Rangers investigate death at county jail

By Valerie Reddell

Texas Rangers are investigating the death of a 41-year-old Ivanhoe woman who was in custody at the Tyler County Jail at the time of her death.
Amie Coon was found unresponsive in her cell late Monday night. Deputies and Woodville Police Officers performed CPR until EMS arrived. She had been arrested earlier in the day Monday, Weatherford said.

She was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford. An autopsy examination will be made in Beaumont to determine the cause and manner of death.
Coon was being held on a charge of injury to a child, injury to the elderly and assault/family violence charges. She was also the subject an arrest warrant issued by Sabine County for possession of a controlled substance.

Editor's Note: An initial version of this statement indicated that the incident occurred Sunday. Coon was arrested Monday, Nov. 13 and died that night.

Sex offender at large, 2nd arrested


Two men who have been ordered to report information about where they live and work to law enforcement officials face additional felony charges for failing to comply with mandatory sex offender registration requirements.

Pct. 3 Constable Tony Reynolds performed a routine compliance check on sex offenders living in Pct. 3 on Sept. 28. During that check, Reynolds discovered that two men last reported to live in Colmesneil — Clarence Gordon Davis, 57, and Lloyd Tillman Delano, 50 — are not in compliance. "Davis and Delano were both convicted of sex related offenses and ordered to register as sex offenders for life after their release from confinement" Reynolds said.

Davis and Delano both moved from their registered addresses without notifying local authorities. "According to witnesses, Davis and Delano both moved out of their registered addresses months ago. Registered sex offenders must report a change in address no later than the seventh day before the intended change of address," he said.Reynolds also discovered that Davis and Delano both failed to maintain a current Texas driver's license or identification card. Registered sex offenders must have a valid TX Driver's License or TX ID Card no later than the 30th day after release from confinement and renew their driver's license or ID card yearly."Sex offender registration and notification programs are important for public safety purposes. Sex offender registration is a system for monitoring and tracking sex offenders following their release into the community," Reynolds said. Registration provides important information about convicted sex offenders to local authorities and the public, such as offender's name, current location and past offenses. "When offenders fail to comply with the registration requirements, law enforcement and the public lose their ability to track these potentially dangerous individuals," Reynolds said.Following the investigation, Reynolds presented the cases to Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Milton Powers, who issued warrants for their arrest on charges of failure to comply with registration requirements with previous convictions, a second-degree felony. Delano also had an active arrest warrant for burglary of a habitation. On Oct. 12, Reynolds and Constable Dale Freeman located and arrested Delano. As of press time, Davis had not yet been located.

Anyone with information about Davis's location is asked to contact Reynolds or the Tyler County Sheriff's Office at (409) 283-0000

Vidor man killed in head-on crash Monday

FRED — Trevor Stephenson Gray, 25, of Vidor died Tuesday at Christus Hospital — St. Elizabeth's in Beaumont, from injuries suffered in a head-on collision Monday, on FM 92 in Fred in Tyler County.
Gray and the driver of the other vehicle involved, Danielle Anders Clark, 28, of Hemphill was also taken to St. Elizabeth's with serious injuries.

Sgt. Stephanie Davis, DPS spokesperson, reported DPS troopers responded to the wreck in front of the Fred Post Office about 6:45 a.m.

Preliminary reports indicate that Gray was northbound on FM 92 in a 2009 Toyota passenger vehicle was traveling northbound on FM 92, Davis said. The Toyota crossed the center dividing line and collided head-on with a 2013 Kia passenger vehicle.

Clark's two children, ages 3 and 9 years of age, were also taken to St. Elizabeth hospital. The 9-year-old child sustained minor injuries.

The 3-year-old child was properly secured in a car seat and did not have any visible injuries, but was transported for observational purposes.

This crash remains under investigation as troopers work to determine the exact factors that contributed to this crash.

Lady Warriors fall to Lady Cougars in Bi-District matchup

Bailey Hamilton and Claire McEachern go for the block against Brazos.

By Doug Glosson

For the second year in a row the Lady Warriors volleyball team entered the playoffs as the third seed and had to face Brazos in the first round. Last year, the Lady Warriors fell to the Lady Cougars in three sets and unfortunately this year they saw that same fate. Even though the Lady Warriors were not at the top of their game in the first set, falling 25-8, they quickly got it together for the other two sets but came up just a bit short on the scoreboard. Warren tied the second set early 8-8, as Bailey Hamilton had two blocks and a kill, Lindi Barnett with an ace and Claire McEachern with a kill.

The Lady Warriors stayed behind the rest of the set, but only by a couple of points until Brazos strung together a short run to take a 22-15 lead.

Erin Foster hit a winner, Samantha Marlar an ace, and Hamilton a block to get within five; but Brazos was able to put the set away 25-19.

The third set, led by Laikyn Bell, McEachern, Barnett, and Hamilton with kills, helped give the Lady Warriors a 15-12 lead. Hamilton's block and an ace by Taylor Renick pushed the lead to 18-13 before the Lady Cougars started to make their run.

Four unforced errors by Warren and good serving placement by Brazos resulted in the Lady Cougars tying the game at 19. Brazos took the lead 23-20, when McEachern hit a winner and Hamilton a block to come within one at 23-22. Unfortunately for the Lady Warriors, Brazos secured the set and the win with the next two points, sending the Lady Warriors home for the second consecutive year. Warren is proud of these young ladies and all they accomplished this year. Good luck to all the seniors in the future.

Warriors football falls to Buna

The Warriors varsity football team traveled to Buna last Friday to take on the Cougars but were turned away 45-6. The last game of the season will be home (senior night) against Kountze Friday November 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Colmesneil family loses home to fire

Family members are optimistic that some furniture and personal items can be restored after a Colmesneil home was gutted by fire Monday night.  (Contributed photo)Family members are optimistic that some furniture and personal items can be restored after a Colmesneil home was gutted by fire Monday night. Contributed photo

By Valerie Reddell
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John and Laken James and their children lost nearly everything in a fire that caused severe damage to their home just across the street from the Colmesneil schools.

John James was driving home from work when the fire started and his wife Laken was at work at the Bulldog Café when a child entered the restaurant and told her about the fire at about 6 p.m. Monday.

Laken left immediately and raced home.

Their teenage son was still at football practice and the two younger boys were at home with their grandfather when someone reported the fire.

"We don't know if the house is salvageable," said family spokesperson Kelli Barnes.

"It's an old house with siding, but the roof and rafters are not burned. It's still standing," she added.

Damage to the middle portion of the house is mostly smoke, heat and water damage, Barnes said. Family members were assisting the couple in salvaging personal items and looking for a new home to rent on Tuesday.

"Tons of people have been offering to help," Barnes continued. "I've been in Tyler County since 1990 and this is the first time to be on the receiving end — needing help from the fire department."

"Knowing that these firefighters just put whatever they were going to do to the side and spent hours fighting this fire. Then when they were worn out, they go back to the station and clean trucks and get ready for the next fire ­— it's selfless.

The home is owned by Angie Wood Seale.

The family's cat perished in the fire.

A Red Cross representative came to the fire scene Monday night and provided vouchers tha tallowed the family to purchase items that would take care of immediately needs and allow the boys to attend school Tuesday.

Donations to assist the family are being accepted at Bulldog Country Café as well as the Tyler County Booster office, 205 W. Bluff St., Woodville.

Clothing sizes for the family are: Mens:
36/36 pants
XXL shirts
3 pants
S/m shirts
Boys youth:
16 regular pants
Youth XXL or Adult small shirts
Mens 30/30 pants
Adult med shirt.

Household items are also needed.

"I'd like to thanks everyone that has called, text, posted prayers for our family," Laken James said. "It means the world to us we have so many friends that care about us."