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Couple killed in housefire

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house fire clipart 300By Chris Edwards
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HARDIN COUNTY – A housefire last week in Hardin County claimed the lives of a couple with Tyler County ties.

The blaze occurred early on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 30, at a home located on FM 2937, also known as the Old Spurger Highway, located south of Fred and the county boundary line. According to reports from Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis, firefighters responded to a call at about 3:40 a.m. that morning, and when they arrived on the scene, the house was engulfed in flames.

The residents of the house, later identified as Billy Wayne Rose, Jr., age 59, and 62-year-old Carolyn Rose, were pronounced deceased on the scene by Hardin County Pct. 1 JP Chris Ingram. The couple’s dog was also killed in the fire.

As of Tuesday, the cause of the fire remains undetermined and according to Silsbee Fire Chief Robin Jones, the state fire marshal’s office is investigating the incident. 

It is standard procedure for the state office to investigate a fire which results in loss of life.

Rose was the son of longtime Woodville businessman and community leader Billy Rose, Sr. In a report on the fatal fire from a broadcast media partner, neighbors recalled Billy Rose Jr. as a selfless man who cared deeply about many people and devoted his time to volunteering in such pursuits as coaching Little League.

Jones called the fire “a real tragedy,” and added that his department does not see many fatal fires. He also said that the home did not have smoke detectors.

Jones said that the dozen volunteer firefighters who arrived on the scene did all that they could to extinguish the blaze, which destroyed the house, but the flames were already too intense by the time they’d arrived. A second house on the property also caught fire, but it was vacant, according to Jones.

Although this incident remains under investigation as to its cause, Jones said that the winter months carry additional risks for fire, with homeowners utilizing heating systems for the first time since the previous winter.

Smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month and the batteries should be replaced at least once or twice a year.

A Go Fund Me page was created to help with funeral expenses for the couple. The URL for that page is: https://www.gofundme.com/f/funeral-expenses-for-billy-wayne-and-carolyn-rose

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Bodies of man, dog found in Rayburn

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Auto water 1By Chris Edwards
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Last week the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office announced that they recovered the bodies of a man and his dog from Lake Sam Rayburn.

The announcement came from ACSO last Tuesday. The discovery was made on Sunday, Nov. 21, according to a news release from the agency. A vehicle was spotted by witnesses submerged in the water at the Marions Ferry boat ramp, which is located off of FM 1669 North, which is near the top of the lake.

When deputies with ACSO arrived on the scene, they spoke to witnesses, who stated that they were searching for a hunting area and saw what appeared to be a vehicle submerged in the water, approximately 100 feet from the boat ramp.

When the vehicle was removed from the water, the deputies found a deceased man inside along with a dog. The man was occupied as Thomas Neil Jacobs, a 74-year-old Lufkin man.

There is no foul play suspected, according to ACSO, and the case is still under investigation pending an autopsy.

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Near total eclipse of the moon

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Folks over most of North America (who were up very early in the morning in our area) got a rare chance to see a near total eclipse of the moon Friday, October 19. Maximum eclipse occured in Woodville, Tx, where this photo was taken, occured at approximately 3:30 a.m. Booster photographer Jim Powers spent a chilly hour or so tracking the moon across the sky and making a total of 370 photos to catch the moment the eclipse occurred. (Jim Powers/TCB Photo)



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Kountze man dies in Colmesneil crash

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Car WreckBy Chris Edwards

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COLMESNEIL – A Kountze man is dead following a crash in Colmesneil last Tuesday.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Shana Clark, Glenn Matthews, 36, of Kountze, died following the accident, which involved a motorcycle and a car. 

According to Clark, Matthews was headed south on U.S. Highway 69 when he attempted to pass a car, which was turning east onto 69, and entered the intersection adjacent to the building that once housed Davis’s Grocery.

Matthews was driving a 2015 Kawasaki motorcycle when he struck the car, a Toyota passenger vehicle. 

Clark said Matthews, according to the crash investigation, lost control of his motorcycle and struck the car.

The wreck occurred early in the evening, and Colmesneil Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene to direct traffic. 

Paramedics rushed the critically injured Matthews to Tyler County Hospital, and he was then airlifted by medical helicopter to Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston, where he died later that night.

The name of the driver of the car has not been released. 

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TCSO seeking fugitive

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The Tyler County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in tracking down a wanted fugitive.

Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford put out a bulletin last week seeking information on the whereabouts of Chastyn Malone Graham, a 43-year-old man wanted on a felony theft warrant. Graham is, according to the bulletin, known to stay in the Colmesneil area, as well as in Hardin County.

He is described as a white male, standing 6’ in height and weighing between 180-200 lbs., with brown hair. 

He was believed to be driving a 2004 white Chevrolet Tahoe.

Weatherford said that anyone who encounters Graham should not attempt to apprehend him, but anyone with information regarding his whereabouts should contact TCSO at 409-283-2172 or Crime Stoppers.

In order to submit a tip to Crime Stoppers regarding the location of Graham, or in regard to another wanted felon in the county, tipsters can visit the website 639TIPS.com, or they can call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 936-639-TIPS.

All tips and calls made directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous, and any tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward.

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