For the Record - July 11, 2019

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Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County law enforcement and fire department activity from 5:30 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Wednesday day included:




2:19 p.m.: A 37-year-old Sulphur Springs man was arrested during a traffic stop in the 1400 block of Industrial Drive east on Titus County warrants for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana and driving while license invalid with previous convictions. The man was stopped for expired registration. Bond was set at $5,000 on the controlled substance charge and $1,500 each on the marijuana and invalid license charges, jail and arrest reports read.

11:17 p.m.: A 32-year-old Sulphur Springs man was arrested during a traffic stop at the intersection of Fisher and Lee streets on SSPD warrants for failing to display driver’s license and possession of drug paraphernalia. The man was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation. The man was checked through dispatch and found to have confirmed warrants.


2:45 a.m.: A 37-year-old Sulphur Springs man was arrested at a business on South League Street on a charge of theft. Officers were dispatched to the location in reference to a reported theft. They watched the video and reportedly observed a man matching the description given by the reporting party passed all points of sale taking multiple items from the business. The man was reportedly located in the middle of a nearby apartment complex with the stolen items.

8:03 a.m.: Police arrested a 42-year-old Sulphur Springs man for “Use of Sidewalk,” a Texas transportation code violation. Reports said the man was walking on the right side of the roadway with his back to traffic when Officer Adrian Pruitt of SSPD approached him. Pruitt conducted a pat down search, the report read, and located a BB gun on the man. “Due to several windows being shot with BBs or pellets,” the report said, Pruitt arrested the man and placed him into custody.

1:16 p.m.: After speaking to a 45-year-old Sulphur Springs man on the phone, police were able to arrest him for an outstanding warrant for abandoning or endangering a child. According to reports, Officer Adrian Pruitt “spoke with the…subject and advised him of a joint investigation with CPS [Child Protective Services.]” At that point, the report read, the man turned himself over to police and the special crimes unit and was transported to HCSO. He remains there and is not bond eligible.

11:53 p.m.: A 43-year-old Winnsboro man allegedly caused a disturbance and “tried to fight another man” near Caps and Flasks, according to police reports. After becoming “combative with officers,” police determined the man to be a danger to himself and others and transported him to the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office where he continued to be “uncooperative/ combative with jail staff,” records read. He was charged with public intoxication and later released, according to records.




5 p.m.: Miklo Jose Vargas, 18, of Sulphur Springs turned himself in at the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office to serve a commitment to a state treatment facility following a first degree felony charge of engaging in an organized criminal act, arrest reports read.

6 p.m.: A 31-year-old Sulphur Springs woman was arrested at the Hopkins County Adult Probation office on a probation violation on a charge of driving while intoxicated. The warrant was issued July 3. Bond was set at $5,000, and she was released Tuesday, jail and arrest reports read.

7:49 p.m.: DPS officers arrested a 22-year-old Sulphur Springs woman during a traffic stop on State Highway 19 at mile marker 236 on two Hopkins County warrants for failing to maintain financial responsibility. The woman was a passenger in a vehicle reportedly stopped for speeding above the limit. A routine driver’s license check revealed she had active warrants. She was released Tuesday, jail and arrest reports read.


A 27-year-old Greenville woman was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of a schedule one controlled substance less than 1 gram charge, despite allegedly insisting repeatedly to Sheriff’s deputies that she did not have any marijuana. Pulled over for speeding, reports state Deputy Saathoff could smell an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, but Virginia Lynn Chapman allegedly told police four separate times that neither she nor her passenger had smoked marijuana or had marijuana in the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle turned up a “plastic pill bottle full of marijuana… in the front console,” reports read, as well as “another pipe… containing methamphetamine.” Chapman was arrested and transported to HCSO, where she remains on $6,000 bond.

2:42 a.m.: A 33-year-old Hugo woman was arrested during a motorist assist on State Highway 19 at County Road 4508 on a Lamar County warrant for theft of property more than $100 but less than $750. The woman was a passenger in a vehicle that ran out of gas. The driver reportedly advised deputies he had a prior arrest for methamphetamine. He reportedly gave consent to search the vehicle. Deputies reportedly located a glass pipe used to smoke marijuana and a grinder. The woman allegedly advised she was the owner of the contraband. A records check revealed she had an active warrant. Bond was set at $2,000, arrest reports read.

Hopkins County communications operators answered 496 non-emergency phone calls, 75 calls for service and 50 emergency calls. For the 48-hour period from 5:30 a.m. Monday to 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, officers issued two citations and conducted one inmate transport between facilities, three special patrols and eleven traffic stops. Eighteen people were booked into and 10 released from county jail, which held 180 inmates at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.