Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Top Stories

May 1, 2014

Woman arrested on kidnapping charge

Girlfriend, man face charges related to allegedly interfering with children’s custody


After an approximately month-long investigation, Mineral Wells police, with assistance from U.S. marshals, have charged one woman with kidnapping.

Jamie Hunley, 37, remained in Palo Pinto County Jail on Thursday charged with felony kidnapping. Bond had not been set as of Thursday afternoon.

Additionally, Christopher Lee Brown, 27, is being held in Johnson County Jail charged with interference of child custody in connection with the kidnapping. He is in Johnson County Jail on unrelated charges.

Hunley was arrested in Ranger by U.S. marshals after a Mineral Wells police investigation that began in early March, said Police Chief Dean Sullivan. The investigation began when a woman reported that the father of her children had not returned them, a 1-½-year-old and a 3-year-old, after a regular visitation.

On March 17, Brown was picked up in North Richland Hills on unrelated charges and transferred to Johnson County, Sullivan said. Accompanying him then were the children and his girlfriend, Hunley.

Toward the end of the month the children had not been returned to their mother, he said.

Mineral Wells police were slowed in their efforts to take further action because the mother’s copy of the custody arrangement was unsigned, he said.

A signed custody arrangement was retrieved from Tarrant County on April 17 and Hunley became a suspect on interference with custody charges, Sullivan said. Detectives repeatedly called Hunley to return the children.

Police learned from the mother’s family members that Hunley did not intend to return the children, and with this information stepped up the investigation, he said.

While tracking Hunley down, police learned on April 28 that Hunley was en route to Galveston, he said. He said once Hunley fled with the children more than 120 miles, she faced kidnapping charges.

Police called for assistance from U.S. marshals, who were able to locate and arrest Hunley on April 30 in Ranger with the children and another man, he said.

The children were unharmed and released to their mother, he said.

Police were assisted by Child Protective Services and sheriff’s departments from Tarrant, Johnson, Parker and Palo Pinto counties, Sullivan said.

Text Only
Top Stories
  • burglary suspects.jpg Police make burglary arrests, issue scam alert

    Mineral Wells police rounded up several burglary suspects this past week, each reportedly caught in the act.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • AT&T.jpg Trouble on that tower: AT&T customers continue to air cellular service gripes

    Despite assurances from AT&T earlier this month that ongoing network cellular service issues in the Mineral Wells area were fixed or soon would be, many local customers continue to complain about poor service.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Becky McDonald and Spot.jpg NO KILL ZONE: Animal shelter working with Humane Society to end euthanasias

    About mid-morning one day at the Mineral Wells Animal Shelter, Becky McDonald, shelter coordinator, makes some time to check phone messages. When she plays it back, it's a request for the shelter to pick up some apparently abandoned kittens.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Terry Jay Williams.jpg A stunning arrest

    After a brief scuffle Sunday morning, a Mineral Wells police officer stunned and arrested a man allegedly caught in the act of burglarizing a home.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • p-4.php.jpeg 'The Blessings of Liberty'

    An exhibit, “The Blessings of Liberty,” is now open for viewing at the Palo Pinto County Old Jail Museum and will be available through Aug. 2. It is provided and organized by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. A community grant from Humanities to the Museum paid for the exhibit. This is the third year outright grants have been awarded to the museum.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • SD Presentation 13.jpg Weatherford's ICI awarded new Lamar construction contract

    With construction on the new Lamar Elementary School expected to begin in two about weeks, the Mineral Wells ISD school board on Monday approved Weatherford-based Imperial Construction Inc. as the project's general contractor.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo 1 Link

  • JROTC.jpg Uniform success

    In another year or so, Mineral Wells High School students might have a new organization to join. Civic leaders and school and city officials met Thursday at Mineral Wells ISD’s administration offices to hear a presentation about bringing the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program, or JROTC, to the high school.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos 2 Links

  • Pat Green and Crowd.JPG Buckets, boots filled

    Country music stars helped raise more than a quarter million dollars for local volunteer firefighters during last weekend's Fourth Annual Buckets and Boots benefit concert.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo 1 Link

  • 0720 one geese IMG_0387.jpg Geese are birdies not par for the course

    Birdies are not something golfers want many of – ones they create by failing to shoot par or the large, living, two-legged kind that damage a course's fairways and greens.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police investigate area store burglary

    A thief or thieves struck a local shop sometime around the July 4 weekend or early the next week, swiping about $3,000 worth of jewelry.

    July 17, 2014

Featured Ads

Click on a photo to see our SmugMug photos

Seasonal Content
AP Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

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

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.