by Emily Waldrep
According to Woodville Police Captain Mike McCulley, Officer Erin Dees was working traffic at the intersection of MLK Drive and Hyde on August 17 at approximately 10:30 p.m when she saw a male subject walking in the middle of the dimly lit road in front of her.
Dees talked with the man, identified as Roy Edward McQueen, age 60, of Woodville, and during her interview with him noticed some nervous body language. Dees preformed a routine pat down on McQueen, which revealed a pocketknife and a pack of cigarettes.
The cigarette package contained a clear plastic baggy with crack cocaine inside.
McQueen was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance penalty group 1, less than 1 gram.
Woodville Municipal Judge Judith Haney set McQueen's bond at $6,000.
"Officers encounter people walking down the road at night a lot," McCulley said. "If they are walking in a part of the street that isn't lit and can be easily run over by a car, Officers will stop them and talk to them and ask them to move out of the road. As a result of that we sometimes make drug arrests and this is a prime example."
by Emily Waldrep
Wednesday, August 7, at approximately 4:30 p.m., three teenage girls in Fred were involved in a major ATV/UTV rollover accident that sent all three girls to the hospital.
Sierra Williams, age 13, of Spurger; Caitlyn Moore, age 14, of Spurger; and Madlynn Davis, age 14, of Fred were drifting a curve in a Polaris Ranger Crew side-by-side when they lost control and flipped the vehicle. None of the girls were wearing seat belts or helmets at the time of the accident.
Moore suffered from major road rash and muscle injuries, Williams broke a finger, fractured her hand and received major abrasions to her palms, and Davis suffered from bone exposure and torn ligaments. Davis was taken by helicopter to UTMB Galveston and Williams was transported to St. Elizabeth in Beaumont by ambulance. Moore was also taken to St. Elizabeth hospital by her parents.
All three girls are expected to recover from their injuries, but Davis is still being held UTMB Galveston. Williams was released from the hospital on August 10, three days after the accident. Both Davis and Williams went through surgery to help recovery.
"We all handled it pretty well and kept calm but we were all worried about each other and not ourselves," Williams said. "We were just driving way too fast."
The girls now want to warn others that ATV/UTV safety is serious.
"We want to tell other locals to not get too comfortable in what you are traveling in and don't ever think it couldn't happen to you," Williams said. "Always respect ATVs and UTVs. We learned that no matter how experienced you think you are, accidents do and will happen to anyone at any time."
Williams also says that she and her friends are thankful they are from such a tight knit community.
"We would all like to thank everyone that was on scene during the ambulance wait that helped keep us calm," she said. "Most of all we want to thank God that we are still here today to share our story and testimony; if wasn't for him we wouldn't be here, but he is giving us all a second chance."
For more information on ATV and UTV safety, always read the warnings posted on your vehicle or go to www.atvsafety.org for help registering for an ATV/UTV safety class.