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Invalid license, no insurance...and Meth

by Emily Waldrep

On October 31 at approximately 10:30 p.m, Tyler County Deputies were patrolling Highway 69 just South of Colmesneil. According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, deputies stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation at the corner of HWY 69 and FM 256 East. Deputies identified the driver of the vehicle as Mark Winters age 44 of Colmesneil.

"A check of Winters' drivers license revealed that it was currently suspended," Weatherford said. "Winters was also unable to provide deputies with any proof of insurance on the vehicle."

During A search of Winters' vehicle, deputies found a small clear baggie that contained a crystal-like substance located near the drivers seat and console. According to Weatherford, the substance found in the bag field tested positive for Methamphetamine.
Winters was arrested and transported to the Tyler County Jail, Charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Meth (Felony), Driving While License Invalid and No Insurance.

Winters is currently out of jail on a $5,500.00 Bond set by Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford.

Trump Wins

Defying the best prognostictors in numerous national polls, Donald J. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton to become President Elect Trump, collecting the required 275 electoral votes by 2 a.m. The surprise win by Mr. Trump roiled financial markets worldwide, with the S&P 500 futures dropping as much as 5 percent, before trading below that level was automatically stopped. Japan's stock market was down about the same 5 percent, with the dollar falling 3.6 percent against the Japanese Yen, with U.S. Treasury's rose in reaction.
In prelimary election results, Trump picked up Texas' electoral votes early in the evening, garnering 4,593,681 (53 percent) of the Texas votes. Clinton took 3,782,016 (43 percent) of the votes. In Tyler County, Trump drew 6,601 votes to Clinton's 1,243.
In the US House District 36 contest, Republican Brian Babin took 203,626 votes to Hal Ridley's 25,840.
In local races, Russ Nalley won the race over opponent Byron Stowe 388 to 315. In the city of Woodville Alderman 2 race, Amy Bythewood defeated Herb Branch 381 to 280.
In the Woodville ISD Trusee 7 race, Joshua McClure defeated Brenda Maloy 1,306 to 1,240.
The City of Ivanhoe Sales Tax was For: 270, Against: 223.
In the Colmesneil ISD Trustee 2 race, Kenneth Graham garnered 497 votes to Curtis Pittman's 449 and Bo Bendy's 317.
There were three Lake Amanda propostions on this year's ballot.
Lake Amanda Proposition 1 - Create District: For 79, Against 13.
Lake Amanda Proposition 2 - $1 M Bond: For 78, Against 14.
Lake Amanda Proposition 3 - Tax: For 79, Against 14.
Are vote are provissional until they are canvassed.

Colmesneil man arrested with stolen license plates, Meth

by Emily Waldrep

On October 29, at approximately 8 p.m, Tyler County Deputies were patrolling Highway US 69, south of Woodville. According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, deputies stopped a Ford truck that was pulling a flat bed trailer for a traffic violation. Deputies identified the driver as David Foster, age 58, of Colmesneil.

"Deputies advised Foster that the license plate on the truck was registered to a Chevrolet and not a Ford," Weatherford said. "Foster admitted to deputies that the license plate was indeed issued to another vehicle."

According to Weatherford, during a search of Foster's vehicle deputies located a plastic container that contained various drug paraphernalia items and two blue baggies containing a crystal-like substance that field tested positive for Methamphetamine.

Foster was transported to the Tyler County Jail charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance/Felony (1 Gram of Meth ) and Wrong, Fictitious, Altered, or Obscured License Plate. Foster is currently out of Jail on a $6,000 bond set by Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford.

Warren Registered Sex Offender arrested for failing to report

by Emily Waldrep

On October 5, Tyler County Sergeant Ricky Coker, who serves as the Tyler County Sheriff's Office Sex Offender Registrar, was reviewing a file containing registration information on David Moore of Warren. According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, Moore is required to re-register every 90 days and was over on his required time frame.

"Sex Offenders that register every 90 days also get an additional 7 days grace before they are considered late," Weatherford said. "Moore is aware that he is required to come into the Sheriff's Office every 90 days to verify his information and has signed documentation showing he is aware of such."

An Arrest Warrant was issued for Moore, and he was arrested on October 21 for Failure to Comply with Registration Requirements for Sex Offenders.

Moore is currently out of Jail on a $2500.00 Bond set by Justice of the Peace Milton Powers.

Man arrested on Polk County warrant has drugs, drug test falsification device

by Emily Waldrep

On Friday, October 28, at approximately 1:45 p.m, Tyler County Deputies were dispatched to the the Tyler County Adult Probation Office in reference to a male subject that had an active arrest warrant out of Polk County. According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, upon arrival deputies made contact with the wanted individual and identified him as Buddy White, age 39, of Woodville. The Polk County Warrant was for Theft of Property.

"While Speaking with White, deputies observed him placing his right hand in his front pants pocket and for safety reasons deputies instructed White to remove his hand from his pocket," Weatherford said. "As White pulled his hand from the pocket, deputies notice he was holding what appeared to be a clear baggie."

Deputies discovered that the baggie contained a crystal-like substance believed to be Methamphetamine. According to Weatherford, White was placed under arrest and during a search of White deputies discovered a bottle that White claimed to be synthetic urine.
"White told Deputies he was going to use it to test clean for drugs in his system during his required Probation visit," Weatherford said.

White was transported to the Tyler County Jail and charged with Possession of a ControlledSubstance/Felony ( 7.7 Grams of Meth) and False Drug Test Falsification Device/Misdemeanor.

According to Weatherford, a field test of the crystal-like substance tested positive for Methamphetamine, the bottle of liquid will be sent to the DPS Lab for analysis. White could face additional charges. White is currently out of Jail on Bonds totaling $21,500.00 set by Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford.

Final Update - Woodville Man Dead in Multiple Vehicle Crash shuts down Hwy 190 Near Jasper

The Texas Department of Public Safety can confirm that 51-year-old Averil Gore of Woodville as the driver of the 2002 Dodge pickup truck that was involved in the crash that occurred earlier this afternoon on Highway 190 in Jasper County.  Gore was pronounced dead at Jasper Memorial hospital. 
The driver of the Western Star truck tractor semi-trailer, 35-year-old Raymond Gilkey of Livingston, was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.  There are no further updates on his medical condition.
The female passenger of the Dodge pickup was transported to Jasper Memorial hospital with non life threatening injuries.  There are no further updates on her status.
From the preliminary investigation, the towed tanker unit was empty and there were no apparent leaks due to the impact caused by the collision.
This is an ongoing crash investigation and there are no further details to be released.
Sergeant Stephanie Davis 

Original Story

At approximately 1:00p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a report of a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 190 in Jasper County. The crash occurred approximately two (2) miles west of Jasper.

A 2002 Dodge pickup truck was traveling eastbound on Highway 190. A 2013 Western truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling westbound on Highway 190. For an unknown reason, the driver of the Dodge pickup truck crossed the center dividing line into the westbound traffic lanes. The driver of the 18-wheeler moved to the shoulder of the roadway to avoid colliding with the Dodge pickup, but the Dodge struck the front left portion of the 18-wheeler.

The driver of the Dodge pickup truck, a 51-year-old male from Woodville, was transported by ambulance to Jasper Memorial hospital in critical condition. At approximately 2:23p.m., the driver was pronounced dead at the hospital by Judge Billingsley.

The passenger of the Dodge pickup truck was also transported by ambulance to Jasper Memorial hospital for her injuries; however, the injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

The driver of the 18-wheeler, a 35-year-old male from Livingston, was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with serious injuries.

At this time, all eastbound and westbound lanes of Highway 190 in Jasper County remain closed. Motorists are urged to find alternate travel routes. Expect delays.

This is an active crash scene. The name of the deceased victim and the names of the injured victims will not be released until the next of kin has been properly notified.

There are no further details to be released.