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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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Discipline Questioned at Teague ISD

Courtesy of New Channel 25 The Teague Independent School District is investigating an alleged incident involving the principal’s disciplinary actions with a group of fourth-grade boys that happened Friday at Teague Intermediate School. The investigation began after information about the incident spread on social media over Mother’s Day weekend. News Channel 25’s Pattrik Simmons spoke to Adrienne Acosta, who has a son in the fourth grade at the school and wrote the Facebook post. According to what her son told her, the school’s principal, Vickey Little, called all of the fourth-grade boys into the school’s cafeteria on Friday. “They were told to sit down. The principal told them the reason they were in there was because a bad word was written on the wall and that nobody would admit to who did it. So she told them to sit down on the floor, to slap hands to each person that was next to them, to rub the floor in a frontward circular motion and then in a backward circular motion, and then to lick their finger,” Acosta said, recounting what her son told her. Dozens of other parents wrote in the comments that their sons also confirmed what happened. Outraged parents showed up at the school Monday morning to talk to Teague ISD superintendent Dr. Nate Carman and Little. Carman released this statement about the meeting: We met with parents who came to...

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Texas Senate Unanimously Approves Sandra Bland Act

Jail officers would be better trained on how to deal with possible mental health issues in newly incarcerated individuals under a bill approved unanimously by the Senate on Thursday. The bill is intended to improve the treatment of people with mental illness and to prevent people from harming themselves after being booked into a county jail. The Senate Criminal Justice Committee looked at the issue after the high-profile death of Sandra Bland by apparent suicide after spending three days in a cell in 2015 and found that 26 people took their own lives in county jails in 2016. Committee chair and bill author Senator John Whitmire of Houston said when the government arrests someone, they must protect them. “When you deny someone their liberty, you have a responsibility to provide for the safety and welfare of that person,” he said. His bill, SB 1849, would mandate new training for jail officers that would teach them how to recognize signs of possible mental illness or substance abuse and ways to de-escalate conflicts with people with these problems. It would also require that a judge be notified of new inmates with possible mental illness within 12 hours, rather than the current 48 hours, and require that county jails install cameras where funding allows. Whitmire believes his bill will save lives. “This is a mental health awareness and prevention piece of legislation...

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