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3 Arrested On Warrants Friday Night

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Three people were arrested on warrants Friday night, December 11, 2020. A traffic stop resulted in a 61-year-old Emory man’s arrest on traffic warrants and two controlled substance charges, and two wanted people were jailed in Sulphur Springs on warrants.

Sulphur Springs Warrant Arrests

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Tanner Steward and Deputy Drew Fisher reported locating Janie Natasha Crist at a Fuller Street residence at 9:09 p.m. Dec. 11. The 39-year-old Sulphur Springs woman was taken into custody for violation of probation, which she was on for a manufacture or delivery 1-4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance; the offense was alleged to have occurred on Dec. 4 in Hopkins County.

The arrest is the second time this month that Crist has been jailed. She was booked Dec. 3 on a warrant for the manufacture or delivery charge, according to jail reports. She remained in Hopkins County jail Saturday on the violation of probation charge.

Steward and Fisher also took Ronnie Wayne Waddell into custody at 9:09 p.m. Dec. 11. He was arrested on warrants for injury to a child or elderly person, not paying open container fine, two driving while license invalid and two failure to maintain financial responsibility charges. The insurance and DWLI charges date back to January and March of 2019. At least one other charge was alleged in arrest reports to have occurred in July 2019.

Waddell remained in Hopkins County jail Saturday afternoon. Bond on the injury to a child disabled or elderly person charge was set at $30,000.

County Road 1104 Traffic Stop

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Justin Wilkerson reported stopping a Nissan Altima at 9:47 p.m. on County Road 1104 at Briarwood when a records check showed the car’s registration expired in February 2019. Upon contact with the driver, Wilkerson noted the man to be making furtive movements and showed signs of bruxism, which can be associated with narcotic use.

Truman Leon Pope Jr. (HCSO jail photo)

A search of the car allegedly yielded one bag containing a crystal-like substance suspected to be methamphetamine and another small bag with three different colored pills suspected to be MDMA. When asked, the driver allegedly admitted the substance was methamphetamine. Truman Leon Pope Jr. and the contraband were taken into custody at 10 p.m. Dec. 11, 2020. Drug paraphernalia, including more than one hypodermic needle, was also allegedly located during an inventory of the vehicle prior to impound.

Further investigation revealed the vehicle displayed fictitious license plates; the correct vehicle registration expired in June 2018, according Wilkerson wrote in arrest reports. The suspected MDMA weighed 0.823 gram, including packaging, and the crystal-like substance field-tested positive for meth and weighed 0.577 gram, including packaging.

Consequently, Pope was jailed on one possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge and one possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 2 controlled substance charge. The 61-year-old Emory man was released from jail Saturday afternoon, Dec. 12, on $5,000 bond per controlled substance charge. Pope also was arrested on warrants for five outstanding traffic charges.


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.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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