A Willow Springs woman faces several charges following a crash Saturday, Aug. 8, near Cabool.

A Houston grandmother was arrested on DWI charges and cited with child endangerment after she was stopped with her grandson in the vehicle, Houston police said.

Marilyn K. Ballard, 64, of 426 Fourth St. in Houston, was issued three citations by the Houston Police Department after a traffic stop Feb. 9 at about 6:40 p.m. at U.S. 63 and Cleveland Road.

The officer observed the vehicle weaving onto the shoulder and into the center lane. When the officer made contact with Ballard, he smelled alcohol and performed field sobriety tests.

Ballard was cited for DWI, failure to drive on the right side of the roadway, and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. She was taken to the Texas County Jail.

The officer involved stated in his report that Ballard admitted to using marijuana the previous day, and may have also used it on the day of the incident, as her tongue had a green tint to it.

The following are matters dealt with last week by Houston police:

Feb. 15

–Marki M. Matchem, 21, of 8106 U.S. 63 in Houston, was issued a citation for stealing under $500 after being caught attempting to shoplift a pair of boots, a two-piece swimsuit and a cover-up from the Houston Walmart, according to a report.

Feb. 16

–An employee of the Texas County Food Pantry reported that two items left on the facility’s loading dock as donations had apparently been stolen.

The employee stated that a white microwave oven and a blue reclining chair had both been taken. A motorist driving past the building at about 8 p.m. on Feb. 12 observed two male subjects loading items into a black Ford pickup with an orange hood.

Whether or not they are suspects is not known.

Feb. 17

–Terry W. White, 28, of 16464 Forrest Drive in Houston, was arrested at his home at about 1 p.m. for having four active Houston municipal warrants.

The warrants included one for leaving the scene of an accident, one for driving while intoxicated and two for stealing under $500.

White was taken to the Texas County Jail, where he was unable to post a total of $1,800 bond.

Feb. 18

–Jacob D. Kelley, 18, of 11395 Rockspring Road in Cabool, was issued a citation for failure to yield right-of-way his role in a two-car accident at about 11:30 a.m. on Thomasville Road in Houston.

An investigating officer ticketed Kelley after determining that while driving a brown 2008 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, he had failed to yield to a beige 1993 Mercury Sable driven by 78-year-old Virginia Hinton of Houston.

Kelley was reportedly leaving the Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot, and collided with Hinton, who was crossing Thomasville Road to enter the lot.

–A 64-year-old Houston woman reported that her black and white teacup Chihuahua had been stolen from the backyard of her Oak Crest Drive residence sometime between 2 p.m. and 2:40 p.m. on Feb. 16.

There are no suspects and investigation of the incident continues.


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