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December 2, 2003
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Cleveland teen killed on Thanksgiving
Cory Fisher, 17, of Cleveland was killed last Thursday afternoon when the 3-wheeler he was driving apparently struck something, flipped, and rolled over on the teenager. Fisher had been riding in a heavily wooded area with other friends on ATVs. The only son of George and Shirley "Tootie" Fisher, Cory was life-flighted to Hermann Hospital where he died due to apparent head injuries.
Friends of the family have established a Cory Fisher Memorial Fund at First Bank and Trust in Cleveland to help the Fishers with medical and funeral expenses. Donations may be made directly into that special account.
The memorial service for Cory Fisher is at 2 p.m. today, Tuesday, December 2, at the Christian Cowboy Fellowship at 509 South Washington. Green Lawn Memorial Funeral Home in New Caney is handling the arrangements.


Bell's body identified
The beaten and burned body found in the Sam Houston National Forest last week has been positively identified as that of 27-year-old Renee Bell of Cleveland. Autopsy results indicate cause of death was repeated trauma to the head. Her body was then burned in an attempt to obliterate identification marks, such as numerous tattoos, and evidence.
Sheriff Greg Arthur said he expects the case to go to a grand jury "within the next few days." Michael Lee Brantley, 34, of Cleveland, now being held without bond in Liberty County Jail on parole violation warrants, is the prime suspect in what has now been ruled a homicide.


Christmas rules in Liberty County
With Country Christmas in Liberty tonight and Dayton on Thursday, and Cleveland's own SantaFest beginning Friday and stretching into Saturday, you won't have to look far for a holiday celebration this week.
The Country Christmas events in Liberty and Dayton both start with a lighted parade at 6 p.m., and include live entertainment, wagon rides, and refreshments.
Cleveland's SantaFest begins at 11 a.m. Friday with the Taste of Cleveland Christmas at Austin Memorial Library and the annual Food Fest beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Organization. Festivities pick up again at 9 a.m. Saturday morning in downtown Cleveland and last all day, ending with the annual parade at 4 p.m., and include arts and crafts vendors, concession stands, musical entertainment all day, games with prizes for kids of all ages - and, of course, pictures with Santa Claus.


Funeral Services
--Kenneth Black; Memorial services Saturday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. at Pace-Stancil/Probst Chapel.


Police Report
Thanksgiving Day and Friday appeared to be relatively quiet days for the Cleveland PD, with only one arrest. Manuel Monreal was arrested on Friday for delivery of a controlled substance. Luis Miguel Ramirez and David Lopez were arrested Saturday; Ramirez for theft and failure to ID, and Lopez for failure to show proof of insurance, no drivers' license, and disregarding a stop sign. Police made four arrests Sunday; Alcinda Jubar Holcomb for assault; Terirela Maedrey Cook for speeding, no drivers' license and theft; Fellis Wayne Madden for running a stop sign with no drivers' license and no insurance; and Dawn Renee Vandver for failure to ID.


On Tap at the Texan
Showing through Thursday, at 7 p.m., is the Disney animated movie, "Brother Bear", rated G. Admission is $2 for children aged 3-11, and $4 for those aged 12 and older.

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