I hope everyone has had enough of this rain!
That leads me to my report this week. We have worked numerous vehicle accidents this week due to hydroplaning. Fortunately, most of these accidents have not been that serious, but very well could have. PLEASE take your time and WEAR YOUR SEATBELT if you're out driving on these flooded roads. Be vigilant and watch for flooded areas on state highways. We have had several areas flood across the highways causing accidents.
Major Foster and I attended a meeting with Dallas County Medical Center administration to develop a safety plan in case of an emergency or active shooter. We are beginning to see an increase in violence at hospitals across the United States. We want to be prepared should this happen here. We also continue to work closely with Fordyce Schools to train and be prepared for any emergency that may arise.
I want to report that we are working closely with Fordyce Police Department on several investigations at this time. These investigations range from drug to theft investigations. I and Major Foster backed up Fordyce Police Department, along with Deputy Keith Axsom yesterday on a call where a suspect had chased a man with a hammer. The suspect was arrested at his home later and several firearms were recovered including an illegal sawed-off shotgun.
We have completed some work here at the jail recently on some plumbing that has been neglected for some time. We currently are holding 105 inmates and will be receiving more federal inmates next week. We now have a new meal plan here to reduce the cost of food at our jail. We have grits in the morning and beans and cornbread for lunch and supper. This meets dietary requirements and hopefully may deter some from wanting to return! If you like beans and cornbread this is the place to be!
Mr. Rucker and his crew have been out working to remove debris from the recent ice storm on our county roads. They have cleared county roads 103, 120, 101, and 126 this week. Working these inmates are saving the taxpayers money while completing this much-needed work. Thanks to Mr. Rucker for his continued hard work!
Kudos to all of my staff from the deputies, jailers, and my administrative staff for the difficult job they do each day to keep our county safe.
Please have a great weekend and let us know if we can be of any assistance.
Sheriff Mike Knoedl