Mineola Police reports for the past week included:
Feb. 28 – Police arrested Clara Mae Holloman, 35, Canton, for possession of a controlled substance over one gram, under four at 1:21 p.m. Police first became aware of Holloman at 4:23 a.m. when an officer on patrol saw her walking on North Johnson Street. He stopped to see if she needed help and she said she was dropped off in Mineola from Canton to meet a person she met on a dating website, but that man wouldn’t let her in his home. The officer gave her a ride to retrieve her belongings from a front porch and told her he would take her to the police station to charge her phone so she could call someone to give her a ride back home. But, when the officer let her out to get her belongings, she took off on foot. About 20 minutes later, a resident on Hogg Street reported a woman was trying to get in to their home and wanting a ride to Canton. The responding officer wasn’t able to find her, so he went back to the office to inventory the purse and bag of food she left in the patrol room and found a bag of methamphetamine in her purse. Later that day an officer located her walking down West Broad Street.
At 4:48 a.m. personnel at E-Z Mart reported a man paid for gas and cigarettes with two counterfeit $20 bills. This is under investigation.
Later that day, E-Z Mart store staff reported a man was making obscene gestures at customers.
Police received a report at 12:57 p.m. from personnel at the school district about a social media post that was concerning. Investigators checked into the post immediately by talking with the juvenile and then brought the matter to the attention of the parent. Police said this was not related to an incident earlier in the week on Feb. 22 involving a student who possibly wanted to harm herself. “Even things not considered a threat are being reported and we are going to investigate everything,” Chief Chuck Bittner said.
Police arrested Jeffery Dean Littrell, 26, Mineola, for driving while license invalided (enhanced), possession of a controlled substance under one gram (methamphetamine) and possession of a controlled substance under one gram (THC wax) after he was stopped at 4:30 p.m. on North Johnson Street for an expired registration.
Feb. 27 – Personnel at Hibbett Sports reported at 7:07 p.m. that a man took over $300 worth of merchandise, including two left shoes of the same brand from the display shelf. This is under investigation.
At 8:20 p.m. personnel at Walmart reported finding a bag of marijuana and it was turned over to an officer.
At 9:05 p.m. police received report of a welfare concern from a citizen concerning a man lying next to the road on East Broad Street. The man told the responding officer he got tired of walking and was taking a break.
Feb. 26 – A man reported he and his wife were scammed when a pop-up message appeared on his home computer screen stating the computer had a virus. What they believed to be customer assistance prompted them to buy a two-year plan via email and send a check through Federal Express for overnight delivery. Once the check was processed the computer was supposed to be free of viruses. The couple closed their account to keep the scammers from having access to their account.
Walmart asked for an officer to go to the store after an employee was fired and was causing issues with management. The man was transported to the police department for a ride and was issued a criminal trespass warning from the store.
Personnel at Sonic turned in a counterfeit $5 bill that was passed sometime during the day.
Feb. 25 – At 10:15 a.m. a person reported a man was walking on Sycamore Street asking for a ride. When the person refused to do so, the man started yelling. An officer spoke with the man and later contacted the sheriff’s department due to the fact a woman who was with him wanted to report an assault that occurred in the Alba area.
A hit and run was reported at 4:32 p.m. in the Walmart parking lot. A white SUV hit a parked vehicle, knocking the SUV’s bumper off and then leaving the scene. This is under investigation.
At 9:30 p.m. Walmart personnel reported a theft when a man left the store with over $300 worth of merchandise without paying for it. This is under investigation.
Feb. 24 – Police arrested Jose Alberto Carrillo, 28, Lindale, for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of marijuana. An officer stopped Carrillo on East Broad Street at 6:01 p.m. for speeding.
A family called about concern they had for a man who was possibly suicidal and overdosed. He was located in Quitman.
Feb. 23 – At 8:51 .m. a 13-year-old boy was arrested at the Middle School Alternative Educational Placement Building on a directive to apprehend warrant for violation of probation. He was transported to the juvenile probation department.
A woman reported she had been assaulted and that it occurred at a location on Farm-to-Market 49 and needed an ambulance. Emergency medical responders as well as the Wood County Sheriff’s Department was contacted.
A person reported finding the back door shattered on a house they had rented and were moving into on Sycamore Street. No property as taken.
A 17-year-old girl reported receiving inappropriate phone calls and photos via text from an unknown person and numbers. This case is under investigation.
Police arrested Myrtle Darlene Payne, 52, Greenville, for possession of drug paraphernalia. She was pulled over on North Pacific Street for having expired license plates and was found to have paraphernalia.
At 8:49 p.m. a citizen reported a disturbance at Jalapeno Tree. Officers talked with both parties and found it to be an argument.
An officer arrested Christopher Shane Freeman, 44, Sulphur Springs, for possession of a controlled substance under one gram (methamphetamine) after he was stopped at 8:50 p.m. on North Pacific Street for operating a vehicle with more than four white lights on the front.
At 11:16 p.m. Walmart personnel reported a man tried to walk out of the store without paying for a new pair of boots he was wearing and a tie he had concealed. Police wrote a ticket to the man for theft.
Feb. 22 – At 12:09 p.m. officers were made aware of a student that possibly wanted to harm themself. Investigators notified the school, spoke with the student and followed up with the parent.
At 4:54 p.m. police arrested Justin Kyle Fitzgerald, 25, Mineola, for disorderly conduct and public intoxication after the department received calls from witnesses that a man was hitting a woman who was in a vehicle on East Broad Street. The argument then ended up at the car wash where police said Fitzgerald cut the tires of the vehicle his girlfriend was riding in. The woman left the scene before police arrived and they tried to find her. She later called and refused to file charges for assault and signed a waiver of prosecution. However, police completed a family violence report on the matter.