First, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas from our family here at the Dallas County Sheriff's Department! Please pray for those who can't be with family during the holidays, especially our Military who are working to keep us all safe and free. I also ask for all law enforcement personnel who will be out to ensure all calls for service are answered promptly. Most of all, remember the reason for the season! My report comes to you a day early due to the holidays. On a personal note, I want to congratulate my son, Tristan Knoedl for being named the new Superintendent of Schools at Bismark. I'm very proud of his accomplishments!
Next, I want to thank everyone who donated to our first annual Shop with a Cop drive. You know who you are! I'm happy to report that it was a huge success. We were able to raise over $6000.00 to assist families who are struggling this time of year due to no fault of their own. A total of 19 children were selected to participate and allowed to spend $300.00 each on Christmas gifts for themselves. I want to recognize the Fordyce School District and some local area churches for assisting us in this endeavor. This program not only allows us to assist with gifts but also for the children to have positive interactions with law enforcement. I frequently remind my staff to remember this while dealing with younger kids. It may very well be their first contact with law enforcement and will set the stage/opinion for the rest of their lives. Again, a huge thank you to everyone involved! (See Photos) We all shopped till we dropped! It was great to see all the smiles and happy kids. I want to recognize all of my staff who participated. I'm not sure they didn't have as much fun as the kids. It's a positive thing to see positive interactions between law enforcement and our youth. Thanks to County Judge Chris Stanfield for helping out as well.
Mr. Rucker and his crew picked up trash from Highway 8 to the landfill, from the landfill to Ramsay, Holly Springs on Highway 9 to Highway 273, Holly Springs to Sparkman on Highway 128, and First Baptist Church to Highway 8 within the city. They finished up the week cleaning up around three dumpsters in the city. If you run into this hard-working man, please show him your appreciation for keeping our county clean. Check out his smile as he was shopping with the kids.
Now on to an early Felony Friday:
Henderson, Emily, of Jefferson, TX, Failure to Appear Felony
Hammonds, Lynn, of Sparkman, Driving While License Cancelled, Suspended or Revoked
Samuels, Cameron, of El Dorado, Possession of a Controlled Substance X2
Stevens, Harold, of El Dorado, Possession of a Controlled Substance
Ochoa, Adrian, of Hampton, Parole Violation
Ferguson, Jacqueline, of Bearden, Failure to Appear Misdemeanor
Caldwell, Freddy, of Fordyce, Driving While Intoxicated
Merry Christmas and God Bless!
Sheriff Mike Knoedl