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 8:15 p.m. April 16 regarding a report of a suicidal 31-year-old man at a Lone Pine Road residence at Mountain Grove who was reportedly very drunk and holding a knife to his jugular vein.

Upon arrival, the officer made contact with the man’s 40-year-old sister-in-law, who said the man had consumed a half gallon of vodka and 10 beers and that he been out on U.S. 60 trying to get hit by cars. The officer made contact with the man, and the woman removed knives from the scene.

The officer asked the man what was going and he answered that he was going to kill himself. The man was taken by ambulance for evaluation at Ozark Medical Center in West Plains.

•A deputy was dispatched April 11 regarding a report of a camper trailer stolen from Wehr Ford in Mountain Grove.

The officer determined a Jayco trailer belonging to a Cabool couple (ages 56 and 51) loaded with personal gear and equipment with a total value of $20,545 had been swiped while it was in for service. Video surveillance footage led to a 43-year-old Cabool man being identified as a suspect.

The same man was previously caught stealing batteries from Wehr Ford. Howell County authorities were notified since he is believed to live in Mountain View.

•A man called at about 12:10 a.m. April 13 to report that three people were standing by Highway 17 at the Dogs Bluff Access west of Houston shining a flashlight at passing traffic. An investigating officer made contact with the people – two men and a woman – and gave them a verbal warning. A routine computer check revealed no active warrants on any of them.

•A deputy was dispatched at about 10 a.m. April 8 regarding a report of property damage at a Point Road residence at Mountain Grove.

A 25-year-old man who lives there told the officer someone had broken the windshield of his truck, and the officer observed a large rock with glass on it lying in the front portion of the vehicle.

The victim said the crime might have been done by a boy who goes by the nickname, “Butter,” and that he wasn’t sure of his real name. Investigation of the case continues.

•A deputy was dispatched at about 8:12 a.m. April 11 regarding a report of a prowler at the Lions Club storage units on Highway 17 at Roby. The officer was advised that a caller had reported that someone was cutting locks off of the units.

Upon arrival, the officer observed locks that had been cut off, but that had been replaced by different locks. Contact was made with the man who owns the facility and he said it was him who had cut and replaced the locks.

•Deputies were dispatched at about 2:30 p.m. April 9 to assist the Missouri State Highway Patrol with a rolling domestic dispute on Highway E at Houston.

Upon arrival, contact was made with two vehicles parked on a gravel area in from of a cemetery, where a man, two women and a juvenile girl were present. The officers were advised that the vehicles made contact on Highway E and did again in the lot where they had stopped. The people there all stated a fight had ensued after the vehicles stopped, but none of their stories about the incident was similar.

All people present were interviewed by MSHP personnel, and any resulting charges would stem from their report.

•An 87-year-old man came to the TCSD office on April 4 to report a guitar of his had been stolen. The man said the instrument had belonged to Barbara Mandrell and was worth $9,000. He named a Houston man and woman – both 36 – as suspects.

The woman was contacted ,and she said she didn’t swipe the guitar. The male suspect is being sought for questioning.

Texas County Jail admissions

April 9

John Schwartz – unlawful use of weapon

April 10

William A. Rickerson – unlawful possession of firearm

Dale S. Combs – MDOC hold

David T. Korrok – possession of controlled substance

Ashley R. Coker-Bolding – leaving scene of an accident, possession of controlled substance

Gina M. Dodson – 48-hour commitment

April 11

Ralph A. Reber – MDOC hold

Jasper D. Robbins – bond or 2-day hold

Lewis A. Gandy – driving while revoked

Jennifer S. Lane – possession of controlled substance

Angela D. Briggs – bond or 48-hour hold

John T. Baker – non-support

Justin P. Christopher – resisting arrest

April 12

Sheryl L. Friend – assault of law enforcement officer

Darren L. Bussard – Greene County hold

Tiffanie B. Vallotton – failure to appear (traffic violations)

April 13

Russell W. Brown – failure to register as sex offender

Darci D. Jensen – endangering the welfare of a child

Justin B. Williams – stealing

April 14

Thomas L. Gilbreath Jr. – 10-day commitment

Amy L. Mulready – possession of controlled substance

Andrew S. Inman – possession of controlled substance

April 15

Barry M. Smith – 30-day commitment

April 16

Marcus B. Talton – endangering corrections employee

Austin L. Pribble – stealing

April 17

Harry A. Scheina – trespassing

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