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Tip About Wanted Man At Truck Stop Results In Warrant, Controlled Substance Arrest

A tip to sheriff’s deputies about a wanted person being spotted at a Hillcrest Drive truck stop resulted not only in a warrant arrest, but in a controlled substance charge as well.

At least three others were arrested on marijuana and controlled substance related charges on Monday as well.

A sheriff’s deputy just before 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, reported seeing Robert Harold George’s Chevrolet 1500 in a parking spot at Love’s. The truck’s registration, the sheriff’s officers noted, had expired in July of 2019, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tanner Steward and Deputy Dan Turrentine alleged in arrest reports.

Robert Harold George

The deputy had communications operators confirm the registration to be expired and the Hunt County warrant to be active. While that was going on, the truck left the parking lot. A traffic stop was initiated. Deputies alleged the 50-year-old Sulphur Springs man could be seen reaching around near the center console and dash of the truck while bringing it to a stop near County Road 1100.

The driver, George, was reportedly asked to step out of the truck and was placed into custody on the Hunt County warrant for failure to appear on a driving while intoxicated with open container charge.

When asked if there was anything illegal in it, he allegedly claimed there “shouldn’t be.” An on-call wrecker was called to impound the truck. The deputy alleged finding two open alcoholic beverage containers in the truck. A clear baggy with a crystal-like substance that later field-tested positive for methamphetamine was also allegedly found behind the insert that was partially out of the open ash tray in the truck. The suspected methamphetamine and packaging weighed 0.94 grams, resulting in George also being charged with possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, Steward and Turrentine alleged in arrest reports.

George remained in Hopkins County jail Wednesday, Feb. 12, in lieu of $5,000 bond each on the controlled substance charge and Hunt County charge, according to jail reports.

At least three others were arrested on marijuana and controlled substance related charges on Monday as well.

Rosemary Boone Springer

Sgt. Tanner Steward reported seeing 64-year-old Rosemary Boone Springer, a wanted woman, in the yard of her County Road 2307 residence around 12:30 p.m. Feb. 10. Steward contacted Springer and took her into custody for surety off bond on a possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, according to arrest reports. Springer spent the night in jail and was released on Feb. 11 on a $5,000 bond, according to jail reports.

Erin Virginia Blalock

Erin Virginia Blalock was arrested in Harris County and transported at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 10 to Hopkins County jail by HCSO Deputy Elijah Fite. Blalock was booked for bond forfeiture on possession of less than 28 grams of a Penalty Group 3 controlled substance and driving while intoxicated charges, according to arrest reports. She remained in Hopkins County jail Wednesday, Feb. 12 on the charge, according to jail reports.

A marijuana investigation lead Sulphur Springs Special Crimes Unit investigators to a Helm Lane apartment, where a marijuana odor was smelled when the door was opened. The 58-year-old resident allegedly admitted to marijuana use and took officers to a dresser that also contained a pipe of the kind commonly used for smoking methamphetamine, according to arrest reports. The man was arrested at 10:33 a.m. Feb. 10 for possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released from jail Feb. 11, according to jail reports.

The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office is located at 298 Rosemont St., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 438-4040. publishes Sulphur Springs Police Department reports and news. The Police Department is located at 125 Davis St., Sulphur Springs, Texas. Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 885-7602.

If you have an emergency dial 9-1-1.

The Sulphur Springs Police Department continues to serve its citizens with pride in its overall mission and will strive to provide the best possible police force in the 21st century.

Author: Faith Huffman

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