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18 year old held in sexual assault of 12-year-old girl

by Emily Waldrep

A local 18 year old man is being held in the Tyler County Jail under a half million dollar bond after he admitted to sexually abusing a 12-year-old on multiple occasions.

"Around February 1, Officer Sheffield was notified by a local resident regarding a child possibly being sexually abused," Woodville Police Captain Mike McCulley said. "After investigating that report he discovered that a 12 year old victim was reportedly abused by an individual classified as an acquaintance."

This individual was later identified as David Allen Price, age 18, of Woodville.

"Upon interviewing the 12 year old victim a statement was obtained stating that on 6 or 7 occasions the defendant allegedly engaged in sexual contact with the victim in a location in Woodville," McCulley said. "The allegations claimed that Price lured the 12 year old to a location and on each occasion Price engaged in sexual contact with the 12 year old."

This information was investigated, and a warrant was issued for Price for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.

"After interviewing Price, he admitted that the allegations were true," McCulley said. "There was also written documentation seized during the investigation that further confirmed the ongoing relationship between the two."

Price is being held in the Tyler County Jail under a $500,000 bond.

Jail Bookings: 2/25 - 3/4/2013

From February 25 to March 4, 2013

• Joshua Alldredge, 25, Overton, TX, assault causes bodily injury
• Verdon Loy Bower, 38, Woodville, misappropriation fiduciary / financial property, deceptive trade practice
• Mark Angus Callahan, 28, Woodville, substance abuse facility / possession controlled substance, substance abuse facility / unlawful possession firearm by felon, substance abuse facility / possession marijuana
• Patrick Donnelly, 47, Houston, driving while intoxicated
• Kenneth Joseph Hawkins, 45, Woodville, driving while intoxicated 3rd or more
• Abbi Danyelle Hitchcock, 25, Woodville, possession controlled substance
• Sherman Lee Holman, II, 18, Hillister, organized retail theft
• Roy Denton King, 38, Silsbee, 2 charges driving while intoxicated 3rd or more
• Joshua Allen Lacy, 27, Woodville, driving while intoxicated 2nd
• Dorothy Lynette Martin, 41, Colmesneil, aggravated assault with deadly weapon
• Esteban Molina, 20, Rosharon, TX, driving with license invalid with previous conviction / suspension / without financial responsibility
• Christopher Dashawn Montoya 18, Woodville, organized retail theft
• Alecia Boone Rodriguez, 29, Denham Springs, LA, failure to appear / evading arrest detention with vehicle, failure to appear / unauthorized use of vehicle
• Jose Eduardo Rodriguez, 24, Hillister, driving while intoxicated 2nd, 3 charges aggravated assault with deadly weapon
• Kimberly Ann Sweeney, 47, Colmesneil, driving while intoxicated 3rd or more

City of Woodville hold annual 'Clean Up Week'

The City of Woodville will open its solid waste drop off area located at City Warehouse located on Veterans Way, March 4 through March 15, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. This service is for all residents within the City limits of Woodville. Hazardous items such as roofing materials, tires, batteries, paint or chemicals can not be accepted. Appliances with Freon must have Freon removed and tagged by licensed technician. For information or directions call the City Hall at 283-2234.

Colmesneil woman charged with third count of DWI

by Emily Waldrep

A Colmesneil woman identified as Kimberly Ann Sweeny was arrested and charged with her third count of Driving While Intoxicated on February 3 after a concerned citizen in Woodville reported a vehicle driving dangerously through town.

According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, he received a call about a possible intoxicated driver who was traveling through the city of Woodville headed north.

"The driver was driving in the turning lane all throughout town, and into oncoming traffic at speeds of 20 to 30 miles per hour," Weatherford said. "Deputies Jeremy Byrum, Tony Reynolds and Brian Seales located the vehicle just north of Doucette. Deputy Byrum conducted a traffic stop and identified the driver as Kimberly Ann Sweeny, age 47 of Colmesneil. Sweeny had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath, her eyes were bloodshot, and it was very obvious to the deputies on scene that Sweeney was very intoxicated."

Sweeny was placed under arrest and transported to the Tyler County Sheriff's Department

"Department of Public Safety Trooper Buck Odom instructed Sweeny to perform field sobriety testing and Sweeny chose to offer a breath specimen to determine her blood alcohol content," Weatherford said. "Her results revealed that she was over 3 times the legal limit, and .8 is the legal limit in Texas."

Sweeny was booked into jail on charges of Driving While Intoxicated, third offense.

"If callers have any suspicion that vehicles or drivers are impaired in any way should not hesitate to contact the proper authorities," Weatherford said. "It was a concerned citizen that possibly saved this persons life, as well as many others who were on the highway."

Burglar steals Woodville family's memories

by Emily Waldrep

After a rash of several home, car and business burglaries in Tyler County over the past several months, one Woodville resident says that the recent burglaries have hit way too close to home. Tracy Litton of Woodville says that her father gave her a home on Cobb Mill Road after he passed away, and that she had stored many of their family memories in both the home and nearby shed. But, on Monday after leaving work she noticed something was not right. Read more: Burglar steals Woodville family's memories