On June 2nd, Tomas Drake 61 years of age of Austin, Texas was arrested on several Mills County warrants relating to failure to appear for driving while license invalid. As a result of 35th judicial District Court Judge Steve Ellis sentenced 30-year-old Paul Anthony Gallardo of Brownwood to six years in TDCJ for the offense of possession of controlled substance. On June 6th, 28-year-old Christopher Andrew Bankhead of Brownwood was arrested on a Hemphill County warrant for burglary of a habitation. Bankhead was broke down on County road 118 and was discovered by Troopers who determined he was wanted. On June 15th Casey Michelle Rhea, 36, of Killeen, Texas was arrested on a warrant charging bail jumping and failed to appear for a previous offense of possession of methamphetamine. On June 7th, Mills County deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that did not have a license plate. Deputies identified the driver as Tanya Jo Norton, 36 years of age, of Goldthwaite. During the stop, deputies determined that Norton was intoxicated and was operating a vehicle with an invalid license. Norton was placed under arrest and charged with driving while intoxicated and driving while license invalid. On June 10th, as a result of 35th District Court, Nathan Crye, 33 years of age, from Goldthwaite was sentenced to five years in TDCJ. On June 11th, Tiffany Winzer, 28, of Stafford, Texas was arrested for fail to appear for possession of methamphetamine in a drug free zone and fail to appear for possession of drug paraphernalia. On June 12th, Walter Franklin Wilson, 25, of Mullin was arrested on a warrant for the offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon due to a previous investigation in the month of April. On June 15th, Mills County deputies responded to a report of an individual armed with a knife threatening people in the 700 block of Reynolds Street. The suspect was identified as, 36 year old, Lewis Edward Voelkel III of Goldthwaite. He was located a short time later and placed under arrest for the offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Voelkel remains in the Mills County jail on this charge with the addition of a blue warrant from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. On June 19th, Damian Dennis Cox was transported back to Mills County on a felony warrant charging him with motion to adjudicate probation for the offense of evading arrest with a vehicle. On this same date, Norma Correa, 31 years of age, previously of Goldthwaite was sentenced to four years confinement by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the offense of injury to the elderly. On June 23rd at approximately 4:20 PM, deputies responded to an address off of 8th Street in regards to a subject that had an active criminal trespass warning. Deputies arrived on scene, where witnesses stated that 64 year old Jerry Lee Fickinger of Goldthwaite had come onto the property intoxicated. Fickinger was located a short time later in the area and was placed under arrest for the offense of criminal trespass. On June 23rd, Mills County deputies conducted a traffic stop on Fisher Street at approximately 2:30 AM. The driver was identified as Matthew Wade Wilk, 25 years of age, from Austin Texas and passenger 22-year-old Bailey Elizabeth Ball of San Marcos, Texas. During the stop deputies detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Deputies conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle which resulted in the seizure of THC and marijuana inside the vehicle. Both individuals were charged with possession of a controlled substance less than 1 g and possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces.
Sheriff Clint Hammonds reported several arrests for the month of May beginning with the arrest of Tabby Soto Day 48 years of age from Richland Springs, Texas on May 3rd. Soto was arrested on warrants for motion to adjudicate for possession of a dangerous drug and motion to revoke probation for theft by check. Cassandra Freeze 44 years of age from Goldthwaite, Texas was arrested on warrants charging motion to revoke probation theft of property. On May 6th 62-year-old Glenda Watson Campbell of Goldthwaite was bench warranted back to Mills County to stand trial for a felony DWI. On this same date, Martha Dawn Lawhon 26 years old of Goldthwaite was stopped by Mills County deputies for numerous traffic violations. Deputies discovered during the stop that she was in possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia. Lawhon was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence, prohibited substance in a correctional facility, and numerous traffic offenses. The passenger in the vehicle, identified as 44-year-old Nelda Juanita Hannon of San Saba, Texas, was also arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, tampering with evidence and another charge of possession of a controlled substance all of which are felony. On May 7, Mills County deputies responded to a residence 17 miles west of Goldthwaite on FM 574 in regards to an assault that was in progress. Deputies arrived on scene and according to witnesses identified 20-year-old Davante Jaxon Evetts as having been involved in an assault where the victim fled on foot being chased by Evetts. Deputies conducted a security sweep of a residence located on the property in an attempt to find the suspect and/or victim. During this security sweep, deputies discovered narcotics in plain sight inside the residence. At about this same time, the victim came walking up to the house and spoke with deputies stating that Evetts had assaulted him and then pulled a knife on him and threatened to kill him. Deputies began drafting a search warrant for the residence and arrest warrant for Evetts for the offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Then at approximately 5:30 AM Evetts approached deputies who advised him that he was under arrest and he fled the scene. Evetts was caught later that day in Brown County after a long and lengthy search. Evetts was charged with evading arrest and detention, possession of methamphetamine over 4 g but less than 200 g and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. On May 11, prior to midnight, deputies responded to a one vehicle accident on US 183 south of Goldthwaite. While on the way to the accident, deputies came across a white male identified as Vincent Anthony Asciutto of Early, Texas walking down the highway. During the interview it was determined he was the one operating the vehicle that had crashed and was intoxicated. He was charged with felony driving while intoxicated.
After a lengthy investigation by Mills County investigators, 60 year old José Maria Balencia was arrested for three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and eight counts of indecency with a child. Balencia is still being held in the Mills County jail awaiting trial. On May 16 Mills County deputies conducted a traffic stop on 56 year old Valerie Odom Tidwell, during the stop it was discovered that Tidwell was wanted out of Hamilton County, Texas for possession of methamphetamine. Tidwell was placed under arrest and transported to the Mills County jail. On May 22, Mills County deputies responded to a report of a reckless driver on US 84 W. of Goldthwaite. Deputies made contact with the driver as Michel Dieppa Acosta 30 years of age from Austin, Texas. During the stop it was determined that Dieppa Acosta was wanted out of Travis County, Texas for bond forfeiture for the offense of speeding. Dieppa Acosta was placed under arrest and transported the Mills County jail.
Sheriff Clint Hammonds releases names of individuals arrested during a 10 month drug investigation conducted by the Mills County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Hammonds said on May 29, 2019 Charles Christopher Cravens, 45 of Goldthwaite, was arrested on 3 felony warrants stemming from the delivery of dangerous drugs. Mills County deputies conducted undercover buys from Cravens in August, October and November of 2018. On This same date Heather Nicole Hampton 30 years of age of Goldthwaite was arrested on a 3rd degree felony charge of delivery of methamphetamine on September 26, 2018. Approximately 2 days later Mills County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted another buy from Hampton for which she was charged with 1st degree felony delivery of methamphetamine in a drug free zone.
On June 5,2019 Antonio Bonilla-Flores 31 years of age of Goldthwaite was arrested on two 3rd degree felony charges of delivery of marijuana in a drug free zone. Mills County Deputies were able to make purchases from Flores in September and November of 2018. Deputies were granted permission to search his residence and discovered that Flores had numerous fraudulent checks that were being mass produced and distributed through various banks. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office is working in conjunction with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office on this investigation. This investigation when complete will be referred to the United States Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
On June 6, 2018 Toby Bosquez, 32 years of age, and John Scott Youngblood, 53, both of Goldthwaite where arrested for 3rd degree felony charges for delivery of marijuana in a drug free zone in May of 2019. Youngblood was arrested at his residence on County Road 112 and consent was granted to search the residence and a vehicle. During the search, Mills County Deputies recovered methamphetamine and firearms from Youngblood. Youngblood’s vehicle was seized during the operation as it was used during the felony offense. Douglas Pat Norton, 48 of Goldthwaite, was arrested on a warrant stemming from a search of his residence in December for Possession of THC wax in a drug free zone a 3rd degree felony.
Sheriff Hammonds stated that, 50 year old, Timmy Lee Sims of Mullin currently incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is being held on 1st degree felony delivery of methamphetamine. Mills County deputies conducted a controlled purchase from Sims in September of 2018.
Sheriff Hammonds is requesting the public’s help in finding 32 year old Amber Scheree Sims of Mullin. She is currently wanted for 1st degree felony delivery of methamphetamine and tampering with evidence. Ashton Alaine Sinast, 32 years of age, formerly of Priddy, Texas is also wanted for 1st degree felony delivery of methamphetamine and tampering with evidence as well. If you know where these individuals are located please contact The Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers @ 325-646-1982 or visit them on the web and you could be eligible for cash if these individuals are captured based on your information and you will remain anonymous.
In August of 2018 The Mills County Sheriff’s Office received a report from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services stating there were allegations of physical abuse at Ms. Sharon’s Daycare owned by 59 year old Sharon Riewe in Goldthwaite. Chief Deputy Chris Green, Investigator Stephanie Brown and CPS Investigator Angel Mascareno began an investigation into the allegations. Through numerous interviews with both current and prior attendees of the daycare along with their parents the investigation revealed that there had in fact been instances of physical abuse. The physical abuse involved child victims ranging in age from 3 years to 8 years old. During the investigation it was revealed there had been other allegations of the same nature that had been investigated by the state in 2007 and 2013. As the investigation went on more families came forward to report what their children had experienced. The case was presented to the Mills County Grand Jury in May 2019. The Grand Jury returned indictments on 13 counts of Injury to a Child, 3rd Degree Felonies. On May 11, 2019 Sharon Riewe turned herself in to the Lampasas Police Department and was booked into the Lampasas County Jail on 13 counts of Injury to a Child. She was later released on bonds totaling $10,000.
Sheriff Clint Hammonds reports the following arrests for the month of April 2019. On April 4, Mills County deputies arrested 30 year old Norma Correra of Goldthwaite on a warrant for motion to adjudicate felony injury to the elderly. Correra posted a $10,000 bond and was released from the Mills County jail. On this same date, 53-year-old Kelly Knight of Goldthwaite was arrested for failure to appear on a felony injury to the elderly case. Knight has since been sentenced to five years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. On April 8, Mills County deputies obtained consent to search a residence in Goldthwaite resulting in the arrest of 41-year-old Cody Ray Odom for the offense of possession of methamphetamine in a drug free zone and felony possession of steroids. On April 10, during District Court, 28 year old Adalberto DeLeon was arrested on a warrant charging him with theft of livestock out of Bosque County, Texas. On April 16, Erik Alexander Brudeseth, 23 of Round Rock, Texas, was arrested on a warrant for motion to adjudicate possession of a controlled substance. On April 17, Andrew Lee Heath, 34 of Goldthwaite, was arrested on a warrant for motion to adjudicate theft by check. On April 18, Mills County deputies stopped a driver for a speeding violation. The driver, Melissa Ann Smitheram, 26 years of age from Denver, Colorado, and passenger, 23-year-old Christopher Rollerson of Colorado Springs, Colorado, were both arrested for multiple drug charges. Charges include possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance less than 1g and possession of a controlled substance less than 400grams. On April 20th as the result of a burglary investigation, 26 year old Cheryl Lee Minard of Mullin and Lancer Cheyenne Teague, 32, of Comanche were arrested for multiple burglaries of a habitation and building and 2 counts of theft of a firearm. Minard was also charged for possession of methamphetamine.