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Newton County Sheriff's Report

November 27, 2023

Released by:  Sheriff Robert Burby  

Calls To Service (November 20, 2023, to November 26, 2023): 

The Newton County

Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) answered 48 calls to service.

Jail Transports:

Newton County had 6 jail transports.

1 from NCSO to TDC, 1 from NCSO to State Jail, 4 from NCSO to JCSO

Jail Population:  

We currently have 27 inmates in the following Jails; 20 housed in Newton, 7 housed in Jasper.


On November 20, 2023, I released the following press release and held a news conference at Jasper County Sheriff’s Office to inform the public of the DNA results on the human remains found near the Sabine River:

DNA RESULTS OF HUMAN REMAINS AND SKULL DISCOVERED ON A SANDBAR OF THE SABINE RIVER:

I want to extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to all families who currently have someone missing. The DNA analysis process is now complete, and we have received the results. The human remains that we discovered in July 2023, along the banks of the Sabine River in Belgrade, have been identified. The victim was a Vidor resident, Wayne Ardel Ayers, W/M, 5’8, 150 lbs., with brown hair and hazel eyes. Ayers was reported as a missing person to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office on April 20, 2023. We held a press conference at Jasper County Sheriff’s Office to announce the DNA results since Jasper initially took the missing person report on Ayers.

This is a multi-agency investigation that includes Newton County, Jasper County, and Orange County Sheriff’s Offices. Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to contact their respective Sheriff’s or Law Enforcement agency.


The following individuals were booked into the County Jail:

Johnson, Jeremy 11/21/23 FS Theft of Material Alum/Brnz/Copper/Brass less than $20K

Fontenot, Danni Sue 11/26/23 FS Poss CS PG 1/1-B <1G


The following calls and reports were received by NCSO:  

Bon Wier: Reckless Driving

Deweyville: Suspicious Activity x3, Extra Patrol, Burglary, Officer Assist x2, Assault, Welfare Concern, Noise Complaint

Newton (Unincorporated Limits): Civil Standby, Officer Assist, Fraud, Trespassing, Theft, Burglary, Disturbance

Burkeville: Mental Health, Noise Complaint, Burglary, Disturbance, Suspicious Activity, Officer Assist

Pine Grove: Civil Matter, Animal Nuisance, Officer Assist, Disturbance

Trout Creek: Disturbance, Assault

Toledo Bend: Trespassing, Welfare Concern

Call: Theft, Welfare Concern, Animal Nuisance x2, Burglary

Wiergate: Theft of Animal

Old Salem: Suspicious Activity, Found Property

Kirbyville: Civil Standby

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