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Man Charged With Cockfighting; Roosters Confiscated
Jun21

Man Charged With Cockfighting; Roosters Confiscated

[Editor’s Note: KSST will only post names and pictures of those charged with misdemeanors when the circumstances are out of the ordinary. This is one of those instances in which the crime is an inhumane act toward an animal/fowl.] Interdiction Deputy Harry Washington stopped a van for a traffic violation at the 122-mile marker on westbound I-30 Tuesday. Inside the van in plain view were a number of roosters. Deputy Washington was told...

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Property Hearing Tuesday Determines Fate of Seized Malnourished Cattle
Dec16

Property Hearing Tuesday Determines Fate of Seized Malnourished Cattle

A property hearing regarding approximately 45 head of malnourished cattle seized Monday by Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will be conducted in Hopkins County Justice of the Peace Court Tuesday, December 20th. The owner of the cattle seeks to retain custody of the animals. The owner stated that if he does not regain custody of the cattle, he will purchase 40 more cows and...

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Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office/SPCA of Texas Seize 12 Dogs, 2 Horses from Como Residence
Jun28

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office/SPCA of Texas Seize 12 Dogs, 2 Horses from Como Residence

Hopkins County Sheriff’s officers and investigators assisted by the SPCA of Texas (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) seized 12 dogs, five of which were puppies, and two horses from 412 McBride St in Como,TX Tuesday afternoon. The animals were seized after an investigation by the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office following a number of complaints from neighbors of the residence. Deputy Sheriff and County Animal...

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Three Hopkins County Residents Arrested For Aggravated Kidnapping For Allegedly Locking A Child In A Closet
Feb25

Three Hopkins County Residents Arrested For Aggravated Kidnapping For Allegedly Locking A Child In A Closet

Three Hopkins County residents were arrested Wednesday on an aggravated kidnapping charge for allegedly locking a child in a closet, causing injuries; the man is also accused of aggravated sexual assault of the child, according to sheriff’s reports. Edward Faris Troutt Jr. and Deborah “Debbie” Troutt The offenses allegedly occurred in 2018 but have just come to light. An outcry was made. Following an investigation by...

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February 2021 Grand Jury Indictments
Feb20

February 2021 Grand Jury Indictments

A Hopkins County Grand Jury during the February session signed approximately 90 indictments naming at least 70 people. Offenses ranged from aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, abandoning or endangerin ga child, assault of a pregnant person, assault on a security officer, and sexual assault of a child to stalking, theft, evading arrest, stolen vehicle, firearm, burglary, controlled substance and felony DWI charges. In some cases...

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1 Arrested On US Marshals Indictment, 2 Others On Unrelated Felony Warrants
Jun26

1 Arrested On US Marshals Indictment, 2 Others On Unrelated Felony Warrants

Local authorities made a number of warrant arrests on Tuesday, including at least three people sought on outstanding felony charges. Jason Craig Williams Special Crimes Unit Lt. Mark Estes and Sgt. Joe Scott arrested Jason Craig Williams, 32, of Sulphur Springs at his Houston Street residence at 1:45 p.m. June 25 on a US Marshals indictment for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a Schedule II substance, according to...

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Hopkins County Deputies, SPCA Seize Approximately 50 Dogs, Find Approximately 50 Dead Dogs in Freezer at Northern Hopkins County Residence
May10

Hopkins County Deputies, SPCA Seize Approximately 50 Dogs, Find Approximately 50 Dead Dogs in Freezer at Northern Hopkins County Residence

Between 48 and 50 live dogs were found in a house and outbuildings and approximately 50 dead animals including litters, puppies, grown dogs and animal tissue stored in a freezer were found at a residence located just off FM 2285 north of Sulphur Springs in Hopkins County, according to Hopkins County Chief Investigator Corley Weatherford. Animal cruelty charges are being filed Thursday against the home and animal owners. The...

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Auction of Seized Cattle Underway Wednesday
Jan17

Auction of Seized Cattle Underway Wednesday

According to Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office the hundreds of head of cattle seized by the SPCA of Texas and Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office December 4-6, 2017 are being sold at auction today, Wednesday, January 17th, according to the court order issued in a settlement reached in Justice of the Peace court and upheld in an appeal made by the owner of the cattle, George Lawrence Bergin, 61, to Hopkins County Court at Law. The cattle are...

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Jury Takes Eight Minutes to Decide Custody of Cattle
Jan09

Jury Takes Eight Minutes to Decide Custody of Cattle

It took eight minutes for a Hopkins County Court at Law six person jury to determine custody of the hundreds of head of malnourished cattle seized by Hopkins County Deputies and the SPCA of Texas on December 4-6, 2017. The cattle found on 2700 acres in the County will be sold at auction and not returned to George Lawrence Bergin, 61, of Sulphur Springs. Bergin is charged with Cruelty to Livestock-Fail to Provide, a state jail felony....

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Appeal of Custody of Cattle Settlement Underway
Jan08

Appeal of Custody of Cattle Settlement Underway

An employee of the SPCA testified Monday morning in Hopkins County Court at Law that during his investigation, he observed cattle, owned by George Bergin of Sulphur Springs, on more than one location and each location looked the same. Testimony continues in the appeal of a settlement made in Justice of the Peace Court regarding the custody of several hundred head of cattle owned by Bergin. The appeal is being heard in the Justice of...

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