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Traffic stop leads to drug bust

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Trinity County Sheriff’s deputies display drugs seized in a bust. Courtesy photoTrinity County Sheriff’s deputies display drugs seized in a bust. Courtesy photo

By Tony Farkas
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An early morning traffic stop led to the arrest of a 39-year-old man on various drug charges and the recovery of several pounds of marijuana.

Police records indicate that in the early morning hours of Oct. 17, Trinity County Sheriff’s Deputies J. Scott Moore and Bradley Costa stopped a Mercedes Benz passenger car driven by Dakkari Dijon McAnuff for not dimming the headlights. The vehicle was pulled over on Highway 94 at the Neches River bridge, near the Angelina County line.

Moore noticed a smell of marijuana, and after finding the suspect had no current identification, restrained McAnuff and called for a K-9 unit.

A search of the Mercedes found several bags of marijuana weighing 4 pounds 13 ounces; 24 grams of a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine; and 42 grams of THC edibles, all concealed under the floor of the trunk of the vehicle. 

McAnuff was booked into the TCSO jail on charges of no driver’s license, a misdemeanor; possession of marijuana of more than 4 ounces but less than 5 pounds, a state jail felony; possession of a controlled substance of more than 4 grams but less than 400 grams, a second-degree felony; and manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony.

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Moist mystery

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102722 moist mysteryAccording to Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace, somewhere deep in the National Forest in Trinity County, sometime around 1996, a car was abandoned in the old Rock Hole Pond. After being spotted by a drone, TCSO was assisted by Texas DPS divers in retrieving the car. The car was last registered in Angelina County, and we were able to contact the owner, who said he reported it stolen in the late 1990s. We were a little nervous as what we find inside the car; however, we are glad to report that we didn’t find anything other than a child’s car seat, a few unopened cans of Budweiser beer and some catfish. If anyone has any information on who and why it was dumped here, contact the Sheriff’s Office at (936) 642-1424. Courtesy photos

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Crime Stoppers, DPS offer tips for Halloween safety

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Special to the News-Standard

AUSTIN — The Trinity County Crime Stoppers and Texas Department of Public Safety urge parents, drivers and children to make safety a top priority during their Halloween plans. 

Everyone can avoid a variety of potential dangers by adhering to basic safety practices and using extra caution in areas where trick-or-treaters will be celebrating.

DPS is reminding drivers to slow down and avoid distractions this Halloween as trick-or-treaters of various ages will be out celebrating. It is especially important for motorists to watch for children who may unexpectedly dart into the roadway without checking for oncoming traffic.

Parents are also urged to take simple but important precautions to help keep their children safe if they plan to participate in Halloween festivities.

Crime Stoppers cautions children and parents to never accept candy from strangers and inspect all candy making sure all wrappers are intact.

For drivers:

•Don’t drink and drive. Designate a sober driver or take a cab.

•Stay alert. Eliminate distractions, including the use of mobile devices.

•Slow down, and further reduce speeds in bad weather, heavy traffic and construction areas.

Texans are also reminded of these important Halloween safety tips:

•Always monitor weather forecasts before heading out and make plans accordingly.

•Look both ways before crossing roadways, and always walk, don’t run.

•Cross the roadway at intersections and crosswalks.

•Travel in groups with adult supervision and in neighborhoods you are familiar with.

•Carry a flashlight or glow sticks. 

•Do not enter the cars or homes of strangers and avoid homes with porch lights turned off.

•Make sure children know their home phone number and how to call 911 or their local emergency number in case they have an emergency or become lost.

Individuals should also follow these tips when selecting a costume:

•Avoid toy guns and knives – they could easily be mistaken for a real weapon.

•Wear costumes that are light in color or place reflective material on the costume, so drivers can see you.

•Avoid using masks, if possible, to allow for better visibility and peripheral vision.

When planning a trick-or-treat route, parents may visit the Texas Public Sex Offender Registry, which includes a mapping function, to check for offenders who may be living in their neighborhood.

Parents can also check the Texas Public Sex Offender Registry by downloading the free DPS mobile app, which is currently available for iPhone users on the Apple App Store and for Android users on Google Play. The app provides interactive and easy-to-use maps for searching registered sex offenders by location, name, route and proximity. 

Individuals can also report suspicious or criminal activity to local authorities or through the free iWatchTexas mobile app (available for iPhone users and Android users); online at iWATCH; or by calling 1-844-643-2251. If a situation requires emergency response, call 911.

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Man killed in car crash

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By Kayley Fraze
Lufkin Daily News

LUFKIN — Former Trinity resident Hunter Thompson was killed early Thursday morning in a car-motorcycle accident.

At approximately 5:30 a.m. Thursday, Thompson, 24, of Lufkin, was leaving his residence at Great Oaks Apartments on Old Union Road to go to work when he was hit head-on by a GMC pickup driven by Cesar David Del Villar Casillas, 35, of Lufkin, according to the city of Lufkin communications director Jessica Pebsworth.

Thompson was eastbound and Casillas was westbound when Casillas crossed the median, causing the accident, Pebsworth said. Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene.

“His family has been notified,” she said. “Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”

Casillas was arrested on a charge of intoxication manslaughter, a second-degree felony. He is being held on a $100,000 bond in the Angelina County Jail, according to jail records.

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Blaze claims 3 lives

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By Tony Farkas
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TRINITY COUNTY — Three Trinity County residents were killed on Oct. 6 as the result of a house fire.

Emily Gideon, 36, and two daughters, Braley, 10, and Annabelle, 7, were killed.

According to a release from Sheriff Woody Wallace, emergency personnel were notified at about midnight on Oct. 6 about a house fire in the Camp Branch subdivision on Rustling Wind Street.

When firefighters and deputies arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames, he said.

Multiple fire departments, including 356 Volunteer Fire Department, Onalaska Fire Department and Trinity Fire and Rescue were on scene battling the blaze.

Emergency personnel spoke with a 14-year-old resident of the home who escaped the fire through a window. He told officials he ran to the back of the house and tried to break windows to rescue his mother and two sisters but was unsuccessful; he then ran to the neighbors and asked them to call 911.

Emergency personnel arrived too late to rescue the other occupants.

Wallace said that the cause of the fire is currently unknown and is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Department.

Wallace also said that people should discuss with children a fire escape plan and check batteries in smoke detectors.

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