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Pursuit ends in arrest

On Wednesday, February 5, 2020 Navarro County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Kris Matthews and Deputy Espinosa were dispatched to a welfare concern on the sleeping driver of a white Chrysler 300 parked in the roadway in the 1500 block of NW 0020 Corsicana.
Prior to the deputies arrival, a second caller reported the same vehicle being parked in a very dangerous location.

Upon the deputies arrival, they initially spoke to the driver and we're attempting to identify him and evaluate the situation when he placed the running vehicle into gear. The deputies ordered the driver to stop as he began to drive away.
As the driver was attempting to drive away he partially drug both deputies with the vehicle almost running over Sgt. Matthews. The driver then drove away from the deputies who initiated their emergency lights on their departmental vehicles in an attempt to stop the driver.

The driver refused to stop and additional units responded to the area for assistance. During the vehicle pursuit spike strips were deployed first by the NCSO and then later by CPD officers in an attempt to stop the pursuit.

The deputies reported they saw the suspect possibly discarding narcotics evidence out the window during the pursuit. The suspect vehicle eventually turned Southbound into the Northbound lane of North Business 45 at Roane Road in Corsicana.

NCSO Captain Jeramy Phillips observed that the vehicle was erratically driving into oncoming traffic and believing the public to be in immediate danger, he used his departmental vehicle to push the suspect vehicle off the roadway thus ending the pursuit.

The suspect was originally taken into custody for felony evading arrest in a vehicle and he now has an additional charge of aggravated assault on public servant with a deadly weapon.

I commend the actions of our deputies today during this dangerous situation and I also want to thank the Corsicana Police Department officers who immediately came to assist with this dangerous situation.

Sheriff Elmer Tanner

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Burglary investigation leads to arrest

On Sunday, February 2, 2020 Deputy Espinosa was dispatched to the 14000 block of SWCR 2340 in reference to burglary of a building. The victim reported a Mahindra tractor, Troy-Bilt zero turn mower, an Artic Cat ATV, guns, and several thousand dollars worth of hand and power tools as well as other assorted items had been stolen.

The victim had a game camera at the entrance to the property which captured several photos of the suspect entering and exiting through the gate over ...a span of a couple of days. On some days, with property on the ATV.

Deputy Espinosa noticed tractor tire impressions/tracks in the ground which he followed through the victim's fence. Deputy Espinosa then enlisted the help of Corporal Richards to help with the search for the stolen items.

Following the tire tracks through the fence, Deputy Espinosa located the zero turn mower on the road just a short distance from the property. The Mahindra tractor was located in the entrance of a property several miles from the crime scene.

As Corporal Richards followed the tractor tire tracks, he observed an older model truck in the area and conducted a traffic stop for an observed traffic violation. Upon further investigation, a number of hand tools and power tools were discovered in plain view in the vehicle. The victim identify the tools found as being his.

Items of clothing also found in the truck, matched the clothing being worn by the suspect on the game camera photos. The driver, John Neighbors, had outstanding theft and burglary warrants from Winkler County.

CID Sergeant Robbie Jock responded to the location to assist the Deputies with the investigation and Neighbors was arrested and later charged with Burglary of a Building in Navarro County.

Although most items have been recovered, the case is still under investigation and more arrests are expected.

I am proud of these officers and the investigation they've conducted from recovering most of the stolen property, locating and arresting a suspect to continuing with the investigation.

Sheriff Elmer Tanner


NCSO provides mutual aid to Limestone County for aggravated assault with deadly weapon suspect

On Sunday, February 2, 2020 about 8:30 pm, the Navarro County Sheriff's SWAT Team and Crisis Negotiations Unit responded to a mutual aid request for assistance from Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson.
The Limestone County Sheriff's Office and other agencies were investigating an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon case outside Mexia and believed the suspect to possibly be barricaded inside a residence.
After an extensive search of the area and residence the suspect was not located and was believed to have departed the area prior to our arrival.
We are always ready to respond to the call when needed to assist our fellow law enforcement agencies.

Sheriff Elmer Tanner

Chris Kyle Day

Thank you to all who have served.

  Sheriffs' Association of Texas

Gov. Abbott first declared Feb. 2 "Chris Kyle Day" in honor of an American hero who was one of the most lethal snipers in US history. He later amended it to be Texas Military Heroes Day to recognize all who have served from our great State. Today, we salute "The Legend", Chris Kyle, and all of our Texas heroes. Never forget their sacrifice.

Navarro County man's probation revoked after wife assaulted

KWTX News 10  

MOP ASSAULT: A Navarro County man is in jail after his wife was injured when she was assaulted with a mop handle and threatened with a knife, officials say.

Navarro County: Man's probation revoked after wife assaulted Robert Nicholas Vaughan, 38, remained jailed in the Navarro County Justice Center Wednesday on a $50,000 bond. (Jail photo) By Rissa Shaw '   

NAVARRO COUNTY, Texas (KWTX) A Navarro County man's probation was revoked after his wife was assaulted over the weekend.

Robert Nicholas Vaughan, 38, has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and for violating probation on a charge of injury to a child/elderly/disabled person.

He remained jailed in the Navarro County Justice Center Wednesday on a $50,000 bond.

Vaughan's wife was injured when she assaulted with a mop handle and threatened with a knife Sunday at the couple's home in the Purdon community, Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner said.

The wife reported the assault Monday and an arrest warrant was issued.

Tanner said detectives arrested Vaughan Tuesday morning in Angus without incident.

Navarro County CERT Team adds fourteen new members

Navarro County C.E.R.T.

The Navarro County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) just added fourteen new members to their Search and Rescue (SAR) team. Following two weekends of training, the volunteers completed their national certification as SAR Technician III from the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR).
CERT is an organization of trained volunteers operated under the Navarro County Office of Emergency Management that provides disaster response services, emergency preparedness education, and community services. The SAR team is a special unit within CERT that assists with missing person searches. "We are primarily deployed in Navarro County through the Navarro County Sheriff's Office but have been requested to assist in neighboring counties, "says John Gantt, Coordinator of Navarro County CERT. "Missing person searches are usually time critical and require significant manpower. The CERT SAR Team can quickly add trained, equipped, and screened volunteers to assist law enforcement in the field. All our SAR team have passed criminal background checks and have NASAR certification. Whether it is a child or an older adult that has wondered off, we're here to get as many trained people looking for the person as quickly as possible."
Congrats to: Wayne Grundmeier, Kaleb Hopkins, Suzie Hopkins, Patrick Metcalf, Michael Walden, Tom Gerston, Kim Boales, Hunter Smith, Ron Bennett, Van Wagnon, Harold Steele, and Tim Easley.

Sexual Assault Survivor Day

What an important cause. These victims certainly deserve support as victims of this horrible crime.

Sheriff Elmer Tanner

Traffic stops turns into foot pursuit

On Monday, January 27, 2020 Corporal Shane Richards conducted a traffic stop for an observed traffic violation at North 23rd and West Park in Corsicana. The vehicle came to a stop and the driver immediately evaded on foot. Cpl. Richards caught the suspect a couple of blocks away from the traffic stop location. The suspect had also attempted to discard narcotics while evading.

The suspect was arrested and charged with evading arrest with previous conviction, possession of a controlled substance under a gram, tampering with physical evidence and possession of marijuana under 2 oz.

We appreciate the assistance of the Corsicana Police Department and other agencies who immediately responded to assist.

Sheriff Elmer Tanner

Texas Jail Standards compliance 8th year

Congratulations again to all our correctional staff and supervisors for achieving Texas Jail Standards compliance once again for the eight straight year that I have been Sheriff. This is no small achievement and I'm proud of you all.

Sheriff Elmer Tanner

Compliance Operation

On 1/22/2020, Texas Department of Public Safety, Criminal Investigations Division in partnership with the Navarro County Sheriff's Office conducted a compliance operation of 25 registered sex offenders throughout Navarro County.

During the compliance operation, three sex offenders were found to be non-compliant. Two of the three non-compliant subjects also had parole warrants for their arrest.

DPS Special Agents and Navarro County Sheriffs Office detectives have obtained a felony warrant for failure to comply with sex offender requirements for all three individuals.

One of the three suspects was taken into custody on the warrants by NCSO deputies on 1/23/2020. The other two individuals are currently being sought by law enforcement.

Sheriff Elmer Tanner

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