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Murray County Sheriff’s Office helps with a Water Rescue and Arrests a Man for Alleged Crimes against Children

A call came into dispatch about a vehicle that was had entered a low water crossing and had stalled out due to high water around 11:48 a.m. on May 25. Dispatch learned the location of the vehicle was at the low water crossing on Grider Road and the vehicle was occupied by three young men.
The vehicle shifted and the bed of the pick-up truck was now off the low water crossing when emergency personnel responded. The Murray County Sheriff’s Office, Sulphur Fire Department, Murray County EMS and National Park Service responded to the call. A rope system was set up to the stranded vehicle and EMS Director Brad Lancaster traveled the ropes to the vehicle three times and rescued the young men from the vehicle.
Throughout the county is numerous low water crossings. The Sheriff’s Office wants to caution citizens of the dangers associated with low water crossings after large amounts of rainfall.
Murray County Sheriff’s Deputies Charlene Bates and Mike Woods arrested a male individual for an outstanding warrant through Murray County District Court on May 28.
Deputies were told the man had a felony warrant for lewd molestation to a child under 12, sexual abuse of a child, rape by instrumentation and forcible sodomy. This warrant comes from an investigation by Sulphur Officer Earon Newport with the assistance of law enforcement officials from the state of California. Due to the nature of said allegations, and other juveniles being in the home, Deputies acted quickly in apprehending the man, later identified as Richard Lee Horton III.
The Murray County Sheriff’s Department takes pride in helping our fellow departments protect the well-being of the children in our county.

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