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Jail inmate dies from apparent suicide

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A 28-year-old Bowie man was found dead in his cell at the Montague County Jail Tuesday afternoon, and the apparent suicide is under investigation by the Texas Rangers.

Chief Deputy J.T. Mitchell said at 4:09 p.m. July 29, the jail staff while doing the normal rounds found James Weldon McGowan deceased in his cell.

“The area was secured by the staff and the district attorney investigator, while the Texas Rangers were notified to conduct an investigation into the death, which is believed to be a suicide,” said Mitchell.

Ranger Marshall Thomas said McGowan’s body was sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. He would not elaborate on a possible cause of death, but restated “we feel it was a suicide.”

McGowan was booked into the county jail on July 22 on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon and theft of a firearm.

 

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Tank truck, pickup crash injures one

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One person went to the Bowie emergency room following this accident on U.S. Highway 81 and Applegate Road at 2:52 p.m. Wednesday. Department of Public Safety officers report a truck tractor tanker was north bound on Hwy 81 driven by Michael Logan, 57, Duncan, OK. A passenger car moved into the left lane to pass the truck and Logan reportedly tapped his brakes, that locked up causing him to jack-knife across the highway. As the tanker crossed into oncoming traffic a southbound Dodge Ram 2500 pickup driven by Bradley Werner, 49, Lavaca, AZ struck the tanker. Werner was transported by Bowie EMS to the ER with undisclosed injuries. Texas Department of Transportation crews arrived on the scene to assist while debris and vehicles were removed from the highway. (Photo by Barbara Green)

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Grand Jury issues April indictments

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The Montague County Grand Jury issued nine indictments during this week’s April session.
The 97th District Attorney said there also were four no-bills and five sealed cases awaiting the arrest of a suspect.

Read the full list of cases in the weekend Bowie News.

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City of Nocona receives clean audit for 2023-24

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The City of Nocona received a clean audit as its council addressed a variety of topics in its April 9 meeting.
Accountant David Parkman presented the financial report ending Sept. 20, 2023 prepared by Edgin, Parkman, Parkman and Fleming PC. City Secretary Revell Hardison said there were no issues and the year ended strongly.
A pair of requests from the Nocona Economic Development Corporation were approved. The second reading to expend $13,025 from the NEDC A and B boards to purchase a mower and maintenance vehicles and to top dress greens at Indian Oaks Golf Course was finalized.

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

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