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Gun threat leads to four Woodville arrests Sept. 2

Woodville Law Enforcement officers find drug paraphernalia and guns in Woodville home. (Emily Waldrep Photo)by Emily Waldrep

A call September 2 from a man claiming he had been threatened with a gun led Woodville PD Officer John Fuller and Sheriff's Deputy Stephanie Byron to a home in the 1000th block of Pear Street in Woodville and to the arrest of four people at that location on drug related charges.

According to the officers, David Wayne Davis, Jr., 36, of Corrigan told them that the residents at the home threatened him with a gun. When Tyler County Sheriffs Department Officer Stephanie Byron arrived to assist Woodville Police Department Officer Fuller, he saw a firearm inside the home.

Tyler County Sheriffs Department Officer Rene Gutierrez and his drug dog Oso were called to the scene, where a search of the home found various drug paraphernalia, a 9mm handgun and a .308 caliber rifle.

"There were several items of drug paraphernalia laying around the house," Woodville PD Captain Mike McCulley said. "The items included straws, pipes, bags, drug residue and scales."

The rifle, it turned out, has been reported to the Webster Police Department stolen in 1988, and was seized by officers. They are currently trying to determine who originally owned the rifle.

Vonica Smith, age 19 of Doucette, Shawn Parish, age 18, of Woodville and Justin Johnson, age 23, of Colmesneil were all arrested at the scene and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

During the search of the home, officers noticed that Davis, the original caller, was acting strange. After questioning him, they determined that he was under the influence of drugs and he was also arrested.

"If anyone suspects illegal activity in their neighborhood, please contact your local law enforcement," McCulley said. "Your name will NOT be needed, just your information."

Spurger man dies in early morning fire

Emily Waldrep Photo

Spurger man dies in early morning fire—Darrel Tompkins, Sr., of Spurger died Tuesday in an early morning fire that destroyed the travel trailer he was living in. A neighbor saw the blaze about 5:45 a.m. Tuesday morning and called 911. Spurger VFD was dispatched the home on CR 4563 in Spurger, but the man was already dead. The State Fire Marshall investigated the fire, and Spurger VFD is waiting for his report. The cause of the fire is currently unknown. Tompkins was reportedly the only resident of the trailer home. There were no other injuries.

Jasper man arrested for two recent Woodville robberies

Marion Dave Adamsby Emily Waldrep

A Jasper resident accused of robbing two Tyler County convenience stores earlier this year has been arrested and is now in jail awaiting formal charges from Woodville Police Department and Tyler County Sheriff's Department.

Marlon Dave Adams, age 29, admitted to robbing the Woodville Exxon Jiffy Market in March of this year and the Colmesneil Exxon Jiffy Market in May of this year. Adams was arrested in Jasper County after the investigation of another store robbery in the city of Jasper.

During an interview with Adams, investigators reported that Adams admitted his involvement in the Tyler County robberies, as well as the Jasper robbery. Adams is also linked to two other robberies in Lufkin and Newton.

Sergeant Borel and Sergeant Bud Sturrock of the Tyler County Sheriff's Department discovered that Adams was responsible for both Tyler County robberies as well as the Jasper robbery due to his physical description and mannerisms.

"During the robberies, Adams held up the store clerk at gunpoint," Captain Mike McCulley said. "He then took cash from the cash drawers and ordered the clerk to the bathroom, then immediately left the scene."

Adams remains in the Jasper County Jail under a $250,000 bond. Formal charges are pending.

Captain Mike McCulley of the Woodville Police Department and the Tyler County Sheriff's department say that an arrest couldn't have been made without the help of local agencies.

"The sharing of all the facts in these robberies with other agencies was vital in solving these robbery cases," McCulley said.