A big congratulations to all
the participants of the 60th Annual Navarro County Youth Exposition.
I was honored to not only be a bid spotter once again this year at
the Youth Expo Premium Sale, but was asked to be present to accept a
dedication on behalf of the First Responders of Navarro County. Thank
you for honoring all the dedicated men and women who work so hard
each and every day serving the citizens in this county we all call
The Navarro County Sheriff`s
Office along with the Navarro County Office of Emergency Management
(NCOEM) hosted a half-day Emergency Operations meeting with area
school districts’ safety teams at Corsicana Middle School. The
topics covered included the role of NCOEM before, during and after an
all-hazard emergency event. This presentation included resources
available from the local, regional, and state levels as well as
historical data on local disasters requiring Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) assistance. I presented a session on active
shooter preparedness from a law enforcement perspective to the school
leaders. I also discussed the evolution of law enforcement practices
and what has been learned from past school shootings. School safety
is important to everyone and it’s important to be prepared in the
event of an emergency. Planning and practicing are the two best and
most important things you can do to prepare yourself and your school
The session ended with
questions and answers as well as the best practices for campuses to
use throughout the district and school emergency operations planning
and drills. Public schools from Navarro County were present as well
as James L. Collins Catholic School and Navarro College.
On behalf of the men and
women of the NCSO, I want to thank the Corsicana & Navarro County
Chamber of Commerce, all event sponsors and Northside Baptist Church
for the First Responders Appreciation Breakfast. It was a very kind
gesture and was greatly appreciated.
The NCSO participated in the
Mildred Elementary Career Day for 3rd through 5th grade.
Approximately 170 kids participated in the event. Deputies Nick
Wickliffe, Corporal Shane Richards, Communications Lieutenant Melanie
Cagle and Pshaun Martin attended. We are always thankful for the
opportunity to speak with the youth of today who are our futures
bright leaders of tomorrow.
Thank you Ervin and Gail
Richards for your donation of stuffed animals to the NCSO. We place
the stuffed animals in our patrol units and at our office to be given
to children who are victims of crime or high stress situations. These
animals have proven many times to be a calming influence in high
stress and emotional situations for children.
Navarro County Sheriff’s
Deputies Patrick Rider and Nick Wickliffe assisted a man after he
drove through a fence on FM 3383 near Allison Ranch into a stock
pond, partially submerging his vehicle. The deputies entered the
chest-deep water and waited for medical crews to arrive. The driver
was complaining of injuries so deputies stayed with the man to ensure
he did not go underwater but did not extract him from the vehicle due
to possible serious injuries sustained during the accident. Corsicana
Fire Rescue responded and with the help of these deputies, got the
man out of the vehicle and PHI Air Medical transported the man to a
Dallas-area hospital. The Texas Department of Public Safety handled
the accident investigation.
The Navarro County Sheriff’s
Office participated in the 1st Annual County Emergency Preparedness
Fair along with numerous other law enforcement agencies, fire
departments, first responders and TxDOT representatives. The NCSO
also gave away free child gun locks at the event.
Navarro County Sheriff’s
Corporal William Grigsby, with the assistance of Corsicana Police
Officers Heath Hayes and Michael Brooks, arrested Curtis Lloyd Perry,
38, for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance over four
grams but under 200 grams Monday, March 19. He was also charged for
manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance over four grams but
under 400 grams, theft of a firearm, possession of a controlled
substance over one gram but under four grams, two counts of
possession of a dangerous drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and
unlawful carrying of a weapon. Our dispatch received a report of a
reckless driver on W. Hwy. 31 and FM 55 traveling toward Corsicana.
Cpl. Grigsby located Perry and pulled him over and conducted a
traffic stop between W. Seventh Ave. and S. 12th St. During the
investigation Grigsby found a prescription pill bottle which did not
have Perry’s name. Officer Hayes and Brooks assisted Grigsby on a
probable cause search. Police found a stolen pistol, an AR-15 rifle
with loaded magazines, an additional pistol, body armor, baggies of
methamphetamine weighing 32 grams and baggies of suspected ecstasy
weighing 95 grams.
We had one resignation this
month and we welcomed Joseph White as our newest Detention Officer.
The Sheriff`s Office had approximately 3,330 calls for service in
March and our Dispatch received 2,056 calls for assistance to 9-1-1.
There were approximately 319 persons arrested and booked into the
Navarro County Justice Center and the average daily jail population
was 262 inmates. The Narcotics Unit arrested 11 suspects, filed 11
criminal cases and served nine outstanding arrest warrants. Thirteen
inmates were transferred to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice
and 14 other inmates were transferred to State Jail and SAFP units to
serve their sentences.
This month we estrayed two
horses and transported them to the county farm at Petty’s Chapel,
sold one estray bull at Corsicana Livestock Auction for $1,304.91,
recovered $145 in estray fees this month and sold $760 of hay.
We are currently accepting
applications for vacancies in our dispatch and detention divisions.
As in the past, applications will continue to be taken for any
vacancy until the position is filled.
"Honesty is a person’s
most valuable asset. His or her good name, good reputation, and good
word depend on the individual’s quality of honesty. A business that
operates under the principles of profound honesty is elevated within
the community. It is respected and treasured. The absence of honesty
is a liability to an individual or business." - James H. Markel
As always, God bless and be
Sheriff Elmer Tanner