Category: Courthouse News

Fairfield Police Report – May 31, 2017

by Chief Kenny Bulger Monday, May 22 9:25 AM-Officer Alexander to meet a complainant about child not wanting to go to school. 10:29 AM-Officer Alexander to meet a complainant over being harassed. 1:09 PM-Officer Alexander to ER to meet a complainant. Tuesday, May 23 3:34 AM-Officer Lawrence on report of minor wreck in parking lot. 1:54 PM-Officer Alexander on loose live stock. 3:35 PM-Officer Alexander to meet a complainant over an assault, the assault happened in another town. 3:51 PM-Officer Alexander on minor wreck. 5:57 PM-Officer Lawrence, Alexander and Chief Bulger assist on structure fire. 9:32 PM-Officer Lawrence on...

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Texas Jury Finds Doctor Negligent for Facebook Post

A Smith County jury found Dr. James R. Motlagh, a Tyler plastic surgeon, acted negligently when he posted a video of his patient on Facebook. The video, taken in the operating room immediately prior to surgery, showed his patient under general anesthesia. The patient’s face, breast and pubic area were exposed and the patient was identifiable. In addition to finding Dr. Motlagh negligent, the jury also found that by posting the video, Dr. Motlagh publicized private facts about his patient that would be highly offensive to a reasonable person. “This jury sent a clear message to doctors to respect their patients’ privacy and to keep their cell phones in their pockets during surgery,” said Jim Rodman, attorney for the patient. Last year, Dr. Motlagh was sanctioned by the Texas Board of Medical Examiners for this...

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Texas Legislature: Budget Deal Reached

The Senate’s chief negotiator on the budget announced Saturday a deal had been reached between the House and Senate on how to pay for state services over the next two years. “White smoke has emerged from our conclave, and we have reached a consensus on what I believe is a responsible, compassionate and smart budget for the people of Texas,” said Flower Mound Senator and Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson. Later this week, the compromise budget will be presented to both chambers for a final vote. A simple majority in both chambers is all that’s needed to send the budget to the Governor’s desk. Sunday, the Senate approved a bill its author says will put more than $500 million more towards public education over the next two years. HB 21, by Friendswood Senator Larry Taylor, is a scaled-back version of a House bill to begin the process of reforming the way the state pays for education over the next two years. “This is a start towards what we would like to do in the interim and really come up with a new revamp of the whole system,” he said. “This wasn’t the best budgetary cycle to start that.” The bill includes more money for schools to teach students with dyslexia, a six-year phaseout of the small district penalty in the formula funding, and $150 million in funds to wean...

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Texas Game Warden Field Notes

The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports. Baiting the Baiters On opening day of the spring Eastern turkey hunting season, Red River County game wardens were revisiting areas they had discovered during recent patrols that had been baited with corn. They observed four separate hunters actively hunting Eastern turkey over bait in violation of state game laws. One hunter shot a turkey over the bait, but was unsuccessful in finding it. Other hunting license violations were also encountered during these contacts. Multiple cases are pending. Net Loss Responding to a tip from an Operation Game Thief call, a Tarrant County game warden caught four men fishing with a cast net and keeping game fish in violation of state fishing laws. The men were in possession of 130 crappie, 64 yellow bass, 8 black bass, and 37 perch. About 50 of the crappie and bass were undersized. None of the men had fishing licenses. The fish were cleaned and donated. Multiple cases filed. Caught with the Loot Game wardens patrolling the tornado disaster area in Van Zandt County to minimize looting problems and enforce a mandatory curfew stopped a suspicious vehicle filled with several miscellaneous items that appeared to be potentially stolen from homes in the area. Upon questioning the subject and searching the vehicle, it was discovered he was in possession...

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Fairfield Police Report

by Chief of Police Kenny Bulger   Monday, May 8th 8:13 AM-Officer Alexander to PD to meet a complainant. 4:33 PM-Officer Alexander on reported disturbance. 5:43 PM-Officer Lawrence on alarm going off. 6:58 PM-Officer Lawrence on report of disturbance at RV park. 9:15 PM-Officer Lawrence assist deputy on stop. 9:26 PM-Officer Lawrence on reported disturbance, all of was just verbal. 9:42 PM-Officer Lawrence on report of suspicious person. Tuesday, May 9th 3:51 AM-Officer Lawrence on alarm going off. 5:45 AM-Officer Alexander on alarm going off. 4:49 PM-Officer Alexander on report of unwanted subject refusing to leave residence. 8:46 PM-Officer...

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