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June 6, 2014

Sheriff reports new scam activity

Corsicana — Dear Citizens,

A Navarro County resident has reported yet another financial scam where the caller reports they are with a computer company selling warranty or virus protection. Ultimately, their goal is to obtain your personal information or solicit money from you. Do not be victimized. Report any suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately.

We proudly attended the annual Coyote Squadron’s Corsicana AirSho on May 10 and displayed our Lenco Bearcat armored vehicle and Navarro County OEM mobile command center. There were numerous visitors who stopped by toured the units and asked questions while they were on display.

The Sheriff's Office had 1,427 calls for service in May that included 91 loose livestock calls. The N.C.S.0. Dispatch received 2,198 calls for assistance to 9-1-1 during the month.

There were 320 persons arrested and booked into the Navarro County Justice Center. The average daily jail population was 184 inmates.

The N.C.S.0. Narcotics Unit reports 14 suspects arrested, has filed 21 criminal cases and served 23 outstanding arrest warrants during the month.

During May, 12 inmates were transported to the Texas Department of Corrections and eight other inmates were transferred to State Jail and SAFP units to serve their sentences.

The N.C.S.0. estrayed four head of cattle, four horses and hauled them to the county farm at Angus. We also sold two calves at Corsicana Livestock Auction for $1,818.72, sold two donkeys and one horse at Cleburne horse sale for $82.72. The N.C.S.0. also recovered $510 in estray fees for the month.

The Narcotics Unit arrested a subject with a methamphetamine lab in his pickup after he was observed committing a traffic violation in Corsicana by deputies from our Narcotics Unit. Once the patrol division stopped the vehicle for the observed traffic violation the driver attempted to flee on foot and was captured after a brief foot pursuit. A search of the suspect vehicle revealed methamphetamine and primary precursors for methamphetamine production.

The Narcotics Unit also executed a narcotics search warrant in Corsicana and seized a quantity of Phencyclidine (PCP.) There are several synonyms for PCP such as formaldehyde, embalming fluid, wet and many others. The liquid can be sprinkled onto tobacco or marijuana then smoked or onto cigarettes or the marijuana joints can be dipped into the PCP solution and smoked.         

N.C.S.0. patrol division arrested a subject who was involved in a multi-agency vehicle pursuit that ended in Blooming Grove. The suspect was wanted out of McLennan County for possession of controlled substance and had been involved in a vehicle pursuit with Hubbard P.D. before entering into Navarro County. Hubbard P.D. disengaged the pursuit upon entering Navarro County. Deputy Warren later observed the suspect vehicle again in Navarro County and a vehicle pursuit ensued. The vehicle was stopped after DPS utilized spike strips to deflate the tires near the Blooming Grove Elementary School. The suspect was taken into custody without incident due to the combined efforts of N.C.S.0., Texas DPS, Ellis County S.O. and Hill County S.O.

We traded there high mileage surplus vehicles and obtained a 2006 Chevrolet 3/4 ton double cab pickup with under 30,000 miles to be used by our farm wardens. The vehicle replaces a 1/2 ton pickup that had previously been utilized but could no longer support pulling our trailers.  We also purchased a 2010 Chevrolet 1/2 ton 4WD pickup to support enforcement utilizing our federal drug seizure assets. Replacing and purchasing these clean pre-owned vehicles saves our taxpayers thousands of dollars over purchasing brand new units.   

We continue to encounter phone issues as we transition to a new phone system at the Justice Center and courthouse. Most offices are without voicemail at this time. Your continued patience in this matter is extremely appreciated.   

We conducted our semi-annual departmental firearms qualification. The state requires an annual qualification with a minimum proficiency of 70 percent. We require a semi–annual qualification with a minimum proficiency of 80 percent. All tactical officers must demonstrate a 90 percent proficiency or above. The SWAT team also held a night qualification.    

The N.C.S.0. Special Weapons and Tactics and Crisis Negotiation teams were called out to assist Corsicana Police with a high risk search and arrest warrant attempt at the Corsicana Inn. The suspect was not located during the search warrant execution but he later turned himself in on numerous aggravated assault warrants obtained by C.P.D.

We have conducted a block of training to familiarize the crisis negotiations unit and tactical team leader with the setup, capabilities and operations of our new crisis negotiation phone system that supports our tactical and crisis negotiations teams.

We were very honored once again to support National Police Week with a police memorial ceremony held on May 15 at the Navarro County Courthouse. Thank you to the many officers and civilians who attended the service and showed their support to the officers and the families of those officers, who have fallen in the line of duty.

We also participated in Memorial Day services across the county on May 26, and we thank and honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our many freedoms.

We recently had six officers attend training at the 28th Annual Texas Jail Association Conference in Austin. The training is directed toward the corrections field and updates the officers on some of the hottest topics and newest equipment being used in county corrections today.

We have hired three new detention officers and two new patrol officers this month and had one detention officer resign. We continue to have 12 available positions and they are in patrol, civil, detention and communications.  

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure….than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”  - Theodore Roosevelt

As always, God Bless and be safe.

Sheriff Elmer Tanner

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