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Hill County Grand Jury returns January’s list of indictments
A Hill County Grand Jury that convened Friday, January 3, returned the following indictments:
Markelle K. Anderson, 17, of Whitney, aggravated sexual assault of a child
Tracy Michelle Bowers, 38, of Crawford, theft of property under $2,500 with two or more previous convictions
Krista Nichole Brill, 40, of Fort Worth, possession of THC oil under one gram
Charles Frank Gallant IV, 33, of Whitney, aggravated sexual assault of a child
Amber Michelle Goodson, 41, of Whitney, possession of methamphetamine under one gram; evading arrest with a vehicle
Jilliaunna Aundrea Grady, 28, of Covington, injury to a child
Latasha Hill, 39, of Austin, endangering a child – criminal negligence; possession of methamphetamine between four and 200 grams
Jimmy Wayne Hughes, 59, of Waco, two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, one count of indecency with a child
Frederick Michael Ingrum, 33, of Malone, assault of a family/household member by impeding breath or circulation
Wyatt Don Jackson, 22, of Blum, possession of cocaine under one gram
Steven Richard Lanigra, 35, of Athens, Alabama, possession of cocaine under one gram
Jessica Victoria Monterubio, 18, of Hillsboro, two counts of bail jump and failure to appear
Joel Omar Perez, 25, of Austin, assault of a police officer
Diana Maribel Ramirez-Lopez, 45, of San Antonio, smuggling of persons
Eric Ramirez, 46, of San Antonio, possession of THC oil under one gram
Cassey Lynn Rodriguez, 34, of Whitney, hindering apprehension/prosecution of a known felon
Rod J. Scholting, 39, of Covington, assault family violence by impeding breath or circulation
Garrett Duane Stanley, 18, of Willis, possession of cocaine under one gram; possession of THC oil between one and four grams; possession of psilocin between four and 400 grams; possession of ecstasy between one and four grams
Brandon Kyle Trussell, 28, of Mount Calm, evading arrest with a vehicle
Karri Leigh Walker, 34, of Midland, burglary of a habitation
The cases were presented to the Grand Jury by District Attorney Mark Pratt, and Judge Lee Harris presides over the district court.

Local sales tax allocations rise in January for Whitney, locally
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar has announced that he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $763.8 million in local sales tax allocations for January, four percent more than in January 2019.
Locally, Whitney’s rebate was  $54,633.55 in January, up 21 percent from last January.
Hillsboro’s January allocation was $267,560.65, up six percent from last January.
Payments for other Hill County cities were as follows: Abbott – $12,369.03, up 49 percent; Aquilla – $991.65, up 10 percent; Blum – $3,134.88, up 31 percent; Bynum – $753.92, up 97 percent; Carl’s Corner – $5,016.90, up two percent; Covington – $4,488.13, up 11 percent; Hubbard – $11,680.51, up 10 percent; Itasca – $11,754.19, up 11 percent; Malone – $1,881.47, down three percent; Mertens – $735, up 27 percent; Mount Calm – $911.74, up 18 percent; Penelope – $414.55, up 17 percent.
Rebates for Bosque County cities in January with changes from last January were as follows: Clifton – $58,066.59, up five percent; Cranfills Gap – $2,485.66, unchanged; Iredell – $2,129.68, up 16 percent; Meridian – $14,038.50, down five percent; Morgan – $2,902.33, up 66 percent; Valley Mills – $8,953.27, up nine percent; Walnut Springs – $3,805.10, up seven percent.
These allocations are based on sales made in November by businesses that report tax monthly.

Bosque County indictment list released for Jan.
A Bosque County Grand Jury that convened Monday, January 6, returned the following indictments:
Amanda Aguilar, 40, of Valley Mills, possession of a controlled substance between four and 200 grams;
Codey Wayne Mitchell, 37, of Morgan, possession of methamphetamine;
Michael Shawn Sadler Jr., 17, of Clifton, credit/debit card abuse (two counts).

Whitney police  arrest teen on UUMV charge
The Whitney Police Department made an arrest Tuesday, January 7, at 2 p.m.
According to reports, a 17-year-old Whitney man was taken into custody at Whitney High School for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Officer Brian Martin made the arrest and booked the subject into the Hill County jail.

Peacock elected vice president of Citizens National Bank, Hillsboro
A long-time Hill County resident has recently joined Citizens National Bank in Hillsboro as vice president and loan officer. Steve Peacock assumed his new role on January 2, 2020.
A graduate of Hillsboro High School and Hill College, he received his undergraduate degree from Southwest Texas State University. He most recently served as a branch manager of another banking institution in the Hill County area.
He and his wife, Cathy, are long-time residents of the Whitney area, where she recently retired from the Whitney ISD. They have two children, Jacob and Sadie.
Peacock is a current member of Rotary International and a past member of the Whitney ISD Board of Trustees, Whitney City Council and the Itasca Chamber of Commerce.
Bank President Andy Smith said: “The bank is fortunate to have Steve join the executive staff of the bank. His lending and operations background and knowledge of the Hillsboro and Hill County area will be a positive contribution to our customers and the bank’s operation.”
Peacock said, “My philosophy is simple: treat your customer like you would want to be treated.” He invites his friends and customers to stop by for a visit at the downtown location.
Citizens National Bank has two Hillsboro locations at 200 East Elm Street and 1300 Corsicana Highway.

Whitney man arrested locally for November murder in Waco
A 19-year-old Whitney man wanted for a November murder in Waco was arrested in Hillsboro late Friday afternoon, January 3.
A Hillsboro Police Department spokesperson said that contact was made with the man, identified as Jamarine Jashan Long, in the 500 block of Corsicana Highway at 4:26 p.m.
According to the Waco Police Department, the arrest stemmed from the shooting death of 22-year-old D’airse Holder on November 1, 2019, at the Grove Apartments on South University Parks Drive in Waco.
Another victim was also shot during the altercation at a Halloween party that was being held at the location, but he was later released from the hospital.
Long was also charged with obstruction or retaliation by Hillsboro Police Department. His bonds totaled $400,000.
The suspect was taken to the Hill County Law Enforcement Center. Officer January Boman made the arrest.
Waco Police Department Sergeant Patrick Swanton reported that the investigation into the murder is ongoing.

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