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GILMER--115th District Judge Lauren Parish sentenced seven persons on felony and/or misdemeanor charges between April 29 and May 2, said Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd's office.

Details were as follows, the office reported:

Carwin Dewain Cooper, 25, of Gladewater, received five years in prison May 2 for "unlawful restraint--risk of serious bodily injury" when his probation on that charge was revoked.

Cooper admitted violating terms of probation for his Feb. 10, 2013 crime, which Gilmer police investigated. Byrd represented the state in the revocation; Longview attorney Scott Novy represented Cooper.

All other sentencings occurred April 29.

Brandon Antonio Hodge, 34, of Big Sandy, received 22 months in state jail upon pleading guilty to delivery of a controlled substance--methamphetamine.

The Upshur County Sheriff's Office probed the May 3, 2013 offense. Byrd represented the state at sentencing, while Longview attorney Edward Choy represented Hodge.

Christopher Lee Evans, 17, of Gilmer, was placed on seven years "deferred adjudication" probation upon pleading guilty to burglary of habitation.

"Deferred adjudication" means no final conviction appears on a defendant's record if he/she successfully completes probation. But if such probation is revoked, the maximum sentence for the crime can be imposed.

Gilmer police investigated Evans's March 11 offense. Some conditions of his probation include a $1,000 fine, 400 hours of commuity service, and no contact with co-defendants.

Assistant District Attorney Natalie Miller represented the state at sentencing. Gilmer attorney Matthew Patton represented Evans.

Bobbie Renee Wagner, 32, of Gilmer, was placed on probation upon pleading guilty to a felony offense, but also sentenced to 180 days in county jail when her probation for misdemeanor attempted forgery was revoked.

Wagner was placed on five years "deferred adjudication" for debit card abuse. Some of her terms of probation include entering a drug treatment center in Bowie County (remaining in Upshur County Jail until a bed opens there), a $1,000 fine, 300 hours of community service and making $311 restitution to the victim.

Gilmer police investigated the April 24, 2013 crime.

In the misdemeanor case,  Wagner admitting violating terms of her probation. Big Sandy police probed that Oct. 29, 2011 offense.

Byrd represented the state in her cases. Longview attorney John Moore represented Wagner.

Justin Lynn Hanson, 20, of Keller, received seven years deferred adjudication probation after pleading guilty to burglary of building--engaging in organized criminal activity.

The Sheriff's Office probed the Jan. 10 crime. Some terms of Hanson's probation include a $2,000 fine and 400 hours of community service.

Byrd and Novy handled the case.

Anthony Seven Bouchereau, 20, of Gilmer, drew 16 months in state jail upon pleading guilty to theft of property of the value of $1,500 or more but less than $20,000.

The Sheriff's Office probed the Nov. 27, 2013 offense. Miller and Moore handled the sentencing.

In a misdemeanor case, a 20-year-old Gladewater man was sentenced to 300 days in county jail for unlawful carrying of a weapon when his probation on that charge was revoked. 

He admitted violating terms of probation for the April 1, 2013 offense, which Gladewater police investigated.




Gregg County Pct. 3 Constable Michael Baggett said Monday he was taking a leave from his position. This comes on the heels of his reported arrest in Franklin County on DWI charges.

According to the press release - "I am voluntarily taking leave from my position as Gregg County Precinct #3 Constable to take care of my personal health and medical needs following an incident that occurred recently in Franklin County, Texas. I believe it is in the best interests of myself, my family, and my constituents for me to take this time to regain my focus and my health. During my absence the duties of my office will be carried out by the Gregg County Precinct #3 Deputy Constables with the assistance of other Gregg County law enforcement officers."

Baggett's office is located in Gladewater.
Department of Public Safety troopers reportedly arrested Baggett March 26 at 7:30 p.m. near Texas 37 and FM 3357 north of Winnsboro. Baggett posted a $2,500 bond Thursday and was released from the Franklin County Jail.


March 26 Issue - Gladewater Mirror


A 21-year-old Gladewater man has been indicted by a Gregg County grand jury in connection with the 2013 murder of 17-year-old Kayla Elizabeth Williams of Hallsville.

According to the Gregg County District Attorney's Office, Coby Ray Hudgins was indicted on a charge of murder last week. The indictment was one of 57 indictments returned, with 20 sealed due to no arrest at time of indictment.

The murder occurred on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at approximately 9:12 p.m. Kilgore Police Officers responded to 3009 Mustang Dr., Kilgore due to a report of a person being shot. Upon arrival, police found Kayla Elizabeth Williams, 17, of Hallsville, deceased within the residence from an apparent gunshot wound. 

Witnesses identified Coby Ray Hudgins as the person who shot Kayla Williams with a handgun and left the residence prior to arrival of police. Williams had reportedly been at the residence with a small group of friends visiting Hudgins.

 According to a Kilgore police press release, Hudgins, upon leaving the residence, was soon involved in a motor vehicle crash on FM 2087 and arrested by the Texas Department of Public Safety for DWI. After initial investigation by the Kilgore Police Department's Criminal Investigation Unit, Hudgins was charged with murder. 

Coby Hudgins' bond was set at $1,000 for the DWI and $100,000 for the murder charge.

TPW Commission Approves Expanded Mule Deer, Extended Squirrel Hunting Seasons

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its Thursday, March 27 public hearing approved expanded mule deer hunting in several counties and extended squirrel season across parts of East Texas.

An archery-only open season and 16-day general season for mule deer in Knox County, and a nine-day general season for mule deer in Castro, Hale and Lubbock counties will be in effect for the 2014-15 hunting seasons. The mule deer season had previously been closed in these counties. The Commission also clarified that use of antlerless mule deer permits would not count against a hunter’s county bag limit, nor require an antlerless mule deer tag from a hunting license.  In addition, the use of the permit was extended to be used in archery season with archery equipment only.

The Commission also approved extending squirrel hunting season in 51 East Texas counties to the end of February and permit the use of air rifles meeting minimum standards of 600 fps (feet per second) muzzle velocity, fired from the shoulder (no handguns) and having projectiles of at least .177 caliber. The Commission also eliminated bag and possession limits on squirrel in 12 counties in north-central Texas.

In other Commission action, effective for the spring 2015 season, turkey hunters in East Texas can use mobile technology for mandatory reporting of harvested Eastern turkeys. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is developing a mobile app and a web-based harvest reporting form to facilitate the process electronically.

In addition, a provision prohibiting possession of firearms while hunting deer or turkey during an open archery season has been removed. Lawful archery equipment remains the only means authorized to take deer or turkey during archery season.

Also, the Commission clarified that holders of a valid Texas Lifetime Hunting License must still acquire and use tags annually where tagging of harvested game is required.

The Commission also shortened by one month the current year-round open season for desert bighorn sheep and eliminated the requirement of a landowner affidavit for skulls and horns found in the wild. Persons who find desert bighorn sheep skulls or horns and wish to lawfully possess, must still notify the department within 48 hours and make arrangements to have them plugged.

All regulation changes take effect Sept. 1, 2014.