Author: Scott W. Marsters, Sr.

Publisher’s Desk – ‘Snowflakes’

In a recent survey, it showed a substantial percentage of young Americans believe that being labeled a “snowflake” could have a deleterious effect on mental health. So what is a snowflake? Well, if you think by virtue of being born in to this world you deserve a participation trophy, you indeed are a snowflake. If you believe that tall border walls and strict immigration laws are mean, you are an unenlightened snowflake. If you never purchased or fired a weapon and have a negative opinion on guns, you are an endangered snowflake. If the national anthem offends your sensitivities, you are a disaffected snowflake. If you feel the President’s leadership style is brash and loutish, you can assume your flake melted a year ago. If you believe that someone really “likes” you because they pressed a button on a keyboard, an introspection examination may be warranted. You must overcome the notion that the worst thing that can happen is hurt feelings. If you’re disappointed with the direction your life is headed – it’s a fresh new year, dry your tears, except reality and change course. In remembrance of words from astute father – “Life is rough, get a helmet, and enjoy this miracle ride.” That’s the way I...

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Close Family Torn Apart by Allegations of Indecency with Child: Step-Grandfather Found ‘Not Guilty’

James Minefee, 64, of Teague, Texas has been acquitted of both felony counts of Indecency with a Child Sexual Contact at his jury trial, presided over by 77th District Judge Patrick Simmons, came to an end last week. Minefee was accused of touching his step-granddaughter, now 9-years-old, on her breasts and genital area on December 30, 2016 when she and her older step-sister were spending the night at their grandparents’ home. “I’m a God fearing man who attends church regularly,” stated Minefee, as the defendant took the stand in his own defense. “I never even thought about doing anything...

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Officer Charged: Wortham Officer on Admin. Leave

Wortham PD Officer Leonard Jimmerson is currently on Administrative Leave and his Texas Peace Officer License is on Enforcement Hold due to his arrest on July 13, 2017. Court documents suggest that Jimmerson was seen assaulting his girlfriend of six years in the parking lot of a Balch Springs, Texas Walt-Mart shortly after midnight. The accounts state that Jimmerson, while wearing a tee-shirt with Wortham PD insignia, was seen choking and/or grabbing, and/or body slamming his girlfriend, according to witnesses and an off-duty police officer that intervened to stop Jimmerson from continuing the assault. Jimmerson has been charged with a third degree felony of assault on a family household member by impeding breath. He shall remain on Administrative Leave until he is ultimately judged by his...

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State’s Jury Trial Falls Flat

It took six months for County Attorney Brian Evans to put a felony case in front of a Freestone County jury. It took that jury 20 minutes to hand him his first “Not Guilty” verdict. Fairfield woman, Jamie Griffin, 38, was acquitted of the charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon last week. “Self-defense was used in this incident; and I believe that the quick verdict shows the jury saw through the charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon,” says Defense Attorney Justin Reed. The charge stems from an incident that took place at the Fairfield Holiday Inn on May 15, 2016 when Ms. Griffin and Latasha Fnu were in a confrontation with Marsjuanae Reese, who had seven other people with her. According to Ms. Griffin, she felt like she and Ms. Fnu were in danger for their lives. As a result, Ms. Griffin pulled a knife out in self-defense, resulting in Ms. Reese being stabbed. Ms. Griffin was indicted on January 25, 2017 by the Freestone County Grand Jury; and her trial began in the 87th Judicial District Court on Monday afternoon, June 5th, following jury selection that morning. Judge Patrick Simmons presided over the trial. “We believed the evidence showed a criminal offense was committed by Jamie Griffin,” says District Attorney Brian Evans. “The jury found otherwise and I respect their decision.” “This case presented a...

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