Sheriff: Colorado escapee also facing local drug charge

February 27, 2013

An investigation by the Hood County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit on Feb. 20 led to additional felony charges against an accused escapee from justice out of Colorado who was already in the Hood County Jail, according to Lieutenant Johnny Rose.

Jana Michelle Sumpter, 48, on Feb. 13 had been taken into custody at her home in the 500 block of Cleveland Road in Granbury on her Colorado escape and theft of property charges, Rose said.

Rose said her local charge – a second-degree felony count of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), more than 1 gram/less than 4 grams – was filed after she was already in custody, and involved her “selling approximately 2 grams of meth to undercover officers (in) January 2013 during a drug investigation. Sumpter is currently in jail and will have to answer to the local charge before she can be extradicted to Colorado on their charges.”

No bond has been set for Sumpter, according to jail booking records.


Joe Don McDonald, a 53-year-old resident of the Western Hills Harbor subdivision, stands accused of dealing methamphetamine, Rose said, after the suspect was arrested Feb. 16 afternoon by members of the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit.

“The charge stems from McDonald selling approximately 3 grams of meth to undercover officers,” Rose stated, adding that the arrest was made at a business in Cresson on Highway 377.

McDonald, of the 700 block of Cowpoke Road, was released from the Hood County Jail after posting $25,000 bond.


A 24-year-old Hood County resident is facing a third-degree felony count of possession of a controlled substance after deputies found more than a gram of methamphetamine during a traffic stop on Feb. 20 at the front gate of the Oak Trail Shores subdivision northwest of Granbury.

Brandon Leroy Manuel, of the 4600 block of Lyndi Lane in the Blue Water Shores subdivision southeast of town, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, Penalty Group 1, more than 1 gram/less than 4 grams.

His bond is set at $10,000, and he remained in the Hood County Jail as of press time.


A 31-year-old Hood County man who was flown by air ambulance to an area hospital on the night of Feb. 18 after suffering a jaw injury when he was assaulted by another man was treated and released that day, Hood County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Johnny Rose said.

The incident was first reported to 911 dispatchers at about 10 p.m., and deputies responded to a residence in the 2600 block of River View Trail in the River Country Acres subdivision southeast of Granbury. The victim lives in a different subdivision, also near Granbury.

The man who was believed to have caused the injury has not been apprehended, Rose said, and the investigation is ongoing. The lieutenant said the injury was not caused by a weapon, and the possible suspect used his hands.


During a traffic stop Thursday on Mitchell Bend Highway southeast of Granbury, a Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested a 19-year-old man who was then charged with possession of synthetic marijuana, Rose said.

The deputy found less than 2 ounces of the substance, and the man is facing a Class B misdemeanor count. He got out of jail after posting $2,000 bond.

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