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Repeat 79-year-old offender charged with criminal trespass

by Emily Waldrep

An elderly woman that Woodville Police Officer Lawrence Hicks refers to as a "repeat con artist"was arrested on March 31 after violating a criminal trespass order.

According to police, Patricia Arnett, age 79, of Woodville, has several Criminal Trespass warrants across the city and has been arrested several times. In January a criminal trespass order was filed preventing her from going back to Walmart, due to shoplifting issues.

"She showed up at Walmart and was arrested, despite her age," said Woodville Police Officer Lawrence Hicks. "She is not above the law."

Arnett was charged with Criminal Trespass.

Traffic stop leads to Woodville arrest

by Emily Waldrep

A Tyler County Sheriff's deputy, along with a Woodville Police officer, were traveling south on South Magnolia on March 30 when they saw a beige truck, traveling southbound, turn without signaling. The deputy followed the truck onto Albert drive and initiated a traffic stop.
The driver was identified as Christopher Montoya, age 19, of Woodville. He was trying to hide something on his person.

"Due to the area being known for drug use and sales and the suspicious behavior of the vehicle, officers detained Montoya for a narcotics investigation at that time," said Chief Deputy Phil Ryan.
Montoya gave officers consent to search the vehicle and a shoe box containing marijuana seeds and particles was found in the back of the truck.

Montoya was placed under arrest at that time and told deputies that he had no other illegal substances, but additional marijuana was found stuffed in his pants.

Montoya was charged with Possession of Marijuana.

TDCJ Correctional officers arrested, charged with Official Oppression

by Emily Waldrep

According to Jason Clark, Public Information Director at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, seven TDCJ Correctional Officers have been arrested for their actions related to an undocumented use of force on March 19 at the Gib Lewis Unit in Woodville.

Lieutenant Darrick Seale, Sergeant Frank Mraz, Sergeant Claude Kelley, Officer Andrea Creel, Officer Joseph Coons, Officer Jamie Christian and Officer David Spence were all arrested by the Office of the Inspector General.

Official Oppression is broadly defined as a public servant, under color of office or employment, intentionally subjecting another to mistreatment.

The case is currently under investigation, and there is no further information at this time.

Investigators await autopsy finding in Warren child’s drowning

by Emily Waldrep

A Warren child is dead, and investigators await an autopsy report before concluding the investigation.

On March 18 at approximately 2:45 p.m, Tyler County Sheriff's Office communication center received a 9-1-1 call reporting that a three year old had fallen into a septic hole being dug and that the child was not breathing. According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, family members were performing CPR on the child, and EMS, along with Tyler County Deputies were notified that the family would meet EMS personnel at the Dollar General Store in Warren.
EMS transported the three-year-old male to Tyler County Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:45 p.m. Judge Trisher Ford ordered an autopsy through the South East Texas Forensic center in Jefferson County.

According to family members of the child, a hole had been dug for a septic tank. The hole had filled up with water during the recent rain. A family member was outside with the three year old, a one year old, and a two year old child, as well. Family members told investigators that the one year old was taken inside, and the family member returned to find the three year old missing. The child was later found in the septic tank hole and was not breathing. Family members began preforming CPR.

Investigators from the Tyler County Sheriff's Office processed the scene at the residence located off of County Road 1325 in the Warren area. At this time, it appears to have been a tragic accident.

Investigators will wait on final autopsy results to complete the investigation. As is standard practice in this type of case, Child Protective Services investigators were notified.
The name of the victim, as well as family members, cannot be released at this time.

Traffic stop leads to foot chase, drug charges

by Emily Waldrep

A simple traffic stop in Woodville led to a foot chase and drug charges on March 16. Officer Zachary with the Woodville Police Department conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of West Bluff Street and Sutton Street, making contact with the driver, identified as Jarvis D. Barlow, age 22, of Woodville. Zachary immediately smelled the odor of burning Marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

According to Woodville Police Captain Mike McCulley, the driver showed noticeable signs of nervousness and was asked by the officer to step out of the vehicle. The passenger of the vehicle then opened his door and fled on foot. Zachary gave chase, caught up with and arrested the passenger about a block away. The passenger was identified as Christopher D. Montoya, age 19, of Woodville. Zachary was assisted by Sgt. Hicks and recovered a baggy of Marijuana that suspect Barlow attempted to hide during the foot chase.

After securing Montoya, Zachary noticed that the driver, Barlow, had also fled on foot. The vehicle was impounded and towed. A warrant of arrest has been issued out of the Woodville Municipal Court charging Barlow with Evading Arrest or Detention.

Montoya is charged with Evading Arrest or Detention, Possession of Marijuana, less than two ounces and several charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after Officers recovered other items including scales, baggies and tobacco-papers in his vehicle. Bond amounts are pending.

Multiple DWI offender sentenced to seven years

by Emily Waldrep

Tyler County Assistant District Attorney Dan Hunt was prepared for trial Monday, but Charles Hadnot was not. Hadnot was facing a jury trial on a charge of Driving While Intoxicated 3rd Offense or More and but, instead, pled guilty and received seven years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Institutional Division.

According to Hunt, Hadnot was pulled over by Woodville Police Officer Lawrance Hicks on November 11, 2012, after a private citizen called 9-1-1 concerning a driver weaving all over the road. Hadnot was arrested and a blood sample taken at Tyler County Hospital. His blood alcohol content was 0.178, which is more than twice the legal limit of 0.08.

In January, Hunt made Hadnot an offer of five years in prison, and he refused. Hadnot was facing up to 20 years if convicted.