Jasper County

Rayburn Country - Jasper County drug raid

Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman and deputies raided a residence in Brookeland and arrested the 53-year-old resident there after discovering meth and more while executing a search warrant, reports Newman.

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The US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Miranda K. Ferguson at an apartment complex in the Houston area on March 11. Ferguson had four warrants of arrest including Aggravated Kidnapping, Interference with Child Custody, and two Capias warrants for failure to appear in court on previous Possession of a controlled Substance charges.

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Sheriff Mitchel Newman

Four people were arrested after a narcotics raid at a Jasper tattoo shop on March 5, reports the Jasper County Sheriff's Office.

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Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman issued a press release Feb. 20 to warn local residents to be wary of callers impersonating sheriff's deputies who are reportedly telling people they are calling in reference to tax returns.

According to the release, "The Jasper County Sheriff's Office is not a representative of the IRS or any other dept collector."

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Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman reports deputies with his office shut down an illegal gambling operation in Evadale, seizing three "eight-liners" and cash in the process.

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Miranda Ferguson is wanted in Jasper County on two counts of interference with child custody. Ferguson, mother to Rylee Ferguson, 7, was known to be in the Bryan/College Station area of Texas and may be making an attempt to cross into Mexico.

She was last seen Jan. 14, 2015. She is a Caucasian female with blue eyes and blonde hair, weighing about 110 pounds.

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For an unknown reason, a pedestrian ran out in front of an 18-wheeler on US 96 in Jasper County.  According to a press release, the accident, in which a 26-year-old man from Shelbyville, Texas was struck and killed, occurred about two miles south of Jasper at approximately 6:50 a.m., Jan. 21.

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Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman called the actions of terrorists in France responsible for the deaths of 17 people from Jan. 7 through Jan. 9 "sickening," mourned the loss of fellow law enforcers across the nation and warned people to obey officers' commands in order to avoid a bad situation.

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Sheriff Mitchel Newman

Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman's report, Dec. 22:

"Our stores are seeing an increase in shoplifting and to our surprise as to what some people will do.  It makes you wonder why they don’t just get a job and earn some money.

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Suspects, victim's truck, current suspected vehicle

Two suspects believed by sheriff's investigators to be responsible for the murder of 85-year-old Herbert Deaton of Jasper County are still at large and on the run but are no longer using the victim's truck, which was recovered in Abilene, the Jasper County Sheriff's Office reports.

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