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Friday March 28, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014, 08:00 - 17:00

Volume 29, No. 61 Friday, March 28, 2014

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Jasper County Murder: An update on a murder last August in Jasper County that claimed the life of Jacob Thomas Auberry, 29 of Dayton. Thursday, a Jasper County Grand Jury indicted 23 year old Jeffery Shane Reed of Jasper for that murder. Reed remains behind bars in Jasper in lieu of a $1 million bond. There is also a no-bond hold order on Reed for parole violation. The other man suspected in connection with that murder is 33-year-old Gary Rene Smith Jr. of Silsbee. He is charged with deadly conduct when using a firearm. He remains in Jasper County Jail with a bail set at $250,000.

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McCollough Arrested: The man suspected of making a bomb threat to a Liberty County Courthouse employee Wednesday has been arrested. Jesse Leo McCollough Jr. is charged with possession of a prohibited weapon and a second charge of Marijuana Possession. Liberty County Sheriffs Captain Ken DeFoor said, no explosives were found in the suspect’s truck left at the courthouse, but search of his residence turned up the illegal items. At last report, Jesse McCollough remained in the Liberty County Jail, bail set at $5,000 on each charge. Captain Ken DeFoor said more charges may be forthcoming.

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Jubilee: The Jubilee grounds around the courthouse and city hall open at noon today and remain open until midnight. The Friends of the Liberty Library Book and Bake Sale is 9-5 today and 9-4 tomorrow at the Humphries Cultural Center. More than 150 booths will be open today and tomorrow around downtown. Tonight’s Jubilee street dance will feature Cory Morrow. Friday’s music opens with Texas Renegades. The street dance is from 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission is free. Tomorrow the grounds will be open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. The Liberty Jubilee offers off site parking with free shuttle bus rides to and from the festival grounds every 30 minutes or so. Shuttle buses leave from the Jefferson Square Parking Lot near Tractor Supply dropping off visitors on Main St at Trinity. It’s free.

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Obituaries: Billie Alice Johnson, 76 of Raywood. Service tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Faith and Family Funeral Service in Batson. Andrew (Andy Kyle) James Kyle IV, 99 of Liberty. Graveside service is tomorrow 2 p.m. at Cooke Cemetery in Liberty.

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*LakeRelease: 1,000 CFSLibertyBridge: 6.45 ASL

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