Yates Media owner, girlfriend arrested in separate domestic dispute cases

Published: Oct. 30, 2013 at 2:37 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 30, 2013 at 8:40 PM CDT
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Stephen Yates (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Stephen Yates (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Savanna Marberry (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Savanna Marberry (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin police arrested Stephen Walter Yates Jr., the owner of Yates Media, in an apparent domestic assault early Wednesday. His girlfriend, Savanna Marberry, was arrested the following morning for public intoxication.

According to the police report, officers responded to the 700 block of Brentwood Drive at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

The report states Yates, 55, assaulted a family member after the woman reported that Yates threw her to the ground, pushed her and grabbed her throat with his hands.

Yates was released Wednesday after posting a $1,500 bail.

Around 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, a police officer responded to the 700 block of Brentwood Drive in regards to a disturbance.

The officer arrived and saw Marberry get out of a car and run up the driveway and get into a heated argument with Yates, according to the report.

The officer reported Yates had just been released from jail after having assaulted Marberry the night before. He came home to find Marberry had packed up suitcases with her belongings and some property belonging to Yates, including the suitcases.

The officer reported Yates had dumped out the items, then collected what belonged to him. Marberry, who the officer said was intoxicated on prescription drugs, was trying to fight with Yates. The officer separated them and tried to talk to them.

The officer said Yates wanted to have theft charged filed against Marberry for trying to steal three car fobs, a mirror, watch and some clothing.

The officer said Marberry was more difficult to talk to and only wanted to recount what happened the night before. She could not differentiate between Tuesday night's assault and Wednesday morning's incident. The officer said he kept touching him, even though he kept telling her not to.

Because of her obvious signs of intoxication and because she was a danger to herself and no sober adult could come get her, the officer arrested her for public intoxication.

The officer told Yates he would not file theft charges against Marberry because officers could not divide the clothing "in what could be a civil dispute."

The officer piled the clothes into two trash bags and took her purse to the jail so that she had no reason to return to the house.

Yates is serving 10 years probation on a felony DWI conviction from 2007. According to previous East Texas News stories, Yates' run-ins with the law began with his first of four DWI convictions in 1979.

In April 2011, Lufkin Police officers arrested Yates for violating a condition of his probation by driving a vehicle that did not have a breathalyzer installed on it. A day later, he was transferred to the Polk County Jail, where he remained until he appeared before Judge Elizabeth Coker on April 25, 2011. At that point, Coker denied his bail.

Yates remained in the Polk County Jail until he appeared in Coker's courtroom again in May 2011. At that hearing, the judge released Yates from jail. However, Coker added stricter conditions to his probation.

On top of his current probation conditions, Yates was required to immediately surrender his driver's license and is not allowed to operate a vehicle until 2017 when his probation ends. He must also wear a Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor (SCRAM device), which is worn around the ankle and monitors perspiration for alcohol content levels.

Judge Elizabeth Coker approved the conditions, following an agreement between Yates' defense attorney, Don Duran, and the Polk County District Attorney's Office.

According to court documents, this was his second probation violation. The first happened only months after being placed on probation. The court ordered Yates to attend a 90-day drug treatment center after he allegedly used several types of illegal drugs.

Yates owns Yates Media, which transmits four stations over the air from its downtown Lufkin location.

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