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GREGG COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEET

When Gregg County Commissioners met Monday, their agenda had almost as many acknowledgements as action items. They whipped through the year’s first meeting in little more than six minutes.

The court acknowledged the 2016 travel reimbursement rates – $51 for standard travel and 54 cents for standard mileage for business travel, along with the auditor’s financial reports and special receipt report for December 2015, the road and bridge report for December 2015, a receipt from Precinct 4 for 671 tons of recycled asphalt product (RAP) from Texas Department of Transportation and a transcript documenting the County Tax Assessor-Collector’s hours of continuing education.

For items requiring a vote, the commissioners approved all of them by a 4-0 vote. Pct. 4 Commissioner John Mathis was not present to vote.

The court approved the usual payroll, transfer of funds, bills payable, budget amendments, budget transfer amendments and health plan claims payments and the court minutes for December 2015. 

Continuing its funding agreements for the 2016 fiscal year, the court approved an agreement between the county and Community Healthcore.

According to the agreement, “Healthcore agrees to provide mental health, intellectual disability, substance abuse, child and adolescent, early childhood intervention, counseling, and parenting services to residents of Gregg County on a sliding fee scale or at no cost depending on income, to include Gregg County residents under court orders.”

In exchange for services, the county will pay Community Healthcore $450,000 . Of the total, $103,374 will pay for mental health deputies, $60,000 will pay for transportation of Gregg County residents to and from mental health hospitals, $56,626 will pay for the Gregg County Jail Diversion Program, $130,000 for alternative placement for Gregg County residents and $100,000 for hospital security.

The total will be paid out in four equal payments during the agreement – Oct. 1, 2015 through Sept. 30.

The court also approved the extension of the Phase 1 section of Perimeter Road at East Texas Regional Airport by 1,200 linear feet. Airport Director Roy Miller explained the change can be done without any budget adjustments because the airport still has about $216,000 funds remaining from the Federal Aviation Administration for use on the perimeter road project.

During the meeting, the court also approved a copy machine lease for the Gregg County Health Department. The lease is the same and will not change any budget costs. Department Administrative Assistant Fred Killingsworth explained the department wanted to try to get the new lease approved before the current lease ends in February.

Following the regular meeting, County Judge Bill Stoudt swore in Longview resident Kimberly Fish as one of Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest appointments to the Sabine River Authority Board.

Before giving the oath, Stoudt praised Fish’s community involvement and service to the community.

“It’s really a privilege for me to be swearing her in today,” he said. “I can’t say enough how many times when the Governor appoints someone from Gregg County how special that is for this county. We are on the map, and that’s so important from a county judge’s perspective to have people appointed from this community by the Governor, so I congratulate you, Kimberly. Thank you so very much for serving.”

 

WHAT'S HAPPENING - JAN. 13TH

Filing begins Jan. 20 for city council races

So you don’t like how the city’s run and think you can do better?

Well - sign up for the city council’s May election begins   Jan. 20. The last day to file to run for one of three available seats - mayor and two council seats - is Feb. 19. Candidate packets are now ready for picked up at city hall.

Mayor Harold Wells and incumbent councilman Leon Watson have said they plan to seek re-election, while councilwoman Lana Niemann has said she does not plan to seek another term.

Friends of Library

Friends of Lee Library continues its membership drive with funds spent to support programs and needs that its current budget is unable to meet. The suggested membership contributions are: $10 for an individual; $25 for a family/patron; $100 for a sustaining member and $1,000 for a lifetime member/benefactor. Membership donations may be mailed to: Friends of Lee Public Library, 312 W. Pacific Ave., Gladewater, 75647 or dropped off at the library.

Gregg GOP hosts forum

The Republican Women of Gregg County will meet Wednesday, Jan. 20, at noon at Barrons, 405 W. Loop 281, Longview. Speakers will be Candidates for State Representative HD7: Jay Dean and David Watts, and Candidates for State Senate SD1: Bryan Hughes, David Simpson, Mike Lee, and Red Brown. Call 903-987-3477

Night at Museum Jan. 23

The Gladewater Museum will host a come and go Night at the Museum on Jan. 23 from 6-8 p.m. that will include a reception, local historians, quilt raffle and silent auction. There is no charge for the event. The museum is located at 116 W. Pacific Street. For information call 903-845-7608 or email gladewatermuseum@gmail, or visit online at gladewatermuseum.org.

Weldon Parent Day

Weldon Intermediate School is hosting a Bring Your Parent to School Day on Friday, Jan. 15 from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Only parents will be able to enter the classroom so younger brothers and sisters may not attend.

Garden Club to meet

The Gladewater Garden Club will meet Monday Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Gardens of Gladewater Clubhouse at 108 N. Lee Street. Quitman Arboretum representatives will present the program. The topic will be “Propagation-Seed Starting”. 

Hope House meeting

Upshur County Hope House for Pets will be hosting its Semi-annual Member Meeting January 11 at the First United Methodist Church, 105 N. Montgomery St., in Gilmer at 6:30 p.m.

MLK Gospel 

Program Jan. 17

The ninth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day Gospel Program will be held Sunday, Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church at 413 Roden Lane with special guest speaker Rev. Marcellus Price of Tyler’s Burning Bush Baptist Church. Dinner will be served following the service. To register call: Sis. Marilyn Kelley-Bolden at 819-655-1612, Bro. Raymond Johnson 903-237-9740 or Sis. Frankie Alexander 903-845-5633.

Faith Walk Journey,

Parade scheduled

The Dr. Martin Luther King Annual Community Parade will be 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18. To register call: Sis. Marilyn Kelley-Bolden at 819-655-1612, Bro. Raymond Johnson 903-237-9740 or Sis. Frankie Alexander 903-845-5633.

Participants are asked to gather at Pacific and Broadway.

GISD Golden Bear

Any resident of Gladewater Independent School District 65 years of age or older, or retired GISD employee, is eligible for membership in the Golden Bear Club.

Club members receive free admission to school programs, plays, musical performances and general admission seating at all home athletic events sponsored by GISD.

Storytime in Gilmer

GILMER--Two books will be read to small children at both of the Upshur County Library’s two weekly “Storytime” sessions Thursday.

“Lizard From The Park” by Mark Pett, and “I Will Never Get A Star On Mrs. Benson’s Blackboard” by Jennifer K. Mann, will be read at the 10 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. sessions at the library, 702 W. Tyler (which is also Texas Hwy. 154.)

A craft will follow Storytime, said Debbie White of the library’s Children’s Services division.

For more information, call the library at (903) 843-5001 or visit its website at www.youseemore.com/upshur.

TxDOT hosts meeting

ATLANTA – In an effort to better serve the state’s seniors and disabled citizens, the Texas Department of Transportation is hosting two outreach meetings discuss the growing transportation needs of local communities.

The public is encouraged to attend either of the following workshops: Jan. 14, - 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at 701 E. Main, Room 26, Atlanta.

Gemstone showcase

The East Texas Gem and Mineral Society’s 20th Annual Gemstone and Jewelry Showcase will be held January 22,23 and 24 at the Tyler Rose Garden Center (420 S. Rose Park Drive in Tyler.

The show will feature 11 gemstone, jewelry, mineral, and fossil dealers, selling cut & uncut precious gemstones, finished & unfinished gold and silver jewelry, beads, findings, mineral specimens, stone carving works of art, fossils, geodes, rocks, lapidary hobby tools, equipment and supplies. 

For more information call  Keith Harmon at 903-795-3860 or 903-316-2967.

Beef conference set

GILMER-The 2016 Upshur County Beef Producers Conference, featuring a free dinner for attendees, is set Feb. 16 at the Yamboree Exhibit Building. Dr. Jason Banta, extension beef cattle specialist for the Overton office of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will speak on “cattle handling.” The free event at the Yamboree grounds on U.S. 271 opens with dinner at 5:30 p.m. The program follows at 6 p.m. 

For information call  903-843-4019.

MLK Walk in Gilmer

GILMER--An “MLK Walk” honoring the birthday of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King is scheduled for 10 a.m. in this city Saturday.

The walk will begin at the fountain on the Upshur County Courthouse’s south lawn, proceed north down Titus Street, and turn right onto Taylor Street (at Aldredge Cleaners) before crossing U.S. 271 and ending at the nearby Moses Chapel CME Church.

More information on the event is available by calling Jeffery at 903-843-4672.

Soil/Water banquet set

GILMER--The Upshur-Gregg Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its annual awards banquet Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Yamboree Exhibit Building, located in the Yamboree park off U.S. 271.

The event is free of charge and set for 6 p.m. About 100 are expected to attend, said District Conservationist Robbie Clemens.

Awards to be presented to adults at the banquet, include Friend of Conservation, Conservation Teacher, Conservation Farmer, and Forestry Conservationist.

Youth awards include four for Future Farmers of America groups involved in contests--plant identification, woodland clinic, wildlife clinic and land judging--and winners of the 4-H Clubs’ plant identification contest and wildlife clinic.

Harold Stone, chairman of the Gilmer-based district’s board of directors, will be master of ceremonies for the event.

 

NEW CITY MANAGER HIRED

Gladewater had been without a city manager since July 2015, but after reveiwing about 85 applicants and conducting several rounds of interviews the Gladewater City Council finally found its new city manager last week.

Theogene Melancon was given a three year contract, worth $95,000 per year with an $800/month auto allowance, at Friday night’s special session.

Melancon, who is currently the City Administrator at the City of Eldorado, will begin work in Gladewater Feb. 22.

“Gladewater has many positives that I found in my research and site visits prior to interviewing,” said the 31-year-old city administrator. “The staff is top-notch. The council communicated well together, put community needs first, and knew what they wanted out of their next city manager.  The city has a great school system with a new facility in progress, along with strong support throughout the community from residents for continued improvement.  I see a city that is trending upward with the right people in the right places.”

Melancon graduated from Louisiana State University, Rozas Law Firm, State of Louisiana - Division of Administration Education and Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College.

Melancon won out following a second round of interviews held Friday night with Melancon and Rob Roach, former City Manager for the City of Panhandle, Texas. Earlier in the day both candidates visited with the city’s department heads at a meet and greet event at City Hall, then they toured the city’s various facility with the department heads. 

Melancon said infrastructure is a major concern for all cities, including Gladewater.  

“It is important to note that the city council and staff have worked to address many of the issues in regard to infrastructure,” Melancon said. “ One of the first things I would like to do is to work with our council, staff, engineers, financial advisors, grant administrators and key community stakeholders to develop five, 10, and 20 year capital improvement plans that include cost estimations and sources of funding.  It will be essential that once we create these plans, that we regularly revisit the plans to see what has been accomplished and to revise goals.”

Melancon said the “City of Gladewater provides great services to its residents. In meeting the staff, I saw a group of people that want to do their best for the community. I need to work to ensure people are informed about what we are doing to help make Gladewater a premier city in East Texas.”

Melancon and his wife Cecilia have a six months old son, Jeremiah. Cecilia is a registered dietitian, who previously worked for Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine.

He said he chose to apply for the Gladewater city manager’s position after discussing the job with former city manager Sean Pate, who left Gladewater in July for a similar position with thre City of Bonham.

“We spoke quite a bit in regard to the position and the City. The first thing that stuck out in my mind was how complimentary he was to the city staff, council, and members of the community.  I have always enjoyed visiting the area, so hearing the high praises he gave along with what I already knew made the decision relatively easy,” explained Melancon, adding  “Gladewater puts me approximately four hours from my hometown of Rayne, Louisiana.  My whole family is there, and after talking to them about the opportunity to be so much closer to home, I sent my application in.”

 

JUDGE RESCINDS ORDER, BASHES COMMISSIONERS

By Phillip Williams/Correspondent

GILMER--115th District Judge Lauren Parish on Friday partly agreed to the Upshur County Commissioners Court’s request to rescind her order regulating empaneling of juries, but accused the court of violating the law in a blistering five-page letter to its members. 

The commissioners asked Parish in a Dec. 15 letter to withdraw the order after it led to her holding County Treasurer Brandy Vick in contempt of court Oct. 12 for paying excused jurors at a different place in the Upshur County Justice Center than the judge ordered. Parish dropped the controversial contempt citation the day after issuing it. 

The commissioners court subsequently consulted an Austin law firm, Allison, Bass and Magee, concerning what rights it had over control of county buildings. The law firm replied with a 19-page letter saying it believed the court could successfully sue Judge Parish over the order since it was “void” in the firm’s opinion, but the court decided in December to send her a letter first. 

The letter argued that her order “impedes the rights, duties, and obligations of other elected officials.”  

In her reply to the commissioners, Parish said her May 14, 2014 order regulating where jurors were paid, and what time the justice center would open on jury days, “was necessitated after the Upshur County Commissioners Court illegally transferred the maintenance duties for the Justice Center to Sheriff Anthony Betterton.” (Parish also said the court has since rescinded that transfer.) 

“As your lawyers specifically pointed out in their ‘advisory letter’ to you, this was a non-delegable duty of the Commissioners Court and could not be legally transferred to the Sheriff,” she wrote, adding that she had “pointed out to (Pct. 4) Commissioner Mike Spencer that this was unlawful and improper.” 

Once the maintenance duties were given to Betterton, which included opening the justice center’s doors in the morning, “it became

apparent that the manning of the metal detector and the opening of the public access door was inconsistent and sporadic,” the judge charged. After a “security incident during a jury trial,” she said, “it became necessary for me to enter an order mandating when the doors should be open on jury selection days and that the metal detector be manned.”  

She said she chose the 7:30 a.m. time for opening the justice center on jury days--a half hour earlier than commissioners wanted to open it--because several jurors arrive before 8 a.m. and “it was not appropriate to have jurors stand out in the elements for 30 minutes.” 

Since the court rescinded its allegedly illegal transfer, she said, she was amending her jury empanelment order “and specifying no time for the doors to be open or the metal detector to be manned.” She said she assumed the court had “the good sense” to provide for citizens’ safety.

Parish also said the method of paying excused jurors in cash is illegal because, to her knowledge, the commissioners court had not authorized it. She accused Vick of, on Oct. 12, being “in a location which resulted in a large number of jurors being unable to exit the courtroom and thus prevented the court from bering able to instruct the jury that had been empanalled to hear a first-degree felony case.”

Vick had contended she did not feel safe at the spot Parish delegated her to sit (outside a side door to the courtroom), but the judge contended it was “certainly more secure” than the locale Vick and Betterton chose, which was “right at the public entrance to the justice center.”

County Judge Dean Fowler told this newspaper Monday he was basically satisfied with Parish’s response.  “I would just refer you to the court’s letter of Dec.15. . .All the commissioners court really wanted was for the jury empanelment order from May of 2014 to be rescinded and Judge Parish did that. So if there were other current concerns and questions, we would certainly be happy to sit down with her, but she made it clear in her letter to us that she will not do that.   

“For whatever reason she might claim, she did the right thing and she undid the order from May of 2014.”

Pct. 3 County Commissioner Frank Berka meantime said he was glad the matter had been resolved.

 

OPERATION WALK THE LINE UNDERWAY IN GLADEWATER

According to Gladewater Police Chief Rob Vine, on Wednesday, November 4, a compliance check, dubbed Operation Walk The Line, was conducted on the twenty one registered sex offenders residing within the city limits of Gladewater.  
During the operation, officers visited the addresses of each registered offender to verify they are in compliance with state law requirements as defined in Chapter 62 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure – Sex Offender Registration Program.
This was a multi-agency operation conducted by over 15 officers with local, state, and federal agencies including the Gladewater Police Department, U.S. Marshals Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force, and Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigation Division.Of the twenty one offenders, one was found to be non-compliant. Criminal charges will be sought with the District Attorney’s Office and the non-compliant offender could face up to a second degree felony criminal charge of Failure to Comply with Registration Requirements.The public can access and search the Texas Public Sex Offender Registry online through the Texas Department of Public Safety’s website at https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/sexoffender/

MANNA HOUSE BACK ON SOLID GROUND

By Suzanne Bardwell

Manna House has fed the hungry of Gladewater for 28 years. How much longer it is able to continue depends on the community.

That sentence was written two years ago in a Gladewater Mirror story after food ministry board member Phyllis Bethune contacted the newspaper about the dire financial and food donation condition of Manna House.

“Manna House had lost some key sponsors and was in desperate need of immediate monetary donations,” she said. “The food fund had reached its lowest balance in memory.”

Two years later there has been a dramatic shift in support for the ministry which will be celebrating its 30th year of love in action in 2016.

Manna House began on Aug. 5, 1986 when Jim Bethune brought the model for the program as a solution to a problem Gladewater’s churches were experiencing.

“Some people went from church to church double dipping which limited resources available,” Phyllis Bethune said. “The Gladewater Ministerial Alliance liked the idea of centralizing food resources and screening for need.”

After 30 years in operation Manna House Director Jimmie Muckleroy and his group of faithful volunteers have the process down to an art.

“When we go to Tyler’s Food Bank we typically purchase chicken, rice, pinto beans, corn meal and flour,” Muckleroy said. “We are able to stretch our dollar at the Food Bank. We were also their fourth client so they sometimes give us surplus items when they have any.”

In 2015 Manna House gave out 1,338 family food boxes which served 4,147 individuals. That is 429 more people than last year. In addition to the community food ministry the group oversees the Clothes Closet which is housed with the food ministry. It served 1,230 individuals in 2015 providing clothing for people of all ages infant to senior citizen.

East Mountain Baptist Church volunteer Connie Woodard is a recent addition to the volunteer crew and says at present there is a need for winter clothing.

“We could also use some more volunteers if anyone has a couple of hours they can  spare to help us,” she said.

And if usage numbers continue to grow additional volunteers are sorely needed. December had the highest service with 190 family boxes which included the 126 holiday boxes that also had fresh vegetables and dessert additions to provide for family holiday celebration.

The Manna House volunteer elves did not stop there. They also provided toys for 98 children which included 98 new toys, 98 used toys, 98 stuffed animals and 98 books. Parents chose the toys for their children as an assist to Santa in his deliveries. Muckleroy also saw to the delivery of eight bicycles to families who could not have provided them for their children.

“It means a lot to see the parents get the toys for their children’s Christmas,” long-time First Christian Church volunteer Sylvia Whitlock said.

According to previous reports from Muckleroy the budget has to cover a minimum of about $1,500 per month for food and utilities, which the cost of both has risen exponentially in the last few years.

Financial donations are always welcome and may be mailed to: Manna House, P.O. Box 808, Gladewater 75647.

Food and clothing donations may be dropped off at the ministry in the southwest corner of City Hall on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. or at the Gladewater Mirror at 211 N. Main St. weekdays during business hours.

Since the newspaper has become a drop-off and delivery service, as well as alerting readers to weekly immediate needs the shelves have not been empty.

“We have some dedicated and generous donors who come into the office regularly,” Gladewater Mirror publisher Jim Bardwell said. “We are proud to partner with them and Manna House to meet the needs of families in the greater Gladewater area.”

 

GLADEWATER MEN GIVEN STATE JAIL TIME

GILMER--115th District Judge Lauren Parish sentenced 23 persons on felony charges and one for a misdemeanor offense between Oct. 6 and 29, in addition to holding two felony jury trials which resulted in convictions, said Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd's office.

Details of the felony sentencings were as follows, and all pled guilty unless otherwise indicated, Byrd's office reported:

Donny Dale Reynolds, 41, of Gladewater, received consecutive terms of 17 months and 13 days each in state jail Oct. 20 on two drug charges. His probation was revoked on one count of possession of a controlled substance--less than one gram of methamphetamine--and he pled guilty to another count.

Reynolds admitted violating terms of probation for a May 19, 2012 offense which the Texas Department of Public Safety investigated. He also admitted committing the same type offense April 9; the Upshur County Sheriff's Office probed it.

Byrd represented the state at sentencing. Longview attorney Ed Choy represented Reynolds.

David Pernell Sirkel, 51, of Gladewater, received 22 months in state jail Oct. 27 for possession of a controlled substance--less than one gram of methamphetamine--when his probation on that charge was revoked.

Sirkel admitted violating terms of probation for the Aug. 17, 2008, offense, which the sheriff's office investigated. Byrd represented the state in the revocation; Longview attorney Scott Novy represented Sirkel.

Brandon Ray Miller, 33, of Big Sandy, drew five years in prison Oct. 20 for assault against public servant when his probation on that charge was revoked.

Miller admitted violating probation for the March 16, 2014 crime, which the Upshur County Sheriff's Office probed. Byrd represented the state; Gilmer attorney Dwight Brannon represented Miller.

James Edward Lee, 24, of Big Sandy, was placed on three years deferred adjudication probation Oct. 27 for possession of marijuana. "Deferred adjudication" means no final conviction appears on a defendant's record if he/she successfully completes probation, but if such probation is revoked, up to the maximum sentence for the crime can be imposed.

Big Sandy police investigated the Feb. 18 offense. Some terms of Lee's probation include a $1,000 fine, $333 court costs and 300 hours of community service.

Byrd represented the state. Gilmer area attorney Tim Cone, in one of his last acts before retiring, represented Lee.  

Jeffrey Kirk Clower, 52, of Big Sandy, was placed on three years deferred adjudication probation Oct. 27 for deadly conduct. The sheriff's office investigated the June 5 offense.

Some terms of Clower's probation include $318 court costs, a $1,000 fine, 300 hours of community service, entering a batterer's intervention program, and enrolling within 90 days in a gun safety course. He also cannot possess firearms or ammunition while on probation.

The sheriff's office investigated Clower's June 5 offense. Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Ojeman represented the state; Cone represented Clower.

Christofer Floyd Greer, 43, of Gilmer, drew seven years in prison Oct. 12 for driving while intoxicated--subsequent offense.

Gilmer police investigated the March 11 offense. Assistant District Attorney Natalie A. Miller represented the state; Longview attorney John Moore represented Greer.

Louis Edward Cummings, 31, of Diana, received seven years regular probation of a 10-year prison term Oct. 12 for driving while intoxicated--subsequent offense.

The Department of Public Safety probed the April 12 crime. Some terms of Cummings' probation include six weekends confinement in county jail, $373 court costs, a $1,500 fine, 600 hours of community work service, attending a "DWI repeat offender school" and a parenting class.

Miller and Patton handled the sentencing.

Tony Lee Collier, 58, of Longview, received two years in prison Oct.12 for driving while intoxicated--subsequent offense. The DPS investigated the Oct. 2, 2014 crime.

Byrd and Cone handled the sentencing.

Franklin Ronald Jackson II, 48, of Joaquin, was placed on three years' regular probation of a 2-year state jail term Oct. 12 for possession of a controlled substance--less than one gram of heroin.

The sheriff's office investigated the March 3 crime. Some terms of probation include $368 court costs, $1,000 fine and 300 hours of community service.

Byrd represented the state. Gilmer attorney Brandon Winn represented Jackson.

William Tye Dozier, 30, of Gilmer, received 20 months in state jail Oct. 20 for delivery of a controlled substance--less than 28 grams of dihydrocodeinone--when his probation on that charge was revoked.

Dozier admitted violating terms of probation for the Oct. 19, 2009 crime, investigated by the Upshur County Drug Task Force. Byrd represented the state--Longview attorney Craig Bass represented Dozier.

Gary Don Trussell Jr., 41, of Quitman, drew consecutive prison terms Oct. 20 of 10 years for a drug charge and two years for bail jumping/failure to appear.

Gilmer police worked Trussell's Oct. 1, 2014 offense of possession of a controlled substance--four grams or more but less than 200 grams of methamphetamine. The district attorney's office investigated the July 15, 2015 other offense.

Byrd and Bass handled the sentencing.

Bradley James Parker, 32, of Diana, was placed on three years' regular probation of a 10-year prison term Oct. 20 for driving while intoxicated--subsequent offense.

Gilmer police investigated the Feb. 18 crime. Some terms of Parker's probation include $373 court costs, a $1,000 fine, 300 hours of community service, attending a DWI repeat offender school and suspension of his driver's license for one year.

Byrd and Cone handled the sentencing.

Maci Lafay Collier, 25, of Gilmer, was placed on three years' deferred adjudication probation Oct. 20 for credit card abuse. Gladewater police probed the July 29, 2014 offense.

Some terms of her probation include $318 court costs, a $500 fine, $1,360 restitution to the victim and 300 hours of community service.

Byrd and Cone handled the sentencing.

Dakota Preston Jones, 22, of Beckville, drew 20 months in state jail Oct. 20 for unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Gilmer police investigated the April 30 offense. Byrd and Novy handled the sentencing.

Troy Allen Berry, 50, of Longview, received four years in prison Oct. 20 for driving while intoxicated--subsequent offense. The DPS investigated his Sept. 19, 2014 crime.

Byrd represented the state. Longview attorney Clifton (Scrappy) Holmes represented Berry.

Carol Christy Landers, 51, of Lindale, received 18 months in state jail and was fined $1,000 Oct. 20 for driving while intoxicated with child passenger. Big Sandy police investigated her Nov. 2, 2012 crime.

Byrd and Patton handled the sentencing.

Aaron Lee Shaw, 34, of Gilmer, drew 20 months in state jail Oct. 20 for possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine.

The sheriff's office probed the June 1 crime. Byrd and Cone handled the sentencing.

In a hearing where the defendant admitted violating terms of probation, but unsuccessfully contested his sentence upon revocation, Tommy Ray Dillard, 54, of Gilmer, drew 24 months in state jail Oct. 6 for possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine.

The sheriff's office investigated Dillard's July 30, 2014 offense. Byrd and Winn handled the sentencing proceeding.

Dillard testified at the proceeding and unsuccessfully contested receiving the maximum sentence for his offense, Byrd said.

Keelon Scott Hicks, 17, of Gilmer, was placed on five years deferred adjudication probation Oct. 6 for tampering with physical evidence. Gilmer police probed his Aug. 3 crime.

Some terms of Hicks' probation include a $500 fine, 400 hours of community service, and remaining in county jail until a bed opens at a substance abuse rehabilitation/work facility where he is required to successfully complete a program.

Byrd and Winn handled the sentencing.

Tara Lonjelle Dloniak, 39, of Gilmer, received 13 months in state jail Oct. 9 for possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine. Gilmer police investigated the March 6 offense.

Byrd represented the state. Gilmer attorney Matthew Patton represented Dloniak.

Kimberly Laray Grimaldo, 36, of Gilmer, was placed on three years deferred adjudication probation Oct. 27 for possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine.

Gilmer police probed the Sept. 20 offense. Some terms of probation include a $500 fine, $323 court costs and 300 hours of community service.

Byrd and Cone handled the sentencing.

Kelly Wayne Haney, 42, of Gilmer, received concurrent terms of 10 years probation of 10-year prison terms Oct. 27 for one count of "assault/family violence--occlusion with previous conviction" and "assault/family violence with previous conviction."

The sheriff's office investigated the Aug. 20, 2014 crimes. Some terms of Haney's probation are a $5,000 fine, $2,438 restitution, 400 hours of community service, completing a batterer's intervention program and having no contact with the victim.

Ojeman and Cone handled the sentencing.

Kimberly Michelle McGowen, 31, of Pittsburg, drew 18 months in state jail Oct. 29 for theft of property of the value of $1,500 or more but less than $20,000 when her probation was revoked.

She admitted violating terms of probation for the March 26, 2014 crime, investigated by Gilmer police. Byrd represented the state, while Longview attorney Jonathan Wharton represented McGowen.

In the misdemeanor case, a 38-year-old Gladewater woman drew one year's probation of a one-year county jail term Oct. 9 after pleading guilty to attempted unauthorized use of a vehicle, Byrd's office reported.