Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Top Stories

November 30, 2012

Grand jury declines to indict man in September stabbing death

Mineral Wells man accused of hitting, killing bicyclist indicted on two charges

FROM STAFF REPORTS

PALO PINTO – A Palo Pinto County grand jury on Thursday declined to indict a man charged with stabbing a man to death on U.S. Highway 180 East in September.

José Luis Ramos, 40, was released from Palo Pinto County Jail on Thursday after he was “no-billed” by the panel that decides whether to indict and prosecute persons accused or suspected of committing felony offenses.

Ramos was charged with stabbing Damon Desdunes, 27, after he stopped his vehicle in the 4300 block of U.S. Highway 180 East on the afternoon of Sept. 8 after reportedly being pursued by Ramos. Desdunes reportedly exited his vehicle wielding a bat. Following a brief altercation, Ramos reportedly stabbed Desdunes twice – once in the arm and once in the heart. He later died at Palo Pinto General Hospital.

Ramos remained at the scene as medical and law enforcement personnel responded and was taken into custody.

Also on Thursday the grand jury rendered two indictments against a Mineral Wells man charged in the death of a bicyclist who was struck and killed in the early morning hours of July 25.

Thomas Ray Johnson, 27, of Mineral Wells, was arrested a couple of days later after police reportedly found his vehicle at a local repair shop. Johnson was indicted on felony counts of tampering with physical evidence and an accident involving personal death or injury.

Johnson was allegedly the driver of a pickup that struck 60-year-old David Valtier, of Mineral Wells, in the 4300 block of U.S. Highway 180 East around 12:45 a.m. Valtier was riding his bicycle westbound on U.S. 180 on his way home from his second-shift job at Antelope Oil and Tool and Manufacturing at Wolters Industrial Park.

See more on this story and the other indictments returned Thursday in Sunday's Index.

1
Text Only
Top Stories
  • arrestees.jpg Man charged with drug possession, escape; police arrest man on burglary, burglary warrant charges

    Police make arrests in separate cases involving a suspicious individual downtown allegedly found in possession of a meth pipe and a quantity of meth, and a man charged with burglary who was wanted in another burglary case.

    July 31, 2014 3 Photos

  • 143_20121228_20586-Edit.jpg Taylor Albin: Boss clown

    It is always good to be the boss – including when you are a circus clown.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • marauder Chris Snapp.jpg Zombies take over downtown

    Thursday and Friday parts of downtown Mineral Wells will succumb to an invasion of plague-stricken, blood-thirsty marauders.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos 1 Link

  • 0720 one geese IMG_0387.jpg Wild goose hunt?

    A large flock of Canadian geese that have roosted at Holiday Hills Country Club might have management stuck like a duck.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0731 TFT stage.JPG Setting the stage

    Texas Frontier Trails is, well, once again on the trail.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo 1 Link

  • budget cover.jpg Optimism in numbers

    Next year's proposed budget seeds optimism for Mineral Well's growth.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hearing set for second fire district proposal

    PALO PINTO – Palo Pinto County Commissioners set a date for a hearing to place a petition on the Nov. 4 general election ballot to create a second Emergency Services District.

    July 29, 2014

  • Inquiry made on housing children at CCA

    An inquiry about housing at the former Corrections Corporation of America facility at Wolters Industrial Park some of the thousands of unaccompanied children who have crossed illegally into the United States seems to be nothing more than that, at least for now.

    July 28, 2014 2 Stories

  • Woman killed in one-vehicle wreck

    SALESVILLE – A Mineral Wells woman died Friday after she crashed her car into a brick retaining wall near Hilltop Road.

    July 28, 2014

  • bryan joyner1.jpg Back on the beat

    It is never too late to start a music career – or restart one as the case may be. For Mineral Wells High School Class of 1989 graduate Bryan Adam Joyner, restarting his is the case. He is once again making a strong push to get his music into the mainstream while performing wherever he can.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo 1 Link

Featured Ads
SmugMug


Click on a photo to see our SmugMug photos

Seasonal Content
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.