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Bev's Burner
Some's Hot, Some's Not 

By B.K. Carter

"Bev Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend Star, winner of numerous state and national awards. She has been a voice of Fort Bend's largest circulated newspaper for 30 years."


If you hear.....I don’t smoke so if I’m ever found in a burned out car, it was no accident. I am also a very good swimmer, so if I’m ever found at the bottom of the Brazos River, it was no accident. And no matter how many bullet holes are in my body, remember I wouldn’t shoot myself.

If fact, if I’m ever found dead of anything but old age, please do not rest until someone is indicted for my murder.

After my column last week about the latest scrape involving Fort Bend County Chief Deputy Craig Brady, I heard his reaction all the way over here in Sugar Land. I heard he said LeaAnne Klentzman and I were going to pay, and we were going to pay big! He was referring to our revelations last week that one of his largest campaign contributors had been given a “get out of jail free” card.

Since that is not the first time I’ve heard of threats from the diminutive deputy, I can only suppose he was talking about my health. And fortunately, he made the threats in front of a number of other people, which gives me some assurance of protection. He doesn’t dare do anything now as he has publicly threatened.

You know I told you that he announced his candidacy for sheriff on the very day that the sheriff called all the enforcement personnel together to announce a $1,000 per employee anonymous “bonus.” To this day, no one knows which felon donated the money, although it is thought that most of the cops know.

At the time there was speculation that the bonus was a way to launder campaign money to Brady. After all, the announcements of Brady’s campaign and the anonymous donations were too conveniently grouped together--like the same day. Speculation was that the employees were expected to donate their $1,000 to Brady’s campaign.

If that was the plan, it didn’t exactly come to fruition when checking the campaign contribution records, I didn’t see just a whole lot of $1,000 contributions from sheriff personnel.

I did see some interesting contributions from others however. It remains a mystery to me how a person whose only occupation is moving mobile homes is able to contribute $75,000--$25,000 of it in CASH immediately.

And continuing on the deputy donation incident, I have heard that the individual sheriff’s deputies and detectives are responsible for paying the IRS for the anonymous “gift.” I don’t see how they are going to pay this with no form W-2, 1099, or 1096 to send in with their 1040 return. This whole incident remains highly suspicious in my mind and I am amazed that more people aren’t questioning it, including some of our so-called county leaders, like the county judge and commissioners.

Since they never stand up to the sheriff and let him run rampant with tax-payer funded expensive take home cars, one has to wonder what he has on them.

They are quick to slash budgets of departments run by other county-wide elected officials, but they never touch the sheriff’s budget, even as the Harris County sheriff voluntarily cut his own budget.

For the most part, it’s still a good old boys’ club over there in Richmond, and they scratch each other’s backs.

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