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By Sheriff Michael (Mike) Pigg—
CHILDRESS – On Dec. 17, the Office of the Sheriff was notified there were two people in the 600 block of N. Main St. who were wanted fugitives.
Chief Deputy Gillem, Deputy Jolly and officers from the Childress Police Department went to that location and identified Cody Bell, age 26, and his girlfriend, Michelle Martinez, age 35, both of Memphis. A computer check showed they were both wanted by the state of Colorado on felony warrants. Bell and Martinez were arrested as fugitives from justice and booked into the detention center.
On the afternoon of Dec. 17, Deputy Jolly took custody of Jason Cipolla, age 38, of Childress from Jail Captain Shoffner. Cipolla was being held in the Donley County Jail in Clarendon where he had been arrested for fail to comply with sex offender registration duties.
Just before noon on Dec. 21, I heard the police department being sent to a local business regarding a Hispanic male attempting to use a stolen credit card. The suspect had driven away prior to the police arriving.
The suspect vehicle was observed driving past the sheriff’s office shortly thereafter. The suspect turned south onto a county road east of Childress and after trying to hide behind a residence was detained.
The driver was identified as Joynis Perez-Blanco of Las Vegas and his passenger as Merino Yunel of Tampa. Consent was given to search the vehicle. There were not any credit cards located, but they did have a credit card skimming device.
On Dec. 27, Deputy Jolly stopped a car for speeding 95 mph in a 75-mph zone just west of Childress. He identified the driver as Nathaniel Benton, age 21, of Lorena and his passenger as Israel Martinez, age 21, of Waco. Jolly could smell a strong smell of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and conducted a search. He found almost one pound of marijuana inside the vehicle. Martinez and Benton were arrested for possession of marijuana.
Just before midnight on Dec. 27, Deputy Jolly arrested Abel Longinos, age 18, of Childress after he was found to have a felony assault warrant out of Childress. Longinos was booked into the detention center.
On Dec. 30, Deputy Jolly was sent to a residence in Childress in reference to a theft. The complainant there said she had parker her utility trailer near her residence and had last seen it on Dec. 21. The trailer was located in Matador on Jan. 5 and returned to its owner.
On Jan. 2, Deputy Jolly assisted the Childress Fire Department on a house fire north of Kirkland. The house was being used by hunters who believe the fire was started by an electric blanket that had overheated. No one was injured, but the house was severely damaged.
On Jan. 3, Deputy Jolly was dispatched to a traffic crash on U.S. 287 west of the ATV Park. Childress Fire, EMS and the Texas Highway Patrol (THP) also responded. A pickup truck driven by Leeza Crockett of Detroit, Texas left the roadway and rolled over after she attempted to dodge some debris that was on the roadway and lost control of her truck. Crockett had minor injuries but refused treatment. The vehicle had to be towed due to the damages.
Well, that’s all from your Childress Office of the Sheriff; as always, my door is always open for your complaints, suggestions or comments.