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Nationally recognized local artists combine talent for Oct. 7-19 show at Emporium in Woodville

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Three nationally recognized artists from Tyler County are combining their talents in an exhibition and sale of pieces of their original colored pencil artwork.

Vicki Wood, (Parrot, left) a fairly new Tyler County transplant all the way from Alaska, currently has three pieces in the Galveston Art League's juried show where she received an honorable mention plus the coveted McGivney Award for her colored pencil work of a Brown Pelican entitled "Baywatch".

Each year the Rosenberg Library Museum selects a piece to receive the $750 award and the artwork is then added to the library's permanent museum collection. Her colored pencil work entitled "Fandango" was chosen for publication in CP Hidden Treasures by Ann Kullberg in 2013.

In this series of work ("Truck", center), Lisa Richardson combines colored pencils with photography.

For this process, she begins with a pigment print, then adds colored pencils for emphasis and texture. Influenced by her background as a graphic designer, her work has a graphic quality and bold colors.

Her body of work for this show reflects her East Texas roots and a passion for nature. From maple leaves floating in a creek, to a pitcher plant, to a pair of chaps hanging on a fence, she explores subjects that make up the place she calls home.

Richardson's work has received numerous awards. She has had solo exhibits at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art in San Angelo, Texas.

Gayle H Forsberg (Flower, right) was born in North Dakota and studied art/theatre in Minnesota. He has worked as an actor, director and theatre designer. He has also designed for television and opera. His love of color and design brought him careers in advertising and as an art director. As a self-taught painter, he began painting seriously in 1996.

His commissioned art hangs in private collections in Portland, Palm Springs, Las Vegas, San Diego, New York and Vancouver.

The show will be open daily, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and runs from October 7-19, at the Emporium for the Arts, located at 216 W. Bluff.

Two arrested on drug charges following County traffic stop

by Emily Waldrep

A Tyler County Deputy patrolling on September 27 noticed a green Ford Ranger on Highway 69 which turned onto Highway 1943 west without using a traffic signal. The deputy attempted to get a valid license plate number, but was unable to due to a temporary tag that had expired.
The deputy made a traffic stop for the obscured license plate and failure to signal a turn. The driver was identified as Samuel Nathan Denmon, age 49, of Woodville and the passenger was identified as Christine Allen, age 19, of Woodville.

According to Chief Deputy Phil Ryan, the deputy who initiated the traffic stop reported that there was a shotgun in the front seat and the driver reported that he had no other weapons, drugs or felony convictions.

The vehicle was searched and the deputy observed an air compressor connector lying in the seat with a brillo pad stuffed inside. According to Ryan, this set up is typically used to smoke illegal substances.

The deputy also searched several bags in the vehicle and discovered several syringes, a magnetic key holder containing a plastic baggie with multiple other baggies with crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine, various types of prescription pills and a plastic Menthos container with an additional substance thought to be methamphetamine.

The substance was field tested and was positive for methamphetamine.

The pills included Tiznidine, Tramadol, Isosorb and prescription ibuprofen.

Denton was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Allen was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, a third degree felony.

Paul Westfall, indicted in Maddox murders, ruled competent to stand trial

Paul Westfall, one of the four suspects accused of killing Krystal and Nathan Maddox of Colmesneil, is now deemed competent to stand trial after being evaluated by a state mental hospital for the past several months.

According to Tyler County Chief Deputy Phil Ryan, Westfall was ruled incompetent in May and sent a mental hospital, but says that Westfall will return to the Tyler County Jail.

Letha Westfall, wife of Paul Westfall, was set to appear in district court, but the date was reset. According to Jim Maddox, father of Nathan Maddox, the Westfalls' attorney was planning for her bond to be reduced and a lesser charge to be given after reviewing the evidence in the case.

That court date has not been rescheduled.

Two League City residents arrested for drug possession in Wal-Mart parking lot

by Emily Waldrep

A man and a woman who were intoxicated at Wal-Mart were arrested on September 16 after customers at the store reported them to the Woodville Police Department.

According to Woodville Police Captain Mike McCulley, Officers Zachary and Hicks responded to the scene and found a man and a woman in their vehicle parked in one of the designated handicapped spots.
"Both were under the influence of drugs," McCulley said. "They had slurred speech and the normal indicators that officers see when people are under the influence of narcotics."

Officers asked the couple why they were there and identified them as Bradley Nugent, age 44, of League City and Sharon Walden, age 41, also of League City.

Nugent and Walden were arrested for Public Intoxication and a routine inventory of the vehicle was taken.
That inventory revealed an unlabeled orange pill bottle in the glove box containing three different types of medication: Hydrocodone, Alprazolam and Carisoprodol.

There were 26 Carisoprodol tablets, 13 hydrocodone tablets and 4 Alprazolam tablets.

"These three types of pills are very common," McCulley said.

Both Walden and Nugent were charged with two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3, one count of Possession of a Dangerous Drug, and one count of Public Intoxication.

"Unfortunately this is a typical scenario that we see with people that are under the influence," McCulley said. "These types of medications are being used a lot and maybe more than any other drug we see in the area and prescription medication can be worse than many street drugs."

Truck takes out electric pole, crashes into building

(Emily Waldrep Photo)

by Emily Waldrep

Power was out for a large portion of Woodville, stretching from Family Dollar to the Courthouse on Monday after a driver left the roadway, hit an electric pole and ran into a building.

On September 22, Sergeant Hicks with the Woodville Police Department responded to a reported one-vehicle accident at the intersection of South Magnolia Street and MLK Drive.

Hicks observed a 1993 Dodge Pickup truck that had collided into a building.

The driver, identified as 52 year old David Allen Dykes of Woodville, had left the roadway, stuck an Entergy utility pole, traveled through the parking lot at the Shooting Sport Super Store, then across MLK Drive and into the building. Dykes did not appear to be injured and did not require medical attention.
According to Hicks, the driver was reported by witnesses to be traveling south on South Magnolia and appeared to be weaving across lanes of traffic just prior to the accident. The vehicle sustained heavy front-end damage. The vacant building also sustained damage as well.

According to Captain Mike McCulley of the Woodville Police Department, Entergy crews arrived and had to replace the utility pole which was completely sheared off in two pieces. Power to the area had to be shut off for several hours while crews replaced the damaged pole.

The reason for the vehicle leaving the roadway is still under investigation.

Woman with young child arrested on drug charges in Spurger

by Emily Waldrep

On September 14 at approximately 6 p.m., deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to the Family Dollar store in Spurger in reference to an intoxicated female with a young child. Upon arrival, the complainant advised that the female had left the store and gone across the street to the Exxon Laundromat.

Deputies went to the Laundromat and made contact with Tonya Gore, also known as Tonya Church, age 33, of Silsbee.

"She appeared to be under the influence of an illegal substance," said Chief Deputy Phil Ryan. "She was unsteady on her feet and could not fully control the movement of her arms and neck and was steadily twitching."

The deputy asked Gore if she had been drinking or taking an illicit substance and she said she had not.

Gore was also asked the last time she used drugs, and stated that it had been about four months ago because she was on probation out of Hardin County and had to take weekly drug tests.

When asked if she had anything illegal in the vehicle, she said that she did not.
Gore gave verbal consent to the deputy to search her vehicle, and inside he found a container with two red baggies commonly used to contain narcotics near the driver's seat, and a purse. According to Ryan, Gore gave consent to search the purse and inside was a syringe, which is commonly used to inject methamphetamine.

Gore was then placed under arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia and was searched. On her person, deputies found another red baggie that had a crystalline substance in it.
At that time, Gore's vehicle and child were released to the child's father and Gore was transported to the Tyler County Jail without incident.

All the evidence was taken into custody and all materials will be sent to the DPS crime lab to determine what substance was in the baggies and syringe.

Gore was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1 less than 1 gram.

Gore is presumed innocent until proven guilty.