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3 Arrested For Violating Probation, Parole

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Two people were arrested July 31, 2020 for violating probation, including a man accused of having a bag of suspected methamphetamine concealed on his body. A man was also jailed August 1 on a parole warrant.

Concealed Controlled Substance

Douglas Paul Merrell (HCSO jail photo)

Douglas Paul Merrell was taken into custody at 11:47 a.m. July 31 on a warrant for violation of probation on a misdemeanor deadly conduct charge. The 53-year-old Sulphur Springs man was escorted into Hopkins County jail and released to jail staff.

While being dressed in jail clothes, corrections officers alleged Merrell was found to have a clear baggy containing a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine concealed between the checks of his buttocks.

The baggy and contents were seized as evidence. The substance later tested positive as methamphetamine. The bag and contents weighed 0.767 grams, resulting in Merrell being charged with possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, Greer and Deputy Jason Lavender alleged in arrest reports.

Merrell was released from Hopkins County jail August 2 on a $5,000 bond on the controlled substance charge and a $25,000 on the other, according to jail reports.

The arrest marked the second time in just under a year that Merrell has been booked into Hopkins County jail. He was also arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Aug. 18, 2019, according to jail reports.

Police Department Arrest

Andrea Lynn Chapman (HCSO jail photo)

Andrea Lynn Chapman was taken into custody at 8:42 a.m. July 31 by Lt. Brad Horton on a warrant.

The 42-year-old Sulphur Springs woman was transported to jail and booked on the violation of probation charge, which she was on for a possession of controlled substance, according to arrest and jail reports.

Chapman remained in Hopkins County jail on the charge August 3, 2020, according to jail reports.

Irwin Lane Arrest

Sulphur Springs Police Officer Sean Hoffman and Lt. Brad Horton responded around 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, on Irwin Lane at Posey Lane for a female alleged to have been involved in a theft they’d responded to, according to arrest reports.

No HCSO jail photo available for Steven Ray Hunter

A records check revealed 29-year-old Steven Ray Hunter of Alvin to be wanted by the Austin Parole Board on a violation of parole warrant and by Galveston County authorities on a possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge. Consequently, Hunter was arrested at 3:08 p.m. August 1 on the both warrants, according to arrest reports.

Hunter’s bond on the Galveston County warrant was set at $25,000; he was still being held in Hopkins County jail August 3 on the violation of parole warrant, 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.

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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.

Author: Faith Huffman

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