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Grand Jury Indictments

March 11, 2015

The grand jury returned 30 indictments last Wednesday.

FORMAL CHARGES

Indictments are formal charges.

nBrandon Keith Alexander, 29, Gloria, Granbury, assault family/house member impede breathing/circulation.

nRonnie Lynn Alexander, 25, homeless, assault family/house member impede breathing/circulation.

nJon Michael Bovo, 28, Fort Worth, possession of a controlled substance, Penalty Group 1, less than 1 gram.

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DPS steps up patrols during spring break

March 11, 2015

Along with a tan, some students may return home from spring break with an arrest record or alcohol citation.

Through March 22, the Texas Department of Public Safety will be increasing DWI patrols, focusing on high-risk locations and times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.

They also will be focusing on areas with the highest concentration of spring break activity.

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Soaking in the sights

March 11, 2015
Soaking in the sights

Lipan’s Dub Baldree took time out Friday afternoon in San Antonio to soak in the sights at the Alamo. Baldree and his family, along with scores of other Lipan residents, were in San Antonio to support the Lady Indians basketball team in the Class A state tournament. It was the Lady Indians’ fourth appearance in the tournament in five years.

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Book probes ethical issues behind Routier death sentence

March 11, 2015

In the wake of more than 1,500 exonerations across the country (150 of which were for inmates on death row) and growing demands for reforms within the justice system, award-winning Hood County News journalist Kathy Cruz uses a new lens to examine the controversial Darlie Routier case – and what may be a true Texas mystery.

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Granbury to get new ‘Firehouse’

March 11, 2015

Firehouse Subs is coming to Granbury, according to Scott Sopchak, Granbury’s community development director.

The eatery will be on the southeast corner of U.S. Highway 377 and Overstreet Boulevard, in the same building as Dunkin Donuts and Baskin-Robbins.

That building, near Spring Creek Barbecue, is currently under construction.

The casual restaurant chain was founded by firefighters and has more than 860 locations.

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February Health Inspection Scores

March 7, 2015

Food service health inspection scores are posted monthly by the city of Granbury.

Inspections occur about twice a year, not all businesses are inspected each month.

Each violation has a demerit value, and this is subtracted from 100 to give the inspection score.

Restaurants with a failing score of 59 or below are closed immediately and must be re-inspected before opening.

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Fire chief balances police, fire, family

March 7, 2015
Fire chief balances police, fire, family

Law enforcement – and public service – must be in Brent Blackmon’s blood.

One of his 19th century ancestors – Thomas Jefferson Trimmier – was a Texas Ranger who was killed by Indians in Bell County, Texas, in 1881.

Blackmon, 36, is married, with five children, and has been a full-time patrol officer with the Granbury Volunteer Police Department since January 2005.

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Sen. Brian Birdwell files bill to strengthen border security

March 7, 2015

State Sen. Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) this week filed a bill to strengthen border patrol.

Senate Bill 3, the “Stronger Border, Safer Texas” Act, was filed Tuesday.

The Act will bolster efforts by the Texas Department of Public Safety to curb illegal activity at the Texas-Mexico border, and to keep it from spreading throughout the state, Birdwell said.

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Snow angels

March 7, 2015
Snow angels

The Rickenbrode sisters, Paige (top) and Nicole, had a blast making snow angels in the front yard of their residence on Bridge Street after icy roads forced GISD schools to close. Harsh winter weather conditions have caused many cancellations in Hood County.

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Felony Arrests

March 7, 2015

Seven felony arrests were made between Feb. 26 and March 4, according to law enforcement records.

Suspects were arrested here. However, their alleged crimes may have occurred outside Hood County.

Those arrested were:

nJeremy Franklin Bentley, 29, Benbrook, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, Penalty Group 1, more than 4 grams/less than 200 grams.

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