Man arrested twice in three weeks on same charge
by Gary Kent
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BEEVILLE – Sometimes it’s just too hard to learn a lesson the first time. Police Chief Joe Trevino said Daryl Howell, a 34-year-old who was arrested on Nov. 4 with what the chief believed was the most methamphetamine the Beeville Police Department had ever recovered in a single incident, was arrested again just weeks later on the same charge. Howell was driving a car at about 10:30 on the night of Nov. 11 when Patrolman Garrett Davidson noticed one of the vehicle’s required lights was not working. The officer stopped the vehicle at the intersection of West Springer and North Live Oak streets, and the first thing he noticed was that Howell’s license was invalid. Davidson had Howell get out of the vehicle, and when he searched him, he found brass knuckles in a pocket in the man’s pants. Brass knuckles are considered a prohibited weapon in Texas. At that point, the officer placed Howell and his 34-year-old passenger, Florentin Aguilar, under arrest. Officers then began to search the vehicle, and inside they found a brown purse. Inside the purse was 12.65 grams of methamphetamine. In addition, officers found a number of empty, small plastic bags that they suspect had contained amounts of methamphetamine packed for sale. Treviño said both men were charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, Penalty Group 1, four to 200 grams. The offense is a first degree felony. If convicted, the two men could face up to 99 years or life in prison and a $10,000 fine. Possession of a prohibited weapon is a third degree felony and is punishable, upon conviction, with a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a $10,000 fine. Driving with an invalid license is a Class C misdemeanor. Punishment for that is a maximum $500 fine. Treviño said the interesting element in the arrest is that Howell was charged with the same offense in the Nov. 4 incident, but he also was charged with unlawful carrying a weapon by a felon and theft of a firearm. That incident was a about three weeks earlier. The theft charge was filed after officers learned that the handgun Howell was carrying had been reported stolen by a man in Comal County. Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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Gregory-Portland ISD issues $9.5 million in bonds
by Shane Ersland
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PORTLAND – Gregory-Portland ISD school board members approved the issuance of more than $9 million in bonds during Tuesday night’s meeting. Terrell Palmer, managing director of First Southwest in Houston, informed board members that the company had worked for about two months to sell the bonds. “This is the culmination of about 60 days of hard work,” Palmer said. “One thing we do when we sell bonds is present them to two ratings companies. I don’t think they could have gone better.” The funds are a portion of the $117 million bond that was approved by voters in May 2015. The bond will fund the addition of a new elementary school, a new career and technology center and additional classrooms at the high school, a new middle school and improvements at Ray Akins Wildcat Stadium. Palmer said the district was issued a AA credit rating, which was very high compared to other school districts in the state. “Only 83 districts had a higher rating than yours,” Palmer said. The district also was able to secure a reasonable interest rate on the bonds at 3.20 percent. Palmer said that was impressive considering the market has been tumultuous lately. “Interest rates have really shot up,” Palmer said. “That’s why we weren’t here two weeks ago. It was just after the election and there was chaos. Now, the market has settled in. We did not have to increase our interest rate. We were able to lower it.” District officials have been adamant about keeping the tax rate flat at 18 cents per $100 of taxable value, and securing the low interest rate helps them do that, Palmer said. “We’re going to issue a series of bonds that maintains that 18 cents,” Palmer said. The sale served as the second issuance of funds within the May 2015 bond. It will install $9.5 million for the district’s construction fund.
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Fidencio L. Adames
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Fidencio L. Adames, 63, of Mathis, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Mr. Adames was born March 20, 1953, in Runge to Jose and Lorenza Adames. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Lorenza Adames; one brother; and three sisters. Survivors include his wife, Belia Adames; one daughter, Lorrie Adames of Mathis; two sons, Fidencio Adames Jr. and Jose Luis Adames, both of Mathis; two sisters, Elise Garcia of San Antonio and Paula Teller of Dayton, Ohio; two brothers, Luis Adames of Fort Worth and Raymond Reyes of Runge; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Dobie Funeral Home chapel. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Dobie Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Runge Latin American Cemetery in Runge. Pallbearers are Alias Joshua Adames, Juan Adames, Joe Luis Adames Jr., Michael Antonio Martinez Jr., Armando Espinoza, Ernest Reyes and Luis Adames. Arrangements are under the direction of Dobie Funeral Home.
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Bailout: Deputies capture three illegal immigrants
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Three illegal immigrants were taken into custody by the Goliad County Sheriff’s Office last weekend following a high-speed pursuit through town. The incident began at around 8:30 a.m. last Saturday when Deputy Alex Reyna, while on routine patrol, observed a blue 2006 Nissan Armada with a defective tail lamp. As Reyna followed the vehicle, he also observed a number of unrestrained passengers in the rear seat attempting to hide from the deputy’s view. Reyna stopped the Nissan on U.S. Highway 59 just west of Goliad. As he approached, the vehicle then traveled east, fleeing through Goliad in an attempt to elude Reyna. The vehicle continued eastbound at speeds reaching 100 mph until the driver crossed the median near Franke Road and crashed through a fence. At that point, the passengers fled into the brush. Reyna, along with Cpl. Andrew Lane and Sgt. Randy Dvorak, pursued the suspects on foot, eventually apprehending three as they attempted to conceal themselves in undergrowth. Those detained were identified as 21-year-old Roman Putux, 25-year-old Maria Castro Perez and 18-year-old Manuel Perez-Garcia, all of Guatemala. The trio were ultimately turned over to U.S. Border Patrol personnel. A search of the Nissan yielded no narcotics or illegal substances, and further search of the surrounding property yielded no additional suspects.
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 A swan hangs from the crystal chandelier inside the dining room of the Berlcair Mansion. Each room of the mansion was decorated by a member of the Beeville Art Association. The members are holding a benefit raffle and shopping event dubbed Deck the Halls there on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
A swan hangs from the crystal chandelier inside the dining room of the Berlcair Mansion. Each room of the mansion was decorated by a member of the Beeville Art Association. The members are holding a benefit raffle and shopping event dubbed Deck the Halls there on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
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