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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Thursday, January 03, 2013, 08:00 - 17:00

 

Volume 28, No. 2 Thursday, January 3, 2013

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Swearing In: It was a packed house yesterday as elected officials took the oath of office in the 75th District Courtroom at the Liberty County Courthouse. Those sworn-in include District Attorney Logan Pickett and County Attorney Wes Hinch. While Sheriff Bobby Rader was officially sworn in at midnight Monday, he also took an oath. Others participating in the swearing-in service were County Tax Assessor/Collector Ricky Brown, Commissioner Pct 1 Mike McCarty, Commissioner Pct 3 Eddie Lowery, and Justice of the Peace Pct 1 Stephen Hebert.

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Suicides: Two area men have died of apparent self-inflicted wounds. Tyson Abshire, 25, of Hankamer was found hanging from a friend’s porch on C.R. 2360 in Hardin around 5 p.m. Monday. Then, Tuesday morning on C.R. 2268 in Tarkington, 78-year-old Casey Lewis was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Liberty County Sheriff’s Department is investigating both men’s deaths as suicides, pending the outcome of autopsies.

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Assault: A 42-year-old Houston man is being held on bail totaling $1 million dollars after being arrested for burglary in connection with the attempted sexual assault of an elderly Cleveland woman on Christmas Day. Cleveland Police Captain Scott Felts said Demetrius Donielle Jackson is also a suspect in the rape of another Cleveland woman that occurred a few days earlier at the same apartment complex as the Christmas morning attack. Captain Felts said investigators intend to secure a warrant for Jackson’s DNA, to see if it matches a sample taken following the earlier sexual assault.

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E-Filing: Liberty CPA Byron Swaim said these days 84% of all U. S. tax returns are filed electronically. He said the number of identity theft cases connected to e-filing has risen as well. Last year the I. R. S. intercepted $14 billion in fraudulent tax returns. While e-filing has been the fastest method to get tax refunds, Mr. Swaim says now the I. R. S. will investigate any questionable return before sending a refund. He said that can mean at least a three-week wait for e-filers to get their refunds.

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Obituaries: Michael Ralph Buchanan, 30, of Dayton. Service is Saturday, January 12, at 2 p.m. in St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Liberty.

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*Lake Release: 1,000 CFSLiberty Bridge: 6.33 ASL*

 

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