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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 08:00 - 17:00

Volume 29, No. 179 Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Birdwell Trial: It was back in May 2013 that Ryan Birdwell was driving north on Hwy 61 when his vehicle left the road. He is said to have struck a tree. Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Ronnie Davis pronounced a passenger, 16-year-old Garrett Paul Haidusek, dead in that accident. Ryan Birdwell was charged with intoxicated manslaughter and intoxicated assault with a motor vehicle. Last month, the 24-year-old driver pleaded guilty to intoxicated manslaughter. Now, a jury in the 75thDistrict Court Judge Mark Morefield will determine punishment.  Testimony is set to begin today. The sentencing range is 2 to 20 years in prison but also with the possibility of probation.

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Akins Asks to Withdraw Plea: After more than five years of pre-trial motions and court appearances, the criminal case against former Liberty County blogger Ray Akins, appeared to be settled. Akins entered a plea of “no contest” on September 5thto the charge of document tampering and was sentenced to two years probation. However, Ray Akins has now filed a motion requesting that plea agreement be overturned. The motion filed by Akins maintains he is a licensed private investigator in Texas and Missouri. While successful completion of the two-year-probated sentence means Texas law would allow him to maintain his Texas PI license, the state of Missouri would not. Akins has asked the court to set aside his plea, and requests he go to trial on the two original felony charges.

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Constitution Week: Constitution Week begins tomorrow and continues through next Tuesday. It’s a time set aside, annually, to observe and promote the American Constitution, adopted by the Congress of the Confederation on Sept. 17, 1787. Yesterday morning, Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett issued a proclamation honoring Constitution Week. Also issuing proclamations Monday morning were Dayton Mayor Felix Skarpa and Liberty County Judge Craig McNair. They joined Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett in encouraging area residents to honor and celebrate Constitution Week in recognition of this nation’s founding document.

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Obituaries: Elizabeth “Diane” Weeks Barker, 67 of Baytown. Memorial service Saturday 2 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

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*LakeRelease: 1,000 CFS– LibertyBridge: 6.24 ASL*

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