Mills County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Mills County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 2111 Priddy Rd, Goldthwaite, 76844 TX
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Phone: (325) 648-2245
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Mills County Sheriff's Office is located at 2111 Priddy Rd, Goldthwaite, 76844 TX. The Mills County Sheriff's Office phone number is (325) 648-2245.

Mills County Sheriff's Office News

Sheriff Clint Hammonds reported the arrests for the ending of September through October of 2018. The following are those individuals that have been arrested: On September 21, 2018, Mills County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 911 call on of a home health employee that was being harassed by the patient’s daughter on County Road 417. Deputies responded and met with two female workers who identified 55 year old Yvonne Galindo Meadows of Goldthwaite as the suspect. Deputies were able to locate Meadows who had locked herself in her car in the pasture to prevent deputies from arresting her. Finally Meadows exited the vehicle and was placed under arrest for unlawful restraint and has since made bond on this charge. On September 22, 2018 at approximately 9:10 PM, Mills County deputies responded to a report of a subject operating a vehicle erratically on US 84 west of Goldthwaite. Deputies located the vehicle and conducted a stop and identified the driver as Roberta Lee McDonald 35 years of age from Hutto, Texas. Deputies detected an odor of alcohol emitting from her and after conducting field sobriety test McDonald was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. McDonald admitted to consuming alcohol and prescription medicine belonging to her boyfriend. While deputies were inventorying the vehicle McDonald was able to crawl through the patrol unit cage window and escape from the vehicle. Deputies pursued McDonald briefly on foot before capturing her. McDonald was charged with driving while intoxicated, possession of a dangerous drug and escape from custody. On September 24 at approximately 2:15 PM, Mills County deputies were dispatched to an unwanted person at a local business on Fisher Street. Deputies made contact with the male subject who gave conflicting names and dates of birth. The subject was finally identified as Michael James McCormack 20 of California and was placed under arrest for failure to identify giving false information. On September 25, 2018, Raymond Gonzales Diaz 67 of Early, Texas turned himself in on a felony driving while intoxicated warrant. Diaz had been involved in a crash in 2017 in Mills County and was transported to the hospital. As a result of blood tests it was determined that Diaz was intoxicated. On September 26, 2018, Juan Manuel Sanchez 53 of Arlington was court ordered to the Mills County Jail for the offense of felony driving while intoxicated. Also Camille Clarise Washington 27 of Austin was sentenced to 6 months in state jail for the offense of possession of a controlled substance. On October 12, 2018, 42 year old Billy Wayne Phillips formerly of Goldthwaite was arrested at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for motion to adjudicate probation for prohibited sexual conduct and fail to comply with sex offender registration. Phillips is currently in custody awaiting trial. On October 17, 2018, Tyler Mutz 28 of Austin was arrested for the offense of bail jumping on a charge stemming from driving while license invalid. On October 21, 2018, Mills County deputies responded to a report of a disturbance at a residence on Farm Road 574 west of Goldthwaite. Deputies arrived and began interviewing individuals and during the course of the investigation it was found that 19 year old Devante Jaxon Evetts of Mullin was wanted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon out of Brown County, Texas. Evetts was arrested and transported to the Mills County Jail where he later made bond. Then later that evening at the Melody Oaks in Priddy deputies arrested 46 year old Faye Lea Heard for disorderly conduct after an altercation with a her boyfriend. Heard was released the next day after paying her fines. On October 23, 2018, Mills County Deputies stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Loop 15 resulting in the arrest of 37 year old Brandi Spivey of Goldthwaite. During the course of the stop deputies gained consent to search the vehicle and found paraphernalia that tested positive for methamphetamine. Spivey was placed under arrest for possession of methamphetamine and during this time she admitted that she had more methamphetamine hidden inside her body. Spivey was transported to the jail where a female officer took custody of the rest of the methamphetamine. Spivey was also charged with tampering with evidence. Spivey remains in the Mills County Jail at this time awaiting trial and was previously arrested for another possession case that she was also out on bond for.

On Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Mills County Sheriff’s Office and the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 16th opportunity in eight years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Mills County Law Enforcement Center 2111 Priddy Rd Goldthwaite,TX. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Last spring Americans turned in nearly 475 tons (949,046 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,700 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 15 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 10 million pounds—nearly 5,000 tons—of pills. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 27 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com [or add your own information here].

Early voting from 8-5, for next 2 weeks (from 10/22 to 11/2) at the Senior Center 1003 Parker St., Goldthwaite. Polling places for election day, November 6, are listed on the Mills County Website under “elections”. Hours on Election DAY will be from 7 am to 7 pm. Precinct 9, that used to vote at school, will now be voting at Mandy Campbell’s office on election day. New Leaf Chiropractic, 1101 Hutchings St. “former Library building"

The burn ban has been lifted

The burn ban has been lifted until midnight Sunday September 9th

Sheriff Clint Hammonds reports several arrests, beginning with three on August 8, 2018. Mary Keck 38 of Austin, Texas was arrested on a warrant stemming from driving while license invalid and has since posted bond. Cecilia Rangel Mata 20 of Austin, Texas was stopped for driving 93 M.P.H. in a 75 M.P.H. zone. Deputies approached the vehicle and immediately smelled burning marijuana emitting from inside. Mata was placed under arrest for possession of marijuana in a drug free zone and made bond the following day. Later that same evening, 22 year old Thomas Edwardo Garza Sr. of Austin was stopped on US 84 east of Goldthwaite for fail to dim headlamps at approaching vehicles. Contact was made with Garza where he immediately became uncooperative with Deputies. Garza would not identify himself so he was removed from the vehicle and placed into handcuffs. Garza later admitted that he did not possess a driver’s license and during the deputies patting down Garza for weapons he was found to be in possession of marijuana. Garza was charged with possession of marijuana and placed in the Mills County Jail. On August 21 thru the 23rd Mills County Deputies spent most of the week testifying in a possession of methamphetamine and endangering a child case in the 35th Judicial District Court. Former Mills County resident, Justin Allen Lee 36 years of age stood trial before Judge Stephen Ellis stemming from a search warrant that was executed in 2017 on Farm Road 572. As a result of the trial Lee was sentenced by Judge Ellis to a total of 50 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Also on August 21, 2018 36 year old Phillip Eugene Jones of Goldthwaite turned himself into the Mills County Jail for a parole violation and is still currently in custody. On August 25, 2018, 40 year old Edward Evans of Mullin was stopped for an equipment violation on Fisher Street. During the contact, the Deputy could smell the odor of burnt marijuana emitting from inside the vehicle. Evans surrendered the remaining marijuana in his possession and was placed under arrest for possession of marijuana in a drug free zone. On August 29, 2018 24 year old Brian Wayne Hopson of Denver, CO was arrested for a warrant for failure to appear on possession of a controlled substance and since made bond. On this same date, 23 year old Christopher Scott Kistner was arrested on Fourth Street for driving while license suspended. On August 31, 2018, at approximately 10:00 PM, deputies were dispatched to a car accident in the 1400 block of Queen Street. Deputies arrived and found that a vehicle had drove through a residence and the driver had fled the scene. The driver was identified as 25 year old Kiefer Lee Wilson of Goldthwaite. Citizens and deputies began looking for Wilson and he was spotted several times but continued to elude deputies until approximately 1:45 AM where he was found on a bicycle and arrested for public intoxication. This case is still under investigation and further charges may be pending. Finally on September 1, 2018, deputies responded to a report of man with a gun on Fisher Street and arrived and found that the victim was on an adjacent property shooting guns. Victim stated 33 year old Joseph Charles Valadez, manager of the Eagles Nest RV Park in Goldthwaite, had displayed some type of rifle and made some aggressive comments towards the victim and his family. Valadez was placed under arrest for the offense of Deadly Conduct and several firearms were seized from the residence. This case is still ongoing and investigators will look into the option also of indicting Valadez for felony aggravated assault charges in the 35th Judicial District Court. Valadez was taken into custody and made bond the next day.

Sheriff Clint Hammonds reported that on August 10th at approximately 10:45 P.M. deputies with the Mills County Sheriff’s Office executed a narcotics search warrant at a residence in Goldthwaite. Deputies were following up on a Crime Stoppers report of illegal drugs being distributed from a residence located at 86 TX16 South. Two apartments were searched during the investigation resulting in the seizure of approximately 9 grams of methamphetamines and an indoor marijuana grow. There were approximately 9 marijuana plants being grown in the residence. The grow lights and other contraband were seized during the search. Sheriff Hammonds said "My deputies did an awesome job on this case and I foresee other arrests in the future." Those arrested were 30 year old Heather Nicole Hampton of Goldthwaite, who arrived during the execution of the search warrant, and was found to be in possession of methamphetamine in her vehicle along with two residents who were identified as 68 year old Shari Taylor and 49 year old Matthew Jackson. Both were charged with possession of marijuana and felony possession of methamphetamine.

On 6/30/18 Deputy Daniel Garza responded to a report of a male subject attempting to pay for merchandise with counterfeit money. Deputy Garza identified the male as 61 year old Ronald Hartley. Hartley had attempted to pay for the merchandise with a counterfeit $100 bill. Deputy Garza found that Hartley had several more of the bills in his possession which he claimed he had received after selling some vehicle parts. Hartley was unable to pay for the merchandise he had already received. Deputy Garza arrested Hartley for Forgery and Theft of Service. Hartley was later released on $10,000 bond. On 7/04/2018 a Search Warrant was served on a residence located on CR 310 in Goldthwaite. During the search warrant several firearms were recovered including stolen firearms from a recent Burglary of a Habitation in Mills County. There was also a small amount of Methamphetamine recovered in the Home. As a result of the search warrant an Arrest Warrant for Theft of a Firearm/Enhanced was issued for 41 year old Jason Higginbotham. Higginbotham was later arrested on the warrant by Deputy Daniel Garza during a traffic stop. Higginbotham was later released on $15,000 bond. On 7/13/2018 27 year old William Holman was arrested in Dewitt County on an outstanding Mills County warrant for Failure to Appear on the charge of Driving While License Invalid. Holman was later released on $2,000 bond On 7/18/18 Chief Deputy Chris Green arrested 23 year old Nathan Gonzales after he was sentenced to 12 months State Jail and 5 years TDC time in District Court. On 7/19/2018 33 year old Andrew Heath turned himself in to the Mills County Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding Mills County warrant for Theft by Check. Heath was later released on $1,000 bond. On 7/19/18 18 year old Jaycee Lenz was arrested in Brown County on an outstanding Mills County warrant for Motion to Adjudicate/ Assault on a Peace Officer. Lenz was later released on $10,000 bond. On 7/23/18 Deputy Johnny Brown, Investigator Stephanie Brown and Deputy John Fincher were directing traffic on Hwy 84 West at FM 573 during the fire outside Zephyr. Investigator Brown noticed a red Ford Focus with its windows down as they approached the roadblock. Investigator noticed the smell of burnt Marijuana coming from the vehicle. Deputy Brown continued the investigation and after a probable cause search of the vehicle numerous drug paraphernalia items were located along with glass jar containing Marijuana. During the search a firearm was also located. One of the passengers, 21 year old Elija Parker claimed all of the items belonged to him. Parker was arrested for Possession of Marijuana <2oz and Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon. Parker was later released on $3,500 bonds. On 7/28/18 41 year old Ronnie Myers was served with two arrest warrants while he was serving weekends on charges of Violation of a Protective Order. The warrants, from Mills County, were for Violation of Bond/Violation of Protective Order and Violation of Bond/Protective Order/Motion to Adjudicate. Myers was later released on $2,000 bond. On 8/01/2018 30 year old Jessica Hansen was sentenced during District Court to 6 months State Jail time for Possession of a Controlled Substance <1g. On 8/01/18 34 year old Charis Threats was sentenced during District Court to Safe P and 10 months deferred probation on a Possession of a Controlled Substance = 400 GRAMS charge. On 8/02/2018 Investigator Stephanie Brown conducted a traffic stop on a red Dodge truck. The driver was identified as 31 year old Valerie Stegemoller. During the stop it was determined that Stegemoller was driving on a suspended license, did not have current vehicle insurance and the registration was expired on the vehicle. Stegemoller was arrested on these charges. Stegemoller was later released on $2,000 bond.

Please do not attempt travel to the zephyr area. The roadways are closed. Please avoid using backroads to go around the roadblocks as drivers are being diverted for their safety. Emergency crews are stretched thin enough without worry of people entering this area. Thank you Sheriff Clint Hammonds

Sheriff Hammonds reports several arrests during the end of April through the end of June. On 4/25/2018 Deputy Johnny Brown arrested 31 year old Chasity Davis after she was returned from Travis County to the Mills County Jail on a warrant for Motion to Revoke on an original charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance PG1<1g. Davis was sentenced by the District Court to serve 9 months in State Jail. On 4/25/2018 Mills County Judge sentenced 44 year old Victor Bostick to 30 days in the Mills County Jail for a charge of Resisting Arrest. On 4/30/2018 Deputy Johnny Brown conducted a traffic stop on a reported suspicious vehicle. It was determined that the call was related to an ongoing verbal dispute between to individuals via Instagram. During the investigation it was determined that the driver, 24 year old Reynaldo Mendoza was driving on a suspended Florida License. Mendoza was placed under arrest. Mendoza was later released on $1,500 bond. On 5/03/2018 29 year old Ruben Mendez was returned to the Mills County Jail from Reeves County for outstanding Mills County Warrants for Bail Jumping/Failure to Appear. On 5/09/2018 27 year old Regina Saranglao and 33 year old Dustin Beardsley-Cox turned themselves in to the Mills County Jail on outstanding warrants for Possession of Marijuana. They were later released on $1,000 PR bond. On 5/09/2018 32 year old Kendra Lee turned herself into the Mills County Jail on a Mills County warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance PG1. She was released on $5,000 bond. On 5/21/2018 Deputy Johnny Brown conducted a traffic stop on a Nissan passenger car on Hwy 183 South. The vehicles driver was identified as 28 year old Tyler Mutz along with a passenger identified as 28 year old Krystal Thornton. During a consensual search of the vehicle drug paraphernalia was located. Both were issued citations for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Mutz was arrested for Driving While License Invalid. She was later released on $1,000 PR bond. On 5/21/2018 36 year old Justin Lee was ordered into custody by District Judge Steve Ellis during court. Judge Ellis raised Lee’s bonds on his original drug and Child Endangerment charges after it was learned that Lee had been arrested on several new Felony charges in Tom Green County after Lee led Law Enforcement on a multi County chase. Lee remains in custody. On 6/02/2018 Deputy Daniel Garza responded to a report of a reckless driver on Hwy 183 South. Deputy Garza located the vehicle in the Goldthwaite City Park. Deputy Garza identified the driver and passengers and after some investigation and a consensual search of the vehicle, the driver 39 year old Eddie Gutierrez was arrested for Possession of Marijuana >2oz in a Drug Free Zone. He was released on $2,500 bond. On 6/02/2018 41 year old William Wilson turned himself into the Mills County Jail on a Parole warrant for 3 counts of Burglary of a Habitation. Wilson remains in custody. On 6/03/2018 Deputy Daniel Garza conducted a traffic stop on a green Ford Ranger on Maple St. The driver was identified as 40 year old Edward Evans. It was determined that the registration on the vehicle had expired in 2014. Evans was arrested for Expired Registration and Altered License Plates. He was later released on a $500 PR bond. On 6/03/2018 Deputy John Fincher responded to a report of a suspicious person at Schwartz Food Store. Deputy Fincher identified the subject as 53 year old Rojelio Tijerina. It was determined that Tijerina had a warrant out of Def Smith County for Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Correctional Facility. Tijerina was placed under arrest for the warrant and later released to Def Smith County. On 6/08/2018 Investigator Stephanie Brown conducted a traffic stop on a green Ford Ranger adjacent to the court house. The driver, 40 year old Edward Evans was arrested for Expire Registration after it was determined the registration had expired in 2014 and he had been warned several times and arrested for the same recently. He was later released on $750 bond. On 6/16/2018 Deputy John Fincher responded to a report of a Domestic Disturbance on FM 575. It was reported that 24 year old Dylan McClendon had brandished a knife and threatened members of his family with it. Deputy Fincher determined through interviews that McClendon had in fact done this and McClendon was arrested for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. He was later released on $30,000 bond. On 6/23/2018 Deputy James Purcell arrested 27 year old Briana Edwards at the Mills County Sheriff’s Office after she returned to the jail to pick up her remaining commissary money after being released on 6/17/2018. It was determined that a new warrant had been issued for Edwards from McLennan County for Motion to Adjudicate-False Report. She was later released on $2,000 bond. On 6/26/2018 Deputy Daniel Garza was dispatched to a disturbance at the Road Runner Trailer Park. Deputy Garza identified a suspect as 30 year old Kelley Covey. Covey was arrested for Public Intoxication. Covey was released several days later after time served. On 6/26/2018 Deputy Daniel Garza responded to a report of a Domestic Disturbance on Pine St. During the investigation it was determined that 37 year old Michael Gillis had prevented the victim from contacting 911. Gillis was arrested for Interference with Emergency Telephone Call. He was later released on $2,500 PR bond. On 6/28/2018 Deputy Daniel Garza conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Hwy 183 South. After a consensual search of the vehicle 34 year old David Campbell was arrested for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of a Dangerous Drug. He was later released on $3,500 bond.

Commissioners Court Order Regarding Fireworks Ban.

Mills County Sheriff Clint Hammonds On Friday, April 20, 2018 Mills County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Goldthwaite Independent School District Middle School in regards to a criminal trespass issue against a parent. The GISD Middle School Administration requested that a trespass warning be issued against 55 year old Sheldon Ray Johnson of Goldthwaite. The warning stemmed from an earlier incident between Johnson and GISD Officials. At the request of GISD Administration, Johnson was issued a criminal trespass warning and advised not to return to any GISD properties. On Thursday, April 26, 2018, at approximately 8:09 AM a Mills County Deputy was contacted via cell phone that Johnson was at the GISD Middle School in violation of the trespass warning. Deputies responded and found that Johnson had already left the property. Then at approximately 10:05 AM the Mills County Sheriff’s Office began receiving 911 calls reporting that Johnson was back on school property for a second time. Deputies again responded to the GISD Middle School and found that Johnson had already left the property again. GISD Officials advised that they wanted Johnson’s actions dealt with immediately. Mills County Deputies conferred with the Mills County Attorney prior to obtaining a warrant from the Mills County Judge for the offense of criminal trespass in violation of Texas Penal Code 30.05. Mills County Deputies arrested Johnson at his residence in Goldthwaite at approximately 11:50 AM and transported Johnson to the Mills County Jail where he processed. Shortly afterwards Johnson was released on a Personal Recognizance Bond by Mills County Justice of the Peace Kim Avants. Sheriff Hammonds stated that there are more details to the case but at this time those details will not be released to protect the integrity of this investigation. Mills County Sheriff’s Officials were informed that during the second violation the GISD when into Lock Down for security measures. Sheriff Hammonds stated that GISD is currently using a phone application to inform GISD employees and parents of security situations that occur on campus. Sheriff Hammonds stated that as of this date his office has not been included in the notification system.

NEW ARRESTS!! Sheriff Hammonds reports numerous arrests in Mills County during the months of February through April. On February 13, DPS Trooper Lorenzo Arroyo conducted a traffic stop on a black SUV driven by 20 year old Alexis Marie Gonzalez of Austin, Texas. During the stop, consent to search the vehicle was given by Gonzalez and Trooper Arroyo located Marijuana, amphetamine/dextroamphetamine pills and three Texas drivers Licenses belonging to other individuals. Gonzalez was arrested for Possession of Marijuana,(< 2oz), Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 2 (>1g <4g), and Possession of more than one Driver’s License. She was later released on bonds totaling $9,500. On February 18, Deputy Daniel Garza conducted a traffic stop on a Ford truck on Hwy 84 West. The driver was identified as 38 year old Jeremy Philip Whitley of Brownwood, Texas. During a check of Whitley’s driver’s license it was found that the license was suspended and he had several previous charges of driving with an invalid license. Whitley was arrested for Driving While License Invalid with Previous Convictions. On February 18, DPS Trooper Clayton Arredondo arrested 48 year old Michael Jamison Groh for Driving While License Invalid with Previous Convictions and Possession of Marijuana (<2oz). He was later released on bonds totaling $2,750. On February 20, Deputy John Fincher arrested 36 year old Justin Allen Lee of San Angelo on a warrant during District Court. The warrant was for Endangering a Child, Criminal Negligence. He was later released on $15,000 bond. On February 24, Deputy Daniel Garza conducted a traffic stop on a Toyota SUV on Hwy 84 East. The driver was identified as 58 year old Richard Lynn Spivey of Boerne, Texas. During the stop Deputy Garza learned that Spivey had an outstanding warrant from Hamilton County for Motion to Revoke/Driving While Intoxicated/3rd or more. Deputy Garza arrested Spivey for the warrant and also charged him with having no driver’s license and speeding, 96mph in a 75mph zone. On February 25, Deputy John Fincher responded to a report of a possible intoxicated driver on FM 573 near Mullin. Deputy Fincher located the vehicle, a black Ford pickup, and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver was identified as 32 year old William Seth Williams. Deputy Fincher determined that Williams was intoxicated and as a result he was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. He was later released on $1,000 bond. On February 25, Deputy Daniel Garza conducted a traffic stop on a Dodge pickup in Goldthwaite. Deputy Garza identified the driver as 37 year old John David Ritter of Goldthwaite. It was determined that Ritter had a suspended license, a 2 year old child not in a proper safety seat and an open container of alcohol. Ritter was arrested for Driving While License Invalid with Previous Convictions. He was also issued citations for Driving with No Insurance and Open Container. He was later released on $2,750 bond. On February 26, Deputy Johnny Brown responded to a report of an assault that had occurred at Mullin School. During the investigation it was determined that 18 year old Cody Wayne Couch of Star, Texas had assaulted another student that was mentally handicapped. Further investigation revealed that the incident had been captured on video. With the assistance with Investigator Stephanie Brown, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Couch. Couch was soon arrested on the warrant for Injury to a Child/Elderly/Disabled with Intent of Bodily Injury. He was later released on $5,000 bond. On February 27, DPS Trooper Clayton Arredondo conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by 23 year old Nathan Blake Gonzales of Brownwood, Texas. During the stop Trooper Arredondo smelled the odor of burnt Marijuana. During a probable Cause search of the vehicle approximately 3 ½ pounds of Marijuana was located. Gonzales was arrested for Possession of Marijuana >4oz < 5lbs. He was later released on $5,000 bond. On February 28, Deputy James Purcell was assigned as Bailiff for District Court. During Court 34 year old Matthew Joe Lopez of San Saba, Texas was found guilty of Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled substance (Methamphetamine) in a Drug Free Zone and was sentenced to 6 years in TDC. Deputy Purcell arrested Lopez and transported him to the Mills County Jail awaiting transfer to TDC. On March 2, 22 year old Brittany Jayde Pence of Cisco, Texas was returned to the Mills County Jail on outstanding warrants resulting from an investigation in September of 2016. The investigation was by Deputy Johnny Brown and included offenses of Burglary of a Habitation and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. On March 3, DPS Trooper Lorenzo Arroyo conducted a traffic stop on a Jeep SUV on Hwy 183. The driver was identified as 41 year old Joseph John Ward of Austin, Texas. During the stop Trooper Arroyo detected the odor of burnt marijuana. During a probable Cause search a quantity of Marijuana was located. Ward was arrested for Possession of Marijuana (<2oz). He was later released on $1,000 bond. On March 3, DPS Trooper Lorenzo Arroyo conducted a traffic stop on a Jeep SUV. The driver was identified as David Anthony Wilson of Sacramento, California. During the stop Trooper Arroyo noticed items of Drug paraphernalia in plain view. During a Probable Cause search a quantity of Marijuana and Methamphetamine were located. Wilson was arrested for Possession of Marijuana (<2oz) and Possession of a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine, (>4g <200g). He was later released on $16,000 bond. On March 6, DPS Trooper Jeffrey Owens conducted a traffic stop on a Honda passenger van on Hwy 84 West. The driver was identified as 32 year old Charisse Mauri Monceaux of Austin, Texas. The passenger was identified as 26 year old Victoria Larae Lomas of Abilene, Texas. Trooper Owens determined that Monceaux driver’s license was suspended and the vehicle did not have insurance. Monceaux was arrested for Driving While License Invalid with Previous Convictions. During a subsequent interview Monceaux admitted to the presence of Drug Paraphernalia in the vehicle and that she had Heroin hidden on her person. During a probable cause search of the vehicle multiple syringes containing amounts of Heroin were located. There was also quantity of Cocaine located in the vehicle. During a strip search at the jail, Investigator Stephanie Brown located a quantity of Heroin and Methamphetamine hidden inside Monceaux’s pants. Monceaux was arrested on multiple charges including several counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, PG1 (>1g <4g), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Tampering/Fabricating Physical Evidence, False Driver’s License/ID, and Driving While License Invalid with Previous Convictions. She remains in Custody. With bonds totaling $38,500. Lomas was also charged with 1 count of Possession of a Controlled substance PG1 (<1g) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Lomas was later released on $8,200 bond. On March 8, Deputy Johnny Brown responded to a report from workers with CPS that an individual with multiple outstanding warrants was traveling from Lampasas towards Goldthwaite with a known individual from Goldthwaite. A vehicle description was given. Deputy Brown along with Texas DPS Trooper Clayton Arredondo searched for the vehicle and located it on Hwy 183. Deputy Brown located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on it. The wanted person identified as 28 year old Tobias Allen Garcia of Brady was located in the vehicle. Garcia was arrested for several outstanding warrants including Assault Causes Bodily Injury/Family Member and Evading Arrest/Detention, both out of Brady, Texas, and warrant out of Tom Green County for Surety Withdrawl/Evading Arrest/Detention. Also in the vehicle was 35 year old Jamie Lynn Maxwell of Goldthwaite, Texas. Maxwell was arrested for outstanding warrants out of Brady, Texas for Hinder Apprehension/Prosecution. Maxwell was later released on $1,500 bond. Garcia was released on bonds totaling $6,500. On March 13, Deputy Johnny Brown conducted a traffic stop on a Chrysler van on Hwy 183. The driver was identified as 62 year old Bobby Eugene Gwinn of Abilene, Texas. During a consensual search Gwinn was found to be in possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia and a quantity of Methamphetamine on his person. He was subsequently arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance PG1 (<1g). He was later released on $5,000 bond. On March 14, DPS Trooper Jeffrey Owens conducted a traffic stop on a Chevrolet passenger car on Hwy 183. The driver was identified as 18 year old Sara Nicole Lambright of Dale, Texas. The passengers in the vehicle were identified as 17 year old Carson Kelley of Bastrop, Texas and 18 year old Makayla Turner of Cedar Creek, Texas. During the stop Trooper Owens noticed an odor of Burnt Marijuana. During the subsequent search multiple items of Drug Paraphernalia were located along with multiple fake ID cards and a quantity of Marijuana. Lambright was arrested and charged with Possession of a False Driver License/ID and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Kelley was arrested and charged with Tamper/Fabricate Physical Evidence W/Intent to Impair, Possession of Marijuana (<2oz), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and False Driver License/ID. He was later released on bonds totaling $11,200. Turner was arrested and charged with False Driver License/ID. She was later released on On March 16, Deputy Johnny Brown conducted a traffic stop on a white van on Hwy 183. The driver was identified as 24 year old Shakobee Donyea Taylor of Killeen, Texas. During the stop Deputy Brown smelled the odor of burnt Marijuana. During the subsequent search a quantity of Marijuana was located. Taylor was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana (<2oz) and an outstanding warrant for Theft out of Bell County. He was later released on bonds totaling $3,500. On March 19, Deputy Daniel Garza responded to a report of an intoxicated person at a local church. The intoxicated person was located and identified as 52 year old Kelley Knight of Goldthwaite, Texas. Due to her severe intoxication she was arrested and charged with Public Intoxication. She was released the next day after paying a fine. On March 20, 56 year old Randall Hudson of Kyle, Texas was arrested in Hays County on a Mills County warrant for Bail Jumping and Failure to Appear on a Felony. He was transferred back to Mills County and later released on a $60,000 bond. On March 22, Deputy Johnny Brown arrested 25 year old Hector Vaquera on an outstanding Mills County warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance PG1 (>1g <200g) in a Drug Free Zone. During the arrest Vaquera was found to be in possession of multiple Marijuana smoking devices. He was later released on $20,000 bond. On March 24, DPS Trooper Jeffrey Owens conducted a traffic stop on a Toyota pickup on Hwy 183. The driver was identified as 35 year old Charlie Lynn Gibson of Durango, Colorado. During the stop Trooper Owens detected the odor of burnt Marijuana. During the subsequent search a quantity of Marijuana “wax/resin” was located along with a quantity of Marijuana. Gibson was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana (<2oz) and Possession of a Controlled Substance PG2 (>2g <400g). He was later released on bonds totaling $16,000. On March 25, Deputy James Purcell responded to a report of an Assault that had occurred at a residence in Mullin. It was determined that an Assault had occurred and Deputy Purcell arrested 17 year old Mason Wayne Spivey of Mullin, Texas. He was charged with Assault causes Bodily Injury Family Member. He was later released on $2,500 bond. On March 27, Deputy James Purcell was working as Bailiff for CPS Court. During court Deputy Purcell arrested Justin Allen Lee for an outstanding Mills County Warrant for Bail Jumping and Failure to Appear. He was later released on $10,000 bond. On March 31, Trooper Jeffrey Owens conducted a traffic stop on a Chevrolet pickup on Hwy 183. The driver was identified as 61 year old Glenda Watson Campbell of Bangs, Texas. During the stop Trooper Owens detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Campbell. The subsequent investigation determined that Campbell was intoxicated. She was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated/3rd or More and Driving While License Invalid with Previous Convictions. She was later released on bonds totaling $14,250. On March 31, Lampasas DPS Trooper Monty Carol arrested 27 year old Michaelangelo Garza Amaya of Dublin, Texas during a traffic stop in Mills County for a Parole warrant. The charge was Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. He was later transferred back to Comanche County. On April 1, Deputy James Purcell responded to a report of a suspicious person lying next to the roadway on Hwy 16 North. The subject was located and identified as 22 year old Julian Ortega of Austin, Texas. Ortega advised he had a warrant for his arrest and he wanted to be arrested. Deputy Purcell verified that Ortega was in fact wanted from the Parole Division of TDC for Aggravated Assault by Public Servant. Has later transferred to TDC custody. On April 5, DPS Trooper Clayton Arredondo arrested 22 year old Codell Dashun Dorsey of Abilene during a traffic stop. Dorsey was arrested for Possession of Marijuana (<2oz) and a warrant for Bail Jumping and Failure to Appear out of Bell County. He was later released to Bell County. On April 6, DPS Trooper Clayton Arredondo conducted a traffic stop on a Nissan SUV. The driver was identified as 28 year old Larry Dwayne Hall of Killeen, Texas. A driver’s license check revealed that Halls license was suspended. He was arrested for Driving While License Invalid with Previous Convictions. He was later released on $$1,750 bond.

Taking back unwanted prescription drugs April 28 at Mill County Law Enforcement Center Goldthwaite, TX – On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Mills County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 15th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Mills County Law Enforcement Center at 2111 Priddy Rd Goldthwaite, TX 76844. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Last fall Americans turned in 456 tons (912,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,300 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 9 million pounds—more than 4,500 tons—of pills. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 28 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com.

Courtesy of the Goldthwaite Eagle. The Mills County Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture Executive Director Lori Garner contacted The Eagle Wednesday morning, April 4, to ask that we help notify local businesses and individuals that they are NOT seeking sponsors for any sort of tote bag advertising. Apparently, some outside entity is contacting locals and soliciting sponsorship,allegedly on behalf of the Chamber. The Chamber is not associated with any such campaign, Garner said.

The burn ban has been lifted temporarily. Commissioners will reconsider the action on Monday 4/2/18.

The burn ban has been reinstated

The Burn Ban has been lifted until further notice.

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a SKYWARN class presented by The National Weather Service on Tuesday March 13, 2018 6pm-8pm in the Training Room at the Mills County Law Enforcement Center 2111 Priddy Rd. Goldthwaite, TX 76844. This training is free and open to all who may be interested.

Sheriff Clint Hammonds reported numerous arrests in Mills County in the month of January through February. On January 18th, 23 year old Dequon Jamar Cole of Brownwood, Texas was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Mills County Court for the offense of failure to appear and motion to revoke probation for fail to identify fugitive from justice. On January 26, 2018, Martin County Sheriff’s Office arrested 24 year old Andrew Wylliam Davis on a Mills County warrant for the offense of possession of marijuana less than 5 pounds. The warrant for Davis was the result of an earlier investigation in a possession case. Then on January 27th, Mills County deputies conducted a traffic stop for a moving violation and made contact with the occupants Mitchell Paden Bilotta (driver) Elle Renae Sage (passenger) both 22 years of age from Abilene, Texas. During the contact deputies detected the smell of burning marijuana emitting from the vehicle. A probable cause search was conducted and approximately 4.5 ounces of marijuana were recovered from the vehicle. Both subjects were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana over 4 ounces but less than 5 pounds. On January 30th, 56 year old Coleen Kaye Ingram was arrested for an outstanding warrant for motion to revoke probation for possession of marijuana. Ingram is still in custody serving time for this offense. On February 7th, 28 year old Erica Nichol Bynum was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of 35th District Court for motion to revoke and failure to appear for felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Bynum remains in the Mills County jail and is awaiting trial. On February 8, 2018, Mills County Deputies responded to a report of a suspicious person in car at a local business. Deputies spotted the vehicle traveling east on US 84 and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. Deputies identified 47 year old Max Charles Walker of Idalou, Texas. Walker was highly intoxicated on an unknown substance and placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. Deputies then searched the vehicle and found a package of methamphetamine in the vehicle. Walker was on his way for a job interview in the medical field and was also in possession of a fake urine test kit to deceive the detection of narcotics in one’s body. Walker was also charged with possession of a controlled substance. On February 7th, 27 year old Naomi Salung Ganaha of Killeen was booked into the Mills County Jail from Lampasas charged with felony injury to the elderly. Ganaha stopped in a local business in 2017 and began shoplifting items. When store employees confronted the individual she assaulted one of the owners who is elderly. Ganaha has not been able to make bond and will remain in the Mills County Jail until her trial. Then on February 9th, Deputies responded to a report of a 911 call of a family assault that was in process. Deputies were advised that the 911 call was disconnected. Deputies responding to the residence saw the suspect, 30 year old Mitchell David Fletcher of Goldthwaite, leaving the residence. Deputies attempted to stop Fletcher but he fled the scene in his vehicle and deputies began a pursuit. Fletcher finally stopped at a residence in the 900 block of Fifth Street where he exited his vehicle but refused demands of the deputies to cooperate. Fletcher was then shot with a Taser and quickly complied with demands. It was then discovered that a minor child was a passenger in the vehicle while the deputies were in pursuit. Fletcher was charged with numerous felonies and misdemeanors to include #1. Interference with 911 call, #2 Assault against family member by strangulation (2 counts), #3 Endangering a child, #4 Fleeing, #5 Criminal Mischief, #6 Resisting arrest and #7 reckless driving. Fletcher is currently free on bond and awaiting trial. On February 16th, Mills County Deputies stopped a vehicle for speeding south of Goldthwaite on US 183. Deputies made contact with the driver, 17 year old Madison Jade Mays of Brownwood, Texas, for the violation and immediately could smell the odor of marijuana emitting from inside the vehicle. A Probable cause search revealed a small amount of marijuana and prescription pills not belonging to Mays. She was arrested for possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces and possession of a controlled substance both misdemeanor offenses.

THE MILLS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE is currently accepting applications for the position of Jailer/Dispatcher. Starting pay $15.33/hr. all required training will be provided. Those who are currently licensed can earn as much as $16.87/hr. Requirements for this position include the following: *Applicant must be a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years of age; *Holds a high school diploma or valid GED; *If applicant has military service, an honorable discharge will only be recognized; * Has never been convicted of or placed on community supervision or probation for a Class B or a Felony offense, including family violence, also prohibited by federal law to possess a firearm; *Holds a valid Driver’s License; *Applicant must agree to drug and mental screening; *Applicant will undergo criminal and personal background check; *Applicant must be able to work days, nights, weekends and holidays. Individuals employed for this position will be required to attend training to become a Texas Jailer within the first year of employment, which is paid for by Mills County Sheriff’s Office. Mills County provides health insurance and excellent retirement benefits to its employees. Base pay will be determined on experience. Applications are available at Mills County Sheriff’s Office, 2111 Priddy Rd, Goldthwaite, Texas 76844 or on our website at http://millscountysheriff.org/