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Theft, arson indictments returned by grand jury
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GROVETON – A 49-year-old Nigton man was indicted on three counts of theft and a 21-year-old Groveton man was charged with three counts of arson by a Trinity County grand jury meeting in Groveton. Freddie Spencer Jr. 49, of Nigton and Kenny P. Woychesin III, 21, of Groveton were among five people indicted on Sept. 30 by the grand jury. Spencer was charged in connection with a major theft ring operating in Texas and Louisiana, according to Trinity County Sheriff Ralph Montemayor. He was taken into custody at his Nigton property after investigators allegedly caught him in possession of a bulldozer reported stolen in Lufkin. The theft ring under investigation has been stealing tractors and other farm equipment in Texas and Louisiana. Montemayor said the ring involves up to four people stealing equipment from private property and trading it amongst themselves in different counties to sell. "Sometimes they take it and hide it for several months before they try to sell it," Montemayor said. Montemayor said he is working with law enforcement officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Houston County, Brazoria County, Harris County, Angelina County, Nacogdoches County and Desoto Parish in Louisiana to investigate recovering the property and arrest additional suspects. The three-count indictment filed against Spencer charges him with the theft of a John Deere round hay bailer, a Sundowner horse trailer and a Caterpillar bulldozer. Woychesin, who was a member of the Groveton Volunteer Fire Department, was indicted in connection with three fires that destroyed more than 36 acres of forestland in and adjacent to the Davy Crockett National Forest in northern Trinity County. The fires included an Aug. 16 blaze off the J.V. Price Road, which investigators said occurred when paper and leaves placed in a woodpile were lit by matches. This fire destroyed two out buildings and a camper. The second fire was reported off Forest Service Road 501 on Aug. 30, and was believe to have been caused when a lit cigarette was used to light pine needles and dead leaves. On Sept. 2 the third fire was reported off Forest Service Road 501. Investigators believe it was caused when a still smoldering stick from the Aug. 30 fire was thrown across the Forest Service Road to unburned land. The U.S. Forest Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Sam Shanafelt and the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department conducted the investigation. Others named in indictments returned on Sept. 30 include: • Marissa Williams, indicted on a felony possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) charge. • Jamie Lee Park, 24, of Trinity, indicted on driving while intoxicated with a child under 15 years of age as a passenger. • Kerry Tirrell Moore, indicted on a possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) charge.