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Fliday~ April 20. 2012 - The News - Page 3A Special to The News ATHENS-- Joev Ta- mojermone Givens. 36: of Malakoff, was sen- tented last week m 15 years in plison by 3rd District Co urt J udge Mark Calhoon after two day, s of testimony, Givens pled guilty to three, second degree MoW cases of posses- sion o:f a controlk, d sub- stance back in Februaw of this year, Givens was investigat- ed back in May of 2009 aider members of the Drag Enforcement Unit (DEU) received infor- mation from a confiden- tial informant that Givens was trafficking in crack cocaine out of his apartment in Malakoff DEU investigator Kenny Collard had Givens under surveillance when Givens committed two traffic violations on HWY 31 near Malakofl: A tmt]ic su)p was made on Givens by then Lieu- tenant Botie Hillhouse (now MajoD and DFIJ Investigator Dan'el Wallet; bol]t of tile Hen- detson Coun Sheriff's ONce. During the traffic stop, ~ lnvesttgators tSund over "~ grams ,.~.M~hi~th~y [-/i' - L escnbed ~a~ recently cdoked" crack cocaine on Givens. Based on fl e traffic stop and the intbr- malion from the conti- dential infounant, inves- tigators obtained a searchwmTant fi'om 392nd District Judge CarterTarrancefor Givens' aparm~enc On the same day as lt~e traffic stop, invesligaors from the Henderson County DEU. Sheriff's ONce and District Attor- ney's Office executed the search wan'ant and discovered over 100 grams of powered and crock cocaine as well as implements used to process powered cocaine into crack cocaine. Based ou file cocaine found during the search warrant, Investigators obtained anolher warfare for Givens. "l"his anest warrant was served on Givens on June 3rd, 2009 after Givens bond- ed out of.jail on the fit~t cocaine charge. As in- vestigators David Faught and Ronny t.Mberl at- tempted to place Givens into hand mslaaints, he managed to br~k loose and flee on foot down Highway 3 / in Malakoff. During the fbot pursuit. Givens. ac- cording to his own testi- mony, dropped two bag- gies of crack cocaine prior to being appre- hended just a t}w min- utes later~ During the punishment heating, Givens' Attor- ney called numerous witnesses who testified about Givens' conmbu- tions to society and the charitable work he had. done since he was a child. Givens also coached Little Dribblers Basketball and helped as a volunteer coach for Girls track in Malakoff. During closing argu- ments. Givens' defense attorney highlighted his client's civic work and the fact that he had no criminal Nstory prior to 2009 when asking the judge to place him on probation. While pronouncing the senmnce against Givens. Judge Calhoon credited G'g,,~hsT{foi:,his civic duty accomplishments as well as his conduct while out on bond and awaiting trial. Howmmr, in the end the judge could not overlook the titct that Givens. while om on bond for the cocaine fi)und during the ~affic stop, was caught again just a few weeks later with more cocaine. Calhoon sentenced Givens to 15 years in the Texas Department of Crimind Justice, Institu- t'ional Division on one charge and placed him on I0 years community supervision on the other two, ensuring that if Givens makes pamte in the next 10 Years, he would tm supe~'ised by the probation depart- ment, District Attorney Scott McKee credited the work of the Drug En- forcement Unit and his own investigators with the conviction and sen- teuce. MICHAEL V. HANNIGAN PHOTO A large group of onlookers stopped Monday to see the Union Pacific steam locomotive No. 844 as it travelled through Henderson County as part of the railroad company's 150th anniversary, the Lwmg Legend' Union Pacific steam locomotive comes t rough county By Michael V. Hannigau The News Staff ATHENS -- A piece of history rode the mils through Henderson County Monday afternoon, high- lighted by the scream or a steam whistle. 1'he Union Pacific steam locomotive No. 844 trav- elled through Chandler. Brownsboro. Murchison. Athens, Malakoff and TriNdad on ils way to the Louisiana Bicenlennial Celebration in New Or- ~s a milestone that provides us with the opportunity m thank our communities R)r suppomng Utfion Pacific." said Robert W. Turner, sen- ior vice presidm t - Corpo- rate Relations tbr Union Paci tic. Nearly 100 ontooke took advantage of about a 30-minute stop in \t:hens Mon&y afternoon to rake photos and videos or just absorb the histo~;. Shayne Sufls is the pres- ident of the Malakoff His- old days?' he said. The locomotive is known as the "Living Leg- end,'" According to a Unim~ Pacific press release: "Steam Locomotive No, 844 is the last steam loco~ motive built t0r Umon Pa= cific Railroad, It was deliv. 9 high-speed ered in l 44. A passenger engine, it ptd|ed such widely known lrain.~ as the Overhmd Limite& Los AIgeles Limited, Port- land Rose and Challenger. for special secviee, SurIs said it was actually ac old steam engine com.. ing tllrough l:leudersor~ County a t;ew years ago lhat gel him interes{ed m histoU and provided me impetus for the Malakoff Historical Society, "A I:ter lhat came through 1 go~ to digging because I knew that them was {a steam engine) m Malakoff that was associ- ated with the coal mines" he said. "That's what got leans, April 27-30. The tn}p torical Society and an When diesels took: over all ~,.nay ct~-iosiW sparked and ] is part ofthe first kkgol:'the Athens businessman who of the passenge} ~tra~fi'du[ ~ot i~(:"(6uc'b With Pa~ Ut:; 150 [=;xpress2~'~. mtfl~i2 made sure to be on hand ties. No. 844 was placed in {lsaacsotB and the ball lus~ segment tour celebrating fbrtheNo. 844. fi'eigh.t service in Nebraska started rolling and that'a Union Pacific's 150th an- "'it represents our past between 1957 and 1959. 11 hm~ Wre ti)rrned the niversary, and It represents the rage- was saved from being MalakolT [listmicat Soci- "Our 150th anniversary mlitv they had back in. the scrapped in 1960 and held ety." Sofa & Love Seat $588 ARML)IR, I-:~ I-bl(JM ~2~ LEATHER SOFA $499 RUSTIC MIRRORS AND PICTURES MATTREIB BLOWOUT SETS PILLOWTOP Twin $149 Full $17.9 wip$ 214999 Queen $219 Queen $269 King $399 114 E. 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