Chester wreck sends Colmesneil man to Hermann Hospital

(Emily Waldrep Photo"A two car accident in Chester Monday morning sent the driver of a small pickup to Hermann Hospital. Ray Conner of Colmesneil had to be removed from the truck and transported by emergency helicopter.

Conner, according to witnesses, pulled out of the Exxon station on Hwy. 287 in Chester at approximately 8:45 a.m. on May 14, and into the path of an oncoming chip truck. The empty truck, traveling about 35 m.p.h., struck the front end of of Conners truck.

There were no other injuries in the accident. Conner's condition is unknown at this time.

Colmesneil Drug Bust nets 90 grams of meth

Drugs, money and weapons recovered in Colmesneil Drug Bust May 7.A three-week investigation by the Tyler County Sheriff's Department led to the arrest of two Colmesneil residents and the seizure of 90g of methamphetamine May 7.

A little over three weeks ago, after a lengthy investigation, Sgt. Mashaw was able to secure an arrest warrant for Donnie White. Sgt. Mashaw then waited until receiving further information as to when White would be back home. Sgt. Mashaw was informed that White also had a new supply (of methamphetamine) at his house. Sgt. Mashaw immediately contacted Corporal Tony Reynolds, telling him that now (May 7, 2012) would be a good time to serve the arrest warrant on White, and there was a very good possibility that White had a fresh supply of methamphetamine in the house. With the assistance of Deputies Jerry Laurent, Zac Zachary, and K-9 Deputy Rene Guiterrez and 'Oso', they were able to affect the arrest of White, and located the following on their subsequent search: 90g of methamphetamine, 6.6g of marijuana, paraphernalia associated with the drug trade (small baggies for individual sales, scales, pipes, cutting mirror, syringes, etc.), 2 shotguns, 2 handguns, numerous rounds of ammo, and over $4,500 in cash. Two subjects were arrested, Donnie White, W/M, DOB: 11-12-1970, and Melissa Reynolds, W/F, DOB: 08-13-1987. Both were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group (PG) 1 – State Jail Felony. White was additionally charged with Manufacture or Delivery of Controlled Substance in PG 1 – 1st Degree Felony, Possession Of Marihuana – Class B Misdemeanor, and Felon in Possession of Firearms – 3rd Degree Felony.

"I couldn't be prouder of the efforts put forward by our investigator and deputies," Tyler County Sheriff David Hennigen said. "Corporal Reynolds, Deputy Laurent, Deputy Zachary, and K-9 Deputy Guiterrez and his K-9, 'Oso' are to be commended for their efforts in affecting the arrests and successful search of White's residence.

"Sgt. Mashaw's investigation into White is what made this all possible, removing yet another drug dealer from Tyler County. Considering the short amount of time Sgt. Mashaw has been operating as a narcotics investigator, I feel this arrest and seizure is a testament to the caliber of officer he is. Job well done."

Warren Softball, Baseball fields, equipment vandalized

by Emily Waldrep

Warren residents got a surprise on Sunday, May 6, when they discovered that the softball and baseball fields had been broken into and vandalized.

Trisher Ford of the Sheriff's department reported that sometime between the evening on May 5 and the afternoon of May 6, an unknown person or persons went into the softball field at Warren ISD and spray painted some of the softball helmets and threw them onto the field, along with some balls and chairs. The vandals also spray painted the girls softball dugout with black paint, and threw some toilet paper around the boys' bleachers.

Law enforcement has persons of interest in mind concerning the case, and will continue to investigate the vandalism.

The fields have since been cleaned up, the helmets replaced, and the dugouts repainted by the coaching staff at Warren.

Scammers go after Entergy Customers

Beaumont, Texas – Entergy's Customer Service Centers are receiving numerous inquiries from customers concerning a scam that claims the president of the United States is allowing credits or applying payments to customers' utility bills.

The scams have occurred in Louisiana, but customer accounts in Texas have been affected. The company has taken action to protect those customers, interrupt the scammers' processes and limit the spread to others.

"Scammers have visited customers in person, posted fliers and used social media and texting to send messages that the president will provide a credit or directly pay their utility bill," said Vernon Pierce, customer service director, Entergy Texas, Inc. "Scammers try to get our customers to reveal personal information that could be harmful."

The scam calls for customers to make a payment "today" by using a bank routing number supplied by the scammers, and the number appearing on the back of their Social Security cards as the bank account number.

Payments made by Entergy Texas customers using the scammers' method will not process correctly and the money will not be applied to their bills. Customers will still owe the amount shown on their bills for the utility services they have used.

"It is unfortunate that unscrupulous persons would plan such an activity that could harm our customers. But we are watching out for their welfare and have taken action to protect them from this scam," said Pierce.

Customers that already used or are trying to use this bogus payment method could still be affected. But company representatives are identifying accounts where payments have been made using the scammers' method, and are calling customers to notify them that balances are still due. Those accounts will be corrected to remove the effects of the scam.

"We remind customers to not give their personal information to strangers," said Pierce, "and they should not try to use this bogus payment method by substituting another account or bank routing number.

Customers should use only authorized methods and legitimate banking information to pay their bills:

o Pay online – myAccount. For no additional charge, conveniently pay your bill online by electronic check. Log in securely to myAccount to view and pay your bills.

o Pay by phone - Pay your bill by credit card, debit card or electronic check by calling 1-800-584-1241. BillMatrix, our pay-by-phone provider, will charge a $2.95 service fee.

o Pay by credit/debit card – Pay your bill with a credit card, debit card or electronic check by phone (1-800-584-1241) or through the BillMatrix website, for a $2.95 service fee.

o Walk-in payment centers - Pay your bill in person with cash, check or money order at one of the authorized Quick Payment Centers in your community. A convenience fee may apply.

o Auto pay bank draft - Avoid late fees. Automatically deduct your bill payment from your checking account each month. We'll mail a monthly billing statement to you for your records, showing the bill amount and bank draft date.

o Pay by mail - Send check by U.S. Mail to the remittance address shown on your bill.

o Paper FREE - Get an email each month with your bill amount and due date. Pay by any method you wish: online at myAccount, in person, by mail, or with credit/debit card online or by phone through BillMatrix.

Customers who believe they are a victim of this scam can notify the proper authorities, such as the local police, the state attorney general's office, the Better Business Bureau or other agencies. If they believe their Entergy Texas account has been affected, they should call 1‑800‑ENTERGY (1‑800‑368‑3749) to speak with a customer service representative.

Entergy Texas, Inc. provides electricity to more than 400,000 customers in 27 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Officers have suspect in May 8 Colmesneil Robbery

by Emily Waldrep

On May 8, 2012 at approximately 9:05 p.m, the store clerk at the Exxon Jiffy Mart in Colmesneil started to walk out the door to take the trash out to the dumpster. As she was walking out, a man approached her wearing all black clothing with a hoodie and bandana covering his face. The clerk could only see the actors' eyes and hands, and reported that he appeared to be a black male. The actor told the clerk to go back into the store and open the cash register. She complied with his request, and the man took all the cash from the register while he ordered the clerk to stand in the far corner of the store until he left. He had a visible handgun on him during the robbery.

The units quickly responded, but the suspect was gone upon arrival and officers were unable to locate the man.

Trisher Ford of the Tyler County Sheriff's office says the robbery may possibly be linked to the armed robbery of a Woodville convenience store earlier this year.

"It was the same method of operations used here in [Woodville] a month ago, and we are thinking that it is related," says Ford.

Tyler County law enforcement has a suspect in the robberies and has gained further evidence in the Colmesneil robbery that will hopefully help to land the criminal behind bars.