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Woodville PD reckless driver stop nets drugs...and a snake

by Emily Waldrep

On Sunday, November 25 at approximately 7 p.m., Sargent Hicks with the Woodville Police Department was dispatched to a reckless driver complaint on HWY 190 East. Callers stated that the vehicle was travelling west into Woodville and was all over the road. According to Captain Mike McCulley with the Woodville Police Department, Hicks located the vehicle at the intersection of West Bluff and Magnolia and conducted a traffic stop.

The driver was identified as Shane George Nero, age 29, of Humble. While Hicks was interviewing Nero, he found what he knew to be a straw used for narcotics use next to Nero's left leg.

"Nero was detained and a search of the area around the driver recovered a bag of white powder in the driver's side door pocket that tested positive for cocaine," McCulley said. "Hicks also located a small bag of marijuana in the center console. Officers also recovered 2 or 3 small straws that had cocaine residue in them in Nero's wallet."

Officers continued the search and found a large container in the backseat that contained a large snake. This created a challenge for the officers because the snake was not contained, as the container didn't have a top. Officers had to relocate the snake until after the search of the vehicle was completed and house the snake for several days at the Police Station.

Nero was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. There was also a passenger in the vehicle that was released without charges.

Woodville PD looking for hit and run driver

by Emily Waldrep

Woodville Police Department is looking for the suspect in a hit and run accident that occurred in Woodville on October 10 that caused extensive damage to the other vehicle involved.

According to Captain Mike McCulley of the Woodville Police Department, the original accident occurred at HWY 190 and 69 in Woodville when a 18-Wheeler Tractor Truck rear ended a Toyota Camry and pushed it from the roadway, across the intersection, and into a parking lot. The Camry had extensive damage to the back end and the driver and a passenger were both transported by Dogwood EMS to Tyler County Hospital. The victim's vehicle sustained over $5,000 in damage. Woodville Police Officers believe the truck was accelerating when the accident happened.

Witnesses at the scene stated that the 18-wheeler rear ended the vehicle while both were travelling northbound. After the accident the 18-wheeler fled the scene and headed north. Attempts to locate the commercial truck were unsuccessful.

"Within the next week, officers with the Woodville Police Department recovered video evidence from a local business that captured the accident happening," McCulley said. "Based on that evidence, officers were able to get a description of the truck that left the scene and after several weeks of trying to locate the company's management, officers were able to make contact with the owner of the company who confirmed the name of truck driver that was operating that particular truck on the day and time of the accident."
Once the vehicle was found, there was evidence on the truck that confirmed it had been in an accident. On the front of the truck, there was an imprint of the victim's car license place, according to McCulley.

The driver has been identified as Robert Dustin Stephenson, age 38, of Lufkin and is wanted on charges of Accident Involving Damage to a Vehicle. Other charges may be pursued.

"We are currently seeking his whereabouts and if anyone has any information regarding his location please contact the Woodville Police Department," McCulley said.

County Judge introduces new EMC

New-EMC

Tyler County Judge Jacques Blanchette would like to introduce the new Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC) to the Tyler County. Ken Jobe(right in photo) has been appointed to replace Dale Freeman as the new EMC. Ken came to the position from Tyler County Hospital. His background includes EMS, volunteer Firefighting, Chemical Plant Firefighting and Hazardous Materials response. Ken was very active while in the hospital setting. While with Memorial Health System in Lufkin, he served as Angelina County Health Officer during Hurricanes Rita and Ike. Ken started with the new position on September 6th. We would like to thank Dale for his years of service as EMC.

If you have any questions for Ken, he can be reached at 409-331-0874.

Multiple injuries in Fred auto accident

by Emily Waldrep

Texas DPS Troopers along with multiple Volunteer Fire Departments and Deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff's Department responded to a major car accident that occurred on November 26 at approximately 12:45 p.m on FM 92 near County Road 4925 in Fred.

According to reports from DPS, a Honda van was driving northbound when the driver decided to make a U-turn and pulled out in from of a Ford Explorer. The Explorer struck the driver side door of the van.

The driver of the van was identified as Renee Cameron of Colmesneil. She was flown by medical helicopter to St. Elizabeth with serious injuries. As of November 29, Cameron was still hospitalized with serious injuries.

Cameron's 8-month-old daughter was taken by Ambulance to St. Elizabeth, but did not appear to have any serious injuries and was secured in a carseat. She was released from the hospital shortly after the accident.

The driver of the Explorer was identified as Juan Rodriguez of Silsbee was not injured but his wife who was riding in the front passenger seat was flown to Herman Memorial in Houston with serious injuries. As of November 29, she is still in ICU at Herman Memorial.

There were multiple children in each of the vehicles.

One minor child was flown to Texas Childrens with serious injuries and two other minor children were taken to Jasper Memorial with minor injuries. Three other children were transported to St. Elizabeth.

As of November 29, all children had been treated and released from the hospital.

Ivanhoe swears in first City Marshal

Shown, from left, are Terry Riley, Melissa Riley and Greg Dawson. (Beth Morris Photo)Shown, from left, are Terry Riley, Melissa Riley and Greg Dawson. (Beth Morris Photo)

A large crowd gathered at the Ivanhoe Community Center Wednesday evening, November 23, to celebrate the swearing-in of its first City Marshal. Tyler County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Greg Dawson conducted the swearing-in of Terry Riley.

This is something the City of Ivanhoe has been working toward for a very long time and the citizens are thrilled. Our City Council would like to recognize and thank those who have supported our efforts beginning with Rep James White who has been there for us throughout the effort, DPS Captain Michelle McDaniel for her guidance and cooperation, our Tyler County Sheriff, Judge and our Commissioner's who helped us with our Interlocal Agreement, our Municipal Judge Judith Haney for her assistance with moving forward, and of course, Terry Riley who put in endless hours helping get the application together and keeping on top of it the whole way. They say it takes a village and this really did. Thanks to everyone.