The Sheriff’s Office received 143 Calls for Service during the past 7-day period ending Sunday, September 1, 2019. On the day of this report there were 28 individuals incarcerated in the Archer County Jail consisting of 24 men and 4 women. During the month of August, 2019, 51 individuals were arrested and booked into the Archer County Jail consisting of 39 men and 12 women.
Monday was quiet with very little activity. The deer are starting to move about and an accident involving a pickup and a deer occurred on Hwy 25 near FM 368. No injuries were reported and vehicle damage was minimal. Please be mindful of deer on the move. Also, phone scams are running rampant with several being reported on a daily basis. I can’t stress enough that you should never give money, information, Target or Walmart cards, or any other thing of value to someone over the phone. I can promise you that the IRS, DEA, Social Security Administration, etc., WILL NOT come arrest you or send someone to arrest you if you don’t. That’s not how they operate! These calls come from all over the US and foreign countries and there’s no way to track the scammers for prosecution especially if you willingly give them what they ask for.
Just before 7:30am Tuesday morning, Windthorst, Scotland, Bowman, and Lakeside City 1st Responders, along with Deputies, DPS, TxDot, and AMR ambulance responded to a major vehicle accident on US 281 near Coleman Rd. A female driver of one of the vehicles was pronounced deceased at the scene. The female driver of the other vehicle was seriously injured and transported to a Wichita Falls Hospital for treatment. Two children involved in the accident were not injured. Heavy rain in the area was the suspected cause of the accident.
Shortly after 11:30am Tuesday morning, a 24-year-old woman reported a disturbance between her and her parents. She advised that her parents are very controlling and have taken her cell phone and her keys and will not let her leave the house. She advised that they blame all their problems on her mental illness but they are the ones who are mental. While a Deputy was responding to the call the woman called back and advised that she was mistaken and she had just replaced her keys. She said she had left the residence and that for 24 years her parents had controlled her life and mentally and physically abused her. She said they should be sent to prison. She did not request any further assistance from law enforcement.
On Wednesday, 2 separate fires were reported in Archer County. One in Dundee was a controlled burn that got out of control and no water was available to douse the flames. The other was 2 different spots on US 82 near Holliday caused by a malfunctioning trailer being pulled by another vehicle. Archer County is currently in a Burn Ban and no controlled burns are allowed. For further information about what is allowed you should contact the Emergency Management Office at 940-574-2868.
Around 8am Thursday morning, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline notified dispatch that a 20- year-old Lakeside City man had cut his arm with a knife and had taken several pills. The service advised that a family member was also in the home but was unaware of the incident. Deputies and Lakeside City 1st Responders went to the residence and made contact with the man. He was eventually transported to a Wichita Falls hospital for treatment. The family will follow up with mental health treatment.
Just before 7:30pm Thursday evening, a Megargel man reported that his father was intoxicated and out in the street yelling at him. He advised his father was attempting to get into a physical altercation with him. Deputies responded and found the intoxicated man being detained by witnesses. The caller had been assaulted by his father and was placed under arrest for Assault Family Violence. He was transported to the Archer County Jail where he remains in custody with bonds totaling $10,500. He was also in possession of Marijuana less than 2oz and was charged for that as well.
Around 12:30am early Friday morning, a travelling motorist advised that he just observed a black truck crash into a building in Windthorst. Deputies, DPS, and medical personnel responded and found the vehicle crashed into a building in the 19000 block of US 281. The building was unoccupied at the time of the crash and the driver was stable and up walking around. The cause of the accident was unknown.
Around 10:30pm Friday night, a travelling motorist reported that a man was lying on the shoulder of Hwy 79 near Carter Rd. He said he stopped to check on the man who was now walking but he was wearing dark clothing and hard to see. Deputies responded and found the man near T bone Rd. Medics were called to check him out but the man refused to be treated. He was placed under arrest for Public Intoxication and transported to the Archer County Jail where he was released the following morning with a citation.
Shortly after 3pm on Saturday, an Archer City woman reported that 2 dogs were in the yard of her apartment which was preventing her from letting her dog outside. Archer City Police responded and found the 2 small dogs that belonged to another resident in the apartment complex who was out of town. The dogs had been left outside for a couple of days without food or water. Another neighbor agreed to take care of the dogs until the owner could be located. Police are investigating this as an animal cruelty case.
Around 6pm Saturday evening, a rural Archer County woman reported that her 16-year-old nephew was threatening to take his own life because he had a fight with his girlfriend. She advised that he and the girl had a 5 week old baby together and the boy was suffering from depression. Deputies responded and spoke with the young man who agreed to speak with someone working with mental health authorities. A mental health worker visited the home and later advised he was safe to stay at home with his parents and would seek counseling in the coming week.
Just before 8am Sunday morning, a Holliday area landowner reported there were people hunting on his land without permission. The caller said he approached the men and one of them argued with him. A Game Warden was contacted and he spoke with the land owner. The land owner decided he did not want to file any charges on the men. Holliday Police advised they would follow up on the complaint.
Just before noon on Sunday, medical personnel with a Wichita Falls hospital reported that a 4-year-old girl was in the ER after being bitten by a hunting dog on FM 1954 east of Hwy 79. It was not known at the time of the call who owned the dogs but information received stated that the child got in the middle of 2 dogs fighting. A Deputy responded and spoke with family members of the child who gave information of the possible dog owner. The Deputy is following up on the case.
Just before 8pm Sunday evening, a Deputy went to a Windthorst residence looking for a man wanted for a previous drug charge. The man was previously arrested and posted bond but his bonding company went off his bond due to a violation of his contract with the company. He was located and transported to the Archer County Jail where he was released the following day after posting a new bond of $10,000.