumping (1)

Emergency Notification (1)

Found Property (2)

Fraud (1)

Gunshot (1)

Harassment (3)

Horses Out (6)

Identity Theft (1)

Incident (6)

Information (1)

Lost Property (1)

Missing Person (1)

Murder (1)

Noise Disturbance (2)

Other (3)

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (1)

Possession of Marijuana (1)

Prowler (2)

Pursuit (1)

Reckless Driver (2)

Recovered Property (1)

Request to Speak to Officer (5)

Scam (1)

Search Warrant (1)

Sexual Assault of a Child (1)

Shots Fired (4)

Structure Fire (1)

Suicide (1)

Suspicious Activity (3)

Suspicious Person (5)

Suspicious Vehicle (7)

Terroristic Threat (5)

Theft (10)

Traffic Stop (3)

Transport (5)

Unlawfully Carrying Weapon (1)

Vehicle Fire (1)

Warrants (5)

Welfare Check (4)

 

Total Calls   194

 

Call Summary by Area

Alba                         20

Hawkins                    31

Mineola                     71

Quitman                    42

Winnsboro               37

Yantis                        15

 

Current Jail Population            90

Males               74

Females           16

Bookings            43

Releases            35

 
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