Category Archives: Local

Former Mayor Tandy Vindicated

From the FWST:

As part of a settlement in a libel case, a Keller resident must pay former Mayor Julie Tandy $50,000 and pay for a newspaper advertisement retracting statements in an earlier ad that accused her of wrongdoing, court papers state.

Jack Brock wrote in an ad he placed in the Keller Citizen in May 2007 that Tandy acted unlawfully during the city’s proposed acquisition of a drainage easement on Brock’s land.

The ad ran eight days before an election in which Tandy was defeated.

Maybe she can donate the money to the TIF District shortfall, or maybe to the Arts Board.

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Keller Man Gets Bail Reduction

Wonder if Big Bob will bring over some fresh baked cookies?

A Keller, Texas, financial adviser accused of mishandling millions in Texarkana College employee retirement funds has been granted a bail reduction in exchange for computer passwords and cooperation.

“In exchange for Brian Troy’s cooperation, we’ve agreed to reduce his bond,” said District Attorney Bobby Lockhart.

A Bowie County grand jury indicted Troy on 21 counts of misapplication of fiduciary property and 22 counts of securing execution of a document by deception


Don’t Share Your Water Bottle

Even made the news wire:

Many schools have told students to wash their hands to stop the spread of the H1N1 virus.  But what about protecting student athletes?

The Keller, Texas school district has changed some policies after a parent saw the entire football team sharing water bottles.  Parents say it was an oversight by the school.

“You put your trust in your school system. You would’ve hoped somebody would have seen something like that before you did – before you witnessed it in person,” said Darral Simmons, a parent of a Keller student athlete.

The school district says student athletes will start using paper cups next week.


Local Guy In Hot Water

According to this from Texarkana:

The financial adviser arrested for allegedly mishandling retirement funds for Texarkana College employees told a Bowie County Justice of the Peace he can’t afford a lawyer.

Brian Patrick Troy was arrested Tuesday afternoon at his home in Keller, Texas, by Texas Rangers after a grand jury handed down a 43-count indictment that morning. The indictment accuses him of 22 counts of securing execution of a document by deception and 21 counts of misapplication of fiduciary property.

“These indictments are part of an ongoing criminal investigation by the State Auditor’s Office


Think You Had a Bad Day?

These North Keller residents had it worse than you did:

A 38-year-old man begged his neighbor not to shoot him a second time early Sunday after the two argued over a barking dog, police said Monday.The shooter didn’t, but he said, “Get off my … property,” to another person who tried to help the wounded victim, police said.

Police identified the suspect as Edward M. Stewart of Keller who was free Monday after posting bail Sunday night.

Stewart, 49, was arraigned late Sunday on a charge of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one charge of deadly conduct.

The 38-year-old neighbor remained in a Fort Worth hospital Monday suffering from a gunshot wound to the stomach.

Along with his neighbor, Stewart accidently wounded his own wife during the incident, police said.

The shooting happened at about 12:34 a.m. Sunday in the 1300 block of Robin Court after Stewart and the victim had been arguing through a fence about the dog.

According to police reports, the victim was having a fantasy football party and the dog had been barking.

“The two were at the fence when the suspect told the victim that he would fight him if he climbed over into his backyard,” Keller police Lt. Brenda Slovak said Monday. “The victim climbed over the fence into the backyard.”

Stewart and the victim were both intoxicated, according to police reports.

The two pushed each other for a few minutes, police said Monday. At one point, Stewart’s wife tried to stop it, police said.

Within minutes, Stewart is accused of pulling out a revolver and shooting his neighbor in the abdomen, police said. The bullet went through the man and lodged in the leg of the Stewart’s wife, who was trying to stop the argument, police said.

“One of the friends of the victim was at the back fence, saw what happened and jumped over to help his friend,” Slovak said. “But he jumped back over when the suspect threatened him.”

Stewart’s wife was treated and released from a local hospital a few hours after the shooting.

Police had no record of responding to calls between the neighbors before Sunday.

And I thought Big Bob had all the riff raff deported out of North Keller?


Please Say a Prayer for Geri McGrail

Early Saturday morning Keller Mayor Pat McGrail’s wife Geri had what has been described to me as a massive heart attack and is currently in ICU at Baylor Hospital.  Geri is in critical condition and the outlook at this time isn’t very bright.  Take some time this evening and say a prayer for Geri and the whole McGrail family.

 

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Update:  Geri McGrail passed away this afternoon after a six day battle at Baylor Grapevine ICU.  Please keep the McGrail family in your thoughts and prayers.  I will update the site when I receive word on funeral arrangements.  Until then posting will be paused.


Food Network to feature local resident

According to the Dallas Observer (in their cheaky way):

Clear some space on your TiVo–or, if you’re on a food blog budget, buy a few blank VHS tapes: The Next Food Network Star returns at 8 p.m. local time on Sunday, June 7.

As in years past, the show gives 10 contestants the chance to win over a selection committee of chefs to earn his or her own Food Network show. And, once again, there’s a local woman to root for … well, if Keller counts as local. Maybe we should wait and see how she does before claiming her as our own? And do they always find people from–or close to–major market cities?
Anyway, taking Lisa Garza‘s place to represent North Texas on the show this season is Melissa d’Arabian. Don’t recognize the name? You mean you’ve never had her Homemade Super Yummy Yogurt? Then you must not be one of her four daughters. A former career woman, d’Arabian is a self-taught cook and a stay-at-home mom–and the only contestant without any professional culinary experience.

You can read about Mellissa at the Food Network Site