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Spurger woman faces 57 years for embezzling

by Emily Waldrep

Sammy Gail Page, age 60, of Spurger is facing a 57 month stay in federal prison for embezzling more than one million dollars through her job with UBS Financial Services.

According to court documents, Page worked as an investment advisor at the Beaumont office of UBS and made unauthorized withdrawals from five different client accounts on more than 60 occasions. Page embezzled $1, 207, 440 dollars in funds from 2005 until March 2011.

Page had a wide description over transfer of funds, and was able to arrange the withdrawals by authorizing wire transfers to her credit card. Reports say that Page used client funds to pay for credit card balances and her own personal expenses.

Page was indicted by a grand jury on October 17, 2012 and pled guilty to Interstate Transportation of Money Taken by Fraud on Jan 4, 2013.

She will report to the US Marshall service on July 12, 2013, where she will be transported to the Bureau of Prisons.

Woodville man charged with possession, tampering

by Emily Waldrep

Woodville Police Captain Mike McCulley said Officers had a busy week with nearly a dozen arrests, including several drug arrests.

"At least half of the arrests were initiated by the Officers and the remained were due to Officers responding to calls of service," McCulley said.

On May 31, Officer Dees was patrolling and observed a male subject walking on the 500 block of Black Gum Street. Officers had past knowledge of the subject being involved in narcotics and had received numerous reports of drug activity in that general area.

Dees made contact with the subject, identified as Tony Lavett Gray, age 59, of Woodville. While speaking with Gray, Dees noticed that he was acting suspicious so she attempted to pat him down for weapons.

"At that time, Gray began to avoid the Officer by reaching his hands behind his body," McCulley said. "Officer Dees then observed Gray put something in his mouth."

After Dees commanded Gray to take the object out of his mouth, she realized that it was a baggie of crack cocaine. Additional cocaine was discovered in Grays pockets.

Gray was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group One and Tampering/Fabricating Physical Evidence, which is a third degree felony. Gray's bond was set at $25,000.

Lufkin woman arrested on drug charges

by Emilly Waldrep

Tyler County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Seales was on routine patrol at Lake Tejas in Colmesneil Monday, May 27, when he saw a female sitting in the back drivers side of a vehicle smoking an unknown object.

According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, the woman moved the object she was smoking in front of her and attempted to hide it behind her leg when she saw Deputy Seales approaching.

Seales smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and stopped to question the female, who was identified as Shynisky Marie Glenn, age 18, of Lufkin. Permission was given to search the vehicle, and Seales observed an unmarked prescription pill bottle with some white pills and dark colored bag rolled up in the seat the Glenn was sitting in.

"Glenn stated that the pills were her pain medication," Weatherford said.

Deputies also located a purse nearby which Glenn admitted belonged to her. After searching the purse, deputies uncovered a clear bag of marijuana. The dark colored bag and the pill bottle in the vehicle also contained marijuana. The pills were identified as four bars of Xanax.

The marijuana field-tested positive, and weighed approximately 5.4 grams.

Glenn was placed under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3 in a Drug Free Zone, Possession of Marijuana in a Drug Free Zone and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

"Since Lake Tejas is school property, it is a drug free zone," Weatherford said.

Lumberton Woman arrested after 'couple of drinks'

by Emily Waldrep

Tyler County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Seales was informed of a vehicle traveling northbound on Highway 92 from Hardin County into Tyler County Sunday, May 26.

"The vehicle was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of the highway and swerving between the lanes," said Sheriff Bryan Weatherford of the Tyler County Sheriff Department.

Seales made visual contact with the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on Highway 92 in front of Spurger High School. The driver was identified as April Marie Meads, age 38 of Lumberton. Meads stated that she was heading to her house, but when she provided her driver's license to Deputy Seales it stated that she had a Lumberton address.

Seales asked Meads where she lived, and she stated she lived in Lumberton. Meads admitted to drinking a couple of alcoholic beverages earlier. When deputies asked Meads if she knew where she was, she stated she was on Highway 69 heading into Lumberton.

Deputy Seales conducted several field sobriety tests, which Meads failed.

Meads was placed under arrest and taken into the Tyler County Jail where she provided a sample of her breath, which revealed her Blood Alcohol Level was at .38.

Meads was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and her bond was set at $1,500.

Warren man electrocuted during wire theft

by Emily Waldrep

A Warren man found out Tuesday that stealing copper wire is not only illegal, it can be deadly.

The body of a man found dead on Pineville Road near the Tyler County line has been identified as John Adam Cleveland, age 31, of Warren. The body was found on the morning of Tuesday, May 28 at approximately 9 a.m. lying in the road near a running pickup truck.

Investigators say that Cleveland had been electrocuted while trying to steal copper wire from a nearby electrical pole. According to investigators, the wire on the pole had been cut recently, a good indicator that Cleveland was in the process of stealing the expensive copper wiring.

"Cleveland was probably in the back of his truck when he was electrocuted," said Hardin County Sheriff Ed Cain. "He fell from the back of the truck and his body landed behind it while it was still running."

Medical examiners say the preliminary cause of death is electrocution.

Anyone with any information about what happened should contact the Hardin County Sheriff's office at 246-5100.

High sped pursuit through Ivanhoe ends in arrest

by Emily Waldrep

Tyler County Sheriff's Deputy Laurent was patrolling in Ivanhoe on May 6 when he heard a vehicle squealing its tires and spinning out in the entrance of Ivanhoe. He went to the area, but the vehicle had taken a side road and could not be located. Laurent stopped and turned off his patrol unit and listened to see if he could hear the vehicle driving recklessly in the area.

Officer Stephany Byrum arrived to assist Laurent, and both patrol units parked on Lancelot Drive while waiting to locate the vehicle. Shortly after, they observed that a black GMC pickup turned onto Lancelot drive and started to move over to the right side of the road where deputies Byrum and Laurent were parked. The vehicle swerved at the deputies and then drove into the ditch and passed the patrol cars.

Deputies then turned around and began pursuing the vehicle. Deputy Wade arrived to assist in the chase, and after a short pursuit at a high rate of speed through the streets of Ivanhoe the black GMC was located at Queens Circle. Deputies Laurent and Wade arrived and spoke to the driver of the vehicle, Justin Tyler Reynolds, age 20.

Reynolds stated that he knew he was being pulled over, and he ran because he had several tickets he had not taken care of and had an expired sticker on his vehicle.

Reynolds admitted that he was traveling at a high rate of speed through the streets of Ivanhoe and was taken into custody for Evading Arrest with a Vehicle, which is a state jail felony.