A Sulphur Springs man was reportedly assaulted by a 20-year-old and shot in the leg by his mother Sunday night at his home in the Bonanza community. The violence reportedly started over an argument about animals.
Alejandro Mejia-Luna, the 30-year-old Sulphur Springs man arrested Friday for burglary after a deputy caught him leaving a Church Street residence with property he reportedly had just stolen from the house, had formally been charged Monday with additional felonies, according to sheriff’s reports.
The Hopkins County Grand Jury returned more than 40 indictments against at least 30 people during the March 4 session. Half a dozen individuals were charged with more than one offense, and in some offenses, more than one defendant was named as participating.
Family members made a gruesome discovery late Thursday when they went to check on a relative at her home in the 1000 block of North Davis Street. Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jay Sanders said the family found the body of 78-year-old Betty Wood in the home just before 7 p.m. Thursday. “It appears, after the initial investigation, that her dog, a very large Rottweiler, attacked her for some reason. We don't know why,” Sanders said. “She died from the injuries she received from the dog.” Sanders emphasized the suspected cause of death was tentative. “We will have to wait on the medical examiner just to get a confirmation,” he said. “There is absolutely nothing at the scene that would indicate anything other than the dog.” The police chief said the Rottweiler has been placed in quarantine until the cause of death is determined. “If it was the dog, the dog will, of course, have to be put down,” Sanders said. Funeral arrangements for Betty Wood are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.