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Gregg County Sheriff's Office Updates Text Alert System on Website

The Gregg Sheriff’s Office will upgrade its text message alert notification feature on or before October 3rd to supplement an upgrade completed earlier this summer. The upgraded text alert system will feature a short URL in the message body, instead of a full URL. The messages will continue to come from 96167 or 470-219-3777. Below you will see an example of the current alert with a full URL and a sample of the same alert with a short URL:

As shown above, the message body will have a Subject line (the Press Release title, in the above example) and a From address of Gregg Sheriff TX. There will still be an option to change subscription at the bottom of the message.

To sign up for alert notifications from our office, to change your current subscription, or to unsubscribe from our alerts, please go to our Sign Up for Alerts page.

The Gregg County Sheriff’s Office welcomes any feedback from the community on this text alert upgrade. To provide feedback, please let us know through our Contact Us form or call us at 903-236-8400.

As always, we wish to thank the public for their continued support of law enforcement. We believe the unique partnership we have between the public and law enforcement enhances the security and quality of life we all enjoy.

Sheriff Maxey Cerliano

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IRS SCAM

The Gregg County Sheriff’s Office has been made aware of a possible scam involving people claiming to be with the IRS. The Citizens of Gregg County are warned to watch for phone numbers with a 202 area code. Scammers claiming to be affiliated with the IRS are threatening with law suits and police action if immediate payment is not made.

"Note that the IRS will never: 1) call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill; 2) demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe; 3) require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card; 4) ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone; or 5) threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying."

 

If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be with the IRS and demanding you do something that goes against this list, hang up the phone immediately to avoid becoming the victim of a scam.

CHILD SUPPORT ROUNDUP

   On October 27, 2015, Sheriff Maxey Cerliano and the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office sponsored a Multi-agency operation made up of Officers from the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office, Longview Police Department, Kilgore Police Department, White Oak Police Department, Gladewater Police Department, and Lakeport Police Department. The operation concentrated on locating and arresting individuals that have outstanding warrants for non-payment of child support. The operation began at 05:00 A.M. with teams of local law enforcement officers attempting to locate approximately fifty individuals that owed a combined total of over $1,144,501.72 in delinquent child support.  

   The teams received information provided by the Texas Attorney General’s Office and began serving active warrants simultaneously. The Gregg County Sheriff’s Office had two Jail Transport vans dedicated to transport persons arrested as a part of this operation.

   The warrant round up teams picked up 23 of the fifty initial individuals with warrants. The individuals owed approximately $690,368.21 in back child support.

The individuals arrested in this morning’s round up are as follows.

NAME                                                                   ARREARS

Flores, Armando Jr.                                              $4,231.24

Franklin, Derrick                                                   $20,994.19

Cervantes, Ignacio                                               $3,123.16

Lawson, Quincy                                                  $7,665.42

Palmer, Harold                                                     $77,498.67

Pratt, Donald                                                       $11,170.77

Colbert, Michael                                                 $43,496.28

Cardino, Aaron                                                     $8,192.61

Holt, Randy                                                           $39,653.49

Bland, Oscar                                                         $18,952.46

Brutchin, Billy                                                      $36,352.24

Williams, Brandon                                               $11,104.14

Riggins, Leroy                                                       $26,143.68

Powell, Jamie                                                      $8,565.41

Sheppard, Eric                                                     $63,081.11

NAME                                                                   ARREARS

Miers, James                                                        $51,891.96

Harper, L C                                                             $25,093.24

Pierce, Robert                                                       $87,605.74

Rose, Dellron Keith                                             $25,962.95

McKinley, James                                                 $61,685.68

Emillio, Heath                                                       $533.67

Balboa, Pete Jr.                                                   $26,691.68

Coburn, Anthony                                                $30,678.42

 

   The Gregg County Sheriff’s Office will continue efforts to locate the individuals that were not arrested during this first warrant sweep. Anyone that has possible child support warrants is encouraged to contact the Office of the Attorney General, before you are visited by one of our round up teams.  

New Release

On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at approximately 10:24 PM the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence in the area of Goforth Road and FM 3053 in the liberty City area in reference to a shooting. Deputies arrived at the residence to find the deceased victim, 61-year-old Paul Ray Jackson, lying on the ground outside the residence.

The incident is still actively being investigated, so we would ask any person with information please contact Investigator Falco with the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office at (903)236-8438 or call Crime Stoppers at (903)236-STOP.

Sheriff Maxey Cerliano receives 2014 “Making a Difference Award.”

On Thursday, April 09, 2015, Sheriff Maxey Cerliano attended the 2014 Texas Associations of Counties Risk Management Pool Safety Awards Presentation and received the “Making a Difference Award” for the Northeast Territory. Sheriff Cerliano has made safety a priority, not only in Gregg County but state wide as well. Sheriff Cerliano has created a dedicated sheriff’s office website and has used social media to facilitate communications between his constituents and his office. He understands the need for joint leadership amongst county officials to achieve a safer county. Sheriff Cerliano expects county employees to operate with the highest integrity, teaching them that “There is never a right time to do the wrong thing.”

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Sheriff's Office employee arrested

 

William Chase Scott 

         On Saturday, September 13, 2014, the Longview Police Department arrested William Chase Scott for Aggravated Assault Family Violence.  The arrest stems from an incident that occurred earlier in the day at the Tree House Apartments in Longview, Texas where Scott is accused of pointing a firearm in the direction of his girlfriend during an argument.  Scott, who was a jailer with the Gregg County Sheriff's Office at the time of the incident, is currently in the Gregg County Jail with a $20,000 bond for Aggravated Assault Family Violence.  Scott has been discharged from employment with the Gregg County Sheriff's Office.
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Bank Robbery Austin Bank - Suspects in Custody

 Hanna Ponce 

 Broderick Pippins

 

 


 Christian Ponce 

 

   AUSTIN BANK ROBBERY UPDATE: The Gregg County Sheriff's Office has identified three suspects in the Austin Bank Robbery that occurred on Monday, August 11, 2014 at the Bar K Ranch Store 5653 Hwy 259 North.  The suspects were identified as Hannah Ponce (White Female), Broderick Pippins (Black Male) and Christian Ponce (Hispanic Male).  All three suspects have been arrested and are currently in the Gregg County Jail. 
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Bank Robbery - Austin Bank at Bar K

 

 
 

On Monday, August 11th at about 4:06 PM, a vehicle pulled next to the northwest side of Austin Bank at the Bar K Ranch store at 5653 Highway 259 North. Two black males got out of the car and the driver remained inside. One of the men, wearing dark clothing, light colored gloves, a face mask and a large brim hat entered the bank with a long barrel shotgun and said “give me the money”. The second man, wearing a light colored hoodie, light colored gloves, jeans and sunglasses, stayed at the doorway to the bank and didn’t speak. Thirteen seconds later, the men returned to the car with an undisclosed amount of cash. The car left south bound on Airline towards Longview.

 

The suspect with the shotgun was described as a black male, unknown age, approximately 5’8” tall and a medium build. The suspect at the doorway was described as a black male in his late 20’s, about 6’0” tall and a medium build. The suspect in the car was not seen.

 

The vehicle was described as a gold or tan, newer model Chevrolet four door, possibly a Malibu or Cruze with factory type wheels and no window tint.

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$5000 Lawn Mower Theft

 

 


Suspect from Law Mower Theft

White Ford Truck 

 

 

The Gregg County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information regarding a stolen mower. On July 18th at about 4:00 AM, unknown person(s) took a red and silver 2007 Brush Hog zero turn riding mower from a residence at the 5700 block of Highway 300. The mower was valued at $5000.00. Video surveillance from a nearby business shows the mower in a white four door truck, believed to be a Ford F-250, traveling north on Highway 300 a short distance from Upshur County.

 

If you have information about this theft, please contact Investigator David Falco at (903) 236-8438 or Crime Stoppers at (903) 236-STOP.

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Possible Jury Duty Scam

On Thursday, July 24, 2014, The Gregg County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a concerned citizen from a local business who reported that an individual identifying themselves at Lieutenant Donaldson with the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office call and demanded to speak with an individual he named at the local business.  The caller refused to leave the purpose of his call and wanted to speak directly to the named individual. 

This and other facts related in this event are similar in nature of those reported in recent months by the Smith County Sheriff’s Office in Tyler in relation to a jury notice scam. 

The Gregg County Sheriff’s Office asks that anyone receiving these types of calls check with local Law Enforcement in regards to their requests, especially before providing any money or personal financial information. 

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