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Last defendant sentenced in Rusk County cattle theft

Charlie Long, 36, of Nacogdoches, was sentenced last Thursday in connection to a 2014 cattle theft case in Rusk County. His arrest and subsequent guilty plea were a result of an investigation by TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand with assistance from TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson. The rangers worked with local officials to see the case through sentencing, which saw Long get 2 years in state prison plus court costs and a $75 donation to TSCRA’s Operation Cow Thief program. He will be incarcerated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Read more…

General Discussion, Theft & Law Read more... Apr 10, 2017

South Dakota cattle thief apprehended in Fayette County

Nicholas Tooker, 37, was taken into custody Thursday in Round Top on a felony cattle theft warrant from South Dakota. The arrest came after an investigation by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Mike Barr. Tooker was arrested without incident by a Fayette County Constable and transported to the Fayette County Jail for booking. He will be held in lieu of bond and awaits extradition to South Dakota on one count of felony grand theft of cattle. Read more…

General Discussion, Theft & Law Read more... Apr 07, 2017

Sterling Cattle Company named 2016 Outstanding Rangeland Stewards, Hemphill named Prosecutor of the Year

Sterling Cattle Company of Coahoma, Texas was named the 2016 winner of the prestigious Outstanding Rangeland Steward Award for its dedication to protecting Texas’ vast natural resources. The award was conferred today at the 2017 Cattle Raisers Convention and Expo in San Antonio, Texas on behalf of TSCRA and the Texas Section of the Society for Range Management. Heath Hemphill was also named Prosecutor of the Year for his dedication to prosecuting cases of agricultural crime. Hemphill is the district attorney for the 42nd District Court in Coleman County, Texas. Special Ranger Joe Roberts nominated Hemphill as this year’s recipient. Dennis Braden, chair of TSCRA’s Law Enforcement Committee announced the award. Read more…

General Discussion, Theft & Law Read more... Apr 03, 2017

North Richland Hills man sentenced in felony theft

Jerry Dean Kulow, 58, of North Richland Hills, Texas was sentenced March 28 in connection to a 2014 cattle theft case in Wise County. Kulow was found guilty by a Wise County judge in September on third-degree felony theft of livestock. He was sentenced to two years deferred adjudication and ordered to pay more than $13,000 in restitution to the victim. Kulow’s arrest, conviction and sentencing followed an investigation by TSCRA Special Ranger John Bradshaw, with assistance from Special Ranger Wayne Goodman and Texas Game Warden Chris Dowdy. Read more…

General Discussion, Theft & Law Read more... Mar 29, 2017

Wood County man arrested on concealing stolen property charge

A Woods County man was arrested last week and charged with one count of knowingly concealing stolen property. TSCRA Special Ranger Brett Wellden conducted the investigation into cattle thefts in Woods County area, which led to the recovery of a Ford pickup truck, mower and trailer, as well as some of the stolen cattle. Read more…

General Discussion, Theft & Law Read more... Mar 27, 2017

TSCRA Crime Watch: Theft of horses, saddles, tack and polo equipment in WTX

TSCRA Special Ranger Kenny Wadsworth, Dist. 17 in West Texas, reports the theft of 4 horses, saddles, tack and polo equipment from a property in Midland sometime between March 5 and 8. Stolen was a large dark bay Thoroughbred mare with a small star and a roached mane, age 6; a smaller dark bay gelding with a large star shaped like the continent of Australia and a roached mane, age 8; and two chestnut or light bay mares. The stolen bridles are marked and/or stamped “5 Star.” The stolen saddles are three light suede, a dark suede; a smooth Texas polo saddle; and a large smooth saddle. The polo mallets are marked JW, NW and MW. There were at least 30 mallets. A reward is offered for information leading to recovery of the stolen items. Anyone with information is urged to contact Special Ranger Wadsworth at 325-392-2552.

General Discussion, Crime Watch, General Discussion, Theft & Law Read more... Mar 23, 2017

TSCRA Crime Watch: Large TSCRA posted sign stolen in SE TX

TSCRA Special Ranger Brent Mast, District 22 in southeast Texas, reports the theft of a large custom gate sign stolen from a property near Madisonville in Madison County. Sometime between March 20 and 21 a thief or thieves removed bolts to take the 2-by-4-foot TSCRA blue gate sign. If you have any information regarding this theft, please contact Special Ranger Mast at 936-851-0122.

General Discussion, Crime Watch, General Discussion, Theft & Law Read more... Mar 23, 2017

TSCRA Crime Watch: Sorrel mare missing in SE OK

TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in eastern Oklahoma, reports the theft of a horse from a pasture in McCurtain County sometime between March 5 and 7. The 1999 sorrel Quarter Horse mare has a star, strip and snip, as well as a J bar connected brand on the left thigh. The mare is bred and due to foal soon. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.

General Discussion, Crime Watch, General Discussion, Theft & Law Read more... Mar 16, 2017

Canyon Lake man arrested after passing bad check for cattle

A Canyon Lake man was taken into custody last week on one count of obtaining merchandise by false pretenses, using a bogus check or con game after an investigation by TSCRA Special Ranger Mike Barr and Special Agent Michael Hooper of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Service. Read more…

General Discussion, Theft & Law Read more... Mar 15, 2017

Mason man arrested in livestock theft case

Jim H. Schmidt, 34, of Mason, was arrested on a charge of theft on March 10 as the result of an investigation by TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills. Schmidt stands accused of passing a bad check in 2015 for $46,000 worth of sheep and goats from a sale in Hamilton. Read more…

General Discussion, Theft & Law Read more... Mar 14, 2017