April 25-April 29, 2016: County Court At Law

Record Of Criminal Actions taken by Nacogdoches County Court At Law

This is the report of the cases where a verdict was decided.



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Veronica Weaver new face of SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs

Sitting in a purple room with purple axe handles pinned above her desk, Veronica Weaver talks about her decade-long transition from student to orientation supervisor and, just this year, to head of the Stephen F. Austin State University Office of Multicultural Affairs.

“OMA was what I expected as far as the programs it hosts,” said Weaver, the campus organization’s new director. “What I wasn’t expecting is just how passionate the students would be about everything — politics, social justice. I also underestimated the power of the community and its support of OMA events.”

A native of Longview, Weaver began at SFA as a student in 2005. She graduated four years later with a bachelor’s degree in biology with the goal of becoming a physical therapist before “converting,” she chuckled.

“During undergrad, I worked as a physical therapy technician in the mornings and then as an orientation leader in the afternoons,” Weaver said. “But I was finding that I was loving going to orientation but wasn’t so excited to go to the hospital every day. And that’s no one’s fault, I just had more passion to help students.”

Weaver accepted a supervisory job with SFA orientation soon after graduation. She went on to study educational leadership at SFA and graduated with a master’s degree in that field in 2011.

Through orientation, Weaver had worked with OMA staff on projects, such as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and various diversity presentations, among others. The directorship wasn’t a thought in her mind until she heard former OMA director Dr. Osaro Airen had accepted a job in Dallas earlier this year. Airen had been in the position for approximately three years.

“Osaro made the announcement to leave, and when the position opened, there was an opportunity I wasn’t expecting,” Weaver said. “It’s just funny how life throws things at you.”

The transition has been a pleasant surprise. While still able to use the same passion for helping others that prompted her interest in physical therapy, Weaver is excited to make a difference in students’ lives.

“I had to think first about whether I wanted to cross over into multicultural affairs and then assess what the needs were and if I could add to it,” she explained. “I’m very happy I made the decision. Switching over has been really exciting.”

As Weaver settles into her new role, she is eager to continue making a name for the organization not only on campus but in the Nacogdoches community as well.

“I started sending out emails regarding our upcoming events, and the number of people who responded was wonderful,” Weaver said. “I value everyone’s time. I believe you can dedicate your time to anything you want, but to go out of your way to take your family to OMA events means a lot. And I attribute a lot of that community outreach to Osaro. I think he had great ties in the community.”

Weaver began assessing the OMA’s future and the organization’s goals the moment she began as director. Her main focus is branching out to draw in a bigger student base.

“I do want to have programs that appeal to every demographic here at the university,” Weaver said. “That’s Asian American, Native American, African American, Caucasian — everyone. My other goal is focusing on getting students engaged, especially with under-represented populations. If you look at the research, they are the ones falling behind in retention. My goal is to get them in here and engage them. I’m a big advocate about that.”

Ultimately, Weaver hopes that every person in the SFA and Nacogdoches communities will hear the acronym OMA and immediately know what the organization offers.

“Osaro did an amazing job building relationships, so I want to keep those relationships going and get to know the community,” Weaver said. “It’s going to take a couple years, but the foundation is there, so we will just continue to build on it.”

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SFA film series to feature Academy Award-winning ‘Ida’

The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “Ida” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 6, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, the film tells the story of Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, who is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation, according to information at imdb.com.

“Ida” won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2015. The film is 82 minutes and is rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexuality and smoking.

This screening is part of the School of Art’s monthly Friday Film Series and is sponsored in part by the Nacogdoches Film Festival, William Arscott, Nacogdoches Junior Forum, Karon Gillespie, Mike Mollot, Main Street Nacogdoches, David Kulhavy, John and Kristen Heath, Brad Maule, Galleria Z, Jill Carrington, Jean Stephens and Jim and Mary Neal.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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SFA staff recognized for 10, 20 and 30 years of service

Stephen F. Austin State University staff members were recently honored for their years of service to the institution during the 32nd annual Staff and Retiree Recognition Award Ceremony.

10 years

Ten-year award recipients included, front row, from left, Alicia De La Rosa-Millard, Office of Multicultural Affairs; Lacey Claver, student engagement; Lurah Bryant, Pineywoods Area Health Education Center; Amanda Kennedy, University Police Department; Annie Uhyrek, controller’s office; Judy Buckingham, Board of Regents; Bit Johnson, psychology; Carrie Williams, James I. Perkins College of Education’s Office of Assessment and Accountability; Emily Tacquard, Early Childhood Lab; and Trey Schroeder, athletics; and back row, from left, are Linda Garrett, physical plant; Richard Shelton, University Police Department; Greg Grant, Department of Agriculture; Alan Scott, College of Fine Arts dean’s office; Barbara Ann Davis, secondary education; Jamie Ellen Flournoy, Student Support Center; and Sylvia Barr, procurement.

Ten-year employees honored but not pictured are Rebecca Galatas, printing services; Ping Wang, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture; Nancy Miller-Brown, admissions; Johnny Ray Cardenas, athletics; John William Parker, information technology services; Billy Calhoun, residence life operations; Pat Zwahr, residence life operations; T.J. Maple, student affairs; Eileen Dunbar, Office of the Vice President for University Affairs; Janice Ruth Haile, health services; Jason Grogan, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture; and Rickie Britton, Office of the President.

20 years

Six SFA employees received 20-year service awards from the university. Pictured, from left, are Martha Crump, telecommunications and networking; Judy Duffin, controller’s office; Irish Beason, financial aid; Lori Harkness, Early Childhood Lab; Norma Doan, audit services; and Linda Bryant, printing services.

30 years

Four SFA employees were recently honored for 30 years of service. Pictured, from left, are Bruce Lanham, physical plant; Peggy Scott, student rights and responsibilities; Karen Farris, Early Childhood Lab; and Melissa DeVine, School of Music.

President’s award

Four SFA employees received the President’s Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding achievement and excellent service. Pictured with Dr. Baker Pattillo, SFA president, from left, are Jennifer Edwards, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Susan Williams, Office of the President; Donna Story, financial aid; and Jennifer Crenshaw, School of Honors.

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Meyer’s ‘In the Trees’ series to feature world premiere of ‘LI’

Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Dr. Brad Meyer performing “LI” in the Trees at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in the Free Speech Area on the SFA campus.

This concert will feature the world premiere of Meyer’s latest percussion ensemble composition, “LI,” which stands for “Lines of Inspiration.”

“The composition is an abstract, semi-improvisation structure to help facilitate an atmosphere of interactive music and art,” said Meyer, professor of percussion studies at SFA.

Approximately 25 performers will draw musical inspiration from different types of art, which will be created by Gaby Hijar, graduate student in the SFA School of Art.

“Performers will improvise on the idea of different pieces of art – paintings, sculptures, etc. – for pre-determined times at various percussion stations,” Meyer explained.

The performance will last a little over an hour, and will be located in the wooded area between the School of Music and the Baker Pattillo Student Center. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to SFA’s Cole Concert Hall.

Audience members are encouraged to bring folding chairs, picnic blankets, etc. and to also roam around the music installation to experience different vantage points, Meyer said.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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April 28, 2016: NPD Crime Report

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

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April 28, 2016: Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Crime Log

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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April 28, 2016: 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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SFA student organizations donate approximately 1,000 books to area children

Stephen F. Austin State University’s Jacks Council on Family Relations and Residence Hall Association recently donated approximately 1,000 books to the Greater East Texas Community Action Program Head Start and Early Head Start. Pictured, from left, are Adrian Gutierrez, SFA child development and family living senior and Jacks Council on Family Relations president; Vanessa Thorn, SFA child development and family living senior and JCFR member; Dr. Jennifer Newquist, SFA assistant professor of child development and family living, who supervised the book drive; Dian Wise, GETCAP Head Start education coordinator; Shannon White, ISD education coordinator for GETCAP Head Start; and Shanté Teal, ISD education coordinator for GETCAP Early Head Start.

Stephen F. Austin State University’s Jacks Council on Family Relations and Residence Hall Association recently donated approximately 1,000 books to Greater East Texas Community Action Program Head Start and Early Head Start.

During the past few weeks, the two organizations planned the book drive on campus and throughout the Nacogdoches community and collected books to benefit area children in the GETCAP program.

Representatives from GETCAP Head Start and Early Head Start visited campus Wednesday, April 27, to collect the books. Dian Wise, GETCAP Head Start education coordinator, was overwhelmed and excited to receive them.

“We are very thankful,” Wise said. “We really appreciate the collaboration and the good partnership we have with SFA. These books will make a huge difference for the children involved.”

SFA child development and family living senior and JCFR president Adrian Gutierrez also was on hand to help distribute the books.

“We are always looking for service opportunities, and this book drive was amazing. It has really grown a lot since last year,” Gutierrez said. “Helping out and working with children are my passions, so I’m very excited the children will get these books to read, and it is really going to impact them in the long run. I’m excited to see where this program goes in the future.”

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Internationally renowned cellist Quint to perform at SFA

Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present cellist Misha Quint performing with SFA music faculty and students in a concert at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, in Cole Concert Hall on the university campus.

Quint, an internationally renowned concert musician, will join SFA faculty members Jennifer Dalmas, violin, and Andrew Parr and Linda Parr, piano, for a chamber music concert. The program will feature two masterpieces from the piano trio repertoire, including Antonín Dvorak’s colorful “Dumky” trio and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s one-movement work “Trio élégiaque.”

The concert will conclude with a cello ensemble piece featuring Quint performing with Evgeni Raychev, cello instructor at SFA, and his cello students.

Quint is founder and music director of the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany, and Arcidosso, Tuscany, Italy, and the InterHarmony Concert Series at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. For more information about the artist, visit www.mishaquintcello.com/

The concert is sponsored by the School of Music orchestra program and the Cello Club. Admission is free. For more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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