The Mills County Sheriff’s Office has recently been following up on Crime Stopper tips in regards to the distribution of methamphetamine in Goldthwaite. Sheriff Clint Hammonds reported that on Monday, April 11, 2016, Mills County Law Enforcement stopped a stolen vehicle from Lubbock, TX leaving a suspected drug house at 1701 Cline Street next to the Goldthwaite Elementary School. The driver 27 year old Christopher Mantia and his 27 year old wife Brenda both of Goldthwaite were arrested for felony Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. During the course of this investigation Mills County Officials later went to the residence on Cline Street and met with the resident 23 year old Chris Michael Hoffman of Goldthwaite. Deputies were granted permission to search the residence and recovered approximately 5 grams of methamphetamine and a gun from inside the house. Hoffman was arrested and charged with First Degree Felony Possession of Methamphetamine in a Drug Free Zone and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon. Shortly after the arrest Mills County Sheriff’s Officers went to a residence located at 802 Parker Street to serve felony warrants on 50 Year old Sammy Don Walls and 42 year old Stacie Michelle Walls for charges stemming from theft of a firearm in Van Zant County, Texas. During the arrest authorities obtained consent to search the residence and recovered approximately half gram of methamphetamine. Sammy was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine in a Drug Free Zone due to the residence location to the City Park. Stacie was arrested for the warrant only at the time. Sheriff Hammonds commended the work of his staff “my deputies worked tirelessly on these cases to connect the persons involved in this distribution network of illegal drug activity in our community”. “I am extremely excited that we were able to knock down a drug house sitting right next to our elementary school” Sheriff Hammonds said. Sheriff Hammonds stated that his deputies have dedicated a lot of hours of effort and time from their families to make this impact in our community. Deputies Johnny Brown, James Purcell, Inv. Stephanie Brown and Chief Deputy Green are to be commended for their work on this case. Sheriff Hammonds also stated “I want to make sure that everyone knows the deputies are not the only ones in this fight”. “I want to send out a big public Thank You to my jail staff Melissa Womack, Deby Grba and Amy King who came in early and stayed late until all defendants were booked in”. “Jail staff are sometimes forgotten and they are an important part of the criminal justice process” said Sheriff Hammonds. Sheriff Hammonds stated that the Crime Stopper Tip was very valuable and it paid off for the community as well as the tipster who will be receiving a cash reward for their information. If you have any information about any crimes remember to submit your tips to the Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers @ 800-222-TIPS or visit our website and follow the link to the Crime Stoppers.
On Sunday, April 3, 2016 at approximately 3:35 PM, Trooper Owens conducted a traffic stop on US 183 south of Goldthwaite. 18 year old Mathew Elliott Rowe of Houston, Texas was arrested for felony possession of hash, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Rowe is currently free on bond at this time.
Mills County Sheriff’s Deputies provided security for the annual Melody Oaks Ranch Festival in Priddy during the first weekend of April. As a result 41 year old David Wayne Bolton of Hamilton, Texas was arrested Saturday, April 2, 2016 for the offense of public intoxication. Shortly afterwards another subject from Hamilton, Texas identified as 21 year old Max Landon Lowery was arrested for disorderly conduct. Both subjects were placed in the Mills County Jail where they were released the next day.
On Friday, April 1, 2016, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Wheeler conducted a traffic stop on US 183 south of Goldthwaite. During the stop Trooper Wheeler Arrested 27 year old Thomas Edward Morris of Brownwood, Texas for Felony possession of a controlled substance, unlawful carrying of weapon and possession of marijuana. Morris is currently free on bond pending case presentation to the Grand Jury.
Sheriff Clint Hammonds reported numerous arrests recently beginning with 32 year old Denny Beach of Killeen, Texas. Beach had previously been arrested for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle in 2015 after the vehicle had been taken from a local business. Beach was arrested Thursday, March 31, 2016 for fail to appear in 35th District Court for charges stemming from the 2015 arrest. Beach is still currently in custody of the Mills County Sheriff and is being housed in Comanche County.