Gregg County Jail
William Edward Welch, 24, of Kilgore and Tori Gambling, 19, of Longview remained jailed Sunday on $30,000 bond each, charged with manual delivery of a controlled substance. Police said Welch and Gambling were arrested Saturday morning at Motel 6 in the 100 block of South Access Road.
Patrick Shane Russell, 32, of Kilgore remained jailed Sunday on $5,000 bond, charged with possession of a controlled substance. Police said Russell was arrested about 5 p.m. Saturday .
Manuel Enrique Barrientos Jr., 18, of Longview remained jailed Sunday on $20,000 bond, charged with deadly conduct/discharging a firearm. Police said Barrientos was arrested about 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the 300 block of Fenton Street.
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Accused Man Could Face More Charges In California
By KELLY GOOCH
A Jacksonville man could face additional charges from California after he was arrested for allegedly abusing a girl.
John David Mullins, 57, was arrested Friday at his residence on Beaumont Street, where he lives with his wife and grandson. He was charged with prohibited sexual conduct with a descendent or ancestor by blood or adoption, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison. As of Tuesday, he remained in the Cherokee County Jail on a $200,000 bond, according to jail records.
Jacksonville Police Detective James Oden said the Special Weapons and Tactics Team executed the arrest warrant on Mullins' residence because they had information that the house had numerous fire-arms.
Mullins, who moved from California to Jacksonville in August 2010, also made comments about using the weapons, and authorities worried about him being a danger to himself or others, Oden said.
During the raid, police collected computers, hard drives and other items.
Oden said police became aware of the alleged abuse when the now 18-year-old woman spoke out.
He said the inappropriate contact began when she was about 6 years old and continued until January this year.
The abuse was “basically manipulative and coerced because of years of training,” he said.
“She's dating a young man (now) who got her to confirm his beliefs. Somebody finally gave her the courage to come forward.”
Oden said police would have charged Mullins with continuous sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony, but they were unable to because the accused moved to Texas when she was considered an adult.
California authorities, who helped Oden by interviewing people there, can review his case report and decide whether they want to pursue charges.
Meanwhile, Oden continues to follow up on leads to ensure there are no other possible victims in Texas.
“We are trying to make sure that's not something that's happened that we haven't found out about,” he said.
Cherokee County District Attorney Elmer Beckworth said his office could get the case later this week and will work with California authorities if they decide to pursue charges.
Driver Charged With Intoxication Manslaughter
The driver of a pickup truck involved in a fatal accident with a motorcycle was charged with intoxication manslaughter, Tyler police said.
A Tylerite was killed Saturday from injuries suffered when the motorcycle he was riding hit a truck that had failed to yield the right of way at a red light, police said.
Carlos Edgar Ramirez-Medina, 25, was driving a motorcycle southbound on Palace Avenue near the intersection of Oakwood Street at 5:39 p.m. Saturday, police said.
Witnesses told police the motorcycle was south on Palace in the inside lane, and a pickup truck was north on Palace turning west onto Oakwood.
Witnesses said the motorcycle had a green light and the pickup turned in front of the motorcycle, failing to yield right of way. The motorcycle struck the passenger's side of the pickup, according to police.
The driver of the pickup, Charles Winn, 52, of Tyler, was charged with intoxication manslaughter, police said. Ramirez-Medina was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other injuries reported at the scene.