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Monday, September 25, 2017

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Drug Arrest Ends in Conviction

Stanley Bruce Roberson

The Centerville Courtroom was the scene for the District Court case against Stanley Bruce Roberson of Oklahoma City. Roberson was arrested in Leon County on May 20th, 2016. Roberson was found guilty of Possession of a Controlled Substance, 400 Grams or More, Wednesday, September 13th, by a Leon County Jury after two days of testimony.

The same jury sentenced Roberson, who had prior convictions in Texas, to 60 years in the Texas Department of Corrections. The Honorable District Judge Hal Ridley presided over the trial and sentencing.

Leon County District Attorney Hope Knight in opening remarks stated that the case was “a simple one.” The jury learned in testimony that Roberson left Oklahoma City on May 19, 2016, spent the night in Houston, and the next day, May 20th, was returning to Oklahoma on Interstate 45 when he was stopped by Department of Public Safety Trooper Mike Asby for speeding.

The traffic stop led to a search of the vehicle that was owned by Roberson. Asby testified that he found eleven zip-lock bags containing various colors of pills in the trunk of Roberson’s car. Roberson was arrested and taken in custody to the Leon County Jail where he has remained waiting for trial. The pills, which totaled over 11,000 in number, were taken by Asby to the Forensic Crime Lab in Waco for testing and were found to contain methamphetamine, a controlled substance.

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Court with Judge Evans

Leon County District Court was held Friday, September 15th, in Centerville. The Honorable District Judge Deborah Oakes Evans presided. Representing the state were Leon County District Attorney Hope Knight, Assistant District Attorney Keith Cook, and District Attorney Pro Tem Caleb Henson.

Roderick Jermaine Lewis agreed to a plea bargain in his case. Lewis entered a guilty plea to several charges including Aggravated Robbery, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Tamper/Fabrication of Evidence, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, an Evading Arrest or Detention with a Previous Conviction. In exchange for the plea, Lewis was sentenced to 8 years probation. The attorney for Lewis was Kelly Weeks.

Christy Deann Mareth pled guilty to a charge of Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance and was sentenced to 6 years probation. Mareth must perform 200 hours of community service, pay of fine of $500 plus other fees and restitution. Attorney Kelly Weeks represented Mareth in this case.

Cullen Shane Pate was in court for a pretrial in his case. Pate is charged with two counts of Aggravated Robbery. The attorney for Pate is Steve Keathley. The case was reset for November to allow more time for lab results on evidence.

There were no pretrial hearings in the case against Brandon Jomantae Venable, and his case was set for status on October 20th. Venable is charged with two counts of Aggravated Robbery. The attorney for Venable is Chris Martin.

Megan Leanne Short, currently held in the Leon County Jail, was in court for a pretrial in her case. Short is charged with two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance. The case was set for status in October. The attorney for Short is Michael Dahlenburg.

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Free Flu Shots to be Offered at LC Health Fair

Leon County Commissioners met Monday, September 11th, for their first meeting of the month. Leon County Judge Byron Ryder presided over a relatively short agenda. Judge Ryder reminded those present that free flu shots will be provided during the Health Fair at the Expo on October 3rd.

Leon District Clerk Beverly Wilson addressed the court over the matter of court costs collected by the District Clerk’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office’s service fees. Wilson said she had researched records and could not find where the current amounts collected for court costs had ever been approved.

The court voted to set and approve the fees at the highest amount allowed by state guidelines. Likewise, the current bailiff fee for the Sheriff’s Office was approved at $15. All other fees will be set at statute guidelines.

Leon County Victims Assistant Coordinator Carrie Leathers addressed the court to request use of her department’s budget funds to pay for travel expenses incurred to visit the schools in the county to present a program to help young people not become victims of bullying. Leathers explained that the program was requested at more than one campus at the school districts, and she had made multiple trips to each district.

The court voted to allow the travel expenses to be paid only twice a year to each school district maintaining that while the court was supportive of the anti-bullying program, they also believed the school districts could absorb some of the cost.

The court approved a request from Paul and Sherry Matney to join the Adopt a Road program on the corner of County Roads 212 and 223.

The court approved the re-appointment of Matt Way (Industrial Interests Representative) as director for the Mid-Texas Groundwater Conservation District. Way is employed at Nucor.

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Back The Blue

BACK THE BLUE -- Citizens State Bank donates $500.00 to JTX Fitness 2nd Annual Back the Blue 5K Run/Walk Chase Glick and Robert Garza – Event is in Jewett on October 13, 2017. 75% of the proceeds will go to local law enforcement in Leon County.

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