Weatherford Democrat

December 6, 2012

Mom indicted for endangering toddler

Christin Coyne
CNHI

PARKER COUNTY — A Parker County Jury indicted a Weatherford mom last week after she was allegedly found passed out in a vehicle with an unsupervised 3-year-old.

Tiffany Gwyn Gowins, 25, whose son was placed in foster care following the Oct. 4 incident, was indicted on a charge of abandoning or endangering a child.

Weatherford police responded to a call at the Super Value Inn shortly after 2 a.m. requesting they stand by while the manager requested a woman and her child leave the hotel.

The manager told officers that Gowins was a guest of an occupant and her 3-year-old was keeping a neighboring occupant awake.

Officers were then informed that Gowins was in her vehicle with her child and was possibly intoxicated.

They reportedly found her passed out in the driver’s seat smelling of alcohol and the 3-year-old boy “jumping and crawling around the vehicle,” according to an officer’s probable cause statement.

An officer opened the door and attempted to wake the woman but couldn’t, though she was found to be breathing.

As officers were waiting for the ambulance, the toddler opened the passenger side door without assistance and attempted to get out of the vehicle but was prevented from doing so by an officer standing by the door, police reported.

“If officers had not been there, the 3-year-old child could have opened the door and left without any supervision from an adult,” Det. Lannie Fulton wrote in an affidavit filed with Municipal Judge Ben Sasin.

The boy was able to tell officers his name and that Gowins was his mother but could not say where he lived.

EMS personnel were also initially unable to wake Gowins but, after loading her into the ambulance, did so with a shot of adrenaline used for people under the influence of narcotics, according to police.

She reportedly told EMS personnel that she had taken Xanax and Valium.

While looking for her identification, officers reportedly found two and a half loose hydrocodone pills in her wallet.

Gowins, who also had outstanding warrants, was transported and admitted to the hospital.

Child Protective Services was called and, after they could not initially get a hold of a family member, placed the boy in foster care.

The boy had no shoes and his clothes were dirty, according to the CPS investigator.



Road rage indictments

Williams James Carr, 60, of Poolville, was indicted on charges of aggravated assault and two counts of deadly conduct regarding an Oct. 16 road rage incident.

Carr told deputies he intentionally shot out the rear window of a car that he claimed cut him off, according to a statement from the Parker County Sheriff’s Office.

The complainant, a driver of a Ford Mustang, told deputies that he changed lanes on Ranger Highway near the intersection of Bowie Drive, believing he’d given the truck behind him enough room. However, he said he heard a loud “popping” noise near the intersection of Greenwood Road.

He initially thought he’d blown a tire but realized his back windshield had shattered. He pulled over near Jones Road and called authorities, according to the sheriff’s office.

Carr reportedly pulled over in front of the Mustang and approached the car, when the Mustang driver pulled out his own weapon and held Carr at gunpoint until law enforcement arrived.

A bullet fragment was located in the Mustang and deputies collected both men’s weapons and ammunition, according to the sheriff’s office.

Carr was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Caleb Nicholas Sills, 19, was indicted on a two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after, police say, he threatened a 20-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man with a handgun and threatened to kill the woman during a road rage incident.

Shortly before 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Weatherford police were dispatched to the 700 block of Adams drive in reference to a call about a man with a gun.

The man and woman told police that the man displayed a handgun and said he was going to kill the woman.

The complainants reportedly followed the suspect’s truck to the 2200 block of Quail Ridge Drive, where police arrived and brought the man out of the house to talk to him.

“I didn’t pull a gun on anyone,” Sills allegedly told officers before they mentioned that a gun was involved.

Sills reportedly gave consent to search his truck, where officers reported finding the box for a Smith and Wesson .22 revolver and a box of .22-caliber rounds.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Sills also gave consent to search his room and told officers that they would not find a gun.

However, officers wrote they found the Smith and Wesson revolver under clothes in the closet.



Other indictments include:

• Soren Linus Anderson, theft of property, more than $20,000, less than $100,000.

• Soren Linus Anderson, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

• Soren Linus Anderson, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

• Sean Michael Ballard, possession of marijuana, more than 4 ounces, less than 5 pounds.

• Sean David Ballinger, failure to register as a sex offender.

• Eugene Christopher Barrington, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram.

• Jeanette Marie Barrington, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram.

• Clayton Kent Beatty, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

• Kevin Derick Brown, sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault.

• David Dean Chambers, theft of property, more than $1,500, less than $20,000.

• Ray Lee Coleman, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

• Anthony Lawson Cooper, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram.

• Anthony Lawson Cooper, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram.

• Anthony Lawson Cooper, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, more than 4 grams, less than 200 grams.

• Anthony Lawson Cooper, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

• Kevin Joe Edwards, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram.

• Ricardo Escamilla, two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

• Donna Stone Gaines, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram.

• Ricky Shawn Gibson, aggravated sexual assault and two counts of sexual assault.

• Heath Brian Jackson, possession of a controlled substance, more than a gram, less than 4 grams.

• James Franklin Johnson, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram.

• Rhiannon Elizabeth Kennedy, theft of property, less than $1,500, with two or more previous theft convictions.

• Marchell Lee Kent, possession of a controlled substance, more than a gram, less than 4 grams.

• Curtis Alvin Langley, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, more than 4 grams, less than 200 grams.

• Gabriela Veronica Laye, theft of a firearm.

• Gabriela Veronica Laye, tampering with physical evidence.

• John Curtis Laye, burglary of a habitation.

• Aaron Ray Martin, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram.

• Aaron Ray Martin, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram.

• Aaron Ray Martin, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram.

• Aaron Ray Martin, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram.

• Jeffrey Lynn Maxwell, theft of service, more than $1,500, less than $20,000.

• Krystal Sherie McCoy, theft of property, less than $1,500, with two or more previous convictions.

• Krystal Sherie McCoy, assault of a public servant.

• Megan Margaret McMurry, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram.

• Austin Michael Ponticelli, aggravated assault.

• Shawn Michael Putnel, theft, more than $1,500, less than $20,000.

• Samuel Adam Sanchez, driving while intoxicated, third or more offense.

• Richard Eugene Simpson, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, more than a gram, less than 4 grams.

• Heather Ann Skidmore, organized retail theft, more than $1,500, less than $20,000.

• Joseph Allen Spurrier, driving while intoxicated, third or more offense.

• Joseph Allen Spurrier, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram.

• Austin Nicole Varner, burglary of a habitation.

• Michele Dawnette Wright, tampering with physical evidence.