December 10: Sheriff Office Daily Activity Log

This is the report from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office that list the reports from 6 a.m. of the previous day to 6 a.m. of the listed day.

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December 11: NPD Crime Report

This is a complete list of reports responded to by the Nacogdoches Police Department

IN RE: P13-21836- Identity Theft- Officers had been alerted several days ago of two suspect vehicles that were purchasing large amounts of fuel using stolen credit card numbers. Last night, shortly before 10:00 pm, an off duty Nacogdoches police officer was purchasing fuel at the Chevron in the 400 block of West Main in his personal vehicle. The officer recognized a vehicle matching the description of one of the vehicles pull into the business. NPD was alerted and while investigating the incident, the other suspect vehicle passed by. Officers stopped that vehicle and the investigation continued. Officers arrested four suspects and charged them all with felony engaging in organized criminal activity. They arrested are:

Tomas Miranda-Gonzales, age 56
Tomas Miranda-Mendez, age 24
Luis Ortiz-Miranda, age 26
Johanner Laurence-Miranda, age 34

All of the suspects give Houston, Texas addresses. The case is still under investigation.

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December 10: NPD Crime Report

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December 11: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

This is the report from the Nacogdoches County Jail that lists the arrests made from 6 a.m. of the previous day to 6 a.m. of the listed day.

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December 10: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

This is the report from the Nacogdoches County Jail that lists the arrests made from 6 a.m. of the previous day to 6 a.m. of the listed day.

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Tickets still available for Diane Schuur performance

Tickets are still available for the upcoming performance of Grammy award-winning jazz legend Diane Schuur at Stephen F. Austin State University.

The show, slated for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, in W.M. Turner Auditorium, is part of the SFA College of Fine Arts’ 2013-2014 University Series, “Live Out Loud.”

Nicknamed Deedles, Schuur has collaborated with such greats as the Count Basie Orchestra, Ray Charles, B.B. King and trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, and she has performed with José Feliciano at the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival. She has been invited to perform at The White House on multiple occasions and continues to tour and perform at major concert halls and venues around the world.

Prior to the concert, there will be a 7 p.m. informative talk about the artist and her music presented by Dr. Deb Scott, associate professor of trombone and jazz studies, in Griffith Gallery, which is located across the hall from Turner Auditorium. The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to honor the event’s corporate sponsor, Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Tickets range from $20 to $40, with discounts available for seniors, SFA faculty/staff, students and youth. For tickets or more information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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SFA communication studies professor receives mentoring professorship

Dr. R. Tyler Spradley, assistant professor of communication studies at SFA (right), recently received the Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship. The award is named for longtime communication studies professor Dr. Jim Towns (left) and recognizes professors who instill, foster and promote a mentoring culture at SFA.

Dr. R. Tyler Spradley, assistant professor of communication studies at Stephen F. Austin State University, is the latest recipient of an endowed professorship established to reward faculty members who are excellent teachers and serve as mentors to their students.

The Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship recognizes professors who instill, foster and promote a mentoring culture at SFA. The award is named for Dr. Jim Towns, longtime professor of communication studies, and it is the only SFA professorship for which faculty members in all six academic colleges are eligible.

Spradley joined the faculty of SFA’s College of Liberal and Applied Arts in 2002. He has taught both graduate and undergraduate classes, including organizational communication, leadership, issues management and crisis response, emergency communication, communication theory, mass media and society, interpersonal communication, public speaking, and listening behavior.

His primary research areas include organizational communication, highly reliable management practices, the communicative constitution of organizing processes in high-risk environments and sociomateriality.

“It is an honor and joy to be recognized by my students and colleagues,” Spradley said. “Dr. Towns has always been an inspiration for me, so few honors will compare to this one.”

Spradley is an SFA alumnus, holding both a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and a master’s degree in communication from the university. He also earned a master’s degree in lay ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in communication from Texas A&M University.

According to a former student in her recommendation of Spradley for the recognition, the professor “continually blessed my peers and me through his unique and heartfelt approach to relationship building in, as well as outside of, the classroom.”

The funding for the mentoring professorship was largely raised by Towns with the help of many of his colleagues and former students. Faculty mentoring and reverse mentoring are among Towns’ research interests, and he has successfully mentored countless students throughout his distinguished 47-year career at SFA.

“I really wanted to endow a professorship that would encourage mentoring relationships, which I think have benefitted me as much as my students over the years,” Towns said.

“Students are drawn to Dr. Spradley and desire to emulate him both professionally and personally. He provides an excellent example of how mentoring relationships between students and faculty members can benefit both parties tremendously. He is most deserving of this recognition.”

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Obituary: Otha Mae Doan

Mrs. Otha Mae Doan, age 90, of Nacogdoches, Texas, passed away Sunday, December 8, 2013, at Austin House.

She was born August 10, 1923, in the Red Flat Community to parents L.E. Byrd and Annie Lanora Beaver Byrd. She grew up in Nacogdoches County, moved to Houston and lived there for a number of years before returning to Nacogdoches in 1983. She retired after several years of service with Blue Ribbon Rice Company.

Mrs. Doan was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She enjoyed traveling, tending her flowers, and playing 42 and Canasta.

Her survivors include her daughter, Rita Meaux of Chappel Hill; son, Donald O. Kelley and wife Pat of Bossier City, Louisiana; granddaughter, Wendy Troell and husband Carey of Leming, Texas; grandson, Sean Kelley of Pleasanton, Texas; great-grandsons, Chase Troell and Grant Troell, both of Leming, and Brent Kelley of Pleasanton; and a sister, Verlene Brandon of Garrison.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe B. Doan, in 1986; and her son-in-law, Robert Meaux.

Funeral services are set for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 14, 2013, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches, with Pastor Dale Martin officiating. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Park, 5127 North Street.

Visitation is planned for 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 13, 2013, at Cason Monk-Metcalf.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors. Online memories and condolences may be offered at www.CasonMonk-Metcalf.com.

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Man arrested for Indecency with a Child

The Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office has arrested a Nacogdoches man for Indecency with a child. The sheriff office received a report of a child younger than 12 years of age had been sexually assaulted by the suspect.
The suspect was visiting relatives at a residence on County road 717 when he made inappropriate contact with the child. The child was able to escape from the suspect and make it to the master bedroom to tell her family of what occurred. At this time the suspect fled the scene of the residence on foot.
The Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office later found the suspect at a residence located on Cr. 825. Deputies conducted an interview with the suspect where he gave deputies a confession of what had happened. The suspect was then transported to the Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office where he was further interviewed and gave a written confession to what he did.
Paul Thomas Buchanan 27 years of age was arrested for Indecency with a Child a 2nd felony and placed into the Nacogdoches County Jail. His bond has been set at 50,000 dollars.

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December 9: Sheriff Office Daily Activity Log

This is the report from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office that list the reports from 6 a.m. of the previous day to 6 a.m. of the listed day.

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