Constable John Fuller and Woodville Assistant Fire Chief Jimmy Watts surveying the destruction of the fire while Woodville Firemen spray the fire with water to put out the remaining smoldering embers.
By Tyler County Emergency Management Coordinator Dale Freeman
A home belonging to Justin Knox on CR 2670 North of Chester was totally destoryed by fire Thursday.
Chester VFD and Woodville VFD responded to the fire as is the protocol followed for two of our VFDs responding to a structure fire. The fire was in a remote area far from the fire stations and by the time fire trucks arrived, it was fully engulfed. The house was a total loss.
In a situation like this, we have a resident that has lost their home and everything that was in it. I went to the scene to check on the immediate needs of the victims and made contact with the American Red Cross. Even with someone who has insurance or other resources, it takes time to retrieve these benefits and in the mean time, the victim, as in this case, was standing outside in short pants and a short sleeve shirt with all of his clothes destroyed.
The weather is changing and it is getting cold. The American Red Cross steps in and in many cases is able to fill this immediate need. I obtained contact information and supplied this to the American Red Cross local volunteer.
Celebrating the Magic of Christmas In Tyler County—Christmas is closing in on us, and the whole county will celebrate the coming event this weekend with the annual Christmas in Tyler County Celebration. The event always starts with the Wee Wisdom Nativity children on the Courthouse Square (a scene from last year is shown in the photo above) from 5:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. Then Tyler County Judge Jacques Blanchette will "light the courthouse," Santa will arrive, and there will be a lot of fun on and near the Square until 9:30 p.m. Saturday kicks off with the Rotary Pancake Breakfast in St. Paul's Episcopal Fellowship Hall, 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. Allan Shivers Library is the place to be from noon until 2 p.m. as they host Christmas Cartoons and brunch while visiting with Santa. You can also take a free tour of the Museum. Then head out to Heritage Village from "dark until 8 p.m." for the free Twilight Tour of the Village. You'll find plenty of entertainment, refreshments (cookies and wassail!), wrapping up with a special Christmas Service at 7 p.m. in the Cherokee Church.
On November 22, Deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff's Department responded to a disturbance on County Road 3140 off F.M. 3065 in Tyler County after being advised there was a fight in progress. Upon their arrival, they found the two fighting men had been separated and were identified as Shelby Tyler Moore, 18, of Woodville, and Randall William Warner, 41, of Colmesneil.
According to Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, several deputies arrived on scene, and Chief Deputy Phil Ryan spoke with Moore and tried to obtain his identification. Moore reported that his driver's license was in the back bedroom of a residence on the property where he had been staying. Consent to search the room was given. Once Deputy Ryan was inside the room, he noted the scent of marijuana and observed a box that contained two glass pipes commonly used in smoking marijuana and five plastic baggies with white residue in them. Moore advised Deputy Ryan that another female, Kimberlyn Randall Warner, 19, of Woodville, was also living in the room with Moore.
Deputies then spoke with the owner of the residence and were given consent to search the remainder of the residence, along with the outbuildings.
Deputies began a search in the master bedroom occupied by Randall Warner and Lisa McClendon, 44, of Colmesneil.
"We uncovered a list of illegal items including approximately 20 plastic baggies with residue that tested positive for methamphetamines, marijuana pipes, other marijuana paraphernalia, a large digital scale, syringes, a glass methamphetamine pipe, a clear plastic baggie with a green substance that appeared to be bath salts, and prescription pill bottles with other individuals' names on them that did not reside at the residence," Weatherford said. "Randall Warner admitted to methamphetamine baggies belonging to him, but did not claim ownership to all the drug paraphernalia."
Kimberlyn Randall Warner, Lisa McClendon and Shelby Moore were all arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Randall William Warner was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and his bond was set at $5,000. The Tyler County Sheriff's Department has had and will continue to have a zero tolerance policy regarding drug use in the county.
Two Woodville residents were arrested after citizens reported a disturbance at the Shell Station on South Magnolia in Woodville across from Dairy Queen. According to Captain Mike McCulley of the Woodville Police Department, Sergeant Hicks with the Woodville PD responded to the call and began to question the people involved.
Two vehicles were at the gas pumps and a driver had driven up behind the vehicle at the pumps and started an argument with the other vehicle's driver, which prompted the call to police. While talking to the involved parties, officers smelled burning marijuana coming from the first vehicle that had pulled up to the pumps. When the officers questioned the driver, identified as Lacy McNeil, 19, of Woodville, she admitted that she had a small baggie of marijuana and a blunt in her bra.
A pat-down search by the female officer revealed the baggie of marijuana along with the blunt. Officers also recovered part of a blunt in the ashtray. McNeil was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Officers also questioned the passenger of the vehicle, identified as Chevis Smith, 31, of Lufkin. Officers began questioning Smith about the marijuana and the initial disturbance between he and the party that pulled in behind him, and performed a complete search of the vehicle that revealed a sawed-off shotgun in the trunk. According to McCulley, Smith also had ammunition in his pocket that matched the gun in the trunk. Further investigation of Smith's history revealed that he was a convicted felon and had been previously convicted of Unlawful Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Smith was arrested again for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and transported to the Tyler County Jail.
The other parties in the other vehicle were released without charges.
Cloy announces for Tyler County Criminal District Attorney
Lou Ann Cloy, 1st Assistant Criminal District Attorney, announced that she will be a candidate for the office of Tyler County Criminal District Attorney. Ms. Cloy will be on the ballot in the Republican Primary on March 4, 2014.
Ms. Cloy has been practicing law for over 23 years and has been with the Tyler County Criminal District Attorney's office for almost seven years, she has been 1st Assistant Criminal District Attorney for the last 4 years. She has been handling felony criminal cases for 20 of her 23 years in practice.
Ms. Cloy graduated from Warren High School and she now has a child that attends Warren Elementary.
"I am not running just as a lawyer, but as a mother and a daughter. I want to protect not only my child, but all the children of Tyler County. My mother is over 65 and I want to make sure she is safe, as well as all the other retired persons in Tyler County." Cloy went on to state " I am very protective of my family and being raised here in Tyler County I feel as though the citizens of Tyler County are my extended family and I will protect them with the same aggressiveness. "
"During my campaign I plan to go out into the area communities and meet as many of the citizens that I can. I welcome any invitation to speak at Churches, Civic Organizations or any other groups. I think it is important that I visit with the citizens so that I can find out what their concerns are and answer any questions they may have. "
"I encourage everyone to get out and vote. Our U.S. Soldiers, past and present, have defended this privilege and right with their service and some with their lives. Honor these men and women by voting. If you are voting in the Republican Primary in March and you want a Criminal District Attorney who is Tough on Crime and Fair on Justice then I am asking for your vote."
If you have any questions, would like to have her speak to your group or would like to support Ms. Cloy in her campaign you can contact her at (409) 658-9920, or email her at
Michael Maness announces for Justice of the Peace Pct. 2
As a candidate for J.P. – I seek your vote to serve.
I was born and raised in Southern California and came to Texas after my father transferred to Greenville, Texas. After the USAF, I spent nearly 15 years in Dallas and Fort Worth working my way through school earning a B.A. in counseling and a M.Div.
I have lived in Pct. 2 for 20-plus years while serving as a TDCJ chaplain, during which I earned a D.Min. and retired in 2012. In our beautiful county, I've been a part of many great organizations, including Woodville's First Baptist Church, the Tyler County Ministerial Alliance, the Woodville Lions Club, Magnolia Lodge #495, Eastern Star Chapter #462, American Legion, Tyler County Art League, and more.
The J.P. determines some Class C Misdemeanors like traffic tickets, provides coroner duties, and marriages, and therein I promise: Law, to be fair and compassionate; Deaths, I'll pray for every death with experience in 5,000+ death/critical illness notifications; Marriage – having worked with clergy in the major denominations and religions, I have an extensive network. Feeling our churches are the heartbeat of our community, I have rarely passed up an opportunity to learn, including training in Cultural Diversity, Civil Rights, Suicide and Crisis Intervention, Clinical Pastoral Education, Burke Center Mental Health First Aid, Post Trauma Treatment, Advanced Group Crisis Intervention, Prevention of Aggressive Behavior, Organ Donor Counseling, Ethics Training for Counselors, and more. Just love learning how to better serve.
As an author, most of my work is about the heart, hence my website's name, PreciousHeart.net. For the last few years, I've reported and been a "Message in a Bottle" columnist for the award-winning Tyler County Booster.
Riley announces for Tyler County Pct. 2 Commissioner
Terry W. Riley is announcing his candidacy for commissioner of Tyler County Precinct 2 in the Republican primary. Born to Gladys Riley and the late Pat A. Riley, and raised in Nederland, Terry has lived in Tyler County for the last 30 years. During this time he has operated a family business for 29 years, served as Constable of Precinct 1 for eight years and is currently serving as a Division Captain in the Tyler County Sheriff's Office over courthouse security.
Terry is married to Melissa Riley, daughter of Mike and Margie Minter. Their daughter, Teri Lynn, is currently attending Panola College in Carthage, Texas and their son, Cody, is currently a student at Chester High School.
County Commissioners have a broad range of duties. These duties include maintaining the county roads and strengthening the county infrastructure to create a true foundation for growth. Operating a family business, Terry has the knowledge of fulfilling budgetary and administrative responsibilities. He is not afraid to put in many long hours and get his hands dirty working alongside his fellow employees. As an officer over courthouse security, Terry has assisted in implementing panic buttons in each county office, security cameras throughout the courthouse, county clerk's office and the annex building. He has updated the fire security, fire protection and courtroom procedures handbook. Terry is active in assisting in the purchase of property that will expand the growth of county government. He works under two district judges, the county judge and the Tyler County Sheriff.
Active in the community, Terry is a member of Hillister Assembly of God Church, a board member of the Woodville Lions Club, member of the Chester athletic booster club, advisor and captain for the Chester High School Fishing Club and treasurer of the Local Emergency Preparedness Committee. As a member of these organizations, he has helped to organize many events to help offset costs within the organization. He has made many contacts throughout the State of Texas in all levels of government. Terry knows that knocking on doors and being turned down does not mean you quit just that the next door may hold the answer to the questions you are asking.
"I am willing to work for you, the people of Precinct 2," says Terry Riley. "I will keep you up to date and informed of what is happening in your area."