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One Year Ends, Another Begins With Arrests For Young Woman
By Lynda Jones
Emily Owens, 22, ended 2016 by being arrested on New Year's Eve and she began the second month of 2017 with another charge. While conducting interviews regarding a different instance of criminal activity, the Houston County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) received information that led to the arrest of Owens for an alleged crime reported in September 2016. The HCSO issued a statement on Thursday, Feb. 2, that on Sept. 13, 2016, deputies responded to the Grapeland Café on U.S. 287 North in reference to a burglary. "The owner of the business reported the theft of $1,700 from the Cafe after closing on Sept. 12, 2016," HCSO officials stated. "On Monday, Jan. 23, while conducting interviews on other criminal activity," HCSO officials reported, "information was received that led to the arrest of Emily Owens (age 22) and another suspect who has not been cleared at this time. Investigation is still ongoing in this case." Owens was released after posting $5,000 bond, according to HCSO officials. She previously was arrested on Dec. 31, 2016, and charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, a Third Degree Felony, and Burglary of a Building, a State Jail Felony. She was linked for an alleged role in the break-in and burglary at Houston County Equipment Company in Crockett on Dec. 28, 2016. Her bond then was set at $5,000 for each offense. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty by due process of law.