The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

February 20, 2008

Palestine woman indicted for intoxication manslaughter

By PAUL STONE

PALESTINE — A 42-year-old Palestine woman who was the driver in a single-vehicle accident which claimed the life of an Elkhart woman last fall has been indicted by an Anderson County grand jury.

Last month, Loretta Lynn Vanzant, 42, of Palestine was indicted on the charge of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle, according to information released by the Anderson County district clerk’s office.

The second-degree felony is punishable by two to 20 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Texas Department of Public Safety officials have said Vanzant was operating a 1994 GMC Sierra pickup on CR 422, approximately 3.2 miles west of Palestine, during the late night hours of Sept. 18, 2007 when her vehicle left the roadway on a curve and struck a tree.

A passenger in her vehicle — 41-year-old Lisa Lynn Arnold of Elkhart — was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The deceased woman was wearing a seatbelt, according to the DPS.

At the time of the accident, a DPS representative said Vanzant “was traveling at an unsafe speed” when her vehicle left the roadway.

Other indictments handed down by the grand jury on Jan. 23 included:

Indecency with a Child by Sexual Contact

Curtis Congleton, 60, Pacolet, S.C., date of alleged offense, Sept. 9, 2007.

Possession of a Controlled Substance Less Than 1 Gram

Kelly Saxton, 40, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Aug. 17, 2007.

Carol Gandolfi, 45, Palestine, date of alleged offense, May 25, 2007.

Thomas Walter Davis, 35, Elkhart, date of alleged offense, Sept. 2, 2006.

Reginald George Crawford, 50, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Oct. 21, 2005.

Reginald George Crawford, 50, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Jan. 16, 2006.

Debracca Joane Cork, 32, Sulphur Springs, date of alleged offense, Oct. 13, 2006.

Daniel Zamora, 21, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Oct. 5, 2007.

Gregory Jacquet Starr, 31, Houston, date of alleged offense, Nov. 1, 2007 (two counts).

Aloysius Murray Sr., 46, Tucker, date of alleged offense, Oct. 26, 2007.

Jonathan Baublet, 25, Larue, date of alleged offense, Sept. 22, 2007.

Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child

Barry Lloyd Reece, 19, Frankston, date of alleged offense, July 7, 2007 (four counts).

Burglary of a Habitation

Joshua Starr, 18, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Sept. 27, 2007.

Possession of Marijuana Between 4 Ounces-5 Pounds

Jose Rivas, 23, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Aug. 14, 2007.

Joshua O’Brien Miles, 19, Jacksonville, date of alleged offense, March 12, 2007.

Theft $1,500-to-$20,000

Jalon Rashad Owens, 17, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Sept. 28, 2007.

Clinton Ward, 30, New Boston, date of alleged offense, Nov. 11, 2007.

Anthony Montgomery, 35, Alto, date of alleged offense, Aug. 25, 2007.

Phillip Wayne Mills, 28, Palestine, date of alleged offense, July 8, 2007.

DWI with Child Passenger

Jeanne Thompson, 27, Grapeland, date of alleged offense, Sept. 23, 2007 (three counts).

Tyrone Davis, 28, Palestine, date of alleged offense, March 29, 2007 (two counts).

Theft from Person

Eboni Gaston, 32, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Oct. 12, 2007.

Deadly Conduct - Discharge Firearm

Cynthia Lambright, 53, Elkhart, date of alleged offense, May 29, 2007.

Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Sigifredo Camacho, 32, Palestine, date of alleged offense, May 19, 2007.

James Dewayne Henry, AKA Carlos Crawford, 41, Palestine, date of alleged offense, March 15, 2007.

Forgery of a Government Instrument

Jonathan Baublet, 25, Larue, date of alleged offense, Sept. 22, 2007 (two counts).

Ricky Eugene Johnson, 32, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Nov. 21, 2007.

Escape

Jonathan Baublet, 25, Larue, date of alleged offense, Sept. 22, 2007.

Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity

Donna Bentley, 36, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Nov. 13, 2004.

Possession of a Controlled Substance 4-to-200 Grams with Intent to Deliver

Carlos Bell, 31, Palestine, date of alleged offense, April 8, 2007.

Possession of a Controlled Substance 1-to-4 Grams

Tom Henry Cary, 52, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Spet. 16, 2006.

DWI — Third or More

Terry Eugene Henderson, 38, Frankston, date of alleged offense, Aug. 18, 2006.

Joseph Wayne Workman, age unavailable, Frankston, date of alleged offense, Aug. 17, 2006.

Anthony Scott Hughey, 42, Palestine, date of alleged offense, March 29, 2007.

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Paul Stone may be contacted via e-mail at pstone@palestineherald.com