George West man indicted on charges of sexual assault, strangulation
by Rita Arnst
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Rosendo Cuevas, aka “Chendo” Morin
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The Live Oak County February Grand Jury returned seven indictments, two of those indictments on Rosendo Cuevas, aka “Chendo” Morin of George West.

The first indictment for Morin, 46, has six counts. Count 1 and Count 2 were for sexual assault-habitual. Count 3 is aggravated assault-family violence-serious bodily injury-habitual. Count 4 is assault family violence-strangulation with deadly weapon-habitual; Count 5, aggravated assault threat with deadly weapon-habitual and Count 6, aggravated sexual assault threat-habitual.

The second indictment for Morin has two counts. Count 1 is aggravated assault against a public servant-habitual and Count 2, attempting to take weapon from a peace officer-habitual.

According to Live Oak County Sheriff Larry Busby, when a suspect is indicted and the term “habitual” is used, that means that suspect has been in the penitentiary at least twice.

The Live Oak County booking records indicate Morin was arrested on Aug. 5, 2010, by George West Police Officer Bob Meakins for aggravated sexual assault and evading arrest. Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Elizabeth Ellis set bonds totaling $135,000. He did not post bail; however, after three months in jail District Judge Janna Whatley released Morin on personal recognizance.

Thirty days later, Morin was arrested again; this time by George West Police Officer George Medina. The first offense had two counts of aggravated assault, the second offense was possession of a controlled substance, third offense was resisting arrest and fourth offense was attempting to take a weapon from an officer.

He was brought before George West Municipal Judge Patricia Landford. She set bonds totaling $130,000. Upon indictment, District Judge Mike Welborn continued him on $100,000 bond for each indictment. He remains in the Live Oak County Jail.

Paula Coleen Bunch and Milton Todd Stewart were indicted for possession of a controlled substance. Bunch’s indictment was for 1-4 grams and Stewart for less than one gram.,

Bunch, 50, and Stewart, 47, both of Tyler, were arrested on Sept. 27, 2010, at 3:47 a.m. by George West Police Officer Jason Lee. The pair were charged with possession of a controlled substance and brought before Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Jim Lane. He set bond at $5,000 for each suspect. They posted bond and were released the next day.

Upon indictment, Judge Welborn continued them on the same bonds.

Christina Medrano, 25, of La Feria was indicted for driving while intoxicated with a passenger under 15 years old.

Medrano was arrested on Sept. 24, 2010, at 4:14 a.m. by DPS Trooper Richard Russell. She was originally charged with two offenses and brought before Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Virginia Tanguma.

She set bond at $20,000 for each offense. Medrano posted bond and was released. Upon indictment, Judge Welborn continued Medrano on the same bonds.

George L. Taylor, 57, of Comfort was indicted for possession of marijuana of 5 lbs.-50 lbs.

Taylor was arrested on Aug. 8, 2010, at 2:58 p.m. by George West Police Officers Meakins, Lee and Sgt. Juan Garcia for possession of marijuana. He was brought before Judge Tanguma; she set bond at $10,000. He posted bond and was released. Upon indictment, Welborn continued him on the same bond.

Thomas Lee James was indicted for theft of a firearm. Sheriff Busby said he has not been arrested. However, a capias was issued for his arrest by Judge Welborn with a $5,000 bond.
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