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Thu
22
May
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Newly elected members seated

 Melissa Freeman | Robertson County News Hearne Mayor Ruben Gomez swears in the newly elected members of the City Council. Joyce Rattler, Hazel Embra and LaShaunda White by reading and repeating the oath of office last Tuesday night.

Between 6:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Tuesday night, the Hearne City Council assumed a new look and, most likely, a new stance. With the election of three new council members, the panel may be exploring new directions.

The council opened the session with old business having the incumbents approving a host of 4A and 4B recommended expenditures.

The council approved $170,000 for infrastructure improvements (sewer, water, electric, etc.) for a new 20-acre RV park on FM 485, a mile west of Love’s, half the funds from 4A and half from 4B. Councilman Michael Werlinger abstained from each vote since the property is owned by his mother, Judy Werlinger.

Thu
15
May
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Robertson County joint general election results tabulated

The Robertson County News has learned that after a recount that finished after press deadline Wednesday, Marc Catalina has edged past Joyce Rattler 507 to 505 with three provisional votes waiting verification. We will keep you updated here as the final result of that race.

Dennis Phillips | Publisher
Robertson County News

----- AS PUBLISHED THURSDAY MORNING ------

As of Saturday night, May 10, local municipal and school district elections were decided by the following vote totals.

In Bremond, Andy Burnett took place 1 on the city council with 153 votes to Jonathan Allen’s 64 votes. For Place 5, Ira J. Gray will assume the seat with 133 votes to Larry Wilganowski’s 85. Nikki Screws ran unopposed.

Thu
15
May
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Stem named in lawsuit prior to second shooting

On April 2, according to a lawsuit filled by Blasingame Whitley, Attorneys at Law and specifically Robert A Whitley, Attorney of record for Saad Qureshi, officer Stephen Stem was named as a defendant along with Hearne Police Chief Thomas Williams and three other unidentified officers.

“We have requested and been denied the police car surveillance video to identify the other officers,” said Whitley.

On April 4, Whitley sent a litigation hold request along with a freedom of information request concerning a traffic stop conducted by officer Stem. According to that letter, Whitley outlines the stop in detail accusing Stem and the other officers of racial profiling, illegal search, and illegal detention, as the stop was longer than 30 minutes. The letter also included a notice of Qureshi’s intent to file suit for these allegations.

Thu
15
May
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City Council terminates Officer Stem

Other incidents cited as contributing factors

In a special session of the Hearne City Council held Saturday May 10 the Hearne City Council voted unanimously to terminate officer Stephen Stem.

Mayor Ruben Gomez, once calling the meeting to order addressed camera crews from across the state of Texas as well as a packed chamber of Hearne citizens. Many were in attendance, called to do so, by New Black Panther Party leader Quanell X during a rally held in front on the Hearne Police station last Thursday.

Quanell X put Hearne Mayor Gomez on the spot, demanding that the Hearne City Council “do the right thing.” “If this man does the right thing, protect him, help he get re-elected because he is not affraid to do the right thing and terminate this trigger-happy cop,” said X.

Thu
08
May
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New Black Panther party leads protest for 93-year old woman killing

Dennis Phillips | Publisher
Robertson County News

Citizens of Hearne, Texas gathered today for a peaceful protest led by Quanell X, the leader of the New Black Panther Party out of Houston, Texas.

The Rally began early with residents gathering outside a local church three blocks from the Hearne Police Department. After a prayer for a peaceful demonstration, Quanell X addressed the citizens calling for justice for the officer-involved shooting which took place this past Tuesday.

"We are not a hate group, this is not about race, this is about human beings and the life of Pearlie Golden who was taken from this world too soon," said Quanell X. "We are tiered and we are going to take a stand for what is right, we have go to stop this injustice now."

Thu
08
May
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Robertson County Arrest Report

•Jackson, Raymond Jose of Hearne was arrested and charged with abandonment/endangerment of a child without intent to return by the Hearne Police Department (HPD).

•Marquez, Juan of Bartlett was arrested and charged with Failure to Appear/Driving While Intoxicated with open container by RCSO.

•Johnson, Daniel Henry of Waco was arrested and charged with Failure to Appear/Driving While Intoxicated by RCSO.

•Stewart, Mystyr Terry, Jr. was arrested and charged with a child support and probation violation by RCSO.

•McGee, Travis Duntrel of Bremond was arrested and charged with Driving while Intoxicated by DPS.

•Davis, Khalil of Gause was arrested and charged with evading arrest/detention by foot by HPD.

•Bye, Jacob Michael of College Station was arrested and charged with Boating while Intoxicated by Texas Parks and Wildlife (TP & W).

Thu
08
May
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Pizza Hut opens in Franklin

Melissa Freeman | Robertson County News

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce led by president Steve Conrad came out in force Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. to welcome the Franklin Pizza Hut into its business community. “We’ve been talking about this for weeks!” said Conrad.

Thu
08
May
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Hearne City Council calls for re-bids for CDL office

By Melissa Freeman | Robertson County News

In its regular city council meeting, the Hearne City Council approved minutes and paid the bills, then approved Mr. James Wilson’s bid to purchase the four lots adjacent to the lot he currently owns. Mayor Ruben Gomez explained that these lots had been owned by the city in the south side addition and “had been sitting” since 2001. It was time to “get them back on the tax roll.”

It tabled a bid from LeAnthony Dykes for 7 lots in the same area until the council could re-examine the ordinance governing the sale of these city owned properties and make sure his bid complied.

The rest of the 30-minute meeting was devoted to considering what to do with two very disparate bids to construct a Hearne-based commercial driver’s license (CDL). One bid for $115,800 covered building construction only while the other for $323,951 including the cost for creating the parking lot and making road improvements.

Thu
08
May
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Hearne woman killed in officer-involved shooting

Dennis Phillips
Publisher
Robertson County News

A Hearne woman died Tuesday night after being shot by a Hearne police officer.

An officer responded Tuesday evening to a 911 call at the home of 93-year-old Pearlie Golden, after the caller reported a woman with a firearm, according to Robertson County Attorney / District Attorney Coty Seigert. Officer Stephen Stem identified the suspect and confirmed that she did have a firearm. Stem then ordered Golden to put down the weapon before ultimately firing his weapon, according to a press release issued by the DA’s office early Wednesday.

“Investigators recovered three shell casings from the scene,” said sources close to the investigation.

Neighbors interviewed at the scene reported as many as five shots fired by the officer. There has been no official statement regarding the number of shots fired and it has been reported that an autopsy will be conducted of the suspect.

Fri
25
Apr
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Mark Allan Atwood to Perform at THE EVENT this SATURDAY

Due to entertainment cancellations, Texas Music Associations' 2013 Male Vocalist of the Year Mark Allan Atwood will perfomr from 2:00 - 3:30 this Saturday. www.markallanatwood.com for more information.

Texas recording artists, Diamond Plate will headline the event for the street dance later in the evening. The EVENT promises lots of great food, music, entertainment and a beautiful day in downtown Hearne.

Mark Allan Atwood describes himself as, “A dad, an animal lover, a good bandmate, a singer, an avid fan of good songwriting and a mediocre guitarist trying to get better…pretty much in that order.”

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