By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – The Tyler County Commissioners Court approved the acquisition of a new software program to help streamline the process of collecting and storing digital evidence in criminal cases.
The software, iCrime Fighter, is a cloud-based platform that, according to its website, offers an “all-in-one digital evidence management solution…from the field to the courtroom.”
Stevie Alders, a representative of the company, addressed the commissioners and County Judge Milton Powers during the court’s regular monthly meeting on Monday morning. Alders said that iCrime Fighter offers a solution for evidence management more in line with the county’s needs for investigating and prosecuting cases, as opposed to NETData’s services, which the county currently utilizes.
Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford said the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office is already transitioning away from NETData for its evidence-management needs.
4-H Council recognized
The county’s new AgriLife extension agent Amanda Howard introduced a new slate of council members for the county’s 4-H program to the court.
The county 4-H council for 2023-24 consists of: President Adelyn Johnston; Vice President Myra Dalton; Secretary Molly Dalton; Treasurer Emma Tally and Reporter Isabella Lanclos.
Judge Powers congratulated the young 4-H members on their appointments and thanked them for their service. He acknowledged his own past as a 4-H member and told the court he had served as 4-H President in 1992.
With the 4-H members as well as the participants of the county’s summer work program, the Commissioners Courtroom was full of young people on Monday morning.
Terry Allen, who oversees the work program, introduced its participants, and thanked the commissioners and the judge for supporting the program. “If it weren’t for the support of the county, we could not do this. Thank you,” she said.
The summer work program allows students from across the county to work at various businesses during the summer break from school. This summer, the program had 14 participants.
Other items approved on Monday’s agenda by the commissioners included:
• The appointment of Pct. 2 Commissioner Doug Hughes and Pct. 1 to serve as members on the Board of Directors of the East Texas Housing Finance Corporation.
• The acceptance of the course completion certificate for Public Information Act training of Tax Assessor-Collector Melissa Carson.
• The re-appointment of Pct. 1 Commissioner Joe Blacksher to serve of the Board of Directors for the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG).