Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Guilty Plea In Wildlife Case in LC

James Belknap

James Hayden Dare Belknap of Jewett pled guilty Thursday, May, 25th, in Leon County District Court to 29 counts of Taking Wildlife Resources without the Consent of the Landowner and 1 charge of Burglary of a Habitation. Prosecuting the case were Leon County District Attorney Hope Knight and Assistant District Attorney Keith Cook. The presiding judge was the Honorable Horace Black.

Belknap, 18 years of age, agreed to the guilty plea and so avoided a trial. The judge ordered a Pre-Sentencing Investigation, and will sentence Belknap after he has that report. The attorney for Belknap’s defensive was Kelly Weeks.

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District Court With Judge Ridley

Leon County District Court was called to order Wednesday, May 24th, in Centerville. The honorable District Judge Hal Ridley presided. Representing the state were Leon County District Attorney Hope Knight and Assistant District Attorney Keith Cook.

The case against John Wayne Meredith of Buffalo was set as the #1 case for trial on June 13th. Meredith, who is being held in the Leon County Jail, is charged with Assault Family/Household Member with a Previous Conviction. Meredith also faces a new charge of Violation of Bond/Protective Order with 2 Previous Convictions. The attorney for Meredith is Stanley Sokolowski.

The second case set for June 13th is against Joe Harold Fisher of Palestine. Fisher is charged with Burglary of a Habitation and is currently free on a $2,500 bond. The attorney for Fisher is Michael Dahlenburg.

The third case for June 13th is for Chad Mitchell Wilson of Coldspring. Wilson, who is free on a $5,000 bond, is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. The attorney for Wilson is Richard Price.

The #1 trial set for July 5th is against Harold Jefferson Morrison who is currently held in the county jail.

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Commissioners Honor Kirk

APPRECIATION -- Commissioner Court presents John Kirk with a plaque of appreciation for his work as Veterans’ Service Administrator. Commissioners Joey Sullivan, David Ferguson, John Kirk, Judge Byron Ryder, Commissioners Dean Stanford and David Grimes.

Leon County Commissioners held court Wednesday, May 24th, in Centerville. All four commissioners were present. Leon County Judge Byron Ryder presided.

At the beginning of court, Judge Ryder recognized John Kirk and his work as the Leon County Veterans’ Services Administrator. Kirk is relinquishing that position to take other work, but expressed his pleasure at having served in that capacity. The court presented Kirk with a plaque to express their gratitude for his work.

The court approved the authorization of an amount not to exceed $6,500 or 10% of the TxDOT total cost to prepare a wetlands delineation and jurisdictional waters analysis for the development of the proposed airport location between County Roads 304 and 305 and between Interstate 45 and State Highway 75.

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Future Growth In Buffalo

Members of the Buffalo City Council met Monday, May 22nd, for their regular monthly meeting. All members were present. Buffalo Mayor Royce Dawkins presided.

Council members held a workshop prior to the meeting to discuss results from a special committee to exam alternative plans for the growth of the city of Buffalo. The committee’s recommendation to the board was to use the Texas Target Communities services offered by Texas A&M University.

Council members heard from Martin Housler, Chairman of the committee and member of the city council, on the plan the committee heard presented by Dr. Cooper, Executive Director of the Texas Target Communities. The plan involves a team of graduate students from A&M who will spend time in Buffalo and Leon County, hold public meetings with citizens, and hear from a variety of community representatives to determine the needs and possibilities to develop a growth plan for Buffalo with consideration of the entire county.

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DONATION -- Carter Enterprises donated a new scoreboard to the Buffalo ISD Upper Junior High for the gymnasium. Pictured presenting a check to Upper Junior High Principal Mr. Greg Kennedy for the new scoreboard are Mr. Kennedy,Tim Ezell, Billy Moore, Bryce Walker, Victor Rodriquez, Derek Rantala, and BISD Superintendent Lacy Freeman.

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