Madisonville police make multiple arrests


Madisonville police officers made multiple arrests and seized drugs and weapons in several operations over the last few weeks.

Officers of the MPD and members of the Madison County Special Response Team, during a special operation, were able to remove stolen weapons and narcotics (crystal meth) off the streets of Madisonville.

According to releases from the MPD, on Jan. 3, after a routine traffic stop, Ty Bartlette Hill, 30, was arrested on drug-related charges and was booked into Madison County Jail.

Additionally, James David Richards, 42, the driver of the vehicle, was arrested on three weapons-related and drug-related charges. The passenger in the vehicle, Tammye Killough Rice, 46, also was arrested on drug-related charges. The two were booked into the Madison County Sheriff's Office Jail.

Then, on Jan. 2, officers responded to a burglary in the 300 block of North Texas. After a short foot chase, Richardo Lee Sustaita Jr., 33, was found hiding under a loaded trailer. He was arrested and booked into the Madison County Sheriff's Office Jail.

On Dec. 26, 2018, James Franklyn Halpain, 67, was arrested in the 700 block of South May Street on multiple drug related charges and was booked into the Madison County Sheriff's Office Jail. Halpain is being held on a total of $42,000.00 in multiple bonds.

On Dec. 15, 2018, four suspects allegedly committed crimes of burglary of a building, possession of a criminal instrument and engaging in organized criminal activity. Arrested were Elisha Nathaniel Mosley, 18, Kierra White, 36, Sheronda Gilbert, 30, and Jennifer Porte, 27. All suspects are being held in the Madison County Jail; Mosley, White and Gilbert are held on a $4,000 bonds, and Porter on a $2,500 bond.

On Dec. 14, 2018, Willie Taylor, 26, and Keionna Wheaton, 20, allegedly committed criminal mischief by using an object to do $7,500 worth of damage to a vehicle. Taylor is being held on a $2,500 bond; Wheaton still is being sought by police.

Any one with information on these or other crimes can contact the Madisonville Police Department at (936) 348-3317.