Chambers County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Chambers County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 201 North Court, Anahuac, 77514 TX
  • Chief:
Phone: 409-267-2500
Fax: 409-267-6858

Chambers County Sheriff's Office is located at 201 North Court, Anahuac, 77514 TX. The Chambers County Sheriff's Office phone number is 409-267-2500.

Chambers County Sheriff's Office News

WARNING! To the Cannabis Festival organizers and participants from the Sheriff: If you are traveling to Crystal Beach on SH 124 you are in Chambers County, not Harris County. In Chambers County we enforce the laws regarding marijuana and all controlled substances as the laws are written and intended by the Texas Legislature. Chambers County Sheriff’s Office has a zero tolerance for illegal drugs.

Chambers County Sheriff's Office Explorers Post 1858 competed in Corpus Christi Police Department Explorer's competition last weekend. Sheriff Hawthorne announced today in Commissioners Court that two of our teams won first place: one team in the active shooter competition and another team in felony traffic stops. Pictured with Commissioners Court and the Sheriff are: Explorer advisers Deputy Donald Webster, Sergeant Brian Orlando, Explorers Michael Cox, Ashton Frick, Madison Knappenberger, Jarett DeWitt, Hailey Sharp, Dillon Vercher, Gage Williams and Hayden Orlando. Thanks to Explorer Advisers not pictured Detective Nate Shelton and Trooper Travis Rocz; and special thanks to District Attorney Cheryl Lieck for her generous financial support of the team.

Sheriff Hawthorne would like to acknowledge the level of professionalism and expertise provided by TEXSAR Search and Rescue. Thank you again Gulf Coast Division, you are greatly appreciated by the Chambers County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Brian C. Hawthorne regrets to announce that Baytown Police Officer Stewart Beasley’s body was found at 8:30 a.m. today in an agricultural field in Cove, Texas, approximately three quarters of a mile from his home. Special thanks to TEXSAR search and Rescue Gulf Coast Division for their help. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, son, and his Baytown Police Department family.

Chambers County Sheriff Brian C. Hawthorne is asking the public for assistance with an ongoing missing persons case. John Stewart Beasley, 46, an active duty Baytown police officer, has been missing since approximately 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 2, 2018, when he apparently walked away from his residence in the 1800 block of Parker Place Drive in the Plantation Subdivision in the Cove, Texas area. Sheriff Hawthorne states that the search for Beasley has been ongoing since his family reported it on the evening of August 2nd and thus far has included deputies from the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office, officers from the Baytown Police Department, dog teams from Alpha Team Search and Rescue from League City, and a K-9 team from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Additional resources are being called in to assist in the search and investigation as they become available. Beasley is described as a 46 year old white male, 5’9” tall, approximately 220 pounds with a muscular build. Beasley has green eyes and buzz cut blonde hair. He was last believed to be wearing a gray pull over t-shirt, khaki colored cargo pants and black hiking type shoes. Beasley has a teal blue colored tribal tattoo on his upper right shoulder. There are no indications of foul play at this time surrounding this disappearance but detectives continue to investigate all possible leads and scenarios. The public is asked that if anyone has any information concerning this matter that they immediately contact the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office at 409-267-2500 or Chambers County Crimestoppers at 844-860-8477.

Sheriff Hawthorne warns that the IRS telephone scam calls are making the rounds again. From the IRS website: IRS-Impersonation Telephone Scams "A sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, has been making the rounds throughout the country. Callers claim to be IRS employees, using fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a gift card or wire transfer. Victims may be threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting. Victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information. If the phone isn't answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request." Do not give personal information or send money to the person on the telephone.

Sheriff Hawthorne, District Attorney Cheryl Lieck, Chief, Lieutenant and Deputies of Chambers County Sheriff’s Office along with Special Olympics of Texas athletes raising money for Tip A Cop tonight. Thank you Cheree Miller for coordinating and special thanks to Todd and Amy Shaler of Texas Roadhouse Baytown.

Come out Thursday, July 26, from 5 - 9 p.m. to Texas Roadhouse, 6615 Garth Road in Baytown, to support the Special Olympics Texas, Law Enforcement Torch Run. Sheriff Hawthorne and officers of the Chambers County Sheriff's Office will be serving and collecting donations for Tip A Cop. Hope to see you Thursday!

Sheriff Brian C. Hawthorne reports that this week, Deputies of the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office made several drug related arrests in the Winnie area. Arrested during separate operations in the area were Cassidy Sinclair, 23, W/F, of Winnie who was booked into the Chambers County Jail for Possession of Marijuana less than 2 ounces; Elton Harmon, Jr., 33, B/M, of Winnie was booked into the Chambers County Jail for Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1; and Lisa Ann Fretwell, 55, W/F of Winnie was booked into the Chambers County Jail for one charge of Possession of Marijuana, 4 ounces to 5 pounds, and 2 charges of Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 3. Harmon was arrested during the execution of a narcotics related search warrant in the 1600 Block of Dugat Road. Detectives requested and received a search warrant for this location from 344th District Judge Randy McDonald following an investigation into narcotics related activity at the location. Sinclair and Fretwell were arrested by Patrol Deputies during the course of the day as a result of information obtained during the investigation. Seized during the course of this investigation is as follows: 2.25 pounds marijuana, 12.5 grams Soma, 49.9 grams Hydrocodone, .8 grams of Cocaine, and 14 grams of Xanax. Investigation into this and related activities continues with additional arrests anticipated.

July 13, 2009, is a date that will never be forgotten in Chambers County. On this day Deputy Shane Detwiler was slain in the line of duty and Texas lost a Deputy Sheriff, a soldier and a friend. Please keep Deputy Detwiler and his family in your prayers.

Sheriff Brian C. Hawthorne reports that today Deputies of the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office seized approximately 43 pounds of methamphetamine following a call for service at the rest stop area located on interstate 10 in Chambers County. At approximately 7:15 a.m. this morning deputies received a report of a theft from from an 18 wheel truck/trailer at the rest area. Upon responding, deputies located a tractor trailer rig that was missing some tires on the rear of the of the trailer. Upon closer inspection deputies discovered irregularities on the trailer. Further investigation revealed approximately 43 pounds of methamphetamine, with a street value of nearly two million dollars, hidden in compartments on the trailer. Arrested were Dan Roba, 48, of Northbrook, Illinois and Bianca Roba, 45, of Hollandale Beach, Florida. Both subjects have been booked in to the Chambers County Jail for possession of a controlled substance penalty group one, a first degree felony. Pictured are Dan Roba, Bianca Roba, Sheriff Hawthorne with Deputy Jordan Kalis and Deputy Kalis with Corporal Kendall Blanchard.

Chambers County Sheriff Brian C. Hawthorne announced today the arrest of Kyle Reginald White (also known as Slo-Mo), a 33 year old male from Stowell, following the execution of two search warrants in Stowell by Deputies and Officers of the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office and the Beaumont Police Department. At a residence located in the 2000 block of Campbell Street in Stowell deputies seized 222 grams of cocaine, 5.7 ounces of marijuana, 18 grams of Xanax, and 74 grams of hydrocodone. At a residence in the 2300 block of Campbell Street deputies seized .3 ounces of marijuana, 1292 grams of liquid codeine, 30 grams of Xanax, and two semi-automatic handguns. Sheriff Hawthorne states that the issuance of these two search warrants by 344th District Court Judge Randy McDonald followed a lengthy investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and Chambers County District Attorney Cheryl Lieck’s Office regarding drug trafficking in and around the Winnie and Stowell areas. White has been booked into the Chambers County Jail on the following charges; one count of Possession with Intent to Deliver in a Drug Free Zone a Penalty Group 4 drug - a first degree felony, Possession with Intent to Deliver in a Drug Free Zone a Penalty Group 3 drug - a second degree felony, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon - a third degree felony, and Possession of Marijuana (less than 2 ounces) in a Drug Free Zone - a class A misdemeanor. Bonds totalling $159,000.00 have been set on the charges. An adult female from Beaumont and an adult male from Winnie, along with an 11 year old child and an 11 month old baby, were released from the scene with no charges filed at this time. Sheriff Hawthorne would like to thank the Chambers County District Attorney’s Office and the Beaumont Police Department for all of their assistance in this investigation and he further states that the investigation is still ongoing and more arrests are anticipated.

Sheriff Hawthorne, his staff, and the Chambers County ranching community presented this custom made saddle today in appreciation to Animal Services Officer Wesley Richey for his hard work and dedication to our office and Chambers County. It also happens to be his birthday! Happy Birthday Wesley Richey!

As Memorial Day approaches and National Safe Boating Week ends, Sheriff Hawthorne would like to remind everyone to stay safe this Summer by following the law and taking basic safety precautions on the water. All vessels must be equipped with a personal flotation device for each person on board, and all children under 13 years of age in or on vessels under 26 feet in length must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved wearable personal flotation device while underway. Have fun and stay safe.

Sheriff Hawthorne acknowledges a special thanks to County Judge Jimmy Sylvia and Commissioners Court along with District Attorney Cheryl Lieck for their funding of equipment and training over the last 9 months preparing the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (SRT). The Sheriff also appreciates the countless hours of tactical training provided by the Beaumont Police Department SWAT. Thank you Chief Jimmy Singletary and Lieutenant Kelly Cole for your professionalism. Included in the picture with Sheriff’s Office SRT are Beaumont Police Department SWAT Team Leaders Sergeant Pickering and Romero.

Sheriff Hawthorne and the Chambers County Sheriff's Office want to extend their heartfelt condolences to the victims and families of today's senseless tragedy that occurred at Santa Fe High School. To the Santa Fe I.S.D. Police Deparment, Santa Fe Police Department and Galveston County Sheriff's Office, please remember you are not alone during this difficult time. We will continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Thanks to First United Methodist Church of Anahuac for the Law Enforcement appreciation breakfast this morning.

Sheriff Hawthorne and Chambers County Commissioners Court paid tribute today during a moment at the memorial to the officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. Sheriff John Lighter Frost, Deputy Constable Levi E. Oliver, Deputy Dirk Ray Knearem, and Deputy Shane Thomas Detweiler lost their lives in the line of duty while serving in Chambers County. Cheryl Railsback, Mother of Chambers County Deputy Shane Detweiler, and her husband Mike, are pictured with Sheriff Hawthorne at the Chambers County Fallen Officer Memorial.

Sheriff Brian C. Hawthorne reports that yesterday at approximately 5:00 p.m. four children under the age of 10 years old were involved in a 4-Wheeler ATV accident when a 9 year old girl lost control and crashed through a wooden fence. There were two children riding on the ATV and two other children riding in a small utility wagon that was attached and being towed by the ATV. Three of the children were injured and transported to the hospital. The 9 year old passenger was flown by Lifeflight helicopter to Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston and the other two were taken by Trinity Bay EMS to San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown.

Sheriff Brian C. Hawthorne reports that at approximately 2:15 a.m. early this morning, while on assignment, Mont Belvieu Police Department Officer Curtis Ganey alerted Chambers County Deputies that two trucks pulling white enclosed trailers were Westbound on the I-10 feeder road with grass and mud on the rear of the trailers bearing Extreme Trailers of Texas markings. One truck exited Sjolander Road and was stopped by Officer Ganey and Chambers County Deputy Daniel Herman who arrested and transported to the Chambers County Jail, Jaime Alejandro Garcia 26, of Houston. Chambers County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Brian Orlando followed the second truck Westbound until Harris County Precinct 3 and Baytown Police Department back up arrived then he affected a traffic stop at Normandy Street. The driver, identified as 21 year old Oscar Alvarez of Houston, and a passenger, 22 year old Jose Luis Martinez of Katy were arrested and transported to the Chambers County Jail. Garcia and Alvarez are charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity Theft a third degree felony. Martinez is charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, third degree felony as well as Theft of a firearm a state jail felony, and Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon, misdemeanor A. Sheriff Hawthorne appreciates the efforts of surrounding law enforcement and the professional working relation that helps keep our communities safe. Pictured are Garcia, Alvarez and Martinez.

Please join us for the National Day of Prayer service at noon today at White Park Pavilion, 225 White Park Road in Hankamer, Texas.

Sheriff Brian C. Hawthorne reports that today at approximately 9:45 a.m. deputies were dispatched to East Chambers Bank on highway 124 in Winnie, Texas, to a report of a subject being held at gunpoint and being forced to withdraw money. Chambers County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene and detained four perons at the bank. All subjects and their vehicle were searched and no weapons were found. Through further investigation, Chambers County Sheriff’s Office detectives assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division determined that the allegations were unfounded. The investigation is ongoing to determine if charges of filing a false police report are warranted.

Congratulations to Chambers County Explorer Post #730 for their first place win at the Houston Police Space City Explorer Competition held April 14. The team competed against 28 other teams from across the state in DWI investigation, accident investigation, domestic disturbance calls and unknown calls. Pictured are Deputy Donald Webster, Explorers Gage Williams, Ian Wilson, Hailey Sharp, Hayden Orlando and Sergeant Brian Orlando. Requirements for being an explorer are to be between the age of 15 and not yet 21; if you are interested in a career in Law Enforcement contact the Sheriff's Office at 409-267-2500.

Sheriff Hawthorne appreciates the time that the United Way of Baytown/Chambers County's Board of Directors gave to Bridgehaven's Children's Advocacy Center today for grant application presentation. If awarded the funds will be used for forensic interviewing and counseling for victims in Chambers County.

Chambers County Sheriff Brian C. Hawthorne reports that on April 8, 2018, Nicholas Cole FREGIA, 25, of Liberty was arrested by the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office for the offense of Murder, a 1st degree felony. In the early morning hours of Sunday, April 8th, FREGIA was involved in an altercation with Justin E. Berry, 46, of Anahuac, at The Crawfish Place, a local bar and restaurant located near Anahuac, TX. Witnesses reported that words were exchanged between the two men and a fight ensued before it was broken up by other bar patrons and staff. Shortly after the first altercation FREGIA approached Berry from behind and struck Berry on the right side of his head. Berry fell to the ground, unconscious, where he remained for several minutes. Anahuac Emergency Medical Services and Chambers County Deputies responded to The Crawfish Place and found that FREGIA had already departed the scene. Berry was transported to Bayside Community Hospital in Anahuac and later, after his condition worsened, was transported by Life Flight helicopter to Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston where he later died. Throughout the day on Sunday, April 8th, Chambers County Detectives were able to establish probable cause to charge FREGIA in the death of Berry. Chambers County Precinct 6 Justice of the Peace Larry Cryer, upon presentation of this probable cause, issued an arrest warrant for FREGIA charging him with Murder, a first degree felony. Detectives made contact with FREGIA who stated several times during the day that he was willing to surrender himself to the Chambers County Jail however FREGIA eventually ceased all contact and his movements suggested that he had no intention to surrender. Detectives were able to track FREGIA to a motel in Cleveland, Texas, and with the assistance of the Cleveland Police Department FREGIA was arrested without further incident. FREGIA was transported back to the Chambers County Jail in Anahuac where he is currently being held. Justice of the Peace Precinct 6 Larry Cryar set bond in the amount of $200,000, and ordered an ankle monitor as a condition of release. Sheriff Hawthorne would like to thank the Cleveland Police Department and the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office for all of the assistance and cooperation they provided throughout the day and during the eventual arrest, bringing this incident to a peaceful close.