Archive for July, 2012

100th Judicial District Court – Clarendon, Donley County, July 30, 2012 (David Joe Garner Found Guilty, Sentenced To 30 Years)

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Clarendon– On Monday, July 30, 2012, a guilty plea resulted in the conviction and sentencing of David Joe Garner to the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for 30 years.

Luke Inman, the 100th Judicial District Attorney, was the prosecutor for the State of Texas, with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding. Garner, 51-year-old Weatherford, Texas resident, was scheduled for a jury trial beginning next Monday in Childress County. Garner pleaded guilty to one felony charge of a two-count indictment.

Garner was arrested at the Harris Hospital in Fort Worth for the sexual assault on May 6, 2011 for the offense that occurred on May 4 in Childress, Texas. After the plea, White made an allocution statement and said that she was a different person today prior to Garner savagely raping, torturing, and attempting to take her life.

“My life is forever changed,” said White. “I will live in fear for the rest of my life. I cannot even take my own children out of my house by myself.”

Garner offered White, and other Dallas-area women including one other known victim, a job in the cattle industry and then would isolate them by taking them to a motel room where he would be there alone with them, according to Inman.

“A dangerous person pleaded guilty today and will be behind bars for a long time because of these victims’ strong will and determination to make sure he got the justice he deserved,” said Inman

White was travelling with Garner for an alleged cattle transaction in Amarillo that landed her alone with Garner in Childress, Texas. The sexual assault investigation began on May 4, 2011, after the victim, Christina White, made a 911 call from an Allsup’s bathroom in Childress.

After being initially detained by the Childress Police Department on the early morning of May 5, 2011, Garner was released without being arrested. White was arrested after she received medical treatment for an active traffic warrant.

“The evidence we were able to obtain did not collaborate the story that the victim and Garner were giving our officers at the time,” said Reece Bowen, Chief of Police for the Childress Police Department. “We know Mrs. White has endured a traumatic experience and our whole department is thinking of her and her family and are glad to see this criminal case resolved in this fashion.”

After White was released from custody, she obtained a sexual assault nurse examination in Wichita Falls. Shelli Pendelton, SANE nurse in Wichita Falls, conducted the SANE examination and found trauma and collected additional evidence.

“This defendant is a conman, plain and simple,” said Inman. “He told lies to Christina [White] and her husband Josh [White]. He told the same lies to several other victims that had to endure his heinous crimes against them that Christina went through. He was even able to con his way out of getting arrested on the night the sexual assault took place. This unfortunate incident makes you aware of the type of criminal mind that you deal with from time to time in this business.”

Josh White, Christina’s husband also made an allocution statement that shed light on his feelings towards the defendant.

“Before, David Garner, we were rebuilding our lives,” said Josh White. “He was a very charming person and I feel guilty for letting this happen because I almost lost my wife to someone that reminded me of the grandpa I never had.”

During the plea, evidence was provided by Inman that Garner knowingly and intentionally used his sexual organ to penetrate the victim’s female sexual organ without her consent.

Numerous law enforcement agencies were involved in this investigation, including Jay Foster and Antony Bradford with the Department of Public Safety Texas Rangers Division.

Bradford and Foster obtained the evidence collected by Pendleton at the SANE examination and submitted items to the DPS forensic laboratory in Lubbock, Texas which linked Garner to the sexual assault against White.

After further information was uncovered by Bradford in his investigation, as well as other law enforcement agencies including Weatherford Police Department and the Fort Worth Police Department, Bradford made the arrest on Garner for the sexual assault against White only two days after the offense.

“Fortunately this case had some very experienced Texas Rangers to assist the local law enforcement agencies involved in this serial rapist’s actions to make this such a great case that resulted in this plea of guilty today without the necessity of a jury trial,” said Inman

This trial was scheduled to go before a jury in Childress on Aug. 6.

After hearing the plea of guilty, Messer followed the recommendation from the State and sentenced Garner to 30 years for the enhanced habitual offender offense of sexual assault.

100th Judicial District Court, Hall County Texas, Grand Jury Indictments, July 2012

Monday, July 30th, 2012

The following persons were indicted by the 100th Judicial District Court in Hall County:

Lee Adam DeLaCruz; Continuous Violence Against Family - Third Degree Felony; Jan. 12, 2012;

Emily Trejo; Injury to an Elderly Person - Third Degree Felony; March 2, 2012;

Paul Carerra Zamora aka Paul Carrera Zamora; Driving While Intoxicated with Child Passenger - State Jail Felony; April 1, 2012.

Boy Scout Troop 501 Volunteers At Square House Museum

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Brent Weiss, a member of Panhandle Boy Scout Troop 501, is working on his Eagle Scout Project. His chosen project is one that is of great benefit to the Square House Museum and the community. Brent chose to repair the handicap ramp at the Conway Community Church. This project is also very timely as during the Museum Day weekend the Church will celebrate its 100th birthday!

There will be a special ceremony at that time. In order to qualify as an Eagle Scout, the candidate must complete 100 hours of work on a project that helps the community.

He may choose to do all of the work himself or enlist the help of family and friends for an accumulated 100 hours.

Jason Jones recently finished his Eagle Scout project when he helped catalogue the Museum’s archived books into the Dewey Decimal System so that staff could more easily locate materials.

Pictured here are Brent Weiss, Luke Amos, Will Amos and Brent’s father, Dewayne Weiss. Also helping, but not pictured are other members of Troop 501; Kyle Weiss, Baylee Ogletree, Jeremy Jones, Jason Jones, and Brent’s mother, Lynette. Museum volunteers, Charley Russ and Dale Moore have also assisted with the project.

100th District Judicial Court – Childress County, Texas – July 23, 2012

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Childress – On Monday, July 23, 2012, two hearings took place which resulted in two convictions.

Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, assisted by Greg Buckley, prosecuted the cases for the State of Texas with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.

1. Charlie James Hughes, a 46-year-old resident of Childress, pleaded not true to the allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Revoke Probation of Defendant and was convicted and sentenced to seven years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

On Sept. 15, 2010, Hughes, originally pleaded guilty to the third degree felony offense of Driving While Intoxicated 3rd or More that occurred on Aug. 25, 2010, in Childress County.

The State filed the motion to revoke on April 24, 2012, alleging seven violations of community supervision.

Hughes is required to pay a $4,000 fine to Childress County and $376 in court costs.

2. Miles Lacy Hampton, a 19-year-old resident of Childress, pleaded true to the allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate Guilt of Defendant and was convicted and sentenced to ten years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, but the sentence was probated for a period of ten years.

On Feb. 6, 2012, Hampton, was sentenced to Boot Camp after violating his community supervision originally for the second degree felony offense of burglary of a habitation that occurred on Jan. 1, 2011, in Childress County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Dec. 16, 2011, alleging seven violations of community supervision.

Hampton is required to pay a $2,000 fine to Childress County, $2,350 restitution, and $385.50 in court costs.

2011-2012 White Deer Reigning Rodeo Queen

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Felicia Miller

Felicia Miller is the 16 year old daughter of Shannon and Jeanne Miller of White Deer and a junior at White Deer High School.

Miller is a member of Buck Pride as well as being active in sports like basketball, tennis, and track participating in shot put and discus throwing. She is also involved in FFA and Carson County 4-H. Felicia was her sophomore student council class representative and a member of the National Honor Society. She has received the Citizenship Award, and has received awards in Math, Biology and Health classes. She was on the All A Honor Roll in the previous school year.

Miller has participated in Play Days and Barrel Races throughout the Panhandle. She is an active member of Panhandle Barrel Racing and White Deer Riding Club.

2012 Lady In Waiting

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Hanna Brainard, 2012 Lady In Waiting


Hanna Brainard is the 15-year-old daughter of Swasey and Stacie Brainard of Pampa. She is a member of White Deer United Methodist Church and the UMC Youth Group. She is a sophomore at White Deer High School, where she is active in Buck Price, Basketball, Track, Band, FCCLA, FFA and National Junior Honor Society. She also served as 2011 FFA Greenhand President and 2012 FFA Vice President.

Brainard has been awarded numerous character, teacher and athletic awards and is on the AB Honor Roll. She is a member of People to People Student Ambassadors and has traveled to Japan and has recently returned from France, Italy and Greece.

Brainard has participated in the Big 5 Horse shows in Horsemanship and Western Pleasure and is the White Deer 4-H Vice President and recently competed at the State 4-H competition in Educational Presentations. She is also a member in the Top of Texas Cattle Women Association and Southwestern Cattle Women Association.

Her other hobbies and interests include showing steers, traveling, reading, cooking, shopping, and working on the family ranch.

54th Annual White Deer Rodeo This Weekend

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

The 54th Annual White Deer Rodeo will take place this weekend, so put on your boots and jeans and join the fun at the White Deer Rodeo Arena this weekend.

Prior to the rodeo, Slack will be held on Thursday, July 26 at 7 p.m.

On Friday all rodeo ticket holders will be treated to a free BBQ at 5 p.m. The rodeo will start at 7 p.m. There will be a dance following the rodeo with the Buster Bledsoe as entertainment.

On Saturday at 10 a.m. the annual Rodeo Parade will start in the parking lot at White Deer High School and travel past the park, down the highway, and up main street back to the school. Kick Back Day will be immediately following the parade in the city park.

The Rodeo Queen Coronation will be at 6 p.m. Saturday night followed by the rodeo and dance with entertainment from No Justice.

KPRA and RCRA approved stock is by Charlie Thompson.

The White Deer Lion’s club will sell burritos and sodas Friday and Saturday night from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. or until sold out.

White Deer Basketball Camp

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Front (left to right): Jade Perriman, Grace Reed, Lisa Irlas, Mary Katherine Lenz, Curstin Haiduk, Karlee Reed and Rylee Hill. Back: Coach Rex Beck and his daughter and assistant Taylor Beck.

By Ann Metcalf

White Deer’s new Girls’ Basketball, Coach Rex Beck, held a basketball camp last week at Antler Gym. The morning session was from 9-11:45 a.m. for third and fourth graders, and the afternoon session was from 1-4 p.m. for sixth to ninth graders. Assisting Coach Beck was his daughter Taylor Beck of Amarillo and the new Junior High Girls’ Coach Leslie Sandeford.

On the final day of camp, awards were presented to:

Third to Fifth Grades – lay-ups: Curstin “Smiley” Haiduk; free shots: Haiduk; ball handling: Teagan Forney; “Ballin” award: Haiduk and Forney; hustle awards: Rylee Hill, Lisa Irias, Forney and Haiduk; and most improved player: Jade Perriman.

Sixth to Ninth Grades – lay-ups: Merrit Mitchell; free shots: Karlee Reed; set shot: Reed; ball handling: Anglea Parsley; knockout: Amber Sons; “Ballin” awards: Mitchell.

Runoff Election Reminder

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Polling places will be open between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on July 31, 2012, for the Republican and Primary Runoff Election.

Polling places for White Deer and Skellytown are as follows:
Precincts 102 and 401 will be at White Deer Community Center, 5th and Paul.

Precinct 402 will be at Skellytown City Hall, 500 Chamberlain.

State Rep. Larson Visits; Applauds Local Water District

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

White Deer - As part of his ongoing research objective to determine how the State of Texas can help local communities with water issues, State Rep. Lyle Larson attended a meeting at both the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority (CRMWA) and the Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District (PGCD) with the agency staff and general managers. At the meetings, the attendees discussed the CRMWA's and PGCD's efforts to address the drought and their long term plans to meet the water needs of the region over the next several decades.

At CRMWA, general manager Kent Satterwhite shared information about the current state of Lake Meredith, which has a 500,000 acre feet capacity but currently holds only 20,000 acre feet. The absence of rain coupled with evaporation puts the authority in an extremely difficult position as the sustainability of using surface water continues to be undermined. As they continue facing the challenges associated with depleting surface water, they intend to search for innovative solutions to bolster their supply. Looking at well fields in Roberts County and the condition of Lake Meredith, it's clear other solutions need to be brought to the table to maintain sustainability and Kent Satterwhite is working to develop the solutions.

C.E. Williams with the Panhandle GCD shared his perspective on groundwater management in the panhandle region. PGCD employs an innovative approach to balancing their water portfolio between both agriculture and municipal needs. Farmers in the district have worked to conserve over 30 percent of the water they use over the last decade. The PGCD also uses a very focused and creative conservation program that has been extremely effective.

“The drought of 2011 presented a lot of challenges for the panhandle region,” said Rep. Larson. “While the response from agencies in the region has been great, it's clear we still need to develop a strategy going into the next 50 years.”

Larson also addressed bolstering recharge of the Ogallala Aquifer: “In the Playa Lakes region in Texas, where recharge of the Ogallala Aquifer occurs, one potential solution includes cleansing the silt from the lakes, on both public and private land, to enhance recharge of the aquifer.”

Rep. Larson, who serves on the Texas Legislature's House Natural Resources Committee, has been traveling throughout the state visiting river authorities, groundwater conservation districts and water providers throughout the interim. He intends to use the research gathered to help achieve water policy that is good for all Texans in the upcoming 2013 Legislative Session.

Lyle Larson (R, San Antonio) represents northern Bexar County in the Texas House of Representatives. He serves on the House Natural Resources Committee, the Culture, Recreation and Tourism Committee, and the Local and Consent Calendars Committee. For more information, please visit www.lylelarson.org.