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Letter to the Editor: Man finds and shares article that says what he is trying to say

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March 10, 2011 - [Editor’s Note: As is always the case with passed-on articles, I researched the one included in this letter via and found it to be accurate. The part, however, not accurate is that the e-mailed version circulating includes a picture of actor Robert David Hall - who plays the coroner on the television show CSI - indicating that he is the author, when in fact the author is Robert A. Hall, a former Massachusetts state senator and U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He did  author the book from 2005 titled “The Good Bits”, but he is not an actor.]

Dear Editor:

I received this via e-mail last week and it says everything that I’ve been saying in my previous letters, and wished to share:

"I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth around” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy or stupid to earn it.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 March 2011 15:38 )

Leonard Police Department Reports

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March 10, 2011

  • An officer was dispatched to the intersection of College and Cedar Streets after a report of a fight in progress. The officer contacted four juvenile boys who stated they were play fighting and nothing was wrong. The officer advised the boys to take their play fighting elsewhere.
  • A 25-year-old Allen man was arrested in Leonard on March 3 at 1:20 a.m. after a call into dispatch reported that he was in a vehicle headed to Leonard and was known to the caller to have warrants. An officer located the vehicle and stopped it after observing a traffic violation. The suspect - a passenger in the vehicle - provided the officer with the wrong name to try and avoid being arrested. The officer was able to confirm the man’s identity, however, and he was taken into custody on two warrants. The female driver of the vehicle was issued a traffic citation.
  • A Leonard officer arrested a 20-year-old Denison man on March 4 as he was visiting an apartment in Leonard and was known to have warrants.
  • An officer was flagged down by a resident on March 5 at 6:10 p.m. who had reportedly just been assaulted by her husband. The victim told the officer that her husband had recently started using narcotics and was getting very violent to her. On the night of the report, the man reportedly got upset with his wife and assaulted her by pulling her away from the door by her hair and choking her with both hands. She further advised that she was pregnant and he had hit her in the stomach. The man had left the residence before officers arrived on scene. The officer stayed on scene while the complainant gathered things to leave.
  • A Leonard officer was dispatched to a residence between Trenton and Whitewright on May 6 at 12:30 a.m. for a reported structure fire that involved people still in the home (see related story on page 1).
  • A Trenton officer contacted Leonard police on May 6 at 8:45 a.m. to report a possible intoxicated driver headed to Leonard on U.S. Highway 69. The officer located the vehicle and observed it crossing the center line, so initiated a traffic stop. The officer could smell a very strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver, a 63-year-old Leonard woman who had a previous DWI conviction. After performing standard field sobriety tests on the driver, the officer took her into custody for DWI-2nd. 

Charges brought against two Trenton officers

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March 3, 2011 - Two Trenton officers are facing charges after a claim that the two abused their power as public servants during an incident in 2010. Police Chief George Warren Jr. and officer James Davenport are included on the latest Fannin County Grand Jury indictments for official oppression, a class A misdemeanor. Fannin County Criminal District Attorney Richard Glaser wanted the Grand Jury to consider the case - though they are misdemeanor charges - due to the fact that they are officers.


Leonard Police Department Reports

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March 3, 2011

  • An officer was dispatched to a business on the square on Feb. 22 at 10:58 a.m. after two men - one from Garland and one from Sherman - were disagreeing over a payment for services rendered. The officer found the issue to be a civil matter and only verbal, so no charges were filed. The men were advised that issues over the payment would have to be taken up in court.

Grand Jury indicts 38, six cases from Leonard police

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March 3, 2011 - Criminal District Attorney Richard Glaser reports that on Thursday, Feb. 24, the Grand Jury met to consider 38 cases, and all 38 cases were true-billed or indicted. So far in 2011, the Grand Jury has returned 73 true bills of indictment.

It is important to note that an indictment is a formal charge and should not, in itself, be considered an indication of guilt. All persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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