Blotter Briefs for July 11, 2019

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2 men charged with failure to update sex offender registration

Vernon Vincent Vaughn, 42, of Sulphur Springs was arrested at a local apartment complex at 11:17 a.m. Monday on a felony charge of failing to comply with sex offender registration.

Vaughn is a convicted sex offender and has a duty to register as such for life.

He allegedly failed to report his address change to the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, his primary registration authority, within seven days prior to moving to a new residence.

Bond was set at $10,000, jail and arrest reports read.

Vincent Raymond Davis, 52, of Sulphur Springs was arrested at the Tarrant County jail at 11:52 a.m. Monday and transported to the Hopkins County jail, where he was held on a warrant for failure to comply with sex offender registration requirement that he report annually for life to his primary registration authority.

The offense reportedly occurred June 11, and the arrest warrant was issued on June 19.

Davis remained in the county jail July 9 on the charge. Bond was set at $100,000, according to jail reports.


No front license plate leads to possession charge

Zaqurious Lamont Armstrong, 30, of Wolfe City was arrested during a traffic stop at 7:13 p.m. on State Highway 11 west on a charge of possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.

Armstrong was reportedly observed operating a vehicle without a front license plate. Sgt. Davis followed behind the man’s vehicle, which quickly turned into a driveway of a residence.

Davis made contact and reportedly observed a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle and a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana in plain view. Armstrong reportedly gave consent to search the vehicle, and Davis allegedly located several suspected marijuana cigarettes near the center console.

Multiple torn plastic baggies typically used for the packaging of illegal narcotics were located around the center console and in the driver’s side floorboard, the report read. A factory compartment on the top dashboard was opened and a small, white torn paper bag was found inside, containing a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine. Open alcoholic containers were also allegedly found inside the vehicle, and the one license plate on the vehicle was shown to belong to another vehicle.

Armstrong was taken into custody and transported to the Hopkins County jail, arrest reports read.


Woman tries to fight 6, gets disorderly conduct charge 

When responding to a call for a disturbance at 310 Helm Lane at 10:32 p.m. on Tuesday, SSPD officers allegedly found a 33-year-old Sulphur Springs woman “attempting to fight and cause a disturbance with six people,” reports said.

Police said the woman was “standing in a public place, not inside her apartment,” and that “other people/ children” were present.

Assessing the woman to be intoxicated on alcohol due to the smell of alcohol allegedly emitting from her person, reports read, police took the woman into custody and charged her with public intoxication and disorderly conduct/ vulgar language. She was later released, records say.


Husband assaults woman while she holds child

Juan Ines Peralta, 27, of Sulphur Springs, has been arrested for assault/ family violence impeding breathing or circulation, a third degree felony, as well as injury to a child, a state jail felony.

At approximately 10:02 a.m. Tuesday, reports state police were called to the 500 block of Plano Street for a disturbance.

“Officers were advised that a woman was screaming for help,” the report read.

When officers arrived, the female party told them Peralta had “grabbed her throat and made it hard for her to breathe.” Furthermore, she said, she had attempted to leave the residence, but he “chased her outside, grabbed her in the street, and dragged her back onto the property before throwing her to the ground.”

During all this, the woman stated she was holding a young child who she “tried not to let get hurt.” The report read she showed police marks on her neck from being squeezed and marks on her foot from being drug, and “the young child had a mark on her leg from the incident.”

Peralta was transported to HCSO, where he remains on $35,000 bond.


Urine, downers, heartburn meds allegedly found in truck

At 7:23 p.m. Tuesday Sheriff’s deputy Shaw allegedly found a 26-year-old Leesburg man not only with prescription medication that did not belong to him, but also a container of urine that wasn’t his, according to reports.

After pulling over Matthew Christopher Jaeger for a license plate violation in Como, Shaw noted Jager “appeared to be nervous and advised he was driving without a license,” the report read.

Shaw performed a search of Jaeger’s truck and allegedly located, “a container containing urine,” which Jaeger said he “used…to pass a drug test at work,” according to reports.

Shaw further located 10 alprazolam tablets which were not prescribed to Jaeger, the report said, as well as ranitidine hydrochloride. Alprazolam is better known as the brand name Xanax, and ranitidine is better known as the heartburn medication Zantac.

According to the report, Jaeger advised he “stole the alprazolam from a family member.”

According to county records Jaeger remains in jail on $3000 bonds for possession of a schedule 3 controlled substance less than 28 grams and falsification of a drug testing device.


Jail transfers, other activity

Tammy Rene McWilliams, 47, of Sulphur Springs was released on bond Monday. She was arrested Feb. 20 on charges of assault on a peace officer or judge and resisting arrest, search or transport. Bond on the assault charge was set at $50,000 and $2,000 on the assault charge, jail reports read.

Tacka Dashell Gotcher, 32, of Sulphur Springs was arrested at the Hopkins County Courthouse Tuesday following a bond revocation hearing on a 2018 charge of possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, arrest and jail reports read.

Anthony Keith Byrd, 40, of Blue Ridge was released on bond from jail Tuesday. He was arrested Dec. 14, 2018 on charges of possession of more than 4 grams but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal mischief of $100 or more but less than $750. Bond was set at $35,000 on the possession charge and $1,000 on the criminal mischief charge, jail reports read.

An 18-year-old Yantis woman was released on bond from jail Tuesday following a Jan. 10 arrest on a charge of possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 2 controlled substance. Bond was set at $5,000, jail reports read.

Justin Arley Bryant, 19, of Sulphur Springs was released on bond from jail Wednesday. He was arrested in June on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Bond was set at $200,000, jail reports read.

Justin Allen Steele, 31, of Wills Point was released on bond from jail Wednesday. Bond was set at 56,000 on charges of possession of 4-200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, violation of probation for driving while intoxicated and two counts of burglary of a building, jail reports read.