Author: Nicole Schaefer

Normangee Police Chief Arrested

Car Chase Ensues After Gunshots During 911 Call Following gunfire, a brief chase, and negotiations by police radio, Normangee Chief of Police, Charles Herford, was arrested and booked into the Leon County Jail. At around 1:55 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, a 911 call came into dispatch from Chief Herford’s home in the 400 block of North 4th Street in Normangee. Texas Rangers say the dispatcher spoke briefly to Chief Herford’s wife, Molly, but then the call dropped. When they called back, investigators say, the dispatcher heard two gunshots. Leon County Chief Investigator, Victor Smith states that he was dispatched to a “shots fired and possible suicide call” at the Chief’s home. When Investigator Smith, Deputy Stephen Pate, and Sergeant Jimmy Gifford responded to the scene, they saw Herford speeding away in his police unit; and he refused to pull over when they attempted to make a traffic stop as he drove through town, leading to a short chase before deputies lost him. It was later that deputies realized that he had turned off his vehicle lights, effectively evading them; ditched the vehicle, and walked the few blocks back to his residence. At around 5:30 a.m., deputies found Chief Herford at his home; but he refused to come out. For the next hour and a half, deputies negotiated with him via police radio before he finally gave up...

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Giving Protection to Those Who Serve

  PRESENTING NEW TACTICAL PLATES to the Fairfield Police Association is Teague High School Senior, Megan Martin, who raised money through her Love of Law Enforcement organization. Receiving the plates on behalf of the Fairfield Police Association is President Albert Gallegos and member Weldon Alexander. Both are patrol officers for the Fairfield Police Department. “We are so excited about getting these tactical plates for our vests; and are very grateful to Megan for the donation,” says Gallegos. “These special protection vests will only be used in high stress situations, not be worn on a daily basis as they are quite heavy, weighting around 40 pounds each.” Megan was able to raise enough money to provide every law enforcement officer in Freestone County with these special plates. Officer Brody Weinmann was able to purchase the vest/carriers at a discounted price through LA Police Gear out of California. (Photo by Nicole...

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Meet Fairfield’s New High School Cheerleaders

Fairfield High School’s Varsity Cheerleading Squad for the 2017-2018 school year are: (above back row, l-r) Kayelee Adams, Emi Bonner, Edith Cockerell, Kourtney Crocker, Daeja Harris, Madi Isaacs, Katie Judd, and Melanie Pina; (front row, l-r) Captain – Sarah Richmond, Alexis Rodriguez, Cate Scott, Madison Smith, Trista Thornburgh, and Mascot Paige Allen.     THE 2017-2018 Jr. Varsity Cheer Squad for Fairfield High School are: (right back row, l-r) Emily Chavers, Calla Childers, Carsyn Cox, Savannah Ellis, and Harli Hunt; (front row, l-r) Jenny Pina, Kelli Jo Richardson, and Rileigh White. (Photos...

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Cucklebur Trading Celebrates Twenty Years in Fairfield

February 17, 2017 marked the 20-years business anniversary for Cucklebur Trading of Fairfield. Owner Pogie Lane celebrated by hosting a huge half-price sale on the anniversary weekend; and even gave away a $50 gift certificate to the store for one lucky winner. Pogie says, “It’s odd. It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long at all.” Located at 104 Private Road 507, about two miles east of town on Highway 84 on the south side of the road, the eclectic shop was first opened in Fairfield next to Eddie’s Tire Shop; and moved to its current location about 12...

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Changes Made to This Year’s Home & Garden Show

The 2017 Freestone County Fair & Rodeo will be here before you know it, and with it comes the Home and Garden Show. Scheduled for the week of June 12-17, contenders have just over two months to prepare for the annual event. A couple of changes in this year’s Home and Garden Show include a lowered entry fee of $3.00; the addition of demonstration areas and educational displays; as well as the new Ag Mechanics Show ($20 entry fee). The Show Coordinator, Amy Jo Miller, says “Freestone County has a lot of very talented kids and adults with various...

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