Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Cattle Thief Sentenced

By Susan Wilder

In the Leon District Court, Friday, November 20th, Bradley Wayne Guthrey of North Little Rock, Arkansas, received sentencing under a plea bargain. Guthrey pled guilty to three charges: Theft of Cattle, Burglary of a Building, and Criminal Mischief.

Leon County District Attorney Hope Knight recommended to the court that Guthrey receive 10 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) on the first charge, 2 years in TDCJ on the second charge, and 2 years TDCJ on the third charge. Knight also recommended that Guthrey pay $6,650 in restitution. Judge Evans approved the recommendations for sentencing. The attorney representing Guthrey is Brendan Roth.

Guthrey was brought to the sentencing in the Leon Courthouse from the Limestone County Jail where he is being held on similar charges including Theft of Cattle. Besides the charges he faces in Leon and Limestone County, Guthrey has been charged in the counties of Panola, Navarro, Falls, and Robertson.

Last month Guthrey's co-defendant, Levi Conley Boyd, was given the same sentences after he entered guilty pleas to the same charges. Both Boyd and Guthrey came to Texas from the same county in Arkansas.

The case was investigated by Leon County Sheriff's Office Investigator Brian Stafford and Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Brent Mast.

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BISD Board Meeting

The Cross Country Team L-R: Sheri Donaldson, Kaylee Morgan, Daniella Reyes, Andrea Garcia, Coach Sheila Rubel, Makayla Gilliam, and Nadia Garcia.

By Susan Wilder

Members of the Buffalo School Board met Monday, November 16th for their regular monthly meeting. All members were present. Superintendent Lacy Freeman presided.

Members of the Buffalo FFA Greenhands and members of the Girls' Cross Country team were recognized for their accomplishments this year. The FFA group won first place in district competition in Chapter Conducting and in Parliamentary Procedure. They went on to area competition and placed 4th. The Cross Country Team, a young team of freshmen and sophomores, advanced to the regional contest.

Elementary Principal Lisa Boudiette gave a report on her campus. Currently, there are 251 students on the elementary campus including the Head Start program. Recent test scores show improvements from last year. New Ipads and other higher learning tools are being purchased from monies raised with fund raisers for the campus. Boudiette said that one of her goals is to have a dual language program. “The English speaking students are ready to learn Spanish,” said Boudiette.

In the maintenance report, Freeman reported that a tractor that has been down is now being taken apart for repairs by the Ag students. “They're busy at it,” said Freeman, “and they look like they know what they're doing.”

High School Principal Tracy Gleghorn offered, “Last year the Ag students took apart one of my vehicles, and it is running better than ever.”

Freeman thanked the owners of Bison Car Wash, Shelia and Robert Davis, for their kind donation of $500 to purchase playground equipment for the lower junior high building. “The playground equipment has already been installed, and the kids are enjoying it,” said Freeman.

Freeman presented the board with information for future plans for the district's handling of students who are placed in the Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP), Adaptive Behavior Unit (ABU), and In School Suspension (ISS). Currently students who are assigned to DAEP and ABU are taking to a facility in Fairfield.

Freeman compared the Fairfield system with what Buffalo could conduct here on our own campus. Comparison was made of the cost, including transportation, and the education curriculum among other factors. No decision was made, but it was discussed that the old high school weight room could be converted to accommodate the DAEP, ABU, and ISS program. The cost for Buffalo to send students to Fairfield in this program is about $91,000 a year. If Buffalo provide accommodations here, the cost would be about $66,000 the first year and about $60,000 after year one.

A longer discussion was held on plans to build an Ag Science Facility with the funds the school received when they sold the property Bobby R. Casey willed to the district. It was Casey's wish that the money be used in the area of Agriculture.

Freeman emphasized that there is no need to rush; others agreed. It was decided that the Superintendent and the Agriculture Instructor would visit several Ag Science Facilities at other school districts before deciding what all would be needed.

Approval was given for the consolidation of the district's investment accounts.

Approval was also given for the District Improvement Plan and the Campus Improvement Plan.

Currently there are 911 students total in the Buffalo ISD.

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District Court with Judge Evans

by Susan Wilder

Leon County District Court was held Friday, November 20th in the Leon County Courthouse. The Honorable District Judge Deborah Oakes Evans presided.


Robert Lee Gilmore, currently held in the Leon County Jail, entered a not guilty plea to a charge of Burglary of a Habitation. Gilmore in represented by Attorney Richard Price.

Latisha Nicole Jackson entered a not guilty plea to Evading Arrest or Detention with a Vehicle. Attorney for Jackson is Leslie Wallrath.

Arthur Garland Mendoza, charged with Arson, entered a not guilty plea. Mendoza, held in the jail, is represented by Attorney Kelly Weeks.

Attorney Leslie Wallrath was appointed by Judge Evans to represent Larry Ray Rhone. Rhone, who is free on bond, is charged with Burglary of a Habitation and Assault Family Violence / Impeding Breathing. Rhone pled not guilty to the charges.


In the case of Donald Bruce Dupree, there were no pre-trial motions. Dupree, charged with Possession of Marihuana, is represented by Attorney Michelle Latray. Dupree is scheduled next for court on December 18th.

The was no pre-trial in the case of Christopher James Russell who is charged with Driving While Intoxicated-3rd or More. The case was reset for December 18th. Attorney for Russell is Charley Johnson.


A trial date of February 1st was set in the case against Santiago T. Flores. Flores, charged with Indecency with a Child, is represented by Attorney John Bankhead. A plea bargain was offered by the state to Santiago, but Santiago did not agree to accept it.

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