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Chris Bland picked for Gladewater Council

Chris Bland was selected from a field of eight to fill the Place 4 seat previously held by Gladewater City Councilman Delbert Burlison.
The Gladewater City Council deliberated for about one hour in executive session Thursday night before announcing their choice.
Councilman J.D. Shipp and Mayor Harold Wells thanked all who submitted letters of interest for the unexpired term. The council reviewed letters from Memori Ruesing, Mark Carpenter, Dr. Dennis Robertson, Paul Hall, Winn King and Brent Bailey, as well as Bland's letter.
Bland said he knew he had big shoes to fill, following Councilman Burlison, who passed away in May. Bland was instrumental in getting the $35 million Gladewater ISD bond passed. He is employed at Good Shepherd Administrative Services Organization, where he has been the Safety Manager since 2001.
Read more about the council's selection and the audience's reaction in next week's Gladewater Mirror.

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June 18, 2014 edition

March 26 Issue - Gladewater Mirror



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five years in prison May 2 for "unlawful restraint--risk of serious bodily injury" when his probation on that charge was revoked.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.


Chamber Winners, Medal of Honor Recipient Honored! Plus - join or CSI investigation!!!!

Pick up this week's Gladewater Mirror and see who all got honored at the annual Gladewater Chamber of Commerce banquet held last week. Also, read how M/Sgt. Travis Watkins - congressional medal of honor winner - was remembered last Saturday by his grandson and the Korean War Veterans. Read what this envelope has to do with one of the candidates for Gladewater mayor and see if you can help solve the mystery behind who wrote it. Pick up your copy today!