Theft investigations were among calls handled by the Texas County Sheriff's Department in the last week. 

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

•A deputy responded at about 4:30 p.m. Oct. 19 after a 49-year-old Houston woman reported that a man was on his way to her residence at a Northview Lane trailer park after telling her he was going to “blow her head off.”

The officer asked the woman why the man was upset with her and she said her former boyfriend had told the man that she was telling everyone that the man had killed his wife by giving her bad drugs. The woman told the officer she was afraid the man was going to carry out his threat.

The officer and other deputies set up surveillance on the woman’s property and patrolled the area, and the night proceeded without incident.

•The pastor of Houston Bible Church, on Oak Hill Drive, reported on Oct. 20 that a chain saw, weed eater and a roll of fiberglass insulation had been stolen from a wooden shed behind the church. There are no suspects.

•A deputy was dispatched at about 10 a.m. Oct. 20 to a Highway B residence at Houston to check on the condition of three children who were allegedly absent from school, according to a family member.

The officer made contact with a woman who lives there who stated she dropped the kids off at school at about 8:15 a.m. The officer called the school and was advised the kids were all present and there was nothing wrong with them.

•A deputy was dispatched Oct. 12 regarding a report of theft and property damage at a Gentry Lane residence at Plato.

The officer made contact with a 58-year-old man who owns the home who stated a 28-year-old man and 25-year-old woman who had been renting it had swiped a stove, dishwasher, refrigerator and other items with a total value of $1,350, and had also put several holes in inside walls.  The officer attempted to contact the suspects, without success. Investigation continues.

•A 62-year-old Plato man reported on Oct. 19 that two Husqvarna chainsaws with a total valued of $945.40 had been stolen from his Highway AW residence. A man who had been doing work at the location was named as a suspect (age and hometown unknown).

•A manager of Wehr Ford in Mountain Grove reported on Oct. 14 that surveillance video showed a man stealing batteries from two cars and two RVs on the lot.

An investigating officer observed the video and saw a pewter GMC SUV entering the lot at about 10 p.m. and a heavy-set man get out and swiped batteries from two vehicles. The video showed the same vehicle return just before 11 p.m. and the same man stealing batteries from two RVs. 

Investigation continues.

•A 63-year-old Houston woman reported on Oct. 16 that a 41-year-old Houston woman had used a board to break the windshield of her vehicle while it was parked at her residence in a Morton Road trailer park. After an investigation, a probable cause statement was sent to the county prosecutor seeking charges against the suspect.

Texas County Jail admissions

Oct. 18

William J. Moore – possession of controlled substance

Joseph C. Dietrich – possession of controlled substance

Kristal D. Rainey – Caldwell County hold

Oct. 20

Jeffrey A. Moore – Laclede County hold

Brian W. Parsons – writ (to appear before judge)

James R. Smith Jr. – assault

Scott E. Hoener – 60-hour commitment

Oct. 21

Felicia D. Batchelor – receiving stolen property

Oct. 22

Shane L. Briggs – Shannon County hold

Eric B. Fisk – assault

Oct. 23

Scott A. Mahan – writ

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