2009-03-26 / News of Record

Sheriff's Report

by Sheriff Ray Nutt

On Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at approximately 5:15 AM Henderson County Sheriff Deputy Kevin Adair conducted a traffic stop on County Road 3519. Deputy Adair arrested Jason Passons W/M, 24, for the offenses of driving without a driver's license and operating a motor vehicle without proof of liability insurance. Deputy Adair located a quantity of methamphetamine while inventoring the vehicle. Deputy Adair transported Passons to the Henderson County Justice Center where he was booked in for the charge of manufacturing delivery of controlled substance PG 1 over 1 gram under 4 grams which is a 2nd degree felony.

On March 18, 2009, Deputy Tony Duncan was dispatched to Hwy 175 East of Athens at 08:38 in reference to a possible theft in progress after receiving a call from a citizen of suspicious activity.

Chief Parker, who was in Athens responded, as he was close to the location at the time the call was dispatched. He observed a Volkswagen in the crossover in the median attached to a pewter colored Tahoe by car dolly.

Chief Parker, who was now assisted by Athens Police Department Officer Chad Walker, got the vehicle stopped at the House of Mercy Church parking lot approximately 1000 yards from the scene of the offense.

In the Tahoe there were four Hispanic males who advised the owner of the Volkswagen had let them take it from the property. Contact was made with the owner of the property. Don Carter advised he had given no one any authority to remove anything from his property. The four Hispanic males, Juan T. Rangel, 19 YOA, Miguel Tadeo, 22 YOA, Francisco J. Villalva, 20 YOA, and Ronald A. Ramirez, 18 YOA, were booked into the Henderson County Jail for theft >1,500 <20,000 by Sgt. Mitch Baker and Deputy Mitchum Patterson.

Athens Police Department was a tremendous help to the Henderson County Sheriff's Department as well as the citizen who made the call. Because of citizens taking a more active role, the Sheriff's Department is able to quickly apprehend criminals.

On Thursday, March 19, 2009, Henderson County Sheriff's Office received a call in reference to a male subject attempting to rob the First State Bank in Murchison, Texas. Officers responded to the scene and area. The caller gave a vehicle description to the Sheriff's Office.

Henderson County Deputies Tracy Dunnington, Craig Parker and Sheriff's Office Investigator Wick Gabbard responded to the bank. Several other officers with the Sheriff's office, Athens Police Department, and State Troopers responded to the area attempting to locate the vehicle.

Athens Police Officer Chad Walker located the vehicle on Henderson County Road 3715. Officer Walker stopped the vehicle and detained Leocadio Melendez, 27 years of age, who was the driver of the vehicle. Officer Walker along with several other officers with the Sheriff's Office, Athens Police Department, and Texas Department of Public Safety searched the area after Melendez was located. Evidence was located at the scene and Melendez was arrested for Attempted Robbery along with two outstanding arrest warrants out of Athens Municipal Court for speeding and driving while license invalid. Melendez was transported to the Henderson County Jail awaiting arraignment.

On Monday, March 23, 2009, Henderson County Sheriff 's Office Drug Enforcement Unit Investigators were assisted by the Brownsboro Police Department with a narcotics search warrant on Browning Street in Brownsboro, Texas.

Henderson County Investigators arrived at the residence and detained three individuals in the back yard. Henderson County Investigators searched the property and located a quantity of methamphetamines inside the residence.

Investigators contacted Child Protective Services in reference to a 14-year-old female who lived at the residence. Child Protective Services responded to the residence and were able to place the child with a family member.

Investigators arrested Theresa Halsey, W/F, 52 years of age, for Manufacture/ Delivery of Controlled Substance PG 1 over 4 grams under 200 grams which is a felony of the first degree. Halsey was also charged with Endangering a Child which is a state jail felony. Halsey was transported to the Henderson County Jail awaiting arraignment.

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