‘This tard has signed his death warrant. Please expedite…’

Screen Shot 2015-08-30 at 6.34.41 AMShannon Miles, 30, accused of the murder of Deputy Darren Goforth

The death penalty needs to be carried out in such a way it becomes a deterrent to crime again. None of them fear going asleep for the last time, nor does anyone else who considers being a criminal. Public executions with the convict writhing around and screaming in pain is a deterrent. Until that happens – criminals have no fear. – “Texas Police News”

Northwest Houston – Out in the Styx, on Highway 6, the population mushroomed over a period of a few decades in the most phenomenal growth seen in American history. Rice fields and scrubby cross timbers turned to Californicated sprawl in a right triangle bounded by Katy Freeway, Highway 290 to Austin, and Fry Road on the west. Thousands of jackrabbits with ears a yard high shared a prairie as level as a pool table with feeder cows and calves, its tricky drainage controlled by two massive U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood plains.

A few years later, a “Washington Post” journalist tagged the fourth largest city in the U.S. as a twin capital of “Mex-America,” sharing the tripartite class with Mexico City and another petroleum boom town, Los Angeles – one of “The Nine Nations of North America.”

In the spirit of the era’s go, cat, go enthusiasm, probably no one envisioned what kind of black-hearted murder machine it would become. A young Dan Rather journalized its explosive nature, basso profundo, on CBS KHOU -TV11, calling it “the murder capital of America” when the homicide rate topped all others in American metropolitan areas.

Prosecutors and cops see the UCR (uncleared crime rate) as the only real indicator of their true performance – in which reported offenses are cleared by arrest and court disposition to lower the factor as an indicator pointing to the all-important figure, the CCR (cleared crime rate).

Homicide detectives always used the “rap sheet” as a tool to find suspects, then break down the character of their ways in the little interrogation rooms at police headquarters. Though the information is excepted from public scrutiny by law, they readily made the details of suspects’ criminal history available to journalists seeking information about the clearance of that most heinous crime – murder.

They still do.

According to a criminal history of Miles Shannon published in a law and order newsletter, the man accused of the back-shooting murder of a 10-year veteran uniformed patrolman of the Harris County Sheriff’s Department, Darren Goforth, the man who will face prosecution as a cop killer who, unprovoked, shot a man while he was pumping gas into his vehicle at a filling station in a northwest Houston suburb, began his ignominious crime spree in 2005.

Only the arrests in which a conviction was obtained are listed, but they number seven, all of them cleared within a matter of days by arrest and conviction for misdemeanor offenses.

The location of the officer’s murder is only a few miles from the place where Sandra Bland faced arrest for a traffic offense and allegedly committed suicide by hanging in a cell at the Waller County Jail at Hempstead.

The University of Houston Police Department arrested him for the Class B misdemeanor the failure to identify on February 15, and he was convicted in County Court at Law on the 17, two days later.

On July 4, police arrested him for the State Jail Felony of Criminal Mischief amounting to more than $1,500 and less than $20,000. Prosecutors obtained a conviction through his guilty plea to the offense at the lowered rate of more than $50 and less than $500, a Class B misdemeanor.

In early October, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office apprehended him for failure to identify  when charged with resisting arrest, search, or transportation, a Class A misdemeanor for which he was convicted in County Court at Law two days later, on October 4, 2005.

It was not until New Year’s Eve of 2006 that prosecutors accepted a charge of the Class B misdemeanor of disorderly conduct in the display of a firearm.  They convicted him on January 2.

On May 3, 2007, Jersey Village Police arrested Shannon for evading arrest, a Class B misdemeanor for which they convicted him later that week, on May 7.

Harris County Deputies arrested him for criminal trespassing, a Class B misdemeanor, on May 12, 2007, and he entered a plea of guilty on May 17 in a County Court at Law.

In a final conviction, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officers arrested Shannon for resisting arrest, and prosecutors reached a disposition in the case on January 30, one day later.

A reader of the “Texas Police News” responded to the published report of Miles Shannon’s rap sheet by entering the comment, “This tard has signed his death warrant. Please expedite his euthanization. (sic)”

Screen Shot 2015-08-30 at 6.43.01 AMThe filling station where death found Deputy Darren Goforth, located at the corner of West and Telge Roads in Northwest Houston

They just wait until you run out of bullets and…


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Rockwall, TX – THE MAN is all buttoned-down suburban professional – starched khakis, a blue pinstriped short-sleeved shirt, reading glasses dangling on a string, tasteful loafers burnished to a dull sheen. His demeanor radiates competence, calm, rectitude – an organized approach to getting things done.

Stephen Warren is a builder from the upscale Music City suburb of Hendersonville, home of the man in black, Johnny Cash. He came into the boom town atmosphere of Big D and the Metroplex a decade and a half ago, met, fell for, and married a lusciously attractive Southwest Airlines flight attendant after dating over a period of ten months – and then, the trophy wife-to-be and the glittering future came crashing into the reality of the kind of civil hassle over kids, property, prestige, income, security – the very stuff of health and sanity, and it’s not over yet.

A District Judge will hear a motion for contempt on 9/11 – in September – and Warren will be one step closer to getting to see his kids after an agonizing decade while lawyers, social workers, docs, clerks, lawyers, and more lawyers filed reams of paperwork, all of it designed to make a man just throw up his hands and walk away in the face of mounting legal fees, motions, orders, frustrating delays, and other legal attitude checks.

They just wait for you to run out of bullets, run out of money. Then they tell you they’ll drop all orders if you will sign over your parental rights,” said Stephen Warren, his considerable frame filling an armchair at a conference table where he discussed court records of a monumental body of litigation that has become the major plot in the story of his life.

The flood of paper that vomited out of dueling word processors since 2003 represents a cash money legacy of nearly one million dollars in fees and expenses.

This one is not going to walk away. There’s a reason for his struggle. “I’d like to know I can make some kind of difference, and this will never, ever happen again.”

The pending motion to be heard is one for contempt for eleven counts of violation of orders relevant to the possession or access of his kids. Warren, acting as a possessory conservator, alleges he has been repeatedly denied the right to see his kids. The judge could send his ex-wife to county jail for six months on each count, and when she gets out, he’s asked the Court to keep her on community supervision for the maximum term of ten years.

IF YOU ASK to see the record of petitions, pleadings and motions IN THE MATTER OF THE MARRIAGE OF LESLIE DIANNE WARREN AND STEPHEN ANTHONY WARREN AND IN THE INTEREST OF S.G.W., A.F.W, AND E.R.W, CHILDREN, a Deputy District Clerk will carry out a weighty shelf-load of bulky folders that woul four feet tall if stacked atop one another.

Cause No. 1-03-498, filed in the 382nd District Court, is a legal briar patch of human misery that tells the story of numerous protective orders filed in domestic violence complaints involving injuries; the loss of one child’s life; a legal battle over health care that centers around the issue of HIPAA confidentiality and pre-existing medical conditions; the record of two sexual assault complaints, the indictments of which were dismissed when the Criminal District Attorney signed motions affirming his inability to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt; and a lengthy battle over the extended perjury of staff members at a certified supervised parental visit center located on the deep end of Harry Hines Boulevard who erroneously insisted they never received a completed intake form for purposes of classification of Warren’s status in order to properly handle his visits with his daughters. A trip to the visiting center revealed they had not one, but two fully completed intake files, extremely detailed instruments in the neighborhood of 50 pages, single spaced, when a staff member handed them over casually, saying Warren might possibly need them. Another staff member testified he did not turn in an intake packet in a previous court appearance. That prompted a lawsuit.

But, then, his relations with his ex-wife were rocky from the start.

HE RECALLS FLYING from Texas to Little Rock on an airline “buddy pass,” where Leslie was checked into a hotel during a day off, and arriving to knock on her hotel room door, only to be greeted by an outraged spouse who demanded to know just what he thought he was doing and why he was there. Nonplussed, he said he just thought he would surprise his bride of two months with a quick visit during her stay at Little Rock. She tried to slam the door in his face.

Taken aback, Warren obediently handed over his wallet when she demanded it and said if he tried to follow her into her room, she would call police. Then she locked him out.

There he stood, the subject of a domination game that left him in very dire circumstances, about five dollars in pocket change to his name, with no ID or credit cards, and facing a long trip home. An obliging limo driver loaned him the money to ride the dog back to the Metroplex.

Matters only trended in one direction – downhill – from that point on.

PROTECTIVE ORDERS issued by Justice and District Courts over the years reveal a story of her biting his neck, cutting one of his wrists with a kitchen knife, and making threats. An accusation of aggravated sexual assault against her and then three years after their divorce, one of their daughters, resulted in his release on $250,000 bond for two and one-half years. The prosecutors dismised each of indictments when they prosecutor admitted they could not prove the cases.

During that period of dire poverty he lived through in the west Texas oil production capital of Odessa, he modified a storage unit with a built-in office and toilet into a studio apartment with an improvised shower rigged on the sink.

Let me tell you,” he recalled, “it can be real cold out here, some mornings in the winter time.”

THEN CAME THE DAY when a single engine Cessna he was piloting had a power failure blamed on lack of cylinder pressure at 500 feet on climb out. As a result of the crash, Warren has three titanium rods inserted into a broken spine. A former student athlete, he learned early in life that you’ve got to be a big part of the recovery if you want to work through an injury. You’ve got to want it. Today, he can twist and turn, bend and reach as a result of intense physical therapy.

What happened while he was still languishing in the twilight shadows of a morphine pump following surgery for a broken back caused him to go into a coma and flatline, an incident which in its aftermath jolted him wide awake.

It seems a couple visited him after moving their camper into the compount where he lived, renting a storage unit directly across the alley from his. Though he barely knew them, they had heard of his ill fortune – just wanted to check on him and see if he was all right.

A nurse caught them making repeated stabs with the thumb at the hand control in an attempt to overdose their bedridden prey.

MORPHINE BRINGS BACK another bitter memory in the life of Stephen Warren. The baby of his family, E.R.W., was born with a terminal defect, Tay Sachs, a rare disease that rendered her life expectancy at less than a decade. There is no known cure, so he sought help from the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children at Dallas. That touched off a lengthy court battle over hospitalization and medical insurance in which his ex-wife switched her children from the Blue Cross-Blue Shield plans he maintained on them to Medicaid – because of the government proscription against being turned down because of pre-existing conditions.

Warren didn’t get a chance to see if experimental stem cell therapy might play a role in his child’s recovery. She drifted away in a sea of pain, borne on the cushions of morphia.

Who knows,” he said, speaking in choked tones, gazing at his interlocutor from red-rimmed eyes, “maybe she was put on this Earth for that purpose, to learn about how to cure that disease.”

His ex-wife and her spiritual friends held a little ceremony to “say goodbye” to the child. He wasn’t invited. Then they held two funerals for her. In one they buried her where his wife chose; the other was a memorial service in which he was surprised he would not inter his child in a burial plot he had arranged to purchase for his family. Police patted down he and members of his family, detained them for a number of hours, and would not let them sit in the tent at the graveside services, but stand in the hot sun, aloof from the ceremony.

During the last 15 months of the doomed child’s life, he never got to see her, or to arrange alternative treatment.

When his attorneys applied for a death certificate, they learned his ex-wife had already obtained 26 copies of the instrument previously. He has no idea why, but it is a known fact that most insurance carriers require a minimum of four copies to process life insurance claims.

THEN THERE WAS THE CASE of the exploding ceiling fan.

Leslie was moving into an elaborate Highland Park layout they were building. and she came home with a honey-do. She demanded he install two ceiling fans at the house they were moving out of – immediately – and he tried to comply. But when he made the installation, for some reason the entire attic exploded in flames and the house burned completely to the ground when he flipped the breaker to supply electrical power to the new fans.

The fire inspectors said there was something wrong, there,” he says laconically. “I don’t know what. I don’t think they ever got to the bottom of it. I just don’t know.”

A VIDEO HE MADE of his oldest child, S. G. W., at the age of five tells a very sad story. She is nearly 15 today. At first, the child would only turn away from the camera and shy away, saying “Poppy” had done “a bad thing” to her. Finally, after a reluctant series of unresponsive answers, she told her father that “Poppy” had grabbed her “private” with his hand. She slammed her tiny palm down on the area, and gripped firmly. And then when asked if he had kissed her anywhere there, she told her father Poppy had kissed both her anus and her vagina, indicating that by her gestures with her tiny hands.

It’s a very reluctant performance by a very frightened child. It’s painful to watch. He delivered the video to a member of the Criminal District Attorney’s staff, but for one reason or another, neither he or his boss reached a decision open a file or investigation prior to their exit. The Assistant DA committed suicide; the DA went away on misuse of government funds.

“I’M AFRAID that if those children ever make an outcry,” said Warren. “I don’t think…I just don’t…think,” he said. Overcome with emotion, he feigned sleep at his place on a couch, where he had moved to watch the video. And then he left. It was hard to watch his back as he walked away, leaving the elegant little conference room with a finality that spoke volumes.

So mote it be.

– The Legendary

The fight for guns begins in the mind, takes place at the door, ends in court

Buddy Wayne Webb

Buddy Wayne Webb says he wasn’t shot with his own gun…

To hear a provocative audio interview of a man stripped of his right to keep and bear arms for life, who claims he was ambushed in his own home, shot and left for dead, click here:

Midland, Texas – When they come for your guns – and it’s clear that’s what they want – it will likely be as a result of some evolution of a bitterly contested divorce, child custody dispute, or domestic disturbance call.

Knowledgeable court observers with subject matter expertise in this out-west bastion of rock-ribbed Republican conservatism say nothing less than the bedrock, fundamental principle of armed defense of home and hearth through deadly force, when necessary, without retreat, is at stake.

And that’s the liberal, minority report. You ought to hear what the conservatives have to say about it.

If you don’t have that right, you don’t have any others; I’d rather be judged by 12 than carried by six – and other gems of conventional wisdom come to mind. What’s more, Constitutional scholars agree that James Madison could never have gained ratification of the U.S. Constitution of 1790 had not the right to keep and bear arms been included, to the liking of legislators from the western states.

When a three-judge panel sitting at Eastland, Texas, in the 11th District Court of Appeals rules on a lifetime protective order against Buddy Wayne Webb, their decision – come what may – will enter the common law regarding a man’s defense of his castle with the archetypal symbol of equality and self-determination, the gun.

Buddy Wayne says he wasn’t shot with his own gun on January 28, 2012; the cops say he was, that his crippling wound was self-inflicted in a misadventure involving a booby trap. rigged with his own 12-gauge shotgun.

In numerous documents he has released publicly, Midland Police refer to him as “the paranoid schizophrenic Buddy Wayne Webb.”

According to his appeals attorney, a Board Certified specialist in Texas Family Law, “There has never been any diagnosis for that.”

A veteran female police investigator who is a childhood friend of Lori Schlagal, Webb’s ex-wife of three months, Detective Rosa Rodriguez, noted in her initial report dated January 28, 2012, that when she arrived at the residence,  in a laundry room adjacent to the interior door leading to the garage, she found “The shotgun had a tripwire and it appeared the shotgun was set up every night.”

When she contacted his soon-to-be ex-wife as next of kin, “she was not surprised,” she recalled. She had heard it all before, she told the police woman. That’s why she took her kids and left.

They were in the midst of a bitter divorce involving all the totemic symbols of money, marbles and chalk, and furthermore, “Lori advised Buddy goes to the psychiatrist…” He also would not let her come inside the home.

Indeed, there were multiple wires tying doors shut, numerous remote cameras and a pressure pad activated burglar alarm. Black electrical tape covered the hinges on cabinet doors and doors to rooms in the home.

“Buddy had tripped off the wire on the shotgun and accidentally shot his right ankle.

To this day, as on the night he was shot, dispatchers advise fellow officers not to make an entry to the home without first having the bomb squad clear the dwelling. Their documents show they have classified him as a Native American of Eskimo tribal origin.

A transcript of a hastily called hearing over a lifetime protective order before then Family Law 318th District Court Judge Dean Rucker revealed her testimony that Webb shot himself with his own gun, a firearm rigged as a booby trap, wired to a door.

When the judge heard that, he ruled a total loss of Webb’s right to keep and bear firearms – for life.

The case that is pending in the appeals court is based on two points, that the application of the statute is overly broad, and thus unconstitutional, and that the statute as applied is improper because the Legislature had acted in the interim to amend the law.

“That’s the way they see it,” said Webb. “The way I see it was that it was an attempted capital murder. I was not shot with my own gun.”

He has published hundreds of documents on-line on his Facebook page, and dozens of YouTube videos alleging there are tunnels under his home, that police are in collusion with top government officials and petroleum industry luminaries to run human trafficking rackets, money laundering scams and drug smuggling rings.

in an interview, he alleged that he believes he had trapped a home invader in an unused bathroom the door of which he had secured with fencing wire, that an unknown person he suspects may have been a police officer shot him, and then freed the person so trapped. He points to extensive damage to the door he had thusly secured, and the fact that a chain of custody of evidence receipt submitted for the Winchester Model 1200 12-bore pump gun is dated a scant six minutes after the acknowledged time of the shooting.

Whew! Hot, ain’t it? Did I mention that the Buddy Wayne Webb residence is located across the alley from a major shopping center, a scant quarter-mile from the fabled Wal-Mart Super Center, closed for plumbing repairs and rumored to be somehow connected to a super secret special ops evolution called Jade Helm 15 (Joint Assistant Defense Exercise – Homeland Eradication Local Militants)?

And then there are the time-stamped surveillance video images of persons who appear to be police officers inside his home, going through dresser drawers and closets…

One may read a previously published report by clicking here:


Twin Peaks: AG rules release of DA’s texts, names of 62 not charged

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Austin – An Attorney General’s ruling released today holds that McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna must release text messages between a defense attorney and First Assistant District Attorney Michael Jarrett regarding a proposal to have defendants in the Twin Peaks cases sign hold harmless agreements promising no litigation against authorities in return for reductions in $1 million bonds set across the board by Justice of the Peace “Pete” Peterson on 177 defendants.

Defense attorneys present at a meeting between Jarrett and the jurisdiction’s two Criminal District Judges revealed to media outlets that Jarrett rejected the proposal of the attorney as “improper” under the rules of criminal prosecution and constitutional rights of those accused of a crime.

The assistant to AG Ken Paxton also held that though the names of 62 persons arrested but not charged along with 177 other defendants with the offense of engaging in organized criminal activity is “intertwined with the investigation,” their names must be released because  public records law “does not except from disclosure basic information about an arrested person, an arrest, or a crime.”

In the opinion sought by public information activist R.S. Gates, Assistant Attorney General Paige Thompson held that “the characterization of informationa as ‘public information’ under the act is not dependent on whether the requested records are in the possession of an individual or whether a governmental body has a particular policy or procedure that establishes a governmental body’s access to the information…Because this information is maintained by the District Attorney’s Office for the transaction of official business, it does not constitution a record of the judiciary.

“In summary, the portion of the requested text messages that relate to the official business of the District Attorney’s Office are subject to the (public information) act.”

Ms. Thompson held that the e-mail addresses of persons arrested but not charged, information obtained from questionnaires during the period the accused were detained at the Waco Convention Center over a period of 48 hours while law enforcement processed the arrests, must be redacted, but any other information regarding the arrests is subject to public scrutiny.

‘State of Texas v. 2015 Harley-Davidson’

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2015 Harley Davidson touring model

Six Shooter Junction – Until you see it in black and white, printed on ledger paper and filed in a court clerk’s office, the semantic concept of civil forfeiture doesn’t really ring a bell.

But it’s a reality, and it’s a fact that The People of the State of Texas have filed suit against a motorcycle owned by a savings bank and the President of the Dallas County Chapter of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, David Martinez, 45, of Terrell.

The People in all their Peace and Dignity have raised up in the stirrups and proclaimed that inanimate machine, a near-kinetic sculpture in the pantheon of mythical and archetypal objects held sacred in the darkness on the edge of town, as an enemy and as contraband, the subject of seizure due to its being part of an ongoing criminal enterprise.

But it’s all about the guns, and though knives play their part, the blade and its snicker snack being as archetypal as any other symbol, it’s about the guns, pure and simple. Here’s why.

Behold, the affidavit filed by Officer Vincent Glenn, an investigator of the S.A.F.E. Unit of the Waco Police Department, regarding “violence and tension” between the “Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle gang,” and the “Cossacks Motorcycle Club.”

It’s a matter of record, saith your Affiant, that a Bandidos member got himself locked up for stabbing two Cossacks outside a Logan’s steakhouse in Abilene in November, 2013. Both those individuals were later arrested at Twin Peaks for engaging in organized criminal activity.

At the Bar B Truck Stop in Palo Pinto County, March 22, 2015, “several members” of a Bandidos support club attacked a lone Cossack getting gas, demanded he remove the “Texas” rocker on his jacket, beat him up, and stole his jacket.

On March 22, 2015, “approximately 6-7 Cossacks blocked in a Bandido riding on a motorcycle in heavy traffic on IH-35 in Lorena and then severely beat him with objects causing blunt force trauma to the head.” An outlaw mama in the know says “They nearly beat the nose off his face.”

Come March 28, 2015, Bandidos gathered at the Flying J Truck Stop and Cossacks congregated at Legend Motorcycles in Waco. A Waco Patrol Commander “observed a semi-automatic rifle inside the business.”  According to the affidavit, “Wilson stated that they knew trouble was possible…and they were prepared.” He, too, was arrested following the melee at Twin Peaks on May 17. He stated in his bond reduction hearing that police suggested he get involved in a dialogue to reduce tensions between the rival clubs.

April 16 saw a “bike night” held at Twin Peaks Restaurant in which “about fifty-five Cossacks were seen” by law enforcement.

On the following Thursday, April 23, 2015, Mark Allen White sat in a vehicle behind the Twin Peaks location at a fabric shop, armed with a firearm and wearing a Cossacks shirt. He also had a bandanna knotted around a padlock, which has been described as “a convict thing” on certain farms operated by TDC’s Institutional Division. The cops busted him for unauthorized carrying a weapon, and he, too, was arrested on May 17 for engaging in organized criminal activity.

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Police have alleged that surveillance video shows folks started throwing hands, the Bandidos President David Martinez pulled a .32 and started busting caps, and that prompted “law enforcement” to “neutralize the situation.” That’s the euphemism a Lt. Schwartz of the DPS used to describe sending dozens of rounds downrange from their AR-15-style assault rifles. Nine bikers lost their lives, 20 suffered gunshot wounds, and police arrested 177 persons on the identical charge of engaging in organized criminal activity.

The organized criminal activity alleged consists in part of the alleged practice of the Council of Clubs, an organization dominated by the Bandidos, the ranks of which is not graced by the Cossacks, of demanding prior approval of the inception of new motorcycle clubs.

Lt. Schwartz also testified at an examining trial of a couple who are members of a Bandidos support club that the C of C is actually an “alter ego” for the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.

At least that’s what the State intends to prove in its criminal litigation. In this suit, the State seeks to prove that the 2015 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle seized is contraband and material to the alleged offense of engaging in organized criminal activity.

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David Martinez, Bandido leader, Dallas  

Bomb scare knocks out biker funeral service on the square at Six Shooter

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Organizers vow to announce a “fourth wave” memorial…

Waco – Bikers mourning the loss of 9  members of rival clubs cut down by police sniper fire following a violent melee at Twin Peaks Restaurant on May 17 obediently fled the scene of a suspected bomb attack at the order of Sheriff Parnell McNamara on Saturday, August 22.

The “Third Strike” memorial service organized by the Sons of Liberty Riders had hardly begun with the National Anthem, prayer and a pledge of allegiance to the U.S. Flag. Suddenly, word came that someone had abandoned a suitcase, what appeared to be a backpack, and an ice chest on the corner of N. 5th St. at Washington Avenue, across the street from the Alico Building.

The occurrence cut short a planned event in which Dallas Attorney F. Clinton Broden was unable to deliver an address regarding the gag order that prevents him from speaking of the Twin Peaks case against his client and 177 others identically charged with the conspiracy results offense of “engaging in organized crime” that caused a capital murder.

Several hundred bikers remounted their Harley-Davidsons and roared away disappointed, some cursing McNamara where he stood on the corner of Washington at 6th, others giving him the thumbs up sign of respect.

McLennan County Sheriff’s Office officials gave no word of whether the abandoned suitcase and coolers held any explosive materials.

A minister intoned scripture directed to mourners, “whether you’re out there,” as he gestured to the McLennan County Courthouse parking lot,” or over there, and gestured toward rival club members standing under the shade of pecan trees on the corner of building,  the divided camps of Cossacks and Bandidos, as well as members of their support clubs, keeping a respectful distance between one another.

The disjointed, confused scene resembled nothing more than look-see pidgin from some third world cultural war between clashing clans, kith and kin, as police cordoned off the courthouse square, controlling traffic from all directions and bomb disposal technicians began the dangerous work of clearing the potentially deadly material that might possibly be concealed in the abandoned luggage and the ice chest.

Ironically, an old baby blue upright piano sitting in a mini-park on the Bank of America mobile banking lot was situated directly in one of the only available camera angles. Emblazoned above its keyboard, the words, “PLAY SOMETHING” caught the eye as the bomb squad worked to remove the suspected material.

Texas tracks to close August 31 over ‘slots’

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‘Historical race’ machines, a bone of contention in budget hassle

Austin – Busloads of breeders, trainers, jocks and owners plan on flooding a hearing room here on August 25 to try to change the expected closure of horse racing tracks on September 1.

It’s a budget hassle that would defund the Texas Racing Commission, and the Legislative Budget Board is expected to make a ruling.

Critics say it’s just a way for legislators to continue to get big campaign contributions from out-of-state casino operators in Oklahoma, Louisiana and New Mexico. Proponents are understandably protective of the state’s status of not allowing casino gambling – kinda sorta, play-like.

It’s all about the bucks – billions of them, according to proponents of “historical racing machines,” an electronic spin and win system resembling an 8-liner in which bettors at horse tracks could wager on races previously run, depicted on the electronic screens in a way that renders the horses and races unidentifiable, but otherwise viable as a win, place and show events in which real money changes hands.

Players are picking mounts from “Racing Form” information published on-screen in which the mounts and events have been made anonymous. They place their bet on a parimutuel basis on races that have been previously run.

That’s a little too much like slot machines, according to the Chairwoman of the Texas Senate Finance Committee, Jane Nelson, of Flower Mound.

She’s holding hostage the $750,000 it takes to staff and operate the racing commission – money that is raised from track fees paid by those who enter their steeds in racing events statewide.

If the historical racing machines were put into operation, there would be similar revenue raised from their operation. Each race run on a historical racing machine is actually a parimutuel event, charged user fees in identical fashion as a real race.

Nelson’s very vocal critics say she’s doing a reprise of Governor Rick Perry’s move to veto the funding legislation that staffed and operated the state’s public integrity unit at the Travis County District Attorney’s Office when DA Rosemary Lembergh refused to resign following her arrest for DWI. The affair ended in his indictment.

At present, no one knows just how much leaves the state daily with gamblers headed for other states to play – about 85 percent of them on slots – but the state would lose the $5.5 billion gross revenue spent on horse racing as well as trackside, clubhouse wagering on simulcast racing events at other tracks nationwide as tracks close on August 31.

Experts estimate about $1.5 billion in illegal, untaxed and unregulated revenue is played in “eight-liner” parlors statewide yearly. Players, most of them disabled or retired, are paid for games they win on the electronic machines in cash by attendants who keep a sharp look-out for the cops.

The state’s one Indian casino, the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe’s rural operation in Maverick County, located on the banks of the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass, has an estimated 120,000 visitors per week, most of them from within 100 miles of the location. The tribe picks up half the cost of housing, pays for medical and prescription visits and the schooling of their kids from the proceeds, which have doubled over the past year. They’re building a much-needed hotel to handle overnight guests. All that translates to jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs for an impoverished Native American tribe.

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Follow the Money noted the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations as top contributors to Jane Nelson’s campaigns

Senator Nelson was named “the worst” legislator in 2011 by “Texas Monthly” because of her endless hassling in subcommittee hearings over medical benefits paid for the indigent and disabled. The magazine scribe wrote of her antics, “There is a knowledge gap, which—given the will—is perhaps correctable, but there is also a compassion gap, which is perhaps not…”

Comprehensive campaign finance records may be obtained from the Texas Ethics Commission. 

There are dark whispers and much muttering among sportsmen that out of state casino operators have made contributions to her efforts, numbering in six figures. Those who are looking to contribute to the political dialogue are urged to contact this website:


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Senator Jane Nelson – legendary budgetary guardian

Twin Peaks bikers bow out of examining trials, get bond modifications

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Jacob Wilson, sergeant at arms for the Waco Chapter of Cossacks, displays ankle newly freed from a bracelet monitor 

Waco – Prosecutors are establishing a pattern of give and take in the Twin Peaks cases stemming from a deadly shootout that occurred here on May 17.

Two key defendants out of the 177 charged with engaging in organized criminal activity chose to waive their right to a pre-indictment examining trial today. Both received modification of their bond conditions in an agreement with the DA’s office.

Neither retired Visiting Judge James Morgan, nor prosecutors would reveal the terms of the new bond conditions ordered in the cases of Daniel Pesina, who was still jailed as of Wednesday, August 19, or John R. Wilson, President of the Waco Chapter of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club and proprietor of Legend Cycles, 6514 Interstate 35 South.

Workers in the District Clerk’s office said it will be some time next week before the motions and orders are processed and available for public information.

The hearing was delayed for the better part of an hour while deputies at the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office prepared Pesina for transfer to the Annex Courtroom downtown from the Highway Six lockup.

As the delay progressed, defense counsel and prosecutors reached an agreement.

Said Judge Morgan, “Well, at least I got a good lunch out of it,” as he packed his briefcase for his return home.




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William and Morgan English of the Distorted Motorcycle Club, will be bound over for a Grand Jury appearance because their 7-member club, Distorted, wears a patch that says, “I support the fat Mexican”

Waco – When Cossack Motorcyle Club member Cody Ledbetter appeared a half-hour early for his examining trial before retired Visiting Judge James Morgan Monday afternoon, August 17, he was surprised to learn the issue of enough probable cause to bind him over for a Grand Jury appearance was already settled.

Paul Looney, a seasoned defense attorney with offices in Houston and Hempstead, told him, “You lose the ankle bracelet, you lose the curfew, and you lose the travel restrictions.”

That’s when Ledbetter and members of his family burst into tears.

During the lunch hour, Looney and lead prosecutor Michael Jarrett had entered into an agreement for Ledbetter to waive his rights to an examining trial in return for modification of his bond conditions.

The tears Ledbetter and his family cried were obviously tears of joy, prompted by relief.

The attorney acted in the best interest of his client, he explained to the family, and added “They,” he said, nodding toward the two other defendants, “are going to the Grand Jury with no modification or reduction of their bond conditions.”

The lawyers spent a rocky morning battling over the testimony of Lt. Schwartz of the Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigation Division as to why a Brenham couple named William and Morgan English, also represented by Looney, should be indicted for the crime of engaging in organized criminal activity in the mass shooting that left 9 dead, 17 wounded, and 177 under arrest for the identical charge of engaging in organized criminal activity on May 17 at Twin Peaks Restaurant.

Amid the hassles over legal procedure and the rules of court, it was clear that the sub rosa issue is clearly all about the guns. Period.

After slightly more than an hour of bitter dispute between Jarrett and Looney over the phrasing of questions – leading, irrelevant, calling for speculation, recollection of events about which Schwartz had no personal knowledge, an item previously asked and answered – Judge Morgan said in exasperation, “Y’all can keep on beating on that dead horse all you want to…I’ve about heard all I want to on this.”

Fixing Looney with a level gaze from the bench, the judge said, “Mr. Looney, you put a good argument, but I think it’s one for a jury. They (the Englishes) are bound over for the Grand Jury.”

The Englishes are members of a Bandidos support club named Distorted, a five-month-old organization, the membership roster of which numbers only 7.

Their colors are blue and white, but they wear a small patch called “cookie” on left shoulder area of their vests with a picture of the red and gold trademarked Bandidos logo, a man wearing a sombrero, brandishing a revolver and a machete, that says, “I support the fat Mexican.”

The club, like all others affiliated with the Confederation of Clubs, pays dues, and those dues are collected by the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.

During testimony, the defense was able to establish that prior to May 17, the DPS unit had no criminal intelligence whatsover about the Distorted Mortorcycle Club, and had only added Distorted to a database of motorcycle clubs in April.

Looney also elicited testimony from Lt. Schwartz that made it plain that, “The Confederation of Clubs is an alterego for the Bandidos.”

Yes, sir.”

You have inadequate evidence to call Distorted a criminal street gang.”

Schwartz agreed.

To become a support club all you have to do is pay your dues.”

Schwartz agreed. When asked, “Are Bandidos are dangerous?” he answered yes. He also agreed that wearing a patch with Bandidos colors would possibly make riding a motorcycle a safer pursuit.

The position of the State argued by the prosecutor Jarrett is that participation in an ongoing criminal enterprise may be established by a person’s conduct, and not just by an overt act such as murdering another person for an economic gain.

Prior to the arrival of the Bandidos, as many as 40 to 50 membrers of clubs wearing Cossacks colors were standing in “sentry” positions around the patio and the parking lot, said Schwartz.

At one point, Schwartz answered to the question of whether either of the Englishes had a weapon other than the handgun they brought in the car, said, “Most people threw their guns down. When you have an M-4 pointed at and you’re told to throw it down, you throw it down.”

He admitted he had no proof either ever carried a weapon onto the property, and agreed that it is not a crime to carry a weapon in a vehicle.

It is a crime for a member of a criminal street gang to carry a weapon in a vehicle,” he said.

Asked by the prosecutor, Jarrett, what he personally experienced as the Bandidos arrived, he answered, “As the Bandidos stopped, a lot more support groups began to exit their vehicles and make their way to the front of the building. There was some altercation I did not see, and at that point, shots were fired…I was personally taking fire, yes.”

It was at that point that “All law enforcement officers began to take action to neutralize the situation,” he recalled.

The examining trials will begin again on Wednesday, August 19 at 1 p.m.