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Drug cases dominate grand jury list

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The staff of the 97th District Attorney’s office released the following indictments from the recent November session of the Montague County Grand Jury.
Christopher Lemon, 21, Montague, indicted for tampering or fabricating evidence from a Nov. 18, 2022 complaint, $15,000 bond.
Zacchaeus Jones, 31, Ennis, possession of a controlled substance 4-400 grams, July 25 complaint, $25,000 bond.
James Marley, 47, Bowie, failure to register as a sex offender, May 20 complaint, $15,000 bond.
Jose Ramirez-Oretega, 46, Holliday, driving while intoxicated third or more, Sept. 9 complaint, no bond stated, in custody.
Robert Watkins, 44, Bowie, possession of a controlled substance under one gram, June 9 complaint, $1,500 bond.
Terry Wages, 55, Bridgeport, two charges for prohibited substance and manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance 4-200 grams, Jan. 8 complaint, $50,000 in bonds.
A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Unseasonably warm weather expected this week

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Hot, dry and breezy conditions will create an elevated threat for grass fires along and west of I-35 Monday and Tuesday. Monday will likely be the warmest, when near-record high temperatures are expected. (National Weather Service Fort Worth)

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Financial report readied by outside auditor

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Members of the Bowie City Council will meet at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26 and receive its annual financial report from the outside auditor.
Staff from Mathis, West and Huffines will present the report that reviews the 2022-23 fiscal year for the City of Bowie.
The council will consider a resolution authorizing a grant application to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security to purchase a emergency management trailer. This trailer at an estimated $23,187.98 would house the portable communications equipment the department has purchased.

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

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Weekend early voting arrives for party primary

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Early voting for the March 5 party primaries opened strong this week with more than 450 ballots being cast as of Thursday across both the Republican and Democratic tickets.
The voting began Feb. 20 and will through Feb. 23.
Ginger Wall, elections administrator, reminds county voters they will have extended hours for early voting this weekend and all next week.
The voting locations will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 26-March 1.
This weekend early voting will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 25.
There are four locations in the county for voting in person: Montague County Annex Community Room, Montague; H.J. Justin Building, Nocona; Saint Jo Civic Center, Saint Jo and Bowie Senior Citizens Center, Bowie.
Voters may cast ballots at any of these locations.

Read more on this story in the weekend Bowie News.

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