The Texas County Sheriff's Department is investigating several thefts in the county. 

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

•On July 30, a Licking Police Department officer attempted to stop a vehicle driven by a man known to have an active Texas County warrant for multiple felony charges.

The vehicle fled outside Licking city limits and turned into a driveway at a residence and damaged a carport. The driver fled on foot, and responding deputies found him lying face down in a field near the residence, authorities said.

The man was arrested and a plastic bag was found underneath him that contained a crystal substance that tested positive as methamphetamine. A syringe was also located in a pocket of his jeans.

Michael S. Longrie, 42, of 12594 Kitchem Drive, Lot 6, in Licking was arrested on the warrant on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia (amphetamine or methamphetamine), as well as misdemeanors of driving while intoxicated, failure to register a motor vehicle and driving while revoked or suspended.

The homeowner was to provide an estimate of cost to repair the damaged carport.

Longrie was taken to the Texas County Jail on the warrant with a bond set at $25,000, and a report was sent to the county prosecutor seeking new charges.

A juvenile boy was reported in Longrie’s vehicle.

•A deputy was dispatched Aug. 8 to a Stoddard Lane property at Yukon, after a man reported that the doors to his father’s cabin and well house had each been opened.

The man told the deputy he had found a man’s shorts and wallet next to the well house, and that he was aware that the man wasn’t supposed to be there. On the way to the cabin, the deputy was advised that a naked man had been seen walking in the roadway at Highway 137 and Evans Road, and he might be the suspect in the original call.

The suspect was later found by a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper walking naked along Elder Road. During questioning, he admitted to being at the Stoddard Road location, and that he had tried to get water from an inside faucet. When that didn’t work, he checked the well house, he said.

The man reportedly told officers he wanted water because he was hot, and that he had taken “bad dope” and had a bad reaction to it.

The man who made the original call to law enforcement said he didn’t wish to pursue charges. The suspect was taken to jail for a 12-hour safekeeping period.

•On Aug. 8, a deputy investigated a report of bad checks being passed at Wehr Ford at Mountain Grove.

The officer responded after a representative of the dealership stated that a man had written a check for $67,300 for the purchase of a 2019 Ford F-350 truck and another for $356.96 for seat covers and floor mats. Both checks were reportedly from a Commerce Bank in Poplar Bluff, and were returned stamped “unable to locate account.”

The deputy made contact with the man and he reportedly promised to go to the dealership the next day and make good on the deal via a cashier’s check. A computer check revealed that the man – age 43 of Fairdealing, Mo. – had a history of writing numerous bad checks. He never did go back to the dealership, but he left the truck in the parking lot of a restaurant at Mountain View and it was recovered by police there.

A probable cause statement was sent to the county prosecutor.

•A 30-year-old woman called Aug. 8 to report a domestic disturbance at a Kitchem Drive residence at Licking.

The woman told a responding deputy that her 25-year-old boyfriend had broken a window in the residence and a window of a van parked outside. She stated he had become angry when her daughter attempted to wake her up in the morning, which triggered a fight between the two adults.

She reportedly stated that during the scuffle, he had broken the glass out of a front door window, cutting his hand in the process, and then breaking the driver’s side window by head-butting it.

The woman reportedly said she didn’t want to pursue charges, and the man refused medical treatment.

Texas County Jail admissions

Aug. 5

Joshua L. Carr – possession of controlled substance

Paul F. Dodd – possession of controlled substance, driving while revoked, property damage

Aug. 7

Mikel S. Shook – DWI

David C. Jones – possession of controlled substance

Mikel S. Shook – assault

Lea A. Martin – Dent County hold

Andrew L. O’Daniel – traffic offense

Rodney C. Horn – driving while revoked

Aug. 8

Austin J. Brown – possession of drug paraphernalia

Andrew T. Mathews – driving while revoked, failure to register motor vehicle

Chase D. Mings – driving without a valid license

Aug. 9

Arinne E. Sims – stealing, possession of controlled substance

Bradley M. Culley – possession of controlled substance

Melissa G. Rolland – endangering the welfare of a child

Tiffany M. Inman – possession of controlled substance

James T. Martin – 48-hour commitment

Kody D. Carter – warrants

Aug. 10

Chad Arnold – 48-hour commitment

Carl E. Hutsell – possession of controlled substance

Jonie Miller – possession of controlled substance

Andrea Smith – traffic offense

Earl Sawyer – possession of child pornography, possession of controlled substance

Aug. 11

Alexandria Bonnetti – 3-day commitment

Corbin Anderson – possession of controlled substance

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