Texas County deputies recently handled several investigations. 

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

•A 69-year-old Cabool man reported just after midnight Aug. 30 that there were a man and woman asleep in a black pickup on his Highway M property.

The man told an investigating officer he thought the two were “on something” because he had been trying for a long time to wake them up. The officer made contact with the pair – a 35-year-old man and 33-year-old woman, both of Norwood – and a cigarette pack was located that contained a small baggie of a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.

The man was taken to the Mountain Grove Police Department on a warrant and the woman was taken to the Texas County Jail. A report seeking charges was sent to the county prosecutor.

•On Aug. 18, a deputy was contacted by the Licking Police Department regarding a report of a theft at a U.S. 63 residence at Licking.

The deputy was told by a police officer that a black bear skin rug valued at $500 had been swiped, and that a 69-year-old man who lives there said nothing else’s was missing. The deputy observed that entry was probably made through some windows on the east side of the house had been left unlocked.

There are no suspects.

•A man called Aug. 28 to report a burglary at Storm Sawmill in Licking.

The man told an officer equipment he had recently replaced from a previous burglary had been swiped. While the deputy was on the way to the scene, the man called back and said he had found the gear in an abandoned house next to the sawmill.

•A deputy responded at about 2:15 p.m. Aug. 21 to a report of trespassing at a Highway K residence at Summersville.

The officer made contact with a 62-year-old man who lives there who stated he saw a group of men armed with machetes and sprayers climb over a fence into his yard. The man said he knocked on his window and motioned for the men to leave, but was ignored.

The man said he then went outside and told them to leave, but one of the men came at him with a machete raised and speaking in a language that sounded like Spanish.

The man told the officer he had a .45 caliber pistol in his hand and held it up, and the men then fled the area in a white truck with the name “Apex” on the side.

The officer located the suspects and determined they worked for a company contracted by Intercounty Electric to clear brush. The group’s crew leader told the officer that the company has protocol in place that if an employee is contacted by a resident, they are to take off their safety vest, lay down their machete and present a business card with the crew leader’s name to contact.

The officer determined the incident was a misunderstanding and no charges were sought.

•An 80-year-old Raymondville man reported on Aug 27 that someone had driven through his garden fence and garden at his Highway B residence.

An investigating officer observed that a vehicle had traveled south on Chick Johnston Street and gone through the man’s fence, across the garden, and through another fence before heading west on Cherry Street. There are no suspects.

Texas County Jail admissions

Aug. 28

Amanda J. Matheney – possession of controlled substance

Austin M. Denton – burglary

Alexus Henson – burglary, receiving stolen property

Aug. 29

Jerry A. Tharp – writ

Shane L. Briggs – stealing

Elsa N. Diamond – driving while revoked, failure to appear

Aug. 30

Lucas L. McGaugh – 72-hour commitment

Roger G. Hill – 24-hour commitment

Anthony J. Fant – failure to appear (seatbelt and failure to secure child)

Aug. 31

Richard L. Shackleford – Douglas County hold

Cameron L. Wood – resisting arrest, leaving scene of an accident, speeding, no insurance

Marcia A. Bailey – possession of controlled substance

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