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Sex offenders arrested for non-compliance

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By Chris Edwards
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WOODVILLE –Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford said his office continually monitors the county’s registered sex offenders and will arrest those who do not comply with the state’s requirements for those convicted of sex crimes.

Last month, Weatherford said, the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office discovered that two offenders, Garry Lamar Alexander and Justin Taylor James, had not complied with the laws.

The state of Texas requires sex offenders to register with their local law enforcement agency, and their name, address, photo and the nature of their offense become public record. These registration details can be accessed through the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Sex Offender Registry database online.

According to Texas penal code, if an offender fails to comply with registration guidelines, probation can be revoked, a warrant for arrest can be issued and new charges can be filed. Weatherford said this is what happened with the two Tyler County residents. “In following strict state guidelines, it was discovered that two registered sex offenders had not complied with the rules of the State of Texas,” he said.

Subsequently, Weatherford said, TCSO obtained and issued arrest warrants for the two men. Alexander, 59, of Warren and James, 30, of Woodville, both of whom were charged with failure to comply with sex offender registration requirement.

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Tyler County Fair sets sales records

MIGHTY FINE BOVINE – Kaela Hassig of Woodville FFA sold the grand champion steer. The animal fetched $14,000 from a group of buyers. For the complete results of the livestock auction and other events, check out our special fair section in this issue. (CHRIS EDWARDS | TCB  PHOTO)MIGHTY FINE BOVINE – Kaela Hassig of Woodville FFA sold the grand champion steer. The animal fetched $14,000 from a group of buyers. For the complete results of the livestock auction and other events, check out our special fair section in this issue. (CHRIS EDWARDS | TCB PHOTO)

 

By Jacob Spivey

For me, and for many who have grown up in Tyler County, the sight of the Ferris Wheel come to town for that first weekend in October elicits those intense feelings that something special is going to happen.

It really does kick off the holiday season as far as I’m concerned. Of all my Tyler County memories, fair time might be my favorite. Just last week the Tyler County Fair was held, as it has been every year since 1974 at the Clinton Currie 4H/FFA Fairgrounds and Rodeo Arena.

We saw youth from all over the county come out and bring projects they had spent countless hours perfecting. From sewing and fine art projects, to cakes and canning, all the way to the livestock projects that some of these young people have been working on for years, the future of Tyler County could be found right out on Hwy. 190 near the airport.

We saw many examples of success this week: Kaela Hassig of Woodville FFA and Logan Mahaffey of Colmesneil 4H each set a record with the sale of their Grand Champion steer and swine, respectfully. We had several elements of the fair that maybe don’t get as much recognition as the pig show but are nonetheless very impressive.

One of the new shows was in the Home Economics building, where for the first-time students from around the county took part in entering fresh floral arrangements for judging. One of my favorite contests is the barbecue cook-off, sponsored by the Tyler County Go Texan committee, I may have snuck around, and taste-tested several of the teams’ entries, and

I’m glad I didn’t have to pick the winner.

When it came down to Saturday, after every pie had been tasted and every animal project placed the auctions were held. During the afternoon the Home Economics Auction brought every project the maximum amount, and almost $6,000, and then Saturday night nearly $300,000 was spent on livestock projects which had made the sale. When all was said and done the youth of Tyler County were able to take home more than $319,000 for projects raised or produced for the fair.

As impressive as it is for our young people, the fair brings out the best in our community as well. There are countless volunteers who give of their time to make the fair the very best time of the year. Often times it is those same volunteers we see Saturday reaching into their own back pockets to donate and support young people financially. The people here are special, that’s a fact. There wasn’t a single person who kneeled on Saturday night when the “Star-Spangled Banner” was sung; no one objected when nearly every livestock show was opened in prayer and you couldn’t find better sportsmanship in any stadium as what took place at the fairgrounds this weekend. Win or lose, our young people showed off class and what it means to compete with honor.

There are many things that make Tyler County a special place, the rolling hills of Colmesneil, the countless memories made along the river and on backroads throughout the county, but the thing that makes Tyler County truly unique is the quality of people. I can’t thank the people of Tyler County enough for the privilege to serve them, and weeks like Tyler County Fair Week remind me about what a truly special place this is.

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Davis sentenced to 25 years

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By Chris Edwards
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WOODVILLE – A Chester man was sentenced to 25 years in prison on multiple felony offenses last week.

Davis MugshotJarred Wesley Davis was sentenced in a Tyler County courtroom on Monday Sept. 23 for delivery of meth, burglary of a habitation and numerous other charges.

Tyler County District Attorney Lucas Babin said Davis’s sentence proves that meth “ruins lives and inevitably leads to burglaries, thefts, child endangerment and many other crimes.”

Davis was arrested in May when a deputy with the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home security alarm at a residence west of Colmesneil, on FM 1745.
The deputy spotted Davis, who fled into the woods, and arrested him after a brief pursuit on foot. During the investigation, Davis was found to be in possession of crystal meth and numerous stolen items from the home.

Babin said that Davis had also fired several holes into the side of the home, in an attempt to shoot a security camera.

According to Babin, nine days prior to that arrest, Davis had pleaded guilty to a separate burglary, which he had committed in December 2017 in Colmesneil. He was free from jail on bond and awaiting a sentencing trial.

During the 2017 burglary, Babin said Davis had fled into the woods on foot, but his vehicle remained at the scene of the crime, and when investigators searched it, they uncovered crystal meth and several items of drug paraphernalia.

Davis was also wanted, in 2018, for the theft of a commercial-size zero-turn mower, which was stolen from the Corrigan Youth Baseball Association, according to a Polk County Crime Stoppers bulletin from the time.

“I appreciate the hard work of Assistant Prosecutor Pat Hardy and the hard work from the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office,” Babin said. “Without their efforts this case would not have been resolved.”

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Shooting in Warren leaves one dead

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Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford reported a shooting that occurred on Monday afternoon and claimed the life of a Kountze man.

Weatherford said the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office is currently continuing to investigate the incident, which happened late in the afternoon on County Road 4470, off of FM 1943 East in Warren.

Weatherford said that deputies responded to a call at the location in reference to a shooting, and upon arrival, at 4:15 p.m., observed a white male laying at the edge of the roadway with an apparent gunshot wound to the upper torso.

“Deputies were able to secure the scene and assist witnesses who were performing CPR on the victim,” he said. The victim was identified as Brandon Wood, a 29-year-old Kountze man. He was transported to Tyler County Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

According to witnesses on the scene, an altercation had occurred at a residence, and they observed Blaze Daniel Hicks, a 27-year-old Silsbee man, drive down the county road to Wood’s location and stop.

Witnesses heard multiple gunshots and Hicks’ vehicle abscond at a high rate of speed, Weatherford said.

Hicks was arrested at 6:45 p.m. in Silsbee by deputies with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department. They transported him to the Tyler County Jail, where he remains in custody. He is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon.

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