NAVARRO COUNTY SHERIFF ELMER TANNER`S MONTHLY UPDATE2022-05-06
Dear Citizens,

This month we celebrated National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.
“Telecommunicators” is the professional title for those we affectionately call
Dispatchers or 9-1-1 Operators. They are the true First Responder. The lifeline for
not only the community but for the Officers, Deputies, Firefighters and Paramedics
on the street. They are the hero most will never meet. Please take time to thank and
honor these heroes in your community. Let them know you appreciate the job they do.
We send them all our thanks and tip our hats in their honor as these folks are a
very special group of individuals.  I am proud of our telecommunications officers,
the job they do for our officers, fireman, first responders and our community each
day.

The stress, patience and multiple hats they must wear in a day is not known by most.
Even when faced with a troubling or emotional call, those that can stick with you or
even gets under their skin, the dispatcher remains calm and carries on. They take a
breath, put their emotions aside and keep going because that’s what it takes.
I hope you will join me in honoring them this week and letting them know they are
appreciated.

The NCSO will be observing National Correctional Officers Week Sunday, May 1st
though Saturday, May 7th. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5187,
creating "National Correctional Officers’ Week." Each year, the first full week in
May is recognized as National Correctional Officers and Employees Week,
commemorating the contributions of correctional officers and personnel who work in
jails, prisons, and community corrections across the country.

The services provided by the dedicated and hard working men and women of corrections
are vital to every community. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank
and recognize the families of these correctional officers as well. These men and
women are also husbands, wives, mothers and fathers and often have to miss school
activities, holidays, weekends and other activities with their families because of
the job. Would you please join me in thanking our Navarro County Sheriff’s Office
correctional officers for their dedication and commitment to our community.
I very much appreciate each and every one of you and the service that you provide
daily.

Thank you Andy Williams and the board of directors and members of the 100 Club of
Navarro County for your continued dedication, encouragement and support of local law
enforcement.  This year’s donation to the NCSO will go toward the purchase of
tactical equipment for our SWAT team.  Your generosity is always and greatly
appreciated.

On April 4th we were finally able to present retired Patrol Sergeant Kris Matthews a
plaque and duty badge for over 23 years of service at the NCSO. Thank you Kris for
your years of service and we wish you continued good luck with your position at
Navarro College Department of Public Safety.

On Monday, April 4th Deputy Holmes conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle for an
observed traffic code violation.  Deputy Holmes made contact with the driver of the
vehicle who gave a fictitious date of birth and a different spelling of his last
name.

During the course of the investigation Deputy Holmes located a prescription bottle
with several controlled substance pills not prescribed to the suspect and
approximately 7 grams of suspected cocaine was located. The suspect was arrested for
multiple charges including possession of controlled substance PG 1 over 4g under
200g, possession of a controlled substance PG 3 under 28g, and fail to ID.

On April 25th at approximately 9:45pm, Navarro County dispatch was notified of a
possible robbery in progress at 202 W. Hwy 31 in Dawson TX, at the Family Dollar
Store. Responding Deputies were advised that the suspect was still in the store with
possibly at least three staff members and was demanding money from the safe. 
Information was provided to dispatch that the suspect could be armed with an unknown
caliber handgun.  Upon Deputies arrival they learned two employees had escaped from
the store but one remained inside hiding. The suspect came to the front entrance of
the store to make contact with Deputies and was displaying a Smith and Wesson .38
special revolver handgun.

The suspect advised Deputies he had been in prison for approximately 21 years for a
murder, was out on parole and was not going back to prison.  After a brief standoff,
Deputies were able to get the suspect to put down his weapon and surrender to
Sheriff’s Deputies. Upon a search of the store, deputies were able to locate the
third employee that was hiding and everyone was removed safely without injury. The
suspect was identified as 65 year old Arlie Glenn Gaston of Celeste, TX.  Mr. Gaston
was booked into the Navarro County Detention Center for Aggravated Robbery where he
remains in custody being held on a $150,000 bond.

This month we held our NCSO award ceremony for 2021 and want to recognize and
congratulate the following individuals on being acknowledged for their hard work and
dedication to both the agency and our citizens:
Deputy of the Year: Patrol Sergeant Travis Thurston
Employee of the Year: Communications Officer Deanna Francek
Detention Officer of the Year: Sonia Rivera

We congratulate these officers for a job well done and commend them on their
accomplishments. Congratulations also to our own NCSO dispatchers Kateley Craig
Smith and Kathy Basnett who received the NCT 9-1-1 Professionalism Award this month.
We are proud of these ladies and the excellent job they do here at the NCSO.

This month we introduce new officers and promotions:
We are proud to welcome back Kevin Jernigan and he will be assigned to the detention
division at the rank of Corporal. Justin Rogers begins his new career at the NCSO in
detention and we wish him all the best with his new position and career.
Congratulations to Deputies Wesley Devorak, Adam Hollifield and Courtney Lynch on
successfully completing our patrol field training program and they now begin their
assignment in the patrol division and look forward to them serving the citizens of
Navarro County.  We also congratulate Deputies Eric Wilson and Joey Palos on being
promoted to Corporal in the Patrol Division effective May 1st and we wish all those
mentioned the very best in their new positions.

The Sheriff`s Office had approximately 2,709 calls for service in April and our
dispatch received 1,781 calls for assistance to 9-1-1. There were approximately 207
persons arrested and booked into the Navarro County Justice Center and the average
daily jail population was 230 inmates. Nine inmates were transferred to the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice and four inmates were transferred to State Jail and
SAFP Units to serve their sentences. In April, we estrayed one donkey that was
hauled to our county farm at Petty’s Chapel as well, as sold five estray donkeys at
Elkhart Horse Sale for $1,133.50.

We are accepting applications for all divisions and currently have vacancies in
detention, dispatch, patrol, courthouse security, administration and the criminal
investigation division.  Remember the hiring age for dispatch and detention has been
lowered to 18 but with all other enforcement positions, you must be 21 or older to
apply. As in the past, applications will continue to be taken for any vacancy until
the position is filled.

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” -Arthur Ashe

As always, God Bless and be safe,

Sheriff Elmer Tanner