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On January 1, 2019 Mills County deputies responded to a report of a fight in progress at a residence here in Goldthwaite. Deputies arrived and arrested 33-year-old Edward Gonzalez and 25-year-old Jacob Martinez both of Goldthwaite for disorderly conduct in public intoxication. On January 4, 2019 20-year-old Caleb Kenneth Vincent was arrested on a warrant for motion to revoke for the charge of driving while license invalid. On January 9, 2019 Cody Lee Porter 20 of Mullin Texas was arrested for a warrant for motion to revoke for the offense of driving while intoxicated. On this same date 33-year-old Nathan Crye of Goldthwaite turned himself in to Mills County authorities for the offense of injuries to the elderly person and assault family violence strangulation. On January 15, 2019 Mills County Sheriff's office arrested 43-year-old Billy Wayne Phillips of Baytown Texas for prohibited sexual conduct and fails to comply with sex offender registration. On January 22, 2019 Mills County Sheriff deputies responded to a disturbance at a residence on Lynch Street in Goldthwaite. Deputies arrested 48-year-old José Jesus Flores of Robstown, Texas for the offense of public intoxication. On January 23, 2019 Mills County Sheriff's deputies arrested 47 year old Edward Eugene Hodo of Mullin, Texas for the offense of driving while and intoxicated. On January 26 as a result of an ongoing investigation involving the tampering of identification numbers on a truck 40 year old Jacob James Hill of Blanco, Texas was arrested for the offense of tampering with identification numbers. The vehicle in question has been seized in a hearing will be set during the course of the criminal trial to determine the actual ownership of the vehicle. On January 20, 2019 35th District Judge Steve Ellis remanded 67-year-old Raymond Gonzalez Diaz of Early, Texas to the Mills County jail to await a mental competency evaluation. Also on this same date Thomas Eduardo Garza 23 years of age from Lockhart, Texas was arrested for failure to appear possession of marijuana. Also on this date Mills County deputies arrested 36 year old Christopher Monroe of Round Rock, Texas for the offense of possession of marijuana over 4 ounces but less than 5 pounds.



Sheriff Clint Hammonds reported several investigations and arrests from November thru December 2018. On November 5, 2018 Sheriff’s Deputies investigated a report of an assault that occurred between two employees at a local business. As a result 40 year old Jeramie S. Vanover of Goldthwaite was arrested for the offense of assault causes bodily injury. Then on 11/08/2018, Vanover was again arrested for parole warrants for the offense of #1. Manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance and #2. Burglary of a habitation. On 11/07/2018, during 35th District Court 56 year old Leroy Pickens Jr. of Brownwood was arrested for a felony warrant out of Travis County for the offense Assault on a Family Member/Strangulation. November 14, 2018, 50 year old Timmy Lee Sims of Mullin, TX was arrested on a warrant for motion to revoke probation for the offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance. On November 19, 2018, Mills County deputies responded to a call of runaways from New Horizons Ranch that had been seen in Goldthwaite. A deputy made contact with the individuals and 3 out of the 4 fled on foot. Deputies were finally able to detain them on a ranch off of FM 574. During the course of trying to apprehend them one sheriff’s office vehicle was damaged. All were juveniles except for 17 year old Keith Tuck, who was arrested and charged with #1. Harboring a Runaway and #2. Evading Arrest or Detention. On November 20, 2018, Mills County authorities arrested 64 year old Robert Joe Hopper of Priddy, Texas for the offense of 4 counts of Indecency with a Child Through Sexual Contact. The investigation began after a young child made an outcry against Hopper and Mills County Investigators conducted a child advocate interview. On 11/23/2018 32 year old John Hays Stockton III was bench warranted back to Mills County for the offense of Motion to Revoke / Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon. On 11/29/2018, 35 year old Ricky Lee Turner of Gatesville was arrested for a warrant charging Assault on a Family Member and made bond shortly afterwards.


On December 12, 2018, 19 year old Tyler Tindell of Mart, Texas was arrested on a warrant for Motion to Revoke Probation/Burglary of a Habitation. On December 19, 2018, Mills County Deputies responded to the Dollar General on Priddy Road regarding to female shoplifters. Deputies arrived and made contact with 2 females that were in a vehicle about to leave. The individuals were identified as 52 year old Valerie Lynn Waller and 61 year old Nicolia Ann Summers, both of Brownwood, Texas. During the course of the investigation deputies saw a marijuana pipe lying on the console between the 2 occupants. A probable cause search revealed marijuana as well as a substantial amount of methamphetamine in the vehicle. The entire vehicle was full of items from different stores that had the price tags still on them. Both individuals admitted that they had been stealing items from Wal-Mart and dollar stores that day from Gatesville to Goldthwaite. Summers was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana. Waller was charged with tampering with evidence, Possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana. On December 21, 2018, at approximately 0900 Mills County deputies responded to a report of disturbance at a residence in Mullin, Texas. Upon arrival Deputies interviewed a female witness that had visible injuries consistent with strangulation. 47 year old Shane Eric McKee was placed under arrest for felony Assault on a Family Member/Strangulation.  At approximately 1:15 PM, 49 year old Matthew James Jackson of Goldthwaite was stopped by Mills County deputies for operating a vehicle without a license. Deputies are familiar with Jackson and knew that he did not have an operator’s license. Jackson was placed under arrest for no driver’s license and during the course of this arrest Jackson was found to be in possession of marijuana and was charged with that offense as well. Then at approximately 7:48 PM, Mills County deputies were following behind a vehicle on US 84 west and observed the driver swerving off and onto the roadway. Deputies stopped the driver and found that 25 year old Joshua Nathan Nichols of Seminole, Texas was intoxicated with an open container of alcohol inside the vehicle. Nichols was arrested for driving while intoxicated and transported to jail. On December 27, 2018, at approximately 6:36 PM deputies responded to a report of a possible intoxicated driver traveling from San Saba towards Goldthwaite. The driver was located, followed and observed and found that the driver was erratic in the operation of the vehicle. Deputies stopped the vehicle and found that 70 year old Ganelle Ann Wingren of Goldthwaite was intoxicated. Wingren was placed under arrest for the offense of driving while intoxicated. On December 30, 2018 at approximately 3:44 PM, deputies responded to a report of a minor two vehicle accident in the 100 Block of Fisher Street in Goldthwaite. Deputies approached one of the vehicles involved and immediately smelt the odor of marijuana emitting from inside the vehicle. Deputies conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle. During the search numerous controlled substances were seized including cocaine. Individuals charged with felony possession of a controlled substance are identified as Jared Brice Pevehouse 25 years of age and 30 year old Shelly Yvonne Moor both of Lubbock, Texas.



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.



Sheriff's Report

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. 


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