Back in May, Kristen Tribe , an assistant editor at the Wise County Messenger, pointed out that the Lufkin Daily News' Police Blotter, which is regularly highlighted here at the TM Daily Post, isn't the only absurd chronicler of crime in the state. We immediately took a look at December through April of her paper's blotter, and agreed. The crime of this rural area near the Metroplex was quirky. But was it just a fluke? You be the judge. Read this selection of events from May through July:
"A woman filed a report with the Sheriff’s Office because she believes her husband might have lied to her about his actual name and date of birth."
"A man reported that someone drove his tractor, which had been parked near Sunset, without permission."
"A woman got into an argument with her soon-to-be ex-husband because he’s still living at the house."
"Parents in Newark reported that their 7-year-old daughter was missing. It turned out that a neighbor had taken to the girl to dinner without notifying the parents first."
"A man living near Bridgeport received a phone call from someone claiming they had deposited $10,000 into his mother’s bank account, and he must return $4,300 of it."
"A 19-year-old man in Rhome started 'tearing up his room' after his parents served him with an eviction notice."
"An intoxicated man was arrested after he tried to barricade himself in a bathroom stall and resfused to leave it at the roadside park between Alvord and Decatur."
"A man reported to the sheriff’s office that he thinks a vehicle swerved at him."
"A woman filed a report that someone used her tractor, and she didn’t want them to."
"A woman in Newark reported that a neighbor attached a fence to her fence."
"A woman reported that she had not heard from her husband all day."
"A man reported that he found a knife in his rental car."
"A man reported that he 'felt shame' after a 'homosexual encounter.'"
"An unknown animal 'destroyed' a man’s vehicle."
"A deer ran into the side of a deputy’s patrol vehicle."
"A man living near New Fairview said his neighbor keeps trying to sneak into his home."
"A woman notified the Boyd Police Department that her ex-husband has allowed their 13-year-old daughter to get her belly button pierced in Rhome."
"A man reported that two of his grandsons were arguing with him."
"A bulldozer was used without permission."
"A man reported that his neighbor is stealing his pond water."
"A man was arrested for physically assaulting his father at home on Father’s Day."
"A family got into an argument over going to church."
"A woman reported that her neighbor was 'acting odd' near a row of trees."
"A woman filed a harassment report after receiving a greeting card from her estranged grandmother."
"A man was seen doing yard work in the nude in a rural neighborhood north of Decatur."
"A homeowner in Newark discovered that someone had moved his lawnmower. The suspect left a flashlight behind. The flashlight was taken into evidence for fingerprinting."
"A man reported that someone was dumping rocks on his property without permission. He wasn’t mad about it; he just wanted them to call first."
"A suitcase was discovered in the middle of the street in Newark. It contained miscellaneous articles of clothing and probation paperwork."
"Two men got into a disturbance and one man struck the other in the head with the claw end of a hammer."
"Parties got into an argument over a refrigerator."
"A woman reported she 'may be pregnant by a guy she likes.'
"A man was hired to take a rancher’s cows to the Decatur Sale Barn. But the cows never made it to the sale because they allegedly jumped a fence before they could be rounded up."
"A tip jar containing approximately $20 in bills and change was stolen from a snow cone stand."
"A man said he is being harassed by animal control."
"A woman came home and found her dog dead. She suspected foul play."
A collection of blotter items from August through October will be available later this week.