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Jasper County Chiefs Report

By Jasper County Chief Deputy Scott Duncan

The cooler weather has arrived! Along with the nice weather, we have received a little rain throughout the county, and we are getting a lot of calls about the burn ban. At this time, the burn ban is still active,

and tickets will be issued for outdoor burning. We have to remember that we have been in a drought season for some time, and it will take a lot of rain to saturate things to a point where burning is no longer such a high risk.

We have continued targeting traffic contacts and this has produced a large amount of illegal narcotics being seized and people being arrested for possession. In the last week, our deputies have seized a total of 16.5 grams of illegal narcotics suspected to be methamphetamines.

There was a theft at the Humphrey Pavilion Boat Ramp where some tools, fishing, and hunting gear were stolen. Please lock up your belongings when leaving vehicles. It is a shame we have to take extra

precautions now; it seems the honor system is a way of the past.

Early Sunday morning we assisted DPS with a crash on FM 1004 W near County Road 707 in Buna. 28-year-old Cody Ruso drove his pickup truck off the roadway, through a light pole, and continued into a pasture hitting a house. The homeowners were not injured, and Ruso was transported to the Jasper County Jail where he was charged by DPS with Driving While Intoxicated and Possession of Controlled Substance. He remains in our jail on a $14,000.00 bond set by Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Gina Cleveland.

Things can change in a moment. Driving while intoxicated not only endangers yourself but others in your path. We are thankful this incident ended with no physical injury.

We are beginning to take donations for our Blue Santa Toy Drive. Please consider donating to the kids of Jasper County so that we can provide those in need with a joyful Christmas morning.

Our jail count is 136 this morning. If you need us, call us

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