Spring Break kept Montgomery County Precinct 4 deputies busy for the week. With units patrolling East Montgomery County day and night they were able to arrest 32 persons on charges of DWI, Selling Alcohol to Underage Persons, Possession of Controlled Substance, evading in addition to clearing several warrants.
On March 15, Deputy Buchanan and Deputy Hosler responded to the Kroger Marketplace Store at Valley Ranch for a suspicious person call. A male and female had been in the Kroger a few days earlier shoplifting. When they arrived the spotted them in a U-Haul truck leaving the Academy in the same shopping center. The male did not have any identification or a drivers license. The female produced a Georgia drivers license from the passenger seat. After checking the female if was found that Ashley Whiteman had an open warrant from Georgia for a probation violation on a drug charge. A Montgomery County K-9 responded to the scene with a portable fingerprint identification unit. It was determined the male had given a false name and date of birth, In fact, James Allen Butler was a wanted felon from Indiana. Deputies searched the U-Haul and found the rear cargo area had been made into a makeshift bedroom, complete with hanging clothes, a mattress, and a mounted television. Deputies also found 5 different items of identification and credit cards. They were also able to find several syringes and black tar heroin. In addition, when the male exited the academy he was carrying a purple bag. It contained -pairs of tennis shoes. Butler complained of chest pains and was transported to Kingwood by MCHD for evaluation. He was then released to deputies and both were transported to the Montgomery County Jail.
For February Montgomery County Precinct 4 Deputies patrolled a total of 31,000 miles, wrote 101 citations, 383 warnings, made 52 felony arrests, 80 misdemeanor arrests, cleared 30 warrants and served 369 civil papers.