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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
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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.”

Fri
25
Apr
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Robertson County Arrest Report

• Tinnell, Candice Leroyce of Hearne was arrested and charged with no driver’s license by RCSO.

• Boxley, Marcus Jovan of Hearne was arrested and charged with child support by HPD.

•  Dharani, Aziz of Franklin was arrested and charged with sale to minor- Alcohol/ FTA by RCSO.

• Jones, Stefan Johnta of Calvert was arrest and charged with probation violation by RCSO.

• Smith, Tracy Scott Jr. of Plano was arrested and charged with child support by RCSO.

• Welvaert, James Leo of Hearne is on hold for Brazos County by HPD.

• Massey, William Henry of College Station was arrested and charged with probation violation by RCSO.

• Mcclenton, Billy Charles of Hearne was arrested and charged with order revoking bond and possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram PG1

Fri
25
Apr
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Easter in the park

The Banks annual Easter in the Park took place this past weekend at the Payne Kemp Park in Calvert where hundreds of community members showed up for a day of festivities.

The kids enjoyed a day full of Easter egg hunting, face painting and bouncy houses while the parents listened to Kara Gipson who spoke to the community about Autism awareness and Candidate James Green who answered questions and concerns about his campaign.

Jordan Grimes the son of the host took home the $100.00 Easter egg prize for the third year in a row and both parents and children alike showed off at the “hit dat nae nae “ dance competition.

Dedric Grimes would like to thank the community of Calvert and everyone involved in making Easter in the park a success over the last seven years.

Ashley Phillips | Robertson County News

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