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



15 — An unknown suspect was sought for armed robbery of a Palestine convenience store, during which the suspect got away with an undetermined amount of money.

16 — Palestine Independent School District Superintendent Jason Marshall reported an attendance of 3,262 students as of the 15th day of school on Friday to the PISD Board of Trustees during the regular board meeting. Attendance was up on the 15th day by 146 students, compared to the first day of school enrollment of 3,116.

17 — The body of an unidentified man was discovered by Texas Department of Transportation mowing crews under the Neches River bridge on U.S. Highway 79 at the Anderson-Cherokee county line. Investigators report that no foul play was suspected in the man's death.

18 — Members of the East Texas Joint Fugitive Task Force, which included officers from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Anderson County Constables, the U.S. Marshal’s office and Texas the Department of Public Safety, participated in a mass compliance check on Anderson County's 86 registered sex offenders. Five of the 79 contacted were found to be non compliant with possible charges pending.

19 — An Anderson County Jail inmate died at Palestine Regional Medical Center after being found facedown and unresponsive by jailers. The 64-year-old black male had been in custody after being arrested two days prior for criminal trespass by Anderson County Sheriff’s Office deputies. The preliminary autopsy report revealed the cause of death as “natural causes due to heart-related issues.”

21 — One man was hospitalized and four others arrested after an alleged drive-by shooting that occurred at a residence in the 1000 block of South Magnolia Street in Palestine. The victim, a 20-year-old Palestine man, was taken to a Tyler hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds to the back and leg.

21 — After a deluge of rain, Anderson County Judge Robert Johnston lifted the ban on outdoor burning in unincorporated areas. The 90-day burn ban was called by commissioners on Aug. 12, due to continuously dry conditions.

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