The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office has been made aware today that suspects are once again calling residents and making threats of victims being arrested if they do not provide funds via a pre-paid card.
The most recent incident is targeting Registered Sex Offenders in Hunt County. The suspects instructed the victim to go to Wal-Mart and to upload money on a pre-paid card and they would meet them at the Sheriff’s Office and to call back and let the suspect know the card was
purchased. When the return call was placed the suspect asked for the numbers over the phone, the victim refused and it sounded as if the suspect was speaking over a police radio asking for a unit “on standby for an arrest”.
The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office would like the public to know that at no time will we ask for any type of payment over the phone. Information on how to protect yourself from this type of scam or any other scam can be obtained from the Federal Trade Commission website at no cost.
Sheriff Meeks stated: “These scammers target all members of a community and we are asking everyone to be vigilant when it comes to protecting your finances. If you have any concerns contact the Sheriff’s Office or your local Police Department”.
Sheriff Randy Meeks
Active Shooter Course
Free to Public
Sheriff Randy Meeks wants to invite everyone to attend the free program “A public shooter in the making Mindset of an Active Shooter on the following date and time.
Date: February 22nd, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Location: The Church at River Oaks5903 Joe Ramsey Blvd. Greenville TX 75402
This program is beneficial for any church wishing to put a security team in place and businesses that want to better train their employees on what to look for and how to report suspicious activity.
Sheriff Meeks stated: “It is sad that we live in a day and time that we have to be alert in our places of worship. However, recent events have shown that we must constantly be vigilant in our daily lives and I believe that this program will teach our citizens how to prepare themselves”.
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Robert Mitchell Self, 32, of Wolfe City, Texas, surrendered to Fannin County authorities in November for hindering a secured creditor. Self was also arrested in October for theft of livestock in Rains County.
Both charges follow investigations by Special Rangers of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA).
In the latest case, Special Ranger Troy McKinney and Bonham Police Department Detective Terry Edington began an investigation after a representative of Fannin Bank contacted them. The bank alleges that Self borrowed $750,000 for the purchase of cattle but quit making payments on the loan in 2018. The subsequent investigation revealed that Self had sold the animals and failed to apply those proceeds to the banknote, resulting in estimated losses of more than $500,000.
After his surrender, Self was booked and released on a $50,000 bond. He will face a first-degree felony charge of hindering a secured creditor, which carries a sentence to 5-99 years in prison, fines of up to $10,000 and restitution.
Special Ranger Bo Fox investigated the earlier Rains County case. According to Fox, Self purchased more than $80,000 worth of cattle at the Emory Livestock Commission throughout the summer of 2017. He took possession of the cattle but failed to make any payment for them until the investigation began a year later. As of his arrest, he still owed approximately $40,000.
Self was indicted by a Rains County grand jury on one charge of theft of livestock, a third-degree felony. If convicted, Self could spend up to 10 years in prison and pay restitution and fines of up to $10,000.
TSCRA would like to thank Special Rangers Troy McKinney and Bo Fox for their work on both cases, as well as the Bonham Police Department, Detective Terry Edington, Fannin County District Attorney Richard Glaser, and the Rains County District Attorney’s office.
December 5th, 2019
On December 4th, 2019 at approximately 10:00 a.m. a Deputy with the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office was made aware that the Department of Public Safety was attempting to catch up to a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Interstate 30.
The suspect vehicle passed the Deputy at a high rate of speed and a pursuit was initiated which continued eastbound on Interstate 30 with the suspect passing other motorists on the shoulder of the road. The pursuit reached speeds in excess of 115 mph until the suspect exited SH 50 proceeding southbound in the northbound lanes. The suspect attempted to turn on to FM 2736 where he failed to navigate the turn and crashed in the ditch disabling the vehicle. The suspect then fled on foot and was pursued by the Deputy along with assistance from the Greenville Police Department. As the foot pursuit continued across a pasture a local homeowner exited his tractor and prevented the suspect from crossing a fence. The suspect was apprehended moments later without further incident. The suspect was evaluated at the scene by AMR and released at which time he was transported to the Hunt County Detention Center.
The suspect was identified as Troyce Landon Jr. a 21 year old male from Glen Heights Texas. Mr. Landon was booked in on charges of Evading Arrest/Detention with a vehicle and Evading Arrest and bond has been set at $14,000.00 for both charges.
Sheriff Meeks stated: “This suspect showed a complete lack of regard for the safety of anyone on the road and this could have gone very different. I am thankful that no one was injured. I would like to thank the Greenville Police Department as well as the homeowner who assisted in the apprehension of the suspect”.
Sheriff Randy Meeks
Darious Dozier has been identified as last night’s victim of the fatality motorcycle accident. Dozier served Honorably with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division as a forward observer (13F) he was an outstanding soldier, a loving father, an outdoorsman, expert rider, and an activist for fellow veterans in his community. Funeral services are to be determined.The family asks for prayers and also for riders and drivers alike to be aware and cautious. This beautiful weather brings out the bikes and trikes and we all deserve to be safe. Please wear your helmets and ride safe.
Darious Dozierhe leaves behind a wife and 2 young kids.A friend of Darious leaves us with this message:”
Dozier was a Army Combat Veteran, my best friend. We served a tour in Afghanistan together in 2010. He bought his home in Greenville last year, I closed on mine 2 weeks later. He was an expert level rider. He will be truly missed.”
Emergency personnel have been busy over the weekend in Hunt County.
On Friday night Hunt County EMS along with Caddo Mills Fire responded to the area of I-30 near mile marker 89 for reports of a motorcycle accident. Upon arrival units found the bike and rider in the ditch. Reports from one caller were the bike hit a Coyote causing the motorcycle to wreck, this has yet to be confirmed. Unfortunately the rider passed away from his injuries.
On Saturday Hunt County EMS along with Greenville Fire were dispatched to the area of I-30 service road near Joe Gibsons for reports of another biker down. Upon arrival the biker was Unconscious but breathing, AirEvac out of Greenville was put on standby. Sadly once the helicopter was launched EMS stated that CPR was in progress, later finding out that this rider passed away from their injuries also.
It is exactly unknown at this time besides the initial dispatch, on what exactly caused either accident, as that is still being investigated.
We want to give our condolences to both families, and all involved in these over the weekend fatality accidents.
Press Release From Royse City P.D:
On August 15, 2019 at approximately 10:15 A.M., a Cumby Police Officer was physically assaulted and the suspect fled in a vehicle westbound I-30.
The suspect in an attempt to elude police wrecked his vehicle in the area of I-30 and Erby Campbell Blvd. The suspect fled on foot to Walmart. Information obtained from the Cumby officer indicated that the suspect was armed with a pistol.
Royse City, Rockwall County Sheriff Deputies, along with DPS Troopers set up a perimeter. Walmart employees and citizens were evacuated from the store. A search of the facility along with the assistance of a Police K-9 found the suspect hiding inside.
The suspect was taken into custody and no citizens or law enforcement were injured. Thank you everyone for your cooperation during this chaotic situation. The public’s safety is always paramount.
Hunt County Sheriffs Office have units enroute to Rodeo Dr off of FM 751 for a caller who states her neighbor has been shot.
HCEMS & Tawakoni South Fire units are enroute to the scene but staging. It is unknown if this is self inflicted, or if he was shot by another person.
Helicopter on standby 18:25
Hunt County Officers on scene advising it is clear for EMS & Fire clear to make scene.
Helicopter being launched, landing zone being set up at the Tawakoni South Fire Department 18:34
Air-Evac 67 safely off the ground back enroute to the base. Patient was not flown out.
All incoming officers have been disregarded, at this time there is no threat to the public. We will update with full story when we learn more.
Commerce Police Department along with Commerce Fire & Hunt County EMS units are responding to a shots fired call in the 900 block of Bois D Arc Street.
EMS & Commerce Fire units will be staging for officers to clear the scene
EMS & Fire have been disregarded.
The Commerce Police are at the Hunt Memorial Hospital of Commerce with security guards at the doors.
It’s unclear at this time if anyone was actually shot. We do know someone was drove to the E.R.
This is a developing story and we will update as we learn more