Category: Courthouse News

Fairfield Police Report – Aug. 30, 2017

by Chief of Police Kenny Bulger Monday, Aug. 21 11:37 AM-Officer Gallegos assist deputy with criminal trespass. 1:41 PM-Officer Gallegos assist stranded motorist. 4:41 PM-Officer Gallegos on report of traffic jam at Loves. Tuesday, Aug. 22 12:34 PM-Officer Gallegos to PD to meet a complainant. 1:00 PM-Officer Gallegos on report of stolen check. 7:47 PM-Officer Bates on report of two pan handlers in parking lot. 7:48 PM-Officer Scarrow and Price on report of missing property. 9:45 PM-Officer Price, Scarrow and Bates to store on disturbance, one subject jailed. 11:49 PM-Officer Price and Scarrow on verbal disturbance. 11:59 PM-Officer Price...

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Game Warden Field Notes

The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports. Pocketing the Evidence A Sabine County game warden was staking out an area known for illegal night hunting activity late one night when he got a call from a county sheriff’s deputy about a possible road hunter he was detaining following a traffic stop. The deputy advised he observed a rifle and a spotlight inside the vehicle, but the driver denied being involved in any night hunting activity. The warden proceeded to the deputy’s location a short distance away and upon questioning the driver, obtained a full confession of spotlighting for hogs from a public road. Once the warden found evidence of the illegal activities – an empty rifle cartridge casing in the subject’s pocket — he was able to make cases for hunting from a public road, hunting in closed season and discharging a firearm from a public road. The cases are pending. Caught and Released A game warden on patrol in Bexar County at Calaveras Lake was driving by the fish cleaning station on the lake and stopped to talk to a man cleaning a large red drum. The warden introduced himself and asked the angler what he had caught the large fish on, and he replied shrimp. After talking for a few minutes the warden asked for the man’s fishing license....

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Fairfield Police Report – August 7-12, 2017

Monday, Aug. 7 11:08 AM-Officer Scarrow and Gallegos on report of vehicle speeding up and down the roadway. 11:26 PM-Officer Scarrow and Gallegos on report of subject at ER that had been assaulted. 12:43 PM-Officer Scarrow, Gallegos and Sgt. Utsey assist Fairfield Fire on structure fire. 2:36 PM-Officer Scarrow and Gallegos on report of reckless driver. 3:15 PM-Officer Scarrow and Gallegos on report of suspicious subject on top of storage building, was cleaning roof. 3:13 PM-Officer Bates to PD to meet a complainant. 7:15PM-Officer Price to meet a complainant. 11:20 PM-Officer Price on report of fight in progress, locates and several subjects charged with possession. Tuesday, Aug. 86:15 AM-Officer Scarrow and Bates on business alarm going off. 8:27 AM-Officer Scarrow and Bates on report of reckless driver. 11:29 AM-Officer Bates and Scarrow to PD to meet a complainant over theft. 2:40 PM-Officer Scarrow and Bates on report of reckless driver. 4:15 PM-Officer Scarrow and Bates on report of domestic disturbance. 10:51 PM-Officer Price assist Fairfield EMS on medical emergency. 11:17 PM-Officer Price on suspicious vehicle. Wednesday, Aug. 9 6:46 AM-Officer Lawrence assist Fairfield EMS on medical emergency. 1:32 PM-Officer Lawrence to meet a complainant over a criminal trespass notice. 3:29 PM-Officer Lawrence, Sgt. Utsey and deputies assist on funeral escort. 9:45 PM-Officer Markham on report of suspicious vehicle with 2 males in it. Thursday, Aug. 10 12:43 AM-Officer Markham...

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RRC Increases Public Access to Legal Hearing Process

Commission Streamlines Administrative Hearings Rules The Railroad Commission today approved updated procedures for its administrative hearings process. The changes make it easier for anyone, including members of the public representing themselves, to prepare for and participate in hearings. The rule changes become effective Aug. 21. Approximately 50 percent of hearings at the Commission involve people representing themselves without an attorney, said RRC’s Hearings Division Director Randall Collins. “We want the public and anyone else participating in administrative hearings before the Commission to have the greatest possible access to this important legal process. These rule updates bring greater consistency with legislative changes made to the Administrative Procedure Act, and make our processes clearer and easier to follow,” Collins said. Anyone determined to have standing in a case may participate in an RRC hearing on matters including, but not limited to enforcement actions, oil and gas facility permits, gas utility rate cases and surface mining applications. RRC hearings provide participants an opportunity for due process and have the effect of law. Among key changes, the rule updates now allow for electronic service of documents and the filing of smaller pleadings by email and fax with the Commission’s docket services. The changes also reorder the rules in the Texas Administrative Code, making them easier to understand. All the changes were made following an open public comment period on Chapter 1 of 16...

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Elected Officials Excluded from Employee Raises

In an interesting turn of events, Freestone County Commissioners made an amendment to a vote that approved a two-percent raise for all County employees during a regularly scheduled meeting held Wednesday, August 2, 2017. At a previous meeting, Commissioners voted to give the raise across the board, to all county employees. This was not a unanimous vote, with Commissioner Pct. #2 Craig Oakes voting against. During this most recent meeting, they came back and amended the motion to exclude all elected officials. Again, this was not a unanimous vote. Commissioner Pct. #3 Mike Daniels voted against the exclusion. Also at this meeting, Commissioners voted to approve a one-year contract with Five Star Correctional Services for Jail Food Service. With this contract, meals will cost the County $1.48 per meal, per inmate, up from last year’s cost of $1.45 per meal. “Even with this cost increase, the cost is still significantly less then what was paid per meal with the previous Jail Food Service company we used,” explains Sheriff Jeremy Shipley. Announcements made during the meeting include that the Tax Rate Meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.; the Freestone County 4-H Banquet will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at Twisted Vine (the old VFW building); and the burn ban remains lifted at this...

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