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By Sheriff Michael (Mike) Pigg—
CHILDRESS – On Nov. 27, Deputy Jolly arrested Miranda Pereyra, age 42, of Childress after she turned herself in at the sheriff’s office. Pereyra had been ordered to a rehab center as a condition of her felony probation.
Later on the evening of Nov. 27, Deputy Jolly responded with the Texas Highway Patrol (THP) and Childress EMS to U.S. 83 south of Childress. A Paducah EMS unit had collided with a deer that was on the highway. The patient was not injured, but one of the ambulance personnel sustained minor injuries.
Around 10 p.m. on Nov. 27, Deputy Jolly was patrolling U.S. 287 near County Road 2 when he clocked a car at 97 mph in a 75-mph zone. The car finally pulled over in Estelline and after asking for consent to search the car, a search was conducted. Jolly located drug paraphernalia and what is known as THC wax near a passenger. The passenger was identified as Jason Searls, age 39, of Puyallup, Wash. He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
On Nov. 29, Deputy Jolly stopped an SUV for speeding at 97 mph in a 75-mph zone on U.S. 287 near FM 164. The driver was identified as Ruperto Rico Jr., age 29, of Dallas. Rico said his driver’s license was suspended. That fact was verified, and he was arrested for driving on while license suspended.
Just before midnight on Nov. 29, Deputy Jolly was called to a one-vehicle crash on U.S. 287 near County Road 10. A car driven by Jin Kwon of Carrollton struck a deer that was on the roadway. No one was injured, but the car had to be towed due to damages.
On Nov. 30, Chief Deputy Gillem took custody of Santiago Mata, age 37, of Childress from Jail Captain Shoffner. Mata had been returned to Childress from the Randall County Jail where he was being held on two Childress County warrants for violating his misdemeanor probation.
Just before noon, the sheriff’s office was notified that there was a medical emergency somewhere on FM 2638 west of Kirkland. Chief Deputy Gillem and I found the location of the emergency at a farm southwest of Kirkland. The man at the property was on an ATV that flipped on top of him and crushed him to death.
On Dec. 1, Chief Deputy Gillem was called to a residence north of Kirkland to assist the Childress EMS that was called about a man who had fallen. The man was loaded into the ambulance and taken to Childress Regional Medical Center (CRMC) where he later died.
On Dec. 4, Chief Deputy Gillem had a silver in color Dodge Ram pickup truck impounded after he found it parked on the shoulder of U.S. 83 six miles south of Childress. The license plates on the truck were checked and showed to be stolen out of Colorado.
On Dec. 4, Deputy Branson took custody of Joshua Molina, age 28, of Albuquerque from Jailer Angel. Molina had been returned to Childress from the Bernalillo County Jail in Albuquerque where he was being held on two Childress County warrants – one for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and the other for give false or fictitious identity.
At around 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 6, Deputy Branson dispatched to a traffic crash on U.S. 83 about seven miles north of Childress. Childress Fire, EMS and the Texas THP also responded. A car driven by Judy Woofter of Mission was struck from the rear by an SUV driven by Shari Whitten-Musgrove of Memphis. Woofter was transported to CRMC by ambulance for minor injuries.
On Dec. 8, Chief Deputy Gillem took custody of Dustin Hanks, age 38, of Houston from Jailer Angel. Hanks had been returned to Childress from the Harris County Jail in Houston where he was being held on a Childress County warrant for violating his felony probation.
On Dec. 9, Chief Deputy Gillem arrested Bryan Rodriguez-Velasquez, age 18, of Cleveland, Texas at the sheriff’s office. Rodriguez-Velasquez was wanted out of Liberty County Texas for burglary of a habitation.
On Dec. 10, Chief Deputy Gillem responded with THP and Childress Fire to a crash involving a tractor-trailer and a car on U.S. 287 near the ATV Park. The driver of the car, Jenny Cravy of Baytown, said she was traveling eastbound on U.S. 287 when her car was side swiped by a tractor-trailer driven by Jay Sloan of Hurst. Childress EMS was later called to the scene for Cravy. Her car had to be towed due to damages.
Later on Dec. 10, Chief Deputy Gillem arrested Kenny Bennett, age 39, of Wellington after he turned himself in at the sheriff’s office. Bennett had been ordered to rehab as a condition of his felony probation.
On Dec. 16, Deputy Jolly arrested Guadalupe Garza, age 51, of Childress at the sheriff’s office. Garza had been indicted by the Childress County Grand Jury for two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and theft of a firearm.
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and have a safe and Happy New Year. That’s all from your Childress Office of the Sheriff; as always, my door is always open for your complaints, suggestions or comments.