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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Kerr County Judge Race, Slave Ranch Ghosts; Violent Crime Up in Kerrville

The Kerrville Daily Times ran a half page ad yesterday paid for by the Friends of Bob Waller for County Judge, about his opponent's old indictment for tampering with evidence. A local reporter called me yesterday and asked if I paid for the ad. The answer is no.

The indictment was part of the fallout from the Kerrville Slave Ranch/Ellerbrecht case, and I do cover it in my Kindle book, The Texas Slave Ranch - How a Degenerate Ranching Family Got Away With Murder, available on Amazon.com

Kerrville Police report more rapes, murders in 2013
Kerrville Daily Times 02/17/14
Figures recently released by the Kerrville Police Department indicate rapes, murders and robberies increased in 2013 compared to the year before, while the number of less serious assaults and property crimes remained fairly steady.
There were three murders last year and seven reported sexual assaults, according to data the city submits to the Texas Department of Public Safety and the FBI. That was three times the number of killings and more than three times the number of rapes reported the previous year. There were two additional killings reported near Kerrville last year — in Harper and Ingram — and criminal charges are pending in those cases.

Ex-police chief indicted in fraudulent $4M scheme

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A former Central Texas police chief has been indicted by federal prosecutors, who say he sold and pawned $4 million worth of equipment, including a machine gun, he fraudulently obtained through a federal program.
Federal prosecutors said Friday in a news release that former Rising Star police Chief William Jason Kelcy was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury in Lubbock on charges that include theft of government property. He is also accused of trying to sell a Thompson Ramo Wooldridge M14 machine gun.
Kelcy, 41, served as chief in Rising Star, about 50 miles southeast of Abilene, from 2009 to 2013. His department participated in a program that transferred excess Department of Defense property to local law enforcement agencies.

Snake-handling Ky. pastor dies from snake bite

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (AP) — A snake-handling Kentucky pastor who appeared on the National Geographic television reality show "Snake Salvation" has died after being bitten by a snake.
According to a news release from the Middlesboro Police Department, someone called first responders at about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday regarding a snake-bite victim at a church.
When the ambulance arrived, they were told that Jamie Coots had gone home. Contacted at his house, Coots refused medical treatment. Emergency workers left at a little after 9:00 p.m. When they returned about an hour later, Coots was dead.

Man killed in attempted robbery ID'd

SAN ANTONIO — A man police say was killed trying to rob a liquor store Friday night has been identified.
The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office identified Elliot Lawrence, 30, on Saturday as the man police found dead at the Boulevard Spirits liquor store at 5715 Randolph Blvd.
According to San Antonio police, Lawrence went to the store around 9 p.m. and demanded cash while wielding a Taser. The store's clerk pulled out a handgun during the robbery and fired several shots at Lawrence, police said. 

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