Abuse of Power in Llano Texas

by Jodie Barr  Grand jury indictments against a city of Llano police officer and a Llano County deputy are the latest in a series of criminal charges against the largest municipal police force in the county. On Aug. 13, a grand jury indicted Llano Police Officer Mark Burke and Llano County Deputy Duncan Roberts each

The Auctioning of the Judicial System

I have told this story before, but it bears repeating. Many legislators have had an experience something like this: A lobbyist visits and says, “I am working with Americans for a Better America. They have more money than God. $10 million in the last two weeks of a campaign to trash somebody’s reputation would be

Better Call Stutes

  By Johnnie Belle Reagan   Is the Palestine City Council its own worst enemy by continuing to stand by the policy of letting the experts do their job?  Are they being led astray because they trust what they are told by paid contractors or employees?  If they blindly follow the advice and do not

I Think My Wife Just Shot Herself

On Wednesday, December 8, 2010, at approximately 2:40 p.m. Central Time, Gerald Willhelm, the husband of Janice Lee Willhelm (Robeson), called 911 and spoke to a Leon County Sheriff Dispatcher, and stated that he thought his wife had just shot herself. The lady who took his call identified herself as “Leon County Sheriff’s Office,” and

Black Gold Runs Red in Texas Finale

by Synova Cantrell Last week we left wondering who in the world owns Janice Willhelm’s 7-acre farm just outside of Centerville, Texas. Her husband, Gerald Willhelm, had died mysteriously less than a week after he gave an interview to the media. While there is no one left to contest his sudden heart attack and cremation,

Corrupt Texas ISD

After a forensic audit uncovered corruption, theft, and fraud by former school district officials at Greenville Independent School District, the district says the Texas Attorney General’s office has launched an investigation into the matter.   School district officials recently sent the following statement to staff:   “Greenville ISD officials have been in touch with the

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BLACK GOLD RUNS BLOOD RED IN TEXAS: PART 4

by Synova Cantrell Part four of this saga leads us back to the beginning of this tragic tale; the strange death of disabled, Janice Robeson Wilhelm. Just to recap, Janice was found dead from a gunshot wound to her neck. She was sitting up in her recliner with her hands tucked neatly under her lap blanket. The .45

Embryo Stage of a Dirty Cop

by Karen Leidy   When does bad judgement cross the line into unlawful behavior?   A local defense attorney contends that the May 25, 2018 arrest of his client at her home in Freestone County, by an off-duty Limestone County Sheriff’s Deputy, may have constituted such an instance.   Following an initial meeting with his

The Bad Judge Who Fell from Grace

Hundreds of judicial transgressions have been uncovered during the last decade, with results that cost the defeated litigants their home, business, custody, health or freedom.   Some of the best-known cases involve judges who ultimately did suffer consequences for their behavior, including Texas judge Christopher Dupuy, who bullied four lawyers who filed conflict-of-interest recusal motions

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Tyler County DA removed from office

A political witch hunt or was the District Attorney really incompetent?  If incompetence was the real reason for removal I can supply a list of many other elected officials in this state with plenty of verifiable reasons to remove.   A jury this week removed the Tyler County District Attorney from office amid accusations of