SHERIFF ELMER TANNER`S MONTHLY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 20192019-09-06

Dear Citizens,

An outdoor Burn Ban is now in effect for Navarro County.  Due to current KBDI values, forecast weather conditions and an abundance of dry fuels, the Navarro County Commissioners Court enacted an Outdoor Burning Ban, with provisions, this month.

We responded to a missing white female, three-year-old child, wearing a pull-up only, approximately two miles East of Frost on HWY 22.  We immediately deployed units to the area and initiated a missing child alert through the Navarro County/City of Corsicana Alert Notification System.  We would like to thank Bobby Vickery for his awareness of the missing child though the Navarro County/City of Corsicana Alert Notification System as while ground units and drone assets were in route, Mr. Vickery took the initiative after receiving the notification, to search for the missing child.  He and his wife found, within minutes of the notification, the missing little girl almost one mile from where she was last seen. The tools we utilize to alert the public are in place for this very reason. Through alert notifications and social media updates, the public has awareness of situations such as this. We are proud of our residents in Navarro County for taking the time to sign up for these alerts, and if you have not done so yet, sign up today at member.everbridge.net.

It’s hard to believe another summer has come and gone and students are already back in class.  As you well know, back to school time is an important event for our entire community.  Once again, teachers have gotten their classrooms ready, administrators have worked on school bus routes, staffing and school safety concerns. Parents are coordinating work and school schedules, car pools and support for their child`s activities and studies. Businesses and organizations are helping provide families, teachers and administrators with the supplies and services they need for a successful school year. Back to school is always an extremely busy time for everyone and it really does affect us all.  So please, during this busy time, be extra cautious when driving and in traffic. Be mindful of all our school zones especially during the morning hours and early afternoons. Keep an extra look out for potential hazards around our schools and in neighborhoods where children are more active walking, riding bikes and at play. Slow down and increase your stopping distances.  School buses are back on the roads, so be aware of school bus routes in your neighborhood and throughout your daily travel. Leave plenty of time and space for buses and with school traffic, anticipate delays in your travel and leave early enough so you’re not in a rush.  Around the Corsicana High School and middle school, there is quite a bit of congestion so please be patient. Please remember that when approaching a school zone or school bus on the road, be prepared to stop for bus and pedestrian traffic and by all means do not text and drive. Obey ALL "No cell phone" posted signs.  I want to thank all of you who help make our education system an integral, positive force in our community. Our children are counting on us so let’s work together to make “Back to School” a rewarding, fun and safe time for all Navarro County residents.

Thank you to Navarro County Sheriff’s Office Captain Melanie Cagle, Deputies Sarah Lane and Krystal McCollum who represented the NCSO by passing out supplies and meeting with kids and their parents at the Back to School Rally held in Corsicana.  You ladies did a great job.

On Tuesday, August 6 the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division executed a narcotics search warrant in the 800 Block of West 11th Avenue Corsicana.  As a result of the narcotics investigation, two suspects were arrested. One suspect was charged with Man/Del CS PG 1 > 4g < 200g and the other suspect was charged with POCS PG 1 < 1g and POM < 2 oz.  Approximately 16.5 grams of methamphetamine was seized at the location.

On Sunday, August 25th approximately 7:49 pm, Sergeant Grigsby, Corporal Nanny, and Deputy VanLoocke responded to a physical disturbance inside a vehicle in the 8000 Block S. Hwy 287 (Eureka area).  The vehicle stopped prior to the Deputies arrival and one subject fled from the vehicle and sought help at a citizen’s residence. The citizen called the Sheriff’s Office and Deputies responded. The investigation led to a male subject and a female subject being arrested on numerous narcotic related charges.  The Deputies seized marijuana, THC oils, methamphetamine, various prescription pills and assorted narcotic paraphernalia.  The suspects were from Colorado and passing through Navarro County.

On Monday, August 26th the NCSO Narcotics Unit initiated a traffic stop in 200 Block of E. Collin St. Corsicana. The vehicle pulled into the parking lot of McKee Lumber near E. Collin St. and Business 45. As the suspect vehicle slowed, the front passenger door came open and a known subject fled from the scene eastbound crossing Business 45. Three other occupants were initially detained in the suspect vehicle with assistance of our Patrol Division.  Narcotics Officers pursued the subject on foot from the location. The subject was apprehended and taken into custody in the 700 Block E. Collin St. The subject was booked on an active warrant for Parole Violation/Tamper with Evidence out of Austin Parole Board and on-view charge of Evading Arrest Detention with Previous Conviction.

The Sheriff`s Office had approximately 3,898 calls for service in August and our Dispatch received 2,212 calls for assistance to 9-1-1. There were approximately 248 persons arrested and booked into the Navarro County Justice Center and the average daily jail population was 238 inmates. The Narcotics Unit arrested fifteen suspects, filed eleven criminal cases and served nine outstanding arrest warrants. Twenty 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 one cow, one bull, one horse and transported them to our county farms at Petty’s Chapel and Angus. We sold six horses and one donkey at Elkhart Horse Sale for $1339.50, sold one calf at Corsicana Livestock Auction for $89.63 as well as collected $175.00 in estray fees.

We welcomed our two newest employees to the NCSO Telecommunications Division last month. Brittany Hall and Brittany Miller have both officially began their new Law Enforcement careers as Telecommunications Officers.  We had two resignations this month and we are currently accepting applications for vacancies in the detention division.  As in the past, applications will continue to be taken for any vacancy until the position is filled.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.         -Winston Churchill.

As always, God bless and be safe

Sheriff Elmer Tanner