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Gemma Power Systems Completes ETEC’s Woodville Renewable Power Project

49.9 MW Biomass facility enters commercial operation three months early

GLASTONBURY, CT, October 22, 2014 – Gemma Power Systems, LLC (GPS) has completed construction of the East Texas Electric Cooperative (ETEC) Woodville Renewable Power Project three months ahead of schedule. The 49.9 MW biomass plant in Woodville, TX has completed testing and been turned over to ETEC for commercial operation.

"The Woodville project is another shining example of Gemma's ability to deliver the best project experience to our customer, the community and all stakeholders," said William F. Griffin, Jr., GPS Chief Executive Officer.

"The Gemma team worked in close partnership with our customer ETEC to bring this project in on budget and three months ahead of schedule," Griffin said.

"Our experience with the Gemma team was truly exceptional. We're very pleased with the quality of the plant Gemma has delivered to us. It gives us complete confidence that we will be able to run it effectively for the next 40 years, " said LA Williams, Director of Engineering.

"Hiring Gemma to build this project is one of the best decisions we made. The quality of the people and the company's hands-on, can-do attitude made this project a pleasure to work on," Williams said.

The ETEC Woodville Renewable Power Project is fueled by chipped forest waste. The plant features a Shin Nippon steam turbine generator and a Riley Power advanced stoker boiler with integrated air quality control system (AQCS). Construction of the plant began in July 2012. GPS' subsidiary, Gemma Plant Operations, will operate the facility under a separate contract with ETEC.

Chester man arrested for backyard assualt

by Emily Waldrep

A Chester man was placed under arrest after assaulting a man in his backyard, which is a class A misdemeanor.

Deputies arrived at a home on October 19 in Chester after a disturbance call and met with the victim in the case, identified as Jeremy Dudley.

"Dudley was visibly upset and told deputies that he was assaulted by a man named Paul Guerin while he was working in the yard." Chief Deputy Phil Ryan said.

Deputies spoke with a witness who stated that Dudley was in his own backyard doing some chores when Guerin came from the roadway and threatened Dudley. Another witness corroborated both of the stories.

According to Ryan, when Guerin was questioned he said that he stopped his vehicle and yelled at Dudley because of a previous comment that Dudley had made. Guerin then stated he felt threatened so he put his car in park and exited the vehicle, walked over to Dudley and hit him in the head. Deputies ask Guerin why he didn't just drive away, to which he replied he had a bad habit of making bad decisions and should have driven away, Ryan said.

Guerin was placed under arrest and photographs and statements were taken at the scene. It was deteremined at that time that the distance from Guerins vehicle to the place the assault took place was over 56 yards so there was no immenent threat to Guerin and shows that Guerin was the aggressor in the case.

Guerin was charged with Assault Class A Misdemenor.

Guerin is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Spurger man arrested for charging over $10,000 on stolen debit card

by Emily Waldrep

A Spurger resident has been charged with credit and debit card fraud after charging over $10,000 to a card that did not belong to him.

On October 17 a Tyler County Sheriff's Deputy was contacted by a complainant named Lavoy Eason claiming that his granddaughter had stolen a debit card for her boyfriend, identified as Justin Jenkins. According to a report made by Eason, Jenkins had told the granddaughter to get the card. There were numerous charges made on the debit card over a three month period that included getting cash, purchases at Walmart and purchases for Jenkins truck. The purchases ranged from Jasper and Kirbyville to High Island as well as online purchases.

According to Chief Deputy Phil Ryan, the amount not authorized to be spent on the card was approximately $11,000. The granddaughter made a statement that claimed Jenkins asked her to get the debit card.

There were also pictures and videos in several locations of Jenkins using the Debit Card.
According to Ryan, Jenkins claimed that if he was taken to jail "they were going to regret it."

Jenkins was charged with Obstruction and Retaliation and Credit or Debit Card Abuse.

There is also another ongoing investigation that Jenkins is involved in. Details of that case have not been released.

According to Ryan, Jenkins is also being investigated for charges surrounding the death of a pedestrian in Mount Neches. According to reports, a man was walking down the road and Jenkins was at the wheel when the man was struck late last week.

Jenkins is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Ryan expects more charges to surface in these cases.

Five arrested, several children placed with families after burglary investigation leads to drug charges

by Emily Waldrep

Tyler County Sheriff's Deputies were investigating a report of an attempted burglary in Spurger when they arrested several people located at a residence on CR 4570 for various drug charges.

According to Chief Deputy Phil Ryan, deputies arrived at the residence and made contact with Lacy Gordon and Jason Birdwell. Gordon was asked for her driver's license and she said it was locked in the vehicle, so Gordon, along with a deputy, knocked on the door of the residence to get a man identified as Roger Viator to open the vehicle. Viator exited the house and handed over the keys.

For officers safety, they returned inside the residence to make contact with other people remaining in the house. Officers made contact with Kevin McKenzie, who in turn knocked on his daughter's, identified as Amy Winkle, door. The door was locked and another resident, identified as Craig Moore, had to open the door. Officers asked Moore to wake the other people in the room so that they could speak to them, and when Moore walked toward the bed the deputies observed a small zip lock baggie containing a white crystal substance laying in plain sight on the bed. Through experience in law enforcement, deputies believed the substance to be methamphetamine. Deputies identified Craig Moore, Amy Winkle, Cassandra Crosby and a three month old baby inside the bedroom containing the methamphetamine.

"Deputies observed Amy Winkle and Cassandra Crosby to be lying on the bed that the methamphetamine was recovered from," Ryan said.

Moore, Winkle and Crosby had direct access to the methamphetamine, according to Ryan.
A search was consented to and revealed marijuana, drug paraphernalia and approximately 16 grams of methamphetamine. CPS was contacted and the three month old infant, along with other children, were placed with relatives pending investigation.

Lacy Gordon and Roger Viator were arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Craig Moore, Amy Winkle and Cassandra Crosby were arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.

According to Ryan, an ongoing investigation is being conducted and more charges are expected in the future.

All persons involved are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Man charged in Fred credit card theft

by Emily Waldrep

A Tyler County Sheriff's Deputy Corporal was dispatched to the Dollar General in Fred in reference to a theft of a credit card last week that led to the arrest of Dylan McCormick. According Tyler County Chief Deputy Phil Ryan, the complainant in the case stated that she lost her Debit card on September 21 and didn't realize it until the next day. Her bank notified her that the card had been used at a Redbox rental that she did not authorize.

According to Ryan, when the store surveillance was checked it showed a young male pick the card off of the floor and pass it off to another male. An employee at the store helped identify the man as Dylan McCormick. When the corporal met with McCormick he that he first said he didn't use the card, but when questioned further admitted he did use the card, but he didn't remember the details very clearly because he had used some illegal narcotics.

McCormick said that he understood he was wrong and "he just wanted to get this over with."
The judge issued a warrant for the arrest of McCormick on Credit and Debit Card Abuse, which is a state jail felony and he was arrested on that warrant.

McCormick is presumed innocent until proven guilty.