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Tue
27
Dec

Drainage commissioner retiring after 44 years

Texas Legislature created DeWitt County Drainage District #1 in 1914.

As the name implies, it’s purpose was to reduce flooding in and around Cuero.

There have only been 28 commissioners on the board in its history. Gus Leck has served that board for 44 years. His term will end Dec. 31.

Leck was appointed to the board in 1972. He was just 32. Today he is 76.

 

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Sun
25
Dec

Cuero woman shot, killed Christmas morning

A Cuero woman was shot and killed Christmas Sunday morning and a suspect has been apprehended facing charges for the crime. According to early reports D’Metra Strait of Cuero was shot one time in the head in the 200 block of East Cleveland at about 11:30. Family members discovered the homicide and contacted local law enforcement. Sheriff deputy Brandon Mays responded to the scene and saw the suspect in the vicinity of the shooting. The suspect fled and Mays gave chase. The suspect wrecked his vehicle near the DeWitt - Gonzales county line.
Mays captured the man and returned him to DeWitt County. He was taken to a hospital in Victoria for examination and was expected to be arraigned Sunday evening and placed in DeWitt County Jail.
The reports indicate the suspect lives in Austin and is the father of two children that were with Strait and he was in Cuero to pick up the children.

Tue
20
Dec

Blue Santa makes his rounds here

Thanks to generous donations and months of planning by the Yorktown Police Department, children in the Yorktown community had a “Blue Christmas” on Saturday, December 17.

A sea of brand new bicycles, bag after bag of gifts, and stacks and stacks of toys were everywhere at Yorktown City Hall on Friday afternoon in preparation for the festive event on Saturday -- delivery of the goods by “Blue Santa.”

“We have 47 bikes,” Yorktown Police Officer Joshua Serbin said, who heads the Yorktown “Blue Santa” program. “We purchased most of them, but a few were donated.”

 

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Tue
20
Dec

Council appoints Warwas as Interim City Administrator

At the regular meeting on Monday, December 12, Yorktown City Council members unanimously voted for MichelleWarwas, Director of Finance/Municipal Court to assume duties as Deputy City Secretary/Interim City Administrator. Council also voted unanimously to advertise for the City Administrator position for two weeks.

War was will temporarily fill the position left vacant when Robert Mendez, Yorktown City Administrator, passed away on December 1.

At the same meeting, Council went into executive session for a little over an hour to discuss personnel matters, namely the Chief of Police position and the employment of Marlo Stansel of the Yorktown Public Library.

 

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Tue
20
Dec

DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office still searching for juvenile girl

The DeWitt County Sheriff’s Department is currently searching for a missing juvenile from Yorktown.

Sky Hunt, 17, has been missing since December 6. She is described as a white female, 5’4” in height, and weighs 125 lbs. She has brown hair and brown eyes. She may wear glasses.

Anyone who has seen Hunt, or has any information about her, are asked to contact the DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office at 361-275- 5734.

 

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Tue
20
Dec

Council holds special meeting in response to burglaries, vandalism

In response to recent burglaries and complaints of vandalism within the city, Yorktown City Council held a special council meeting on Friday, December 16, at 6 p.m. at Yorktown City Hall.

Council members Manuel Serrano, Travis Peyton, Bill Baker, Blaine Denbo and Ruben “BB” Garcia were present for the meeting, as well as Interim City Administrator Michelle Warwas and Mayor Rene Hernandez.

The meeting consisted of an executive session “for discussion and deliberation regarding the evaluation, duties and authority of a public officer or employee,” namely Interim Chief of Police Garry Smith, Sgt. Joshua Serbin and Officer Guy Finney.

 

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Tue
20
Dec

Police investigating woman’s death

Yorktown Police Department are investigating the death of a 41 year old woman after being called to a residence on South Gaebler St. in Yorktown Saturday, December 17, at 1:09 p.m.

According to police reports, Tracey L. Lavery was found by her boyfriend, who called 911.

The incident is under investigation by the Yorktown Police Department.

At press time Monday morning, December 19, Yorktown Interim Chief of Police Garry Smith said the death appears to be from natural causes, pending pathology reports.

 

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Tue
20
Dec

End of an era, Sheriff Zavesky retires

Twelve years ago, Jode Zavesky was preparing to become the sheriff of DeWitt County. Carl Bowen will take over Jan. 1, 2017, and it is Zavesky who has helped him. From his time as a dispatcher to becoming sheriff, Zavesky has been involved in law enforcement for quite a long time.

“Believe it or not, way back in the stone age days, while I was in high school, I was dispatching for the Goliad County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO),” Zavesky recalled. “Nowadays, it would be just unheard of. They [Goliad] had a full-time dispatcher during the week, but on weekends and nights, it was high school guys. Back then, there was no 911, so you called the sheriff’s office. Sometime my senior year, we went to 24-hour dispatching. I would dispatch all night, go home, take a shower and go to school.”

After graduating, Zavesky became a reserve in 1978 for GCSO. At that time he was a volunteer fireman and a sheriff reserve.

 

Tue
20
Dec

County earns ‘Best Practice’ awards

County officials in DeWitt, Gonzales and Karnes counties recognized that their oil-and-gas producing counties were losing revenue to the state of Texas from oil and gas leases on county rights of way. In response, they combined forces to get legislation passed requiring the income instead be set aside for county use.

The Texas Association of Counties (TAC) has awarded DeWitt, Gonzales, Karnes, Live Oak and McMullen counties a 2016 County Best Practices Award in recognition of this joint legislative initiative.

Due to a 1960 Texas Attorney General opinion, the state can lease county right of way for oil and gas exploration and collect the income from the Texas General Fund. County roads are routinely damaged by oil and gas operations, but the expenses to repair them are not covered by the state. County taxpayers typically pay for the repairs and maintenance even though the county road right of way is considered property of the state.

 

Tue
20
Dec

City Council discusses utility service changes

Utility services are changing in 2017 for the City of Cuero. This was one of the key items discussed during the Dec. 13 city council meeting.

The first reading of ordinances were read to amend electric service rates, sewers, water and garbage and refuse.

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