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Two Woodville women arrested for scrap metal theft

by Emily Waldrep

Corporal Tony Reynolds talked on April 1 with a complainant, Ida Mae Vann, by phone about a recent theft. Vann reported that she had several items taken from her property on County Road 3050 in Douctte throughout the past month.

She provided a list of stolen items including car batteries, sheet metal, air conditioning condensing units, copper wire and other items that are known to the Tyler County Sheriff's Department to be sold for scrap.

According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, neighbors reported that they had seen two females hauling items from the property in a truck. When the neighbor confronted the females, they said that they had permission to remove materials from the property.

On April 2, Burrel Vann spoke with Deputy Coker of the Tyler County Sheriff's Department with an additional list of items stolen from the property.

Corporal Reynolds then met with an employee at Woodville Iron and Metal and employees were able to print out two invoices from two transactions on March 12 with photos of the vehicle and person who sold the items. The items in the photos seemed to match the description of what the Vann's had reported stolen and there were two white females in the photos, which matched the description the neighbor gave to deputies.

The driver could be identified at the recycling center as Tiffany Louis Malone, age 35, of Woodville.

Deputy Reynolds met with Malone at her residence and Malone admitted that she and another female, identified as Jessica Persons, age 36, of Woodville took the items from a house on County Road 3050 and admitted that they did not have permission to take the items and that she had broken the law.

Malone provided a written confession, and told deputies that Persons was also inside the residence.

Malone was charged with Theft of Material: 50% Aluminum/Bronze/Copper.

Persons was charged with Theft of Material: 50% Aluminum/Bronze/Copper, along with several other outstanding city warrants, such as Theft Class C and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Since the theft was against someone 65 years of age or older, the charge was heightened to a third degree felony.

DUI stop - Infant in unsecured child seat

by Emily Waldrep

Tyler County Dispatch received a call on June 6 at approximately 10:30 p.m. reporting a blue colored sedan driving erratically on Hwy 190 East.

Tyler County Sheriff's Deputy Jeremy Byrum was in the area and observed a vehicle matching the description just west of the Dam-B caution lights. The vehicle could not maintain a single lane of travel, and Deputy Byrum then attempted to make a traffic stop. The vehicle did not yield to the Deputy and continued to travel another two to three miles eastbound before coming to a stop on Highway 92 South.

Deputy Byrum ordered the driver out of the vehicle, and when the male got out of the vehicle he could not follow simple instructions and was very unsteady on his feet.

The driver was identified as Justin Jones, age 29, of Jasper. Jones refused to follow commands and was taken to the ground by Deputy Casey Whitworth and Jeremy Byrum.

There were three other males in the vehicle, identified as Bobby Samuel, age 28 of Jasper, John Grant, age 33 of Jasper, and Douglas Spikes, age 24 of Jasper.

Also in the vehicle was a one-year-old child.

"The child was in a safety seat, but the seat was not secured by a seatbelt," Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford said.

Deputies could see two cigarettes in plain view in the front of the vehicle and one in the rear seat of the vehicle.

"Through training and professional knowledge, the Deputies believed that the cigarettes have been dipped in a substance called Phencyclidine, which is a penalty group 1 narcotic," Weatherford said. "The cigarettes were then field tested positive for Phencyclidine."

All four adult occupants were then arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance, and Deputies were able to contact the small child's mother, who came and picked him up.

Jones was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Driving While Intoxicated.

Douglas Spikes was charged with Abandonment and Endangerment to a Child-Criminal Negligence and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Samuel and Grant were both charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, penalty group 1.

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.