Category: Courthouse News

Getting In Sync with Wortham Police Department

      On March 21st the officers of the Wortham Police Department received training in the use of the COPsync police reporting system. WPD was awarded a grant in the sum of $30,000. “This grant allowed us to have 4 new laptop computers and the software installed to operate the system,” says Police Chief Kelly Butler. The addition of these computers and the COPsync system will allow the department and its officers to do many things from their patrol cars, without having to wait on information from Freestone County Dispatch, according to the Chief. “Many times the dispatchers are busy dispatching for other agencies, fire and EMS. This will take some of the load off of dispatch and make our officers more effective in doing their jobs,” says Chief Butler. This is the same system that Teague Police Department is already using. Because Teague and Wortham are operating on the same system they will be able to communicate and share information faster. “I would like to thank the Mayor and City Council for allowing me the latitude to apply for this grant,” says Police Chief Butler. “We have officially added another high tech tool to help us fight crime and keep our officers...

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Texas Game Warden Field Notes

  The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.   Unabridged Violation Game wardens in Limestone and Freestone counties filed cases on multiple individuals for fishing from a bridge in clear violation of signs indicating the act was illegal. They were using a cast net to catch crappie, an illegal means and method for taking game fish in Texas. The netters were also in possession of undersized crappie and had no fishing licenses. In addition to citations, the individuals were educated on species identification and the definition of fishing. One Too Many Trips to the Well A Montgomery County game warden apprehended an individual trespassing on a deer lease, but the subject wasn’t there to poach, at least not wildlife. Seems he trespassed with the intent to illegally dump a boat. The subject was arrested for criminal trespassing and for driving with an invalid license. After booking the subject into jail, the warden drove to the address on the subject’s vehicle registration and found three deer feeders in the backyard that matched the description of ones reported stolen from the deer lease several weeks earlier. After receiving consent to search the residence from the subject’s mother, the warden discovered two stolen game cameras and a stolen ATV, both of which were also recovered. Additional criminal charges pending. Can’t Outrun the Law A...

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RRC Enforcement Actions Taken at Commissioners’ March 21 Conference

The Railroad Commission of Texas assessed $697,568 in fines involving 224 enforcement dockets against operators and businesses at the Commissioners’ conference earlier this week. The Commission has primary oversight and enforcement of the state’s oil and gas industry and intrastate pipeline safety.   Operators were assessed $291,550 after failing to appear at Commission enforcement proceedings. Details on these Master Default Orders can be found here.   Operators were ordered to come into compliance with Commission rules and assessed $119,268 for oil and gas, LP-Gas and pipeline rule violations. Pipeline operators and excavators were assessed $286,750 for violations of the Commission’s Pipeline Damage Prevention rules. Details on all these Master Agreed Orders can be found here.   In the absence of timely motions for rehearing, decisions are final as stated in these final...

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Fairfield Police Report

by Police Chief Kenny Bulger   Monday, March 13 5:30 AM-Officer Bates, Markham, Price, Gallegos and Chief Bulger assist in locating subject that had walked away from location, all was ok. 10:44 AM-Officer Bates and Markham on report of reckless driver. 11:17 AM-Officer Bates and Markham on civil dispute. 8:00 PM-Officer Weinmann to PD to meet a complainant. 10:44 PM-Officer Weinmann on suspicious vehicle at school. Tuesday, March 14 12:36 AM-Officer Weinmann on report of subject hanging around vehicles in parking lot, subject was just on cell phone. 5:40 AM-Officer Bates, Markham and Weinmann on report of subject laying...

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Fairfield Police Report

by Police Chief Kenny Bulger Monday, March 6 12:25 PM-Officer Alexander on report of child locked in vehicle. 12:48 PM-Officer Alexander to PD to meet a complainant. 5:45 PM-Officer Gallegos to PD to meet a complainant over missing cell phone. 6:00 PM-Officer Gallegos to PD to speak to complainant over identity theft. 7:58 PM-Officer Price and Gallegos arrest subject for public intoxication. Tuesday, March 7 1:59 PM-Officer Alexander to meet a complainant. 5:53 PM-Officer Gallegos on reported disturbance. Wednesday, March 8 12:53 AM-Officer Gallegos and Price on reported suspicious vehicle. 9:15 PM-Officer Bates and Markham to meet a complainant...

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