Deputies responded to many calls in the county recently. 

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

•Deputies were dispatched March 10 regarding a physical domestic disturbance at a Bucyrus Drive residence at Bucyrus.

A 22-year-old woman there told officers a 21-year-old man had assaulted her. During an investigation, deputies determined the man had pushed the woman in the face and strangled her with a bandana and his hands.

A probable cause statement was sent to the county prosecutor seeking charges, and Tanner Wiekhorst, 21, of 15255 Bucyrus Drive in Bucyrus, was subsequently charged with second-degree domestic assault (a class D felony). He is held in the Texas County Jail on $250,000 bond.

•Deputies were dispatched March 9 regarding a report of an assault and gunfire at an Iron Mine Road residence at Licking.

A 53-year-old man there told officers he and two other men – ages 55 and 34 – had been in an argument at a greenhouse about 45 yards from the house. The two older men state the younger man threatened to kill them.



The two alleged victims stated the suspect went to the house and they heard a gun shot, and then saw the suspect standing on the porch holding a rifle. He then allegedly made a threatening statement.

A probable cause statement was sent to the county prosecutor. As a result, John Stovall II, 34, of 18765 Iron Mine Road at Licking, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon (a class E felony) and misdemeanors of fourth-degree assault and fourth-degree domestic assault. He is held in the Texas County Jail with a bond set at $200,000.

•A 40-year-old Mountain Grove woman reported on Feb. 25 that a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am of hers had been stolen from her West North Drive residence.

The woman named a 41-year-old woman and 57-year-old man – both from Mountain Grove – as possible suspects. Investigation is ongoing.

•Ginnipher M. Ming, 26, of 7656 Barry Lane in Houston, was issued citations on Feb. 27 for failure to register a motor vehicle, displaying the plates of another and no insurance. She was also found to have an outstanding Houston municipal warrant (of unreported nature).

•On Feb. 27, deputies were traveling on Old Yukon Road at Licking in search of a wanted 25-year-old man with an active warrant.

The man was reportedly observed on the porch of a residence, and as the officers came to a stop he fled on foot into a large field. Despite loud verbal commands to stop, the man reportedly continued for about 350 years into a second field.

The man finally stopped running, and as a deputy told him to get his hands up and then get on the ground, he stated he had a knife. A deputy drew his duty pistol and told the man to drop the knife and get on the ground, while a second officer took a position behind him, according to a report.

The man at first held the knife over his head and told the officer not to come any closer, but he finally dropped it and laid down, authorities said. He was arrested and taken to jail, where he posted bond for the warrant and was released.

A probable cause statement was sent to the county prosecutor seeking new charges against the man.

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