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Fugitive captured, drugs recovered in Spurger ATV stop

by Emily Waldrep

Angela Malone, who sheriff's deputies have been searching for since she ran from a vehicle in Spurger during a vehicle search, was found August 9 hiding behind a shed.

In March, a Tyler County Sheriff's Deputy stopped the vehicle at the Mini Mart Store in Spurger. A female passenger in the vehicle identified as Angela Malone, ran on foot during a search of the vehicle and was not found.

According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, approximately 133 grams of methamphetamine were discovered in the vehicle during the traffic stop and a warrant was obtained for Malone for Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. The charge was enhanced because the drugs were found within 1,000 feet of the Spurger School.
At the time of the search, Malone was on parole and there was an additional warrant that was issued from Texas Pardons and Parole for violation of her parole.

"On August 9, a Tyler County Sheriff's Deputy was on routine patrol in Spurger when he observed two ATV's driving down Highway 92 toward the four-way intersection at Spurger," Weatherford said. "The deputy activated his emergency lights in attempt to stop the two ATV's."

The deputy then spotted the yellow ATV driven by a white male pull into Pony's Express Mart store in Spurger, while the second ATV continued down FM 1013 and tried to evade deputies, eventually stopping on County Road 4430 at a residence.
"While deputies were at the residence conducting an investigation they observed the original yellow ATV parked behind the residence next to a shed," Weatherford said. "There was also a Toyota pickup parked in the yard with a white male sitting in the truck who identified himself as the person originally driving the yellow ATV. He admitted he had ridden the ATV there and was going to sleep in the vehicle."

Deputies received permission to search the Toyota and found a black bag that contained $132 dollars in cash, plastic baggies, six loaded syringes, a used glass methamphetamine pipe, nine Xanax bars, four empty syringes and approximately 20.8 grams of a crystal white substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. There was also a debit card with the name "Angela Malone" printed on it.

According to Weatherford, the man in the Toyota said that Angela Malone owned the bag, and that she was hiding behind the shed at the residence. Deputies then got permission to search the shed. When they neared Malone, she turned and tried to allude them on foot.

"At that time deputies ran after her yelling for her to stop," Weatherford said. "She showed no intent to stop, so deputies deployed the tazer and were able to detain her."

Angela Malone was placed under arrest for a warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver from April 1, 2015 and is being held under a $50,000 bond for that charge. She is being held without bond for the parole violation warrant, also known as a Blue Warrant.

Judge Greg Dawson set a bond of $100,000 on current charge of 20 grams of methamphetamine.

All contents of the bag and substances found will be set to the DPS crime lab for verification and testing.

Additional charges for evading arrest are pending.

Malone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Warren man pleads guilty to making false statement to Federal Agents

by Emily Waldrep

U.S. Attorney John M. Bales said that a man identified as Anthony Welborn Jones, age 53, of Warren, pled guilty on February 25, 2014 to making a false statement to federal agents. Jones was sentenced to 12 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $114,433.37 in restitution.

Bales announced the court's decision on August 10. According to court documents, Jones was hired by the Hardin County Disaster Recovery Alliance as a building contractor to assist victims of Hurricane Rita damage. After an investigation, it was discovered that Jones was paid for jobs and repairs that he was never awarded or never completed. Jones also lied to federal agents and said that he was never paid for work that he had completed.

Tony Lynn Thorton, Sr, age 51 of Kountze was also originally indicted in the case and also pled guilty to a charge of theft of government property of a value of less than $1,000 on April 17, 2014.

Commissioners approve 90 day burn ban, will ‘cancel if rain’

by Kelli Barnes

"It's dry, and getting dryer," said Emergency Management coordinator Dale Freeman. "We (Tyler County) are already experiencing extreme drought conditions." Commissioners voted to ratify the current week-to-week burn ban and make it effective for 90 days. "We will keep it on the court docket, so we can release the burn ban order at any time," said county judge Jacques Blanchette.

Commissioners agreed to spend $17,446 of data processing funds, to upgrade security on computers in the county judge's office and the county treasurer's office. A new server will be installed in each of the two offices, and they will be segmented. "The current system was recently tested and we discovered county bank accounts and communications could be compromised with very little effort," said Blanchette. "If it is that easy, we definitely need the security," said commissioner Mike Marshall.

Vending machines in the courthouse and nutrition center are up for sale, and commissioners were offered the opportunity to purchase them. "I just don't think we should be getting in the vending machine business," said commissioner Martin Nash.

The motion to purchase failed from lack of support.

The tax office will be getting a new currency scanner, which according to county tax assessor collector, Lynette Cruse, will save several hours of labor for each deposit. "All checks and cash can be loaded into the scanner, and it automatically prepares the deposit," said Cruse. "Several months out of the year, our staff spends days on the deposits, due to the large volume of revenue received. The scanner will give us time to work on other projects." The total cost to the county is $4,095 for the purchase of the scanner and $675 for a three-year maintenance agreement. Commissioners also approved the renewal of the tax office copier lease agreement and maintenance contract for the copier and printers.

Deep East Texas Council of Government (DETCOG) will be offering free training services to Tyler County 9-1-1 dispatchers at the Tyler County Sheriff's Department. "The training will help dispatchers with medical emergency calls," said Blanchette. "We are definitely interested in this service," said Sheriff Bryan Weatherford. The service has not been offered since 2012 and will ultimately benefit Tyler County 9-1-1 callers.

Tyler County Clerk, Donece Gregory, presented for approval, one joint election for all cities and school districts to be held on the same day at the same location for Tyler County voters. Commissioners approved the joint election and commended Gregory for the extra work involved in making these elections more convenient for the voters, acknowledging the labor intensive process to make it happen.

In other business, the court approved the July 23 minutes, extension agent reports, approved budget amendments for audit report, a lease/purchase deal for Pct. #1 and approved the VINE victim's notification system. Also, commissioners approved the same rates as last year for sheriff and constable fees, DMV auto registration optional county fees, road and bridge and child safety fees, etc. The local 9-1-1 DETCOG Board, chaired by Nash, renewed their annual agreement with the county.

The next meeting of commissioner's court will be Thursday, August 20 at 8:30 a.m.

Spurger man dies in ATV crash

by Emily Waldrep

David Wesley Jordan, 32, of Spurger, died August 9 when he lost control of the ATV he was driving.

The accident occurred at approximately 6:30 a.m. on County Road 4550 in Tyler County near Spurger. According to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis, Jordan was driving a 2014 Suzuki King Quad All-Terrain Vehicle and was traveling west bound on the county road when he rounded a corner at an unsafe speed.

"The vehicle left the roadway at that point and traveled into the woods," Davis said. "The driver was ejected from the vehicle."

Jordan was not wearing a helmet and was the only person on the ATV. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Gregory Dawson.

Stray Animals…It’s a problem

by Kelli Barnes

Over 16,000 people live outside of a city limits in Tyler County. As a resident, what do you do when someone dumps a stray animal in your yard?

What I have learned: You don't keep the animal for more than a day, unless you can afford to have the animal spayed or neutered and are willing to feed and shelter him or her forever or at least until you can find a suitable home.
What can happen? If you delay, you may find out your drop off stray is already pregnant and then you are obligated to keep through birth, you fall in love, and then you have another entire set of little animals who need to be spayed, neutered, fed, sheltered and suitable homes found.

Why do people delay? Well, from experience, where exactly does a person take a stray animal in Tyler County if you live outside the city limits of Woodville?

I personally have two indoor dogs and two indoor cats who are all family. I love them. My office also has a brother/sister cat family who have been spayed and neutered and call the office "home"...lucky cats.

My heart hurts to see pets who never get any attention from their owners, but my heart hurts even more to see unwanted animals with no place to go.

Every family is not capable of caring for animals properly. Some are on a very limited budget and cannot afford the food and care. Some are unable to have animals due to health issues, work and/or travel constraints. And then some, like myself, already have as many animals as they can manage properly. Drop offs or wandering strays who arrive at the home of people like these need to have some place to be taken immediately.

I prefer no kill shelters, but as you can imagine, if animals are not spayed, neutered and handled with responsibility, this problem can become (and in fact already is) out of control.

I have also learned, there IS no one to call in Tyler County. There is no place to take strays if you are not in the city limits of Woodville. Other counties say "Every county should take care of their own...we have all we can handle".

The absolute only thing a person in Tyler County can do, is take the animal to the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). All other regional SPCA locations I have contacted are full.

The next option is find a home immediately or have them spayed and neutered and say "welcome home". What does Tyler County need? Its own SPCA. Anyone available to start one? If so, contact the kind people at Polk County SPCA to find out how they started their organization. The number is 936-327-7722 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .