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Monday, April 15, 2013

Monday, April 15, 2013, 08:00 - 17:00


Volume 28, No. 72 Monday, April 15, 2013


50-Year Prison Sentence: A Shepherd man has been sentenced to prison for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon causing bodily injury of a family member in an event that occurred in Liberty County. Last week, Jose Miguel Ponce-Garcia, 21, of Shepherd pled guilty to stabbing his wife. Then, on Thursday, a jury in Judge Chap Cain’s 253rd District Court sentenced Ponce-Garcia to 50 years in prison. KSHN reported back in December that a concealed handgun license holder used his weapon to stop an assault at FM 1010 and State Highway 105 near Cleveland. Liberty County District Attorney Logan Pickett said, based on testimony from experts during trial, without the intervention of that armed citizen, that brutal assault would have continued and the victim would have likely died.


Human Remains: The Liberty County Sheriff’s Department continued its search and discovered even more human remains over the weekend with assistance from Texas EquuSearch volunteers. Last Thursday, two men riding four-wheelers along a pipeline right-of-way reported finding what appeared to be human remains about 200 yards off C.R. 332. The area was about a half mile east of U.S. 59. Sheriff’s Captain Ken DeFoor said, at this time, there is no way to tell the gender, age or race of the person whose remains were found. The sheriff’s spokesman said it appears those bones have been there for some time because of a bleached appearance. He said there is also no way to determine at this point if foul play was involved. Now, those human remains will be sent to a forensic lab for analysis as the sheriff’s department continues its investigation.  


Tax Deadline: Today is the deadline for taxpayers to file their 2012 tax returns with the IRS. Local CPA Byron Swaim said those not ready to file a tax return by today’s deadline should file for an automatic extension – no reason is required. Both Mr. Swaim and the IRS remind taxpayers that this is an extension to file, not an extension to pay. By filing an extension, taxpayers can avoid the late-filing penalty, normally 5% per month based on the unpaid balance.


Obituaries: Scott Robert “Cowboy” Davis, 49, of Liberty. Service 3 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church of Liberty. Pamela Blanche “Pam” Hamilton, 66, Graveside at Fairlawn later this week.


*Lake Release: 4,000 CFSLiberty Bridge: 11.09 ASL*



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