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Game Warden Field Notes

The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports. A “Dead” Giveaway Circling buzzards are usually a “dead” giveaway, so when a Smith County game warden responded to a call about a suspicious-looking personal watercraft beached on an island at Lake Palestine with vultures in the trees around it, he came prepared for the worst. The caller had stated that the watercraft looked abandoned and due to the presence of vultures he was concerned someone may be deceased nearby. Once on scene, the warden determined there was nothing for the vultures to scavenge other than the watercraft, which had recently been stolen from a Wood County lake and parked near a vulture roost. The craft was recovered and information forwarded to the Wood County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation into how it ended up on Lake Palestine is ongoing. Another “Dead’ Giveaway A kettle of vultures circling a few hundred feet above the highway caught the attention of a Val Verde County game warden on Sunday morning patrol in mid-October. He was able to locate their target carrion, two freshly killed white-tailed deer fawns hidden in the brush that appeared to have suffered gunshot wounds. His investigation into the deaths of the young deer led the warden to a nearby house where he found a doe hanging on a skinning rack with what also...

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Peace Officers Staying ALERRT

Freestone County law enforcement officers recently participated in specialized training provided by Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT). The two, 2-day classes focused on active shooter response training and solo officer deployment, equipping the officers with the skills necessary to respond to active shooter situations. Deputies of the Freestone County Sheriff’s Department, Wortham Police Department, and Constable Buck Bonner joined by fellow officers from agencies all over Texas, and even as far as Anchorage, Alaska, attended extensive training last week in Fairfield. Participants reviewed response protocols and learned tactics for handling active shooter situations, as well as training...

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Teague Police Report – Nov. 15th

Monday, November 6, 2017 10:54 AM Officer Keale responded to a criminal trespass matter in the 400 block of N. 8th Ave. 1:55 PM Officer Keale was dispatched to a business alarm on Hwy 84. 2:06 PM Officer Keale responded to a welfare concern in the 1000 block of Sandy Oak Lane. 6:43 PM Officer Keale responded to assist Texas DPS with a BOLO from Mexia PD. 8:19 PM Officer Cox was dispatched to a harassment call by FCSO. Tuesday, November 7, 2017 5:49 AM Officer Cox was dispatched to a business alarm on Main Street. 12:09 PM Officer Keale was flagged down by a citizen for directions at S. 11th and Elm. 1:13 PM Officer Keale responded to an animal complaint kat S. 6th Ave and Pine St. 5:02 PM Officer Keale was dispatched to a suspicious person in the 100 block of Burnim. 5:49 PM Officer Keale handled a call involving Adult Protective Services. 8:41 PM Officer Cox was dispatched to handle a civil matter on County Road 862. Wednesday, November 8, 2017 3:09 AM Officer Cox was dispatched to assist with a medical call on FM 1365. 12:17 PM Officer Morgan responded to an Illegal Dumping call at Daniels Exxon. 1:42 PM Officer Morgan was dispatched to a business alarm on Hwy 84. Thursday, November 9, 2017 11:00 AM Officer Morgan was dispatched to a downed...

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Fairfield Police Report – Nov. 15th

by Chief of Police Kenny Bulger Monday, Nov. 6th 1:04 PM-Officer Markham on report animal bite at ER, incident happened in other county. 3:33 PM-Officer Markham to PD to meet a complainant. 4:22 PM-Officer Markham on report on minor wreck in parking lot. 7:24 PM-Officer Scarrow and Lawrence on report of suspicious person. Tuesday, Nov. 7th 2:00 AM-Officer Scarrow and Lawrence on report of prowler, was unable to locate anyone. 7:15 PM-Officer Markham assist stranded motorist. 3:15 PM-Officer Markham to meet a complainant. 4:03 PM-Officer Markham on report of trailer in edge of roadway, Owner moved. 5:33 PM-Officer Scarrow...

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Game Warden Field Notes

The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.   Special of the Day Dallas area game wardens received a request from the Animal Welfare Institute in Washington D.C. to look into the possible illegal possession and/or sale of shark fins for shark fin soup at local establishments. Shark fin soup is a traditional ceremonial dish in the Chinese culture. The wardens were asked to visit several restaurants in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that advertised shark fin soup on their menus. Shark fins are considered some of the world’s most expensive seafood and high demand for it supports a world-wide black market. At the first establishment they visited, the wardens did not see shark fin soup on the house menu. But, after inquiring about the dish from the hostess, they were given a special menu that included the shark fin soup. The wardens acted skeptical about the authenticity of the ingredients. The restaurant manager came over and assured them the shark fin soup was the real deal, and to prove it he escorted them to a walk-in freezer. Hidden in the back of the freezer tucked behind several other items were six gallon-sized bags of frozen shark fin soup. The restaurant manager also informed the wardens that the supermarket next door sold shark fins in their fresh seafood department. With that information, the...

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