Archives for April 2017

SPD Super-Hot Incinerator for Drug Disposal

On Thursday afternoon, Stephenville law enforcement unveiled a new incinerator for the disposal of drugs taken as evidence when the required storage period has expired. The super-hot burning incinerator renders the drugs into inert, harmless ashes that can be disposed of in a regular dumpster along with ordinary trash.
At the Stephenville Police Department’s training facility on Airport Road, Lt. James Gresham said, because of the extreme heat, it has to be 100 feet from a property line and 160 feet from a building, so it was the only place they owned that fit the criteria.

TSU Students Present Findings in Poland

Two Tarleton State University students presented research this week at the University of Agriculture in Krakow, Poland. One brought home top honors for his study on the nest survival of an endangered gamebird.
Jordan Giese, who recently finished his master’s degree at Tarleton, received honors for the best oral presentation in the Animal Science Division at the 6th International Conference for Young Researchers.
Jonathan Baker, an undergraduate in the Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology, also presented at the conference.
Jordan’s research on the environmental factors that limit the reproduction of White-tipped Doves will help the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department maintain stable populations of the bird.

Ben Hogan doc

The Golf Channel will be in Dublin at the Ben Hogan Museum today filming footage to use in a new documentary they have planned on Ben Hogan. The same crew that recently shot the Arnold Palmer documentary for The Golf Channel is now doing one on Mr Hogan, who was born and raised in his early years in Dublin.

Erath Grand Jury Indictments

The Erath County Grand Jury met this week and released 16 indictments on 15 individuals for April including; Damon Chad Campbell, indicted for possession of child pornography; Rebecca Dyann Mullins, indicted for forgery; Juan Hernandez Jr. and Christina Leigh Gerow, both indicted for manufacture or delivery of a substance in penalty one group; Ruben Reyes Jr. and Adrian Concepcion Rodriguez, both indicted for the unauthorized use of a vehicle; and Bruce Duane Vannoy for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The complete list of grand jury indictments, individuals and their alleged offenses is available online at;

TSU Relational Violence Prevention Plan

Tarleton State University has officially adopted a five-year strategic plan to improve the prevention of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, and improve campus response. The plan outlines better ways to prevent relational violence, support survivors, hold those who harm others responsible and empower students to protect themselves, long after they leave campus. The plan follows extensive research by a 25-member task force created in the fall 2015 to improve Tarleton policies, procedures and programs regarding sexual assault prevention and response.
The task force includes students, staff and faculty, representatives from the Stephenville ISD, Erath County District Attorney’s Office, Stephenville Police, Cross Timbers Family Services and Texas Health Resources.

FFA Event Thursday

Approximately 1,350 FFA members and agricultural science instructors from across the state will gather on the campus of Tarleton State University Thursday to compete for the chance to represent Texas in National FFA Career Development Events. This week, FFA members from 200 high schools traveling to Stephenville are regional winners, representing one of 10 administrative “areas” under the auspices of the Texas FFA Association. Tarleton will serve as the host site for the Texas FFA’s State Degree Check from June 7th through the 9th. For more information on this and future FFA or 4-H events, contact Dr. Ted Ford or Michelle Damerau at 254-968-9224 or email

Accidental Death of a Child Tuesday

The Erath County community is in shock following the accidental death of a child. The Sheriff’s Office released the following statement just before 10 p.m. last night, saying [quote]
“At approximately 4:31 p.m. deputies received a call regarding an accident that resulted in a child being run over by a vehicle. The child was transported to the local hospital where they were later pronounced dead.
“The Erath County Sheriff’s Office is investigating this incident as a tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.” [end quote] No further information is available.

Erath Deputies Recognized for Easter Rescue

Two Erath County Sheriff’s deputies were recognized for saving a man’s life on Easter Sunday. Deputies David Southerland and Kent Howell responded to a dispatched call referencing a medical emergency, according to Erath County Sheriff Matt Coates. He said a vehicle was on the side of the road near the intersection of FM 914 and FM 847 with a 55-year-old man who was not breathing. The deputies arrived and performed CPR on the unresponsive man until Erath EMS arrived to take over. Officials said the unidentified patient was transported to Texas Health Stephenville and then transferred to a Fort Worth hospital by air. He remains in the intensive care unit.

TSU Professor Addresses Conference Saturday

Dr. Cessna Winslow, an assistant professor of Communications at Tarleton State University, will be the featured speaker at the conference “TOGETHER! Engaging Women–Empowering Girls” on Saturday April 29 in St. Louis, Missouri. The event is hosted by Safe Connections, an organization that works to prevent and end domestic and sexual violence while helping survivors reclaim their lives. In her speech, Winslow draws on her role as an educator while sharing her experience as a domestic abuse survivor. She will address the myths and characteristics of domestic abuse while challenging attendees to be pro-active in combatting the problem.

Stephenville Early Voting Begins Today

Stephenville registered voters eager to cast a vote in the city council races can do so beginning today. Polls are open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. today through Friday, April 28, and 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. May 1-2 at the Erath County Courthouse. There are four contested races on the Stephenville minicipal ballot, including;
In Place 1, a race between Mark McClinton and Nick Robinson; Place 3 between Doug Svien and Mandy McGee; Place 5 between Rhett Harrison and Walter Wood; and; Place 7 between Sherry Zachery and David Baskett. Election day is Saturday, May 6.