Author: Nicole Schaefer

Welcoming Home a Hero – Trooper Allen

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Texas State Trooper Damon Allen who lost his life in the line of duty,” says DA Evans. On Friday afternoon, November 24th, members of the community gathered along I-45 and Highway 84 to salute Trooper Allen as his body was transported from Dallas to Bower’s Funeral Home in Teague, Texas. This transport was given an escort of nearly fifty first responder vehicles, including DPS Officers, Sheriff’s Deputies, area Police Departments and Fire Departments. “Our DPS family is heartbroken after one of Texas’ finest law enforcement officers was killed in the...

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Fairfield Student Chosen for Aerospace Scholars Program at NASA

Accepted to participate in the Texas High School Aerospace Scholars program at NASA is Fairfield High School Junior, Jack Ezell. The first student ever selected for this program from Fairfield, Ezell will complete a series of online assignments and essays over a four-month period during the school year. Then, this summer, he will travel to Houston to NASA for a six-day residential summer experience where students will tour NASA facilities, complete team projects and attend briefings directed my NASA engineers and scientists, and participate in hands-on design challenges and engineering activities for planning a “Mission to Mars.” Congratulations to Jack for a job well done! For more information on NASA’s student programs, visit...

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Historic Tombstones Fixed as Bonner Descendant Arrested

A confession and arrest has been made in the destruction of tombstones at the historic Bonner Cemetery, located in the northern part of the county. Freestone County man, Keith Floyd Bonner, 36 (pictured at left), gave a confession to Lieutenant Clayton Aldrich of the Freestone County Sheriff’s Office regarding his actions pertaining to the October 26th incident. According to court records, Bonner went to the Cemetery that night, while under the influence, and damaged his own headstone, and that of his deceased wife, as well as his own grandmother’s headstone. The grandmother’s foot stone was found on the outside...

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DPS Trooper Shot Down Near Fairfield – Suspect Apprehended

Thanksgiving Day ended in sadness and heartbreak for most of Freestone and Limestone Counties as news spread of the shooting death of Department of Public Safety Trooper Damon Allen. At about 3:45 p.m., Trooper Allen, 41, of Mexia (working for Freestone & Limestone Counties) made a routine traffic stop at the 194 mile marker in the southbound lane of Interstate 45 near Dew. Trooper Allen made contact with the driver, identified at Dabrett Black, 32, black male, of Lindale. When he returned to his patrol unit, Black followed him with a rifle and opened fire through the patrol unit...

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Donie Couple Arrested For Giving Drugs to Child

A Freestone County couple, Crystal and Thomas Wilkins, has been arrested for forcing their 7-year-old son to participate in smoking pot and taking crystal meth with them. On October 26, 2017, Freestone County Sheriff’s Deputies Brody Weinmann and Mike Darby responded to a residence on FM 80 South in Donie for a welfare check on a child reportedly smoking marijuana with his mother, Crystal Rose Wilkins (37), and step-father, Thomas “Tommy” Lee Wilkins (35). According to the Officer’s Sworn Affidavit filed by Deputy Weinmann, upon arrival and knocking on the door, there was no response. After about five minutes,...

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