Texas County deputies recently handled several investigations. 

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

•A deputy was dispatched at about 5:40 p.m. Jan. 5 regarding a possible overdose at a Boone Creek Road residence at Licking.

The officer made contact with a man at the location who said his girlfriend had tried to kill herself by ingesting 40 to 50 BuSpar pills (anxiety medicine). The officer called for an ambulance, which got lost on the way there but eventually arrived and transported the woman to the Ozarks Medical Center psychiatric ward.  

•A deputy responded at about 12:20 a.m. Jan 1 to a request to assist Houston police with a fight in progress across the street from Dooley’s Sports Grill on Steffens Street in Houston. Upon arrival, the deputy observed that police had broken up the fight, so he provided assistance with traffic and separating people.

•A deputy was dispatched at about 1:25 a.m. Jan. 1 regarding a fight at Pittman’s Store at Success.

The officer made contact with two men there who said they had not been fighting, but that there had been a fight earlier in Laclede County. Information about that fight was gathered and forwarded to Laclede County authorities.

•A deputy was dispatched at about 3 a.m. Jan. 1 regarding a report of a prowler at an Oakdale Road residence at Houston.

The officer made contact with a man there who was outside yelling into the adjacent woods, who said his former girlfriend was in the woods hacking his phone. The officer searched the area but did not find anybody.

An officer was dispatched to the same home at 6:25 a.m. after a girl who lives there reported the man was making “suicidal comments.” The officer made contact with the man and he said he was not suicidal, but was having problems with his former girlfriend. 

The girl and a friend who was there both decided to leave the residence and stay with a family member.

•At about 9:50 p.m. Jan. 1, an officer was dispatched to Texas County Memorial Hospital to secure a man with a gunshot wound for Cabool police. The man had apparently shot himself, intending to kill himself, and caused a laceration to his head.

A Cabool police officer arrived and was provided information the deputy had collected and a rundown of a doctor’s examination. The Cabool Police Department took control of the investigation, and no charges were to be filed through Texas County.

•A deputy on Jan. 2 responded to a report that a 78-year-old Plato woman’s goats were on a neighbor woman’s Evening Shade Road property.

The officer noted that three complaints about the same thing had been investigated in 2016, with a December incident resulting in a citation. A report was sent to the county prosecutor seeking further charges against the goat owner.

•A deputy was dispatched at about 1:40 a.m. Jan. 4 regarding a report of a man pointing a loaded gun at his head at a Maple Lane residence at Plato.

The officer made contact with the man and he said he had never pointed a gun at his head, but was stressed out and was dealing with a lot of family health problems. He said he had called a stress unit just to talk to someone, and they had called the TCSD. He said he was fine and didn’t want any medical help.

•A deputy responded on Jan. 4 to a report of a man living in a fruit cellar at a Highway 17 residence at Evening Shade.

Upon arrival, the officer observed a gold Oldsmobile bearing plates checking back to a Springfield couple. The officer knocked on the door to cellar, but nobody answered. The deputy noted that the door was tied by a rope and was cracked open a little, and that a tent and camping supplies could be seen.

Texas County Jail admissions

Jan. 3

Israel G. Speake – 16-day commitment

Kenneth L. Belcher – possession of controlled substance

Laura L. Randall – 21-day commitment

Jill C. Shaw-Farmer – forgery

Norman R. Jackson Jr. – drug charges

Steven G. Koenig – MDOC hold

Wayne M. Metroz – Howell County hold

Jan. 4

Patrick K. Sheet – Crawford County, Kan., hold

Jan. 5

Anthony P. Dickman – receiving stolen property

Ronnie Medina – house for Wright County

Richard W. Klein – possession of controlled substance

Aleksandr A. Talzhibayer – DWI, driving while revoked

Jan. 6

John S.W. Richards – drug charges

Roger W. Franklin – 48-hour commitment

Nichole L. Osborne – Howell County hold

Megan L. Neal – stealing less than $500

Jan. 7

Eric L. Labbee – 29-day commitment

Jan. 8

May D. Hicks – possession of controlled substance

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