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Guns, drugs found during traffic stop

On Sept. 29, Woodville Police Sgt. Lawrence Hicks was patrolling the area of Cobb Mill Road and Pecan St. when he saw a vehicle traveling in the 500 block of Cobb Mill Road. Sgt. Hicks initiated a traffic stop and while talking with the driver of the vehicle, Hicks noticed the driver appeared very anxious and nervous.

Sgt. Hicks also saw a passenger inside the vehicle that was familiar with the Woodville Police Department.

After identifying the driver as Daniel Andrew MacGinnis, 58, of Warren, Sgt. Hicks conducted a pat down search of the driver for weapons. During that search, Hicks felt an object in the driver's pants pocket that was consistent with drug paraphernalia.

Hicks located a plastic baggie that was confirmed to contain a substance believed to be methamphetamine and detained the driver.
When Sgt. Hicks asked the driver about any weapons inside the vehicle the driver told Hicks that he had a flintlock type pistol inside the vehicle. That weapon

Suspects in Colmesneil burglary nabbed

By Valerie Reddell
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COLMESNEIL — Tyler County deputies have jailed two suspects in a residential burglary that occurred Wednesday near Colmesneil, according to Chief Deputy Stephen Sturrock.

Sturrock said a citizen spotted a suspicious vehicle parked at the back of the house and called the homeowner.

“The homeowner confirmed that the car should not be there, and they called us,” Sturrock said.

The responding deputy spotted a vehicle that matched the description given by the witness at FM 256 and FM 1745 and turned around to pursue it.

When the suspects saw the officer turn around, they fled in the vehicle.

The pursuit traveled across U.S. Hwy. 69 and FM 256, then continued straight down a city street, which became a dirt road.

The suspects turned right on Pitzer Street and headed toward FM 3065 and the deputy lost sight of the vehicle in the cloud of dust created by fleeing down the dirt road at high speeds.

Meanwhile, other deputies had joined the pursuit and located the suspect vehicle on FM 3065.

The car crashed near FM 3065 and U.S. Hwy. 69, and the occupants ran from the vehicle.

Tracking dogs from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice joined the search and located the suspects at a residence near FM 3065 and U.S. Hwy. 69 — just north of where they bailed out of the vehicle.

The two males were from Newton and Jasper.

Sturrock said property taken from the Colmesneil residence was found in the vehicle, along with items taken from a recent Angelina County burglary.

“Thanks to the help of the Woodville Police Department, DPS, TDCJ, a game warden and citizens, we were able to arrest these suspects,” Sturrock said.

Sturrock also confirmed that this was the only serious incident that occurred Wednesday afternoon in the area around Colmesneil and Chester.

Many residents and a Jasper radio station claimed an armed robbery had taken place at about the same time, but most of the details posted on social media about that incident are false.

“The incident being discussed as a robbery is this burglary,” Sturrock added.

In the U.S. criminal justice system, burglary is the entrance into a home or building without the occupant’s consent with the intent to commit a crime. Robbery is the use of fear or force to take personal property from another person.

In Texas, a conviction for burglary of a habitation carries a sentence of two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. The sentence range for aggravated robbery is five to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000, according to a criminal defense attorney practicing in Austin who asked not to be identified.

This sentencing guideline is based on the increased risk of the victim suffering personal injury or death during a robbery. 

Abbott: Plenty of resources for Harvey recovery

By Valerie Reddell

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Gov. Greg Abbott addressed the crowd of supporters who attended a dinner in his honor Sept. 27 at Grissom’s Golden Pine. (Valerie Reddell photo)Gov. Greg Abbott addressed the crowd of supporters who attended a dinner in his honor Sept. 27 at Grissom’s Golden Pine. (Valerie Reddell photo)WOODVILLE — Gov. Greg Abbott traveled to Woodville on Sept. 27 to attend a fish and shrimp dinner hosted by Lonnie and Jill Grissom, Jimmie Cooley, Gil Tubb and Cheri Woodard at the Grissom's beautiful ranch just outside Woodville.

Among the crowd of invited guests were many elected officials from throughout East Texas and supporters of his bid for a second term as Governor.

Abbott delivered a stump speech in which he vowed to continue to uphold the values that those who live "behind the Pine Curtain" hold dear.
After his remarks, Abbott met with attendees individually and in small groups, posing for photos with many of them.

Abbott spoke about the need for the state to step in to provide border security for the safety of Texans.

When asked about how the additional state police who have been assigned in the border region in the last couple years would be able to enforce federal laws about illegal border crossings, the governor pivoted to a discussion on sanctuary cities.

In response to comments from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner publicized earlier that day, Abbott told the Tyelr County Booster that the state has access to adequate funding to assist Houston and the rest of the area of the state impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

"And Mr. Turner knows that from his experience as a former legislator," Abbott said. He said Turner's request to call a special session and use money from the Rainy Day fund was unnecessary.

"I have pledged to deliver a check on any invoice presented within 10 days," Abbott said.

Fair auction nets $333K for youth

Grand-Champion-Steer color

Exhibitors at 2017 Tyler County Fair auction off their projects to bring in a total of $322,382. The grand champion steer, raised by Kameryn Ramer, a member of Warren FFA, sold for $8,500.

Under the barn sales raised $2,150 for Chester exhibitors; $2,700 for Colmesneil; and $1,130 for Woodville.Swine brought home the bacon at this year's auction, with 17 hogs selling for $104,350, plus another $10,500 for the 35 sold Under the Barn. Eight steers went for $67,593; 10 goats brought in $39,243 and eight lambs sold for $30,800. Seven pens of rabbits brought $15,497 while nine broiler pens sold for $32,799.

Two pens of commercial heifers sold for $5,999.

Check out all the winners in the Special Fair Section at www.pcpchost/tcfair2017

Courthouse bell tower, facade renovations begin

Tyler County Judge Jacques Blanchette accepts a check from Bob Morris, chairman of the Tyler County Historical Commission in front of the courthouse wrapped in scaffolding in preparation for renovation. Other members of the commission were on hand to celebrate the milestone in the multi-year project. (Jim Powers photo)Tyler County Judge Jacques Blanchette accepts a check from Bob Morris, chairman of the Tyler County Historical Commission in front of the courthouse wrapped in scaffolding in preparation for renovation. Other members of the commission were on hand to celebrate the milestone in the multi-year project. (Jim Powers photo)

By Mary Nell Rainey

Seeing the awesome scaffolding on the courthouse square is visual evidence that the restoration of the 1891 Tyler County Courthouse is underway.

The Tyler County Commissioners Court and the Tyler County Historical Commissioner are engaged in a joint effort to bring back the original look of the exterior of the 1891 courthouse.

Bob Morris, chairman of the TCHC, presented a check to County Judge Jacques Blanchett in the amount of $89,729.12, which will be used for architectural and engineering draws, a road map of events and timeline for the restoration project and a 3D rendition of the courthouse for citizens to see and track progress as the project proceeds.

Funds from the commissioner came were made possible by various fund-raising projects including the sale of courthouse commemorative knives, Courthouse Christmas ornaments, books and note cards along with the proceeds of the historical tours and gala.
The exterior renovation consists of the removal of the bell and clock tower, installation of a new roof, reconstruction and replacement of the new tower and removal of the stucco facade added to the building in 1937.

Removing the stucco will reveal the courthouse's original brick.

The project will be overseen by the Texas Historical Commission and the amazing work of local artisans who are totally commited to the history of this building and restoring it for future citizens to use and enjoy.