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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Update on Gary and Peggy Stork shooting investigation; Waco federal judge gets the boot for sexual harassment

The San Antonio Express has an update by Zeke MacCormack in today's paper, available here:
After suspected murder-suicide, Kerrville authorities shed no new light on councilman’s death

Why do I get the impression that the "Kerrville authorities" want this story to get buried and forgotten post haste? MacCormack reports:
KERRVILLE - The secrecy continued Tuesday concerning the criminal complaint against Gary Stork, the Kerrville city councilman who, along with his wife, was found shot to death at home Saturday evening.
In the Sunday statement announcing the suspected murder-suicide, which stunned the community, Kerrville police also revealed that Stork had been under investigation for alleged indecency with a child....
Police have not indicated whether they believe the shootings were committed by Gary Stork, who in May was elected to his second term, or his spouse of 36 years, Peggy Chandler Stork. They were both 54 and their children were grown.
A gun was found at the scene and police said it appeared the two had been dead about 24 hours.
Mayor Bonnie White, who’d clashed with Stork on the council, said she was unsettled to learn of the allegations against him — and that some city staff had known of the investigation for six weeks or more.
She said City Manager Todd Parton told her that he and City Attorney Mike Hayes were advised in early August by the police chief that Stork was under investigation for a July 4 incident described as “inappropriate contact with a minor.”
White said the council should have been briefed in executive session on the claims about Stork, noting, “My life could have been in danger. He’d shown verbally aggressive behavior toward me...."
The mayor’s husband, Robert White, also had issues with Stork, including an altercation outside a polling site for the May election that resulted in police being summoned.
In retrospect, Robert White said, Stork “was always goofy, but he became more aggressive after coming under investigation.”

Of course Parton, Hayes and their supporters on city council (Gene Allen for example) claim hiding the information was proper because Stork, like any suspect, had the right to privacy and "due process." They are either ignorant of the law or intentionally lying. As city manager (Parton) and city attorney (Hayes), with knowledge that Stork was a suspect in a criminal case and first hand knowledge of his bizarre conduct toward Mayor White, didn't they have a duty to do something to protect her or at least warn her? Why do the city attorney and city manager have the right to hide critical information from the mayor they serve under? This could have been one of the all too unfortunate cases to make national news where a nut job cracked under pressure and decided to take out some of his real or imagined enemies with him. Like the crazy lawyer in Houston earlier this week who shot nine people.

What else are Parton and Hayes hiding?

Meanwhile, the good ol' boys are stumbling all over each other to sing Stork's praises. I mean, this guy was probably about to get indicted for sexual indecency with a child - what's lower than a child molester? - and is suspected of murdering his wife.

Kerrville Daily Times reported that fellow council member Glenn Andrew, who was elected to his Place 2 position in May, campaigned with Stork but had known him for several years already. He described Stork as a “fun-loving” person who loved Kerrville. Worse, he posted this creepy comment on Facebook:
"Those moments when your 4 year old granddaughter brings you a portrait of Mr. Gary.... RIP my friend RIP... And prayers for all families, friends, communities of faith and our community..."

HE LET STORK AROUND HIS FOUR YEAR OLD GRANDDAUGTER and after the information about Stork's alleged child molesting came out still thinks that was a good idea?????? WTF???? Not to mention that Stork probably murdered his wife?

"It's inconsistent with the the guy I know. Gary's a good guy,"  Glenn Andrew said. "Nobody's guilty until proven guilty." I guess O.J. Simpson really was innocent.

I missed it when it happened but here's another story by Zeke that shows that Stork was even loonier than I thought he was:
Political lines being drawn over Kerrville infrastructure plans
Kerrville City Councilman Gary Stork (right) tried to wrest the microphone from George Baroody, a member of The Kerrville Majority, a group formed to challenge the direction of the city under the current city council, at a town hall meeting Thursday.

Speaking of high profile perverts, how about the federal judge in Waco who recently retired, with full benefits, in the face of an investigation for serial sexual harassment?

Federal judge Smith retires during ongoing investigation
"U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith Jr., the subject of a renewed investigation into allegations that he made unwanted sexual advances toward women in his chambers, ended his 32-year tenure as federal judge Monday.

Federal sources say Smith announced when he came to work Monday that he was officially retired as of last Wednesday. He and his wife started cleaning out his chambers Monday, the sources said."

He will continue to receive his annual salary is $203,100 for life!! 

Gary and Peggy Stork Deaths - Some Unanswered Questions

Gary Stork was under investigation for sexual contact with a minor alleged to have occurred over the July 4 weekend. Police began their investigation sometime in July or early August. The 198th District Attorney, Scott Monroe, was to present the case to the grand jury yesterday.

There are serious questions that need answering surrounding the circumstances of Gary and Peggy Stork's deaths last weekend, and the way city staff handled the sexual misconduct with a child investigation:
1.  Police informed city attorney Mike Hayes and city manager Todd Parton but did not inform Mayor Bonnie White. Why not?
2.  Parton and Hayes sat on the information and didn't tell the mayor. Why not? 
3.  Stork became increasingly aggressive toward Mayor White. He loaded the council meeting agenda with irrelevant, improper items that were essentially personal attacks on Mayor White. He even mentioned me in at least one council meeting. He sat next to the mayor, and if he was mentally unstable and armed (see below) was a physical threat to her safety. Again - why didn't Parton and Hayes tell the mayor about the criminal investigation?
4.  Stork began acting erratically over the last year. During the mayoral election police were called three times because of his disruptive behavior at the Cailloux Center, where the election was held. He had let his hair and beard grow into a wild bush, and topped it off with a huge Mexican bandit style hat. He crouched and acted like a monkey pointing at Bonnie White's campaign signs.
5.  Was Stork acting on his own, or was someone encouraging him? If not, why didn't the other council members rein him in - he made the city look like a joke.
6.  Stork and his wife took the CHL class at Hill Country Shooting Center within the last year. 
7.  I'm told that when the police got into the house, the gun was lying between the bodies and not in either one's hands. If that's true, does that raise questions about whether it was really a suicide/murder?
8.  Did police do a thorough search of the house and contents, including computers and drives?

I respect local law enforcement, including KPD. However, there are so many unanswered questions I think we need an outside law enforcement agency to investigate - at a minimum the Rangers, and preferably the FBI. Otherwise, this will be another case like the deaths of Kimble County sheriff Hal Bynum and his wife Connie in the early 1980's closed as a murder/suicide that has been the source of speculation for years.

As an aside, the Stork house is on the next street over from mine.  I can see it from my backyard, maybe a hundred yards away. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Kerrville City Councilman Gary Stork and wife Peggy dead in apparent murder-suicide

Updated 9-26-16 9:30 a.m.

I did the Kerrville Triathlon (sprint version) Saturday then had to leave town for a quick trip to Houston. I got back Sunday night and checked emails and was shocked to learn that our fair city has another scandal. I checked the San Antonio Express and saw this headline:
Kerrville city councilman found dead Saturday in possible murder-suicide
Zeke MacCormack reports:
"Murder-suicide is suspected in the shooting deaths of a Kerrville couple that included a city councilman who authorities say was the subject of active criminal investigation.
Kerrville Police say Place 3 Councilman Gary Stork and his wife Peggy were found dead from gunshot wounds to the head inside their Tanglewood Lane home about 8:30 p.m., Saturday....
The police news release said Stork was a suspect in an indecency with a child case over a July 4, 2016, incident and that the case was slated to be presented to a grand jury on Tuesday."

I  thought Stork was one weird bird (pun intended) as a look at his picture shows:

He usually wore a big floppy Mexican bandito style hat.

The tragic part of this story is that he apparently shot his wife before taking his own life. On second thought, it's tragic that he lost his way so badly that he came to the point of killing himself and his wife. His Facebook home page shows a different side. If he liked dogs and was good to his dog he can't have been all bad.