Ricky Howard, Nocona, entered guilty pleas on three separate unlawful possession of a firearms charges in a hearing today receiving five years on each case, which will run concurrent.
A hearing was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday for one of the unlawful possession cases, however, the hearing never opened as Howard’s attorney Robert Estrada asked to meet with District Attorney Paige Williams and then met with his attorney. At 11 a.m. the bench trial opened before 97th District Court Judge Jack McGaughey.
Due to his conviction on federal bank fraud charges back in 2007 where Howard was sentenced to 46 months in prison, he cannot legally possess any firearms. He was arrested in May 2015 on three separate instances where he allegedly had firearms in his possession. Howard has been a person of interest in the Caleb Diehl disappearance. It was during the midst of questioning and executing search warrants in connection with the missing 18-year-old that officers discovered the guns and an instance of him shooting on a friend’s gun range.
In December 2015 the Nocona man was arrested on two complaints of aggravated sexual assault of a child stemming from incidents alleged from 1996 through 2000 to a male child who was 13 years old when they started. A second arrested was made on Jan. 12, 2016 by a second male victim who was 12 at the time of the allegations that went back to 1994.
Read the full story in the weekend News.
‘Murphy’s Law’ sends Bowie ER opening to the summer for Faith Community Health
By BARBARA GREEN
Frank Beaman, chief executive officer for Faith Community Health System, pointed to “Murphy’s Law,” coming into play in the renovation of the old hospital to create a new emergency room, but he also looks forward to a possible summer opening of the facility in Bowie.
Beaman was the speaker for the Bowie Chamber of Commerce Lunch and Learn Series Tuesday. Mayor Gaylynn Burris introduced Beaman. He has been with Faith Community for the past 13 years, and he opened by referring to the hospital being about six months from closing when he arrived.
Today the hospital serves about 25,000 people and its revenue has gone from $4 million to $130 million annually. He began with 46 employees and now they have 400.
Traffic stop leads to evading, unlawful firearm and drug possession complaints
A traffic stop by a Montague County Sheriff’s deputy turned into something more as the suspect failed to stop, retreated into his residence and when he came out faced complaints of evading arrest, unlawful firearm and drug possession.
The incident occurred on Feb. 4 while Deputy Daniel Carter was patrolling in the area of U.S. Highway 81 and Indians Hills Road outside Nocona.
Sheriff Marshall Thomas said the deputy observed a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria at the intersection of those two roads. When the vehicle turned south onto Hwy. 81 the deputy got behind it and observed it to pull onto the shoulder.
Carter said the driver was James Bruce Looney, who he had dealt with in previous encounters and he knew had an expired driver’s license from 2002.
Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.
Speeding, land use request top Saint Jo Council agenda
Members of the Saint Jo Chamber of Commerce will discuss speeding in two locations in town and several property requests when they meet at 6 p.m. on Feb. 8 in city hall.
Don Thomas has asked to discuss speeding on East Evans Street (Farm-to-Market Road 2382) and Kelly Williamson wants to address speed limits on U.S. Highway 72 through Saint Jo.
In land use requests, Chris Reyling wants to use a shipping container for storage in his back yard; Kyle and Krystal Ogden seek pre-approval to place a new manufactured home on a lot next to 503 E. Meadows and Daniel Hill and Donna Williams ask to put a new manufactured home at 501 E. Herndon.
Donna Howell-Sickles of the Saint Jo Historical Advisory Board will see approval for certificates of appropriateness for 105 E. Howell site of the old Valley View Creek Arts Building and 112 E. Broad Street location of Real Estate Station.Eli Casey also will ask to host a chili cook-off on the square in May.
Other topics will include a presentation of the program goals for the Texas Community Development Block Grant project; the new Texas Municipal Retirement System rate for 2023; receive the police racial profiling report and review the Saint Jo Economic Development A and B quarterly financials.
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