Arrest warrants issued for 7 in Independence County Circuit Court


Arrest warrants have been issued for five men and two women who failed to meet their court date or violated conditions of probation in Independence County.

One of those is Sergio Archuleta, 26. Archuleta had been arrested twice.

On Jan. 7, 2019, he was arrested and charged with five drug-related felonies including simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms. Then, on Dec. 19, 2019, Archuleta was again arrested and charged with four drug-related felonies and misdemeanor fleeing on foot.

And, on June 9, 2020, he was charged with failure to appear in court.


Kevin M. Ballard, 27, entered a guilty plea to drug violations including possession of meth, possession of codeine, and possession with intent to deliver, and he was sentenced to a probationary period of 72 months.

Beginning in August of 2019, Ballard violated several probation conditions including ingesting a controlled substance, failure to report for office visits, failure to report for substance abuse class, non-payment of supervision fees, no payment of felony fines, and failure to complete any of his court-ordered community service.

As a result, his probation was revoked, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.



Independence County Circuit Court information says Gerald Eugene Pennington (pictured above in a file photo), 50, committed felonies on three different occasions and then failed to appear in court.

A warrant has also been issued for his arrest.

In October of 2018, he was charged with felony breaking or entering and first-degree criminal mischief. Then in February of 2020, he was charged with felony aggravated assault.

In April 2020, Pennington was charged with criminal impersonation. He was then charged with failure to appear on June 9, 2020.


Thomas Williams, 36 has been charged twice with failure to appear and answer to two felony drug charges: possession of Oxycodone and possession of Dextroamphetamine.

The court documents said he was charged with failure to appear in court on Jan. 28, 2020, and again on June 9, 2020.


Angelo Jacinto Cruz, 24, was charged in Independence County Circuit Court in May with possession of marijuana with the purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia — both felonies.

Cruz did not show up for court in June, and therefore was charged with another felony: failure to appear. The court information says a warrant has been issued for his arrest.


Rhonda L. Funkhouser

Rhonda Funkhouser (pictured above in a file photo), 50, was charged in June of last year with felony breaking or entering along with felony and misdemeanor theft. The court record said she failed to appear twice and was charged on Oct. 22, 2019, and again on June 9, 2020, with felony failure to appear.


Law enforcement is also looking for Krystal Lynn Searcy, 31.

Searcy was charged with felony theft of property in October of 2018, and then with felony failure to appear on June 9, 2020.

Just like the others, once Searcy is arrested, she will not be allowed to bond out of jail while she awaits trial.

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