Sheriff Lake's Report: May 3, 2019 - May 9, 2019

FRIDAY 5/3/19

Deputy Robert Duncan took a report of a theft that occurred on FM 959. The complainant stated that when he went to check wells he discovered five large car batteries and three 12 volt batteries missing. Complainant advised that he witnessed a vehicle flee at a high rate of speed away from the locations. After further investigation, Constable Bryan Murff located the possible suspects' vehicle and was able to identify the driver. Constable Murff also located the missing batteries which were returned to the owner. All information was forwarded to the DA's office.

While on patrol, Deputy Richard Mojica initiated a stop on a vehicle for speeding. Deputy Mojica then made contact with the female driver. While speaking with the driver, Deputy Mojica detected the odor of what he believed to be marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Deputy Mojica had the driver and male passenger exit the vehicle and began conducting a probable cause search. While searching, Deputy Mojica located a metal smoking pipe and suspected marijuana residue inside the glove box. Deputy Mojica also located a bag of homemade rice krispie treats mixed with suspected THC oil. Deputy Mojica placed the subject under arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. A record check also revealed the subject to have an out of county warrant. The subject was then transported to the Panola County Detention Center.

Deputy Robert Duncan took a report of criminal mischief that occurred. The complainant stated that some unknown actor(s) tore up his gate by pulling on it from the back side. Complainant advised that it looks like someone had gotten locked in and was trying to get out. He said that the electric arm that operates the gate was damaged along with the gate.

Deputy Richard Mojica responded to PR 8055 in reference to a theft and burglary of a habitation that occurred. Upon arrival, Deputy Mojica met with the complainant who stated that someone came onto his property and stole two lawn mowers, a small refrigerator, microwave and a toolbox that were sitting outside. Complainant advised that the actor(s) then broke into his house and stole his A/C window unit. This case is under investigation.

Deputy Robert Duncan took a report of a theft that occurred on FM 1794. The complainant stated that some unknown actor(s) came onto her property and stole a small wheelbarrow and a small white wash tub. Complainant advised that whoever stole the items then left behind a red wheel barrow. This case is under investigation.


Deputy Robert Duncan responded to a residence on Hwy 79 S. in reference to an assault that already occurred. Upon arrival, Deputy Duncan spoke with the victim who stated that he had gotten into an argument with a male subject. The victim stated that during the argument, the subject took his walking cane away from him and then proceeded to hit him in the head with it. Deputy Duncan observed a large cut to the victim's forehead. The victim was transported by ambulance for treatment. Deputy Duncan attempted to make contact with the suspect, but he had already left. All information was forwarded to the DA's office.


4/8/19 Storm

19 TREES (4 on Houses)

13 Flooded Roadways


Most calls in Bethany, Deadwood and, Flatwoods

That is the number of calls for trees down, flooded roads, etc. we received during the storms Wednesday night. That obviously is not all of the calls we received, but a count for those issues noted.


Not indicated on the report is our K-9 unit, Deputy Richard Mojica and K-9 Roxie, who are competing in the National Narcotic Detector Dog competition in Ft. Worth this week. We wish them lots of luck. We also celebrated Nation Nurses week this week, recognizing our staff nurses at the Panola County Detention Center, Ashley Morris and Holly Baker. They do an outstanding job for us, receiving national recognition from their company headquarters, Southern Health Partners in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


I also want to invite you to our Peace Officer Memorial Service on May 15 at 10:00 am at Hawthorn Funeral Home. It doesn't last a long time, but it is a time for our community to remember the first responders who have given their lives in the line of duty.