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2012-09-20 / Police

Lexington Police Report

by Chief Clarence Yarbrough

September 9, 2012

Officer Nurse responded to a loose livestock call behind the Faith Temple Church. Upon arrival, Officer Nurse corralled the loose livestock and herded them back into the pasture where they belonged. Officer Nurse then cleared the area resuming patrol duties.

Officer Nurse responded to a burglar alarm at the Peterson’s Grocery after normal business hours. Upon arrival Officer Nurse checked the front door and discovered the door was unsecured. Officer Nurse entered the Peterson’s Grocery in an attempt to ensure there was no criminal activity taking place. During Officer Nurse’s search, he encountered a male subject inside the store. Officer Nurse was able to positively identify the male subject as the manager of the Peterson’s Grocery. The manager advised Officer Nurse he thought he had deactivated the alarm when he entered the store. Officer Nurse continued checking the store to ensure the safety and security of the manager. Officer Nurse then cleared the area and resumed patrol duties.

September 12, 2012

Cpt. Wooldridge and Officer Nurse responded to the area of 9th and Caldwell St. in the City of Lexington on a disturbance. Upon arrival, contact was made with the victims identified as Mark Stone and Claude Wheeler Jr. Mr. Wheeler and Mr. Stone advised officers they were assaulted by Samuel Scoggins. The victims advised after being asked by a neighbor to return Mr. Scoggins’ trash can to the entrance of his property, should he continue to leave it in their yard. Sam Scoggins approached the victims and sprayed them with wasp spray in their face, causing injuries. Both victims sustained chemical burns from the spray, as well as serious irritation to their eyes, lungs and nostrils. Cpt. Wooldridge took the report and gathered statements from the victims and several neighbors who witnessed the assault.

After all the statements were obtained, arrest warrants were also obtained from JP #3 Judge Smith for the arrest of Sam Scoggins for Assault Causing Bodily Injury.

During the City Council meeting, Mr. Mark Stone and William Young were present and commented during Citizen Comments. Later during the day after attending the City of Lexington’s City Council Meeting, Chief Yarbrough and Cpt. Wooldridge obtained information of Sam Scoggins and Mary Atkins at the CEFCO Store in Lexington TX. Chief Yarbrough and Cpt. Wooldridge responded to the area, fully aware of the outstanding warrants for Sam Scoggins. Contact was made with Sam Scoggins inside the CEFCO Store where he was arrested without incident and transported to the Lee County Jail for booking.

While in transit with Sam Scoggins, Chief Yarbrough and Cpt. Wooldridge were notified by dispatch that Mary Atkins had been involved in a vehicle accident involving Mark Stone and William Young. Lee County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and assisted with the scene until Chief Yarbrough and Cpt. Wooldridge arrived.

Upon arrival at the Lee County Jail, Sam was booked in on the outstanding warrants and was later released on two $15,000.00 bonds for Assault Causing Bodily Injury.

Chief Yarbrough and Cpt. Wooldridge arrived in the area of 9th St. and Caldwell St. where the accident occurred. It was determined at the scene that after Sam Scoggins was arrested at CEFCO, Mary Atkins returned to the area of 9th and Caldwell St., where she struck Mark Stone and William Young with her vehicle. There were several witnesses present during the accident and they all provided sworn written statements attesting to the assault. This case is still under investigation at this time.

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