Just like you’re going to Luckenbach,TX off 1376

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1142 Rocky Hill Lane, Fredericksburg, TX, site of BATFE search

When people call and say, ‘We need help. No one else will help us,’ we’re going to answer that call.” – Sheriff Parnell McNamara

Fredericksburg, TX – Nestled on a chalky hillside overlooking the country of 1100 springs, this palatial villa became the object of the scrutiny of los federales one day back in August.

Aside from the fact that it called the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad a couple hundred miles out of route, the narrative in the report is eerily familiar.

We’ve been here before, folks, just not so far away, and in the blacklands in the valley of the Brazos, not the Pedernales.

You will recall that shortly after the West Fertilizer Explosion of April 17, 2013, the McLennan County mounties learned there were “bomb making materials” stashed on a place in Hill County, just outside of the cotton gin town of Abbott. As it turned out, the owner of the place got nervous because he had done a favor for an old boy  who was an EMT and between jobs over some personal problems – a roommate of one of the emergency responders who lost their lives when the plant blew sky high in a mushroom cloud.

As lead agency on the disaster, BATFE took over the investigation and the owner of the pipe bomb making materials got a federal sentence.

Events of August 28, 2015, out in the goat weed and scrub oak near the Luckenbach trail are just as murky, according to the brief report released by Officer Michael Graham, who with Hunter Herring, Derek Russell, and Stephen Smith responded to a BATFE cry for help in serving a search warrant.

“The assistance of the Bomb Squad was requested by the ATF due to the fact that it was believed that explosive devices would be found during the execution of the search warrant.”

He reports that “the Bomb Squad located what initially appeared to be 2 completed pipe bombs and a 3rd pipe bomb that did not function as designed, but did ‘low order.'”

They x-rayed the pipes, which had the end caps in place and were drilled, but empty, and thus considered ” bomb making materials.” Then they turned the crime scene over to the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office and the ATF.

No hate or bias is reported; no domestic violence was noted. The report is dated October 29, 2015.

On October 20, Emergency Services Coordinator Frank Patterson announced the Department of Homeland Security granted the Sheriff $118,000 to purchase a new, customized bomb squad vehicle. County Commissioners matched it with $117,000 to round out he purchase price of $235,000 total.

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Media gives nod to tight info control nationwide

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National media outlets gave recognition to an ongoing dispute. CNN, The New York Times and the Houston Press published articles

R.S. Gates

Newly supplied information counters a claim by District Attorney Abel Reyna that his office provides complete and total transparency. In correspondence dating back to May of last year, the Texas Attorney General has ruled three times the District Attorney of McLennan County has violated the Texas Public Information act, a Class B misdemeanor, equally serious as a charge of DWI.

On Monday Reyna called allegations he violated the Public Information Act “Asinine” but in May of 2014 the Attorney General determined “The McLennan County District Attorney Office violated section(s) of the Public Information Act.

In November of the same year, the AG determined “Based on the evidence before the undersigned, the McLennan County DA office has violated this section of the PIA (Public Information Act). This is not the only complaint with similar findings.”

More recently, on Oct, 13 2015, the Attorney General determined “The McLennan County District Attorney is hereby notified that the Attorney General Office determined it had violated the PIA (Public Information Act)

 The DA is confusing dealings with the media with dealings with Gates because, the truth is, getting information from the DA is a drawn out fight, and the DA has to be compelled by law to do his job.  It takes as much as 6 months to get a determination from the Attorney General because of the statutory requirements, and if Abel Reyna was committed to transparency, he would have released the information in June, when the request was filed, instead of October.

 The worst part is the contempt the DA has for his statutory duties has spread to other offices in the county. He points to a 2015 determination where the AG ruled Sheriff Parnell McNamara violated the Texas Public Information Act. “Based on the available evidence, it appears the McLennan County Sheriff violated Sec. 552.223.

 I recently filed a request for a spreadsheet related to the budget. The request was filed with County Auditor Stan Chambers. After receiving no acknowledgment of the request, he went to the office to retrieve the information.  He was stymied in his attempt by a receptionist who said she didn’t know anything about it and Mr. Chambers was out of the office so the information was unavailable.

 How else to consider this as other than a violation of Sec. 552.353, Sec. 552.221, and Sec. 552.021 of the Texas Public Information Act? The charge is a Class B Misdemeanor, equal in seriousness to a DWI.

All those individuals who operate the way they do in McLennan County will realize they can’t stand the scrutiny of their crooked ways. You and I know that every other place is the U.S. is as messed up as Waco, Texas; they just haven’t had a Twin Peaks yet.

Sec. 552.353.  FAILURE OR REFUSAL OF OFFICER FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO OR COPYING OF PUBLIC INFORMATION.  (a)  An officer for public information, or the officer’s agent, commits an offense if, with criminal negligence, the officer or the officer’s agent fails or refuses to give access to, or to permit or provide copying of, public information to a requestor as provided by this chapter.

 Sec. 552.221.  APPLICATION FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION;  PRODUCTION OF PUBLIC INFORMATION.  (a)  An officer for public information of a governmental body shall promptly produce public information for inspection, duplication, or both on application by any person to the officer.  In this subsection, “promptly” means as soon as possible under the circumstances, that is, within a reasonable time, without delay.

 Sec. 552.021.  AVAILABILITY OF PUBLIC INFORMATION.  Public information is available to the public at a minimum during the normal business hours of the governmental body.

Hedge fund blowback and big store con in Rockwall’s lake front golf course ghetto

Warren Legal Team

Former prosecutors John Klassen, Lane Haygood, plaintiff Stephen Warren, and Family Law Specialist Cynthia Clack, the legal team

The law isn’t what is on the books; the law is what is done in the courtrooms.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

Rockwall, TX – When a state district judge signed a temporary order appointing a realtor the receiver of a couple’s luxury home, he took a drastic and irrevocable approach to settling the disposition of community property in a marriage on the rocks – long before a judge and jury settled the case.

Today, 12 years later, Stephen Warren recalls that his lawyer Keith Wheeler told him the move would place his home into a protected status. Far from that, such a maneuver forces real property into a condition of default in which a mortgage holder may foreclose without bothering to seek the assent of a Court.

Here, all the time, I thought it was something there to protect me, but all along, it was there to take my house,” he recalls. Events soon spiraled out of control following a domestic violence call in July of 2003. The couple had moved in on July 4, less than a month before 382nd District Judge Brett Hall ordered the receivership.

When police responded to a disturbance call, they detected violence in the home perpetrated by his wife, Leslie Warren, who is now remarried and known as Leslie Cavanaugh Bird. They made her leave the home, Stephen Warren filed for a protective order, and was in custody of their three daughters.

When she requested a reconciliation, he agreed, and within only a couple of days, police arrived with an arrest warrant developed on an affidavit she gave alleging he raped her.

He was thus enjoined from returning to his home. As the police car pulled away with him handcuffed in the back seat, he could see moving vans lined up at the curb, waiting to load his possessions and the contents of the home. The memory is etched in stark images, a moment of clarity and horror that still haunts him.

All this took place before the judge and the jury issued a final decree of divorce.

Warren insists that, for one thing, that he is unable to remember clearly what happened due to his trauma and shock. For another, he steadily maintains he was never truly advised of the round of hearings and orders that led to his ouster from his home and its subsequent sale at foreclosure.

He had been released on bail, accused of aggravated sexual assault of his own wife. He was unable to make a living, his reputation under attack, the stress of the situation took an extreme emotional toll.

A typical arrangement is for the judge to order the husband to continue to pay the note payments, insurance premiums, taxes and other fees while the wife and their children live in the residence until the Court makes a final disposition of the community property. Warren swears he never fell behind in his payments. This foreclosure took place in record time. What began as a domestic disturbance in July ended in the judge’s order of sale of the home on November 24.

But there is nothing typical about the property at 4 Morning Circle at the Buffalo Creek Club in Heath, Texas. A project of a limited partnership formed as a “special purpose entity” by a shell company of the Enron Corporation, it was on the market after that outfit declared bankruptcy. Warren built it out and moved in. It didn’t work out because his wife chose to choke him in his sleep over his snoring.

Said Warren’s attorney, Cynthia Clack, “I have not ever in my career of 37 years, 27 of them a board-certified Family Law practitioner, put a house in receivership under the circumstances of this case. It’s a very drastic remedy. Putting the house into receivership is what I think caused this chain of events.”

Though Warren says his memory is faulty, a fact check instigated by an anonymous Facebook personality who calls himself “Davy Crockett,” and later claimed to be Patrick Dowd, the trustee for Conner & Associates, reveals Warren’s recital of the events recorded in the Rockwall County Clerk’s Office to be very accurate.

Dowd obtained a deed of trust conveying the property to Conner & Associates on Judge Hall’s temporary order appointing a local realtor the receiver and ordering Warren to list the property for sale.

The paper trail shows Warren obtained release of lien on his property from various subcontractors, as he claimed in an earlier interview published in these columns. Dowd said in subsequent postings that this is untruthful, that the home was finished rather than sold unfinished when Warren assumed a note and employed subcontractors to finish the house.

In fact, everything about the account Warren gave matches the record.

Furthermore, Dowd claimed that your correspondent is a “paid hack” on the payroll of Stephen Warren. This is not true.

According to Warren’s attorney, Cynthia Clack, “no one on my legal team, nor Mr. Warren has paid you any money…I have a question to pose to Davy Crockett a/k/a Patrick Dowd. Whose payroll is he on and why does he continue following Mr. Warren’s story twelve years after he foreclosed on Stephen Warren’s house in Rockwall, Texas? Would he be willing to be deposed by one of the members of my legal team?”

In his Facebook remarks, the person calling himself Patrick Dowd and claiming to be the trustee of record for Warren’s former residence at 4 Morning Circle, Buffalo Creek Club, in Heath, furthermore called Warren “stupid,” speculated that his parents were first cousins, and that he lied when he said he bought an unfinished house and invested a quarter million dollars into its completion.

Nevertheless, the public record supports Warren’s veracity in his original recital, as related n an earlier story.

In a hearing held last Friday, October 23, into whether to seal the educational records of Stephen Warren’s children, counsel for his ex-wife Leslie Cavanaugh Bird and her husband, Daryl Bird, objected to going into any matter “not before the Court at this time.”

The motion before the Court is a motion for Contempt of Court citing 121 separate violations of the possession order and final decree of divorce – each of which is potentially punishable by six months in County Jail. Warren has seen his children for a total of six minutes in the past seven and a half years.

In three scheduled supervised visits, he has been denied access to a visit with them.

The attorneys representing the Birds forced Warren’s attorneys to make numerous trips to the Court coordinator’s office to schedule hearings into pleadings pending in the file.

As a result, there is but one hearing pending, on January 8, 2016. All others are awaiting scheduling by Judge Hall’s former secretary, the present Court Coordinator.

I so wanted to see my kids this Christmas,” said Warren. “I haven’t had a Christmas tree for twelve years.”

According to Lane Haygood, an attorney for Warren, “You don’t have a hearing if you’ve only got one thing to hear…The entire legal file is open to anything the judge would like to hear.”

Said Ms. Clack, in remarks to the Court speaking of the status of a discovery motion filed in June, “We have not received any discovery from the respondent.”

The only records they have received came from the Rockwall Independent School District. The Birds’s attorneys object to the possibility the childrens’ Social Security numbers could be learned and published on the internet.

Mosiman offered into evidence documents generated by the authorities in Rockwall County that suggest they thought Warre was guilty of misconduct toward his wife and daughters. Not only do those documents constitute hearsay; the court sees no way that it could test their veracity or the degree of certainty of their authors. – from a Memorandum Opinion of the Federal Bankruptcy Judge who granted Warren’s suit for protection from his ceditors

‘It wasn’t a fight fight…’

Patricia Gager

Patricia Gager is challenging the Hunt County Sheriff. Stacks of documents she has collected show no one is looking for her sister

Greenville, TX – It was the kind of brick-through-the-window statement people sometimes make when they aren’t really sure who they’re talking to and they aren’t all that circumspect.

Aaron Parker stopped his vehicle to give Stacey Fletcher a ride when she thumbed him down between Qunlan and West Tawakoni. The subject of the mysterious 1991 disappearance of his sister, Carey Parker, came up as they drove through a rural neighborhood near the lake.

The thing is, Stacey had no idea she was talking to Carey Parker’s brother. To this day, she is reluctant to talk about what she told him. She begs off for another day to complete an interview to fact check her memories of events surrounding what she said happened to his sister.

Carey Parker was last seen alive on March 17, 1991, and circumstances, witness recollections – the things people say they saw and heard – point to a reasonable suspicion the woman, a mother of three, more than just hauled off and disappeared. People are pretty much agreed that Carey is long gone, that her life ended through violent means, and some folks have some very firm ideas about all that.

The problem is, no one who is operating in any official capacity shows much concern.

But though the party people, the jicksters and coke heads – people who at the time were doing the wild thing on the night shift – are concerned about probation and parole, the cops, courts, neighbors, in-laws and outlaws, they are starting to come forward after all these years with their recollections of the last time they saw Carey Parker alive and – well – angry.

There are a couple of key players in the drama – both law men.  One is now dead. More about them later.

Everyone agrees it was on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1991, Carey Parker left her job at a manufacturing company in Terrell for the last time. She headed for Quinlan. Most people involved say they saw her at a party held that evening in the rural lakeside community of Hawk Cove.

As Parker gave Stacey Fletcher a ride, they passed a commercial location, Songer Septic Systems. Stacey Fletcher made the offhand remark, “If you want to know where she’s buried, it’s right there.”

He says she pointed to a rear corner of her ex-boyfriend’s parents’ property. It’s not the first time members of Carey Parker’s family have heard about this location and the hole she told her father that her ex-boyfriend was digging with a backhoe the family used in their business.

Just days before her disappearance she told her father, volunteer fireman Howard Parker, of her concerns that her ex-boyfriend Cody Songer meant to harm her. She told him about the hole.

Parker told family members that when he suggested it was for a new septic system, she replied, “It’s too big for a septic tank.” The hole Cody was digging, she said, was big enough to bury her – and her car. She told her father she was scared – in fact, terrified.

After Stacey Fletcher went to the penitentiary to do time over a drug conviction, Parker’s sister Patricia Gager became a pen pal. The two women wrote each other on a routine basis, and Patricia furnished her with stamps and other gifts to make a convict’s life a little easier.

In one letter, Stacey drew her a map – an x-marks-the-spot missive – showing where the big hole in the rear corner of the septic tank service’s lot had been excavated, then covered in.

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Howard Parker recalled in a conversation that was recorded, then mislaid, that Carey had told him that she was afraid of Cody because she had threatened to go to a law man and turn state’s evidence in order to serve prosecutors as a witness against him, to testify about his dealing drugs – cocaine and methamphetamines. There was mention of a “cartel,” and that if they caught up with them, it was either he, or herself who would go down at the hands of outlaws from the other side of the border.

In her conversation, she implicated a Justice of the Peace named Dan Robertson, whom she alleged was in collusion with drug dealers and cartel members. She furthermore mentioned a Quinlan police officer and a Constable named Collin Smith who was involved in an investigation regarding her allegations. Carey Parker was ready to name names.

Constable Smith is dead; Justice of the Peace Robertson is still around.

According to a news brief, On October 13, 1994, a Dallas County jury convicted Hunt county judge Michael Farris of felony drug possession. Videotape evidence showed Farris buying methamphetamines from an undercover drug agent. Ferris claimed he was entrapped. He was introduced to the “drug dealers” by Hunt County justice of the peace Dan Robertson.

Parker says of his sister, “I will say my sister had a big mouth. She didn’t care where she was standing, or who was listening, when she got mad.”

According to folks who were there, including Cory Songer, she got good and mad on the evening of March 17, 1991, while at a party held at the home of an Oklahoma man named Jim Wilburn.

A woman known by the street name of Cactus danced with Cody. In fact, they changed partners as they partied. She asked him point-blank if he intended to have sex with Cactus. He said in a phone interview with her son Brian that he told her he was “thinking about it.”

That’s when she threw a drink in his face and left in a huff with Wilburn. When they came back, she talked to her party’s host through the window of the car, then left for the second time. Songer says that’s the last time he saw her.

Not everyone involved believes him.

He has allegedly given various persons conflicting accounts of what happened to Carey Parker since then. According to a woman who lived with him for six years after the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend Carey, Songer said she overdosed on drugs at his parents’ home, the septic tank company where he had dug the big hole with his dad’s backhoe. Both Shirley and Janice, another girlfriend of Songer’s who got a conflicting report about what happened to her, say that he at times made the offhand remark that she headed for Mexico to be “a sex slave.”

Her life with Songer was perceived as a non-stop Punch and Judy show. According to Aaron Parker, he found her crying at a convenience store in Quinlan one day shortly before she disappeared. She told him she and Songer fought as they rode down the road in his truck, and when she tried to kick out the windshield, he opened the passenger door at sixty miles per hour to eject her, then dumped her at the beer store.

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SHERIFF RANDY MEEKS considers what he and his officers do  in the course of a day on the job to be “God’s work.”

He said so in a letter to the editor recently, a little something published in the local paper in which the Sheriff took pen in hand to express his feelings about the criticism leveled at police everywhere when folks judge them harshly for their alleged violence toward suspects.

In fact, he mentioned in a press conference a Texas Rangers investigation into why one of his deputies beat a woman 38 weeks pregnant with a closed fist when he accompanied CPS workers to seize her 18-month-old son. Deanna Jo Robinson demanded they show her the writ of attachment, and when she was not allowed to read a legal instrument, she tried to block them from coming through the door to take her little boy. A check of the records in the District Clerk’s Office shows that at the time, there was no court order on file authorizing the seizure of her child.

Quite simply, the CPS worker had nothing to show her; he merely mimed the action of flipping a file open, then quickly shutting it. He admitted as much to a man he works out with at a Greenville gymnasium.

Sheriff Meeks said an investigation by Texas Rangers determined she tried to reach for the man’s sidearm where it was holstered. A YouTube video captured by a computer surveillance camera depicts the violent incident of “God’s work” in which 1.5 million viewers worldwide saw the techniques used by the Hunt County mounties to subdue a very, very pregnant women who tried to defend her toddler. They bent her over a kitchen counter, wrestled her to put on handcuffs, and beat her in the area of her kidneys with a closed fist.

She is under indictment for allegedly interfering with a writ of attachment at this time following a six-day stay in jail dressed only in a paper smock, where she slept on a mattress pad on a concrete floor. When only days later she gave birth to a second son, CPS workers took the child away from her at the hospital immediately after his birth. 

At a recent Town Hall forum, Sheriff Meeks fielded a question from a spectator who asked about the four cold cases of disappearances of people during his administration.

He made a vague and tepid remark about “today’s requirements” imposed by the Texas DPS Crime Lab, something about how one DNA request has been pending for seven years.

That set Patricia Gager, sister of Corey Parker, deep in thought. She and another sister submitted DNA samples to the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office a number of years in the past, to be tested by the DPS and the results placed on file, with which to compare any remains recovered.

We never heard anything from them,” she recalls. Finally, she contacted a detective who admitted the samples were “lost” and could not be located. They were never sent to the DPS lab, he said.

We waited 8 and a half months to have our samples processed at a private lab,” she recalled. Another law enforcement agency took the samples, packaged them, filled out chain of custody of evidence affidavits, and sent them on their way.

They are now on file with the DPS. If any unidentified remains are recovered, they will be available for comparison.

So mote it be.

Real estate acquisition through receivership


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No 4 Morning Circle, Buffalo Creek Club, Rockwall, Texas

“All for Hall from Rockwall…” – campaign slogan of veteran Congressman Ralph Hall

Rockwall, TX –  Stephen Warren sat in the back of a police cruiser in front of the mansion he had finished building out on a cul-de-sac at an exclusive golf course community, handcuffed, under arrest, charged with the aggravated sexual assault of his own wife.

From where he sat, he could see moving vans lined up, their crews poised and waiting for the signal to begin loading the contents of his home.

Only moments before, police had come to his door “about the family violence.” He told them, “You must have the wrong house.”

They had a warrant for his arrest, an instrument based solely on an affidavit filed by his wife, herself the recent subject of a domestic protection order in a family violence complaint that left him and his daughters in the home and her enjoined from coming within 500 feet of the property, contacting members of the family.

Following a tearful reconciliation, she moved back in. Within five days, she had arranged his arrest for allegedly raping her.

Stephen Warren was strictly enjoined from coming to his house or contacting his family.

Within 2 weeks, she filed suit for divorce.

The story behind just how Stephen Warren lost an exclusively located mansion valued at $1.3 million is a study in allegations of political influence, shady dealings and fraud, financial trickery of the most refined variety – something that could never take place without a high degree of collusion between cops and courts, banks and corporations, federal regulators and Congress.

Stephen Warren’s marriage to Leslie Cavanaugh, who was then a Southwest Airlines flight attendant, came off the rails within a few months of their wedding when she went incognito on out of town layovers between flights. There were a couple of months when he says he could not locate her.

When he found out she was staying in a hotel in Little Rock, he took a flight on a buddy pass, knocked on her door, and when she answered his knock, she denied him entry to the room.

Then she demanded he turn over his wallet, which she kept, leaving him bereft of money, ID, credit cards, and all the other hip pocket impedimenta of a traveling man on the move. He was a long way from home, which at the time, was the Metroplex. He now operates a building firm at Midland.

It was to be only the first of several times an allegation of rape surfaced in their relationship. When Leslie Warren threatened to call the police and complain he had raped her in her hotel room, a room he says he never entered because there was someone else there, someone she did not want him to see, he felt he had no choice but to turn and go.

His temporary salvation came when an airport courtesy van driver loaned him enough cash to catch a bus to the Metromess.

In pre-trial hearings involving the pending divorce, Judge Brett Hall of the 382nd State District Court at Rockwall ordered their home placed into a voluntary receivership. He stated at the time it was his concern that nothing should happen to Mrs. Warren’s home during the turbulent course of a contested divorce involving serious criminal allegations of rape. He is the son of former U.S. Representative Ralph Moody Hall (R-District 4), who left Congress when he was well into his nineties, one of only two members left to have served in World War Two.

A long-term member of the Texas Senate, Hall represented a staunchly conservative constituency from what was once known as the right wing of the Democratic Party, the party of Lyndon Johnson, John Connally, Sam Rayburn before he went down to defeat in the latest mid-term primaries. He started his political career as the County Judge of Rockwall County. During the latter days of his congressional career, he went on record voting against amendments that would have precluded unlimited military detention of prisoners deemed by the President to be enemy combatants under the provisions of the National Defense Authorization Acts of 2012 and 2014 – among other interesting evolutions of America’s extreme turn to the right following 9/11. Chairmanships of key committees on petroleum, aerospace, science, and technology were attached to his diadem.

During the chaotic year of 2001, the energy trading corporation known as Enron failed following the deregulation of energy. Enron had a lot of problems, chief of which was an extremely abstruse, very crooked means of accounting of its assets – and a very blurry line delineating them from liabilities.

When securities rating agencies caught on that Arthur Andersen – one of the “big five” among the nation’s public corporation auditing CPA firms – was in collusion with Enron executives, they derated the company’s securities to a point where its profit and loss posture was no longer tenable or sustainable. Enron filed for bankruptcy. At the time, it was the largest corporate bankruptcy restructuring on record, and marked the failure of the largest auditing firm ever when Arthur Andersen pleaded guilty to a felony federal offense alleged by the Securities Exchange Commission. Because a convicted felon may not sign off on an audit of a public company, that kicked one of the grand daddies of accounting to the curb of that fabled street paved with gold, Wall at Broad, New York, New York.

One part of its system consisted of “special purpose entities” carried on the corporation’s books as grossly overrated, in order to hide the true dimensions of the corporation’s debt. These shell companies are used to manage risks related to specific assets. Enron chose to issue only minimal information regarding the assets, accounting for the debt as a part of the asset, a no no on any man’s balance sheet. These “entities” are limited partnerships, funded by independent equity investors.

When it became clear that Enron’s claims that it had hedged its debt through ownership of hundreds of these special purpose entities, a close examination of the books showed it had merely attempted to hide its debt by financing the hedge with its own stock; the securities rating agencies downgraded their paper, and investors took it in the shorts for megabucks.

The disparity in power relations was never so starkly delineated. Since you pays your money and you takes your chances, investors had to trust somebody. They chose to believe Arthur Andersen, a household name through its status as a perennial advertiser on big game pro football broadcasts and PGA tournaments.

Here’s where Stephen Warren comes in.

He acquired No. 4 Morning Circle on Buffalo Creek Golf Club from a defunct investors group controlled by Enron by assuming a $550,000 “wrap-around” note. He spent another quarter of a million dollars of his own money, built the home out, and when he received a certificate of occupancy, moved in.

Within 30 days, the divorce was filed,” according to Warren. “This is all on file; you can look it up.”

In an exclusive interview he recalled that after his arrest for allegedly raping his wife – a charge that never was aired in a court when the District Attorney determined he had no case other than the affidavit filed by his wife – he was not allowed to come anywhere near his home. He didn’t know until much later that all his possessions inside the home were gone, including family heirlooms such as a baby grand piano. “I have no idea what happened to those things.” Presumably, the moving company loaded them out and whisked them away to he knows not where.

Judge Hall appointed a receiver – a local real estate agent. During the time he was estranged from his family and his property, the bank foreclosed. He lost a quarter million in “hard dollars” and his sweat equity in a home he had acquired at a greatly discounted rate.

Warren knows not who paid the price, or how much, but those who brokered the deal saw nothing but pure profit.


There is a third time his ex-wife accused him of rape. She gave an affidavit alleging he committed the aggravated sexual assault of his oldest daughter by inserting a blue object in her vagina. When a special prosecutor learned there was no DNA on the object, he dismissed the indictment because – again – he had only his ex-wife’s affidavit.

In that case, the Special Prosecutor was acting for DA Ray Sumrow, who was then facing two counts of theft by a public servant for stealing $10,000 worth of computer equipment and theft by conversion of $68,000 in office funds he had deposited in his personal bank account. Sumrow received a 15-year sentence in 2008 and made parole after serving 20 months.

By that time, Warren’s ex-wife had become Mrs. Leslie Cavanaugh Bird, wife of Daryl Bird, a real estate financial operator with a paper trail resembling the course of the Platte – a mile wide and an inch deep.

According to Warren, the couple moved in together immediately following his arrest for allegedly raping his ex-wife and her filing to divorce him.

In depositions taken October 1,2015, his attorney Cynthia Clack asked if Daryl Bird had been employed by entities known as Lone Star Tavern Private Club, Inc., of The Colony, Texas; had he been involved with a company in Jamaica; was he employed for five years by GE Real Estate; what was his involvement with Lone Star Funds; had he been a Vice President at PNL Company, 2100 Ross Ave., Dallas; was he once employed by Goldman Sachs Commercial Mortgage Capital?

In each case, he responded by saying “I hereby invoke my spousal privilege not to testify against my wife.”

Leslie Bird is facing a contempt of court action that includes 121 counts of defying court orders by not allowing Warren to visit or have possession of his children. Potentially, each count could result in a six month stay in the County Jail. The judge has set the hearing for January 8, 2016. Truth or consequences. 

According to financial reporting services, the companies mentioned in the deposition questions asked by Warren’s attorney Cynthia Clack, questions which Bird refused to answer, are involved in performing these diversified financial services:

PNL Companies – a “real estate venture capital company and purchaser of special situation assets, particularly sub-performing real estate loans…PNL (‘profit n loss’) invests in high yield debt and equity for land development deals and the repositioning of existing commercial buildings throughout the U.S. and Canada, with a typical transaction size of $3m-$5m.”

GE Real Estate – “operates as an investment arm of General Electric Capital Corporation…provides real estate capital and services to real estate owners and investors. The company offers financing, equity, and servicing solutions, including intermediate to long-term mortgage financing; restructuring and acquisition capital; niche equity investments/joint ventures; capital market secularization and placements; and asset management services meeting the needs of a dynamic real estate environment…”

Lone Star Funds – “was founded by John Grayken. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Grayken was Chairman and CEO of Brazos Partners L.P., a joint venture between the Robert M. Bass Group and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, that resolved approximately 1,300 ‘bad bank’ assets resulting from the U.S. savings and loan crisis in the early 90’s…Lone Star Funds is a US private equity firm that invests in distressed assets both in the US and internationally…Lone Star has to date organized fifteen private equity funds with total capital commitments since inception of over $59 billion as of June, 2015. Lone Star’s investors include corporate and public pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, university endowments, foundations, fund of funds and high-net-worth individuals…”

Having claimed these connections in internet notations about his career, he refused to answer any questions about it when deposed.



The banality of denial


Mrs. Leslie Cavanaugh Bird winks at a deposition when asked to identify a photograph of her oldest daughter, Savannah Warren

“Man, I was just in a little store where they had a pumpkin carving contest…and it suddenly occurred to me. They stole my kids!” – Stephen Warren in a phone interview

Rockwall, TX – You have heard it all before, just not in this stark and clinical context, the conference room of a local law firm where depositions are taken under the unblinking stare of the camera’s lens. It’s a world few people have ever seen, a ceremony that is part of ongoing proceedings of the Court, but held at a remote location where evidence and testimony is examined in the presence of the parties to litigation and their attorneys – on the record, within the presence of a Court Reporter.

The dialogue is like the perfect country and western song, but dialed up, played on a massive suroundsound jukebox from a venue in a 3D nightmare world, complete with the big house, the glittering corporate names – and allegations of evil, ritual murder, insurance fraud…

It’s totally obvious, as the narrative unfolds in a multitude of questions, each answered with a nearly robotic declination to testify due to a constitutional right, or a claim of spousal privilege, that this couple is in a heap of trouble.

Leslie Cavanaugh Bird is facing a contempt of court citation of more than 100 counts, each of which is possibly punishable by six months behind the bars of the County Jail, violations of a possession order allowing visits which stretch back for seven and a half years, an extensive period during which she has denied her ex-husband Stephen Warren his court-ordered right to see and be with his two little girls.

Litigation that stretches back 12 years, this long ago became something far less than a fair fight – if indeed, it ever was. By his account, Warren calculates it has cost him $1 million.

During the October 1 depositions, questions asked of the couple show that she and her husband Daryl Bird are being probed for a suspicion of their being part of a cabalistic crew of nefarious players and hangers-on from the fringes of the goody grabbing, greedy world of political privilege, in which the players walk unscathed through a bruising landscape in which their actions leave ordinary people penniless, powerless – completely bereft of any leverage or a pry pole with which to get their wagons out of the ditch. Their antagonists, whose very footsteps from the office and trading floor canyons of Manhattan to the towering hulk of the sham that was Enron, leave footprints encircled with yellow crime scene tape, striding away to their next pyramid-toppling, money-stuffing swindle by way of their offshore hidey holes, where they stash the money.

Some of the questions Ms. Clack asked were researched by ex-federal prosecutor John S. Klassen, a Midland attorney.

The resulting video is a rogue’s gallery of impressions captured as the couple repeated the same mindless phrase, over and over, complete with smirks, sarcastic smiles and other muggery, gurning, and grins, perfect for viewing on the odd cell phone, tablet, or laptop.

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Odessa attorney Cynthia Clack, a trouble shooter in family law cases that are sticky, complex, and difficult to litigate, stops and clears her throat after asking the first question in the deposition of Leslie Bird. She asked if the man who is with her in the room is her husband, Daryl Bird.

I hereby invoke my constitutional right to not testify,” Ms. Bird replies.

There is an uncomfortable moment of silence, then, in an incredulous tone, the attorney replies, after a pause, that Ms. Bird’s attorney is with her, and asks, after pointedly clearing her throat, if either would like to explain “the legal basis” for her answer. After all, she’s married to the dude. Come on.

I invoke my constitutional right to not testify.” It was a continual and grating repetition of the split infinitive. She read it off a scap of paper she pulled from her purse, looking down at the paper each time to get her phrasing exactly right.

Does she have a gun? Does her husband have a Concealed Carry permit?

Same answer. She checked her watch.

In fact, she answers the same way to every question, except the first, the request to state her name for the record, including a request to identify pictures of her three daughters, the youngest of whom, Emma Rose, died at the age of three at a “gathering” of her mother’s closest friends. Was it not an event, the attorney asks her point blank, that was really more of a ritual sacrifice killing than a send-off to eternity?

Did she or anyone else present at the event inject her daughter with drugs that caused her to pass? Say what? Is this real? Ms. Bird showed no discernible physical reaction.

She gives the same obdurate, implacable answer, “I hereby invoke my constitutioal right to not testify,” asserting her Fifth Amendment guarantee of freedom from being compelled to testify against herself and risking self incrimination.

Is it true she obtained 25 copies of the child’s death certificate from the County Clerk’s office?

The woman’s only reaction is to look down and away, as she answers, “I hereby invoke my constitutional right to not testify.” You could have asked if she’s really a 12 handicap from the ladies tees.

There are questions about the Aspasians Craft Fair, a Rockwall civic organization of matrons who fund scholarships through holding craft fairs on the equinoctial cycles, autumnal and vernal.

Again, with a look of disdain, Leslie Bird invokes her constitutional right to – whatever.

In a bright moment, she breaks into a broad smile, gazing across the table at her spouse, ending in a broad wink, as she refuses to testify if in a news article her daughter is identified as Savannah Bird, insead of using the last name of her legal name, Warren.

To do so is a violation of her decree of divorce. Isn’t it true she is involved in a scheme to train her children to use the name of her new husband, Bird, and not that of their biological father?

I hereby invoke my constitutional right to not testify.”

There are many other such infractions – 121 in all – the most recent of which are the refusal of three supervised visits at a professional visitation center in Dallas. The kids on two occasions read a statement telling Warren they did not wish to see him. On the third, they were nowhere to be seen as a staff member of FLP Family Place informed him there would be no visit, as scheduled. The visits were orginally scheduled to last two hours. The longest lasted 4 minutes.

That organization is facing criminal perjury charges for allegedly lying about whether Warren completed and turned in an “intake packet” with a full background check as required for supervised visits. On a subsequent visit to their staff, it was learned the required information had been on file, all along.

Daryl Bird is a smirking presence embedded in the extra large frame of a pro football player, alternately clutching a water glass in a meaty fist, digging in his lapel pockets and donning half-frame reading glasses that make his massive face and head look twice as big. Between answers, his features harden into a piercing glare, a mask of malice directed at his questioner that only succeeds in making him look more like Oliver Hardy regarding a cowering Stan Laurel in their well-known, black and white movie oldies flick schtick.

He refuses to answer all questions as to his employment, his income – which by all legitimate records, the attorneys imply through their questions, are non-existent – or his connection to various offshore investment and banking concerns, a corporation headquartered in Jamaica, his ownership of certain now-defunct bars, taverns and clubs turned up in a background investigation during what turned out to be an unfounded investigation and abortive prosecution of Warren for the rape of his ex-wife. That rape charge was determined to be untrue, thus receiving the Scotch verdict of “not proven,” and thence dismissed, as was another charge at a later date of the aggravated sexual assault of his oldest daughter.

Both offenses were neatly timed to keep Warren from getting a day in court to obtain possession of his kids for the standard alternating Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays, summer vacations – and the like.

Is he, Daryl Bird, a drug dealer? Does he launder money?

I hereby assert the marital privilege to not testify against my spouse.”

All such questions are answered with the same, metallic tone and the unwavering, machine-like affect, in which, “I hereby assert…” etc.

Perhaps the most egregious count of the contempt citation is the allegation that Ms. Bird lied to the Court, as did her attorney David Rohlf, that Stephen Warren was under indictment for aggravated sexual assault of his daughter when the truth was, the Special Prosecutor appointed following the indictment of the District Attorney for theft, and the Assistant DA’s suicide when he learned he was about to be arrested for having kiddie porn on his computer, dropped the charge “in the interest of justice.” He had determined there was no basis to the allegation – other than Ms. Bird’s affidavit.

She is accused in the contempt citation of lying about that, too. As part of the motion for contempt of court, Warren is asking for his ex-wife to reimburse him the $25,000 bond fee he paid an agent to secure his $250,000 bail.

And then there is the outcry made by Warren’s daughter, that “Poppy,” her maternal grandfather, made improper advances and touched her inappropriately – something the little girl said in a video shot by Warren in 2005. She said it was “a bad thing,” something Warren is still waiting for someone, somehow, to investigate in his vindication, and the child’s protection.

In an intense moment, Ms. Clack asks Ms. Bird if it’s not true that her own father, “Poppy,” molested her when she was a little girl.

I hereby invoke my constitutional right to not testify.”

Fleeting looks of fearful intensity fly across her countenance, her mouth, lips and brows churning out a body language so rich in content no words are necessary. Such drama!

Warren’s attorneys, Cynthia Clack and Lane Haygood of Odessa, have filed a massive amended motion for contempt following a September 11 ruling by Visiting Judge Joe Leonard of Greenville that their original motion lacked “specificity,” as suggested by Chuck Miller, whose letterhead notes he is board certified by the Texas Board of “special legalization” in Family law, and is acting as her criminal defense counsel, and her family law attorney, David Rohlf.

Rohlf is facing allegations of perjury for allegedly lying about the indictment for the sexual asault of Warren’s little girl. It is the allegation of Warren’s lawyers that there is documentary proof Rohlf knew the indictment had been dismissed. They are calling for professional sanctions and a hefty fine in Warren’s prayer for relief.

When school district officials turned over records on September 11, 2015, the lawyers learned that Ms. Bird knew all along of Warren’s whereabouts during the civil action to modify her ex-husband’s possession of the kids and deny him any other than supervised visits. Because Ms. Bird and her attorney alleged they could not locate him, as did his court-appointed Attorney ad Litem, the judgment to modify his possession order and require only supervised visits was handed down in his absence.

In the file the school district officials turned over to his lawyer, Cynthia Clack, a memo was there, big as Dallas, from Warren to the school authorities. A diligent search would have revealed he could have been located at his business address in Midland.

Ms. Bird is cited for a failure to keep Warren informed of all details of the health, education and welfare of his children by concealing their medical and school records.

The Court conducted an in-camera interview with the children on September 11. According to the contempt motion, the kids’ version is different than what Ms. Bird swore in an affidavit.

The result is a massive motion in excess of 300 pages of material to cure the lack of specificity pointed out by the Birds’ attorneys on September 11. Most of the infractions stem from violations of the divorce decree and possession order handed down on March 1, 2011.

Ms. Bird and her attorneys called the tune.

Now, they want the Court to order the orchestra not to play it – in the interests of the kids’ privacy.

So it goes.

When Court convenes on Friday, October 23 at 10 a.m., the issue under discussion will be a motion to seal the records in the interest of the privacy of Warren’s two daughters.

So mote it be.

Previous articles published in these columns about the Warren case include the following:










DA violated info act, says Attorney General Opinion

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McLennan County DA Abel Reyna committed a criminal act, says AG

ignorance is strength; war is peace; hate is love. – George Orwell, 1984

Waco – Social Media has gone mainstream.

On Tuesday, the Attorney General of the State of Texas ruled that McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna violated the Texas Public Information Act by defying a determination of the Texas Attorney General that he should release certain details of an investigation into the character of bond reduction negotiations following the Twin Peaks massacre that claimed nine lives.

Withholding information rightfully belonging to the people is a B Misdemeanor, equal in severity to a first offense DWI, punishable by six months in the County Jail.

Assistant Attorney General Lance Kutnick determined that Reyna had four days to cure the violation by releasing the full text of a text message from defense attorney Brittney Lannen to Chief Prosecutor Michael Jarrett regarding a document floating around the County Jail during the days following the mass arrest of 177 persons charged with engaging in organized criminal activity.

That deadline – arbitrary as it may be – has come and gone, with no reply from Reyna.

According to attorneys who angrily confronted Jarrett and the two Criminal District Court Judges, the document stipulates an agreement to a bond reduction in return for a hold harmless agreement not to file suit for wrongful arrest or violation of civil rights.

The DA’s office released only Jarrett’s reply, that it would be improper and thus illegal to do so.

A member of the Defense Bar on hearing this news denounced Reyna publicly in a press release. According to Joshua Tetens, “District Attorney Abel Reyna has eluded the public in regards to the incident at Twin Peaks where 177 people were arrested for the same crime. That elusiveness continued when $1 million bonds were set against every person, and continues with each day that Reyna refuses to release all dash camera and drop camera footage, which will show that many were innocent. Now we know Reyna blatantly violated the Public Information Act. When the chief law enforcement officer in the county ignores the law, he must answer for it.”


The Public Information Act, Section 552 of the Texas Government Code, provides no criminal enforcement authority to the Office of the Attorney General, only the responsibility for making determinations for government entities as to what is and is not excepted under the Act, and making decision as to what should be disclosed as a result of complaints by members of the public.

The question is, who is to file criminal charges against the chief law enforcement officer if he is unwilling to comply with statutory law, both criminal and civil?

Who knows?

The Legislature could provide enabling Legislation, an activist Govern could appoint a blue ribbon commission, or a Judge could appoint a Special Prosecutor.

According to public information activist R.S. Gates, author of the complaint, “This goes on every day throughout the State of Texas. But this is the first time anywhere that the situation has gone this far, where a public officials has defied a ruling of the Attorney General.”

There was a similar case in 2013, in which McLennan Sheriff Parnell McNamara’s office refused to release an affidavit of probable cause involving a warrant for search and arrest in which an officer seized evidence in a previous visit to the home of a man in whose bathtub a female guest expired due to a drug overdose.

Having released the information to The Legendary, Records Chief Tamma Willis then refused the same information to Gates, instead seeking an opinion from the Attorney General’s Office, at variance with an opinion held by U.S. Senator John Cornyn during his Administration as the Attorney General of the State of Texas.

At the time, Cornyn said that once public information is released to any member of the public, no matter if it involves a request from a media outlet or an ordinary citizen, there should be no requirement for an AG’s opinion for subsequent release.

Finally – got that straightened out…

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While cliché, there is merit in the theory that you can tell a government official in McLennan County is lying if their lips are moving. – R.S. Gates in a complaint to the AG’s office

Jerusalem-on-the-Brazos – Legal wrangles come and go, but this one is starting to reach epic proportions.

Public information activist R.S. Gates sought the full text of a message sent by Brittney Lannen to Chief Prosecutor Michael Jarrett on June 1 concerning an offer to have clients who were arrested following the Twin Peaks massacre and held on $1 million bond for engaging in organized criminal activity sign hold harmless agreements against the City of Waco and McLennan County in return for a bond reduction.

His June 1 request has been delayed, thwarted, spurned, and pigeonholed for four months until – finally – Assistant Attorney General Lance Kutnick determined yesterday, Tuesday, October 13, that furnishing only Jarrett’s response of demurral turning down her offer as illegal and improper is insufficient.

In his determination, Kutnick wrote, “Mr. Gates requested a text message(s) that discussed bond reductions for suspects in the biker shooting. He was provided a transcription. In addition, the transcription only included a response from Mr. Michael Jarret to Brittney Lannen. It did not include the content of the message from Lannen to Jarret. This response does not seem to comply with the Public Information Act or the ruling by the Attorney General. The District Attorney Office should provide a screen shot of the entire text message to Mr. Gates.

“The McLennan County District Attorney has four days after receipt of this notice to cure the alleged violation(s). The McLennan County District Attorney office should provide a screenshot of the entire text message to Mr. Gates.”

It’s a sticky wicket due to the fact that the offer was discussed at a meeting attended by both Criminal District Judges, a former District Judge from a neighboring jurisdiction, several other defense attorneys, and members of the DA’s staff. The matter generated much publicity at the time – the kind that stretches from coast to coast. After all, Justice of the Peace Pete Peterson had been quoted far and wide saying he set bond at $1 million to “send a message.”

That’s illegal.

Due to conflicting media reports – the legitimate, mainstream, embedded, credit flow-plan, banker-controlled merchandising media and them wild-eyed hog-riding fools of the blogosphere – our Mr. Gates elected to get to the bottom of the controversy by hurling an invective, the prosaic Public Information Act request.

It has resulted in at least one threat by Assistant District Attorney Sterling Harmon to have District Attorney Abel Reyna swear out a criminal trespassing warrant to enjoin Gates from darkening the prosecution shop’s door.

Kutnick, writing from the Bat Cave on the Colorado, informed the DA that his only remaining legal remedy is to file suit in a Travis County District Court – pick one, any one will do – to challenge his determination, and thereby seek relief to keep from having to disclose the text message that will undoubtedly open a can of worms, the one containing the slippery, disgusting worms labeled, “We held folks hostage under an impossibly high bail set to punish them for coming to a political meeting about pending handgun legislation.”

That’s the open carry handgun legislation that passed later, after the 9 dudes were shot down by police rifle fire, 20 more wounded, and 177 charged with the identical, vague conspiratorial charge of engaging in organized criminal activity that is unsupported by any specific elements of probable cause other than they attended a meeting at which some folks wore clothing with certain patches of distinctive color and design affixed by needle and thread thereon.

That legislation, yes.

That can of worms, yes, the one the learned Levites are hoping – praying – does not lead to a federal Grand Jury probe leading to a conviction for a RICO statute predicate offense and subsequent civil actions on behalf of the 177 persons jailed under those highly questionable circumstances.

Reached for comment, Senator Phineas Flugelhorn said, “Between the begets and begats and the jumping Johosephats, it come to pass that the Children of Israel were in bondage, down in Egypt. Just answer the question, boy. Just answer the question!”

Like, a pogrom is a pogrom, but so is a federal case – any old day.

So mote it be.

Your move. (And, this news is captured…etc.) That is, dost thou remember what happened to friend Lennon? Frightful, yes. Brought a slogan to a gunfight? Pity.


Federal suit settled – Gatesville avoids blame for cops beating couple

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Sgt. Chris Eubank, McLennan County Sheriff’s Office

Waco – When Gatesville Police Patrolman Spencer Rowell answered a call at Jennifer Snoddy’s residence back in December, 2012, she was very upset with a prowler who was attempting to break into a neighbor’s house.

Though Rowell told her to “shut up” several times, she continued to talk to him in an agitated manner, so he poked her in the face and forced her arm behind her back, according to the federal complaint settled today in U.S. District Court.

That’s when Sgt. Chris Eubank arrived. He promptly helped throw Mrs. Snoddy on the ground, handcuffed, before he used his TASER gun on her husband.

Her husband dashed out into the yard clad only in a towel after their son alerted him as he showered that two cops had cuffed his mother and thrown her on the ground. She later claimed she suffered from two ruptured discs in her spine as a result.

The patrolman used his TASER gun to subdue Mr. Snoddy.

Eubank followed the ambulance to the hospital where doctors removed the electrical prongs from Mr. Snoddy’s skin because, according to Snoddy, he, Eubank, “wanted to make sure there was no trouble.”

Then he released the man without filing any charges.

Jurors never had a chance to hear a forensic expert’s testimony taken in a deposition that the dash camera video taken by both officers had obviously been altered. According to the expert, such tapes are supposed to start when an officer activates his emergency lighting equipment. Both tapes began after Mrs. Snoddy is depicted in a verbal dispute with the officers.

The Judge allowed the City of Gatesville to be severed from the civil suit for violation of the couple’s right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment. They did not file an affidavit of probable file with a Magistrate. Jurors never heard their attorney explain, as he had in the words of the suit, that handcuffing a person and taking them away from their home in the absence of probable cause is an example of an unreasonable seizure.

Attorneys for the plaintiff and the defendants announced they had reached an agreed settlement, the details of which are private and the records of the judgment sealed by the Court. Gatesville City officials and their insurance carrier admitted no wrongdoing, nor did they take any responsibility for what happened to the Snoddys.

Both Eubank and Rowell left the Gatesville Department to work for newly-elected Sheriff Parnell McNamara following his victory in a hotly contested and close primary race. They put up signs and helped with organizing campaign meetings and rallies during the build-up to the election. Eubank used vacation time he had accumulated while working as a police officer at Gatesville to work on the campaign.

Sheriff McNamara did not conduct thorough background checks on them as required by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

Records obtained from a mole inside the Sheriff’s Office, which were later matched by those obtained through a Public Information Act request, show that Rowell’s employment with the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office was terminated following a drunken brawl at a local apartment complex in which several Corrections Officers argued over a single woman and marijuana smoking in the parking lot.

A records check later showed that Rowell had been terminated, according to a document filed with the Commission. A letter of resignation found in the official file added to the confusion.

To further complicate matters, records show that Eubank, who was at that time a Lieutenant in an office that dealt with employee records, training, pre-employment investigations, and the like, shredded records involving Rowell’s employment and termination from the Sheriff’s Office.

He later resigned from that position, but changed his mind and accepted a new job at the lower pay grade of Sergeant when Sheriff McNamara re-hired him. He is now a patrol supervisor on deep night shift.

Rowell lost his job as a patrolman at the Clifton Police Department in September when he was terminated for reasons Chief of Police Trace Hendricks declined to explain. He would neither confirm, nor deny that Rowell’s termination had anything to do with his former employment situation at Gatesville or McLennan County.

Houston first to score in on-line shooting reports

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4926 Chennault Road is located in the Holmes Road neighborhood near the south loop of the East Freeway in Houston…

Houston – Holmes Road is an inauspicious neighborhood of compact single-family homes in a neighborhood once closely associated in the public mind with a huge, stinking mess of a garbage dump.

That was back before there was anything like an Environmental Protection Agency, monitoring wells, land-fill site superfund requirements, membraneous prophylactic subsurface protection, or leachate collection pumping systems – as required by Subtitle D of the Clean Water Act of 1990 – a typical crony capitalism bonanza for “solid waste management consultants.” There were constantly smoldering fires, burning tires, swooping seagulls and idling diesels waiting in long lines to tip their loads at the end of potholed oyster shell-paved roads.

Lovely neighborhood, it was a huge transportation bottleneck located on a County Road at an appendix in the colonic arch of the city’s east end, the Ship Channel with its attendant odors and vapors – at a time when freeways were still on the drawing boards – in a go-man-go, wide open wildcat boom town constantly recreating itself as the “Eighth Wonder of World,” the newly proclaimed “Space City, U.S.A.”

Comes now, the Legislature of the State of Texas, to require that all police agencies involved in officer-related shootings resulting in injury or death file on-line reports within 30 days of their occurrence following a 5-day review by the Office of the Attorney General, as required by House Bill 1036, 85th Legislature, R.S. (2015).

It took effect on September 1.

Houston’s police department is the first law enforcement agency to file a report on September 5. Freeport came in second on the 16th.

As one may see, the form curiously resembles a balance sheet. On the left side of the form, the statistical data recorded is that of the person so injured by gunshot wound.

On the right side, there is recorded the age, ethnicity, and other curious details about the shooter – that is, the cop.

In this case, the person injured by gunshot is a black man, the shooter white. The black man is 21, younger than the white man, who is 28.

The white man was summoned by dispatchers to an emergency situation, where he found a black man, armed with a firearm.

The names of the individuals are not mentioned on the form. There is only the name of a sergeant who prepared the document.

This is much different from the situation at Twin Peaks Restaurant at Waco on May 17. That location is far from the garbage dump. It is in a row of pricey places to get drinks and eats on the fringes of a parking lot of a shopping center with stores that cater to customers with substantial disposable income.

It is true that some of the people involved in that officer-related shooting incident which resulted in 9 deaths, 20 wounded and 177 cases of engaging in organized criminal activity had firearms.

The difference is that there is no on-line report of what happened there because police were not required to make any such report until September 1 – just as there is no truly on-line report of what happened in the 4900 block of Chennault, when the Legislature began to require police to make the reports.

A white cop shot a black man with a gun.

A group of white cops shot a group of white and Hispanic men, some of whom had guns.

Go figure.

So mote it be.