Palo Pinto County Sheriff Ira Mercer is requesting the public’s help solving several recent burglaries.  

A residence in the 1700 block of Fortune Bend Road was broken into Monday with a television, compound bow, a camera and other items stolen, according to Mercer. The door was reportedly found kicked in.  Several televisions and a significant amount of cash were reportedly stolen from a Strawn restaurant early Sunday morning or Saturday night, as well. A door was believed to have been left unlocked.  

Investigators also asking for any information involving a recent burglary of a residence on Chesnut Mountain Road that left behind significant damage.

“They’re tearing up as much as they’re stealing,” Mercer said.  

Though the burglaries may not be related, Mercer said burglaries tend to go up during this time of year.

He cautioned residents to have someone keep an eye on their property while they are away.     

“There’s Crime Stoppers money available [for information on recent burglaries],” Mercer said.  

Those who provide information through the Palo Pinto County Crime Stoppers program that leads to the arrest or indictment of anyone committing a felony may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000. Information can be left anonymously at the Crime Stoppers number, (940) 325-0000.

False report to officer

John David Draper, 42, of Mineral Wells, was arrested Tuesday for giving a false report to a police officer. Police said Draper reported an assault in the 900 block of Shaw Street around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. He reportedly claimed a man came up and stabbed him while Draper was outside smoking before leaving in a small silver car.  

Draper was transported to the hospital for cuts to his chest and stomach, though police said they believe he inflicted in the injuries to himself.

Dried blood was reportedly found in his room inside the residence and none where the alleged offense occurred, according to police.  

CCNU traffic stop

A traffic stop around 5:30 p.m. Monday in the 1900 block of S.E. 16th Street following City-County Narcotics Unit surveillance resulted in the arrest of two people on drug-related charges, according to police.  

Timothy William Lawrence, 30, of Mineral Wells, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram, and Lezli Carol Spangler Owens, 25, of Mineral Wells, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.


Mineral Wells police reported the following arrests:

• Kimberlie Masias Baker, 29, of Mineral Wells, was arrested Monday on a warrant for running a stop sign.

• Cindy Lynn Zuninga, 36, of Mineral Wells, was arrested Monday for theft, less than $50.

• Shena Lynn Hoskins, 27, of Mineral Wells, was arrested Tuesday on 30 traffic warrants and one warrant for illegal dumping.

• A 16-year-old male was arrested Tuesday for reckless driving after an officer reportedly clocked him traveling 62 mph in a 30 mph zone. Though he was first observed in the 1600 block of East Hubbard Street, by the time the officer caught up with him at a traffic light, the teen was observed spinning his tires while stopped. He was released to juvenile probation and later released to his parents, police said.  

• Robert Samuel Taylor Jr., 23, of Mineral Wells, was arrested Tuesday for driving with an expired license and on four traffic warrants.


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