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MLK Day Events Jan. 16

MLK Day organizers would like to invite Tyler County to come and celebrate the continuing legacy of Dr. Martin L. King on Monday, January 16. There will be a Parade starting at 10 a.m., with a short program at the Kirby Gym and refreshments served immediately after. Please feel free to show your support with floats, cars, or simply march with us from the Woodville City Park to the Kirby Gym. If you have any questions please contact Ganata Christian at 283-5931 or Brenda Maloy at 283-7292. There will be prizes for top entries in the Parade.

Deputies arrest San Augustine man on multiple counts

by Hale Hughes

According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, Tyler County deputies were dispatched to a residence located on Highway 69 north of Doucette regarding a suspicious vehicle on Sunday, January 8. Upon arrival, Tyler County deputies saw a silver GMC pickup with a white male sitting in the driver's seat. Deputies made contact with the driver and identified him as Chandler Crowson of San Augustine.

As deputies had Crowson exit his vehicle, they observed what they believed to be large amounts of blood on his blue jeans. They asked Crowson if indeed it was blood, and Crowson responded that it was, and divulged to the deputuies that it was human blood. Tyler County communication officers contacted the San Augustine sheriff's office regarding Crowson. It was learned that earlier in the day around 4 a.m., San Augustine County deputies were sent out to the Crowson residence, which is located in Broaddus, about an assault that had taken place.

Once at the residence, deputies found Tina and Freeland Crowson with noticeable injuries. Both told deputies that they had been assaulted by their grandson, Chandler Crowson. Freeland Crowson was flown to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital with severe head trauma and his wife, Tina, was transported to Lufkin Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Chandler Crowson was immediately arrested and transported to the Tyler County jail, charged with multiple counts of injury to the elderly, assault with bodily injury, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Crowson remains in the Tyler County jail under a $310,000 bond set by Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford. Crowson will be transferred to the San Augustine County jail later this week.

Woodville man arrested for theft, drug possession

by Hale Hughes

Officer Dees was dispatched to the local laundromat at the 400 block of Magnolia Street regarding a domestic disturbance. Two individuals, identified as Geremy Don Gray of Woodville and Hayley Jones from Lufkin, were engaged in a heated discussion inside of the business. It was determined that Gray was intent on leaving the area and was determined to take a pink duffle bag with him.
Officers checked the bag for weapons and found multiple items that did not belong to Gray. Items included checkbooks, credit cards, and debit cards. Gray was questioned how they came into his possession. During questioning, an acquaintance of Gray's arrived and reported to officers that she had some missing items that were like those in Gray's possession. These items were later identified by the victim as belonging to her. Subsequently, Gray was detained for being disorderly and under the suspicion of stolen items and credit cards.

Officers also contacted the female involved in the disturbance. It was determined that Jones was under the influence of some type of narcotic and was placed under arrest for public intoxication.

Because of Jones' arrest, upon arrival to the Tyler County jail, a thorough search was completed and it was revealed that Gray was in possession of a digital scale and other drug paraphernalia containing drug residue. Officers also recovered inside the bag a small plastic bag of crystallized substance that was later proven to be methamphetamines.

The drug evidence was seized and Gray was charged with misdemeanor theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance, penalty group I.
Jones was charged with public intoxication.

Woodville PD reckless driver stop nets drugs...and a snake

by Emily Waldrep

On Sunday, November 25 at approximately 7 p.m., Sargent Hicks with the Woodville Police Department was dispatched to a reckless driver complaint on HWY 190 East. Callers stated that the vehicle was travelling west into Woodville and was all over the road. According to Captain Mike McCulley with the Woodville Police Department, Hicks located the vehicle at the intersection of West Bluff and Magnolia and conducted a traffic stop.

The driver was identified as Shane George Nero, age 29, of Humble. While Hicks was interviewing Nero, he found what he knew to be a straw used for narcotics use next to Nero's left leg.

"Nero was detained and a search of the area around the driver recovered a bag of white powder in the driver's side door pocket that tested positive for cocaine," McCulley said. "Hicks also located a small bag of marijuana in the center console. Officers also recovered 2 or 3 small straws that had cocaine residue in them in Nero's wallet."

Officers continued the search and found a large container in the backseat that contained a large snake. This created a challenge for the officers because the snake was not contained, as the container didn't have a top. Officers had to relocate the snake until after the search of the vehicle was completed and house the snake for several days at the Police Station.

Nero was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. There was also a passenger in the vehicle that was released without charges.

Woodville PD looking for hit and run driver

by Emily Waldrep

Woodville Police Department is looking for the suspect in a hit and run accident that occurred in Woodville on October 10 that caused extensive damage to the other vehicle involved.

According to Captain Mike McCulley of the Woodville Police Department, the original accident occurred at HWY 190 and 69 in Woodville when a 18-Wheeler Tractor Truck rear ended a Toyota Camry and pushed it from the roadway, across the intersection, and into a parking lot. The Camry had extensive damage to the back end and the driver and a passenger were both transported by Dogwood EMS to Tyler County Hospital. The victim's vehicle sustained over $5,000 in damage. Woodville Police Officers believe the truck was accelerating when the accident happened.

Witnesses at the scene stated that the 18-wheeler rear ended the vehicle while both were travelling northbound. After the accident the 18-wheeler fled the scene and headed north. Attempts to locate the commercial truck were unsuccessful.

"Within the next week, officers with the Woodville Police Department recovered video evidence from a local business that captured the accident happening," McCulley said. "Based on that evidence, officers were able to get a description of the truck that left the scene and after several weeks of trying to locate the company's management, officers were able to make contact with the owner of the company who confirmed the name of truck driver that was operating that particular truck on the day and time of the accident."
Once the vehicle was found, there was evidence on the truck that confirmed it had been in an accident. On the front of the truck, there was an imprint of the victim's car license place, according to McCulley.

The driver has been identified as Robert Dustin Stephenson, age 38, of Lufkin and is wanted on charges of Accident Involving Damage to a Vehicle. Other charges may be pursued.

"We are currently seeking his whereabouts and if anyone has any information regarding his location please contact the Woodville Police Department," McCulley said.

Multiple injuries in Fred auto accident

by Emily Waldrep

Texas DPS Troopers along with multiple Volunteer Fire Departments and Deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff's Department responded to a major car accident that occurred on November 26 at approximately 12:45 p.m on FM 92 near County Road 4925 in Fred.

According to reports from DPS, a Honda van was driving northbound when the driver decided to make a U-turn and pulled out in from of a Ford Explorer. The Explorer struck the driver side door of the van.

The driver of the van was identified as Renee Cameron of Colmesneil. She was flown by medical helicopter to St. Elizabeth with serious injuries. As of November 29, Cameron was still hospitalized with serious injuries.

Cameron's 8-month-old daughter was taken by Ambulance to St. Elizabeth, but did not appear to have any serious injuries and was secured in a carseat. She was released from the hospital shortly after the accident.

The driver of the Explorer was identified as Juan Rodriguez of Silsbee was not injured but his wife who was riding in the front passenger seat was flown to Herman Memorial in Houston with serious injuries. As of November 29, she is still in ICU at Herman Memorial.

There were multiple children in each of the vehicles.

One minor child was flown to Texas Childrens with serious injuries and two other minor children were taken to Jasper Memorial with minor injuries. Three other children were transported to St. Elizabeth.

As of November 29, all children had been treated and released from the hospital.