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Panola County Sheriff's Office Blotter: Man arrested in stabbing incident
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The following items were submitted by the Panola County Sheriff’s Office.

Friday, Oct. 23

  • Deputy Jacob Samford took a report of assault that occurred on County Road 108. Complainant stated that she and her husband were having an argument when he took a flower pot holder and pressed it to her neck. Complainant advised that her husband then got into his truck and left the residence. Photographs were taken of the complainant’s injuries and information was forwarded to the district attorney’s office.
  • Deputy Jeff Martin responded to a residence on County Road 199 in reference to a burglary. Upon arrival, Deputy Martin met with the complainant who stated that his neighbors have been stealing his electricity by running a wire from his property to theirs. Complainant also advised that he believes the subjects have broken into his barn and stolen numerous items. Deputy Martin located the wire and disconnected it. Numerous items were also located on the suspect’s property that the complainant confirmed were the items stolen from his barn. A warrant was issued and both suspects have been arrested.

Saturday, Oct. 24

  • While on patrol, Deputy Stephen Gillie and Deputy Jacob Samford conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for an equipment violation. Upon making contact with the male driver, Deputy Gillie immediately detected the odor of what he believed to be marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. When questioned, the subject admitted to having marijuana inside the vehicle as well as a firearm. A search of the vehicle was then conducted, and deputies located the firearm as well as a bag of suspected marijuana and a container of edible cannabis gummies. The subject was placed under arrest for possession of marijuana and unlawfully carrying a weapon.

Sunday, Oct. 25

  • Deputy Phillip Grimes responded to a residence on County Road 202 in reference to an assault that had already occurred. Upon arrival, Deputy Grimes met with the complainant, who stated that a male subject came to his residence. Complainant advised that he told the subject to leave, but the subject exited his vehicle instead and approached him in an aggressive manner. Complainant stated that a physical altercation ensued where he received several cuts to his face, arms and legs. Complainant advised that the subject then got into his truck and ran over his mailbox before leaving the property. The subject was located a short time later and placed under arrest for assault, criminal trespass and criminal mischief.
  • While on patrol, Deputy Jacob Samford and Deputy Stephen Gillie observed a UTV occupied by two male subjects being driven on the roadway. Deputies also observed the driver of the UTV to be swerving and failing to maintain a single lane. Deputies then attempted to initiate a traffic stop, at which time the driver accelerated and turned down a lease road. After approximately two miles, deputies were unable to continue pursing the UTV due to the condition of the lease road. After further investigation, the identities of the two subjects has been obtained and information will be forwarded to the DA’s office.
  • Panola County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence on FM 1970 in reference to a disturbance. Upon deputies’ arrival, it was discovered that a male subject had become angry and at first assaulted by his girlfriend by putting her in a chokehold causing her to have difficulty breathing. The girlfriend then left the residence. The subject then began having a physical altercation with his stepdad, at which time he produced two pocket knives and proceeded to stab his father multiple times in the back. The stepfather was taken by EMS for treatment and the suspect was placed under arrest for assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Monday, Oct. 26

  • Constable Bryan Murff took a report of burglary of habitation that occurred on County Road 160. Complainant stated that some unknown actor(s) entered his residence without permission and stole his internet modem, Kindle tablet and several pieces of jewelry. This case is being investigated.

Wednesday, Oct. 28

  • Deputy Heather Green took a report of theft that occurred on County Road 311. Complainant stated that some unknown actor(s) came onto the property and stole a line locator transmitter and receiver. Both items have been entered into TCIC/NCIC as stolen.

Thursday, Oct. 29

While on patrol, Deputy Randy Payne and Deputy Stephen Gillie observed a suspicious vehicle parked on a lease road. Deputies made contact with the male driver, who advised that he had a flat tire. While speaking with the subject, deputies detected the odor of what they believed to be burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Deputies had the subject exit the vehicle, at which time Deputy Gillie observed a cigarette pack on the ground next to the vehicle. Upon opening the cigarette pack, Deputy Gillie located a syringe and a bag containing suspected methamphetamine. The subject was then placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance and taken to the Panola County Detention Center.

State Capital Highlights: It’s not just Election Day any longer

For most Texans, Election Day is a misnomer.

More Texans voted early this year than cast their ballots during all of the 2016 general election. Many more voted early than went to the polls on Election Day.

A record 9.7 million people, or 57 percent of registered voters, completed their civic duty during the extended early voting period of Oct. 13-30, or by mail, according to the Texas Secretary of State.

Voters don’t register by party in Texas, so political pundits could only speculate about whether the record early turnout favored either Democrats or Republicans. Either way, the intense voter interest is unquestioned. When final election results are in, the state’s percentage of registered voters who cast ballots was expected to surpass 60 percent for the first time since the early 1990s.

20 years of deaths daily on TX roads

Texas is approaching a deadly milestone that the Texas Department of Transportation is working to prevent.

The last deathless day on Texas roads was Nov. 7, 2000. Through its campaign #EndTheStreak, TxDOT is trying to stop 20 consecutive years of daily deaths on Texas roads. During that time, more than 70,000 people have died.

An average of 10 people die every day in crashes in the state.

“This is so horrific. Come on Texas! We can do better!” said Dr. Beverly Thompson Kuhn of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

A&M study analyzes Medicaid expansion

The state of Texas could deal with part of its looming budget shortfall by expanding Medicaid coverage, according to Republican Rep. Lyle Larson of San Antonio.

Larson’s position, endorsed by the Texas Medical Association, came in response to a new Texas A&M study that Medicaid expansion would bring the state about $5.4 billion from the federal government. Texas is one of 12 states that have chosen to not participate in Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

Most state Republicans strongly oppose the Affordable Care Act, which is going before the U.S. Supreme Court.

“As we address the budget shortfall in the next session, we should seriously consider accessing federal Medicaid funding,” Larson tweeted. “This recently released study shows Texas is losing out on $5.4 billion while 38 other states are taking the federal dollars.”

New law protects breastfeeding mothers

Women are allowed to pump breast milk anywhere in public, the Texas Comptroller’s Office reminded the public in its latest issue of “Tax Policy News.”

A bill passed in the last legislative session aims to make it clear for businesses and employers that breast pumping in public is allowed just as breastfeeding already was under Texas law.

Texas Health and Human Services offers support for breastfeeding mothers. The Texas Lactation Support Hotline number is (855) 550-6667.

Butterflies are free; license plate is $30

You can soon buy a Texas license plate that floats like a butterfly, or at least appears to do so.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department recently announced the winner of its newest conservation license plate design. The public selected its favorite monarch butterfly design through an online survey.

Proceeds from the sale of the plates go to help conserve monarch butterflies and other at-risk, non-game species native to Texas. To be notified when the plates go on sale in March, sign up at http://bit.ly/TPWDEmailNotification.

All conservation specialty plates cost $30 a year, with $22 going to the parks and wildlife agency.

Changes proposed to sexual assault laws

Look for laws regarding sexual assault to change in the upcoming legislative session.

The Sexual Assault Survivors’ Task Force has issued its first report to the Texas Legislature. The group began meeting earlier this year after being created by the passage of House Bill 1590 during the 2019 session.

The report includes 11 policy recommendations for the upcoming legislative session. A few of those:

  • Remove law enforcement’s ability to decline forensic medical examinations for sexual assaults reported within 120 hours and clarify language pertaining to law enforcement’s ability to decline forensic medical examinations outside of 120 hours.
  • Require law enforcement to complete the Office of the Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Request for Sexual Assault Exam form for every sexual assault that is reported to them.
  • Require that a forensic medical exam be offered to all children who report a sexual assault, including cases reported more than 120 hours post-assault.
  • Remove the word “alleged” when referencing a sexual assault or other sex offense.

One-third of adult Texans, or 6.3 million people, have experienced sexual assault at some point in their lives, according to a 2015 study by the University of Texas at Austin’s Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

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