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Hair stylists enlisted to help stop domestic violence in ‘Cut it Out’ program; District Attorney providing free training, luncheon

Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis announced that on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, the Collin County District Attorney’s office will host a “Cut it Out” Luncheon to train hair stylists to notice signs of domestic violence and safely refer clients for help.

Salon professionals from all over Collin County will gather for the “Cut it Out” training and luncheon at The Landing – Myers Park & Event Center in McKinney at 7117 County Road 166. This presentation trains stylists how to (1) recognize the signs of domestic violence, and (2) safely and confidentially refer their clients to resources for help. The luncheon and training is provided at no cost for all attendees.

District Attorney Greg Willis said: “This program is specifically designed for stylists, because they tend to have long term, supportive relationships with their clients. Stylists are also uniquely positioned to notice signs of abuse – including bumps, bruises, and scratches – that others may not see.”

With proper training on how to recognize the signs of abuse and safely refer victims to help, salon professionals can become invaluable and influential community partners in the fight against domestic violence.

Joining in support of this event are many community partners who assist victims of domestic violence: Emily’s Place, Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support, Hope’s Door New Beginning Center, Mosaic Family Services, Inc., Stronger than Espresso, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, The Family Place, and The Turning Point / Rape Crisis Center.

In addition to the luncheon training, Collin County District Attorney prosecutors and investigators will also provide free “Cut it Out” training at local salons throughout October, which is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Those interested in attending the luncheon or scheduling a “Cut it Out” training, please contact Collin County District Attorney Victim Assistance Coordinator Jenni Ball at jball@co.collin.tx.us. For additional information regarding this program, go to www.collincountyda.com.

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Collin County Courts: Jury finds Plano man guilty; he receives 50-year prison sentence for aggravated sexual assault of child

Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis announced that 50-year-old Steven Troy Tillery of Plano, was sentenced to 50 years in prison for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.

Willis said: “This child’s courage in speaking out ensured that this perpetrator is locked up, behind bars, never to violate another child again.”

The Prosecution said Tillery sexually abused a child related to him at least three times in her sleep when she was 12-13-years old.

50-year-old Steven Troy Tillery receives 50-year prison sentence

Authorities said Tillery also sent the child text messages describing the acts of abuse and asked the child to allow him to continue with the abuse in exchange for gifts. The child told her mother about the text messages, and her mother then contacted law enforcement.

McKinney Police Department Detective Adrian Guzman and Sergeant Damian Guerrero investigated the case. The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County’s Janetta Michaels forensically interviewed the child, who disclosed details of the abuse.

The jury returned a guilty verdict. Justice Kerry P. Fitzgerald assessed punishment at 50 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.

Assistant District Attorneys Geeta Singletary and Bobby Huber prosecuted the case, assisted by District Attorney Investigator Kim Voigt-Eanes and Victims Assistance Coordinator Susanne Riggs.

James Schafer sentenced to 40 years

In July 2017, 35-year-old James Schafer of Allen was sentenced to 40 years in prison for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, announced Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.

Authorities said Schafer sexually abused a child related to him for several years beginning when she was 6 years old.

Local law enforcement first became aware of the abuse in 2016 when Schafer told family members in Michigan about what he had done to the child. Michigan State Police were contacted, and the case was referred to Allen Police Department once it was determined that the multiple instances of sexual assault occurred in Texas.

Lisa Martinez with the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County forensically interviewed the child, who disclosed details about the abuse. Allen Police Department Detective Michelle Peel investigated the case.

Schafer pled guilty to the offense and Judge James Fry assessed the agreed punishment at 40 years in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Ashley Keil prosecuted the case, assisted by District Attorney Investigator Greg Bowers.

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Republicans, Paxton overcome negatives to win big in Texas

Election night photo by Matt Shaheen at Marriott Legacy Town Center in Plano, Texas.

By Brian Bearden

Newly-elected Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton rallied his supporters at a packed Marriott in Plano on Tuesday night as election results rolled in across the state and nationwide with upset victories by Republicans.

Paxton told the big crowd: “Tonight Texans made it clear they are ready to continue the fight against President Obama and his administration’s power grab. Voters were given two very different choices for the future of Texas: a state that cozies up to Obama, or one that relentlessly defends against Washington’s out-of-touch policies. Their voices resonated in ballot boxes from El Paso to Texarkana and McAllen to Amarillo. Republican candidates across the ticket were chosen to lead by the citizens of this great state. I am honored to be selected as Texas’ next Attorney General.”

Paxton, who has risen quickly recently from State Representative to State Senator, will take Greg Abbott’s position as Texas Attorney General. Abbott won the Governor’s race over Wendy Davis, who went from national rock star status to runner-up. Davis ran a negative campaign from the start and turned up the heat in the final week.

“Thank you Texas for electing me Governor,” Abbott said. “With honor and dignity I will fight for you and your future. God Bless Texas.”

The Marriott at Legacy Town Center was packed with local dignitaries … District Attorney Greg Willis … Congressman Sam Johnson … State Sen. Scott Turner … State Rep. Scott Sanford …  Commissioner Chris Hill … the Collin County Lincoln Society … and so on …

Collin County’s County Judge Keith Self won his seat again, telling voters: “Thank you, every one who voted for me during early voting or today, Election Day. Even though I had no opponent, I appreciate your vote to return me for a third term as your County Judge. I work for you, and will continue to provide transparency to county business in this new term. Thank you.”

Congressman Sam Johnson won too, saying: “What a distinct honor and true blessing to serve the great patriots of the Third Congressional District. I want to thank everyone for their belief in me and for their vote. It’s humbling and I vow to continue to fight for you.

Johnson said,”Ronald Reagan rekindled the faith in our nation with a profoundly simple phrase that seems especially appropriate for 2014: ‘Let’s make America great again.’

“With God’s providence and blessing, we will. God bless you and God bless America,” Rep. Johnson said.

Before voting started on Tuesday in the State Senate election, Van Taylor said Texans had a choice to make: “We can either continue to promote liberty and the limited government, pro-growth policies that have made Texas the leader in jobs and opportunity, or we can allow liberals to convince us to turn the way of California and New York. Today is our last chance to take a stand and make sure we keep Texas red, and I am asking that you stand with me for conservative leadership.”

Taylor captured his state senate race.

Newly-elected State Representative Matt Shaheen (District 66) has been busy taking on the Mayor of Houston.

Shaheen, who was a county commissioner, said: “Texans were shocked to learn that a group of Houston pastors were subpoenaed by Houston Mayor Annise Parker to turn over sermons and other church communications. … Over the past few days, I have talked with religious freedom organizations and legal counsel and have decided to introduce legislation during next session, that will impose criminal sanctions against city council members who subpoena religious leaders in a similar manner to that of the Houston Mayor. If found guilty, the elected official could serve time in jail, pay a fine and be removed from office.

Shaheen said, “I am also calling for the resignation of Houston Mayor Annise Parker. Her shameful actions were an abuse of power, trying to silence citizens who oppose her extreme views. This type of attitude in a public official is a threat to the freedoms of all Texans and it follows a troubling pattern by liberal politicians who want to impose their extreme views by abusing the power of government. This will not be tolerated in Texas.”

Election Summary Report
Collin County, TX
General Election
November 4, 2014
Summary For Jurisdiction Wide, All Counters, All Races
Early Voting and Election Day Combined Accumulated Totals.
67 of 67 Vote Centers Reporting

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Registered Voters 489032 – Cards Cast 177821 36.36% Num. Report Precinct 209 – Num. Reporting 209 100.00%
C Frisco Proposition
Total
Number of Precincts 11
Precincts Reporting 11 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 15781/46513 33.9 %
Total Votes 15111
Times Blank Voted 668
Times Over Voted 2
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 8903 58.92%
Against 6208 41.08%
C Josephine Mayor
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 221/536 41.2 %
Total Votes 130
Times Blank Voted 91
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Keith Koop 130 100.00%
C Josephine Alderman P3
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 221/536 41.2 %
Total Votes 185
Times Blank Voted 36
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Kenneth Lattig 57 30.81%
Joe Holt 128 69.19%
C Josephine Alderman P5
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 221/536 41.2 %
Total Votes 177
Times Blank Voted 44
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Pamela Koop 80 45.20%
William Skelton 97 54.80%
C Lavon Coucil P1
Total
Number of Precincts 3
Precincts Reporting 3 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 634/1630 38.9 %
Total Votes 347
Times Blank Voted 287
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Simon T. Abela 347 100.00%
C Lavon Coucil P3
Total
Number of Precincts 3
Precincts Reporting 3 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 634/1630 38.9 %
Total Votes 415
Times Blank Voted 219
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Vince Doyle Jr. 111 26.75%
Melissa Stroop 304 73.25%
C Lavon Coucil P5
Total
Number of Precincts 3
Precincts Reporting 3 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 634/1630 38.9 %
Total Votes 405
Times Blank Voted 229
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Mindi Serkland 250 61.73%
Sedric Thomas 155 38.27%
C Lavon Prop 1
Total
Number of Precincts 3
Precincts Reporting 3 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 634/1630 38.9 %
Total Votes 596
Times Blank Voted 38
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

FOR 391 65.60%
AGAINST 205 34.40%
C Lowry Crossing Council
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Vote For 3
Times Counted 532/1182 45.0 %
Total Votes 864
Times Blank Voted 125
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 357

Chuck Davis 148 17.13%
Peter Christian 133 15.39%
Lenny Lewis 181 20.95%
Laura Jones 254 29.40%
Patty Smith 148 17.13%
C Princeton P1
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 1099/3695 29.7 %
Total Votes 769
Times Blank Voted 330
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

David Kleiber 485 63.07%
Barbara W. Palmer 284 36.93%
C Princeton P3
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 1099/3695 29.7 %
Total Votes 585
Times Blank Voted 514
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

J.M. Caldwell 585 100.00%
C Princeton P4
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 1099/3695 29.7 %
Total Votes 526
Times Blank Voted 573
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Bruce Beauchamp 526 100.00%
C Princeton P5
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 1099/3695 29.7 %
Total Votes 585
Times Blank Voted 514
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Steve Deffibaugh 585 100.00%
C Princeton Proposition
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 1099/3695 29.7 %
Total Votes 1006
Times Blank Voted 93
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 779 77.44%
Against 227 22.56%
Princeton ISD
Total
Number of Precincts 8
Precincts Reporting 8 100.0 %
Vote For 2
Times Counted 2451/7720 31.7 %
Total Votes 2536
Times Blank Voted 748
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 870

Lisa D. Caldwell 924 36.44%
John G. Murray 647 25.51%
Tim Tidwell 965 38.05%
Van Alstyne ISD Proposition
Total
Number of Precincts 5
Precincts Reporting 5 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 130/269 48.3 %
Total Votes 124
Times Blank Voted 6
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 73 58.87%
Against 51 41.13%
Wylie ISD Proposition
Total
Number of Precincts 15
Precincts Reporting 15 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 12275/33300 36.9 %
Total Votes 11534
Times Blank Voted 740
Times Over Voted 1
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 8275 71.74%
Against 3259 28.26%
Verona Special Utility District
Total
Number of Precincts 6
Precincts Reporting 6 100.0 %
Vote For 2
Times Counted 479/1217 39.4 %
Total Votes 638
Times Blank Voted 74
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 172

Nathan McTee 244 38.24%
Ronnie Green 193 30.25%
Jim Hooks 201 31.50%
Constitutional Amendment
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 162690
Times Blank Voted 14525
Times Over Voted 3
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 137343 84.42%
Against 25347 15.58%
Straight Party
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 113782
Times Blank Voted 63428
Times Over Voted 8
Number Of Under Votes 0

Republican REP 80833 71.04%
Democrat DEM 31953 28.08%
Libertarian LIB 840 0.74%
Green GRN 156 0.14%
US Senator
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 174741
Times Blank Voted 2477
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

John Cornyn REP 119450 68.36%
David M. Alameel DEM 48876 27.97%
Rebecca Paddock LIB 5014 2.87%
Emily Sanchez GRN 1259 0.72%
Write-in Votes 142 0.08%
US Representative D3
Total
Number of Precincts 178
Precincts Reporting 178 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 159088/439126 36.2 %
Total Votes 137485
Times Blank Voted 21603
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Sam Johnson REP 112726 81.99%
Paul Blair GRN 24759 18.01%
US Representative D4
Total
Number of Precincts 22
Precincts Reporting 22 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 8265/22479 36.8 %
Total Votes 6646
Times Blank Voted 1619
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

John Ratcliffe REP 6646 100.00%
US Representative D32
Total
Number of Precincts 9
Precincts Reporting 9 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 9865/27427 36.0 %
Total Votes 9574
Times Blank Voted 291
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Pete Sessions REP 6502 67.91%
Frank Perez DEM 2778 29.02%
Ed Rankin LIB 294 3.07%
Governor
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 176150
Times Blank Voted 1067
Times Over Voted 1
Number Of Under Votes 0

Greg Abbott REP 115647 65.65%
Wendy R. Davis DEM 57431 32.60%
Kathie Glass LIB 2470 1.40%
Brandon Parmer GRN 518 0.29%
Write-in Votes 84 0.05%
Lt. Governor
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 174709
Times Blank Voted 2507
Times Over Voted 2
Number Of Under Votes 0

Dan Patrick REP 113146 64.76%
Leticia Van de Putte DEM 56052 32.08%
Robert D. Butler LIB 4633 2.65%
C. Courtney GRN 878 0.50%
Attorney General
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 174478
Times Blank Voted 2737
Times Over Voted 3
Number Of Under Votes 0

Ken Paxton REP 115197 66.02%
Sam Houston DEM 54516 31.25%
Jamie Balagia LIB 3993 2.29%
Jamar Osborne GRN 772 0.44%
Comptroller Public Accounts
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 171799
Times Blank Voted 5416
Times Over Voted 3
Number Of Under Votes 0

Glenn Hegar REP 113074 65.82%
Mike Collier DEM 52189 30.38%
Ben Sanders LIB 5066 2.95%
Deb Shafto GRN 1470 0.86%
Commissioner General Land Office
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 173274
Times Blank Voted 3941
Times Over Voted 3
Number Of Under Votes 0

George P. Bush REP 117884 68.03%
John Cook DEM 48623 28.06%
Justin Knight LIB 4987 2.88%
Valerie Alessi GRN 1780 1.03%
Commissioner of Agriculture
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 171153
Times Blank Voted 6063
Times Over Voted 2
Number Of Under Votes 0

Sid Miller REP 113987 66.60%
Jim Hogan DEM 49763 29.08%
David Palmquist LIB 5010 2.93%
Kenneth Kendrick GRN 2393 1.40%
Railroad Commissioner
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 171012
Times Blank Voted 6204
Times Over Voted 2
Number Of Under Votes 0

Ryan Sitton REP 113723 66.50%
Steve Brown DEM 49458 28.92%
Mark A. Miller LIB 5636 3.30%
Martina Salinas GRN 2195 1.28%
Chief Justice Supreme Court
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 171789
Times Blank Voted 5426
Times Over Voted 3
Number Of Under Votes 0

Nathan Hecht REP 116055 67.56%
William Moody DEM 50284 29.27%
Tom Oxford LIB 5450 3.17%
Justice Supreme Court P6 Unexp
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 170898
Times Blank Voted 6319
Times Over Voted 1
Number Of Under Votes 0

Jeff Brown REP 115446 67.55%
Lawrence E. Meyers DEM 49788 29.13%
Mark Ash LIB 5664 3.31%
Justice Supreme Court P7
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 170996
Times Blank Voted 6219
Times Over Voted 3
Number Of Under Votes 0

Jeff Boyd REP 114025 66.68%
Gina Benavides DEM 50962 29.80%
Don Fulton LIB 5013 2.93%
Charles E. Waterbury GRN 996 0.58%
Justice Supreme Court P8
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 149433
Times Blank Voted 27784
Times Over Voted 1
Number Of Under Votes 0

Phil Johnson REP 120389 80.56%
RS Roberto Koelsch LIB 16602 11.11%
Jim Chisolm GRN 12442 8.33%
Criminal Appeals Judge P3
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 170125
Times Blank Voted 7091
Times Over Voted 2
Number Of Under Votes 0

Bert Richardson REP 114644 67.39%
John Granberg DEM 49507 29.10%
Mark W. Bennett LIB 5974 3.51%
Criminal Appeals Judge P4
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 151622
Times Blank Voted 25596
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Kevin Patrick Yeary REP 118124 77.91%
Quanah Parker LIB 19275 12.71%
Judith SandersCastro GRN 14223 9.38%
Criminal Appeals Judge P9
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 150041
Times Blank Voted 27176
Times Over Voted 1
Number Of Under Votes 0

David Newell REP 118976 79.30%
William Strange III LIB 19084 12.72%
George J. Altgelt GRN 11981 7.99%
State Board of Education D12
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 170545
Times Blank Voted 6673
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Geraldine Miller REP 113181 66.36%
Lois Parrott DEM 51241 30.05%
Mark Wester LIB 6123 3.59%
State Senator D8
Total
Number of Precincts 154
Precincts Reporting 154 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 150880/416091 36.3 %
Total Votes 124861
Times Blank Voted 26019
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Van Taylor REP 99148 79.41%
Scott Jameson LIB 25713 20.59%
State Senator D30
Total
Number of Precincts 55
Precincts Reporting 55 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 26338/72941 36.1 %
Total Votes 23005
Times Blank Voted 3333
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Craig Estes REP 20045 87.13%
Cory Lane LIB 2960 12.87%
State Representative D33
Total
Number of Precincts 30
Precincts Reporting 30 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 20366/59403 34.3 %
Total Votes 14920
Times Blank Voted 5446
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Scott Turner REP 14920 100.00%
State Representative D66
Total
Number of Precincts 41
Precincts Reporting 41 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 37087/104588 35.5 %
Total Votes 24631
Times Blank Voted 12456
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Matt Shaheen REP 24631 100.00%
State Representative D67
Total
Number of Precincts 41
Precincts Reporting 41 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 39549/105607 37.4 %
Total Votes 32122
Times Blank Voted 7427
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Jeff Leach REP 25223 78.52%
Patrick Peavy LIB 6899 21.48%
State Representative D70
Total
Number of Precincts 50
Precincts Reporting 50 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 39690/112662 35.2 %
Total Votes 29366
Times Blank Voted 10324
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Scott Sanford REP 29366 100.00%
State Representative D89
Total
Number of Precincts 47
Precincts Reporting 47 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 40526/106772 38.0 %
Total Votes 39097
Times Blank Voted 1429
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Jodie Laubenberg REP 27992 71.60%
Sameena Karmally DEM 11105 28.40%
Justice Court of Appeals D5 P3
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 122826
Times Blank Voted 54392
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Ada Brown REP 122826 100.00%
Justice Court of Appeals D5 P5 Unexp
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 167534
Times Blank Voted 9683
Times Over Voted 1
Number Of Under Votes 0

Craig Stoddart REP 115558 68.98%
Ken Molberg DEM 51976 31.02%
Justice Court of Appeals D5 P6
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 121947
Times Blank Voted 55271
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

David L. Bridges REP 121947 100.00%
Justice Court of Appeals D5 P8
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 121757
Times Blank Voted 55461
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Bill Whitehill REP 121757 100.00%
District Judge D219
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 121799
Times Blank Voted 55419
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Scott J. Becker REP 121799 100.00%
District Judge D296
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 122485
Times Blank Voted 54733
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

John R. Roach, Jr. REP 122485 100.00%
District Judge D366
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 119842
Times Blank Voted 57376
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Ray Wheless REP 119842 100.00%
District Judge D417
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 120244
Times Blank Voted 56974
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

C. McCrann Wheless REP 120244 100.00%
District Judge D429
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 119703
Times Blank Voted 57515
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Jill Willis REP 119703 100.00%
Criminal District Attorney
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 120031
Times Blank Voted 57187
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Greg Willis REP 120031 100.00%
County Judge
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 119555
Times Blank Voted 57663
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Keith Self REP 119555 100.00%
County Court at Law 1
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 119701
Times Blank Voted 57517
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Corinne A. Mason REP 119701 100.00%
County Court at Law 2
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 119258
Times Blank Voted 57960
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Barnett Walker REP 119258 100.00%
County Court at Law 3
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 119207
Times Blank Voted 58011
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Lance S. Baxter REP 119207 100.00%
County Court at Law 4
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 118959
Times Blank Voted 58259
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

David Rippel REP 118959 100.00%
County Court at Law 5
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 119138
Times Blank Voted 58080
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Dan Wilson REP 119138 100.00%
County Court at Law 6
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 118909
Times Blank Voted 58309
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Jay Adam Bender REP 118909 100.00%
County Probate Judge
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 119146
Times Blank Voted 58072
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Weldon S. Copeland REP 119146 100.00%
District Clerk
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 119900
Times Blank Voted 57318
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Andrea Thompson REP 119900 100.00%
County Clerk
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 120337
Times Blank Voted 56881
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Stacey Kemp REP 120337 100.00%
County Commissioner Pct 1 Unexp
Total
Number of Precincts 41
Precincts Reporting 41 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 47321/132386 35.7 %
Total Votes 33217
Times Blank Voted 14104
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Susan Fletcher REP 33217 100.00%
County Commissioner Pct 2
Total
Number of Precincts 51
Precincts Reporting 51 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 41339/113461 36.4 %
Total Votes 27338
Times Blank Voted 14001
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Cheryl Williams REP 27338 100.00%
County Commissioner Pct 4
Total
Number of Precincts 52
Precincts Reporting 52 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 43944/118395 37.1 %
Total Votes 27904
Times Blank Voted 16040
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Duncan Webb REP 27904 100.00%
Justice of the Peace Pct 1
Total
Number of Precincts 38
Precincts Reporting 38 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 23603/67244 35.1 %
Total Votes 16534
Times Blank Voted 7069
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Paul Raleeh REP 16534 100.00%
Justice of the Peace Pct 2
Total
Number of Precincts 33
Precincts Reporting 33 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 18580/51891 35.8 %
Total Votes 13348
Times Blank Voted 5232
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Jerry Shaffer REP 13348 100.00%
Justice of the Peace Pct 3 P2
Total
Number of Precincts 89
Precincts Reporting 89 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 82829/223153 37.1 %
Total Votes 79531
Times Blank Voted 3298
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

John E. Payton REP 52508 66.02%
Denise Hamilton DEM 27023 33.98%
Justice of the Peace Pct 4
Total
Number of Precincts 49
Precincts Reporting 49 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 52206/146744 35.6 %
Total Votes 37107
Times Blank Voted 15099
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

W. M. Yarbrough REP 37107 100.00%
C Dallas Prop 1
Total
Number of Precincts 13
Precincts Reporting 13 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 9663/27283 35.4 %
Total Votes 8665
Times Blank Voted 998
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 8090 93.36%
Against 575 6.64%
C Dallas Prop 2
Total
Number of Precincts 13
Precincts Reporting 13 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 9663/27283 35.4 %
Total Votes 8460
Times Blank Voted 1203
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 4855 57.39%
Against 3605 42.61%
C Dallas Prop 3
Total
Number of Precincts 13
Precincts Reporting 13 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 9662/27283 35.4 %
Total Votes 8346
Times Blank Voted 1316
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 3036 36.38%
Against 5310 63.62%
C Dallas Prop 4
Total
Number of Precincts 13
Precincts Reporting 13 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 9653/27283 35.4 %
Total Votes 8717
Times Blank Voted 935
Times Over Voted 1
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 6165 70.72%
Against 2552 29.28%
C Dallas Prop 5
Total
Number of Precincts 13
Precincts Reporting 13 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 9653/27283 35.4 %
Total Votes 8240
Times Blank Voted 1413
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 6671 80.96%
Against 1569 19.04%
C Dallas Prop 6
Total
Number of Precincts 13
Precincts Reporting 13 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 9653/27283 35.4 %
Total Votes 8104
Times Blank Voted 1549
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 7003 86.41%
Against 1101 13.59%
C Dallas Prop 7
Total
Number of Precincts 13
Precincts Reporting 13 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 9653/27283 35.4 %
Total Votes 8351
Times Blank Voted 1302
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 7271 87.07%
Against 1080 12.93%
C Dallas Prop 8
Total
Number of Precincts 13
Precincts Reporting 13 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 9653/27283 35.4 %
Total Votes 8726
Times Blank Voted 927
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 4369 50.07%
Against 4357 49.93%
C Dallas Prop 9
Total
Number of Precincts 13
Precincts Reporting 13 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 9653/27283 35.4 %
Total Votes 8078
Times Blank Voted 1575
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 7479 92.58%
Against 599 7.42%

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WHO ARE OUR READERS? – Collin County Demographics:

County Seat: McKinney

Area: 848 sq. miles of land, 38 sq. miles of water

Towns and Cities: 27

Estimated Population (2013): 854,788

New residents moving in each day (2013: 55 Paved County Roads: 726 miles

Median Household Income (2012 estimate): $82,238

Median Family Income (2011 estimate): $96,008

Average Taxable Home Value (2013): $238,030

County Tax Rate (2014): $0.2375 per $100 assessed value

Independent School Districts: 21

Special Districts: 2

Hospital Districts: None

County-level Elected Officials: 35

Registered Voters (September 2013): 456,843

Voter Turnout (November 2012): 65.8%

 

Court rejects Cortez challenge in murder trial

The Court of Criminal Appeals rejected Raul Cortez’s second challenge to his death sentence for murdering Austin York, announced Collin County Criminal District Attorney Greg Willis. Rosa Barbosa, Mark Barbosa, and Matt Self were murdered during the same incident.

Assistant Criminal District Attorneys Katharine K. Decker and Gail Leyko represented the State in this phase of the litigation and were assisted by District Attorney Investigator J.D. Spielman. Senior District Judge Webb Biard presided over the trial and the hearing.
The trial testimony showed that Cortez murdered 17-year-old Austin York on March 12, 2004, after Austin and his friends—Mark and Matt—came in on Cortez and two other men burglarizing the house of Mark’s aunt, Rosa, where Mark lived. The investigation went cold after multiple initial suspects were eliminated. The case broke when Cortez’s accomplice—Eddie Williams—contacted police in June of 2007, admitted his participation in the crime, and implicated Cortez. Ballistics and DNA evidence at trial corroborated Williams’s testimony that Cortez committed the crimes.
Testimony in the punishment phase showed that Cortez was a member of a violent street-gang in his hometown of Chicago, Ill.
Cortez’s current challenge to his conviction consisted chiefly of claims that his trial lawyers were ineffective. The trial court heard testimony from Cortez’s three trial lawyers and other witnesses in a three-day hearing in April 2012. After the hearing, the trial court considered other filings from the parties and recommended the claims be denied.
The Court of Criminal Appeals adopted that recommendation Wednesday. A prior appeal of the conviction was rejected in 2011.

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