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Wanted Man Charged With 3 Additional Offenses After Running From Deputy

Sulphur Springs Woman Jailed On Warrant

A wanted man was charged with three additional offenses after running from the deputy who attempted to take him into custody, and having syringe loaded with methamphetamine, sheriff’s officers alleged in arrest reports. The arrest was the third time in less than a year that the 49-year-old Sulphur Springs man has been booked into Hopkins County jail on felony charges.

Two other were also booked into Hopkins County jail on unrelated possession charges, a teen for possessing marijuana in a drug-free zone and a woman on a controlled substance-related warrant.

Man Runs From Deputy

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies, aware of a warrant for his arrest, went to Richie Wayne Porter’s FM 71 west residence around 1:10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, to serve it. Deputy Drew Fisher went to the rear of the residence while others went to the front door in an attempt to contact the 49-year-old Sulphur Springs man.

Richie Porter (HCSO jail photo)

Fisher reported hearing noise behind a vehicle parked in the back yard of the residence. Seeing feet on the other side of it, the deputy instructed the person to show their hands. The man reportedly stepped around the front of the vehicle, then took off running from the deputy. Fisher said he instructed the man if he didn’t stop running he would be tased. The deputy got within range and deployed the Taser, but the man’s jacket prevented it from being effective, Fisher noted in arrest reports. The man did, however, stop and drop to his knees. The man, identified in arrest reports as Porter, was taken into custody.

After deputies walked the man back to the residence, Fisher retraced the path Porter took and found a metal container with a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine and a glass pipe commonly used to smoke meth wrapped in a cloth rag. Porter was transported to jail, where staff reportedly discovered he had a loaded hypodermic syringe containing suspected methamphetamine. The suspected meth weighed 4.66 grams.

Porter was booked into jail not only on the warrant for violation of parole but also for evading arrest or detention on foot, tampering with evidence and possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, according to arrest and jail reports. Porter remained in custody later Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, on the parole warrant. His bond was set at $35,000 on the controlled substance charge, $15,000 on the tampering with evidence charge and $2,000 on the evading arrest charge.

Saturday was the third time he’s been booked into Hopkins County jail in less than a year. She was also jailed on May 27, 2020, for possession of grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance and failure to identify; and again on Oct. 16, 2020 for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.

Additional Arrests

Jenny Lacresha Slater (HCSO jail photo)

HCSO Deputy Drew Fisher and Sgt. Tanner Steward located Jenny Lacresha Slater around 12:15 a.m. Feb. 6, at her State Highway 11 west residence and took her into custody for surety off bond on a possession of controlled substance charge.

The 43-year-old Sulphur Springs woman was booked into and remained in Hopkins County jail later Saturday. Bond was set at $10,000 on the charge.

Slater, who is also known by Jenny Lacresha Blanton, Jenny Blaton and Jenny L. Smith, was arrested Aug. 11, 2020 on a possession of controlled substance charge.

Just after 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, Sulphur Springs Police Officer Francisco Castro stopped a black Chrysler 300 on Woodlawn Street for a traffic violation, and upon contact with the occupant, reported smelling a marijuana odor emitting from the vehicle. A search revealed a bag with a green, leafy substance suspected to be marijuana in the vehicle. The 17-year-old driver admitted he’d received multiple tickets for possession of drug paraphernalia. The suspected marijuana weighed less than 2 ounces but was located within 1,000 feet of a school property, a drug-free zone. Consequently, the teen was jailed on a Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone charge, according to arrest reports. He remained in jail later Saturday. Bond on the charge was set at $2,000.

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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Author: Faith Huffman

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