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Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner

Dear Citizens,

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Independence Day with friends and family. I hope you also took a moment to be grateful and realize all that the holiday stands for and why we celebrate it.

I was glad to not only take part in but to also spend some time this month at the Dawwg Days of Dawson event. I was happy to see and speak to classmates from 40 years ago, friends I haven’t seen in quite a while and to have the chance to meet several new folks as well. Thank you Captain Melanie Cagle, Deputies Rosa Ella Ward and Jose Martinez for representing the NCSO so well at the event as well.

On June 10th at approximately 8:28 p.m., Department of Public Safety Troopers were called to NW CR 4160 to a crash involving a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle. The preliminary investigation shows that a white older model SUV struck a 7-year-old female child. The child was transported by private vehicle to Baylor Scott & White Hospital with serious injuries. The vehicle was described as being similar to an older model Chevy Trail Blazer and would have damage to the front right side. If you see this vehicle, please call the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office, 903-654-3001 with the current location of the vehicle and the license plate, if possible. This investigation is still ongoing and no other information is currently available.

In June, the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office conducted a free 8-hour Active Shooter Response Training which is done every year and always made available to all Navarro County Law Enforcement agencies. This valuable training was graciously hosted by the Corsicana ISD Police Department at the CISD Navarro Elementary school campus. Training of this type and magnitude is serious and designed to be as close to a real active shooter event as possible. The training is both physically and mentally demanding as simunition weapons and ammunition are utilized during the scenario based training. With these tragic events happening more and more frequently, it is important now more than ever before that law enforcement conduct these joint training operations. It is imperative for our children, school teachers, staff and the general public to know and be assured that we officers are better prepared for potential critical incidents should they occur within our community. I would like to thank the following agencies for participating in this year’s event: Navarro County Sheriff’s Office, Corsicana Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Corsicana ISD Police, Navarro College Police, Rice Police Department, Dawson Police Department, Navarro County Constable Pct. 4, and Blooming Grove ISD Police. I would also like to thank Chief Henley and the Corsicana Fire and Rescue Rapid Extraction Team for their participation in triage and treatment training. And last but not least I thank and commend our NCSO instructors, all officers who participated and especially the CISD for allowing us to utilize their facility for this important and crucial training.

The Navarro County Sheriff’s Office investigated a severe case of animal cruelty in Angus. Our Deputies obtained seizure warrants for the animals so they could receive immediate and proper care.  The Deputies detained the owner of the animals while they obtain arrest warrants for cruelty to animals. The NCSO removed four dogs from the location and they were all taken for evaluation and treatment. One person was taken into custody and charged with four counts of cruelty to animals (non-livestock). Thank you to Deputies Charles Paul, Jim Carroll and Matt Swindall for their work at the scene that day and as the case progressed through the seizure hearing and placement for care.  I especially would like to commend the employees of the Corsicana Animal Shelter for the concern and care they showed in reference to these neglected animals. The Chihuahua seized was taken to a special Chihuahua rescue in Dallas and the other three seized dogs are reported to be gaining weight, responding to care and are improving daily.

The Navarro County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit executed a narcotics search warrant in the 3400 block of FM 1126 Corsicana (Emhouse). As a result of the investigation two male suspects and one female suspect were arrested and approximately 3 ounces of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, a pistol and $407 in U.S. currency was seized. Two suspects were charged with manufacture/delivery of controlled substance PG 1 over 4 under 200 grams and one suspect was charged with manufacture/delivery of controlled substance PG 1 over 1 under 4 grams.

The Navarro County Sheriff’s Office assisted the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office with the execution of a no knock search warrant in the 2500 block of FM 55 Barry. During the course of the investigation three persons were arrested. The investigation began as a burglary of a habitation investigation in McLennan County.  Several items of the stolen property were recovered in Navarro County.

The Sheriff's Office had approximately 3,280 calls for service in June and our Dispatch received 2,123 calls for assistance to 9-1-1. There were approximately 212 persons arrested and booked into the Navarro County Justice Center and the average daily jail population was 243 inmates. The Narcotics Unit arrested twelve suspects, filed seven criminal cases and served ten outstanding arrest warrants. Sixteen inmates were transferred to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and six other inmates were transferred to State Jail and SAFP Units to serve their sentences. This month we estrayed seven cows, one bull, seven horses, and two donkeys and transported them to our county farms at Petty’s Chapel and Angus. We sold one horse at Hubbard Livestock Auction for $145 as well as collected $1,085 in estray fees.

We had one resignation this month and we are currently accepting applications for vacancies in the communications and detention divisions. As in the past, applications will continue to be taken for any vacancy until the position is filled. We'd like to welcome Karissa Maxey to the NCSO as she begins her new Law Enforcement career as a Detention Officer. Karissa is a recent graduate of the Navarro College Police Academy and is a certified peace officer. Congratulations and best of luck in your new position.

“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and unbeatable determination to do the job at hand." -Harry S. Truman

As always, God bless and be safe

Sheriff Elmer Tanner