On June 27, deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to a residence on County Road 4400 in the Mount Neches area. A caller contacted the communications center and reported that they could hear people fighting in a neighboring yard.
According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, when deputies arrived on scene they could hear the arguments from the original callers yard. When they went to the residence, a female identified as April West opened the door.
"At that time deputies saw Mark David Whittemore, age 53, of Woodville, holding a black semi-automatic pistol in his right hand," Weatherford said. "Deputies ordered Whittemore to drop the weapon and he complied." Whittemore appeared to be under the influence of some type of chemical agent and reported that he had possibly taken some Xanax, Weatherford said.
Deputies investigated the crime and determined that Whittemore had held a pistol to the head of West and threatened her. Whittemore was arrested for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon/Family Violence.
He was transported to the Tyler County Sheriff's Office without further incident. Whittemore is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
A 27 year old Woodville man was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated on June 27 after he struck a Tyler County Deputies vehicle on 1943 West near Warren.
According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, two Tyler County Sheriff's Deputies were responding to a prowler call just outside of Warren when one noticed a vehicle matching the description given by the complainant traveling back towards Warren. The deputy informed the other deputy traveling behind him that the vehicle was headed his way.
The second deputy observed the pickup traveling towards him and he activated his emergency lights as the vehicle approached.
"The vehicle did not attempt to slow down and as it passed the patrol vehicle it struck the drivers side mirror, knocking it off of the patrol vehicle," Weatherford said. "The vehicle continue down 1943 towards Warren, and the deputy was able to catch up to and conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle."
The driver was identified as Aaron Michael Sanford, age 27, of Woodville. The deputy immediately detected the strong odor of alcohol coming from inside of the vehicle.
"Sanford admitted that he had been drinking and there were two boxes of beer as well as 16 ounce cans that were still open and still cold as well as a six pack of glass Corona bottles of beer," Weatherford said.
The DPS trooper conducted field sobriety tests on Sanford, and he was placed under arrest for Driving While Intoxicated and transported to the Tyler County Sheriff's Office.
Ms. Kelly Jobe has been named Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service's County Extension Agent-FCS Tyler County, effective June 8, 2015, according to a joint announcement by Tyler County Judge, Jacques L. Blanchette, the Tyler County Commissioners Court, and Ms. Shelia Lewis, District Extension Administrator, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, headquartered at Overton, Texas.
Kelly JobeAs a new county agent, Ms. Jobe will participate in the 30-day FIRST STEP For Success program in Jasper and Newton County prior to beginning her career in Tyler County. FIRST STEP provides the new agent an opportunity to develop a basic understanding of the role of county agent and gives them the opportunity to observe and experience the day-to-day operations of a typical county Extension Office.
"I am pleased to have Kelly join our County Extension Faculty in Tyler County. She will be a great asset to the county and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service," says Ms. Lewis. "I feel certain she will do an excellent job because of her enthusiasm for providing quality, educational programs and working with the public."
Ms. Jobe earned both her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science from the University of Houston.
She was previously employed by Goose Creek CISD and Deer Park ISD where she served as a Lifeskills teacher and Special Education Administrator before moving to Chester where she has spent the last 16 years. Over these years she has served Chester ISD in many capacities, including Elementary Principal, Special Education teacher and Interim Superintendent. The County Extension Office in Tyler County is part of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, an agency of the Texas A&M University System. Local Extension programs extend university resources to local residents by providing practical information and education in the four areas of agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, 4-H and youth development, and community development. Extension is a cooperative effort of the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of Texas through Texas A&M University, and the Tyler County Commissioners' Court.
Kelly commented "I am so excited to have this opportunity to serve my county in a new capacity. After 29 years of teaching in the public school system, I felt the need to expand my educational audience. When the Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent position became available, I saw an opportunity to give back to my community, using all of my skills and gifts that God has so graciously afforded to me."
A former employee of Woodville Sonic was placed under arrest for Credit and/or Debit Card Abuse after he gained access to funds on other Sonic employee's payroll debit cards.
"At Sonic, in lieu of a check, the company puts employees' wages on a debit card that they are assigned," said Captain Mike McCulley of the Woodville Police Department.
The investigation began in May when one of the victims noticed that his balance on his debit card issued by Sonic was incorrect. According to McCulley, the employee questioned Sonic about what could be happening to his monies, and a regional manager was contacted.
"It was determined that there was someone accessing the employees debit cards and making unauthorized transactions," McCulley said. "Based on that information, we opened up an investigation."
Officer Deshazo with the Woodville Police Department headed up the investigation and was able to determine that a man identified as Geremey Deshawn Harris, age 22, of Woodville was responsible for accessing and spending money from other employees debit cards.
An arrest warrant was issued for Harris and he was subsequently arrested and charged with Credit or Debit Card Abuse, which is a state jail felony.
Harris is also being investigated on an additional charge of Fraudulent Use of Possession of Identifying Information, McCulley said.
"There were multiple victims effected by him using these debit cards so there may be additional charges to come," McCulley said. "If you have worked at the Woodville Sonic in the past two to three months and were issued a debit card and suspect some of your monies were taken off your card without authorization, please contact the Woodville police department so we can add your name to the list."
McCulley said that he feels there are additional victims that have not come forward.
Harris is presumed innocent until proven guilty and the investigation is ongoing.
On Friday, June 26 at approximately 4:10 a.m, deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to domestic disturbance at a residence off of County Road 3945 in the Fox Landing area. According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, both parties involved had been separated when the deputies arrived.
Deputies were met by the complainant, who reported that a man identified as Ellis Beshea, age 37 of Colmesneil, had been drinking and firing off weapons throughout the night.
"Deputies made contact with Beshea on the side of a mobile home as he was trying to exit a window," Weatherford said. "Deputies also observed Beshea throw a bag out of the window." Beshea gave deputies permission to search the bag, and their search revealed a prescription pill bottle that contained Tramadol, which is a pain medication. Beshea did not have a prescription for the Tramadol and it was learned that the Tramadol belonged to the complainant.
Beshea was placed under arrest for Possession of a Dangerous Drug and his bond was set at $3,500.
On June 21 at approximately 2:30 a.m, Deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff's Department were on routine patrol on County Road 4485 when they conducted a routine traffic stop on a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Rebecca Brownell, age 39, of Woodville and the passenger was identified as Willie McNeil, age 24, of Woodville. There were also two juvenile passengers in the back of the vehicle.
According to Weatherford, deputies observed the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle and a driver's license check revealed that McNeil had arrest warrants out of Tyler County. Deputies received consent to search the vehicle and deputies discovered a rifle, several packages of synthetic marijuana, and a large amount of money.
Willie McNeil was arrested and charged with a warrant out of Tyler County District Court for Possession of Controlled Substance Withdraw of Bondsman. Judge Trisher Ford set a $15,000 bond on that charge. McNeil was also arrested for a warrant out of Tyler County Court for Possession of Marijuana and a bond of $3,000 was set for that charge. In addition, he was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, and Judge Ford set a $3,000 and $10,000 bond on those charges.
Deputies questioned Brownell and learned that she had three small children at home. She reported that one of the children was autistic and that a babysitter was with the children, but she had no way to contact the babysitter, Weatherford said.
Deputies traveled with Brownell to her residence to check on the welfare of the children.
"There was not an adult supervising the children and the oldest child was ten years old," Weatherford said. "Child Protective Services was contacted and made aware of the situation."
Deputies will be seeking a warrant for Brownell for the Possession of Synthetic Marijuana as well as Child Endangerment.