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Four Traffic Stops Net Four Arrests In Hopkins County

Four traffic stops, three by deputies and one by police, netted four arrests in Hopkins County between July 22-25, according to arrest reports.

State Highway 19 North Traffic Stop

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Marney reported stopping a Toyota Tundra at 3:45 a.m. July 24, 2020, on State Highway 19 north near County Road 4764 for a defective license plate light.

Marney, in arrest reports, alleged one occupant “was performing nervous behavior.” When asked for ID, the man reportedly admitted he didn’t have valid driver’s license but was able to present an ID card. A records check showed 53-year-old David Keith Groves of Emory to have a “prior narcotics history involving methamphetamine,” so the deputy obtained his permission to search the interior of the vehicle.

The deputy asked Groves to stand in front of his patrol vehicle while he searched the truck. Before Marney completed his search of the vehicle, the deputy reported seeing Groves “kicking his feet continuously.” Deputies then alleged spotting a glass pipe of the kind commonly used for smoking methamphetamine near where Groves had been standing under the patrol vehicle, where it appeared to have been kicked.

Groves was taken into custody in connection with the drug paraphernalia found under the patrol unit and transported to Hopkins County jail. He was booked at 4:51 a.m. July 24, 2020 on a tampering with evidence charge. The Emory man was released from the county jail later Friday on a $10,000 bond on the felony tampering with evidence charge, according to arrest reports.

Hopkins County Sheriff's Truck
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office patrol truck

State Highway 11 Traffic Stop

Hopkins County Sheriff‘s Deputy Bobby Orsornio stopped a black Honda on State Highway 11 near FM 69 south just after midnight July 24 for a defective tail light. While speaking with the driver, Osornio reported seeing an open container in a cup holder and noted the man was “sweating profoundly.”

A records check allegedly showed a Harrison County warrant for the man’s arrest. The 30-year-old Ladonia, Louisiana man was taken into custody around 12:30 a.m. July 24 and secured in a patrol vehicle. At that time, Osornio and Deputy Aaron Chaney alleged in arrest reports, the man claimed he could not breath. EMS was called. He was determined by paramedics “to be all good.”

The vehicle was released to its owner at the location. The man was booked into Hopkins County jail on a warrant for failure to appear on a burglary charge, however, the arrest report did not specify what type of burglary. He was booked into jail on the Harrison County warrant, according to arrest reports. Deputy Aaron Chaney reportedly assisted on the call.

The 30-year-old Louisiana man remained in Hopkins County Saturday, July 25, on the warrant, according to jail reports.

Hopkins County Sheriff's Truck
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office patrol trucks

Gilmer Street Traffic Stop

Sulphur Springs Police Officer Silas Whaley conducted a traffic stop on a silver Ford Fusion for speeding at 8:26 p.m. July 22, in the 900 block of Gilmer Street. He contacted the occupants. He later obtained consent to search the car. Whaley alleged finding a baggy containing a while crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine in a female occupant’s purse, according to arrest reports.

As a result, 56-year-old Lisa Beth Manning of Powderly was arrested at 8:46 p.m. July 22 for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, according to arrest reports.

Manning was released from Hopkins County jail July 23 on a $5,000 bond on the felony controlled substance charge, according to jail reports.

Sulphur Springs Police Department patrol vehicle

U.S. Highway 67 Traffic Stop

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Wilkerson stopped a Chevrolet Trailblazer at 1:05 a.m. July 25 on U.S. Highway 67 east in Saltillo because the vehicle’s license plate wasn’t visible from within 50 feet.

Upon contact with the driver, Wilkerson alleged a strong odor of marijuana emitted from the SUV. The deputy asked the driver and two juveniles to exit the vehicle while he conducted a probable cause search.

A records check reportedly showed the driver’s license expired in 2009. Consequently, the 35-year-old Sulphur Springs man was placed into handcuffs and left to stand in front of the patrol vehicle.

Wilkerson reported finding a marijuana grinder, a used marijuana cigarette, small amount of a green, leafy substance he suspected to be marijuana and a glass pipe of the kind commonly used to smoke methamphetamine. HCSO Deputy Kevin Lester arrived to assist in the search. No additional contraband was found.

The 35-year-old Sulphur Springs man was taken into custody at 1:52 a.m. July 25 on Class C misdemeanor charges of driving while license invalid and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to arrest reports. Lester transported the man to jail while Wilkerson stayed at the location until the juveniles and vehicle could be released to the man’s spouse. Wilkerson then returned to Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, where he booked the Sulphur Springs man into jail at 2:30 a.m. on both misdemeanor charges, according to arrest 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.

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


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Author: Faith Huffman

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