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Chief Deputy thinks bad behavior at Barlow Lakes out of hand

by Emily Waldrep

Three Tyler County deputies were dispatched to a disturbance in progress off Sample Road in Barlow Lake Estates recently. When Deputies arrived they observed a group of people in the roadway, including Ernie House, Bronson Davis, Joseph Davis, Justin Davis, Audra Oline Bolton III, Francis Dushoe and Sarah Bolton and several other people.

"Bolton and Joseph Davis were fighting at the time," said Chief Deputy Phil Ryan. "Bronson, Davis and Ernie House have had an ongoing feud going on down there, and alcohol was involved."

According to Ryan, someone had reported that there was a weapon involved, but no weapon was found on the scene. The fight began due to drugs and accusations that someone had tried to purchase drugs but did not follow through with the purchase. Threats and cussing ensued, and then the fight began.

"This ongoing agitating in Barlow Lakes is disruptive to the entire law enforcement process of the county because these people cannot act like adults," said Phil Ryan. "I want them to act like adults because every time we have to stop and go down there due to their childish behavior, there are other crimes that happen in this county, and it keeps us backlogged on that. When there is a disturbance like the ones in Barlow Lake, you can't just send one deputy when that many people are involved. So, every available deputy in the county has to go to Barlow. It is ridiculous, and these people need to stop acting childish."

Bolton was a danger to himself because he was so intoxicated and was arrested for Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct.

Bronson Davis, Joseph Davis and Justin Davis were issued Disorderly Conduct Citations.
Francis Dushoe and Sarah Bolton were also issued Disorderly Conduct Citations.

Dorian Chandler Maloy of Woodville is 2014 Tyler County Dogwood Queen

Dorian Maloy of Woodville is 2014 Tyler County Dogwood Queen (Jim Powers Photo)

Dorian Chandler Maloy of Woodville was crowned Queen of the 71st Annual Tyler County Dogwood Festival during ceremonies Saturday night at the Queen's Pageant and Historical play held at the Amphitheatre in Woodville. The Pageant caps three weekends of activities each year.

Repeat 79-year-old offender charged with criminal trespass

by Emily Waldrep

An elderly woman that Woodville Police Officer Lawrence Hicks refers to as a "repeat con artist"was arrested on March 31 after violating a criminal trespass order.

According to police, Patricia Arnett, age 79, of Woodville, has several Criminal Trespass warrants across the city and has been arrested several times. In January a criminal trespass order was filed preventing her from going back to Walmart, due to shoplifting issues.

"She showed up at Walmart and was arrested, despite her age," said Woodville Police Officer Lawrence Hicks. "She is not above the law."

Arnett was charged with Criminal Trespass.

Traffic stop leads to Woodville arrest

by Emily Waldrep

A Tyler County Sheriff's deputy, along with a Woodville Police officer, were traveling south on South Magnolia on March 30 when they saw a beige truck, traveling southbound, turn without signaling. The deputy followed the truck onto Albert drive and initiated a traffic stop.
The driver was identified as Christopher Montoya, age 19, of Woodville. He was trying to hide something on his person.

"Due to the area being known for drug use and sales and the suspicious behavior of the vehicle, officers detained Montoya for a narcotics investigation at that time," said Chief Deputy Phil Ryan.
Montoya gave officers consent to search the vehicle and a shoe box containing marijuana seeds and particles was found in the back of the truck.

Montoya was placed under arrest at that time and told deputies that he had no other illegal substances, but additional marijuana was found stuffed in his pants.

Montoya was charged with Possession of Marijuana.

TDCJ Correctional officers arrested, charged with Official Oppression

by Emily Waldrep

According to Jason Clark, Public Information Director at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, seven TDCJ Correctional Officers have been arrested for their actions related to an undocumented use of force on March 19 at the Gib Lewis Unit in Woodville.

Lieutenant Darrick Seale, Sergeant Frank Mraz, Sergeant Claude Kelley, Officer Andrea Creel, Officer Joseph Coons, Officer Jamie Christian and Officer David Spence were all arrested by the Office of the Inspector General.

Official Oppression is broadly defined as a public servant, under color of office or employment, intentionally subjecting another to mistreatment.

The case is currently under investigation, and there is no further information at this time.

Investigators await autopsy finding in Warren child’s drowning

by Emily Waldrep

A Warren child is dead, and investigators await an autopsy report before concluding the investigation.

On March 18 at approximately 2:45 p.m, Tyler County Sheriff's Office communication center received a 9-1-1 call reporting that a three year old had fallen into a septic hole being dug and that the child was not breathing. According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, family members were performing CPR on the child, and EMS, along with Tyler County Deputies were notified that the family would meet EMS personnel at the Dollar General Store in Warren.
EMS transported the three-year-old male to Tyler County Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:45 p.m. Judge Trisher Ford ordered an autopsy through the South East Texas Forensic center in Jefferson County.

According to family members of the child, a hole had been dug for a septic tank. The hole had filled up with water during the recent rain. A family member was outside with the three year old, a one year old, and a two year old child, as well. Family members told investigators that the one year old was taken inside, and the family member returned to find the three year old missing. The child was later found in the septic tank hole and was not breathing. Family members began preforming CPR.

Investigators from the Tyler County Sheriff's Office processed the scene at the residence located off of County Road 1325 in the Warren area. At this time, it appears to have been a tragic accident.

Investigators will wait on final autopsy results to complete the investigation. As is standard practice in this type of case, Child Protective Services investigators were notified.
The name of the victim, as well as family members, cannot be released at this time.