Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman’s weekly report, July 8
Most of you can really tell it is summertime by just walking outside but we, in law enforcement, can tell by the number of reports of stolen air conditioners we get.
The ice machine at the old Kelly Store on Hwy. 63 West was broken into. There is a picture of the perpetrator on KJAS so if anyone can identify this fellow, please let us know.
A cable was cut on a gate North of FM 255 and about nine camps were broken into. The club had been there forever and everyone felt comfortable but I must say again, be careful what you leave at your camp. Now that hunting season is over, set up some sort of security to protect yourself and your camp, but more importantly, don’t leave anything that will make it worthwhile for someone to break in.
One of our stolen trucks was found on Interstate 35 and a Dept. of Public Safety officer pursued the vehicle. When the vehicle was finally stopped, several illegals made a run for it; three were arrested but three managed to get away. It is not a “fake” crisis on our border. These people crossing our borders and entering our Country illegally affects us all in one way or another. We don’t want nor need their dope and criminal elements, if they want to come for legitimate reasons, let them come legally.
We have 105 in jail at this time.
Report ending July 1, 2019
Several large thunderstorms blew through Saturday afternoon and some hikers in the Boykin Springs area got separated and it took a little while to locate them. They were eventually found, soaking wet and tired, but okay otherwise. There are a lot of trails at Boykin Springs and it’s always best to stay together if possible. I asked one of their kids how old the folks were that were missing and he told me they were OLD. When asked, “how old”?, he said they were in their sixties – now that hurt my feelings, I didn’t know sixty was OLD.
We had to deal with one of the citizens in our county who has mental issues and as hard as we tried, we eventually had to use a taser on him to get him restrained without further harm to anyone. We have sent this gentleman all over the State trying to get him help, but to no avail. I am so concerned that if some agency doesn’t step up and help, he could only get worse. As a law enforcement officer, these type situations are so hard because you know that the person is not functioning at full capacity, but when you see they could be of harm to themselves or others, you must control the situation and we only have a few means to make this happen. It’s upsetting for everyone.
The Ice House on Hwy. 63 West was broken into Sunday night. We are checking on some leads but if anyone saw or heard anything that might be helpful, we would sure appreciate a call.
The Fourth of July celebration will be this week so enjoy and please, remember to handle those fireworks responsibly. Fireworks are fun but can be dangerous and should always be handled with caution. Also, please remember “Don’t Drink and Drive”, you cannot afford it! We always want you to enjoy the holidays but we want only good memories made, for yourself and everyone else, not bad ones.
We have 110 in jail today.