The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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December 31, 2013

2013 Year in Review Part 2: End of year marked by fire, festivals



22 — An Anderson County jury sentenced a Michigan man to 35 years in prison without the possibility of parol for continuous sexual assault of child. A jury of five men and seven women deliberated less than 20 minutes before returning the verdict against Galo Gonzales, 63, of Bay City, Mich. in the district court of 369th District Judge Bascom W. Bentley III.

22 — A Palestine resident reported to the Herald-Press a telephone scam of which local citizens should be aware. A scam organization posing as a life insurance company called the woman's home asking medical-related questions and attempting to detract personal information.

25 — Lakeview Methodist Conference Center cut the ribbon on the first phase of a three-phase $10 million building campaign, with the dedication of its new “Sisk Shop.” The structure was named in honor of the center's maintenance supervisor, Jerry Sisk, who has served on staff at the Lakeview camp for the past 25 years.

25 — Precinct 2 Commissioner Rashad Q. Mims I reports during the regular commissioners court meeting that a bridge that had been completely washed out in his precinct due to heavy rains had been repaired.

26 — Incumbent Criminal District Attorney Doug Lowe said he plans to seek re-election for his fifth term in Anderson County and continue with progressive efforts he has made in the community — progress he's been building on for the past 15 years.

26 — The Leon County Sheriff's Office follows up on leads while searching for a fugitive homicide suspect Colt Mogan, 29, of Harris County. During questioning with a Buffalo police officer on Nov. 23, the suspect fled on foot.

27 — Four male suspects were arrested for burglarizing concession stands at the Elkhart High School football stadium.

28 — Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor issued a warning to local residents regarding the latest scam — a letter being sent out as being from “Publisher's Clearing House,” informing the recipient that they have won $1 million and need to claim their prize.

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