Justin James Schmidt, 35, of the 4600 block of Rendezvous Court in the Holiday Estates subdivision, was arrested Tuesday by Fire Marshal Ray Wilson and charged with a felony count of evading arrest with a vehicle, according to reports.
— Opposing protestors face off in Granbury over same-sex marriages.
— A same-sex couple applies for a marriage license at County Clerk Katie Lang’s office after a hostile confrontation involving lawyers. The new marriage licenses for same-sex couples won’t be available for another three weeks, the clerk’s office said. The couple’s lawyer plans to sue.
— Granbury’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July includes major events Saturday – the parade at 10 a.m. and the fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
— Close your eyes and you’ll believe Patsy Cline is singing on stage. Julie Johnson pays tribute to the late country singer in a July 10-12 concert at the Granbury Opera House.
The Tom Ward Decorated Bike Contest at the Granbury ISD administration parking lot is at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 4.
Arts, crafts and food vendors will be on the square for the Old-Fashioned 4th of July from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Kyle Richard Anthony, 27, of Godley, was arrested by a Granbury Police officer on Sunday and charged with a felony charge of accident involving injury, Deputy Chief Alan Hines said. Anthony had been involved in a two-vehicle accident in the 5200 block of Highway 377 East, Hines said. He left the scene before police arrived, but was located a few blocks away, according to Hines.
County Clerk Katie Lang attempted to order from her office a contingent that included media and a gay couple seeking to fill out a marriage license application. “I’m a taxpayer,” James Cato said in response to Lang’s order. Cato is seeking to marry his longtime partner, Joe Stapleton. Lang then said that the media had to go. The building that houses her office is a public building. Sheriff Roger Deeds and several deputies responded to Lang’s call for assistance, but simply stood outside the door without ordering anyone to leave. More fireworks resulted a few minutes later when the men’s attorneys arrived on the scene from Austin. Though Cato and Stapleton were allowed to fill out an application, they and their attorneys are still moving forward with a federal lawsuit alleging discrimination because of the delay in issuing them a marriage license. A story about the hostile confrontation will be in the Saturday (July 4) issue of the HCN.
Trevor Riley Speed, 20, of the 100 block of Kessler Drive in Granbury, was arrested at his residence on June 27 by a Granbury Police officer after what was believed to be LSD was found, Deputy Chief Alan Hines said.. He is facing a charge of possession of a controlled substance, Penalty Group 1A, according to Hood County Jail booking desk records.
The attorneys representing same-sex Granbury couple Dr. Jim Cato and Joe Stapleton have given notice to the Hood County Clerk’s office that unless the couple is issued a marriage license by the end of the day today, they will file a federal lawsuit Monday. The couple was told Thursday morning they will have to wait at least another three weeks to obtain a license in Hood County because the clerk’s office does not yet have the proper forms, according to the attorneys. The attorneys are asserting that the revised marriage license forms are available for download online and there is no valid reason for the clerk’s office to delay issuance of a license. “In fact, county clerks in Texas issued hundreds of such licenses the very day the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Obergefell,
and have continued to issue hundreds, if not thousands, of such licenses since then,” the law firm said.