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Detectives looking for scammer

Jose Garza GonzalesOfficers are asking the public for help in nabbing a man accused of theft. Polk County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are investigating a scamming case where the suspect took advantage of an elderly resident, defrauding her of a large amount…

Flood planning group adopts plan

Stock Photo Special to theNews-Standard After meeting to review public input and approve final plan revisions in November, the Trinity Regional Flood Planning Group has now submitted the first-ever Regional Flood Plan for the Trinity River Basin to the Texas Water Development Board. The Trinity Regional Flood Plan draws on the best available…
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Services available for people with disabilities

Special to theNews-Standard Crockett Resource Center for Independent Living’s Independent Living Services Program helps people with disabilities achieve greater independence in the home and community. Eligibility criteria for this program requires that the applicant has a significant disability who has been diagnosed by a licensed practitioner and…
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Corpus man sentenced to 30 years in prison

By Chris Edwardsnews@tylercountybooster.com CabreraWOODVILLE – A Corpus Christi man who evaded capture was sentenced to 30 years behind bars last week. Manuel Cabrera, 27, accepted a plea deal with the Tyler County District Attorney’s Office on charges of evading arrest with a vehicle; possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of…
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Corrigan collision kills two students

Two students have died from a vehicle accident Friday afternoon in Corrigan. The deceased were students at Stephen F. Austin University traveling on Highway 59 at approximately 1:32 p.m. A 2007 Nissan Versa was traveling southbound on Highway 59 in Corrigan, when an 18-wheeler was exiting Plant Road onto the highway. The 18-wheeler made a…
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Edgar transferred to Wainwright

By Chris Edwardsnews@hccourier.com Matthew Hoy Edgar after his arrest. Photo courtesy of Sabine County Sheriff’s OfficeLOVELADY – On Tuesday, January 10, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) confirmed that Matthew Hoy Edgar, convicted for the 2020 murder of his girlfriend, Livye Lewis, is now imprisoned at the J. Dale Wainwright Unit in…
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Jackie Wilson tribute show coming to town

From Enterprise Staff “Chester Gregory: Tribute to Jackie Wilson & Friends,” the Livingston Community Concert Association’s first concert of the new year, is slated for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Polk County Commerce Center located at 1017 U.S. Hwy. 59 Loop North in Livingston. The concert will feature Chester Gregory, an award-winning actor and…
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100th birthday

Hershel Mackey of Ace was feted with quite the celebration for his 100th birthday Wednesday. Long involved in the local community, Mackey is well-respected and greatly loved by many. He served many years as the chief of the South Polk County Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) and was also instrumental in the creation of the Ace Community Park.…
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Meth dealer sentenced to 30 years

Stock Image By Chris Edwardsnews@tylercountybooster.com ABERNATHYWOODVILLE – Last Tuesday, an Ivanhoe man was sentenced before District Judge Delinda Gibbs Walker to 30 years in prison on a drug charge. Jason James Abernathy, age 41, was handed down the sentence for a possession with intent to deliver (methamphetamine) charge. The trial and…
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Multiple arrests made in Corrigan

Three Corrigan men were arrested while law enforcement executed a warrant Monday in north Polk County. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office, along with Corrigan Police Department, executed a warrant service at a residence off of Pipeline Road in Corrigan. Deputies were advised that there were multiple subjects with active felony warrants, living at…
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Leggett man arrested for child pornography

Anthony BartunekThe Polk County Sheriff’s Office executed a residential search warrant last week pertaining to the possession of child pornography. An investigation was initiated by detectives after the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a male subject in possession of child pornography, at an address off Ollie Loop in…
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Suspect in church burglary arrested

By Chris Edwardsnews@tylercountybooster.com BarredaWOODVILLE – An arrest was made of a suspect in a church burglary, and could face additional charges in several other incidents, according to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford. Juan Gabriel Barreda, a 47-year-old Houston man, was arrested in Houston on Dec. 30, 2022, by the Houston Police…
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Crockett Police assist with drug trafficking arrest

From Staff Reports BEAUMONT – Last week, the Crockett Police Department cited the agency’s assistance in the federal investigation and prosecution of Ingrid Yaresi Balderas De Leon. De Leon was prosecuted in federal court as part of a large drug trafficking organization responsible for transporting and distributing large quantities of…
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Early morning fire

Three trucks and 12 firefighters with the Scenic Loop Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire in the early morning hours Saturday at Pinwah Pines. The fire originated in one house and spread to a house next door. “I was the first on the scene and our main objective was to protect the exposure from getting to the third house until we got more…
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Warrant stop results in arrests

By Chris Edwardsnews@tylercountybooster.com IVANHOE – A warrant service call last week resulted in two arrests in Ivanhoe, according to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford. Weatherford said that on Tuesday, Jan. 3, deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office stopped at a residence in order to serve a felony warrant on Jason James Abernathy,…
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MLK Day Celebrated

January 16 is Martin Luther King, Jr. day and celebrations were held all over Southeast Texas to recognize the great man's legacy. Here's a photo from the MLK day parade held annually in Woodville, Tx. (Jiim Powers/TCB Photo)
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Investigation continues into head-on collision on bridge

By Emily Banks Wooteneditor@polkenterprise.com Charges are pending against a local man as the investigation continues into a two-vehicle collision that occurred at 3:46 p.m. Jan. 9 on the Hwy. 190 causeway in Onalaska. A 2020 Hyundai Elantra driven by Kyle Mitchell Farris, 29 of Livingston, was traveling westbound and a 2010 Lexus GX driven by…
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By Chris Edwards
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CabreraCabreraWOODVILLE – A Corpus Christi man who evaded capture was sentenced to 30 years behind bars last week.

Manuel Cabrera, 27, accepted a plea deal with the Tyler County District Attorney’s Office on charges of evading arrest with a vehicle; possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Cabrera was sentenced by District Judge Delinda Gibbs-Walker.

Cabrera led Steven Hoke with Woodville Police Department on a high-speed chase, which began west of Woodville on US 190 and ended in the city of Ivanhoe. During the chase, District Attorney Lucas Babin noted, Cabrera reached speeds in excess of 100 mph.

Hoke was able to conduct a PIT maneuver on Cabrera’s vehicle, which ended the chase.

When the chase ended and authorities were able to take Cabrera into custody, they discovered him to be in possession of cocaine and a loaded 9-.mm handgun with an extended magazine.

Cabrera remains in the custody of the Tyler County Jail awaiting transfer to a Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility.

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ABERNATHYABERNATHYWOODVILLE – Last Tuesday, an Ivanhoe man was sentenced before District Judge Delinda Gibbs Walker to 30 years in prison on a drug charge.

Jason James Abernathy, age 41, was handed down the sentence for a possession with intent to deliver (methamphetamine) charge. The trial and sentence came just days after an arrest.

District Attorney Lucas Babin said that Abernathy’s history “clearly shows that he had no plans to stop selling drugs.” Babin added that he believed justice was served in Walker’s courtroom.

During the jury trial, Babin and first assistant DA Pat “Hawk” Hardy laid out evidence that on May 11, 2022, Abernathy was stopped by Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Hunter Holloway during a routine patrol. Holloway discovered Abernathy to be in possession of two baggies of crystal meth, with a combined weight of 16.5 grams.

One baggie, Babin noted, had the drug crushed while the other contained two solid chunks resembling two large ice cubes.

When Abernathy failed to attend his regularly scheduled court date last month, Walker issued a warrant for his arrest at Babin’s request. On Jan. 3, deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office executed the warrant and discovered Abernathy with 28 grams of meth and a digital scale. Another man, 42-year-old Brian Demond Bean, of Woodville, was also arrested and booked into jail on two possession charges.

Babin said that he and Hardy were able to combine all of the charges against Abernathy into one agreement resulting in the 30-year sentence.

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BarredaBarredaWOODVILLE – An arrest was made of a suspect in a church burglary, and could face additional charges in several other incidents, according to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford.

Juan Gabriel Barreda, a 47-year-old Houston man, was arrested in Houston on Dec. 30, 2022, by the Houston Police Department, after warrants were obtained for his arrest thanks to information from an anonymous tipster, who filed the information with the regional Crime Stoppers. Barreda was transported to Woodville, to the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office, last week, where he was charged with Burglary of a Building.

Weatherford said that after investigators submitted surveillance footage from a robbery at Fellowship Church, which occurred on Oct. 30 of last year, to the Lufkin Crime Stoppers for assistance in obtaining a lead, the information came in shortly after, which led investigators to Barreda.

“With evidence and information collected, investigators were able to obtain search warrants that verified Barreda was in the area on the morning of the burglary, as well as other burglaries in neighboring counties,” Weatherford said.

TCSO investigators worked with law enforcement agencies in Southeast and Central Texas, as well as Louisiana, which were also able to obtain warrants on the suspect.

On the day of the Fellowship Church burglary, Dogwood Hills Baptist Church and the Pentecostals of Woodville, were also hit.

The description for the surveillance video, which was shared by Crime Stoppers, referred to the incident as a “Hell-bound burglary,” and noted that thousands of dollars in cash, debit cards, guitars and electronics, were stolen.

Weatherford said Barreda could face additional charges as the investigators continue to gather more information and evidence. He said that the anonymous tipster was successfully paid by Crime Stoppers, and that TCSO encourages residents to submit tips on suspects, wanted individuals and unreported crimes.

Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford set Barreda’s bond at $20,000. Barreda remains in custody.

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IVANHOE – A warrant service call last week resulted in two arrests in Ivanhoe, according to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford.

Weatherford said that on Tuesday, Jan. 3, deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office stopped at a residence in order to serve a felony warrant on Jason James Abernathy, age 41, on two warrants for felony manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance and one felony possession of a controlled substance/failure to appear warrant out of Jasper County.

Weatherford said the deputies found and arrested Abernathy, and identified another individual, 42-year-old Brian Demond Bean, of Woodville, inside the residence where they made the arrest. The deputies observed a large amount of a crystal-like substance sitting on a table that field-tested positive for methamphetamines, Weatherford said. There were also other substances present, which were identified as crack cocaine and synthetic marijuana.

Bean was arrested, and both subjects were taken to the Tyler County Jail. In addition to Abernathy’s warrants, he was given two charges for felony possession of a controlled substance (meth, 27 grams) and another felony possession charge for the crack (four grams). Bean was also charged with the two possession charges.

Weatherford said that additional marijuana charges will be filed, pending lab results from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

District Judge Delinda Gibbs-Walker set a no-bond on Abernathy, and Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford set Bean’s bonds at $70,000. Both men remain in custody.

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MLK Day Parade 2023

January 16 is Martin Luther King, Jr. day and celebrations were held all over Southeast Texas to recognize the great man's legacy.

Here's a photo from the MLK day parade held annually in Woodville, Tx. (Jiim Powers/TCB Photo)

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