Texas Sheriffs Today
Jan. 2, 2015

Texas sheriffs speak out on damage from illegal immigration
The Daily Caller
VideoBrief From Aug. 1: The influx of illegal immigrants into southern Texas is depleting law enforcement resources and causing heavy amounts of damage in the area, said several sheriffs gathered for the annual Sheriff's Association of Texas convention. Brooks County chief deputy Benny Martinez estimated that 85 percent of cases he handles are related to immigration issues and that his rural county is not equipped to handle the workload.More

West Texas sheriff prepped for ISIS fight
San Antonio Express-News
VideoBrief From Sept. 12: Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter offered candid remarks to CNN regarding the militant group ISIS, stating his office is prepared for terrorist cells attempting to cross the border into Texas. When CNN anchor Don Lemon asked what message Painter wants conveyed to the terrorist group, he firmly stated, "If they rear their ugly head, we'll send them to hell."More

Nueces County Sheriff's Office questioning inmate death investigation
From March 7: An inmate death at a private jail facility near Robstown is raising questions. The inmate was a recent graduate of the Navy flight school at Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi. The death has been ruled a suicide, but the investigation is now being questioned by the agency that oversees the LCS facility. That law enforcement agency is the Nueces County Sheriff's Office, whose detectives were turned away at LCS by U.S. Marshals.More

15 women, 3 men arrested in Harris County prostitution sting
Houston Chronicle
From May 23: Fifteen women and three men have been arrested after a double prostitution sting in East Harris County, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Video and photos show deputies raiding one bar and one cantina after undercover officers highlighted potential criminal activity.More

Midland County sheriff's deputy fatally shot while serving warrant
Midland Reporter-Telegram
From Oct. 10: A Midland County Sheriff's deputy suffered a fatal gunshot wound on Oct. 9 while serving a warrant at a suspected child predator's home in northwest Midland. Sheriff's deputies — including slain Sgt. Mike Naylor — arrived in the 3800 block of North County Road 1247 just before 2 p.m. to serve a warrant to alleged sex offender Dan William Higgins, 37, who is accused of shooting Naylor in the head while being served.More

What can law enforcement ask at a traffic stop?
From June 13: Sheriffs recently testified at the Texas State Capitol that state troopers in border counties are often too aggressive against citizens pulled over for routine traffic stops, but the allegations are hardly confined to state troopers.More

Midland man impersonates an officer — to a real officer
The Associated Press via KTRK-TV
From Oct. 10: A Midland man got a surprise when he tried to impersonate a police officer and berate a fellow driver. The driver he chastised was a police detective. Eleazar Cisneros confronted a driver, said he was a police officer and complained about being cut off in the parking lot of a burger joint. When Cisneros was asked to show his police identification, he said he was working undercover.More

DNA links Lubbock man to 2008 murder
From Oct. 10: VideoBriefFor more than six years, Lubbock police have searched for the person responsible for murdering a Lubbock woman and dumping her body in a Northeast Lubbock field. On Oct. 9, police announced that they believe they have the man responsible for that murder behind bars. Billy Jack Limbaugh Junior, 43, is in the Lubbock County Detention Center. Lubbock police say DNA samples link him to three separate crimes including the murder of 29-year-old Monica Adams. Limbaugh Junior is also charg More

Manslaughter charges in Harris County deputy's death
Houston Chronicle
From Nov. 28: Harris County prosecutors filed intoxication manslaughter charges against a woman accused of causing a crash last month that killed a Harris County sheriff's deputy. Kelly Jo Ivey, 29, was arrested after officials said she crashed into a sheriff's patrol car Oct. 28 along the 2300 block of E. Wallisville Road. The driver, Deputy Jesse Valdez, 32, was flown by air ambulance to the Texas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.More

Arbitrator overturns Austin police officer's firing
Austin American-Statesman
From Nov. 7: An arbitrator has overturned the firing of a police officer who was accused of violating the Austin Police Department's policies in part because he didn't call other officers about finding a phone in the ceiling of a hotel shower. More