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Man arrested in Warren had Crystal Meth in Uhaul

by Emily Waldrep

On November 8 at approximately 6 p.m., deputies with the Tyler County Sheriffs Department were dispatched to County Road 1450 off of HWY 1943 West in Warren, in reference to a suspicious vehicle. The subject in the vehicle had been contacted by law enforcement earlier and stated that he had no money for gas and no home.

According to Chief Deputy Phil Ryan with the Tyler County Sheriffs Department, the white Uhaul van was parked in the roadway just beyond a blind curve and was a hazard. The driver was sitting in the vehicle resting his head on the steering wheel. He was identified as Richard Yandle. He was advised that he was creating a hazard and was questioned as to why he was sitting in such a remote location.

According to Ryan, the subject then started making nonsensical statements that had nothing to do with the issue at hand. Yandle became increasingly agitated and was in close proximity to the deputy and made contact with him. The deputy then pulled his taser, stepped back and instructed the subject to completely exit the vehicle. Yandle exited and told the deputy that his identification was inside the vehicle and when the deputy went to retrieve that it, he noticed a clear baggie in the front seat with a white crystalline substance that later field tested positive for methamphetamine. The vehicle was towed and the subject was placed in custody and transported to Tyler county jail.

TBW Brings Back Miss Tyler County Pageant

Tyler County Texas Business Women are bringing back the Miss Tyler County Pageant. The ladies of the TBW are excited to be able to bring back such a time honored tradition. The pageant, which was originally sponsored by the now dissolved American Business Women's Association, offers scholarship money to the young women of Tyler County who are graduating seniors.

There is a registration fee of $25 for the pageant and an additional $15 to enter the Miss Photogenic portion of the contest. Fees must be paid in cash or a money order. Registration for the pageant is now open. Parents may sign their daughters up from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day from now until November 15 at Serendipity in Woodville. There will be an extended sign-up time on Wednesday, November 12th from 10 am-7 pm.

Woodville man was arrested on several charges

by Emily Waldrep

A man wielding an axe received three assault charges after he approached deputies and threatened a woman with the weapon.

According to Chief Deputy Phil Ryan of the Tyler County Sheriff's Department, a deputy was dispatched on October 27 to County Road 4529 in reference to a man identified as John Toby Abbott who was threatening to kill Callie Abbott with an axe. When deputies arrived they saw another person related to Abbott standing inside a shed in the southwest corner of the house and could hear yelling and cussing but was unable to see. Deputies could also see Abbott carrying a double sided axe walking at a fast pace toward the deputies while yelling. The deputy drew his weapon and commanded Abbott to drop the weapon. Abbott finally dropped the weapon but continued walking toward the deputy and was told to stop and get on the ground, but wouldn't follow commands, Ryan said.

"The deputy had time to holster his weapon and draw his Taser and was able to dispatch his Taser onto Abbott," Ryan said. "Another deputy arrived and put Abbott in cuffs and they could smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person."

Once Abbott was contained, the axe was taken into evidence and statements were taken from people on the scene.

Callie Abbott was in great fear for her life, according to Ryan.

Abbott was charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and one count of Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant with a Deadly Weapon.

"Luckily my deputy had the presence of mind and the time frame to holster his weapon and use a less lethal weapon," Ryan said.

Abbott is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Woodville man arrested on several charges after stealing woman’s purse

by Emily Waldrep

A Woodville man was arrested on several charges after driving under the influence and stealing a woman's purse at a party.

On Sunday morning at approximately 2:30 a.m, Woodville Police received reports of a reckless driver in a silver Chevrolet at Polks Pick it up. Upon arrival, police located the vehicle and attempted to stop it, but the driver left Polks traveling south bound on South Magnolia and pulled into Community Bank parking lot, where he stopped. Police identified the driver as Justin Reynolds. Officers could smell alcohol and preformed a field sobriety test. They determined that he was intoxicated and he was taken into custody.

"At that time he became very verbally abusive," said Woodville Police Officer Hicks.
A search of the vehicle revealed a K2 cigar, and when shown the cigar Reynolds became verbally abusive again and claimed that the K2 belonged to him.

According to Hicks, an inventory of the vehicle revealed a black and white woman's purse in the back seat with drivers license and identification.

Officers then went to the party that Reynolds supposedly became intoxicated at and everybody was legal and having a good time, but when officers were leaving they talked to the woman who had her purse in Reynolds car.

According to officers, the woman claimed she had been looking for her purse for hours and that she didn't give Reynolds permission to have it. She claimed she did not know Reynolds that well.

A report was taken and officers went back to Polks to talk to the store clerk, who informed them that Reynolds had attempted to pay for different items, including gas, with a credit card with the woman's name on them. Reynolds told the clerk the cards belonged to his girlfriend, but the owner of the cards said she had never been in a dating relationship with Reynolds, Hicks said.

Reynolds was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Retaliation or Threat Toward Officers and Credit or Debit Card Abuse.

Reynolds is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Babin heads to congress, Woodville has new mayor

Brian Babin thanks supporters­, talks about the future—Woodville Dentist Brian Babin took 76 percent of the votes in the U.S. Representative District 36 race, and will be heading for Washington next year. A big crowd turned out Tuesday night was Woodville FCB Family Life Center where Babin held his victory party. (Jim Powers/Tyler County Booster Photo)Brian Babin thanks supporters­, talks about the future—Woodville Dentist Brian Babin took 76 percent of the votes in the U.S. Representative District 36 race, and will be heading for Washington next year. A big crowd turned out Tuesday night was Woodville FCB Family Life Center where Babin held his victory party. (Jim Powers/Tyler County Booster Photo)

Tyler County—Change seemed to be on the minds of Tyler County voters Tuesday, and when the votes were counted, both incumbent Woodville Mayor Ben Bythewood and long-time Tyler County Treasurer Sharon Fuller were unsuccessful at holding their positions.

Babin totaled 3,847 total votes in Tyler County, easily defeating opponents with 81.45 percent of the local votes. District wide, he netted 76 percent of the total votes to easily take the District 36 U.S. Representative seat.

In the State Senator District 3 race, Robert Nichols defeated opponent J. Tyler Lindsey 3,599 votes to 431.

Long time Tyler County Treasurer Sharon Fuller lost her bid for re-election to Republican Sue Saunders, who took 2,585 votes to Fuller's 2,103.

Woodville Mayor Ben Bythewood lost the Mayoral race to Thomas Fortenberry. Fortenberry totaled 326 votes to Bythewood's 175.

In the Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 race, Milton Powers bested Kirk Brown 738 votes to 414.
Jack Brockhouse was defeated in the Mayor, City of Ivanhoe race by Cathy Bennett, who took 237 votes to Brockhouse's 148.

Ivanhoe also had City Council seats on the line. LeAnn McNulty took 250 votes, John Galbreath 162, David Herrington 105, David Baier 93 and Jim Beattie 27.

In the race for Woodville City Council, Place 3 (unexpired term), Janice Weatherford won with 371 votes to Lee Mann's 124.

A number of people ran for the three open seats on the Colmesneil ISD Board of Trustees. Kenneth Adaway polled 369 votes, Kris Lindsey 246 votes, Danny K. Brown 242 votes, Michael King 91 votes, Greg Hester 88 votes and Bennita Saylor 83 votes.

Brent Marcum won the race for Spurger ISD Board of Trustees Place 6 with 224 votes to opponent Willie Gill, Sr's 158 votes.

Tyler County voters also cast votes in the Governors race. Greg Abbott polled 3,785 votes, Wendy Davis 882, Kathie Glass 67, Brandon Parmer 28, and one write-in vote was cast.

A number of positions were determined at the Primary elections because they were not opposed in the General elections.

Gemma Power Systems Completes ETEC’s Woodville Renewable Power Project

49.9 MW Biomass facility enters commercial operation three months early

GLASTONBURY, CT, October 22, 2014 – Gemma Power Systems, LLC (GPS) has completed construction of the East Texas Electric Cooperative (ETEC) Woodville Renewable Power Project three months ahead of schedule. The 49.9 MW biomass plant in Woodville, TX has completed testing and been turned over to ETEC for commercial operation.

"The Woodville project is another shining example of Gemma's ability to deliver the best project experience to our customer, the community and all stakeholders," said William F. Griffin, Jr., GPS Chief Executive Officer.

"The Gemma team worked in close partnership with our customer ETEC to bring this project in on budget and three months ahead of schedule," Griffin said.

"Our experience with the Gemma team was truly exceptional. We're very pleased with the quality of the plant Gemma has delivered to us. It gives us complete confidence that we will be able to run it effectively for the next 40 years, " said LA Williams, Director of Engineering.

"Hiring Gemma to build this project is one of the best decisions we made. The quality of the people and the company's hands-on, can-do attitude made this project a pleasure to work on," Williams said.

The ETEC Woodville Renewable Power Project is fueled by chipped forest waste. The plant features a Shin Nippon steam turbine generator and a Riley Power advanced stoker boiler with integrated air quality control system (AQCS). Construction of the plant began in July 2012. GPS' subsidiary, Gemma Plant Operations, will operate the facility under a separate contract with ETEC.