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Woodville man arrested for DWI with child in car

by Emily Waldrep

A 20 year old Woodville man was arrested on drug charges in Woodville after Officers with the Woodville Police Department pulled over for erratic driving.

Officer Deshazo with the Woodville Police Department was on patrol on South Magnolia when he noticed a vehicle driving erratically. Deshazo stopped the vehicle and approached the driver, who he identified as Christopher Montoya, age 20, of Woodville.

According to Mike McCulley with the Woodville Police Department, Deshazo also observed a young child in the backseat of the vehicle. While interviewing Montoya, Deshazo observed him push something through the window that hit the ground at the officer's feet. Deshazo looked down and observed a crushed up marijuana blunt or cigarette. The officer asked Montoya to exit the vehicle and noticed he was very unsteady on his feet, showed signs of slurred speech, and other signs of intoxication.

According to McCulley, Montoya was then placed under arrest for the marijuana cigarette and driving under the influence.
Montoya was patted down, and officers found three small baggies of marijuana in his jacket pocket. Montoya was then put in the back of the patrol car, and Deshazo called a State Trooper to assist with the DWI charge.

While Montoya was in the back of the patrol car, officers noticed he was moving around in the backseat quite a bit and had Montoya exit the car and a search of the car revealed a large quantity of Xanax tablets that had spilled all over the floor and seat of the patrol car. The Xanax was removed and taken into evidence and a Trooper arrived and preformed a field sobriety test, and it was confirmed that Montoya was under the influence.

Montoya was charged with Driving Under The Influence with a Child Under 14, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3 and Tampering with Evidence.

Montoya's blood was drawn by mandatory draw at Tyler County Hospital.

Trail Blazer stolen from home off Hwy 190 E

2006 Custom Trail Blazer stolen from Tyler County residence2006 Custom Trail Blazer stolen from Tyler County residence

by Emily Waldrep

Chief Deputy Phil Ryan says the Tyler County Sheriff's Department needs assistance in locating a stolen vehicle that went missing over the Thanksgiving holidays.

A Tyler County Sheriff's Office Sargent was dispatched to a home off of Highway 190 east in reference to a motor vehicle theft at the home of Thomas and Michelle McGinty. The homeowners said that when they returned home on November 30, they discovered that their 2006 Trail Blazer was missing.

According to Ryan, the Trail Blazer is not a typical 2006 model. It is very nice and distinct and should be easy to spot.

According to the owners of the vehicle, the Trail Blazer was usually kept indoors but they had recently put it outside because of a recall issue that makes it a fire hazard. The vehicle has a plate number of CH7Z186 and it is silver in color.

Ryan said that the vehicle does have an alarm system, and it was taken without the use of any keys, so it had to have been forcibly taken.

The vehicle should be easy to spot, because according to the owners they had the trim on the vehicle removed, all badges painted black, and had the vehicle lowered. There are also "SS" badges on the doors and the vehicle is equipped with aftermarket 22'' rims and tires. The engine is also distinct, and is a 408 LS 3 that the owner built himself and has identifying marks on the engine.

Also missing with the vehicle is a 9mm pistol. The vehicle is valued at approximately $30,000.
A region 2 BOLO was put out for the vehicle, and the Tyler County Sheriff's Department is investigating the theft.

If anyone sees or has any information about this distinct vehicle, contact the Sheriff's Department at 283-2172.

ETEC and NTEC announce renewable wind energy

East Texas Electric Cooperative and Northeast Texas Electric Cooperative have joined forces to bring 101.2 MW of renewable wind energy into the mix for their member-owned cooperatives in east Texas. The two Texas electric cooperatives have signed Renewable Energy Purchase Agreements (REPAs) for wind generation from Apex Clean Energy subsidiary Grant Wind, LLC. This project will produce about 150 MW of electricity, enough to help power over 56,000 ETEC and NTEC homes. The project is expected to come online in 2015.

"ETEC and NTEC have worked hard to diversify the energy mix that provides electric power to our member-cooperatives, as we believe this is the best approach to assure an affordable, reliable system for our members. By adding wind power, we will have additional renewable energy to complement other sources now in use," said Edd Hargett, General Manager of ETEC.

"We are delighted to reach an agreement to add wind power into our system here at NTEC. Our goal is to continue to provide reliable, affordable power for all of our members, and this additional power will allow us to more effectively meet this goal.

Utilizing renewable energy sources is also important to us, and this agreement advances that goal as well," said Rick Tyler, NTEC General Manager.

"Northern Oklahoma is a national leader in powering America's wind energy needs. Just as Oklahoma is known for exporting its rich deposits of oil and natural gas for the benefit of energy independence and the economy, the state is also becoming known for its vast renewable energy resources, " said Mark Goodwin, President of Apex. "ETEC and NTEC are saving their customers money, while supporting important economic development in rural Oklahoma. Grant Wind will create hundreds of construction jobs in Grant County, Oklahoma and generate millions in property taxes for the county and local school districts."

About ETEC
ETEC is a not-for-profit electric generation and transmission cooperative headquartered
in Nacogdoches, Texas. ETEC's mission is to provide low cost, reliable power to its 10
not-for-profit electric distribution cooperatives: Bowie-Cass Electric Cooperative,
Cherokee County Electric Cooperative, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative, Houston
County Electric Cooperative, Jasper-Newton Electric Cooperative, Panola-Harrison
Electric Cooperative, Rusk County Electric Cooperative, Sam Houston Electric
Cooperative, Upshur Rural Electric Cooperative and Wood County Electric Cooperative.
Serving 46 counties in East Texas, ETEC provides power to 330,000 ultimate members
through these distribution coops.

About NTEC
Headquartered in Longview, Texas, NTEC was founded in 1972. It is a not-for-profit
electric generation and transmission cooperative with 157,460 ultimate distributive
cooperative member-owners through its member cooperatives of Bowie-Cass EC, Deep
East Texas EC, Panola-Harrison EC, Rusk Co. EC, Upshur Rural EC, and Wood
County EC.

About Apex
Apex Clean Energy is an American-owned, independent renewable energy company
focused on building utility-scale generation facilities. Apex is building one of the nation's
largest, most-diversified portfolios of renewable energy resources, capable of producing
over 10,000 MW of clean energy. Apex has announced over 700 MW of power
purchase agreements since 2013. In the coming year, Apex will bring five new U.S.
wind energy facilities online, comprising over 1,000 MW of capacity. Apex will provide
asset management services on three of these facilities, representing over 500 MW of

18 year old Louisiana man killed in Tyler County hunting accident

by Emily Waldrep

An 18 year old from Ville Platte, Louisiana was killed in an accidental hunting accident at a family hunting lease off of County Road 4070, also known as Forrest Hill Road, off of Highway 190 East of Woodville on November 22.

According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, the incident occurred at approximately 6 p.m. Tyler County Sheriff's Communications department received a call reporting that a male subject had been shot accidently while hunting. At approximately 6:12 p.m, individuals on County Road 4070 driving a white Toyota Pickup met with deputies and EMS personnel.

"Deputies observed in the bed of the truck a white male laying flat with a gunshot wound to the abdomen area," Weatherford said. "The victim was assessed by EMS and transported to the Tyler County Hospital."
The victim was identified as 18-year-old Dane Joseph Marcotte of Ville Platte, LA.

Deputies spoke with all parties present, including a man identified as Ricky James Woodruff III, age 18 of Ville Platte, LA who admitted to shooting Marcotte with a .300 Weatherby magnum rifle. Woodruff told deputies that he mistakenly thought Marcotte was a deer.

It was later determined that Marcotte and Woodruff were cousins who were in Tyler County on a hunting trip at a family lease.

According to reports, both Marcotte and Woodruff were hunting in separate blinds. Woodruff claimed that as dark began to fall he started gathering up his gear in his blind. He stated that when he looked down a shooting lane he saw something that resembled the hindquarters of a deer at approximately 30 yards. Woodruff said he raised his rifle and fired, and that after he fired the shot he heard someone scream, "Ricky" and he realized he had made a mistake and shot Dane.

Dane Marcotte was transferred to a hospital in Beaumont where he later died.

The investigation is currently ongoing. An autopsy will be conducted on Tuesday, November 25. Once all information is received on the case it will be transferred to the Tyler County District Attorneys office.

Ivanhoe New City Council Members Sworn In

Ivanhoe Council Sworn In

Invanhoe new City Council members sworn in—New Council members LeAnn Freeman McNulty and John Galbreath, and new mayor Cathy Bennet were sworn into office last week. Judge Judith Haney swore the new members in. There was a large turnout of Ivanhoe residents to welcome the new look on the city council.