From Staff Reports
PALO PINTO – Palo Pinto County Sheriff Ira Mercer said the City/County Narcotics Unit and Palo Pinto Sheriff’s Department deputies made eight arrests in the past several weeks on charges that included felony warrant service, endangering a child and felony drug possession.
CCNU investigators conducted an investigation on Gwendolyn Tucker, 30, and Johnny Lewis, 38, for endangering a child after Mineral Wells ISD located methamphetamine on a 12-year-old student. Warrants were issued and executed for Lewis and Tucker. Lewis was arrested May 19, along with Amy Lee, 33, for possession over 4 grams and under 200 grams of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.
Lewis was released May 20 from Palo Pinto County Jail on $100,000 bond, according to jail records.
As the result of a CCNU investigation that led to a traffic stop, CCNU investigators also issued two felony warrants for delivery of controlled substance (methamphetamine) on John Newsom, 44, and Carol Ware, 53. CCNU investigators executed the arrest warrants and allegedly found Ware and Newsom to be in possession of more narcotics (methamphetamine). Newsom and Ware were booked into the Palo Pinto County Detention Center for delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.
Ware was released May 20 from Palo Pinto County Jail on $30,000 bond, according to jail records.
CCNU assisted sheriff’s deputies in locating Michael Smith, who has a history of evading arrest when he failed to appear before district court, officials said. CCNU investigators located Ricky Starr, 30, in allegedly possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone (Houston Elementary) while looking for Smith.
Smith was later located by CCNU investigators and found hiding in a cabinet in a residence on North Oak Avenue. Smith was taken into custody by deputies and faces additional charges of evading arrest or detention.
Investigators also located Michael Herstein, 40, when he reportedly failed to appear before district court for trial. CCNU investigators located and arrested Herstein for failing to appear. Herstein was found guilty in district court and sentenced to 24 months. CCNU officials reported seizing more than $5,000 dollars worth of methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription pills.