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Constable Tony Reynolds Busy in His First Months of Service

by Hale Hughes

On February 9, Tyler County Precinct Three Constable Tony Reynolds was patrolling southbound traffic near Dam B. Reynolds states that he saw a tan Chevy truck travelling north on highway 92 and he saw that the vehicle registration showed to be expired and the trailer in tow did not have a license plate on it according to Reynolds.

Reynolds initiated a stop and when he did the individual driving the truck immediately got out of the truck. Reynolds made contact with him and identified him as Ronzie Gerald Bankston from Colmesneil. Bankston was informed by Reynolds why he was pulled over and Reynolds asked Bankston for his driver's license and proof of insurance. Bankston gave Reynolds his license but did not provide him with insurance. As Reynolds continued speaking with Bankston, Reynolds reported that Bankston became aggressive and uncooperative with the investigation process. At that time Reynolds placed Bankston into custody for failure to maintain financial responsibility.

Reynolds requested by radio for a wrecker to come and pick up the vehicle, and while conducting an inventory of the vehicle, Reynolds found two clear plastic bags with what appeared to be methamphetamines. A deputy arrived on scene and was able to transport Bankston back to the Tyler county jail. After finishing the inventory, Reynolds left the scene and went back to the sheriff's office and conducted a field test on the substance in both bags and it did test positive for meth. Reynolds said that the weight of the substance was significant, totaling approximately ten grams. Bankston was booked into jail with possession of a controlled substance and failure to maintain financial responsibility. Reynolds commented on the significance of the weight of the meth found during the stop. "Ten grams may not sound like that much," Reynolds started, "but it's commonly sold around Tyler county in half-gram increments. One arrest prevents and protects 20 or more local residents from being negatively influenced and exposed to the drug."

Reynolds says there have been multiple complaints within his precinct regarding drug use. Reynolds says he has made the issues involving drugs and the reports of general theft his top priorities since taking office in January. Reynolds has been very active within the community during his first 45 days as constable, serving 47 sets of civil papers, patrolled 1500 miles in the precinct, made numerous arrests, investigated several crimes and has served in a backup role when other law enforcement officers request for it.

Reynolds says the methamphetamine and drug usage is bad, but he wants the public to know that he is putting forth his best efforts to represent the people who voted him in as constable and honoring what he promised to do for them, the precinct and the community. Reynolds has big plans and has greater visions to thwart drug use in Tyler county to prevent our local residents from being exposed and poisoned by the drug culture and protecting their safety.

Dogwood Festival Ladies-In-Waiting, Princesses named

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2017 Tyler County Dogwood Festival Ladies-in-Waiting—Shown, from left, Front – Emily Glosson, daughter of Doug and Robyn Glosson (Warren), Vivian Zoch, daughter of Patrick and Monica Zoch (Spurger), Donna Martin, daughter of Bryan and Kristy Martin (Chester), Gracin McCollum, daughter of Brent and Emily Carney and Casey and Melissa McCollum (Woodville), and Angela Montgomery, daughter of Max and Laurie Montgomery (Colmesneil). Back – Isabelle Williams, daughter of Shannon Williams and Michael and Sondra Williams (Woodville), Bailey Stewart, daughter of Greg and Kelly Stewart (Woodville), Shelby Mixon, daughter of Shawn and Jennifer Mixon (Woodville), Chloe Weeks, daughter of John and Rachelle Weeks (Woodville); Alicyn Mitcham, daughter of Justin and Heather Mitcham (Colmesneil); and Raven Gore, daughter of Robert and LaDuska Gore (Warren).

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2017 Tyler County Dogwood Festival Princesses—Shown, from left, are Mallory Monk, daughter of Rodney and Leann Monk (Colmesneil); Cayla Greer, daughter of Jamey and Christy Greer (Chester); Kylie King, daughter of Tony and Wendy King (Warren); Victoria Scoggins, daughter of Phillip and Victoria Scoggins, daughter of Phillip and Alicia Scoggins (Woodville) and Cassidy LeBoeuf, daughter of Robert and Jennifer LeBoeuf (Spurger). (Photos Courtesy Hale Hughes)

Warren ISD Students Print Prosthetic Hand

Warren ISD Tech Team display 3D printed items—Shown, from left, are  Samantha Rothenberger, Morgan Clancy, Courtnie Wheeler, Lilla Jackson. (Not pictured: Colton Haynes, Brice Moore, Cole Stanley, Jeremy Chessher.) (Hale Hughes Photo)Warren ISD Tech Team display 3D printed items—Shown, from left, are Samantha Rothenberger, Morgan Clancy, Courtnie Wheeler, Lilla Jackson. (Not pictured: Colton Haynes, Brice Moore, Cole Stanley, Jeremy Chessher.) (Hale Hughes Photo)

by Hale Hughes

Warren ISD purchased a 3D printer during the summer of 2016. Few could have realized the immediate impact the machine would have on the students at Warren, and other school campuses. Teacher Daisy Morino has the printer in her office and students come in and typically pick up where the last student left off when working on projects.

Some of the first things they printed were a frog and a Yoda head that were pre-existing designs. While it was neat to seeing basic things being created in front of their eyes, they had bigger projects in mind.

Their printer only has a surface of approximately 6"x6"x9". It sits on a table and is fed by spools of plastic called 'filament'. Filament is available in multiple colors. Several items can be seen around Morino's office that were printed with the 3-D printer. A very realistic dinosaur skull, as well as an Apple phone stand and a duck call are a few of the sample items around her office.

"Duck calls have been particularly popular, especially for the boys here at Warren," said Morino. And then I see it. A robotic hand and it looks every bit as cool as something straight out of one of the Terminator movies. It's smaller than I thought it would be, but larger than the printer dimensions.

"We had to print each item separately," Morino said. There are over 30 pieces total. Every piece, knuckle, hinge and even the attaching screws had to be printed separately."

"I didn't realize what we'd be able to print with it," Courtnie Wheeler said when she first saw the printer at the beginning of the school year. "We all just thought it would just print basic, random things," she said. "We never thought printing something like a hand was even possible at the beginning." It's a small world, and when Morino saw on the internet that prosthetic limbs were being printed with 3-D printers, she thought of her high school friend, Brittany Walter, who has a daughter, Blake, with just such a need.

When Morino told the students that they were going to construct a hand, all the students said their jaws hit the floor. "I remember a former teacher who printed a prosthetic hand," added Wheeler. Then Morino's students started looking online at the possibilites and that sparked their imagination for printing something of this magnitude.

"Before we even thought about a recipient, we had to show we could build a practice hand and that is what this one is, and why it's smaller than the one we printed for Blake," Morino explained. "It's wrist powered. There are tension lines that run through the prosthetic limb that allow the fingers to grab and hold when Blake flexes her wrist." It's a stunning sight to see in person. The prosthetic hand is designed to attach to Blake's arm and wrist by various sections of Velcro.

We had to take pictures and fit the dimensions to Blake's hand," said Samantha Rothenberger, who explained that the students had several meetings with Blake and her family while everyone worked to get it right.

Lilla Jackson said there was a bond built between the team and the Walter family. "They are just really nice happy people. They've always been so positive, and meeting them makes it a lot more personal to help such sweet people," she said.

Morino added that Region 5 personnel are working to get a co-op together of Hardin Jefferson, Warren, Sabine Pass, Westbrook and area schools together to share success stories and spark brainstorm sessions, but this is all so new that the whole thing is still in development. Morino said much can be learned from others who have had longer exposure with the 3-D printers.

This experience has opened a world of possibilities for the Warren students, many who see themselves going into the medical field in large part due to this project.

"There is a great deal of fulfillment involved, and I think we've all felt that," Jackson added. Wheeler said that she aspires to become a trauma surgeon. Morgan Clancy said she sees herself going into the physical therapy field and working with athletes, and the information she has learned from this experience has helped her solidify her decision.

"This experience makes your class work really mean something," Jackson said. "This work we do is for something that far transcends just a classroom grade."

It's immediately and abundantly clear that these students are deeply passionate about what they are doing in Morino's class.

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.