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TxDOT introduces “Please Be Seated” Hotline

Citizens can call hotline to report unrestrained children in vehicles

 Each year more children are killed or injured in vehicle crashes than by any disease.  Most of these casualties can be prevented by having children properly secured in the latest safety seats when riding in vehicles.  This is why the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is introducing the “Please Be Seated” hotline (903-799-1400) for citizens to call when they see a child riding unrestrained in a vehicle.

“We are not law enforcement, so we can’t write them out a ticket, but we will send them a letter explaining the dangers of not having their children properly restrained in their vehicle and remind them that they can be ticketed if children are seen riding in their vehicle not in a car seat,” said Irene Webster, Traffic Safety Specialist for TxDOT in the Atlanta District.

“Hotline callers must have the vehicle license number and a description of the vehicle.  Other beneficial information would include the location of the sighting (highway number, street name, town, etc.), date and time the offense was observed, how many children were observed unrestrained, sex of the driver, etc.,” Webster said.  “The person then just needs to call 903-799-1400 and leave a message with all pertinent information or they can e-mail me atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or can text me at 512-658-2467.”

Callers can remain anonymous and do not have to leave their name or contact information if they do not want.

 

“Anyone that doesn’t have a car seat or cannot afford one, there are several safety seat distribution programs and certified technicians available to assist them with getting one and instructing them on how to properly install the seat in their vehicle and secure their child in the seat.  To get more information about car seats, they can call the hotline or my office phone at 903-799-1221,” Webster said.

FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Gilmer ISD taxpayers forced to drive to Gilmer to vote

No more GISD polling places outside Gilmer

BY PHILLIP WILLIAMS

GILMER--The Gilmer School Board last week approved confining all election-day voting in the May 10 board election to Gilmer High School, thus discontinuing having additional polling places in East Mountain and Ewell.

In calling the election for three board seats now held by Todd Tefteller, Gloria King, and Mark Skinner, the board on Jan. 21 also approved continuing to hold early voting at the school administration building. School Supt. Rick Albritton said the reduction from four overall polling places (counting the administration building) to two would reduce election-day expenses by half.

Albritton said he recommended the change partly because the Upshur County Clerk's Office refused to continue assisting with the trustee election, meaning "our election costs are fixing to triple" if the board continued using multiple polling places.

That's because the school must contract with Hart Intercivic to program the machines, which Deputy County Clerk Gregg Dodson had been doing, Albritton indicated. The superintendent told The Mirror the school's estimated total cost of holding the election would have been about $10,000 instead of the usual $3,500 if GISD continued using multiple balloting sites on election day.

Hart will charge $6,200 to provide services, and reducing the number of polling places means the school will expend only $1,750 of the $3,500 for election expenses it normally bears (such as election judges and printing ballots), Albritton told the newspaper. Last year, he added, the county charged $443 for assisting with the City of Gilmer municipal election and the school election combined, and the city reimbursed the school $191.63 of that. 

Albritton also told the board that having multiple voting locations on election day caused a "lot of confusion" over where to vote, and that someone who goes to the wrong polling place may give up and not vote at all. "We're trying to make it simpler," he said, noting only 10 or 15 percent of registered voters participate in GISD board elections.

The board approved contracting with the City of Gilmer for holding the election. If either entity cancels its election (as allowed by state law when there are no contested races), the other entity bears all the election costs, said GISD Secretary Judy Moore, who has overseen early voting for some years.

Early voting in the school election is set April 28-May 6. Candidates file between Jan. 29 and Feb. 28.

 

GREGG COUNTY GRAND JURY FOR THE 188TH DISTRICT COURT JANUARY-JUNE TERM

GRAND JURY FOR THE 188TH DISTRICT COURT

JANUARY-JUNE TERM JANUARY 29TH & 30TH, 2014

 

 

GRAND JURY RETURNED 56 INDICTMENT WITH 14 SEALED DUE TO NO ARREST AT TIME OF INDICTMENT.

 

DEFENDANT

OFFENSE

OFFICER / WITNESS

JERRY GALLEGOS (32)

 

LONGVIEW, TX.

FORGERY

11.18.13

 

JAYLEEN SHAQUILLE PATTERSON (19)

 

LONGVIEW, T X.

BURGLARY OF A HABITATION

10.15.13

 

LADADRIAN DEONTAE KING (18)

 

LONGVIEW, TX.

BURGLARY OF A HABITATION

10.15.13

 

FRANCISCO BENITEZ (20)

 

LONGVIEW, TX.

AGGRAVATED ROBBERY

10.20.13

 

GENARO VILLELA (18)

 

LONGVIEW, TX.

AGGRAVATED ROBBERY

10.20.13

 

TERENCE JERONE TURNER (27)

 

LONGVIEW, TX.

ORGANIZED RETAIL THEFT IN AN AMOUNT OF $1,500 OR MORE BUT LESS THAN $20,000;

ORGANIZED RETAIL THEFT IN AN AMOUNT OF $500 OR MORE BUT LESS THAN $1,500

12.23.13

 

ASHANTI DRAPER (25)

 

SHREVEPORT, LA.

ORGANIZED RETAIL THEFT IN AN AMOUNT OF $1,500 OR MORE BUT LESS THAN $20,000;

ORGANIZED RETAIL THEFT IN AN AMOUNT OF $500 OR MORE BUT LESS THAN $1,500

12.23.13

 

DONALD RAY DUDLEY (50)

 

LONGVIEW, TX.

THEFT HABITUAL

12.18.13

 

TIFFANY NICHOLE KING (29)

 

LONGVIEW, TX.

DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED 3RD OR MORE

11.20.13

 

CRYSTAL SLACK STAPLES (38)

 

OVERTON, TX.

ASSAULT AGAINST A PUBLIC SERVANT

12-01-2013

 

CHASE ALLEN MCCLELLAND (18)

 

GLADEWATER, TX.

BURGLARY OF A HABITATION

09-15-2012

 

KAMREN KYLE HIGGINBOTHAM (33)

 

LONGVIEW, TX.

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

10-29-2013

 

WAYNETTA MARIA JACKSON (37)

 

OVERTON, TX.

THEFT HABITUAL

11-08-2013

 

DEEDRICK SHAMON PEGUES; A/K/A DEEDRICK SHAMON JOHNSON (29)

 

GLADEWATER, TX.

THEFT HABITUAL

11-18-2013

 

RODNEY DALE BECHTOLD (40)

 

LONGVIEW, TX.

ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE BY IMPEDING BREATH OR BLOOD

11.3.13

 

JAQUAVIOUS WILLIAMS (19)

 

LONGVIEW, TX.

EVADING ARREST/DETENTION WITH PREVIOUS CONVICTION

12.13.13

 

LEON MARTINEZ (42)

 

LONGVIEW TX.

ASSAULT-FAMILY VIOLENCE; ENHANCED

10.03.13

 

ESTEBAN DANIEL PITMAN (30)

 

LONGVIEW, TX.

CONTINUOUS VIOLENCE AGAINST THE FAMILY

5.28.13 &

10.25.13

 

MOSES HENRY SAUM (35)

 

LONGVIEW, TX.

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE

11.8.13

 

BILLY LEE YOUNG (23)

 

LONGVIEW, TX.

ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE BY IMPEDING BREATH OR BLOOD;

ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE ENHANCED

11.14.13

 

 

 

 

 

 

JEFFERY JACKSON (37)

 

LONGVIEW, TX.

ASSAULT-FAMILY VIOLENCE ENHANCED

12.7.13

 

DAVID NEAL BRAY (24)

 

LONGVIEW, TX.

ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE ENHANCED

11.11.13

&

11.25.13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALON DEL MOSLEY (61)

 

KILGORE, TX.

ASSAULT-FAMILY VIOLENCE

12.22.13

 

CRYSTAL NICOLE DUNCAN (32)

 

KILGORE, TX.

DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED 3RD OR MORE

11.20.12

 

GEORGE LOVELL SHEPPARD,  IV (29)

 

KILGORE, TX.

FORGERY

10-09-2013

 

LORENA CLY (45)

 

HENDERSON, TX.

DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED WITH CHILD PASSENGER

12-14-2012

 

LASHAWNA LEIGH WALSH (32)

 

HENDERSON, TX.

DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED WITH CHILD PASSENGER

01-30-2013

 

GRAIGORY ADAM GARRETT (25)

 

SHREVEPORT, LA.

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITH INTENT TO DELIVER

12-04-2012

 

OLLIE QUINN NYMAN, III (25)

 

SHREVEPORT, LA.

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITH INTENT TO DELIVER

12-04-2012

 

MILTON GENE MURPHY (62)

 

HENDERSON, TX.

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

12-02-2011

 

CORNELIUS MURPHY (22)

 

 

HENDERSON, TX.

POSSESSION OF MARIHUANA

12-02-2011

 

KEENA COOPER (29)

 

GLADEWATER, TX.

THEFT; UNAUTHORIZED USE OF A MOTOR-PROPELLED VEHICLE

05-04-2013

&

05-05-2013

 

KEENA COOPER (29)

 

GLADEWATER, TX.

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

5.05.13

 

NATHAN DANIEL SHULTZ (28)

 

MARSHALL, TX.

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

09-10-2013

 

RODNEYCANTRELL TATUM (17)

 

LONGVIEW, TX.

EVADING ARREST OR DETENTION HABITUAL

12.27.13

 

MARVIN NORMAN GREENING (43)

 

LUFKIN, TX.

BURGLARY OF A HABITATION;

EVADING ARREST OR DETENTION WITH A VEHICLE

12.18.13

 

IRVING ISAAC MARTINEZ (23)

 

LONGVIEW, TX.

BURGLARY OF A HABITATION

7.18.2013

 

CHRISTOPHER LYNN GIPSON (22)

 

LONGVIEW, TX.

BURGLARY OF A HABITATION

11.26.13

 

JOHN HOUSTON BROWN

 

KILGORE, TX.

UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY FELON

12.19.13

 

LISA MICHELLE FLEMING (32)

 

WINONA, TX.

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

10.17.13

 

RODNEY DALE BECHTOLD (40)

 

LONGVIEW, TX.

EVADING ARREST OR DETENTION WITH A VEHICLE

11.3.13

 

ROBERT DEERING (35)

 

GLADEWATER, TX.

THEFT OF PROPERTY OVER THE VALUE OF $20,000 BUT LESS THAN $100,000

01.02.14

 

 

 

GRAND JURY INDICTMENTS FOR GREGG COUNTY

THE FOLLOWING IS THE LIST OF GRAND JURY INDICTMENTS FOR GREGG COUNTY FOR JANUARY 15 & 16, 2014.

 

GRAND JURY FOR THE 188TH DISTRICT COURT

JANUARY-DECEMBER TERM

JANUARY 15TH & 16TH, 2014

 

(NOTE:  GRAND JURY RETURNED 64 INDICTMENTS WIH 9 SEALED DUE TO NO ARREST AT TIME OF INDICTMENT.)

DEFENDANT, AGE, HOMETOWN, OFFENSE, DATE OF OFFENSE:

 

CORINNA ALCORTA MEDRANO (38) - GLADEWATER, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - 05-29-2013                   

JAMES LEE ABSHIRE (38) - GLADEWATER, TX.               - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 9.7.13       

                  

JAMES LEE ABSHIRE (38) - GLADEWATER, TX.               - THEFT HABITUAL - 11.19.13

 

OLANDA CEPEDA GREEN (50) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 4.6.13

                                  

RICHARD ALLEN YOHE (47) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 6.26.2013

                                  

MARTHA BARRETT (26) - GILMER TX.               - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM; POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AN AMOUNT OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 7.20.13      

                  

SHAWN ALLEN HAMILTON (45) - LONGVIEW, TX. -DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED 3rd OR MORE - 08-26-2013

                                  

JACOB PITTMAN (32) - LONGVIEW, TX. - DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED 3rd OR MORE - 11-11-2013   

                  

ROBIN NICOLE WRIGHT (37) - WINONA, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - 10-27-2012

                                  

DAVID ELLIS WILSON JR. (39) - TATUM, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - 04-30-2013

                                  

KRISTINA NICOLE YOUNG (35) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 7.25.2013             

                  

JOHN L. WILBOURN (62) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 7.12.13   

                  

RUBY LANITA WILKINSON (64) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 7.20.13

                                  

CORTNEY ORLANDO WICKWARE (37) - TYLER, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF ONE GRAM OR MORE BUT LESS THAN FOUR GRAMS - 7.26.13             

                                                                             

MARCUS EUGENE WILLIAMS (39) - KILGORE, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF ONE GRAM OR MORE BUT LESS THAN FOUR GRAMS - 7.12.13         

                  

RONALD JOE SMITH (50) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 7.11.13   

                  

BILLY LINDELL PEARSON (50) - HENDERSON, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 8.14.13

                                  

BRANDON PRESLEY PICKETT (21) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 7.5.13

                                  

RICHARD EARL MILLER (56) - HENDERSON, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 7.3.13     

                  

JEFFREY WAYNE LAWRENCE (28) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT OF FOUR GRAMS OR MORE BUT LESS THAN 200 GRAMS WITH INTENT TO DELIVER; POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF FOUR GRAMS OR MORE BUT LESS THAN 200 GRAMS - 04.10.13

                                  

SHIRLEY DOTSON FINLEY (42) - KILGORE, TX.               - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - 08-22-2013

                                  

JOHN MELVIN THOMPSON III (43) - KILGORE, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - 08-20-2013             

                  

JOSEPH DANIEL ORTIZ (30) - LONGVIEW, TX. -              POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITH INTENT TO DELIVER - 06-26-2013                                  

 

STEPHEN DAVID FORD (53) - LONGVIEW, TX.- POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - 08-15-2013     

                  

CORY JSAMARD FORD (26) - LONGVIEW, TX. -              POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - 08-09-2013

                                  

JACE CAMPISE (23) - GILMER, TX. -POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - 06-12-2013

                                  

CORINNA ALCORTA MEDRANO (38) - GLADEWATER, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - 05-29-2013                   

SCOTT ALAN HANNING (35) - HENDERSON, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - 06-24-2013

                                  

PEGGY ELAINE BURNETT (50) - OVERTON, TX.              - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - 09-07-2013

                                  

TERRENCE TERRELL STEPHENSON (32) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITH INTENT TO DELIVER - 06-10-2013  

                  

KRISTEN LEE STRADER (26) - LONGVIEW, TX.                - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - 08-18-2013    

                  

CARLTON RAY CHAMPION, JR. (20) - LONGVIEW, TX. - UNAUTHORIZED USE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - 12.9.13

                                  

JOHN MICHAEL BOWDEN (46) - LONGVIEW, TX. - UNAUTHORIZED USE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - 10.27.13

                                                                   

CARL DOUGLAS STOKESBERRY (35) - LONGVIEW, TX. -              THEFT OF PROPERTY IN AN AMOUNT OF $20,000 OR MORE BUT LESS THAN $100,000 - 10.1.13 

                  

CARL DOUGLAS STOKESBERRY (35) - LONGVIEW, TX. -              DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED 3RD OR MORE - 10.1.13               

                  

ANDRES VILLARREAL (36) - LONGVIEW, TX. - DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED 3RD OR MORE - 2.15.13               

                  

JOHN GABRIEL KING (22) - HALLSVILLE, TX. - EVADING ARREST OR DETENTION WITH VEHICLE -10.24.13

                                  

CEDRIC EARL JONES (50) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 8.3.13                     

  

DAQUAYIVIOUS DEJVAN FOWLKES (19) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF ONE GRAM OR MORE BUT LESS THAN FOUR GRAMS - 7.6.13                               

  

ADARIUS QUNTA DAVENPORT (34) – LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF ONE GRAM OR MORE BUT LESS THAN FOUR GRAMS - 7.16.13

                                  

PATRICIA ANN DELACERDA (50) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF ONE GRAM OR MORE BUT LESS THAN FOUR GRAMS - 8.31.13         

                  

TUCKER BYRON BAILEY (30) - LONGVIEW, TX.               - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 6.28.13                     

  

KENDRICK LOYD ALEXANDER (34) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 4.10.13     

                  

CHARLES DESMOND KING (40) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 8.3.13

                                  

BRANTAJA DEWAYNE HOLLOWAY-BLEVINS (21) - KILGORE, TX. - TAMPERING WITH PHYSICAL EVIDENCE - 8.20.13                         

JERRY DALE SESSUM (45) - HALLSVILLE, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 6.10.13   

  

MINDI RENEE SUMMERTON (35) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 6.10.13

                                  

DELDRIC DENSON (34) - PLAINVIEW, LA. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF FOUR GRAMS OR MORE BUT LESS THAN 200 GRAMS - 6.2.13        

                  

RAMIRO GUZMAN PEREZ (34) - KILGORE, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 8.17.13                   

  

GREGORY DEWAYNE JENKINS (48) - LONGVIEW, TX. - THEFT HABITUAL - 11.3.13

                  

DEXTER DESHUN WARD (25) - LONGVIEW, TX. - THEFT HABITUAL - 10.26.13

                                  

FELIPIA UNJEANETTA JACKSON (42) - LONGVIEW, TX. - THEFT HABITUAL - 11.24.13            

                  

RUIE BERNARD LACY (47) - LONGVIEW, TX. - THEFT HABITUAL - 11.22.13               

                  

THOMAS EARL RICHARDSON (54) - LONGVIEW, TX. - THEFT HABITUAL - 11.2.13   

                  

 

DONALD RAY BELL (52) - LONGVIEW, TX. - THEFT HABITUAL - 11.1.13                       

GLADEWATER RECEIVES GRANT FOR DOWNTOWN LIGHTS

The City of Gladewater was recently named a 2013 grant recipient of the Anice Read Fund, a grant program of the Texas Downtown Association (TDA) and the Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT).  Gladewater was awarded $2,500.00 to assist with completion of a downtown lighting project. The downtown lighting project is has been made possible through a cooperative effort from  the city of Gladewater, the Gladewater Main Street Program, the Gladewater Economic Development Corporation (GEDCO), and private donors.    

The Anice Read Fund was formed in 1999 to honor the legacy of Anice Read of Austin, East Texas Gusher Days.  Anice was a tireless supporter of Texas downtowns and is credited with founding TDA and bringing the Main Street program model to the state.  Three years after her retirement, following a battle with cancer, Mrs. Read passed away on November 30, 1999.

The first grants from the Anice Read Fund were awarded in 2000. Since that time, more than $65,000.00 has been awarded, leveraging more than $4.6 million for downtown projects. 

Grants from the Anice Read Fund are only available to members of the TDA and must have a downtown element to be eligible. Projects considered include physical projects, professional development, or program development.

Day to day operations of the Anice Read Fund are managed by the Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) in Dallas, which oversees funds organizations, families and businesses from across Texas.  TDA chose this partnership so that donors to the fund could receive the maximum tax benefit permitted by the law.  

The Texas Downtown Association, established in 1985, is a statewide nonprofit organization comprised of almost 400 members involved in downtown revitalization projects.  TDA provides resources to members through networking opportunities, marketing, education and advocacy to achieve community goals.  For more information, visit www.texasdowntown.org.