Thank you Lord for all of this rain, and it’s good to start off another Sheriffs report with that statement. We have been jumping with Spring Break and man has it been a good one. We have had no major motor vehicle accidents, no shootings, stabbings and or fights out in the county or at least none reported to us. We have been busy with calls in the Bend area and checked on all the visitors in our fishing camps and the state park as well. We worked with the camp directors at both the Bare Foot and Sulphur Springs fishing camps and with the additional patrols provided by the Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Parks and Wildlife, we were able to stay on top of things and prevented any real bad situations from developing. I for one enjoy working out in the camps not only due to the beautiful scenery but also getting to meet all the new people and some of the same ones that come every year. We talk and laugh and cut up and nearly every camp wants you to eat with them at one meal or the other. Nearly everyone at all the camps thanked us for being out there and for helping to keep it a fun, safe and quiet environment for everyone. Most of the campers bring their families out to those parks and while most of them are drinking, they are not causing problems and don’t want any pushed on them. So we work with the camp directors and try to keep the park a safe fun place for everyone. The jail has four in county and four being held out of county at this time. We have started several projects including our garden and that is going well. We have finally completed our sewer project and are now repairing the driveway. We have been hit by the flu bug hard at the jail and have had four employees out this past week and that puts a strain on everyone. We are hoping to get everyone back this week and to get the schedule back to normal. We want everyone to know that the jail is doing fine and that we are waiting on one piece of paper work from the state and we will then be ready to reinspect and we will be back in compliance. I just want to remind everyone that this is a political year and that, in and of itself can best explain a lot of the misconception out there right now. If anyone wants the rest of the story, please feel free to contact me or the Chief Deputy for a full explanation of the real facts. We are proud of all the hard work that the Sheriff’s Office and the Commissioners have put into restoring and improving our jail and will continue to guard this asset to the best of our abilities.I was notified that due to the high prices of cattle at this time, that cattle theft is up in central Texas. They are warning people to take precautions and to make sure that people are watching your place. Seeing cattle trucks and trailers up and down our county roads is something that we are used to seeing so we don’t pay it a lot of mind. Yet we really should and we need to be a little nosey during these times. In reading the article the Cattle Ranger stated that cattle theft is a very difficult crime to work due to the lack of information or evidence left at the scene. It therefore falls on the sale barns to assist in catching these individuals when they sell the stolen cattle. Branding is the best way to protect your cattle from theft and branded livestock has a 90 percent recovery rate when stolen. I don’t pretend to know much about cattle, but I thought that this information might interest us. I want to thank Officer Hill with the San Saba Police Department for his assistance this past weekend. The Sheriffs deputies were all on calls when another call of some trespassers came into the office and Officer Hill responded to assist. He identified those involved and assisted us in making sure that not only were the tresspassers caught, but uncovering a theft of materials that occurred on that property as well. Felony charges are currently being filed on the individuals involved in the stealing of the metal material on that property. Contrary to some reports, we do work well with the local police department and both agencies strive to protect this community by working together. Yet, as in all aspects of life we don’t always get along every single minute of every single day and we do tend to get a little testy with each other at times, due to the high stress job that we work. Yet when any one is in trouble or needs assistance, we all spring into action and take care of the emergency and each other, every single time. That is what is important and what matters in the larger picture is that we all go home safe at the end of our shifts to our families.Once again we want to thank you for all your prayers and support and ask that you stay vigilant and call us if you see anything suspicious. We can be reached at 325-372-5551 or 5432 or in an emergency please call 911.