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Members of the Texas County Sheriff's Department handled several investigations in the last week.

Two of the incidents under investigation in the past week by the Texas County Sheriff’s Department once again involved residential burglaries.

On Wednesday, Dec. 29, a Houston man called the agency to report that a 52-inch Sanyo TV valued at $500 and a Sanyo DVD player valued at $100 had been stolen from his Forest Drive residence.

The man stated he suspected a 28-year-old Houston woman and a 43-year-old Raymondville woman in the theft, which occurred sometime between about 4:30 p.m. Dec. 29 and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 30.

A Houston woman called the department on Monday to report that numerous items had been stolen from her Highway B residence.

The woman reported that the items swiped in that incident included a two-horse trailer valued at $1,200, a Husqvarna chainsaw worth $300, clothing, electronic equipment and various household items.

The total value of the stolen items was reportedly $2,125.

The following are other matters dealt with in the past week by the TCSD.

Dec. 27

–A Houston man called to report that a neighbor’s cows were on his property. The man got the animals to return to where they belonged. The investigating officer noted that the cows’ owner had had several summons for his cattle. The officer also noted that the owner died Dec. 28 so no further action would be taken.

–A Cabool man called to report finding a suspicious white powder in a pill container at his East Business U.S. 60 residence. The powder was determined not to be a narcotic and was destroyed.

Dec. 28

–A Houston man called to report a fight between two other men at his Jackson Road residence. The investigating officer spoke to the men, one of whom lived at the property and one who didn’t. The one who didn’t live there agreed to leave. Both told the officer they were intoxicated.

Dec. 29

–A Houston man who lived in a tent on another man’s Rainbow Drive property called to report that the property owner had taken two cans of beer from his tent two weeks earlier. The man stated that his rent for living there was beer and cigarettes, when he said it was OK. The investigating officer reported that the man apparently wanted revenge because the property owner had had him removed the previous night. The officer advised the man that no charges would be pressed.

Dec. 30

–A woman called to report that she had found trash dumped on forest land belonging to a Plato man. The information was forwarded to U.S. Forest Service authorities.

Jan. 2

–An officer reported that he was awaiting written statements regarding an alleged assault on a 19-year-old Plato woman by a 24-year-old Bucyrus woman that reportedly took place at a fitness center in Plato.

–An officer said that on Dec. 23 a Summersville woman had called on Dec. 23 and said her car had been taken from her Highway 137 residence by another woman who had wrecked it and then returned it. The owner said the other woman did not have permission to take the vehicle.

The officer stated in the report that the driver had said she would come to the TCSD office to provide a statement, but had not shown up. The officer also noted that several attempts had been made to make further contact with the vehicle’s owner, by phone and at her home, but none had been made and she had not responded to messages left.

Texas County Jail Admissions

Dec. 27

–Brandon S. Newburn, warrant (Otoe County, Neb.)

Dec. 28

–Joshua A. Laster, speeding

–Michael L. Richards, possession of controlled substance

–Juan Pena Jr., probation violation, 48-hour commitment

Dec. 29

–Kevin W. Fiedler, probation violation

Dec. 30

–Timothy E. Eckert, public intoxication, resisting arrest (City of Licking)

–Kevin W. Fiedler, burglary, second-degree

Dec. 31

–Devin J. Carter, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia

–Brandon P. Duneske, DWI

Jan. 1

–Joshua E. Purcell, DWI

–Leslie L. Johnson, non-support

–Antonio R. Turrubiates, possession of controlled substance


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