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  • 02-27-15   Liberty County Interdiction Exploitation Operation 02/19/2015 After Action Report:
      Houston BEST (HSI, CBP, DPS), with personnel from Liberty County Sheriff Office (LCSO), HSI Beaumont, DEA Beaumont and with assistance from the Houston Police Department (HPD) conducted a contraband and bulk cash smuggling interdiction exploitation operation whereby the partner agencies leveraged targeted traffic stops to identify individuals and vehicles using hidden compartments or other concealment means to smuggle narcotics and/or currency transiting Liberty County, Texas with particular emphasis on vehicles connected to the Port of Houston or with ties to the international border.
      At approximately 4:pm this evening, Marshal Gerald Coffin of Dayton who was wanted on an Aggravated Assault warrant for the shooting of Victor Robert Pereida on CR 460 was arrested. Lead Investigator Sgt. Paul Lasco who has worked this case tirelessly since it occurred on February 14th and working off information gained from his on-going investigation determined that Coffin had rented a vehicle at the Enterprise Car Rental on Hwy. 90 in Liberty and was due to return the car this evening. With additional Deputies and D.P.S. Troopers watching the rental agency from a distance, Bernadette Ochoa was observed driving the gold colored pick-up truck to the rental agency to pick up Coffin. Shortly thereafter, Marshal Coffin drove the rental car back to turn it in. After he completed the paperwork and stepped outside to get into the pick-up truck with Ochoa, several Officers converged on the pair and both Coffin and Ochoa were arrested unarmed and without resistance. No weapon was found on Coffin at the time of his arrest.
  • 02-14-15   Shooting on CR 460, Liberty County
      Liberty County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to a shooting at #684 CR 460 at about 6:15am this morning in south Liberty County. Upon their arrival they found Victor Robert Pereida, age 50 years old suffering from five gunshot wounds to his body. Sgt. Bubba Pearson stated that from witness accounts, Marshal Gerald Coffin, age unknown was the shooter but had fled the scene prior to the arrival of Deputies and his whereabouts are still unknown at this time. Pereida was airlifted by Life Flight to Herman hospital in Houston and after surgery is presently in ICU in critical condition.
  • 02-12-15   Drug Arrest on CR 3561
      The Liberty County Sheriff’s Criminal Drug Interdiction Unit working in close conjunction with the Montgomery County Constable’s Pct. 4 Unit continues to make deep inroads into the drug traffic of Liberty County. At approximately 2:am this morning, Deputies from both departments, executed a search warrant issued out of Judge Mark Morefield’s 75th. District Court at the residence of John Robert McComb, DOB 11-19-64 located at #1 Cedar Place, also known as CR 3561 in north Liberty County of the Magnolia area.
  • 02-11-15   Shooting Death in Ames, Texas
      A 911 call to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Dispatcher at 5:54 am this morning sent Deputy William Candelari to what was originally called in as a civil disturbance. Prior to the arrival of Dep. Candelari a second call reported that a man had been shot. Upon the arrival of deputies, a man later identified as Tracy Holmes, age undetermined, was found lying in the intersection of Baker Circle and Kellum Street in the City of Ames, Texas, deceased from a gunshot to the head.
  • 02-07-15   Drug Arrest by Interdiction Unit
      Members of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Drug Interdiction Unit working with the Montgomery County Constable’s Office Pct. 4 ran a search warrant issued out of District Judge Mark Morefield’s 75th. District Court at approximately 9:pm last night and at 3:am this morning arrested two subjects on drug charges. Both agencies working on information received earlier arrested Steven (NMN) Hester, DOB 9-30-87 and Patricia Ann Sharp, DOB 3-12-75 of Porter, Texas at a house located at 117 Rice St. in Cleveland, Texas.
  • 02-05-15   Subject wanted on warrants evades Deputies.
      Early this morning, February 5, 2015 at approximately 2:50am, Deputies Ranson Martel and John Mendoza conducted a traffic stop on U.S. 90 East on the Trinity River Bridge in the city of Liberty, Texas. The vehicle was identified as a white 1997 Infinity, 4 door passenger car. Deputy Martel approached the driver of the vehicle who identified himself as Alvin Nelton, white male with a date of birth of January 25, 1992 of Devers, Texas. The driver further said that he was from Louisiana but gave an address of P.O. Box 216 in Devers.
  • 02-05-15   Mail Box Thefts
      The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a “public awareness” notice that outside mail boxes at the Hardin and Daisetta Post Offices have had the locks cut off the mail boxes and the mail stolen. According to Deputy William Candelari who has taken from 30 to 40 reports from citizen’s who’s checking accounts have been hit or credit card information stolen, the Sheriff’s Office has had over one hundred reports of such cases within the last three (3) weeks.
  • 02-05-15   Fake I.R.S Returns
      This is a “Public Awareness” alert to Citizens of Liberty County from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office regarding fake I.R.S returns being filed in the names of innocent victims. Although this activity has already been reported on in the larger cities media outlets, this is to inform the citizens of Liberty County that such criminal activity has also become active here within our own county.
  • 02-04-15   Applications being accepted through February 7, 2015 @ noon for Full-Time Dispatchers and Part-Time Dispatchers
       Receive incoming calls from the public, county departments, and law enforcement agencies  Receive 911 calls  Provide professional service when dealing with the citizens and public officials related to the activities performed by the communications division  Maintain radio communications with all local, county, state and federal agencies  Maintain liaison with other divisions of the Department
  • 01-21-15   Narcotics and Criminal Interdiction Statistics
      Sheriff Bobby Rader is committed to decreasing the usage, manufacturing and trafficking of illegal drugs in Liberty County, and when possible, even stopping those illegal activities all together. The sheriff has a two-person interdiction unit that focuses primarily on the thoroughfares were people are known to transport large amounts of illegal drugs. He also has a three-person “hot spot” unit that works with the Patrol Division and Narcotics in areas of the county that have reported problems to the Sheriff’s Office. Without the assistance from citizens as well as other law enforcement agencies, the Sheriff’s Office’s efforts wouldn’t be nearly as successful as they are today.
  • 01-15-15   Volunteers exceed 6,900 hours for Sheriff Office in 2014
      It has been an amazing past year of citizen volunteer participation by the four organizations assigned to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division. With a combined 6,969.3 hours of volunteer work donated to county community service computed at the national accepted rate of approximately $26.19 per hour, including benefits, for volunteer work if someone had to pay for such volunteer work. The volunteers have saved Liberty County tax payers a grand total of $182,525-96 for the year of 2014 as well as assisting a very undermanned Sheriff’s office in the process.
  • 01-13-15   Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Statistics For 2014
      The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) recently had their monthly staff meeting. Attending the meeting were the new County Judge, Jay Knight, and Pct. 2 Commissioner, Greg Arthur. The purpose of having the Judge and Commissioner as guests was so they could share their outlooks for their new terms in office. Judge Knight has experience working for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, while Commissioner Arthur has experience as a former, two-term Liberty County Sheriff. Both men gave their thoughts and ideas on questions and concerns that were voiced by the LCSO staff in attendance. The Judge and Commissioner both acknowledged the growth of Liberty County and realized its impact on one of the biggest facets of county government, the sheriff’s office.
  • 01-13-15   Robbery By Firearms on Hwy. 105
      At approximately 6:pm this evening, a lone gunman walked into the Exxon/Mobil station on Hwy. 105 in Tarkington and demanded money from the station operator while pointing a black semi-automatic pistol at her. After getting an undetermined amount of money, the suspect fled the scene in what was described as a black 4 dr. Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck with a chrome “diamond-plated” tool box in the bed of the truck. The suspect was last seen fleeing the scene at a high rate of speed, east on Hwy. 105. It is possible, according to witness accounts, that a second person may have been involved as the driver of the pick-up truck.
  • 01-12-15   Civil Stats For 2014
      Liberty County Sheriff Bobby Rader has released the year-end statistics for the Civil Division. For the two deputies and two clerks assigned to the Civil Division, 2014 was a busy year.
  • 01-12-15   Missing Person in Liberty County
      A call to the Liberty County Sheriff’s dispatcher at approximately 11:pm Sunday night regarding a “welfare check” could have easily evolved into the loss of life for a Liberty County resident had it not have been for the persistent and unrelenting search efforts of two Sheriff’s Deputies.
  • 12-30-14   Accidental Shooting of 15 year old.
      An accidental shooting on a hunting trip sent a young 15 year old boy to the hospital by Life Flight air ambulance with a .22 caliber gun shot wound to his left side. Deputy Sheriff Ruben Arrelano responded around 5:pm this evening to the call and was told the young man’s uncle, John Tuttle, age 44 who lives on CR 460 just off FM 1409 in South Liberty had been hunting for wild pigs and had killed one in a nearby wooded area. In an effort to recover the pig, the young man and his uncle were riding an ATV into the wooded area when a .22 caliber hand gun the young man was carrying fell to the ground and accidently discharged, striking the boy under his left arm.
      The Liberty County Sheriff's Office has been contacted by the owner of the rare and unique ATV and other equipment stolen and has advised that he is now increasing the reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the theft from the original $1,000 to a new reward offer of $5,000
  • 12-23-14   Burglary of a Habitation
      On Tuesday, December 23, 2014, Deputy Justin Johnston responded to a residential burglary on CR 2282 just off FM 163 in the Tarkington Prairie area just South of Cleveland, Texas. The home owner reported to Dep. Johnston that numerous personal items were stolen from his residence which included two (2) pistols. The home owner had security cameras operational and from the attached two (2) photos the suspect is seen at the front door of the home attempting to make entry by kicking the door in but was unsuccessful. Shortly thereafter the suspect made entry through a window near the front door. After the home burglary, the suspect left the scene in an unknown make and model white passenger car.
  • 12-22-14   Room Mate Shooting
      An early morning confrontation between room mates resulted in Johnathan Holmes Hunt, age 41 of CR 2218 in North Liberty County being shot one time in the right leg of the thigh area. The shooting which took place around 7: am this morning was reported to Liberty County Sheriff Deputy Justin Jonathan as being the result of an assault upon Donna Jay Wallace, age 58 of the same address who shot Hunt.

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