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  • Ivanhoe man charged with assault

    Ivanhoe Assault 082720MUGSHOT: Rodney Barrientes

    By Chris Edwards
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    IVANHOE – An incident in Ivanhoe landed a man in jail on assault charges. Deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the area of Robinhood and Lakewood Drive on the morning of Saturday, August 15.  

    According to Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, a 911 caller was hiding in the woods, and the deputies were aware of the caller, and that the caller was hiding from her boyfriend who had assaulted her. 

    The deputies were able to locate several victims and witnesses who had been at the residence on Robinhood, where the incident took place. 

    Once they were on the scene, the deputies located the suspect, who they identified as 53-year-old Ivanhoe resident Rodney Barrientes. Barrientes was uncooperative with the deputies and appeared to be intoxicated. According to Weatherford, victims who were present told the deputies that the man had gotten drunk and became physically assaultive toward several individuals, and at one point during an altercation in the garage area, he went inside of the house and returned with a large kitchen knife. The victims and witnesses were able to flee to a nearby wooded area. 

    Barrientes was taken into custody and taken to the Tyler County Jail, where he was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and had his bond set at $30,000 by Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford. 

  • Ivanhoe mourns loss of Deputy Marshal Chuck Marshall

    5f74b48696a67.imageIvanhoe Deputy Marshal Chuck Marshal photo courtesy of KJAS

    By Caleb Fortenberry
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    IVANHOE - The City of Ivanhoe announced that Deputy Marshal Chuck Wayne Marshall of Woodville, has died at 48 on Tuesday evening. They stated, “It is with a very heavy heart that I share that our beloved Deputy Marshal Chuck Marshall Passed away this evening. We will let you know what the arrangements are as we find out. Prayers for the family.”

    Marshall, who was a former Tyler County sheriff’s deputy, experienced a sudden medical problem leading to his unexpected death.

    There was a remembrance of Marshall’s life at the entrance of Ivanhoe. Marshall’s patrol vehicle was parked at his office to let individuals leave letters of sentiment for the family this past Friday.
    The visitation for Marshall was held Saturday at Riley Funeral Home in Woodville. The funeral services were held Sunday at 3 PM at Church in The Country, followed by the burial at Frank Branch Cemetery in Fred.

    Ivanhoe City Marshal Terry Riley, who worked with Marshall, conveyed to the Booster last Sunday, “Today is October 4 (10-4), which in 10 code means everything is ok. Today as I lay my Deputy, brother in blue, best friend to rest on this day, I realize Chuck Marshall is looking down on us and letting us know everything is going to be ok. I hope this brings a little peace to his family, brothers and sisters in blue and red, and friends knowing Chuck has got our six from the arms of God.”

    Tyler County District Attorney Lucas Babin wrote in a statement on Oct 2, “Law enforcement is a close-knit community of service men and women who play a critical role in society by protecting those who do good from those who would do wrong. Chuck was a part of that community. He will be greatly missed by this office and all of his brothers in blue.”

    Parts of this article were taken from the Booster’s media partner KJAS.

  • Senators can deliver fairness for East Texas

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    By Cathy Bennett

    IVANHOE - There is a question facing U.S. senators right now that should matter to all of us, because it will affect the short- and long-term economic health of our region: Will they treat East Texas fairly?

    The Senate has the chance to pass legislation, already approved unanimously in the House, that would expressly allow electronic bingo on the land of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe near Livingston and Ysleta del Sur Pueblo near El Paso. This would stop the state’s misguided efforts to shut those facilities down.

    East Texas knows all too well how important it is for the Alabama-Coushatta’s bingo facility, Naskila Gaming, to remain open; Naskila is responsible for 700 direct and indirect jobs in our region and generates $170 million a year in economic activity while providing a highly limited, regulated form of gaming.

    Some say Texas’ two senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, will never support the East Texas and El Paso facilities because they do not want gaming. But here’s the problem with that argument: Texas already has gaming on tribal lands. Due to differing federal laws, the Kickapoo Tribe in Eagle Pass near the Texas-Mexico border already offers electronic bingo and will continue to do so. The state isn’t trying to shut that facility down.

    This, in other words, comes down to fairness. Why should Eagle Pass reap the community benefits of an electronic bingo facility — the jobs, the economic activity — while providing the exact same form of gaming that the state is trying to shut down in East Texas and El Paso? It makes no sense that the border region gets to play by a different set of rules. When our state is enduring a recession like this, our elected officials should be looking for ways to create jobs rather than taking them away from us.

    East Texas strongly supports the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe and Naskila gaming. More than 70 organizations have passed resolutions or taken votes to support the facility, including county commissioners courts and city councils, county Republican parties and chambers of commerce. The conservative Republican congressman who represents Livingston, U.S. Rep. Brian Babin, authored the congressional legislation that would allow the facility to stay open. Not only did his bill pass the House without dissent, but 19 members of Congress representing Texas from across the ideological and partisan spectrum sent Cornyn a bill last month urging him to help the bill move forward.

    Now, the ball is in our senators’ court. They can save Naskila and hundreds of East Texas jobs by helping Babin’s bill move forward before Congress adjourns at the end of this year. Cornyn asked his Senate colleagues to block the bill last year. But if he drops his opposition, he can save hundreds of good jobs at this moment of economic pain. And, just as importantly, he can show that he listens to East Texas and is committed to a bright future for our region.

    Cathy Bennett is the Mayor of Ivanhoe, Texas.

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