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TSCRA News Release: Four Suspects Indicted in East Texas Cattle Theft Case

Panola Suspect PhotosFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Nov. 21, 2014
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Carthage, Texas – Four Carthage, Texas suspects were indicted Nov. 6, 2014 after being charged with theft of livestock after stealing one cow from a neighboring rancher in Panola County, Texas.

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Larry Hand and Panola County Constable of precincts 2 and 3, Mitch Norton led this investigation. TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson assisted with the investigation.

The suspects, Stacey Soape, 42; Michael Nettles, 31; Elizabeth Newton, 38; and Herman Reed III, 32, all from Carthage, were indicted by the Panola County Grand Jury and arrested. Soape’s bond was set at $10,000 and Nettles, Newton and Reed were each arrested on $5,000 bonds.

Norton received a tip on July 1, 2014 referencing one cow that was sold by a person who didn’t own cattle. After receiving the tip, Norton called Hand to make him aware.

According to Hand the cow was unbranded and was sold at an East Texas livestock auction on June 28, 2014. He said the cow was traced to a ranch in Cherokee County, Texas. After a lengthy investigation, the cow was eventually identified by the owner with a photograph and unique color markings. It is alleged that Newton, Nettles and Reed knowingly helped load the suspicious cow into Soape’s trailer, and Newton and Nettles helped Soape haul the cow to the cattle auction.

“This case is a good example of local law enforcement and TSCRA Special Rangers working together to seek justice for ranchers,” said Hand. “Cattle theft remains a major problem in Texas today. It is critical for ranchers to practice branding so we can do our best to recover cattle when they are stolen or lost. “While the cow stolen in this case was recovered without a brand to easily identify her, this is not always the case. Branding remains the best way for us to get stolen cattle back to the rightful owners.”

TSCRA would like to thank the Panola County Sheriff’s Office; Panola County Constable, Bryan Murff; the Panola County District Attorney’s Office; the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office; and the Jasper Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.

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TSCRA has 30 special rangers stationed strategically throughout Texas and Oklahoma who have in-depth knowledge of the cattle industry and are trained in all facets of law enforcement. All are commissioned as Special Rangers by the Texas Department of Public Safety and/or the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

TSCRA is a 137-year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. TSCRA has more than 16,000 beef cattle operations, ranching families and businesses as members. These members represent approximately 50,000 individuals directly involved in ranching and beef production who manage 4 million head of cattle on 76 million acres of range and pasture land primarily in Texas and Oklahoma, but throughout the Southwest.

TSCRA News Release: Authorities Searching for Information in Potter County Stolen or Missing Cattle Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NOV. 19, 2014
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Amarillo, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers Dean Bohannon and Harold Dempsey are seeking information on the theft of 25 head of livestock that were stolen from a Potter County . . . → Read More:

TSCRA Cattlemen’s Column: APHIS Rule Proposal Could Devastate American Cattle Herd

CATTLEMEN’S COLUMN
BY: Pete Bonds, TSCRA President
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
CELL: 512-922-7328

By Pete Bonds, President, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association  

On August 29, 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), published a rule proposal in the federal register that would allow . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: TSCRA Submits Comments Opposing EPA Water Rule Proposal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Nov. 17, 2014
Contact: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Fort Worth, Texas- The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) President, Pete Bonds, today made the following statement after TSCRA submitted comments on Friday opposing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and United States Army . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Oklahoma Woman Sentenced with Restitution after Knowingly Concealing Stolen Property

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Nov. 14, 2014
Contact: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Durant, Okla. – An Oklahoma woman was ordered Monday to pay $59,000 in restitution to the Langford Hereford Ranch and sentenced in October to two years in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections after being found guilty of knowingly concealing stolen . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Texas Woman Arrested for Theft of Livestock

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 22, 2014
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
CELL: 512-922-7328

Carthage, Texas – A Texas woman was arrested Friday and charged with theft of Livestock after stealing one cow from a neighboring rancher in Panola County.  

Panola County Constable of precincts 2 and 3, Mitch Norton led the investigation, with . . . → Read More:

TSCRA Cattlemen’s Column: Groundwater is Groundwater

TSCRA Cattlemen’s Column
CONTACT: Laramie Adams, Cell: 512-922-7328

By Jay Evans, Chair, TSCRA Natural Resources and Environment Committee

In 1904, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that landowners could pump all of the groundwater they want from under their land without being held liable to others for . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Oklahoma Woman Convicted for Knowingly Concealing Stolen Property

Durant, Okla. – An Oklahoma woman was today convicted  by a Bryan County jury for knowingly concealing stolen property (cattle). This investigation was led by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Bart Perrier.  

The Langford Hereford Ranch, located in Okmulgee, Okla. had reported some of their registered purebred . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: TSCRA Marketing Committee Survey Indicates Ranchers Anticipating

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 2, 2014
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Fort Worth, Texas – The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Marketing Committee recently conducted a survey where TSCRA members provided information on herd reductions, rebuilding intentions and primary rebuilding challenges.  

Most survey participants indicated their herds are at . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Authorities Searching for Suspects in Harrison County Cattle Theft Case

Marshall, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Larry Hand and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department are seeking information on the theft of 12 head of livestock, three saddles, seven bridles and several tools that were stolen from a Harrison County cattle ranch sometime between Monday, Sept. 29 and Tuesday, . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Ardmore Man Surrenders for Knowingly Concealing Stolen Property

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 26, 2014
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Waurika, Okla. – Cody Wayne Blalock, 28, of Ardmore Okla., surrendered himself to authorities Thursday on a felony warrant for knowingly concealing stolen property. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Bart Perrier and Carter County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Derek . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Texas Man Arrested for Third Degree Theft of Livestock

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 23, 2014
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Coleman, Texas – A Texas man was arrested Saturday and charged with third degree felony theft of livestock in Hood County, Texas. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Joe Roberts led the investigation.  

According to Roberts, the suspect . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Mississippi Man Charged with Felony Obtaining Property with Bogus Check

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 18, 2014
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Claremore, Okla. – A Mississippi man was charged on Wednesday, Sept. 10, in the District Court of Rogers County, Oklahoma on felony obtaining property with a bogus check. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Bart Perrier led the . . . → Read More:

Oklahoma Man Arrested on Horse Theft Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 16, 2014
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
CELL: 512-922-7328

Wheeler, Texas. – An Oklahoma man was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 10 and charged with theft of livestock after turning himself in to authorities in Wheeler County, Texas. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Ben . . . → Read More:

Texas Man Arrested for Theft of Livestock

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 16, 2014
Contact: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Canton, Ohio – A Texas man was arrested on Friday by members of the U.S. Marshals, Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force – Canton, Ohio Division, on warrants stemming from two separate investigations being conducted by Texas . . . → Read More:

TSCRA Cattlemen’s Column: Securing Texas Landowners’ Private Property Rights

By Leslie Kinsel, TSCRA Legislative and Tax Committee chair, with Laramie Adams, TSCRA director of public affairs 

Since the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) was established in 1877, one of the association’s top priorities has been to represent landowners by working to preserve and protect private property rights. This goal remains vital . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: TSCRA to Host Fall Meeting in Austin

For Immediate Release:
September 9, 2014
Contact:
Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328
 

Fort Worth, Texas – The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) will host their annual Fall Meeting September 24-26 at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol in Austin, Texas. The meeting will . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: TSCRA Statement on APHIS Proposal to Allow Importation of Beef from Argentina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 2, 2014
CONTACT:
Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Fort Worth, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association President Pete Bonds today made the following statement after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published a rule proposal in the . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Louisiana Man Arrested Second Time on Cattle Theft Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 21, 2014
Contact:
Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Salisaw, Okla. – A Louisiana man was arrested on Monday for the second time this year in Salisaw, Okla. and charged with second degree theft of livestock. Texas and Southwestern Cattle . . . → Read More:

TSCRA Cattlemen’s Column: Time to Submit Comments on EPA Water Rule

By: Richard Thorpe III, First Vice President, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

In 1972, Congress established the Clean Water Act (CWA) to create a basic structure for regulating water quality standards and discharges of pollutants into “waters of the United States.” Under this act, “waters of the U.S.” are classified . . . → Read More:

TSCRA Opposes Endangered Listing of Two Texas Shiners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 4, 2014

CONTACT: Laramie Adams, Cell: 512-922-7328

Fort Worth, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) president, Pete Bonds, today made the following statement after the United States Fish and Wildlife Service announced they have listed two Texas shiners, the sharpnose and smalleye shiner, under the Endangered . . . → Read More:

TSCRA Supports the Red River Private Property Protection Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 29, 2014
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Fort Worth, Texas – The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) today announced their support of H.R. 4979, the Red River Private Property Protection Act, authored by Rep. Mac Thornberry (TX-13). The legislation provides legal certainty for landowners along . . . → Read More:

Three Washington County Men Arrested for Theft of Livestock

For Immediate Release:
July 29, 2014
Contact: Laramie Adams,
Cell: 512-922-7328

Burton, Texas – Three Washington County Men were arrested and charged with third degree felony theft of livestock after stealing three calves from a rancher in Burton, Texas. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Doug Hutchison led . . . → Read More:

Shelby County Man Arrested for Theft of Livestock

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 23, 2014

CONTACT: Laramie Adams, Cell: 512-922-7328

Center, Texas – A Shelby County man turned himself in to authorities Monday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was charged with felony theft of livestock and was released on a $4,000 bond.  

TSCRA Special Ranger, Larry Hand assisted Shelby . . . → Read More:

TSCRA Cattlemen’s Column: Investing in the Future of the Beef Industry

By Pete Bonds, president, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association 

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) recently announced Texas cattle producers voted to establish a state-level Beef Checkoff program. The referendum passed with broad support, and I believe this a positive step forward for the Texas beef industry.  

Since the U.S. Beef Checkoff Program . . . → Read More:

South Texas Man Charged with Obtaining Property by False Pretenses

For Immediate Release: July 11, 2014
Contact: Laramie Adams, 512-922-7328

Durant, Okla. – A south Texas man was charged with a felony of obtaining property by false pretenses, and a warrant was issues for his arrest in Bryan County, Okla. on Thursday. The investigation was led by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers . . . → Read More:

TSCRA Statement on Passage of Texas Beef Checkoff Program

Fort Worth, Texas –Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) President Pete Bonds today made the following statement after the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) announced the results of the Texas Beef Checkoff referendum.    

“We are pleased with the results of the Texas Beef Checkoff referendum and believe the program will provide a tremendous . . . → Read More:

Louisiana Man Arrested on Cattle Theft Charges

For Immediate Release: June 23, 2014

Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Fort Worth, Texas – A Louisiana man was arrested Friday near Sallisaw, Okla., on one count of aggregated theft by check. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Toney Hurley led the investigation.

Jacob Thompson, 30, was arrested by TSCRA Special Rangers Hurley . . . → Read More:

Chireno Man Indicted on Three Counts of Cattle Theft

For Immediate Release: March 17, 2014

Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Nacogdoches, Texas – A Chireno, Texas, man turned himself in to authorities today after he was indicted by a Grand Jury on three counts of felony livestock theft. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Larry Hand was the lead investigator on the . . . → Read More:

Sperry, Okla., man convicted of knowingly concealing stolen property

For Immediate Release: Nov. 20, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Tulsa, Okla. – A Sperry, Okla., man was convicted Monday of knowingly concealing stolen property. Terry Lee Jett, 42, was convicted after he knowingly sold stolen cattle at the Collinsville livestock auction in Collinsville, Okla.

According to Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association . . . → Read More: