Category: Courthouse News

Young at Heart? Bogus ‘Youth’ Hunt Lands Adults in Big Trouble

WORKING ON A TIP FROM A BIOLOGIST on the Richland Creek WMA, a Freestone County Game Warden apprehended eight adult hunters on December 23, 2017 during a “youth/adult only” hunt on the unit. With such hunts, youth hunters are to be the primary hunters, but are to be accompanied by adults, who may hunt with them. These adult hunters, in this instance, failed to bring any youth hunters with them for the hunt. A total of 30 ducks were seized and donated to those in need in the local community. The appropriate charges were filed. (Submitted...

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New Vehicles Added to FCSO Fleet

ROLLING OUT FOUR NEW PATROL UNITS this week was Freestone County Sheriff’s Office. These much needed Chevy Tahoes will replace units of different makes and models that are ten-plus years old with high mileage and continuous maintenance issues. Commissioners approved the purchase of these vehicles earlier this year after realizing the need to update the fleet. (Courtesy...

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Game Warden Field Notes

The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports. Judge Orders No Hunting Weekends A district court judge in Grayson County recently ordered a man convicted of poaching a big white-tailed buck to spend every weekend of hunting season in jail for the next five years. In addition to five years of probation, and over $18,000 in civil restitution penalty, John Walker Drinnon must report to the Grayson County Jail each weekend of deer season starting Dec. 30 for the full term of his deferred judgment period. The 34-year-old from Whitesboro, Texas, is also prohibited from purchasing a hunting license while on probation. Drinnon admitted to killing a 19-point buck with a gross Boone & Crockett score of 202 inches with a rifle (in an archery-only county) while trespassing on private property; a state jail felony. Getting Off to an Early Start Opening day of deer season a Smith County game warden was visiting a local meat processor when a young man showed up with a nice buck he claimed to have harvested earlier that morning. What he failed to mention was just how much earlier. A month later, the warden received an anonymous tip that the deer the young man shot had been harvested well before legal shooting hours on the season opener. The warden tracked down the hunter and after a...

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Commissioners Lift Ban

The outdoor burn ban has been lifted for Freestone County as of Wednesday, December 20, 2017. The ban has been lifted until further notice. When a burn ban IS in effect, ALL outdoor burning is prohibited. Violations are considered a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars. A burn ban order, signed by the Freestone County Commissioners Court, does not prohibit outdoor burning activities related to public health and safety that are authorized by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. These exceptions include: –firefighter training –public utility, natural gas pipeline or mining operations –planting or harvesting of agricultural crops –burns conducted by a prescribed burn manager For questions, contact County Judge Linda Grant at 903-389-3335, or your local fire department....

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Teague Police Report – Dec. 20, 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017 7:01 PM Officer Morgan was dispatched to an residential alarm in the 800 block of Jefferson. Tuesday, December 12, 2017 12:59 PM Interim Chief Philpott conducted a sex offender registration at the police department. 3:29 PM Interim Chief Philpott conducted a follow up investigation at the police department. Wednesday, December 13, 2017 8:32 AM Officer Keale was dispatched to a theft call at Cefco. 10:40 AM Officer Keale conducted a citizen assist at the police department. 12:12 PM Officer Keale responded to a traffic hazard on Hwy 179. 2:23 PM Officer Keale was dispatched to...

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