ORLANDO, Fla. — Waking up before dawn and being greeted by a steady rainfall didn't dampen the spirits of the Sulphur Springs Wildcats and their entourage Friday morning.
ORLANDO, Fla. – Despite predictions of tropical storm winds and heavy rains, Thursday dawned dry and still for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats and their entourage to the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.
Local health care and nursing facilities and the Senior Citizens Center will be building up community support and raising funds in September in advance of the big annual Walk To Remember. The mini walks and “big” walk all generate awareness for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and money to keep the Terrific Tuesdays program going.
Hopkins County Sheriff's Investigator Sgt. Dennis Findley said Thursday morning that an investigation into pole saws, chain saws and other power tools stolen from a Sulphur Springs business culminated with the arrest of one man in Texarkana and the recovery of a large cache of stolen equipment.
Police patrol officers were dispatched to an apartment in the 500 block of Cranford around 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon on a criminal trespass issue and, according to Special Crimes Unit investigator Sgt. Mark Estes, they gained information that there was a lot of in and out traffic at the apartment.
The officers made contact with a man in the doorway of the apartment and arrested Marty Lee “Cowboy” Kays for possession of one to four grams of methamphetamine, a third-degree felony.
Estes said there was a woman, Nicole Rae Pritchard, 35, standing behind Kays who was also detained while officers asked for consent to search the apartment. The woman denied permission for the search.
Special Crimes Unit investigators Estes and Lt. Harold McClure were contacted to come to the apartment and were also denied permission to enter.
After being denied consent to search the apartment, the SCU officers obtained a search warrant based on information received from Kays.
“He gave information that there was more methamphetamine in the apartment,” Estes said. “We executed the search warrant about 45 minutes later and recovered an additional 2.6 grams from a back bedroom in a dresser drawer.”
The woman was then arrested on the third-degree felony charge of possession of controlled substance.
“Nicole Pritchard was out on bond on multiple felony charges for possession of methamphetamine,” Estes said. “We are working with the district attorney to see what our options are.”
Pritchard was free on a $35,000 personal recognizance bond for possession of controlled substance and a $30,000 personal recognizance bond after surety was withdrawn from a previous charge.
Her bond on the Wednesday arrest was set at $10,000.
Marty Lee “Cowboy” Kays had bond set at $10,000.
Both remained in Hopkins County jail at noon today in lieu of bonds.