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Wrecks on Highway 84: Motorists Escape Injury

A JEWETT MAN escaped serious injury Tuesday, November 15th when his Chevrolet Silverado left the road and rolled three times. According to reports, the driver was travelling east on FM 489 near Red Lake when he overcorrected, jumped a culvert, and struck a tree, causing the truck to roll. Butler Volunteer Fire Department and Fairfield EMS responded.           ROLLED OVER BY A SEMI-TRUCK, this Saturn SUV was disabled while attempting to cross the intersection of Highway 84 and 79 on Thursday, November 17th. The driver of the SUV, who was travelling from Louisiana, and the driver of the semi-truck were uninjured. Butler Volunteer Fire Department, Fairfield EMS, and I-45 Wrecker Service were on site to render aid.      ...

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Fairfield Police Report

Monday, Nov. 146:43 PM-Officer Palacios on welfare check.Tuesday, Nov. 1512:14 AM-Officer Palacios on report of wreck on interstate, ended up being out of city.5:34 PM-Officer Palacios on report of heavy smoke in area, was subject burning leaves, was advised of city ordnance on no burning in city.7:15 PM-Officer Gallegos and Palacios on report of unwanted subject at business, subject gone on officer arrival.11:08 PM-Officer Gallegos on welfare check.11:57 PM-Officer Palacios assist deputy with subject having mental issues.Wednesday, Nov. 1610:16 AM-Officer Markham on report of suspicious vehicle.4:11 PM-Officer Markham on report of dog running at large.4:49 PM-Officer Markham on report of reckless driver.11:00 PM-Officer Weinmann on suspicious subjects.Thursday, Nov. 171:10 PM-Officer Markham arrest driver for driving on suspended driver license.7:06 PM-Officer Weinmann assist deputy on disturbance.8:03 PM-Officer Weinmann on report of disturbance in vehicle between brother and sister.10:33 PM-Officer Weinmann on report of possible prowler,n no one located.Friday, Nov. 1811:40 AM-Officer Alexander on reported assault.11:45 AM-Sgt Utsey on report of problem between customer and manager of store.2:27 PM-Officer Alexander on report of possible assault.3:28 PM-Officer Alexander on welfare concern.9:08 PM-Officer Gallegos on alarm going off.Saturday, Nov. 194:51 AM-Officer Gallegos on alarm going off.8:07 PM-Officer Gallegos on report of reckless driver, driver was setting GPS.11:33 PM-Officer Gallegos on suspicious vehicle.Sunday, Nov. 2010:50 AM-Officer Alexander on report of suspicious subject.12:20 PM-Officer Alexander on report of shop lifting at store.2:45 PM-Officer Alexander and...

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Freestone County Sheriff’s Report

Deputies investigate suspicious vehicle call. Fairfield EMS and Deputy respond to report of elderly lady fallen and having trouble getting up, no injuries reported. Deputy investigates report of possible residence burglary. Deputies corral loose donkeys on Hwy, looking for possible owner. Dew Fire, Trooper and Deputy respond to one vehicle wreck on interstate, no serious injuries reported. Deputy investigates report of vandalism and attempted theft of water tank and septic tank, who steals a septic tank? Fairfield Fire, EMS, Trooper and Deputies respond to one vehicle wreck on interstate, no serious injuries reported. Deputies arrest one for public intoxication at local convenience store. Butler Fire, Fairfield EMS and Trooper respond to one vehicle roll over on Farm to Market road. Deputy investigates fraud scam. Motorist hits piece of furniture lying in Hwy, no vehicle damage but recliner now in many pieces all over the roadway, TxDot out to clean up. Herd of cows out on Hwy, no owner located, cows herded into callers pasture till cowboy and come and get. Car vs. deer on Farm to Market road, car disabled, no injuries to humans, Trooper and Deputy respond. 18 wheeler and car collide at Hwy 84 and 79, car driver has minor injury to hand, diesel fuel spilled onto roadway. Butler Fire, Oakwood Fire, Fairfield EMS respond, Trooper and Deputy out to direct traffic. Wortham PD responds to loud...

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Game Warden Field Notes

    The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports. Third Time’s a Charm Further evidence that some people just don’t learn from their mistakes, a Titus County game warden was having a conversation in a parking lot on the White Oak Creek Wildlife Management Area when he was interrupted by a man who asked the warden out of the blue if he wanted to inspect his hunting license. The warden recognized the man as a convicted felon he had filed charges on twice before for possession of a firearm and obliged the request. The warden then discovered the felon was once again in possession of a firearm, a 12 gauge shotgun and ammunition. The man also had two freshly killed cat squirrels in his vehicle. A criminal history check identified at least six felony convictions and the suspect was arrested for a third time for felon in possession of a firearm. Gone Fishin’ Acting on a trespassing complaint in Titus County, a game warden arrived on the scene to find an unoccupied vehicle parked along the property’s fence line. About 15 minutes later, two men came walking toward the truck carrying fishing poles. One of the men already had an active arrest warrant for criminal trespass and both were arrested for trespassing. An additional charge of fishing without landowner consent was...

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Dismissed by Grand Jury: Charge Against Fairfield Man of Attempted Capital Murder of Child

Billy Benjamen (Ben) Barlow, 21, of Fairfield, who, earlier this year was charged with Attempted Capital Murder of a Child under the age of 10 years, has been No-Billed by a Freestone County Grand Jury. On November 4, 2016, by request of State Prosecutor Jane Starnes of the Texas Attorney General’s Office, a special set Grand Jury meeting was held to discuss this case. Prosecutor Starnes took over this case by request of District Attorney Chris Martin, who recused himself because he is friends with Barlow’s parents. After hearing available evidence from both sides, the Grand Jury chose to No-Bill Barlow. A no-bill means that the Grand Jury decided there is not sufficient evidence to send a case to District Court for prosecution; so basically, the case has been dropped. A Grand Jury can issue an indictment at a later time, if another prosecutor chooses to take up the case, but that is extremely...

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