Freestone County Sheriff's Office

Wed
05
Sep

Calpine donates to FCSO

Calpine Corporation donated $2,000 to Freestone County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday, Aug. 29, which Sheriff Jeremy Shipley says the department will use to buy two Tasers. “We have a couple of officers trained,” said Shipley. “We’ll be for sure buying two for those individuals.” Shipley said he would like to have four to six because “it’s important to have another non-lethal option.” Pictured from left are Deputy Devin Mowry, Calpine Plant Manager Ty Pate, Calpine Business Manager John Taylor, and Sheriff Jeremy Shipley.

Photo by April Walker

Wed
29
Aug

2 arrested in pot operation

Two individuals were arrested in Kirvin after officers discovered a marijuana growth operation while following up on an alleged threat report.

Freestone County Sheriff’s Lt. Robert Willis arrested 68-year-old Richard Burton Reichert and his wife, Terri Lynn Reichert, 57, at their home in Kirvin on FM 80 North Saturday, Aug. 25.

Deputies allegedly found an active marijuana

 

Wed
15
Aug

Oilfield thefts end in arrest

Michael Allison

After a four month investigation, a Freestone County man has been arrested for oilfield thefts. Reports show that Michael Allen Allison, 47, was arrested by Freestone County Deputy John Steele at Limestone County Jail on Thursday, Aug. 2.

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Wed
18
Jul

Three arrested in drug bust

Joe Lane

The Freestone County Sheriff's Office (FCSO) and Teague Police Department joined Friday, July 13, to apprehend a subject, in Teague, with a warrant. Upon arrival at the residence, FCSO Deputies Lt. Robert Willis and Mike Darby, spoke with two male subjects, John Crundwell, 39, and Joe Lane, 47, of Teague. Lane is the homeowner of record. 

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Wed
30
May

FCSO shows new uniforms

Freestone County Sheriff’s Office began donning new uniforms on May 14 in an effort to bring a more prideful and professional appearance, while carrying out duties to serve the citizens of Freestone County. “We would like to thank our county commissioner’s for their approval in our 2018 budget that provided financial assistance in purchasing these uniforms, as well as say thank you to several private donors and businesses who donated funds as well,” said Sheriff Jeremy Shipley. “We received numerous calls and comments from our citizens around the county this week that were very pleased with the new professional look. Things all around us are continuously changing and we hope to continue changing at the FCSO for the better.” Pictured is the full staff of FCSO led by Sheriff Shipley.

Wed
04
Apr

Active shooter course planned

As a sign of the times, Freestone County Sheriff's Office is hosting a free active training course for civilians in two weeks. Teaching the course is Sgt. Darrell Coslin, of the Smith County Sheriff's Office, who has 33 years of law enforcement experience. The course is slated for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the Fairfield High School auditorium, 631 Post Oak Road in Fairfield. This subject is graphic and some portions of the training may not be suitable for children. Parents are strongly encouraged to not bring children younger than 13 to the training. The training, 'Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events,' teaches what happens during such an event. The human response both physical and psychological, common actions of the actor, law enforcement response, and actions civilians can take to help themselves or loved ones survive the attack.

 

Wed
04
Apr

Teen charged with evading after pursuit

Freestone County Sheriff's deputies arrested and charged Jordan Briggs, 19, with evading arrest after the suspect led officers on a high speed chase, ending in a crash on the FM 27 West bridge Friday, March 30.
Photo courtesy of FCSO

A Fairfield teen led officers on a high speed chase on a white 2001 Honda CBR 600 – with speeds reaching 163 MPH – before a crash took the suspect down and ended with him in Freestone County Jail. Nineteen-year-old Jordan Briggs was arrested by Freestone County Sheriff's Lt. Robert Willis at around 4 p.m. Friday, March 30, after leading deputies through a residential neighborhood, up and down service roads, and through traffic.

Once arrested, the teen allegedly told Willis he “did not stop because he didn't want a ticket.” Briggs was arrested for evading arrest with vehicle and is being held on $10,000 bail at Freestone County Jail.

Arrest affidavits show Willis attempted to stop the suspect on FM 27 West after observing him speeding at 72 MPH in a 60-MPH zone. Reports show the driver accelerated, turned down County Road 1171 in the Westwood Addition, before again accelerating and taking a right onto County Road 1220.

 

Wed
28
Mar

FCSO plans civilian course

As a sign of the times, Freestone County Sheriff's Office is hosting a free active training course for civilians in two weeks. Teaching the course is Sgt. Darrell Coslin, of the Smith County Sheriff's Office, who has 33 years of law enforcement experience. The course is slated for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the Fairfield High School auditorium, 631 Post Oak Road in Fairfield. This subject is graphic and some portions of the training may not be suitable for children. Parents are strongly encouraged to not bring children younger than 13 to the training. The training, 'Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events,' teaches what happens during such an event. The human response both physical and psychological, common actions of the actor, law enforcement response, and actions civilians can take to help themselves or loved ones survive the attack. As witnessed in a number of tragic events, terrible acts of violence continue to affect our lives and the lives of those we love.

Wed
07
Mar

Black pleads not guilty to Trooper Allen murder

Capital murder suspect Dabrett Black is led out of the courtroom by Freestone County Deputy Preston Cordova after his March 1 arraignment in which he plead not guilty.
Photo by April Walker

Dabrett Black was arraigned in the court of Judge H.D. Black last Thursday and pled not guilty to allegedly killing DPS Trooper Damon Allen on Thanksgiving Day. The judge, who once presided over the 77th District Court, was visiting from another district in place of current 77th District Court Judge Patrick Simmons. Simmons will be back in time for the pre-trial hearing, which is slated for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7.

The suspect is being defended by Susan Anderson, an assistant public defender with the Regional Public Defenders Office (RPDO) in Terrell. The Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases office is the largest collaborative effort between counties and a state-funded program in the formative years in the United States.

Wed
28
Feb

Donations given to FCSO

Sheriff Jeremy Shipley (far right) shows his appreciation to Modern Outfitters for their donation of patrol rifles. Deputy Scott Shaw (far left) and Rick Manning (left center), who was instrumental in the donation, are also pictured.
Courtesy photo

Freestone County Sheriff's Office has been busy this past month grabbing donations and awarding deputies. Recently, Fairfield resident Rick Manning and several business associates donated seven Modern Outfitter 300 Blackout rifles to the department. Commissioner's accepted the donation of guns – worth $6,371 – at the Feb. 14 meeting.

Sheriff Jeremy Shipley said Manning and the group have donated in the past to both Dallas SWAT and Las Vegas SWAT teams.

“These are very good looking guns,” said Shipley. “This will be a huge improvement over what we carry.”

Shipley has a description and serial numbers for each gun.

“Donations such as this allows our office and our county an opportunity to acquire needed equipment and be able to use our available funds in this year's budget on other equipment that is needed or needs to be upgraded,” said Shipley in a Facebook post.

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