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Monday, December 11, 2017

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District Court Sentencing

Leon County District Court was held Wednesday, November 29th, in Centerville. The Honorable District Judge Bascom Bentley presided over the short docket. The Honorable District Judge Michael Davis was also present. Davis will take Judge Bentley’s place on the bench as Bentley has recently retired. Representing the state were Leon District Attorney Hope Knight and Assistant District Attorney Keith Cook.

A plea bargain was reached in the case against Leon Grayson. Grayson pled guilty to Sexual Assault of a Child, Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, and 2 counts of Possession of Child Pornography. Grayson was sentenced to 20 years in the Texas Department of Corrections.

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Grand Jury Indictments

Leon County District Attorney, Hope L. Knight, met with the grand jury on October 25, 2017.A true bill was returned on each of the following cases:

BIRDEN, MAX RAYMOND POSS MARIJ >4OZ<=5LBS

BOWMAN, FLOYD AARON SEXUAL ASSAULT CHILD

CRAWFORD, SEAN RAYNARD TAMPER/FABRICATE PHYSICAL EVIDENCE

CROW, STEVEN CHARLES POSS CS PG 1 <1G

JOHNSON, BRANDON DEWAYNE UNL POSS FIREARM BY FELON

KELLY, KATERINA MARIE BURGLARY OF HABITATION

KUYKENDALL, KATELYN J BURGLARY OF HABITATION

KUYKENDALL, KATELYN J BURGLARY OF HABITATION

LAND, JUSTIN MCKAY BURGLARY OF HABITATION

LEE III, WILMER MARCELLE DWI W/CHILD UNDER 15 YOA

MARTINEZ, MEGAN JO POSS CS PG 1 >=4G<200G

MARTINEZ, MEGAN JO TAMPER/FABRICATE PHYSICAL EVIDENCE

MOORE, ALLISON RAELYNN BURGLARY OF HABITATION

MOORE, ALLISON RAELYNN BURGLARY OF HABITATION

NEWTON, MICHELLE ANNE POSS CS PG 1 <1G

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Commissioners Meets

CONTINUED SUPPORT-- Members of the Education Extension Association express their thanks to Commissioners Court for their continued support of the organization.

Leon County Commissioners met Wednesday, November 29, for their last regular meeting of the month. All four Commissioners were present, and the meeting was led by Leon County Judge Byron Ryder.

Members of the Leon County Extension Education (EE) Association presented the court with a report on their services. According to the group, their combined amount of hours, mileage, community service, and 4 H donations have totaled $232,831.08. They thanked the court for its support and aid to them to continue to make their contributions.

The court announced the purchase of a new van to be used by the EE Association.

The results of the City of Leona Ordinance Declaring the results of the Local Option Liquor Election was recorded. The measure passed at the November 7th vote.

Dr. Donald Keim of Texas A&M gave his annual report to the court on the activities of the Agrilife Extension Program in Leon County. Keim thanked the court for their continued support of the Extension Agency. “Leon County has the most active program in my entire region,” said Keim.

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Buffalo City Council Tackles Agenda

Members of the Buffalo City Council met Monday, November 27th, for their regular monthly meeting. Buffalo Mayor Royce Dawkins presided over a short agenda. Council Members present were Dorothy Farmer, Dianne Ryder, Glenn Hightower, and Martin Housler. Absent was Member Jerry Salazar.

Post Analysis Reports from the Buffalo Youth Organization and the Chamber of Commerce for events held in 2017 were reviewed. Both organizations used some monies from the city hotel/motel tax fund to help with their events. The Chamber returned $7,000 of the money they had been allowed for the Buffalo Stampede.

Hightower commented that the two organizations had done a “good job of keeping track of expenditures and presenting it to the council.”

The council considered the request from the Buffalo Boys Basketball for $16,000 to host the 2017 Christmas Shoot-out. After considerable discussion the council voted to allow $10,000 for the event which was the amount recommended by the review committee. Ryder voted against the motion in favor of allowing the full amount, and Housler abstained from voting because of lack of enough information. No representative from the Buffalo Boys Basketball was present.

Buffalo Chief of Police Lance Pavelka gave the monthly report from his department. There were 80 calls for service including 1 for Assault of a Public Servant, 2 Burglary of a Building, and 1 Theft of a Firearm. Pavelka also said that he had received several calls of debit card numbers being cloned and used. And accidents have been frequent on I 45.

The 2018 Renewal of Coalition of Cities for Utility Issues and Invoice was approved.

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Bethlehem Experience

BETHLEHEM EXPERIENCE -- The First Baptist Church in Buffalo puts on the Bethlehem Experience. The tours will continue this Friday and Saturday night.

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Bethlehem Experience Ad

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