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GLADEWATER MAN GETS 5 YEARS IN PRISON

BY PHIILLIP WILLIAMS/Correspondent

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five years in prison May 2 for "unlawful restraint--risk of serious bodily injury" when his probation on that charge was revoked.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to a felony offense, but also sentenced to 180 days in county jail when her probation for misdemeanor attempted forgery was revoked.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.

 

MAY 7th GLADEWATER MIRROR

CITY OF GLADEWATER BOARD's RECRUITMENT AND APPOINTMENT POLICY

 
The City of Gladewater is seeking volunteers to serve on its various boards. The City Council recently revised its board member selection policies in an effort to broaden its scope and open the process up to a wider field of applicants.
Below is the city's policy and its various boards. The form can be obtained at the city's website: http://www.cityofgladewater.com/
 
REVISED POSTING: The previous posting contained information that was not updated. The information below is the newest version and contains the policy amended by the city council on Aug. 15, 2013.

CITY OF GLADEWATER
BOARD RECRUITMENT AND APPOINTMENT POLICY
Adopted August 15, 2013

PURPOSE

The City of Gladewater wishes to encourage community involvement by engaging citizens of diverse backgrounds, skill sets and innovative ideals to serve on city boards. To accomplish the goal of greater participation in city government, the city will endeavor to actively recruit interested individuals through a variety of public media resources.

Each board is structured by ordinance as to the purpose, number of members, terms, requirements and meeting frequency. 

City appointed boards consist of; Airport, Cemetery, GEDCO, Lake, Library, Main Street, Planning and Zoning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustments.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

The following individuals are eligible to serve City of Gladewater boards and commissions;

Ad-valorem tax-paying residents, business owners, renters and/or lessees of property within the corporate city limits of Gladewater; and/or
Individuals possessing specific knowledge, skill sets or expertise that have demonstrated interest in the betterment of Gladewater.

RECRUITMENT PROCESS

All persons interested in serving on a City appointed board must do so by submitting an application form provided by the City Secretary.
A recruitment notice will be published in the Gladewater Mirror and Longview News Journal twice each year with information on the various boards and the application process.
A permanent notice will be posted on the City of Gladewater website along with the application form.
City officials are to improve public awareness and encourage public service by speaking at civic organizations regarding the various city boards and their functions.

REVIEW AND APPOINTMENT PROCESS

City Secretary to receive and review applications for completeness and eligibility. Once eligibility is determined, applications are forwarded to each board for consideration. 
Each board will give consideration to the pool of applicants and submit a written nomination to the City Secretary. 
The City Secretary will place board nominations on the November City Council agenda for consideration. The City Council will give careful consideration to entire pool of applicants and the nomination submitted by each board before making respective board appointment.
The City Council may appoint any of its members to serve as an ex-officio member of any board.

BOARDS APPOINTED BY THE GLADEWATER CITY COUNCIL


AIRPORT BOARD – Meets 1st Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Gladewater Municipal Airport.

Board is composed of seven members, each serving two year terms. The Airport Board acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council and is responsible for making recommendations in respect to ground leases, construction, expansion, improvements, future plans and maintenance and operation of the airport.

CEMETERY BOARD – Meets as needed on the 3rd Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at City Hall.

The Cemetery Board is composed of seven members, each serving two year terms. The Board is to act in an advisory capacity to the City Council concerning the efficient operation and maintenance of Gladewater Memorial Park Cemetery and Gay-Haggans Cemetery.

GLADEWATER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (GEDCO) BOARD – Meets 3rd Wednesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce.

Board consists of five members, each serving three year terms with a two term limit. GEDCO is a separate incorporated entity and operates under its own by-laws to further economic growth by recruitment or expansion of manufacturing/industrial businesses in Gladewater. 

GLADEWATER HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD – Meetings are called by the Housing Authority Director. 

This five member board is appointed by the Mayor for two year terms and is organized as a separate entity for the purpose of efficient operation and maintenance of affordable housing complexes throughout Gladewater as established by state statute.

LAKE BOARD – Meets bi-monthly on 1st Monday at 6:00 p.m. at Lake Office.

The Lake Board is composed of seven members, each serving two year terms. The Board is to act in an advisory capacity to the City Council regarding recreational activities at Lake Gladewater, making recommendations to the City Council on maintenance, improvements, and control of said activities.

LIBRARY BOARD – Meets as needed on 1st Monday after the 15th of the month at 5:00 p.m. at Lee Public Library.

The Library Board is composed of seven members, each serving two year terms. The Board is to act in an advisory capacity to the City Council to promote the library and to assist the librarian in the efficient operation of the library.

MAIN STREET BOARD – Meets on 1st Thursday each month at 9:00 a.m. at City Hall.

The Main Street Board is composed of nine members, each serving three year terms. This Board serves in an advisory capacity to the City Council to assist in historic preservation and revitalization of the central business district.

PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION – Meets as needed on the 2nd Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

The Planning & Zoning Commission is composed of seven members, each serving two year terms. This Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the City Council regarding the platting and recording of subdivisions or additions within the corporate limits or within one mile of city limits. They conduct public hearings regarding applications for zoning changes, future zoning plans, plan for future developments, streets and alley-ways and make such recommendations to the City Council.

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS – Meets as needed on 2nd Thursday at 1:15 p.m. at City Hall.

This Board consists of seven members, each serving two year terms. The Zoning Board of Adjustments hears and decides all appeals and renders an interpretation of the zoning regulations, or where it is alleged that there is error in any order, requirement or determination made by the Building Inspector. The Board hears and decides upon application for special exceptions and variances from zoning regulations

HISTORICAL PRESERVATION LIAISON

This liaison serves at the pleasure of the City Council for a two-year term, and may be reappointed to consecutive terms. The Liaison shall have a demonstrated interest, competence or knowledge in historic preservation within the city. They help coordinate restoration or preservation projects, educate the community about its rich historical legacy and encourage historical preservation.
Photo: REVISED POSTING: The previous posting contained information that was not updated. The information below is the newest version and contains the policy amended by the city council on Aug. 15, 2013.

CITY OF GLADEWATER
BOARD RECRUITMENT AND APPOINTMENT POLICY
Adopted August 15, 2013

PURPOSE

The City of Gladewater wishes to encourage community involvement by engaging citizens of diverse backgrounds, skill sets and innovative ideals to serve on city boards.  To accomplish the goal of greater participation in city government, the city will endeavor to actively recruit interested individuals through a variety of public media resources.

Each board is structured by ordinance as to the purpose, number of members, terms, requirements and meeting frequency.  

City appointed boards consist of; Airport, Cemetery, GEDCO, Lake, Library, Main Street, Planning and Zoning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustments.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

The following individuals are eligible to serve City of Gladewater boards and commissions;

Ad-valorem tax-paying residents, business owners, renters and/or lessees of property within the corporate city limits of Gladewater; and/or
Individuals possessing specific knowledge, skill sets or expertise that have demonstrated interest in the betterment of Gladewater.

RECRUITMENT PROCESS

All persons interested in serving on a City appointed board must do so by submitting an application form provided by the City Secretary.
A recruitment notice will be published in the Gladewater Mirror and Longview News Journal twice each year with information on the various boards and the application process.
A permanent notice will be posted on the City of Gladewater website along with the application form.
City officials are to improve public awareness and encourage public service by speaking at civic organizations regarding the various city boards and their functions.

REVIEW AND APPOINTMENT PROCESS

City Secretary to receive and review applications for completeness and eligibility.  Once eligibility is determined, applications are forwarded to each board for consideration.  
Each board will give consideration to the pool of applicants and submit a written nomination to the City Secretary.  
The City Secretary will place board nominations on the November City Council agenda for consideration.  The City Council will give careful consideration to entire pool of applicants and the nomination submitted by each board before making respective board appointment.
The City Council may appoint any of its members to serve as an ex-officio member of any board.

BOARDS APPOINTED BY THE GLADEWATER CITY COUNCIL


AIRPORT BOARD – Meets 1st Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Gladewater Municipal Airport.

Board is composed of seven members, each serving two year terms.  The Airport Board acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council and is responsible for making recommendations in respect to ground leases, construction, expansion, improvements, future plans and maintenance and operation of the airport.

CEMETERY BOARD – Meets as needed on the 3rd Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at City Hall.

The Cemetery Board is composed of seven members, each serving two year terms.  The Board is to act in an advisory capacity to the City Council concerning the efficient operation and maintenance of Gladewater Memorial Park Cemetery and Gay-Haggans Cemetery.

GLADEWATER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (GEDCO) BOARD – Meets 3rd Wednesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce.

Board consists of five members, each serving three year terms with a two term limit.  GEDCO is a separate incorporated entity and operates under its own by-laws to further economic growth by recruitment or expansion of manufacturing/industrial businesses in Gladewater. 

GLADEWATER HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD – Meetings are called by the Housing Authority Director.  

This five member board is appointed by the Mayor for two year terms and is organized as a separate entity for the purpose of efficient operation and maintenance of affordable housing complexes throughout Gladewater as established by state statute.

LAKE BOARD – Meets bi-monthly on 1st Monday at 6:00 p.m. at Lake Office.

The Lake Board is composed of seven members, each serving two year terms.  The Board is to act in an advisory capacity to the City Council regarding recreational activities at Lake Gladewater, making recommendations to the City Council on maintenance, improvements, and control of said activities.

LIBRARY BOARD – Meets as needed on 1st Monday after the 15th of the month at 5:00 p.m. at Lee Public Library.

The Library Board is composed of seven members, each serving two year terms.  The Board is to act in an advisory capacity to the City Council to promote the library and to assist the librarian in the efficient operation of the library.

MAIN STREET BOARD – Meets on 1st Thursday each month at 9:00 a.m. at City Hall.

The Main Street Board is composed of nine members, each serving three year terms.  This Board serves in an advisory capacity to the City Council to assist in historic preservation and revitalization of the central business district.

PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION – Meets as needed on the 2nd Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

The Planning & Zoning Commission is composed of seven members, each serving two year terms.  This Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the City Council regarding the platting and recording of subdivisions or additions within the corporate limits or within one mile of city limits.  They conduct public hearings regarding applications for zoning changes, future zoning plans, plan for future developments, streets and alley-ways and make such recommendations to the City Council.

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS – Meets as needed on 2nd Thursday at 1:15 p.m. at City Hall.

This Board consists of seven members, each serving two year terms.  The Zoning Board of Adjustments hears and decides all appeals and renders an interpretation of the zoning regulations, or where it is alleged that there is error in any order, requirement or determination made by the Building Inspector.  The Board hears and decides upon application for special exceptions and variances from zoning regulations

HISTORICAL PRESERVATION LIAISON

This liaison serves at the pleasure of the City Council for a two-year term, and may be reappointed to consecutive terms.  The Liaison shall have a demonstrated interest, competence or knowledge in historic preservation within the city.  They help coordinate restoration or preservation projects, educate the community about its rich historical legacy and encourage historical preservation.

March 26 Issue - Gladewater Mirror

BURN BANS ISSUED - GREGG AND UPSHUR COUNTY AND GLADEWATER

A BURN BAN was issued Friday for all of Gregg County by County Judge Bill Stoudt. A BURN BAN was issued for Gladewater city limits earlier in the week. No outside burning is allowed at this time. Upshur County also issued a BURN BAN throughout the county and in all unincorporated areas.

 

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!

 

 

 

 

Upshur sheriff being sued

A Vermont-based organization which says it "educates prisoners about their legal rights" has filed a federal lawsuit against Upshur County, Sheriff Anthony Betterton and Sheriff's Lt. Jill McCauley, alleging the co-defendants are "wrongfully censoring" the plaintiff's mailed communications with prisoners in the county jail.SHERIFF BETTERTON

Dallas attorney Cass Wieland, representing the county, has filed a general denial of the charges in the suit filed by Prison Legal News on Nov. 26 in United States District Court in Marshall.

The lawsuit, which seeks an unspecified amount of damages, alleges the county has violated PLN's right to free speech by rejecting and returning magazines and books it tried to send prisoners. Mrs. McCauley was named as a co-defendant because she is lieutenant over the jail and a "final policymaker" for it, the document said. 

The lawsuit identifies PLN as a non-profit organization with primary offices in Brattleboro, Vermont, and as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Human Rights Defense Center, a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation. The center's "mission is centered on public education, prisoner education, and advocacy in support of basic human rights," says the 8-page document.

The lawsuit was filed by three Austin attorneys with the Texas Civil Rights Project--Brian McGiverin, Scott Medlock and James C. Harrington.

The document says PLN "publishes and distributes a 56-page legal information magazine addressing the rights of incarcerated people," which is distributed to prisoners in about 2,200 correctional facilities across the nation. PLN also distributes about 50 books by other publishers concerning the criminal justice system, the lawsuit says.

The plaintiff says that since July 2011, PLN has mailed its magazine to Upshur jail inmates, and that those who subscribe to the magazine are also sent copies of the paperback book Protecting Your Health and Safety: Prisoners' Rights, published by the Southern Poverty Law Center. "The book gives inmates information about their right to medical care and protections against inhumane treatment," the lawsuit says.

"Since July 2011, PLN has received returned copies of its monthly magazine and books from the Upshur County Jail. Out of approximately 223 issues of PLN's magazine sent since July 2011, at least 86 issues were rejected and sent back. Many books have been returned the same way," the document states.

 

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