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MAN CHARGED IN PARENTS MURDER, HELD ON 1M BOND

 

GLADEWATER - Gladewater police arrested a 41-year-old man Friday morning and believe he murdered his parents - Raye and Charles Lansdale, both 68.
According to Gladewater Police Chief Rob Vine, “On Friday, January 22, 2016, at 8:41 AM, the Gladewater Police Department responded to a residence located in the 1500 block of N. Main in Gladewater in reference to a welfare check on two individuals who were reportedly missing. Upon arrival officers spoke with and questioned Casey Lansdale, 41, of Gladewater, who stated he lived at this residence and the two missing individuals in question were his parents.”
Vine said officers were told by Casey that his parents were not at this location and provided them with information regarding their whereabouts. While speaking with Casey, Officers received consent to search the residence for his parents and upon entering the residence located evidence which led officers to believe Casey was not telling the truth.  
“Upon further investigation Officers located the deceased bodies of both Raye and Charles Lansdale, both 68, inside of the residence,” Vine stated. “After speaking with Casey, Investigators placed him under arrest for the offense of Murder. Casey was later transported to the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office jail where he was booked in on the charge and is currently being held on a one million dollar bond.”
According to Vine, investigators with the Gladewater Police Department and the Gregg County District Attorney’s Office are working together to process the scene and investigate this case. Additional charges against Casey Lansdale are possible as this investigation continues.
Vine said autopsies will be performed on both Raye and Charles Lansdale to determine the cause and manner of death.

Funeral services for Sam Lucky, Jr.

Sam Lucky, Jr.
Funeral services for Samuel Oliver Lucky, Jr., 73, of Gladewater, Texas will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Church of Christ,1000 NE Loop 485, Gladewater with Joe Chase officiating. Visitation will be at Croley Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. on January 22, 2016.  
Sam Lucky was born May 29, 1942 and passed away on January 12, 2016. Services are under the direction of Croley Funeral Home in Gladewater, Texas.
ONLINE CONDOLENCES MAY BE LEFT AT WWW.CROLEYFH.NET

Texas Drilling Permits and Completions Statistics for December 2015

AUSTIN -- The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 727 original drilling permits in December 2015 compared to 1,506 in December 2014. The December total included 622 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, twelve to re-enter plugged well bores and 93 for re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those permits issued December 2015 included 159 oil, 42 gas, 440 oil or gas, 54 injection, two service and 30 other permits.
 
In December 2015, Commission staff processed 788 oil, 151 gas, 53 injection and one other completions compared to 1,559 oil, 353 gas, 45 injection and two other completions in December 2014. Total well completions for 2015 are 19,503; down from 29,554 recorded in 2014. 
 
According to Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of January 8 was 308, representing about 46 percent of all active rigs in the United States. 
 
For additional drilling permit and completion statistics, visit the Commission's website at http://www.rrc.texas.gov/oil-gas/research-and-statistics/well-information/monthly-drilling-completion-and-plugging-summaries/
 
TABLE 1 - DECEMBER TEXAS OIL AND GAS DRILLING PERMITS AND COMPLETIONS BY RAILROAD COMMISSION OF TEXAS DISTRICT*
DISTRICT
PERMITS TO DRILL OIL/GAS HOLES
OIL COMPLETIONS
GAS COMPLETIONS
(1) SAN ANTONIO AREA
87
183
30
(2) REFUGIO AREA
109
99
13
(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS
26
42
7
(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS
12
6
24
(5) EAST CENTRAL TX
10
3 1
(6) EAST TEXAS
18
5 8
(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX
30
18 3
(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA
52
69 0
(8) MIDLAND
275
256 14
(8A) LUBBOCK AREA
45
34 0
(9) NORTH TEXAS
49
47 5
(10) PANHANDLE
14
26 46
*A district map is available on the Railroad Commission of Texas website at http://www.rrc.texas.gov/media/21430/districts_color_8x11.pdf

GLADEWATER MAN KILLED IN PLANE CRASH

At approximately 01:30am Troopers in Upshur County advised they were notified by the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department that they had a confirmed plane crash. The crash is located just west of Hwy 271 near Eagle Road (coordinates 32.684402 -94.94935) on a ranch in a field. The FAA had notified Upshur County of a missing plane earlier this evening that had left the airport in Sulphur Springs en route to Gilmer that had not shown up. The FAA was notified that the plane had been found and investigators from their agency are enroute. 
The deceased pilot has been identified as Samuel Oliver Lucky W/M 05/29/42 from Gladewater. The passenger who was flown to ETMC Tyler in critical condition was identified as Pamela Rickman Lucky W/F 10/03/58 also of Gladewater. Upshur County JP 3 Rhonda Welch was called to the scene and pronounced the pilot deceased. Troopers are holding the scene until the FAA and NTSB arrive on scene.
 
No further information at this time. 

DISTRICT JUDGE HANDS DOWN SENTENCES

BY PHILLIP WILLIAMS/Correspondent

GILMER--115th District Judge Lauren Parish sentenced seven persons on felony charges between Jan. 6 and 8, said Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd's office.

Details of the sentencings, all of which occurred Jan. 8 except the first listed, were as follows, Byrd's office reported:

Ashley Nichole Grubbs, 27, of Gilmer, was placed on four years "deferred adjudication" probation Jan. 6 upon pleading guilty to theft of property--less than $1,500 with two or more previous convictions.

Defendants who successfully complete deferred adjudication probation have no permanent convictions on their records. However, if such probation is revoked, the defendant can receive up to the maximum sentence for the offense.

Gilmer police investigated Grubbs' Oct. 4, 2013 offense. Some terms of her probation include a $1,000 fine, $318 court costs, a $50 Crimestoppers fee, paying $100 to the crime victim fund, 400 hours of community service, an alcohol/drug evaluation, training in life skills and "theft classes."

Assistant District Attorney Natalie A. Miller represented the state at sentencing. Longview attorney John Moore represented the defendant.

John Douglas Stockstill, 47, of Pittsburg, drew five years in prison for driving while intoxicated; subsequent offense when his probation on that charge was revoked.

Stockstill admitted violating terms of probation for the Dec. 15, 2012, offense, which the Upshur County Sheriff's Office investigated. Miller represented the state at sentencing; Gilmer attorney Matthew Patton represented Stockstill.    

John Patrick Davitt, 52, of Gilmer, was placed on three years regular probation of a two-year state jail term upon pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance--less than one gram of methamphetamine. 

The sheriff's office investigated the May 12 offense.

Some terms of his probation include $333 court costs, a $1,000 fine, a $50 Crimestoppers fee, a $100 contribution to the crime victim fund, a $180 fee for testing of the methamphetamine by the Texas Department of Public Safety, 240 hours of community service, an alcohol/drug evaluation, training in life skills, and suspension of his driver's license for a year.

Byrd represented the state at sentencing. Gilmer attorney Mike Martin represented Davitt.

William Robert Peveto, 51, of Carthage, drew 14 months in state jail after pleading guilty to burglary of a building. The sheriff's office probed the Feb.10, 2015 crime.

Byrd represented the state. Gladewater attorney Barry Wallace represented Peveto.  

Martin Gene Gilbert, 41, of Gilmer, received two consecutive 15-month state jail terms for forgery and credit card abuse after his probation on those charges was revoked.

Gilbert admitted violating terms of probation for the May 18, 2011 credit card offense and the Dec. 28, 2011 forgery. Gilmer police investigated both.

Byrd represented the state in the cases. Longview attorney Edward Choy represented Gilbert.

Payton Cole Wisdom, 19, of Gilmer, drew two concurrent 20-month state jail terms when his probation on two charges was revoked-- burglary of a building, and theft of property of the value of $1,500 or more but less than $20,000.

He admitted violating terms of probation for the Nov. 5, 2013 burglary and Nov. 27, 2013 theft. The sheriff's office investigated both cases.

Byrd and Choy handled the sentencing.  

James Alton Murrell Jr., 47, of Gilmer, received nine months in state jail Friday for possession of a controlled substance--less than one gram of cocaine.

Gilmer police investigated the July 2, 2015 offense. Byrd and Patton handled the sentencing.

 

 

GLADEWATER MAN KILLED IN PLANE CRASH (2)

At approximately 01:30am Troopers in Upshur County advised they were notified by the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department that they had a confirmed plane crash. The crash is located just west of Hwy 271 near Eagle Road (coordinates 32.684402 -94.94935) on a ranch in a field. The FAA had notified Upshur County of a missing plane earlier this evening that had left the airport in Sulphur Springs en route to Gilmer that had not shown up. The FAA was notified that the plane had been found and investigators from their agency are enroute. 
The deceased pilot has been identified as Samuel Oliver Lucky W/M 05/29/42 from Gladewater. The passenger who was flown to ETMC Tyler in critical condition was identified as Pamela Rickman Lucky W/F 10/03/58 also of Gladewater. Upshur County JP 3 Rhonda Welch was called to the scene and pronounced the pilot deceased. Troopers are holding the scene until the FAA and NTSB arrive on scene.
 
No further information at this time. 

Governor Abbott To Lead Business Development Mission To Israel, Switzerland

 

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott will lead a business development mission to Israel and Switzerland from Monday, January 18th through Friday, January 22nd, 2016. Governor Abbott’s trip will focus on increasing foreign direct investment in Texas. During the trip, the Governor will tour businesses, hold meetings with public officials and business executives in both countries, and participate at the World Economic Forum in Davos. This will be Governor Abbott’s third international business development trip since taking office. 

 

 

 

“The combination of Texas’ low-tax, low-regulation environment and our skilled workforce is attracting more foreign direct investment to make the Lone Star State a hub for global commerce,” said Governor Abbott. “Our proven model stands out among states and, indeed, among nations as a beacon for free enterprise and economic prosperity. I look forward to building ties with new international business partners and strengthening Texas’ economic relationships across the globe.”

 

 

 

Governor Abbott’s trip comes after IBM's 2015 Global Location Trends Facts & Figures reportnamed Texas the #1 state in the United States for foreign and domestic investment, based on the number of jobs.

 

 

 

“TexasOne is proud to support Governor Abbott in his efforts to expand business relationships and create additional trade opportunities for the State of Texas in Israel and Switzerland,” said Tracye McDaniel, President and CEO of Texas Economic Development Corporation and TexasOne. “We look forward to further strengthening economic ties in these key markets and to identifying opportunities to grow Texas’ target industries—life sciences, financial services, manufacturing and energy.”

 

 

“Israel appreciates the close relationship that Governor Greg Abbott has nurtured, both economically and politically. We look forward to many more collaborations, especially in the areas of water, energy and technology,” said Consul General Eitan Levon, Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest United States.

 

 

 

 

The trip will be sponsored and paid for by TexasOne, the state’s Economic Development Corporation.