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August 28, 2012

Christian radio show host arrested on alleged drug charges

JACKSONVILLE — The program director of a Jacksonville Christian radio station left her post following a July drug arrest.

Eddie Rae Baiseri (Tatum), 51, of Bullard was arrested by the Eustace Police Department on July 27 after she was allegedly found with drugs during a traffic stop.

According to jail records, Baiseri was allegedly found with between 4 ounces and 5 pounds of marijuana, and between 1 and 4 grams of a controlled substance.

She was booked into the Henderson County jail around 3:30 p.m. and charged with possession of marijuana, a state jail felony because of the quantity, and manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, a second degree felony.

She was released on July 29 with bonds totaling $18,500.

Baiseri worked at KBJS 90.3 radio station for 14 years, where at the time of her arrest, she served as program director and radio host.

Bob Shivery, president of East Texas Media Association Inc., which is the license holder of KBJS 90.3, said Baiseri's last day with the station was Aug. 14. He said it was the company's decision to let her go, but declined to comment if the decision resulted from her arrest.

Shivery said John Paul Little replaced Baiseri's position at the station.

“We love Eddie and will always appreciate her contributions to the KBJS family through the years and ask all of our loyal listeners to pray for God's hand and blessing to be upon her life both now and in the future,” Shivery said.

Baiseri posted her official statement on her Facebook page on Aug. 23.

“In the months ahead, I will be directing my attention to circumstances and consequences in my life that have culminated from well-intentioned but short-sighted decisions that resulted in my recent arrest,” she said.

“My priority is to seek God first, to focus on my family, and to pursue vindication through the legal system. Thank you to so many of you who have expressed support at this very difficult time," she said.

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