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Bowie man arrested in cruelty to livestock case

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A Bowie attorney was arrested on Oct. 26 by deputies from the Clay County Sheriff’s office on a complaint of cruelty to livestock animals, a state jail felony.
Investigators report they found malnourished and deceased animals found on property in southern Clay County allegedly owned by Edward Michael Ratliff, 66, Bowie.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit submitted and signed by Justice of the Peace John Swenson on Oct. 25 the investigation by the sheriff’s staff began after Precinct Three Commissioner Retta Collins and her ranch hand Aletha Hagis observed two malnourished horses on property located on the east side of Armstrong Road. The property and animals are reportedly owned by Edward Michael Ratliff, 66, Bowie.
The warrant sought the arrest of Ratliff for the offense of cruelty to livestock animals, a state jail felony. In addition, a seizure warrant for the animals and a search warrant also were obtained from JP Swenson.

Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.

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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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