Mineola Police Report

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Mineola police reports for the past week included:

Aug. 16 – A reckless driver was reported coming in from Quitman on Highway 37 driving all over the roadway. The man driving stopped in a parking lot and an officer spoke with him. The man said he was looking at some paperwork.

Mark Edward Johnson, 32, Mineola was arrested for public intoxication at 9:02 p.m. after an assault was reported by a family member on West Blair Street. The assault is under investigation.

Aug. 15 – There was a reported attempt to enter the back of a building on East Broad Street. The attempt is being investigated.

Personnel at Walmart reported an employee theft. The incident is under investigation.

A scam was reported by a woman who took a check to the Police Station that was written to her for over $9,000. She was told she had won the money in a sweepstakes. The bank would not accept the fraudulent check and advised her to report it. The scam artist was able to change their number to a local number and called her again telling her to deposit the check. The police explained that when a caller alters the number that appears on a caller ID it is called “spoofing.”

Police says they have had several calls reporting someone calling them from a number that shows to be local or a name they will recognize. The department has also had calls of scam artists changing their number to the police department number asking for donations. They advise citizens be aware of the many scams to get your money. The scams range from sending you a check to have you deposit it and send them money, calling and telling you they have your grandson or grandchild in jail somewhere and they need money to get out, to having you purchase a program for your computer, IRS calling and demanding money among the many scams going around. They ask that you contact the police department if you have a question on whether or not the situation you have been contacted about is a scam before you act.

Aug. 14 – A hit and run was reported at Johnson and East McDonald Street. A vehicle was parked at a residence on the street and someone hit the side of the vehicle and did not stop to report the incident.

A reckless driver was reported speeding and cutting in and out of cars on Highway 69 north headed into Mineola. The officers were unable to locate the vehicle.

At 5:35 p.m. a disturbance was reported behind a house on Phillips Street between a man and woman. When officers arrived it was reported to be verbal only and the two were separated.

Aug. 13 – An argument was reported at a residence on West Blair Street when a man had been drinking and was yelling at his mother and sister. They were separated for the night.

Officers responded to a tree and power lines down on Second Street. SWEPCO was contacted.

At 1:06 p.m. A disturbance on North Newsom Street was reported to the police by a neighbor who heard a commotion and witnessed an argument. Officers found that a boyfriend had assaulted his girlfriend. No injuries were noted and she did not wish to pursue charges.

Aug. 12 – A report of suspicious activity at a residence on Landers Street was reported at 9:18 p.m. No one was supposed to be there. Officers checked on the situation and reported everything was fine.

A woman reported she found someone had been in her home on Landers Street while she was away. Officers found the daughter had gone in the home and took her property because she was moving out.

Aug. 11 – at 2:49 p.m. a reckless driver was reported on Highway 80 west who was swerving in and out of traffic. An officer talked to the driver after he pulled over and reported everything was fine with the driver.

A traffic stop for an expired registration made North Pacific Street resulted in the arrest of Charles Ray Gill, 51, of Mineola for expired registration, no liability insurance and possession of a controlled substance under 1 gram (methamphetamine).

At 11:56 p.m. a man reported receiving threats from a person that was coming on his property. The officer spoke with the complainant and patrolled the area.

Aug. 10 – A reckless driver was reported on Highway 69 south, coming into town and running people off the road and passing on the shoulder. An officer stopped the driver who said he accidentally changed lanes without seeing the other vehicle, making the other driver swerve and run off the road. The officer said everything was OK with the drive.

A stolen bicycle was recovered when the owner saw it at another residence. No charges will be filed.

Another reckless driver report was taken on a car southbound from Highway 37 north, swerving from lane to lane. An officer spoke with the driver and everything was fine.