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Early voting ends Friday, Oct. 31
KFDM News - If you're planning to cast your ballot during early voting, you have one more day to do so.

Tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 31) is the last day for early voting.

Tomorrow, the polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. in Jefferson County.

Election Day is Nov. 4.

Cherry Courtney Gaddis captured in Jasper

JASPER - by Haley Bull

Jasper Police tell KFDM News an anonymous tip helped lead them to a fugitive Thursday night who is wanted on a charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Police Chief Robert MacDonald says his officers caught Cherry Courtney Gaddis, 33, on Ervin Street in Jasper.

Jasper officers and detectives took Gaddis into custody. No one was hurt. He's charged with a shooting at an apartment complex last Saturday afternoon. Chief MacDonald says Gaddis fired four or five shots at a man. The victim was shot in the hand and leg. Doctors treated and released him.

"We've had quite a few people that have had trouble with him and that the guy likes to terrorize people and we're gonna put a stop to it," MacDonald told reporter Haley Bull in a previous story.


(Previous report) JASPER- by Haley Bull

Jasper Police are searching for a suspect in connection with an apartment complex shooting.

Police said Cherry Courtney Gaddis, 33, is wanted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He's 6'2" and weights 220 lb. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Police accuse him of shooting another man twice at the Sweet Briar Hills apartments Saturday afternoon.
Officers said about 1 p.m. a 38-year old man pulled into the parking lot of the apartments to pick up someone for a high school reunion.

"When he got out of the car, he was confronted by another subject and the subject told him that he needed to leave that he had no right to be there. I guess the guy was kind of perplexed about it and when he walked away from him, the individual that confronted him drew some type of handgun, took four or five shots at him," Jasper Police Chief Robert MacDonald said.

MacDonald said the injured man drove himself to a hospital with a gunshot wound to his hand and leg. Officers said he was treated and released, but they are still looking for the accused gunman, Gaddis.

MacDonald said he knows of no connection between the victim and Gaddis, but said Gaddis is a "known offender."

"We've had quite a few people that have had trouble with him and that the guy likes to terrorize people and we're gonna put a stop to it," MacDonald said.

Days after the shooting, the spray paint left from police still marked the pavement while residents were on edge.

"They need to get a hold of him because this is where we live, this is a family complex and we have children, we have over a hundred-something children up here," Bernadine Garland, the apartment manager, said.

The crime didn't touch the children, but has left many people at the apartment complex fearful.

Great job, everyone for a safe yet effective capture!!
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Man gets 15 years for running down camper on Bolivar beach

Bolivar, Texas – Kevin Joyner Jr., 22, was sentenced on Wednesday to 15 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for an Aggravated Assault that occurred on the Bolivar Peninsula beach in 2012. 

According to a Galveston County news release Gary and Mary Sears were visiting the Bolivar Peninsula to spend the weekend camping on March 31, 2012. 

As they found a place to camp and let their dogs out on the beach, Joyner drove by their vehicle at a high rate of speed prompting Mr. Sears to yell at him to slow down. 

After he passed, Mr. Joyner made an abrupt U Turn and headed straight for Mr. Sears, his dog and his vehicle. Joyner struck Mr. Sears and one of the couple’s dogs and the vehicle Mrs. Sears was still seated in. 

Joyner continued to drive with Mr. Sears on the hood of his vehicle. Eventually, Mr. Sears was thrown off the hood of the car sustaining massive injuries.

Mr. Sears sustained severe injuries to both of his legs and was unable to walk on his own for up to a year after the assault. EMS personal and Galveston County Sherriff’s Office Deputies testified the injuries sustained by Mr. Sears were some of the worst they had ever seen on a living person. 

Joyner pled guilty on Monday to Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and elected to have a jury assess his punishment. The range of punishment was anywhere from probation for 2 years to 10 years or 2 years to 20 years in prison.

Defense attorney, James Ducote, asked that Joyner be given probation considering his age and that they believed the act was only reckless and not intentional. The State, through prosecutors Jennifer Ott and Joseph Frank, argued that the ruthlessness and severity of this crime warranted nothing less than a 15 year prison sentence. 

After two hours of deliberation, the jury assessed his punishment at 15 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Joyner will be eligible for parole after serving half of his sentence.

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