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Man found with blood on his hands had Meth in vehicle

by Emily Waldrep

According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, on January 5 at approximately 9 a.m., deputies were dispatched to County Road 2175 in the Shady Groves area in reference to a suspicious man who was dressed in all Camouflage clothing with blood on his hands, walking around appearing to be disoriented. Deputies arrived on scene and located a white male matching the description in the back of the Whitetail Ridge community.

Deputies approached the man and saw blood on his right hand. He was identified as Terry Humble. He appeared very unsure of his surroundings and was unsure of where he was at, Weatherford said. According to reports, Humble was questioned about his vehicle that was parked nearby, and he claimed that he borrowed it from a friend but had been driving it that day. Humble gave deputies verbal consent to search the vehicle, and deputies found a large Camouflage duffel bag with a clear plastic bag protruding from one of the side pockets or the Camouflage bag.

"The plastic bag contained a large amount of an off white crystal substance believed to be methamphetamines," Weatherford said.

The substance weighed 4.6 grams and field tested positive for methamphetamines.
Humble was placed under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance, State Jail Felony.

Jasper student charged with Terroristic Threat after brandishing ‘Airsoft’ pistol at Woodville Summit

by Emily Waldrep

According to the Woodville Police Department, a new line of fake airsoft and BB guns are posing a threat to youth in the county, due to the fact that they are almost exact replicas of real firearms.

On December 9, a group of five students from Jasper, Texas attended a basketball game at the Summit in Woodville. According to Officer Bubba Sheffield, one of the five students was an ex-boyfriend to a Woodville student and claimed he was planning on damaging her vehicle. The conversation was overheard by some fellow Woodville students, who went to alert the owner of the car. When they arrived back outside to confront the 16 year old Jasper student, he was wielding what looked like a real silver revolver. The Woodville students heard him pull the hammer back on the gun, and they ran back into the Summit to alert bystanders and the campus police officer on duty that someone had a gun.

Six Woodville Police Officers arrived at the Summit and detained the group of Jasper students, and were able to locate the pistol under the front seat of a vehicle. After some examination, the discovered it was just a toy airsoft pistol, Sheffield said.

"When dealing with everything going on today, such as officer shootings, these toy guns are not something that students should have," Sheffield said. "Its just taking a huge risk."

Some of the guns are so realistic that even professionals cannot determine if they are real or fake without studying them up close, and it's impossible to tell these fake guns from real guns at a distance. These fake guns also carry the same charges as a real weapon.

"If you go into a bank and hold it up with one of these guns, its still armed robbery." Sheffield said.
Officers say they want both parents and children alike to know that when someone is in possession of one of these fake guns, officers cannot tell if they are real or not and they will usually have to assume the gun is real.

The student that held the gun is charged with Terroristic Threat, even though the gun was not real.

Area woman arrested for DWI with child in car

by Emily Waldrep

Deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff's Office, according to Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, were dispatched December 29 to Harris's Grocery in the town Bluff area. The caller reported that there was a female driver in a white car that was reversing into traffic and then struck a vehicle that was directly in front of her in the parking lot.

Weatherford said the owner of the store removed the key from the ignition of the car because he was worried about the safety of the driver and passengers in the vehicle. Deputies arrived on scene and identified the driver as Bridgette Smith. It was obvious to deputies that she was under the influence of narcotics, and after talking with her she admitted she had taken a Xanax bar before leaving the Woodville area and driving to the store, Weatherford said. She also admitted she was the driver of the vehicle.

Deputies then identified the passengers in the vehicle as Barney Moore, along with a young child in a booster seat in the back. Moore admitted he was also under the influence of narcotics and had also taken a Xanax bar.

Texas DPS assisted with the case and Bridgette Smith was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Passenger. Barney Moore was arrested for Public Intoxication.

Child Protective Services were contacted due to the situation of both parents being intoxicated and unable to take care of the child, and the child was transported to the sheriff's office and released by CPS to the grandmother.

Traffic violation lands two men in jail for possession, felony warrants

by Emily Waldrep

Two Tyler County men were placed under arrest for the possession of drugs and felony warrants after a deputy made a simple traffic stop on a vehicle in Colmesneil.

According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, a deputy was patrolling FM 3065 in the Colmesneil area when he observed a black truck turning off of FM 3065 that committed a traffic violation and made a traffic stop on the vehicle. When he made the stop, he noticed the truck was being followed by a silver Kia SUV that stopped with the black pickup truck.

Deputies identified the driver of the truck as Dustin Wayne Ross. Ross's license were expired since 2008 and he was unable to provide any insurance on the vehicle. Deputies asked Ross who was following him, and Ross told him that they were just driving around looking for a place to talk.

At that time, Ross was placed into custody for driving without a valid drivers license and failure to maintain financial responssibilty.

The passenger in the silver SUV was identified as Kaylyn Lynn Grimes, AGE, showed he had warrants in Tyler County for burglary and was placed under arrest for those warrants.

According to Weatherford, both Ross and Grimes were transported to Tyler County Jail, and once they arrived they were informed that Ross may have thrown some methamphetamines out his window before or during the traffic stop. Deputies returned to the area and were able to locate a cigareete package with a clear bag inside that appeared the contain methamphetamines. All evidence was collected and was brought back to the office, where it tested positive for methamphetamine.

Ross was questioned about the methamphetamine and admitted that his fingerprints would be on the methamphetamine bag and the cigarette package and admitted that the package did in fact contain methamphetamines. He also told deputies that he was going down the road to use the methamphetamines, but that they didn't belong to him.

The magistrate reviewed the case and issued a warrant for Ross for Possession of a Controlled Substance, State Jail Felony.

Ross and Grimes and presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Elected County Officals Sworn In

County Officials sworn in

Elected County Officals Sworn In—With another County election over, a swearing in ceremony was held Friday, January 2, in the District Courtroom of the Tyler County Courthouse. Newly elected, and re-elected, county officials took the oath of office during the ceremony, many accompanied by family members. Back row L-R: Milton Powers, Justice of the Peace Pct. 3; Jim Moore, Justice of the Peace Pct. 4; Sue Saunders, County Treasurer; Jack Walston, Commissioner Pct. 4; Donece Gregory, County Clerk; Rusty Hughes, Commissioner Pct. 2; Jackie Skinner, County Auditor; Trisher Ford, Justice of the Peace Pct. 1; Greg Dawson, Justice of the Peace Pct. 2. Front row L-R: Lou Ann Cloy, Criminal District Attorney; DeLinda Gibbs Walker, District Judge; Jacque Blanchette, Tyler County Judge; Earl Stover, 88th District Judge; and Chyrl Pounds, District Clerk.

Chamber of Commerce awards banquet Feb. 3 in Woodville

The Tyler County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the date for the annual Chamber Banquet. This year the banquet will be February 3, 2014 at the First Baptist Church, Woodville beginning at 6:00 p.m. The event will have a different feel from banquets in the past with a "Dinner Theater" feel. This year the Emporium of the Arts will be providing the entertainment with a excerpt from the play, Adam and Eve as well as having local artists from The Art Gallery on display. The play and art display will be taking the place of the guest speaker. This year the Chamber Board is hoping to give back to our members by giving them a banquet that truly celebrates business and entertainment in Tyler County,

Another change to the banquet the Chamber Board has adopted is the addition of a few more award categories. Awards such as Newcomer of the Year, Small Business of the Year and Hometown Hero will be given as well as the traditional Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year. This change is an attempt to recognize a few more outstanding Tyler County Citizens.

The meal for the evening will be catered by J-Bo's Smokin Ace's Catering. Tickets for the event will be $25 per person. Businesses will have the opportunity to purchase "table" seating for a table for eight at $175. For more information, please contact the Tyler County Chamber of Commerce at 283-2632. Tickets can be purchased from the Chamber office beginning January 12.