Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bison Belle Camp

Bison Belle Camp

BISON BELLE CAMP -- The Bison Belles held a dance camp on Saturday, October 18th from 8AM - noon for girls ages 5-15. Twenty-four youngsters came out to participate in the camp. Participants received a t-shirt and an invitation to sit in the stands with the Belles and perform at halftime with the Belles and the Bison Marching Brigade Marching Band at the JV football game this Thursday night.

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District Court Decisions With Judge Deborah Evans

The Honorable District Judge Deborah Oakes Evans held court in Centerville Friday, October 17th.

Christopher Rawls was in court for a pre-trial hearing. Rawls is accused of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity and Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Code and No Manifest for Shipping Motor Fuel. Rawls, who has pled not guilty to these charges, is represented by Attorney Chad Morgan. Rawls is free on bond.

Christopher Andrew Young, charged with Deadly Conduct, failed to appear in court. In August Young failed to appear for an arraignment but sent word of a death in his family.

Ricky Barnard, Jr. was in court for a pre-trial hearing. Barnard is charged with Burglary of a Habitat. Barnard is currently held in the Leon County Jail. His attorney is Bryan Cantrell.

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Words from a Domestic Violence Victim

The month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. The following are words that a victim of abuse wants to say to others who suffer in an abusive relationship.

Kathy suffered in a physically and emotionally abusive relationship for almost six years. The abuse she sustained from the hands of the father of her three children began in 2008. Now, with the support and help from Victim Rights Advocates and church members, she is getting the relief she long deserved.

“I want to tell all the girls and women out there that they can stop abuse. It is not easy. It is stressful. But when you can sit in your own living room, and the tension is gone, and your kids are happy, it is worth it,” said Kathy.

“When I was abused, I felt alone. I was ashamed to go out my door because of bruises that showed. And I would think ‘maybe it is me; somehow it’s my fault’,” said Kathy.

For Kathy the decision to stand up for herself came with her decision to not allow her children to witness any more beatings. That meant leaving, and that was scary. “But I knew I had nowhere to go but up.”

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More Praises for Expo Center

Leon County Expo Center located on Hwy 75.

Director of Veteran Services Gary Maples addressed members of Leon County Commissioners Court and audience. “The recent Veterans Appreciation Day was the best one we have ever had. We fed over 400 veterans and their families. And the presentations were all outstanding.” Maples thanked the court for their continued support of the Veteran Services. The Appreciation Day was held at the Expo.

Commissioner David Ferguson said, “We built the Expo because the people and youth of this county wanted a place like this. It took the support of the people to make it a reality.”

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Commissioners Declare October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH -- Present to recognize the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness month are Victim Advocate Tanya Foster and other advocates, Leon County Sheriff Kevin Ellis, Former Leon County Sheriffs Mike Price and Jerry Wakefield, Leon County Real Men, and others.

Leon County Commissioners Court was held Monday, October 13th. All commissioners were present. Leon County Judge Byron Ryder presided.

Judge Ryder read a proclamation to declare the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Victim Rights Advocate Tanya Foster and other advocates were present. The Victim Rights program was begun in Leon County 14 years ago and has aided countless victims of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. The victims are mostly women, but men and children have also been supported.

Also attending in support of Victim Rights were some of the Real Men of Leon County: Tyler Ogle, Mike Price, Tommy Belyuea, and John Adams.

After the court was adjourned Victims Right Advocates hung a banner on the courthouse square to remind the public of Domestic Violence Awareness.

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Suspect Arrested in Burglary

Joseph Garino

On Tuesday, October 7th, at about 7:46am, Deputy Donnie Mordecai and Deputy Robert Rhyne responded to Carol’s Pharmacy in Centerville for the report of an alarm. While responding to the call, Leon County Precinct 1 Constable, George Holleman was flagged down by a witness who had spotted a suspicious vehicle parked by the pharmacy. When Constable Holleman attempted to take the suspect, later identified as Joseph Garino, age 50 of Madisonville into custody, Garino fled in his vehicle. Garino backed over the air conditioning unit at Carol’s before putting his vehicle into drive and driving toward Constable Holleman. Constable Holleman was forced to shoot at the Garnio’s vehicle in an attempt to stop it. Garnio fled to Madison County where he turned himself in at the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

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