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'Knock and Talk' leads to three arrests in Fred Home

ArrestedOn February 2, 2012, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Tyler County Sheriff 's Office (TCSO), assisted by the Hardin County Sheriff s Office, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the Southeast Texas Auto Theft Task Force executed a "Knock and Talk" (a procedure where the officer identifies himself and asks to 'Knock and Talk' leads to three arrests in Fred home talk to the home occupant and then eventually, requests permission to search the residence) at the residence of Debbie Jean (Baker) Hutto in Fred, Texas. The "Knock and Talk" was the result of a two-month joint investigation involving TCSO Narcotics Sergeant Jeff Mashaw and the Hardin County Sheriff 's Office Narcotics Division, coupled with numerous complaints from concerned citizens. Deputies believed that the residence and involved parties were part of a local methamphetamine ring that engaged in the sale and distribution of methamphetamine in and around the Tyler and Hardin County areas.

Tyler County Sheriff's Office Corporal Tony Reynolds, with Deputies Rene Guitterez and Chuck Marshall, was involved in the search of the residence and arrest of suspects.

Debbie Jean (Baker) Hutto, the home owner, Lonnie Paul Chance and Wayne Buckner were all arrested as a result of the investigation. Upon arrival at the residence, deputies located three adults and two young children, aged 3 and 5. A search of the residence produced methamphetamine, marijuana, surveillance equipment, numerous firearms and an exorbitant amount of drug paraphernalia. Deputies notified Child Protective Services (CPS) due to the poor living conditions of the residence, and the fact that deputies found illegal narcotics in plain view within arm's reach of the children.

Hutto was charged with two counts of Endangering a Child, one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance, and one count of Possession of Marijuana. Chance was charged with two counts of Endangering a Child, one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance, one count of Possession of Marijuana, and one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm . Buckner was charged with one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

An investigation is still underway and the Tyler County Sheriff 's Office anticipates more arrests of persons connected to this case. Sheriff David Hennigan wishes to acknowledge that the citizens of Tyler County played a very important role in targeting and identifying these suspected drug dealers. Residents and neighbors who report suspicious activity and suspected illegal drug use help keep Tyler County safe for all its residents. Buckner, Chance and Hutto were all arraigned on February 3rd, with Chance and Hutto's bonds for Endangering a Child set at $7,500 per count, $10,000 for Possession of a Controlled Substance, and $2,000 for Possession of Marihuana. Buckner and Chance's bonds for Felon in Possession of a Firearm were each set at $10,000.

All three have made their respective bonds and been released from the Tyler County Jail.

German Pellet has green light to move forward with project

German Pellet Plant update-

It was reported in a November issue of the Tyler County Booster, that the proposed German Pellet Plant, to be built south of Woodville at the former chip mill location, had met a potential roadblock, possibly stalling the project for several months. John Godfrey, the American representative for German Pellets, told the Booster, three Tyler County families had expressed initial concerns about the plants safety and effect on the environment, after German Pellets filed for an Air Emission License/Permit in August with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Godfrey met with all three families and only one family continued with their objections and filed a complaint with TCEQ.

According to Trey Allison, spokesman for Tyler County Industrial Corporation (TCIC), all property has been purchased from the Bell Family by TCIC and all known objections to the plant have been answered. "There are no known complaints filed with TCEQ at this time," said Allison. The Bells withdrew their complaint.

State representative James White stated the German Pellet plant has received their Air Emissions License/Permit from TCEQ and they are moving ahead with their plans. "This plant is vital to the economic development of Tyler County and this region," said White.

Former businessman Tom McGuire arrested for sexual assault

Thomas R. McGuireThomas Richard McGuire, 72, of Colmesneil is out on bond after being arrested February 1 for sexual assault of a child under age 18.

According to Tyler County Chief Deputy Trisher Ford, a witness came forward with information about inappropriate behavior between McGuire and a male victim. Upon further investigation, officers found sufficient evidence to request an arrest warrant.

"The warrant was issued by Judge Steven Sturrock on January 30," Ford said. "A victim testified to being assaulted by McGuire on numerous occasions during the past year."

McGuire is a former Tyler County business owner, working 30 plus years as an insurance salesman. He is also known for teaching golf to teenage boys in Tyler County over the years, and participating as a volunteer for Boy Scouts of America.

Bond was set at $50,000 by Judge Sturrock. After posting bail, McGuire relocated to Georgetown and is awaiting trial.

Chamber holds Ribbon Cutting For The Tree Restaurant

Chamber members gather to welcome The Tree restaurant to WoodvilleThe Tree restaurant has relocated from Hillister to Woodville. Tyler County Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting for the new restaurant Tuesday with a great turnout to welcome them to Woodville.

The Riley family has owned The Tree since 2001 and work hard to create a family atmosphere filled with great food and friendly service.

The restaurant is located at 209 S. Magnolia in Woodville. They are closed Mondays, open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Motorcycle-Car collision sends one to hospital

Officers respond to an auto-motorcycle collision February 6.by Emily Waldrep-

Police responded to reports of a motorcycle and car accident at the intersection of Highway 190 and 256 on Monday, February 6.

Shortly after 2:00p.m, the wreck was called in and Tyler County emergency officials and Dogwood EMS arrived at the scene to find a large, black motorcycle lying on the side of the road and another full sized vehicle with minor damage.

Officers say that the motorcycle was carrying two passengers, a man and a woman, when it pulled out of Highway 256 and drove into the wrong lane. Another vehicle ran the motorcycle off of the road and into the ditch. Thankfully, both riders were wearing their helmets and didn't suffer any serious injuries, but one victim will be taken to Woodville Hospital with a minor leg injury. All of the victims involved in the accident are expected to fully recover.

Spurger To Hold Talent Show

A few of the Spurger High Talent Showby Emily Waldrep

The senior class of Spurger High school has decided to open its doors and welcome all of Tyler County too see some of the hidden talents that its student body has to offer. On Febraury 24th, Spurger will host a talent show for grades Kindergarten through 12. Anyone enrolled in Spurger ISD can enter, and anyone in Tyler County can attend. There are no tickets, and the senior class only asks that a donation be made to Operation Graduation to attend.

There are no criteria for the type of "talents" the students can perform, so the show is expected to have an array of different performances.

The talent show will be held in the Minter Gym. There is a charge of $3 for students and $5 for adults