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From the Desk of:   Ginger Lively, Chief, and Anderson County Sheriff’s Office

Subject: 02.23.20 –     Anderson County Deputies respond to Burglary in Progress

                                    One Anderson County Man Arrested                       

On 02.22.20 at approximately 10:22 am the Anderson County 911 received a phone call of an intruder inside a residence off of East State HWY 84.  The reporter reported he had taken measures to protect himself and his property and the suspect was in the process of fleeing the scene in a vehicle.  Deputies responded to the residence and received a description of the suspects’ vehicle.  While in route to the residence Deputy Jarvis located a vehicle fitting the description provided by the reporter and performed a traffic stop which resulted in the single occupant of the vehicle being detained.  The driver of the vehicle was identified as Richard Arnold Grimes W/M/ 37 YOA.  Sgt. Farmer, Investigator Karriker, Investigator Frakes and Investigator Frawner all responded to the incident to conduct the initial investigation.     

The initial investigation resulted in Grimes being charged with Burglary of a Habitation a 2nd Degree Felony.

Grimes is currently in the Anderson County Jail on a $15,000.00 Bond. 

The case is currently under investigation by the Anderson County Criminal Investigation Division.

Photo: Richard Grimes



Press Release


                On 8/8/2019 at approximately 7 PM Anderson County Deputies were dispatched to the Family Dollar store in Elkhart in reference to a theft of property.

                Deputy Jonathan Pearson met with an employee who advised him a black male carrying a backpack set off the property alarm as he exited the store. The subject refused to stop when she yelled to him, he got into a red Chrysler PT Cruiser and headed north on HWY 287 towards Palestine. Deputy Pearson advised other deputies of the subject description and vehicle description with license plate number as well as a description on several of the items taken.

                While in route to the Family Dollar Store Deputy Colman observed the vehicle turn into the Valero Store at Hwy 287 and the Loop in Palestine. Deputy Colman conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and identified the driver as Aaron Heller. Deputy Colman saw in plain view a backpack in the front passenger seat. As he spoke to Heller, Sgt. Frawner and Deputy Jarvis arrived at his location.

                Deputy Colman asked Heller about the backpack and the items in it. When asked about the items Heller advised he could not provide a receipt for the items. When asked again about the items he said he needed them.

                After verifying the items matched the items taken and they still had the merchandise tags from the Family Dollar Store valued at approximately $100.00, Heller was taken into custody. Heller was advised he was under arrest and was placed in handcuffs. While searching Heller incident to arrest he was found to have a small clear baggie with a crystal like substance in the front packet of his shorts. The substance field tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed approximately .16 grams.

                Heller was transported to the Anderson County Jail and booked on the following charges;

Poss CS PG 1<1g               State Jail Felony                Bond set at $ 7500.00 by Judge Todd

Organized Retail Theft   Class B Misd.                      Bond set at $ 3500.00 by Judge Todd

          Heller is currently still in the Anderson County Jail.

Troy Black Chief Deputy




Press Release


On 8/6/2019 at approx. 10 am Anderson County Dispatch received a call of a burglary alarm activated at a residence in the 2000 block of Anderson County Road 174.

Deputies Taylor Farmer and Keri Bell were dispatched to the residence.

 Anderson County Constable David Franklin advised he was also responding to the location.

Constable Franklin was first to arrive and advised dispatch there was an open door and he heard noises in the house. He then advised a white male had come to the door with a rifle in his hands, saw Constable Franklin and ducked back inside the home.

When Deputy Bell and Deputy Farmer arrived they found Constable Franklin had a white male on the ground at gun point. The male was known to the Deputies as Manuel Ramirez, W/M 18 years of age.

 When Deputies Bell and Farmer, Along with Deputy Jimmy Chambers, who had just arrived, tried to take Ramirez into custody, Ramirez resisted and a struggle ensued.

After Ramirez was finally in custody Deputy Farmer took possession of a pistol Ramirez had in his pocket.

The Deputies and Constable Franklin, Along with DPS Trooper Jones who had arrived were about to make entry into the house to locate the second subject when Deputy Farmer saw a white male running away from the home in a pasture across the road.

Deputies Bell and Farmer were able to detain him without incident.

 Additional units from Anderson County, Houston County and DPS arrived on the site. The house was entered and cleared with no additional subject found.

 The second subject was identified as a minor, 15 years old.

Ramirez was transported to the Anderson County Jail without incident where he was booked in on the following charges:

 Burglary of a Habitation, 2nd degree felony

 Resisting Arrest, Search, or Transport, Class A Misd

Theft of Firearm, State Jail Felony

Assault on Peace Officer, 2nd Degree Felony

 2nd Burglary of a Habitation, 2 Degree Felony

Evading Arrest, Class A Misd

Fail To Identify, Class B Misd 

He has not been arraigned and no bonds set at this time. 

The minor was transported to Anderson County Juvenile Detention Center without incident. He was booked, finger printed and his mother was notified that he would be transported to Gregg County Juvenile Detention Center in Longview, TX.

Troy Black

Chief Deputy

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office

photos: Manuel Ramirez




Press Release


                Yesterday, June 10th at approximately 12:45 pm, Anderson County Deputies responded to Burglary in progress in the 1100 block of ACR 386. A grey Volkswagen driven by a black male wearing a red shirt was seen leaving the residence and traveling north on ACR 386 toward Hwy 84E.

                The description was forwarded to Palestine Police Department and Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

                While Deputies were searching the area, Cherokee County Deputy notified dispatch that he had spotted the suspect vehicle and was attempting to make a traffic stop. The suspect vehicle turned back towards Anderson County and fled from the Cherokee County Deputy, who pursued the vehicle back into Anderson County. Anderson County Deputies joined the pursuit around ACR 396.

                The pursuit continued into Palestine city limits and terminated in the 1200 block of East Park where the suspect wrecked. The suspect fled on foot into a wooded area south of the location.

                After approximately 20 minutes of searching the area, with the help of DPS Troopers, Palestine Police Department and PCT. 4 Constable the suspect was located in the back yard of a residence in the 600 block of Anderson Street. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Anderson County Jail.

                Inside the Grey Volkswagen Passat items were observed that matched the description of the items taken in the burglary.

                The suspect was identified as Robert Eldridge Lee, Black Male, 44 years old From Crockett, Texas. Mr. Lee was booked on Burglary of a Habitation and Evading Arrest.

                No bond has been set at this time.


Troy Black

Chief Deputy

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office



Press Release

June 10, 2019

                Today at approximately 7:20 am the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a man with a gun in the 5000 block of Hwy 84E. Sgt. Andrea Karriker and I responded along with other units of the Sheriff’s Office as well as DPS Troopers. The subject was located and after a brief standoff, was disarmed and taken into custody.  The subject identified as Tony Schuchert, 60, of Anderson County was found to have a small black handgun.

                Mr. Schuchert was transported to the Anderson County Jail without incident and charged with Agg. Assault of a Public Servant. He will be interviewed and evaluated by Access.


Troy Black

Chief Deputy

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office




From the Desk of:   Ginger Lively, Captain, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office

Subject: 02.27.19 – Three Anderson County Residents arrested on Drugs Charges


On 02.27.19 at approximately 12.06 AM, Anderson County Deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle at a residence on FM 322 in Anderson County.  It was reported that the residence was not supposed to be occupied at the time which lead to suspicion of a possible burglary in progress.  

2nd Shift Deputy, Ryan Cate, 3rd Shift Deputy, Brad Colman and CID Investigator, Robert Frakes responded to the scene and first made contact with a female subject who was later identified as Haley Grant of Palestine.  Through the on scene investigation it was discovered that two other subjects were inside the residence.  The deputies made contact with the owner of the residence and he confirmed that only one person had permission to be on his property and the subject they made contact with did not have permission.  Deputies proceeded to investigate the possibility of the burglary and discovered another female subject in the house who was later identified at Viri Fernandez and a male subject who was identified as Faron Chivers.  Both Chivers and Fernandez reside in Palestine.

While Deputies were clearing the residence they observed in plain view a crystal like substance which appeared to be and is suspected to be Crystal Meth, a green leafy substance suspected to be Marijuana and multiple items used for the distribution of drugs in Fernandez and Chivers possession.

Grant, Fernandez and Chivers were arrested and transported to the Anderson County Jail.  Fernandez and Chivers are charged with drug possession charges.  Fernandez is also being held with a ICE Detainer from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Grant is currently being held on fines related to a drug paraphernalia charge.  

Fernandez also has a hold on her from ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

The quick response of Anderson County Deputies and Investigators kept approximately 1 lbs of Marijuana and 9 grams of Methamphetamines from being distributed or used in Anderson County approximate total street value of $2000.00.     

Faron Chivers                                              Haley Grant                                               Viri Fernandez



02.23.19 –Anderson County Sheriff’s Office - Murder Investigation

From: Captain Ginger Lively

On 02.23.19 at approximately 8:02 am the Anderson County Sheriff's Office received a 911 phone call from a female caller who stated her husband had been shot and killed the night prior by his brother. Anderson County Deputies responded to the location in the south part of Anderson County in the Elkhart area. Deputies discovered a deceased male with multiple gunshot wounds and two females who were related to the victim and suspect.

Responding Deputies were advised prior to and at the time of arrival that the suspect, Roger Hilton, had left the scene in the daylight hours of Saturday morning prior to law enforcement being called. 

Anderson County Sheriff's Office CID Investigators searched the immediate outer property in efforts to locate Roger Hilton. As Investigators began to take measures to assemble a team to search the surrounding area for the suspect, evidence was found that indicated Roger Hilton was possibly still on the premises. Investigators soon discovered Roger Hilton's location and took him into custody without further incident.

Information collected on scene indicates the incident possibly began due to a verbal domestic disagreement between brothers. At this time the Anderson County Sheriff's Office CID Investigators are investigating the motive behind the shooting and the reason for the delay of reporting. The lapse between the reported estimated time of the incident and the reporting time to law enforcement is estimated to be over twelve hours.

The suspect, Roger Hilton, possibly faces more felony charges associated with the incident. Roger Hilton is currently booked into the Anderson County Jail charged with Murder (1st degree Felony) and being held on a $1,000,000.00 bond.


January 14, 2019

From: Sheriff Greg Taylor

   It has truly been one of the greatest honors of my life to serve as your Sheriff these past 14 years. With Careful consideration and prayer I have decided to retire at the end of my 4th term ending 12/31/2020.

    I’m so grateful to God, my family, my staff and the wonderful people of Anderson County who have been by my side supporting me, and praying for me and encouraging me all these years. The job of a Texas Sheriff is a very demanding job and can only be accomplished successfully with support from the hard working men and women who have worked for me carrying out all the duties of the office with pride and professionalism.

    To all who have and do work for me, again I say thank you.  I will continue to serve as your Sheriff for the next 2 years and we will continue to work hard to serve and protect the citizens of Anderson County to the best of our ability. I vow to leave the Sheriff’s Office in much better condition than when I first was elected. I will work with the new Sheriff (whomever that may be) to insure a smooth transition so not to interrupt the great service we provide. I look forward to more time serving at my church, spending more time with my wife and family, travelling around this beautiful country, fishing with my grandson and playing a little golf. The race for Sheriff in the next election will be an interesting one with several candidates vying for the position. I will put my full support and endorsement behind my current CID/Patrol Captain, Ginger Lively.

    Captain Lively has worked for me for the past 7 years, starting as a patrol deputy, then promoting to CID sergeant investigator and then promoting to CID/Patrol Captain. Prior to working at the Sheriff’s Office Captain Lively worked for TDCJ-ID for many years promoting to Regional Grievance Coordinator. Captain Lively is a hard working dedicated employee. She has impressed me with her drive, professionalism and leadership abilities and has a true heart for all victims of crime. I truly believe that Captain Lively would be a Sheriff Anderson County would truly be proud of. Again I say Thank you to all and God Bless.

Anderson County Sheriff,

Greg Taylor



Press Release



                On 11/1/2018 at approximately 9:30 pm, Deputy Bradley Colman conducted a traffic stop on Renner Road off Hwy 287 South.  The driver was identified as Ruben Asberry Sr., 44 year old,   B/M. Deputy Colman then verified As beery had an active warrant out of Anderson County for Manufacture /Delivery of a Control Substance PG1 >=4g< 200g. Asberry was placed under arrest for the warrant.

                Deputy Colman searched Asberry after the arrest and found he had 4 22cal bullets in his jacket pocket, a small baggie containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana in another jacket pocket. He also found a large amount of cash in his pants pocket. Having probable cause Deputy Colman then searched the vehicle and found a glass smoking apparatus containing white residue in the console, behind the front seat a black pouch with a baggie and two glass smoking apparatuses, and another glass smoking device containing white residue. The search on the bag had items that identified it as belonging to the female passenger.  Deputy Colman then contacted the passenger in the vehicle. The passenger was identified as Jessica Applegate,  31 year old, W/F.  Applegate was then placed under arrest for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by Deputy Sparkman.

                Deputy Colman searched Applegate and located a small yellow baggie containing a crystal like substance field tested as methamphetamine.

                A further search of the vehicle the Deputies found a 22 cal. Revolver under the driver’s seat, digital scales, a small bag with a green leafy substance inside, and a baggie containing a crystal like substance that field tested for methamphetamine.

                Both subjects were transported to Anderson County Jail without incident.

Asberry was charged with;

Warrant for Man Del CS Pg1 4-200 g         F2           no bond set

Poss of Drug Para                                             MC         $500.00 bond

Man Del CS PG 1 1-4 g                                    SJF          $15,000.00 bond

Unlawful Poss of Firearm by Felon           F3           $7,500.00 bond

Poss of Marij , <20Z                                         MB         $1,500.00

Asberry is currently in ACSO Jail


Applegate was charged with;

Poss of Drug Para                                             MC         $500.00 bond

Poss CS PG1 1-4g                                              SJF          $7,500.00

Applegate bonded out on charges.

Ruben Asberry                                                  Jessica Applegate



Troy Black

Chief Deputy

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office

Press Release


On October 1 and October 2 of 2018 an Inspector from Jail Standards inspected the Anderson County Jail and found the facility conditions to be in compliance. The inspection covers life safety issues, medical and all documentation. The jail was inspected by Inspector Jackie Benningfield of the Texas Commission On Jail Standards.

I am very proud of my jail staff and the great work they do every day.


Sheriff Greg Taylor


On August 26, 2018 at approximately 8:16pm Deputy Ryan Cate made a traffic stop on a blue Chevy Tahoe for defective equipment in the 2800 block of W. Oak St. in Palestine.

The smell of marijuana was emitting from the vehicle. The driver, Phelecia Rucker w/f 30 years of age, was found to be driving whit an invalid drivers license and arrested.

The vehicle was searched and approx. 1.09 pounds of marijuana along with scales were found in a bag in the rear passenger floor board. The passenger admitted that the marijuana was his. Dredarian Ester B/M 21 years of age was arrested for Delivery Marij > 1/4oz <=5lbs and once in the jail Ester was searched and a small clear bag of marijuana was found hanging out of his rectum. A charge of Prohibited Substance/Item in a correctional facility was added to Ester.

Rucker was released to pay fine for her charge. Ester remains in jail with a total of $7500 in Bonds.

Sheriff Greg Taylor



School is starting again soon across Anderson County. The DARE program will once again be taught to 5th graders, teaching them about the dangers of drugs and violence and also about the problems of bullying.

Several years ago we started the Dare to ride program to award bikes to DARE essay winners each semester. This program not only provides an incentive for the children to work hard and try to win a bike; it also gives our inmates a positive program refurbishing old bikes.

I am asking the citizens of Anderson County to donate used bikes that are no longer needed to this program. You may also donate new bikes or money to the DARE to Ride program at 1200 East Lacy, Palestine Texas 75801.

If you want to donate bikes please call Jennifer at 903-731-8228 and we will pick them up. Please do not drop used bikes off at the Sheriff’s Office.

Thank you and God Bless,

Sheriff Greg Taylor


              On 2/24/2018 at approximately 8:48 pm, Deputy Brad Colman observed a black passenger car with an expired registration. He conducted a traffic stop on Ridgewood St. just off on Hwy. 79 South. Deputy Colman made contact with the driver, identified as My-Kel Brown, black male, DOB: 7/16/1999.

              Upon closer inspection he found the registration sticker on the vehicle was for a different vehicle. Deputy Colman contacted dispatch and verified the registration was fictitious. He asked the driver to exit the vehicle. As the driver exited the vehicle Deputy Colman detected the strong order of marijuana. He placed Brown under arrest for no driver’s license and fictitious/altered registration sticker and had him stand at the front of the Patrol vehicle.

              Based on the strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle Deputy Colman had probable cause to believe there was marijuana in the vehicle. Upon opening the top of the center console he found several small plastic baggies. In the bottom part of the console he found 17 individual plastic baggies, each containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. Along with the baggies he also found a small amount of cash. Located in the driver’s door he saw 2 pistols, found to be replica BB guns.

              A passenger in the vehicle identified as Jailen Deodrick Hicks, black male, DOB: 2/24/1999, was found to have several codine tables on him. He was taken into custody for possession of Penalty Group 3 drugs.

              Both were transport to the Anderson County Jail without incident.

              My-Kel Deshaun Brown was charged with Display fictitious Motor Vehicle Registration Sticker with a $750.00 bond and Delivery Marijuana >1/4 oz.<= 5 lbs. bond set at $7500.00.

              Jailen Deodrick Hicks was charged with Poss. Controlled Substance PG3>28g<200g bond set at $7500.00.
Both were arraigned by Pct. 3 Judge James Todd.
Both are currently in the Anderson County Jail.

Chief Deputy Troy Black
Anderson County Sheriff’s Office

My-Kel Deshaun Brown

Jailen Deodrick James Hicks


Press Release


On 2/16/2018 at approximately 9:45 am, Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies and CID investigators responded to a report of a robbery that had just occurred in Anderson County at an address on ACR 1231. The initial 911 caller stated two black males had just robbed him at gunpoint at the residence.  A description of the two black males driving a white Chevy El Camino had just left the residence and turned west on Hwy 84 east headed towards Palestine. The victim identified one of the black males named DJ  and that he lived in the Neches area.

Capt. Ginger Lively and Sgt. Bobby Bishop were travelling east on Hwy 84 when they saw a vehicle fitting the description of the vehicle pass them travelling west. They initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and the driver stopped the vehicle in front of an address of 4472 E. State Hwy 84. When the driver stopped the vehicle, the passenger exited the vehicle and proceeded to run towards a pasture north of the area. Investigator Robert Frakes began a foot pursuit of the black male fleeing from the scene, who was later identified as Darryl Wayne Lewis Jr. DOB 11/4/1995. Capt. Lively and Sgt. Bishop initiated a felony stop on the driver, who followed instructions and exited the vehicle. The driver was identified as John Davis Angton III, DOB 8/6/1991.

The driver was taken into custody and transported to the Anderson County Jail without incident.

With the help of Constable Pct. 4 James Muniz, the passenger was apprehended in the nearby woods after a foot pursuit, taken into custody and transported to the Anderson County Jail.

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office recovered approximately 20 guns of various types from the vehicle. They were inventoried and taken as evidence.

Darryl Wayne Lewis Jr. and John Davis Angton were both booked into the jail for Aggrivated Robbery. They have not been arraigned and no bond has been set at this time.  Additional charges are pending.

Troy Black
Chief Deputy
Anderson County Sheriff’s Office

John Davis Angton

Darryl Wayne Lewis, Jr


Press Release

2017 Crime Stopper and Crime Stats

For 2017 Crime Stoppers was once again successful in helping us apprehend fugitives and gathering info on area crimes committed.  Crime Stoppers paid out over $9,000 in tip money for info on wanted person and crime tips.  37 fugitives were apprehended as a result of tips called in to Crime Stoppers at 903-729-8477.


Thefts and burglaries were at a consistent pace with years past and the hard working men and women at the Sheriff’s Office were able to recover over $630,000 in stolen property and solve 19% of the burglaries, which is higher than the national average for burglaries solved at 12-15%.


I would like to take this opportunity to encourage our citizens to help us prevent theft and burglaries and to help us catch those who steal.  Cameras and alarms are always helpful in deterring crime and also in helping catch the perpetrators.  Also, the recording of makes, models and serial #’s on all property is very helpful in helping us identify and recover the property and prosecute the suspects.  Another way to deter crime is to get to know your neighbors and together watch each other’s property and report suspicious activity.

Greg Taylor
Anderson County

Press Release

On 12/07/2017 from 5-8pm, Mazzio’s Pizza will host a fundraiser for former Anderson County jailer Tommy Hayes.  Tommy has been battling cancer for quite some time and needs help with expenses associated with his treatment.  Members of the Sheriff’s Office will be waiting tables for tips for Tommy and Mazzio’s will donate a portion of the store’s proceeds for that time so please join us in helping Tommy have a successful recovery.  We also ask for prayer for him and his family.

Greg Taylor


Anderson County 

Press Release


              On 11/16/2017 at approximately 8pm, Investigator Andrea Karriker was contacted by Patrol Deputy Matthew Hester in reference to a stabbing that had just occurred.

              Investigator Karriker met with Deputy Hester at Palestine Regional Medical Center – ER and made contact with Nathan Bell who advised his girlfriend Brandi Davis had been stabbed by Ashley Nichole Whiteside, W/F, DOB 8/11/1992.

              Bell advised he and Brandi were on their way home when they saw Ashley Whiteside walking on FM 1817. Brandi had Bell stop the vehicle to confront Ashley Whiteside. The altercation became physical between Davis and Whiteside. During the altercation Davis was stabbed 3 times.

              Investigator Karriker met with Davis who stated she did not know she had been stabbed by Whiteside until she got back in the truck. She stated when she got home she began having difficulty breathing and was transported to PRMC-ER by a friend. Brandi Davis suffered from severe internal injuries.

              After further investigation and collecting evidence Investigator Karriker obtained a warrant for Ashley Whiteside signed by Judge Doran for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon with a preset bond of $100,000.00.

              On 11/18/2017 at approximately 12:41 pm Deputy Laza located Ashley Whiteside in the Elkhart area and she was transported to the Anderson County Jail without incident.

              Whiteside is currently in the Anderson County Jail.


Troy Black

Chief Deputy

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office