Thursday, May 23, 2019

BHS Graduation

BUFFALO HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2019 -- Commencement Exercises for the Buffalo High School Class of 2019 was held on Saturday, May 18th at 11am.

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LC Sheriff’s Dept Looking Into Unsolved Murder after 35 Years

Johnnie E. Allbritton

(In a recent interview, Leon County Sheriff Kevin Ellis said that the Buffalo case concerning the death of Johnnie Allbritton will again be re-investigated. The case is approximately 35 years old now.)

Last Tuesday, May 14, marked the 35th anniversary of the bizarre unsolved murder of a beloved Leon County citizen, the late Johnnie E. Allbritton of Buffalo.

Original Article written on the 30th Anniversary by Lee Gayle Boettcher in May 2014.

This year there may be a small light at the end of a dark tunnel after a phone call to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Namely Brent K. Walter, LC Chief Deputy. “I am going to attempt to locate all the files regarding this case. If enough of the case is located, I will present this case to the Sheriff’s Association of Texas Cold Case Review Team in hopes of solving this case. It would be nice to bring closure to the family,” stated Chief Deputy Walter.

It was Mother’s Day, 1984 when Judy Allbritton Robinson and her family said goodbye to her father on the porch of his home, never to see him alive again. Every Mother’s Day brings the scene back to life for this family, haunted by the knowledge that the murder has never been solved.This year there may be a small light at the end of a dark tunnel after a phone call to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, namely Brent K. Walter, LC Chief Deputy.

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BISD Teacher Under Investigation

On 5/16/2019, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at a residence on Gene Street in Buffalo, Texas. The occupant of the residence, Henry Loyd Goff, is a person of interest in an investigation being conducted by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation stems from allegations of illegal and inappropriate behavior allegedly done by Mr. Goff in relation to his employment as a teacher with the Buffalo School District. This case is under investigation and no arrests or charges have been filed, as of the date of this press release. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in court.

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Freeman Responds to Investigation

Buffalo ISD has been made aware that a BISD employee is currently under investigation by the Leon County Sherriff’s Department. The employee has been placed on leave until further information concerning the matter can be obtained. Buffalo ISD has, and will continue to, cooperate with law enforcement during its investigation. Student safety is the District’s top priority and we will be monitoring this situation to determine if further action is necessary. Because this matter involves a pending criminal investigation, the District cannot provide additional information at this time.

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Court with Judge Evans

Leon District Court was held Friday, May 17th, in Centerville. The Honorable District Judge Deborah Oakes Evans presided. Present to represent the state were District Attorney Hope Knight and Assistant District Attorney Keith Cook.

Joe Davis, Jr., appeared in court to have his Community Supervision terminated early. Due to Davis’ success in cooperating with the terms of his supervision following charges of Evading Arrest, the probation was completed early.

Amber Boyce was in court for a status in her case and an admonishment from the judge. Boyce, currently assigned to adult supervision following charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, was advised by Judge Evans to “do exactly what you’re suppose to to”. It had been reported to the judge that Boyce had failed to report on time and had a poor attitude in a phone conversation. Boyce agreed to adhere to the requirements of the supervision.

The case against Christina Campos was on the docket for a plea, but was reset. Campos faces multiple charges of Theft of a Firearm and one charge of Theft of Property. The attorney for Campos is Allen Tanner.

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Council Member Farmer Resigns

Members of the Buffalo City Council met for a special called meeting, Monday, May 13th. All were present except Council Member Dorothy Farmer and Mayor Royce Dawkins. Mayor Pro-tem Glenn Hightower presided.

Hightower read aloud the letter of resignation that Farmer presented to the mayor last week. Farmer said that while she was happy that she had been able to serve the city by being a council member for twenty-four years, health concerns had led her to decide to resign. The resignation of Farmer was approved by the council.

Farmer’s resignation created a second vacancy on the council. Council Member Jerrod Jones’ recent election to the position of mayor created the first vacancy on the council. While the council can operate until the next election in November with one vacancy, two vacancies requires an appointment of an individual to serve until the next election.

Hightower opened the floor up to nominations for the council position. Council Member Dianne Ryder nominated former Council Member Martin Housler to fill the vacancy created by Farmer’s resignation. Council Member Jerry Salazar seconded the nomination, and all voted in favor. Housler, who was present for the meeting, accepted the position.

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Bison & Lady Bison Honors

BISON & LADY BISON HONORS -- The 2018-2019 Bison Athletic Banquet was held on Monday night, May 13th. Top Honors included Marshal Jonas - 2019 Male Sportsmanship Award, Hector Dominguez - 2019 Male Top Athlete Award, A’sia Bradley - 2019 Female Top Athlete, and Kayleigh Rhodes - 2019 Female Sportsmanship Award. See article on page 10.

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