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Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday, August 08, 2014, 08:00 - 17:00

Volume 29, No. 153 Friday, August 8, 2014

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Horse Kills Boy: A 3-year-old boy died Wednesday evening at a Houston hospital after being kicked by a horse on C.R. 6479 in South Liberty County. According to Liberty County Sheriff's Department reports, the little child, Colton Lee Clegg, was said to be holding a gate as his father and uncle unloaded horse feed. A horse knocked one of the bags to the ground, and Colton was kicked as he began to pick up feed. Colton was taken by air ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he later died.

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Man Charged in Fatality Accident: A 26-year-old Liberty man has been arrested in connection with Tuesday's fatality accident on FM 563. Liberty Police Det. Jennifer Bowles said Victor Francisco Diaz was booked into the Liberty County Jail on Wednesday, charged with Causing an Accident Involving Death. Police allege Diaz is the driver who fled the wreck scene after causing the early Tuesday morning accident that claimed the life of Don Gilliam, 32, of the Moss Bluff area. At last report, Victor Diaz remained in Liberty County Jail with bail set at $100,000.

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Courthouse Security: Liberty County Sheriff Bobby Rader has notified judges at the courthouse about changes to security at that county facility. In a July 31 letter, Sheriff Rader said his office is in a "crisis mode" due to a shortage of deputies, outdated equipment and lack of necessary equipment required to efficiently operate the department. He said the department's yearly call volume has increased by more than 10,000 calls from five years ago. With that in mind, starting Oct. 1, Sheriff Rader is pulling three deputies from the courthouse to work patrol.

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ClevelandProperty Values: Liberty County Chief Appraiser Alan D. Conner said 2014 property values are up for the City of Cleveland and Cleveland ISD. The Cleveland school district's total value is now $758.82 million, up 14.93 % from 2013. City of Cleveland property values are $339.2 million. That's an increase of 2.65 % from last year. Concerning the large increase for property values within the Cleveland school district, Mr. Conner said it's mostly related to the transition of land use from agriculture to residential development.

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Obituaries: Fred Neal Linscomb, 69, of Houston. Service is 10 a.m. Saturday at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LakeRelease: 1,250 CFS LibertyBridge: 6.17 ASL*

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