Texas County deputies are investigating several crimes in the county.

The following are excerpts of reports generated by the Texas County Sheriff’s Department:

•Brooke T. Backues, 18, of 18582 Washington Lane in Licking, was arrested Nov. 25 for having an active Phelps County warrant for two counts of felony drug possession.

Backues was arrested after a deputy and a Licking police officer went to her address just after midnight in response to a report of a domestic dispute.

The police officer was aware of the warrant and advised the deputy. Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with a man and told him the LPD officer needed to speak to him and the deputy needed to speak to Backues. The man reportedly said she had just left with her mother, but the deputy knew that was a lie because he had been parked nearby for about 20 minutes. The deputy made entry and placed Backues under arrest.

She was transported to the county line where a Dent County deputy took custody of her.

•A 35-year-old Plato woman came to the TCSD office Nov. 25 to report that her 55-year-old former boyfriend – also of Plato – had been harassing her and that she didn’t want any form of contact with him. An investigating officer contacted the man and he stated that was fine and he would have no further contact with her.

On Nov. 26, the same man called to report that the same woman was now harassing him. The man showed an investigating officer numerous text messages the woman had sent him over the past two days and stated he didn’t want her contacting him in any way.

The deputy contacted the woman and she denied texting the man. The deputy told her he had seen the texts, and advised her the man didn’t want her contacting him. She said she understood.

•A Cabool woman called just after midnight Nov. 27 to report that someone was on her U.S. 63 property. An investigating officer was unable to locate anyone.

•A Raymondville woman called Nov. 24 to report that her dog had been stolen by neighbors of her Highway 137 residence. She called back a short time later stating she had her dog and didn’t need any assistance.

•A woman called at about 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19 to report that a vehicle was parked in the driveway of her Shafer Road residence. An investigating officer was unable to locate it.

•Two Houston men were arrested Nov. 23 after deputies and Missouri Department of Conservation agents were involved in an investigation regarding alleged illegal deer hunting.

The investigation began after a woman reported possible “road hunting” on Horseshoe Drive being done by occupants of a dark-colored SUV. She stated she had heard gunfire and gave authorities a man’s name who she thought might have been involved.

A vehicle matching the description of the SUV was located at a Houston retail business, and its owner – a 20-year-old man – was found inside the store. He told officers that a deer had been shot on Mercer Drive, and a conservation agent located its carcass and seized it as evidence.

His 17-year-old accomplice was then located at another Houston retail store, and the two were arrested and taken to the Texas County Jail. Two rifles found in the SUV were also seized as evidence.

A probable cause statement was sent to the county prosecutor seeking felony charges against each man of unlawful use of a weapon and misdemeanor charges of illegally killing wildlife.

•Kenneth J. Hall, 55, of 731 Faye St. in Houston, was arrested Nov. 24 for having an active City of Licking warrant for failure to appear on a charge of passing bad checks.

A deputy made the arrest after an off-duty officer who was aware of the warrant reported observing Hall walking along Oak Hill Drive at about 4:40 p.m. He was taken to the Texas County Jail.

•A deputy responded at about 7:10 p.m. Nov. 23 to a 911 call to assist with a possible overdose at a Sackett Road residence at Licking.

The deputy made contact with a man and woman there, and the man was acting strangely and was laboring to breathe. He told the officer he had swallowed about 1 1/2 grams of methamphetamine, and was taken by ambulance to Texas County Memorial Hospital.

•A 35-year-old Eunice man reported Nov. 21 that two bows, numerous arrows and other related hunting gear with a total value of about $1,400 had been stolen from his Wallen Road residence. The man told an investigating officer he suspected a 35-year-old Houston man who had been helping him move several items.

Texas County Jail admissions

Nov. 20

Scott W. Ball – 48-hour commitment

Nov. 21

Lindsey R. Hodson – 5-day commitment

Minaya N. Bressie – 48-hour commitment

Nov. 23

Edward L. Bleckler – 48-hour commitment

Shawn D. Sharp – property damage

James R. Brittain – property damage

Kenneth J. Hall – failure to appear (passing bad checks)

Christopher L. Dann – stealing motor vehicle

Stephanie F. Dann – stealing motor vehicle

Nov. 24

James E. Burris III – DWI

Jason B. Crum – non-support

Preston E. Rutz – resisting arrest

John C. Johnson – driving while revoked

Nov. 25

Adam L. Kirkwood – assault

Nov. 26

Ryan L. Booker – possession of controlled substance

Jeremiah L. Louthan – DWI

Nov. 27

Adam L. Kirkwood – Crawford Co. hold

Chris R. Romines – 5-day commitment

Nov. 29

Christopher C. Hanks – drug charges

Nov. 30

Gerrie S. Smith – burglary, assault

Eight men held for U.S. prisoner transport (USPT)

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