What are they hiding?

by Palestine Herald Press   Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor is either hiding something about the death of prisoner Rhonda Newsome, or fanning flames of suspicion that may be entirely unwarranted. Either way, he’s doing the public a disservice and should immediately authorize the release of the jail surveillance video from June 15, the day

Waxing the wheels of justice

by William Patrick   The evidentiary hearing for Robert Roberson, sentenced to death in 2003 for the murder of his daughter, was indefinitely delayed Tuesday after new evidence was found in the basement of the Anderson County Courthouse.   District Judge Deborah Evans in Palestine Tuesday indefinitely postponed the evidentiary hearing for Death Row prisoner Robert

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Smoking Mirrors in Palestine Texas

This article was originally written by William Patrick at the Palestine Herald and while “Bill” did not get the entire story he managed much more than he usually does.  Keep digging Bill, you are getting closer.   What you may not be aware of was that this $100,000 payment was for silence against the City

  As the City of Palestine, Texas is weighing next fiscal year’s budget, residents’ frustrations over the city’s mismanagement and questionable practices are growing louder.     In a recent video uploaded by a local activist, the city’s Economic Development Director Gayle Cooper is seen talking about the city’s proposed 2019 property tax rate and how

July 25 2018 Yesterday Palestine Attorney Ron Stutes filed a motion with the 349th District Court to have all of Jerry Laza’s life and livelihood taken into receivership.   What that means is they bring the Sheriff and take everything he owns and lock him out of his buildings. I cannot imagine them hauling off

Who is the Texas Area Fund Foundation?

Who is Texas Area Fund Foundation?  According to their website “Texas Area Fund Foundation cultivates and facilitates the philanthropic spirit, responds to charitable needs, and promotes community service”.     The real question the citizens of Palestine Texas should be asking themselves is why Texas Area Fund Foundation so important that our City Council allows

  City Denies Social Media Allegations on Laza Case by William Patrick with the Palestine Herald.   Here is a link to the article http://www.palestineherald.com/news/city-denies-social-media-allegations-on-laza-case/article_daa7d03c-8ecf-11e8-b408-cb63bade1413.html from the article “City Attorney Ron Stutes stated under oath he did not have the city’s authorization to sue Jerry Laza on behalf of the city,” the post claims. Additionally,

Money and Murder (part 3)

In 2009, a small East Texas town found itself thrust into national headlines after CNN ran a segment on Anderson Cooper’s  360 reporting on the high number of traffic stops. These stops all resulted in the seizure of large sums of money.   But that wasn’t the real story; there was a deeper level of

Solving a Murder (part 1)

Avery “Skip” Ensley and Erik Harris have been investigating several cases in Leon County and adjacent Texas Counties for several years. All are suspicious death cases and they believe foul play was involved. In one specific case they have no doubt it was premeditated murder.  Skip told us the case is connected between someone in

The feud between Jerry Laza and the City of Palestine has brewed for decades. The City of Palestine, Texas, has taken Jerry Laza back to court allegedly to make him comply with a court order and “clean up” his property filled with lawn mowers. “Laza is running a junkyard at his lawn mower repair shop.