Two Woodville men arrested under influence of Synthetic Marijuana

by Emily Waldrep

According to Captain Mike McCulley with the Woodville Police Department, there is a type of Synthetic Marijuana being sold in the Woodville area that has severe effects, over the normal effects people would expect from the drug.

Officer Dees was dispatched to the 800th block of Cardinal drive on Monday, July 25 in reference to reports of a male subject walking around without any clothes on. According to McCulley, when Dees arrived on scene she observed the male subject walking down the street naked, obviously under the influence of some type of drug due to his demeanor and body language.

He was identified as Jarvis Barlow, age 24, of Woodville.

"Officers are typically instructed to wait for backup if the person is under the influence," McCulley said. "Once backup arrived, Barlow was placed under arrest without incident."

According to a witness, Barlow was seen with a baggie of substance in his hand prior to officer's arrival. Officers were able to locate the baggie, which contained synthetic marijuana.

Barlow was transported the the Tyler County Jail and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Public Intoxication.

After he arrived at the jail, he was very erratic and had to be isolated. In addition, complaints were made that children were in the area when Barlow was walking around Cardinal that may have observed him walking around without any clothes on. The complaints are being investigated and additional charges, such as indecent exposure, could occur.

In a second case that occurred on July 24, Officer Hoke with the Woodville Police Department was dispatched to the 300th block of South Magnolia, near the intersection of MLK. Hoke was dispatched to assist a state Trooper that was already at the scene of a motor accident.

According to McCulley, reports stated that the vehicle left the roadway and ran through a produce stand and then hit a pole near Tyler County Tractor. The Trooper advised Officer Hoke that they were trying to remove the driver from the vehicle but a struggle ensued.

"The driver struggled with officers, kicking and pushing away trying to avoid being placed under arrest," McCulley said. "Officer Hoke and the State Trooper were able to subdue the driver and take him into custody."

The driver was identified as Lamond Midkiff, age 38, of Woodville and deemed to be under the influence of synthetic marijuana after observing his behavior and interviewing him.

According to officers, immediately after the vehicle came to a stop a black male passenger fled the scene on foot and officers are attempting to identify the individual who left the vehicle, and any help identifying the man would be greatly appreciated. Tips can be called into the Woodville Police Department at 283-5262.

Midkiff was charged with a DWI and resisting arrest.

"We have talked about synthetic marijuana in the past but it seems to be more and more prevalent, and we want the public to know that there is some out on the street that people are selling that is laced with something," McCulley said. "We don't know what it is laced with, but its obviously giving much worse effects than synthetic marijuana alone."
If anyone has any information on where this substance is coming from, tips can be called into the Woodville Police Department at 283-5262.

Spurger woman jailed after stealing car, evading arrest and assualting deputy

by Emily Waldrep

On July 9, 2016, Tyler County Deputies were dispatched to a residence off of County Road 4560 in the Spurger area in reference to a stolen vehicle. According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, deputies met with a man identified as Milton Ratcliff who told deputies that on his way home he passed a vehicle that resembled one that he owned, a maroon 2005 Chevrolet Impala.

Ratcliff called his son at home and Ratcliff learned that his stepdaughter, Summer Mcinnis, age 25, of Spurger came to the residence and took the Impala without permission.

"Ratcliff told deputies that he located the vehicle and when Summer recognized he was behind her, she began driving at an unsafe speed to get away from him," Weatherford said. "Ratcliff observed a young child in the front seat unbuckled so he stopped trying to get her to stop and contacted the Sheriff's Office."

Later that evening, deputies were patrolling County Road 4560 and located the suspect vehicle traveling westbound on 4560. Deputies activated emergency lights and siren. The suspect vehicle refused to stop.

"After traveling approximately 1/4 mile, the suspect vehicle accelerated at a high rate of speed traveling approximately another mile and turning into the victim's driveway, where the vehicle came to a stop," Weatherford said. "Deputies gave verbal commands to Mcinnis, but she refused to comply. As Deputies were removing Mcinnis from the vehicle, she intentionally kicked one of the deputies in the chest."

Mcinnis continued to resist deputies as she was being handcuffed.

Mcinnis was transported to the Tyler County Jail where she booked in on three Felony Charges, including Assault on Public Servant, Evading Arrest and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

Mcinnis is also charged with Resisting Arrest and an Endangering a Child, and those charges will be presented to a Tyler County Grand Jury. Mcinnis remains incarcerated in the Tyler County Jail.

Warren man, Woodville woman arrested on drug charges

by Emily Waldrep

On July 2 at approximately 1 a.m., officer Stephen Hoke with the Woodville Police Department observed a vehicle being driven on North Magnolia by a person he knew did not have a valid drivers license. The driver, identified as Christopher Deshawn Montoya, age 21, of Warren.

Officer Hoke made a traffic stop on the vehicle on the 200th block of Cobb Mill Road. While speaking to Montoya, Officer Hoke noticed marijuana stems and leaves on his shirt. Hoke gained consent to search the vehicle, and Montoya was immediately arrested for driving while license invalid.

According to Captain Mike McCulley with the Woodville Police Department, the female passenger in the vehicle also did not have a valid drivers license so a wrecker was contacted to tow the vehicle.

"During the inventory of the vehicle, Hoke observed a clear plastic baggy sticking out from behind the area where the center console and floorboard meet under the dash," McCulley said. "The baggy contained a white powder substance and white rocks that were expected to be powder cocaine and crack cocaine."

Officer Hoke also discovered a second baggy that contained a useable amount of marijuana and some pills that were later identified as hydrocodone. In addition, Hoke found a set of scales that were consistent with narcotics use.

The passenger of the vehicle was identified as Portia Winston, age 27, of Woodville. She was also placed under arrest for possession.

Montoya and Winston were both charged with Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Driving While License Invalid.

Stolen cellphone leads to drug charges, vehicle seizure

by Emily Waldrep

Officer Deshazo with the Woodville Police Department was asked to go to Walmart on June 28 to investigate a shoplifting case. After Deshazo met with the asset protection associates, it was learned that a cell phone was taken from a service desk after a customer accidently left it behind.
According to Captain Mike McCulley with the Woodville Police Department, surveillance video revealed the identity of the person stealing the phone. Asset Protection were able to cross reference time frames when the suspect was in the store and saw him taking out some money orders, and officers were able to get his name that way. He was identified as Roger Warren Silvers, age 26, of Marchville, Louisiana.

Officer Deshazo was able to obtain a warrant for Silvers arrest charging him with Class B Theft.

"After the warrant was issued, officer Deshazo summoned officers Sheffield and Dees to help apprehend the suspect on July 1 when he returned back to Walmart," McCulley said. "Silvers was in the parking lot area in his vehicle, and officers approached and made the arrest for the theft warrant."

During every arrest, a persons vehicle gets an inventory taken before it is towed. Officer Sheffield conducted the inventory and found a small, clear plastic baggy that contained a crystal substance. The substance was field tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed approximately 2.7 grams.

"Silvers vehicle was seized by the police department since a felony amount of narcotic was found in it," McCulley said.

Silvers was charged with Class B Theft and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Sinclair Children’s Center in Woodville to close doors

by Emily Waldrep

According to Fran Rodda, Business Manager and Development Coordinator with the Mary Lee Foundation, the Sinclair Center in Woodville Texas is currently in the process of closing its doors.
Rumors that the Sinclair Center would be shutting down have been surfacing for several weeks, but Rodda confirmed that the rumors were true.

"That is the case, the center is closing down but we would prefer not to comment on it as there is still staff working there and children being housed there," Rodda said.

According to Rodda, the Board of directors with the Mary Lee Foundation made the ultimate decision to close down the center. The Mary Lee Foundation is the parent company to the Sinclair Center.

In addition to Rodda confirming that the center would be closing, an administrative director at the center also confirmed the center is in the process of closing.

More information should be available on why the center closed after the closure is final.