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Cruse in top eight; needs your votes

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Kim Speaks

By Chris Edwards
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Woodville’s own first lady of song, Kim Cruse, is now in the final eight contestants to close out season 22 of NBC’s The Voice.

Cruse, 30, performed a cover of the Brooks and Dunn song “Believe” last week, and her performance resulted in a standing ovation from all four of the show’s celebrity musician coaches.

Despite her ace performance, she finished in the bottom three on last Tuesday’s episode, but was saved in the final few seconds of the show. The Voice will air again tonight at 7 p.m. on NBC, with Cruse and the other seven contestants performing in the semi-final round.

To tune in and help support Cruse on her mission to get to the season finale, go to NBC.com/VoiceVote to register and create a login profile in order to vote via your email address. Each registrant gets 10 votes per email. You can also download the official Voice app on your mobile device.

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Man arrested on drugs, warrant

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MUGSHOT Trey MooreBy Chris Edwards
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DAM B – Tyler County Sheriffs’ deputies made an arrest last week of a Dam B man who was in possession of drugs and a warrant for his arrest out of neighboring Hardin County.

According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, deputies made contact with Thomas Ray “Trey” Moore III, a 29-year-old Dam B man, on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 12:15 a.m. They had stopped at a residence located on county road 4098 to serve an arrest warrant to Moore, and Weatherford said that while the deputies spoke with him, it was confirmed that he did, in fact, have a warrant out of Hardin County for his arrest on a charge of felony controlled substance possession for failure to appear.

The deputies searched Moore, and discovered a glass bulb, which Weatherford said contained a crystalline substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

Moore was transported to the Tyler County Justice Center, and along with the charge out of Hardin County, was given a new charge of felony possession of a controlled substance for the meth.

Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Ken Jobe set Moore’s bonds at $80,000, and he remains in custody of Tyler County.

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Cruse-ing to st rdom: Voice semi-finals

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Kim and Rents

Woodville’s Kim Cruse wowed the judges and a nation of viewers once again on Monday night in the semi-finals round of NBC’s The Voice. Cruse covered the Rihanna song “Love on the Brain.”

One of the Voice judges, Blake Shelton, said of her voice, that it “could probably kill things and bring them back to life.”

Kim is shown at a recent watch party event at the Magnolia Bar and Grill held before she left for Los Angeles. She is shown with her parents, Rev. Bobby and Ramona Cruse. CHRIS EDWARDS | TCB

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Traffic stops yield drugs

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By Chris Edwards
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WOODVILLE – Grant Hensarling, a relative newcomer to the Woodville Police Department, is already making a difference in the City of Woodville.

Hensarling, according to Woodville PD Captain Jathan Borel, is “an excellent, pro-active officer, who pays close attention to the individuals who he interacts with.”

Borel said Hensarling’s work as an officer on patrol is leading to some drug cases stemming from traffic stops, like three recent stops that each led to narcotics arrests.

Last week, on Sunday, Nov. 6, Hensarling was patrolling along Pine Street and observed a motorcycle travelling without a working taillight. Borel said that Hensarling instigated a stop and observed the driver, identified as Robert Knapp, a 45-year-old Houston man. Knapp consented to being searched, and Hensarling discovered, on his person, an open cigarette package containing a crystal-like substance. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine, and Knapp was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance for four grams of meth.

Hensarling made another stop on Tuesday, Nov. 8, while patrolling with his windows down along South Magnolia. He observed a vehicle turning southbound in front of him onto MLK and began to smell the distinct odor of marijuana.

The vehicle pulled into the Chevron gas station, and Hensarling pulled behind the vehicle, an SUV, and the odor became stronger.

Hensarling identified the driver as Keenan M. Adams, a 22-year-old Woodville man. There were multiple occupants inside the vehicle, Borel said, and during the course of the investigation, Sgt. Don Calhoon, with the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office, assisted during the search.

Calhoon was able to locate a gallon-sized plastic bag underneath the driver’s seat, which contained a leafy, green substance believed to be marijuana. Borel said the substance weighed 12 ounces.

Adams was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.

On Sunday, Nov. 13, Hensarling was patrolling again along South Magnolia when he observed a white SUV travelling northbound with a defective headlamp. He instigated a stop, and the driver, identified as Roger Allen Whitworth, 49, of Chester, told Hensarling that he did not possess a driver license or an ID.

Hensarling noticed a change in Whitworth’s behavior, and the subject consented to a search of his person.

During the search, a clear bag containing a crystal-like substance believing to be methamphetamine was located along with a glass pipe. That substance tested positive and weighed eight grams. He was arrested an charged.

Borel praised Hensarling’s vigilance, and his skills and training, which allow him to notice subtle changes in body language and behavior in those with whom he comes into contact.

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Police chase ends in Woodville

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Suspect Martavious Marshall is taken into custody. Mollie LaSalle | TCBSuspect Martavious Marshall is taken into custody. Mollie LaSalle | TCB

By Chris Edwards
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WOODVILLE – The report of a stolen vehicle in Polk County ended in Woodville, right in front of Sullivan’s Hardware, on US 190, and resulted in multiple charges for three individuals.

Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted in the stop, which began with an alert on Monday morning, at 8:50 a.m., received by the Livingston Police Department. According to Lt. Marty Drake, the department received an alert on the department’s FLOCK camera system of a stolen vehicle traveling north, through Livingston.

The vehicle, a black 2017 Honda Pilot, which had a Louisiana license plate, was observed by officers, as it approached an intersection downtown. Drake said the officers who saw it saw another vehicle, a 2022 Buick Park Avenue, following closely behind, also with Louisiana plates.

Although the officers attempted to stop the first vehicle, it did not stop, and a pursuit ensued, while the second vehicle attempted to distract the officers by intentionally crossing over the westbound lanes and wrecked.

Drake said two suspects in that vehicle fled on foot, and after a search of the area, officers located and took Travious Sampson, 19, of Alexandria, LA, into custody, without incident, Drake said.

The pursuit of the first vehicle continued east along 190 and entered Tyler County. Drake said there were two unsuccessful attempts to spike the tires on the vehicle.

When the vehicle became trapped in traffic, both suspects occupying the vehicle stepped out and were taken into custody, without any incidents.

The driver, 18-year-old Lesmon Brown, and his passenger, Martavious Marshall, 19, both also of Alexandria, were taken into custody and transported back to Polk County, where they were booked into the Polk County Jail.

Drake said that as the investigation continued, LPD was later notified by the Houston Police Department, stating that the second vehicle involved, had just been reported as stolen by that agency, after a Crowley, LA resident, Terrick Batiste, made a report.

In the investigation, officers found a controlled substance belonging to Marshall, in the stolen vehicle. All three suspects were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity. Brown was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance. Additionally, Sampson was charged with evading arrest/detention on foot.

Drake said the investigation is continuing with more leads and further charges expected to be filed.

He added that LPD would like to express gratitude to the Texas Department of Public Safety; Polk County Sheriff’s Office; Alabama Coushatta Police Department; Tyler County Sheriff’s Office; Tyler County Constable’s Office and the Woodville Police Department for assistance.

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