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Riley found guilty on possession charge



By Chris Edwards
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Joshua Allen RileyJoshua Allen RileyWOODVILLE – A Woodville man was sentenced to 25 years in prison last week on a drug possession charge.

Joshua Allen Riley, 35, was found guilty on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Riley stood trial in Woodville and was tried in the District 1A court with Judge Delinda Gibbs-Walker presiding.

The trial, which began on Monday, Sept. 10, was prosecuted by Tyler County District Attorney Anne Pickle and Assistant DA/DA Elect Lucas Babin. Riley was represented by Bobby Williams of Livingston.

The charge Riley was found guilty of was from a June 22, 2016 arrest for possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 > = 4 grams but < 200 grams, a second-degree felony. It took jurors about half an hour to arrive at the verdict, according to Pickle.
Three witnesses were called by the prosecution to testify during the trial and following the guilty verdict, Riley asked for a punishment offer that would include all of his other charges to run concurrent with the 25-year sentence he received.

The other charges include one for debit/credit card abuse, for which he received seven years; another drug possession charge, which was a state jail felony and got him two years. He also received seven years for a bail jumping case. In total, the 16 years for the three cases will be served concurrent with the possession charge for which he was tried.

Following the trial, Riley was taken into custody by the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office to await transfer to a Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility.

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Warren man arrested on sexual assault charges

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WARREN – A Warren man is being held in the Tyler County Jail with bonds totaling $200,000 on sexual assault against children charges.

Kurt Vincent Getz, 31, was arrested on Tuesday, Aug. 28 following an investigation of sexual misconduct by the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office.

Getz is charged with Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Young Child/Children and Indecency with a Child. Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford set Getz’s bonds.

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Tyler County Hospital begins offering chemotherapy




By Chris Edwards
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WOODVILLE – Area residents who are prescribed chemotherapies can now receive their treatments in Woodville.

Tyler County Hospital now offers outpatient chemotherapy treatments through a cooperative effort with the Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas network. The service began at TCH on Wednesday, Aug. 29. Todd Senters, the service line administrator and administrator BBH at the Orange campus for Baptist Hospitals, said “Initially, we’ll be open one day a week, but as the volume of patients expands, we will expand to two days each week within six months.”

Currently TCH is able to treat four or five outpatients at a time, depending on which service is being performed, Senters said.

The availability of the service in Tyler County will be beneficial to many patients who have had to drive to Beaumont or Lufkin to receive chemotherapy. “The first patient we treated was from Burkeville and she told us she’d been driving to and from Beaumont before. Now she said it’s so much easier for her to get in and get out and go on about her day,” Senters said.

Dr. Sandra Wright, TCH CEO said one of the biggest benefits for area residents is having the service close to home. “The community won’t have to travel to Beaumont or Houston, they’ll be able to receive these services at home,” she said.

Senters said he expects TCH to see 10 chemotherapy patients per day, with most being infusion-type treatments. He said some chemotherapies, given intramuscularly through an injection, don’t take much time, while infusion treatments must be given over a slower duration of time. Some infusion treatments take two or three hours, he said.

“It just depends on what the medication is and how quickly it can be given. Some patients can get in and out in 15 minutes and some can in two or three hours.”
Senters said chemotherapy is used for a number of chronic health issues and not limited to cancer. Through the hospital, patients can be treated for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and infections, as well as receive infusions to strengthen bones. “We offer treatments that aren’t typically performed in a doctor’s office,” he said.

For patients who have received a cancer diagnosis and are prescribed chemotherapy, Senters said support of family, friends and other survivors is key, along with treatment, for survival.

“You cannot keep it bottled up. There are treatments options out there, and that’s what we are out here to do, regardless of what the diagnosis might be,” he said.

“The earlier we diagnose, the more treatment options we have available.”

Senters added that through the Baptist Hospital network, cancer survivors are put in contact with those going through treatments to provide support. “We link those individuals together so they can have a shoulder to lean on,” he said. “We need to work with patients to identify what their options are. They need to have hope.”

Wright said the hospital has been looking into offering the services for around nine months. Now that they are available she said “We’re so grateful to be able to have those services provided in our community and at our hospital.”
“We’re there to care for the community and help strengthen the healthcare services that are available to the community,” Senters said.

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2-vehicle crash kills 4 occupants



WOODVILLE – A two-vehicle crash which occurred south of Woodville on Labor Day resulted in four fatalities.

At approximately 1:45 p.m. on Monday, the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to a report of a crash involving multiple vehicles on US 69 two miles south of Woodville near Childress Monument Works. DPS reports indicate that a Ford F250 pickup truck was traveling southbound and a Dodge pickup towing an RV was headed northbound along the stretch of road. The driver of the Ford crossed the center dividing line and struck the other vehicle.

The driver of the Ford, 18-year-old Travis Layne Jordan of Devers, along with passengers Harvey Lamar DuBose, 75, of Hull and his wife Ann Jones DuBose, were all pronounced dead at the scene by Justices of the Peace Jim Moore and Trisher Ford. The DuBoses were the grandparents of Jordan.

The driver of the Dodge, identified by DPS as Robert Alan Beard, 48, of Tyler, was also pronounced dead. A passenger, Leslie McCaa, 41, of Tyler, was transported to CHRISTUS - St. Elizabeth hospital in Beaumont with serious injuries.

Troopers are actively investigating this crash and working to determine the exact factors that contributed to it.
“Our prayers and deepest sympathy go out to each family that has been affected by this tragic event,” read a statement from DPS issued Monday night.

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