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Authorities arrest fleeing suspect

The photo shows Suspect Carrillo after he was captured by authorities Saturday night.The photo shows Suspect Carrillo after he was captured by authorities Saturday night.

Sheriff Greg Capers with the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office, along with Warden Harris of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Correctional Institutions Division from the Polunsky Unit, combined forces and captured yet another wanted criminal.

On Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at approximately 8:39 p.m. Sergeant J. Slaughter conducted a traffic stop on Highway 59.

Suspect Carrillo stopped his vehicle and ran on foot from the scene after Slaughter found narcotics inside of his vehicle.

Immediately TDCJ Warden Harris of the Polunsky Unit was called, and he responded with six TDCJ tracking K-9’s.

Upon their arrival Harris, Correctional Officer T. Grimes and Slaughter started riding TDCJ horses in pursuit of the now fleeing Suspect Carrillo. After traversing about a mile of the bottom land, the K-9’s bayed Carrillo about 30-50 feet up a tree.

After a short time Carrillo came out of the tree and was immediately taken into custody at approximately 2344 hours and walked out of the woods close to the 400 block of Pelican Road.

Carrillo has now been filed on for the following offenses;

Evading Arrest / Detention with Prior Convictions (State Jail Felony)

Possession of a Controlled Substance (State Jail Felony)

Two Possession of Marijuana cases (Misdemeanor Class B)

All for the immediate problems listed from above.

Carrillo has also been implemented in a new Burglary of a Habitation charge out of the Shepherd area, which is a Felony of the second degree as well a Child Endangerment case which is a State Jail Felony. He is also looking at three to four more cases involving: kick burglaries in and around the Shepherd area.

“We would not have been successful without the assistance of Warden Harris or the TDCJ tracking K-9’s in the capture of this criminal” quotes Sheriff Capers. “TDCJ and the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office have and will continue to have a very strong working relationship together, just for taking criminals off of the streets like this one,” Capers said.

“It takes every agency working together to accomplish the tasks of putting criminals behind bars, where they belong, to make our streets and neighborhoods safer” he added.

5 arrested in alleged chop shop raid

The photo shows an alleged chop shop in Shepherd that authorities searched on Friday, Feb. 2. Five were arrested in connection with the shop. (MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE}The photo shows an alleged chop shop in Shepherd that authorities searched on Friday, Feb. 2. Five were arrested in connection with the shop. (MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE}

By Megan Whitworth
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Five people were arrested during a raid on an alleged chop shop in Shepherd on Friday, Feb. 2.

Matthew Follis was arrested and charged with nine counts of theft of vehicle, possession of controlled substance and felon in possession of firearm. Alexandria Holloway was arrested on nine counts of theft of vehicle, possession of controlled substance and felon in possession of firearm.

Shain Whitmore was arrested on two counts of vehicle theft. Everett McAdams was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. Shasta Cole was also arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.

San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with the Montgomery County Auto Theft Task Force and the Liberty County Constables Office received information that numerous stolen vehicles were located at two addresses in SJC. Deputies learned the addresses of the stolen vehicles were at 410 Our Road and 50 Little John Road, both inShepherd, according to a press release by Lieutenant Scott Spencer of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.

At about 6:45 a.m. on Friday, law enforcement officials executed the search warrant and have recovered eight stolen vehicles, three firearms and numerous amounts of narcotics including: marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin and Oxycontin medication, according to Spencer.

SJC Sheriff Greg Capers said that it was approximately $300,000 - $400,000 in total cost of vehicles.

As a result of the investigation, Deputies also learned that the two locations had known connections to the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas. Due to the violent history of the criminal gang, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office SWAT, along with Homeland Security Investigations and Texas Department of Public Safety were called in to assist with the execution of the search warrant.

COCISD moves forward on Bond

By Cassie Gregory
COCISD

The Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated Independent School District is moving forward with Bond projects and related curriculum plans.

“Bonds from both Proposition A and B have sold at very good rates,” Superintendent Leland Moore said. “The I&S tax rate will end up being approximately 12.5 cents for the upcoming tax year, which is even lower than we expected.”

Architects and administrators have been meeting with teachers to work on final drawings for buildings and additions, and construction has already begun on the high school track. It will be finished in time for spring track season. Construction will begin on campus projects when school releases for the summer.

Dr. Moore, district administrators, and Board of Trustees President Barbara Moore traveled to Sam Houston State University on Friday, Jan. 19, to attend a Collaborative Workforce Development Meeting. They met with university leaders from the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, Center for Innovation & Technology and College of Business Administration, Engineering Technology, Online Education, and College of Health Sciences. The groundwork was laid for future partnerships related to the new Career & Technology Education (CTE) expansion.

“The work that has been made possible by the voters of this district will serve the COCISD students and community for years to come,” Moore said.

Alleged chop shop raid in San Jacinto County

By Megan Whitworth
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Ten vehicles were found, thus far, chopped up when authorities raid an alleged chop shop on Friday, Feb. 2 in San Jacinto County, according to authorities.

SJC Sheriff Greg Capers said it was approximately $300,000 - $400,000 in total cost of vehicles.

The chop shop has alleged connections to the Aryan Brotherhood.

Five people were arrested in the raid, three men and two females, Capers said.

Charges will be at the least Possession of Meth, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Heroin, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Auto Theft and possibly Engaging in Organized Crime, according to Capers.

The investigation is still ongoing at this time.

Deputy Sheriff honored for ‘devotion to duty’

Sheriff Greg Capers shakes hands with Deputy Sheriff Cody Hardy as he holds a letter of commendation to honor the deputy for his selfless act of service for a family in need when he responded to a call at the end of January in Shepherd.Sheriff Greg Capers shakes hands with Deputy Sheriff Cody Hardy as he holds a letter of commendation to honor the deputy for his selfless act of service for a family in need when he responded to a call at the end of January in Shepherd.

By Megan Whitworth
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Deputy Sheriff Cody Hardy, of the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office, received a letter of commendation for his “devotion to duty and willingness to excel by performing his duties above the norm, showed that his moral compass is intact and pointed in the right direction” after he responded to a harassment call in the Shephed area on Jan. 21.
Upon arriving on the scene in late January, Hardy was able to settle the situation and resolve the dispute. While upon the scene, the Deputy was able to ascertain the true nature of the conflict, and took it upon himself to resolve the issue by his own means.

One party involved had been financially and physically devastated by last year’s Hurricane Harvey disaster. The spouse of one party had been paralyzed and no assistance had been give medically or fiancially to the couple involved. It was discovered by Hardy that they were down to a “half box of crackers” to sustain themselves.
Being emotionally distraught and physically drained, the couple was at wits end. Hardy resolved to contribute to their wellbeing as best he could by going to the local super market and purchasing the couple ample food to sustain them until additional means could be found.

Sheriff Greg Capers said Hardy spent about $100 of his money to help the family in need.

Hardy received the letter of commendation for his actions from Lieutenant R. Alexander and Capers at the end of January. The Sheriff said he presented it to Hardy “as a token of my appreciation for him stepping out and doing the right thing.”

“This unsolicited act of kindness simplifies the moral objectives of the type of deputies I am trying to retain here within the San Jacinto County Sheriff's Office,” Capers said.

Voter registration deadline approaching on Feb. 5

With the upcoming Feb. 5 voter registration deadline, Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos issued one last call-to-action by urging Texans to register and take the appropriate steps to be prepared to vote.

“Early preparedness is key for all Texans wishing to cast a vote. If you want your voice to be heard, you have to be prepared,” Pablos said. “It is imperative that all Texans wishing to cast a vote start early and undertake the necessary preparations to be able to vote. I personally want to make sure that all Texans who go to the polls during our state’s first-in-the-nation primary are properly registered and know what they need to bring in order to cast their ballot.”

Eligible Texans who are not already registered to vote must complete a voter registration application and submit it to the county voter registrar in their county of residence. In San Jacinto County, the Elections Administrator is Vicki Shelly. She can be contacted by phone at 936-653-5804. Her fax number is 936-653-5808. She is located at 51 E. Pine Ave, Room A1, Coldspring.

Completed voter registration applications must be postmarked by Feb. 5 in order to be accepted. Texans may check to see if they are already registered to vote through the by visiting votetexas.gov.

“I commend all Texans who take responsibility for their civic duty by exercising their right to vote,” Pablos said. “Most importantly, I encourage all Texans to work together to ensure that our youngest generation is instilled with a tradition of voting and encouraged to make their voices heard at the ballot box."

Texas voters who possess one of the seven approved forms of photo ID that they must present that ID at the polls. Voters who do not possess and cannot reasonably obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo ID may execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration form, available to them at each polling location, and provide a supporting form of identification. In addition, certain voters may qualify for certain exemptions to presenting an acceptable form of photo identification or following the Reasonable Impediment Declaration procedure.

“As election season approaches, my office is working diligently to ensure all eligible Texans understand proper voting procedures and requirements under Texas law,” Pablos said. “The Texas Secretary of State’s office is committed to providing information for all voters and educational resources to assist local election officials in conducting successful elections throughout the Lone Star State.”

The seven forms of approved photo ID are:

Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
Texas Handgun License issued by DPS
United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph
United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph United States Passport (book or card)
With the exception of the U.S. Citizenship Certificate, which does not expire, the acceptable photo ID must be current or, for voters aged 18-69, have expired no more than four years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place. A voter 70 years of age or older may use a form of acceptable photo ID listed above that has expired for any length of time if the identification is otherwise valid.

If a voter does not possess one of the forms of acceptable photo identification listed above, and the voter cannot reasonably obtain such identification, the voter may fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration form, which will be available at each polling location, and present a copy or original of one of the following supporting forms of identification:

a government document that shows the voter's name and an address, including the voter's voter registration certificate
a current utility bill
a bank statement
a government check
a paycheck
a certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate
a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes the voter's identity (which may include a foreign birth document)

The address on an acceptable form of photo identification or a supporting form of identification, if applicable, does not have to match the voter's address on the list of registered voters.

If a voter meets these requirements and is otherwise eligible to vote, the voter will be able to cast a regular ballot in the election.

Voters with a disability may apply with the county voter registrar for a permanent exemption to presenting an acceptable form of photo identification or following the Reasonable Impediment Declaration procedure at the polls. Voters with a religious objection to being photographed or voters who do not present an acceptable form of photo identification or follow the Reasonable Impediment Declaration procedure at the polls because of certain natural disasters may apply for a temporary exemption to presenting an acceptable form of photo identification or following the Reasonable Impediment Declaration procedure. For more details, voters may contact Shelly.

Voters with questions about how to cast a ballot in upcoming elections can call 1-800-252-VOTE

For more information on voting in Texas, visit votetexas.gov.