Deputy Casey Whitworth was called on a report of a male subject walking with a machete on County Road 3050 in Doucette on June 14.
According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, the man had threatened five children who were walking on the road, trying to get to Vacation Bible School at the Christ Holy Temple Church. The man reportedly ran toward the children with the machete and said, "I'm going to get you."
"They were scared to death," said Phil Ryan of the Tyler County Sheriff's Office. "A passerby had gotten the kids loaded in a car, and the man even scared that person."
Once deputies arrived on scene they found the man still walking along the road with the machete and identified him as Earl Barlow Jr, 41, of Doucette.
After checking him for additional weapons, deputies found a substance thought to be crack cocaine and two additional knives.
He was charged with 5 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
"This is why our officers are out working these narcotics in such a hard manner everyday and fighting this fight," said Weatherford. "We've got people during daylight hours and are being effected by what drugs are doing to these people. This man was obvisouly under the influence of some type of narcotic. That just solidifies what we've been talking about all along. We know we have a problem here in Tyler County and we are going to fight it every day but we need the help of the citizens to report any suspicious activity or narcotic sales."
You can now report suspected narcotic use online, at www.tylercountysheriff.com and click "report narcotics."
On June 11, Officer Sheffield of the Woodville Police Department was contacted by a investigator with the Child Protective Services Office about a report that had been called in to their agency regarding a neglectful child supervision case.
According to Captain Mike McCulley of the Woodville Police Department, the CPS case worker met with Officer Sheffield and went to the location on the 700th Block of North Beech Street at the apartment complex located there. The report stated that three children, ages 3, 5 and 7, had been left alone in one of the apartments for an extended amount of time.
The children's aunt met officers at the door and stated that she knew why they were there and that her three nieces were next door.
The officers and investigators met with the children and determined they had been there for several hours without any adult supervision. The aunt stated that she was supposed to be watching them but she had fallen asleep.
The children's mother was contacted at work and met the officers at the scene and confirmed that she had left her children there because she didn't have time to bring them to daycare that day because she was late to work.
Shortly after interviewing the three children, it was confirmed that the aunt was not supervising them and that they were there by themselves.
The officers arrested the mother, Latoya McBride, age 26, of Woodville, on the scene for endangering a child and also discovered that she had several outstanding warrants for unpaid traffic offenses in court.
McBride was charged with Endangering a Child Without Intent to Return, which is a third degree felony.
"There is no written rule stating how old children have to be to take care of themselves, but there is responsibility that parents have to take if they leave their children home alone for any amount of time," McCulley said. "The child has to have enough presence of mind to call someone and have a way to contact someone, either by phone of by a relative. There also has to be a reasonable belief that the parent is coming home in a reasonable amount of time. "In this situation, the parent did not say she was going to return and the person that was supposed to be watching them wasn't watching them either. In this particular instance, the officer felt that these children were abandoned and placed in danger because of the close proximity of the apartment to the main street, the door was not secured and anyone could have entered or exited. One might argue that because there was an aunt across the hall and she could have been there if something happened, but if she was asleep, how could she have been there? Those scenarios were thought about and that's why the officers decided it was necessary to make the arrest."
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Deputy Chuck Marshall was dispatched on May 31 to the Spurger Mini-Mart in reference to a theft. When Deputy Marshall arrived on scene, the manager of the convenience store played a surveillance video from May 30 at approximately 5:35 p.m.
The video showed a female, later identified as Tanya Sanders and a male, later identified as David Callaway enter the store. Shortly after entering, Sanders took some candy from the shelf and put it in her shorts, then took some additional candy and entered the bathroom.
While Sanders was in the bathroom, the video showed Callaway take some more candy and bring it to the bathroom that Sanders was in and hand it to her. Sanders then excited the bathroom, stole some ice cream and put it underneath her shirt.
After paying for a fountain drink, Sanders and Callaway exited the store and took the items from her shorts and shirt and put them into a white Dodge truck sitting in the parking lot.
Deputy Marshall located both Sanders and Callaway and Sanders admitted to taking the items from the store.
Callaway reported that he did not remember being at the Spurger mini mart on May 30 because he was intoxicated, but eventually admitted to the theft.
Sanders and Callaway were issued Criminal Trespass Warnings for Spurger Mini Mart and charged with Class C Theft.
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.
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.