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Boxing Club Owner Arrested in Drug Bust

Teague resident, Martin (Mo) Kalvin Buchanan, 59, was arrested May 9, 2017 following the execution of a search warrant at Freestone Boxing Club, located at 711 Highway 84 near Teague city limits. Freestone County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from Teague PD and Tri-County Auto Task Force recovered more than seven pounds of marijuana, pharmaceutical narcotics, mushrooms, four firearms, and $4,900 in cash. In addition, two trailers and a zero-turn mower, reported as stolen out of Johnson County, were also recovered. Buchanan was booked into Freestone County Jail and charged with the following for a total of $290,000 in bail:...

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Speeders Take Note: Fairfield Council Approves Purchase of New Signs

With speeders clocked at over 70 mph in a residential area, Fairfield Police Department asked council for approval in purchasing special traffic monitors during the May 9, 2007 regular session. “It’s becoming an issue,” Police Chief Kenny Bulger told council members. “Someone’s going to get hurt.” Many residents use Reunion Street in Fairfield as a back way for traveling through town. It runs parallel to much of Highway 84, and does not include any stop lights or stop signs. The speed limit for this road is 30 mph. Council member David Steward, who lives on Reunion near Anderson Lane, shared that he has observed fast traffic in the early morning. “At least four cars have run up into my yard,” he says, as a result of driving too fast. The hours before and after school were also cited as heavy traffic times. “It’s a blessing that we haven’t had anyone killed,” commented Council member Randy Johnson, as the group remarked on the number of children who live, and play, along the problem areas. City Administrator Jeff Looney recommends portable traffic signs that display a driver’s speed, as they pass by. The plan, according to Chief Bulger, is to set up these signs at either end of Reunion Street, to serve as a warning. Then, position a police car in the middle. “They will know they are speeding,” says Chief...

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Forty-Year Sentence for Teague Man

Larry Kent Bonner, Jr. of Teague, has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for his involvement in the shooting death of Jack Lopez of Wortham during an aggravated robbery that took place in College Station on August 28, 2016. Bonner was originally charged with three counts of aggravated robbery and one count of murder for this incident. On March 10, 2017, he took a plea bargain in the 272nd District Court of Honorable Travis Bryan of Brazos County. With his guilty plea in the murder case, Bonner was given 40 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison system, with no right to appeal. Bonner’s attorney was William F. Carter, and attorney for the State was Brian Price. Two others involved in this case, Dalton Colaluca and Jacolby Foreman, were each charged with three counts of aggravated robbery and are awaiting trial by jury set for October 24,...

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County Begins Special Program for First-Time Offenders

In an attempt to reduce the high volume of low level misdemeanors for first time offenders, Freestone County District Attorney Brian Evans offers a new program. “This program will allow my office to dispose of these types of misdemeanors quickly and in a reasonable way,” say Evans. “This will allow us to focus more on priority cases.” The program, termed Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI), will be offered strictly to first time offenders with charges of either possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces or for driving with an invalid license. “This gives the defendant a chance to say, ‘I screwed...

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Musical Line-Up Announced for County Fair Week – June 12-17, 2017

With just four weeks to go, the Freestone County Fair & Rodeo week is on tap to be one of the best yet. Music lovers will find several reasons to mark the date this June. Here is the line-up: –Monday: Pushwater –Tuesday: Acoustic set with members from Pushwater, Down and Out with Mondo Solis –Wednesday: gospel with Cowboy Heritage Church –Thursday: Steve Idlett and Down and Out –Friday: Jerret Zoch and the OSR Band –Saturday: The Lanky Moore Band Musical performances begin at 8:00 p.m. each evening, under the pavilion. For more info about County Fair events, visit online...

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