Wood County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff’s Report

11/20/13 through 11/26/13


November 20

Deputy William Burge was dispatched to an address on FM 1643 for a burglary of a large shop building located approximately 50-100 yards off the roadway behind a fence. Burge was able to observe where the fence had been cut in order to allow a vehicle to pass through. Entry into the shop building was gained by the suspect(s) removing screws from a sheet of siding. Items initially discovered to be missing include a large tool box full of tools, a big screen TV and a desktop computer. The complainants are in the process of compiling a complete list of missing items. The case has been forwarded to an investigator.


Deputy William Burge took a report of burglary of a habitation from a complainant who stated that someone had removed a VHS player without consent from a vacant mobile home which she owns on Firelight Lane at Holly Lake Ranch. The complainant also stated that due to prior break-ins at the house, the back door will no longer lock. The missing property was valued at $30. The case is now in the hands of an investigator.


Deputy Dustin Moffett took a report of burglary of a habitation from a complainant on CR 2460 who stated that a large amount of money was missing from a safe inside his home. There were no signs of forced entry into either the home or the safe. The case remains under investigation at this time.


Sgt. Sam Threadgill took a report of burglary of a habitation from a complainant at White Oak Shores on Hwy 17 who stated  he had returned home after a four day absence to find a large amount of jewelry and some gold and silver dollars missing from the residence. Although there were no obvious signs of forced entry, it is believed entry was gained through a small window held only by four screws. Information was recorded regarding a possible suspect and the case was passed to Investigations.


Lt. Robert Holland took a report of criminal mischief from an employee of Alba-Golden ISD who stated she had discovered damage to her Dodge pickup and believed the damage to have occurred while parked at the school. Photographs were taken of the damage and the case was assigned to an investigator.


November 21

Multiple deputies, assisted by DPS troopers, responded to a 9-1-1 call from a residence on CR 2651 where the caller stated a disturbance, with weapons involved, was taking place. Deputies arrived to find the man who had been causing the disturbance had fled into the surrounding woods. According to the complainant, she has custody of the man’s 2 year old daughter and despite being told he could not pick the child up, the man had shown up beating on the windows and doors of the residence and breaking the glass out of one window. The man was also reportedly brandishing what was at first believed to be a real gun, but later determined to be only a BB gun.  Following a short search of the area, Zachary Dillan Ramirez, 24, of Mineola was found hiding in the woods next to the residence and was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was transported to jail.


Deputy Austin Cryer was dispatched to CR 3846 for a theft report. According to the complainant, someone had stolen a 2007 Honda Foreman valued at $5,500 from the property. The 4-wheeler is described as being white in color, with a purple and green snorkel, torn seat, mud tires on back and stock tires on front. Information was noted regarding a possible suspect and the case was forwarded to Investigations.


November 22

Sgt. Sam Threadgill responded to a 9-1-1 call from a residence on CR 2696 and arrived to find the victim of an assault being treated by EMS. According to a witness at the scene who called 9-1-1, the woman was assaulted by her husband following a verbal altercation that turned physical. The two were reportedly arguing in the early morning hours when the man took the phone away from the victim as she attempted to call for help. Threadgill was able to observe broken pieces of the phone scattered about. The victim had been pushed to the floor, injuring her hip, and was unable to get up. Threadgill assisted EMS is loading the woman for transport. The suspect, who had fled the scene prior to the deputy’s arrival, returned to the residence and was subsequently arrested for the offense of aggravated assault causes serious bodily injury and interference with an emergency call.


Deputy Brad Cates took a report of criminal mischief from a complainant on CR 1658 who stated someone in a red 4-door pickup had just smashed his mailbox. According to the complainant, he was inside his home when he heard what sounded like someone strike his mailbox. The complainant went outside and was able to observe the pickup drive to the end of the dead end road, turn around and drive back by. The complainant’s son attempted to get the vehicle to stop but was unsuccessful. This case is now in the hands of an investigator.


November 23

Deputy Tony Ingram was dispatched to CR 4545 for a burglary of a building. The complainant stated that his shop building was broken into and he had lost only a battery from his tractor and did not wish to file a report. The man reported that after he found the battery missing, he walked to his neighbor’s property and found that the lock on a green Conex storage container had been removed by force. Checking with the property owner, the man discovered that 150 lbs of copper wire was the only thing missing from the container. Ingram spoke with the second complainant, who stated he did wish to file a report. The case is now in the hands of an investigator.


Deputy Steven Fields was dispatched to T and D Storage on FM 515 for a burglary of a building. The complainant advised that his unit had been broken into and 5 fishing rods and a newly reupholstered boat seat were missing. Total value of the missing items is $800. This case has been forwarded for additional investigation.


Deputy Tony Ingram took a report from a man who stated he had discovered that someone had altered one of his checks when he was going through his bank transactions. The check was originally written to pay for a subscription in the amount of $20.50 and was placed in the mailbox to be mailed off.  At the time it was presented for payment, the check was written for $344 and made payable to a tire shop in Canton. This case is now assigned to an investigator.

November 24

Deputy Aaron Warren responded to a residence on PR 6536 in reference to a dog problem.  Warren spoke with the complainant who advised that her neighbors had moved out approximately one week earlier and left their dogs behind. One of the dogs had attacked a goat belonging to the complainant and was continuing to come onto her property, presumably in search of food. Warren relocated to the residence where the dogs were located on FM 49 and observed two dogs tied up without food or water. Another dog was located in the back yard and appeared to be choking from a cable that was wrapped around a fence.  Deputy Warren and Sheriff Jim Brown, who also responded to the scene, provided water to the dogs, untangled the cable from the one dog’s neck and retrieved another dog, found digging through a neighbor’s trash. Speaking with a neighbor, Warren was informed that the dog which had been running loose had attempted to bite her. The neighbor also advised that the dogs’ owners had not been seen at the location in approximately a week and gave information about where they had moved to.  Warren and Brown relocated to the new residence of the dog owner who was advised to take care of the situation or face criminal charges. A second visit to the dogs’ location the following day by Sgt. William Burge, revealed the situation unchanged. Burge found dogs that appeared to be malnourished with no signs of food. While Burge was on the property, one of the dogs attempted to climb over the fence and became tangled, hanging by an extension cord that was being used as a leash. Based on his observations of the dogs’ condition, Burge obtained an arrest warrant for Timothy James Pugh, 37, of Quitman, for the offense of cruelty of animals.


Deputy Aaron Warren was dispatched to an address on FM 2869 for a burglary of a building. Meeting with the complainant, Warren was advised that a building on the property had been broken into and a small, homebuilt 5 x 8 trailer was missing. Entry into the building was gained when the front door was kicked in. Also missing from the building were 3 empty suitcases and some paperwork. The case has been forwarded to investigations.

November 25

Deputy Josh O’Grady took a report of credit card abuse from a complainant who stated that she had discovered charges on her bank statement that she did not authorized. The charges, which amounted to just under $300, were credited back to the woman’s account by her bank. The complainant was able to obtain a name and address from Dish Network, where one of the transactions was used to pay a bill. The case is now in the hands of an investigator.


Deputy Brad Cates was dispatched to CR 3480 for a criminal trespass and was notified while en route that the suspect had already left the location. According to the complainant, he had allowed a female friend, who is currently going through a divorce, to spend the night at his house with her children. The man claimed he was awakened by the woman’s estranged husband who had come into the residence through the unlocked back door and was yelling. The complainant claimed the trespasser had fled the residence when he was confronted. The case has been forwarded to CID for additional investigation.


November 26

Deputy Justin Wallis was dispatched to a residence on FM 515 in response to a theft. According to the complainant, three batteries were stolen from his boat sometime during the four hours he was away from home on Saturday. Total value of the missing batteries is $250. This case was forwarded to an investigator.


Sgt. Sam Threadgill was dispatched to CR 1997 in reference to a theft. According to the complainant, he noticed a week ago that his 1994 14’ Alumacraft boat and Trailstar boat trailer were missing from under the awning of his storage building beside his house. The complainant believes the boat was stolen sometime in the past 2-3 weeks. Total value of the missing property is $1,820. The case is now in the hands of an investigator.


CID Summary

On November 11, 2013 Wood County Electric Cooperative reported to the Sheriff’s Office a theft of copper ground wire and damage to a substation on CR 3419 near Hawkins.

The theft of the copper ground wire caused a power outage in the Hawkins area for 4 ½ hours. There was also damage to the Wood County Electric transformer.

The case was assigned to the CID unit and on November 25, 2013 Daniel Lynn Williams and Amanda L. Gage of Hawkins were arrested by Sgt. Jacob Richardson and charged with theft of material, a state jail felony.

The above subject, Daniel Lynn Williams, is the white male that appears in our Crime Stoppers photo with the transformers.

Both subjects are also charged in a theft which occurred at the Exxon Company near Hawkins.

Crime Stoppers Safety Tip

Wood County Crime Stoppers and Sheriff Jim Brown offer the following tips for safe travel during the holidays:

  • Don’t answer the door in a hotel room without first verifying the identity of the person at the door. If the person claims to be an employee, call the front desk and ask is someone from their staff is supposed to have access to your room and for what purpose.
  • Then returning to your hotel late in the evening, use the main entrance of the hotel. Be observant and look around before entering parking lots.
  • Close the door securely whenever you are in your room and use all of the locking devices provided.
  • Don’t needlessly display guest room keys in public or carelessly leave them on restaurant tables, at the swimming pool or other places where they can be easily stolen.
  • Do no draw attention to yourself by displaying large amounts of cash or expensive jewelry.
  • Don’t invite strangers to your room.
  • Place all valuables in the hotel’s safe deposit box or take advantage of in-room safes.
  • Do no leave valuables in your vehicle.
  • Check to see that any sliding glass doors or windows and any connecting room doors are locked.
  • If you see any suspicious activity, report your observations to the management.
  • Discretely carry a map and be familiar with the area you are visiting. Plan trips in advance.
  • Don’t leave purses or pocketbooks on the back of a chair when dining out – keep them in your lap and in sight.
  • Keep your wallet in the front pocket of pants or a jacket pocket – not in the rear pocket.


Call Summary

911 Hang up (2)

Agency Assist (6)

Alarm (7)

Animal General (2)

Assault (4)

Attempted Suicide (1)

Burglary of a Building (4)

Burglary of a Habitation (6)

Child Abuse (6)

Child Custody (3)

Civil (5)

Cows Out (9)

Credit Card Abuse (1)

Criminal Mischief (5)

Criminal Trespass (7)

Cruelty of Animals (1)

Debris (1)

Dispute (4)

Disturbance (6)

Dog Problem (7)

Horses Out (3)

Identity Theft (1)

Illegal Hunting (1)

Incident (5)

Information (1)

Mental (1)

Noise Disturbance (1)

Other (3)

Possession of Controlled Substance (1)

Prowler (3)

Reckless Driver (1)

Request to Speak to Officer (1)

Scam (1)

Sexual Assault of a Child (1)

Shots Fired (1)

Structure Fire (2)

Suspicious Activity (2)

Suspicious Person (1)

Suspicious Vehicle (3)

Terroristic Threat (2)

Theft (7)

Traffic Stop (1)

Transport (1)

Truancy (1)

Vehicle Blocking Roadway (1)

Warrants (4)

Welfare Check (14)


Total Calls      149

Call Summary by Area


Alba                       8

Hawkins                24

Mineola                45

Quitman                28

Winnsboro             26

Yantis                    18


Current Jail Population    134

Males              105                                                                                                                             Females                        29

Bookings         35

Releases          39