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May 3, 2014

Sheriff: Don’t become victim of scam

Corsicana — Dear Citizens,

Last month I shared with you information about some “scam” activity taking place in the county, and your response to that information helped us bring an end to at least one such scheme in the county.

A Navarro County resident has reported another financial scam where the caller attempts to report that you have a family member in jail in another county or state and they can assist with their release from custody. They then attempt to obtain personal information from you about your family. Ultimately, their goal is to use this information and then have you send money for the release of the family member. Do not be victimized. Report any suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately.

The Sheriff's Office had 1,413 calls for service in April that included 95 loose livestock calls. The NCSO Dispatch received 2,122 calls for assistance to 9-1-1 during the month.

There were 308 persons arrested and booked into the Navarro County Justice Center. The average daily jail population was 199 inmates.

The Joint Narcotics Task Force has been disbanded due to the Corsicana Police Department opting out to create their own narcotics unit.

The NCSO Narcotics Unit reports 28 suspects arrested, has filed 25 criminal cases and served 26 outstanding arrest warrants during the month. These numbers also include the Task Force activity before its termination.

Deputy Shane Richards arrested two persons and seized approximately 17 grams of methamphetamine during a traffic stop on FM 744 near Raleigh.

The NCSO estrayed one donkey, five cows and two horses and hauled them to the county farm at Angus. We also sold one cow at Corsicana Livestock Auction for $ 1,109.54 and recovered $725 in estray fees for the month.

We baled 92 rolls of rye grass hay at the Petty’s Chapel farm which will be used to feed our estray livestock.

Commissioner Dick Martin and his crew at Pct. 2 helped us with repairing our road at the NCSO firing range. We appreciate the commissioners that have assisted us recently with improvements to our county farms.

We continue to encounter minor phone issues as we transition to a new phone system at the Justice Center and courthouse. Your continued patience in this matter is extremely appreciated.

During the month, 22 inmates were transported to the Texas Department of Corrections and 16 other inmates were transferred to State Jail and SAFP units to serve their sentences.

We had a critical incident in the jail with an inmate removing a piece of strap metal from a door that had been poorly welded when the jail was originally built, and threatened to utilize it as a weapon against the detention staff. The situation was resolved by crisis negotiation.

The NCSO SWAT team was called out to assist Corsicana Police with a barricaded suicidal subject in Corsicana. The situation was resolved and the suspect was taken into custody without incident.

We have purchased a crisis negotiation phone to support our tactical and crisis negotiations teams whenever the situations arise.

Please remember to keep your animals current on their rabies vaccinations. There has been at least one reported case of rabies in Navarro County and because of human contact with the infected animal,  several persons have taken precautionary vaccinations.

Please remember National Police Week which is May 11 through 17, and make plans to attend the police memorial ceremony which will be held at noon on Thursday, May 15, at the Navarro County Courthouse.

Several officers, volunteer fireman and first responders recently attended training by the Pipeline Safety Group to recognize and use proper procedures in dealing with a pipeline leak or emergency.

During the past 16 months, a total of 42 officers have separated from our agency including four officers who resigned this month.  We have hired two new officers this month and still have 18 unfilled available positions throughout the agency.

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. - Dwight D. Eisenhower.

As always, God Bless and be safe.

Sheriff Elmer Tanner

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