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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 I know, I tell.....Last week I wrote about the supposed candidates I had heard were running for sheriff in three years. I left off one important name--Billy Frank Teague--who ran last time.

So I just called Teague and asked him right out if he is running. He told me that he probably was but since the election isn’t for three years, he thought it was a little silly to announce his intentions now.

Teague is a retired DPS trooper who is currently a sergeant with the Richmond Police Department. I supported him last time and see no reason not to do the same again.

Where has he been?.....After my column last week about the rumored sheriff candidates, a newspaper across the river called the Fort Bend Herald and Texas Coaster John Cougar Mellencamp published an opinion piece by Fred Hartman, scion of the newspaper family, or as I usually refer to him, “The Lucky Sperm.” I couldn’t believe he wanted to take me on. I can be much nastier (and funnier) than he.

In the column, he snarkily refuted several of the things I had said about Fort Bend County Chief Deputy Craig Brady. I guess all that sucking up Brady has been doing over the last months is finally starting to pay off.

I wonder if little Fred has been skiing in Austria for the past 15 years, because I didn’t say anything about Brady that everybody in Fort Bend County who keeps up with these things doesn’t already know. I have copies of divorce papers, marriage licenses, birth certificates, official records, police reports, tape recordings, and video tapes of most of the things I wrote about Brady.

Not only did Brady leave the scene of a bar fight (don’t you think a police official knows to stay around until the police with jurisdiction makes the scene) involving one of his sheriff deputies, I have a tape of him talking to a witness after the fight. I also have a tape of the officer who made the scene telling Brady under no circumstances should he talk to the witness. (I thought that was called suborning a witness, but what do I know?)

Hartman said that a lawsuit that Brady’s son filed against me was the reason for my vitriol. Hey, Fred, the lawsuit was against the newspaper and everyone pretty well knew it was an attempt to silence LeaAnne and me about Brady’s shenanigans. I wonder how that is working out for him?

He is a public figure and couldn’t get away with trying to silence the press, so he used his child to do the job for him. I have a picture of something else involving him and his child.

Brady even lied and accused me of lying about the day he announced his run for the sheriff’s job. It was the very same day the sheriff announced the $1,000 “donation” to the deputies. What kind of coincidence is that? Brady’s announcement of his candidacy came at a fund-raising breakfast for Commissioner Andy Meyers that morning. Possibly 200 people heard the sheriff making the announcement for Brady. I wasn’t there, but I had four telephone calls within minutes.

At 2 p.m. that very afternoon, the sheriff called a mandatory meeting of all deputies to hand out the money. Makes you kind of wonder who was patrolling our streets during that time? Oh, yeah, I’m guessing the constables who the sheriff so detests.
Yeah, Fred, you’d better listen to other people besides that snarky little deputy who hangs around your office. Your journalism, or lack thereof, is showing.

It’s about time.....So DA John Healey has fired Assistant DA Mike Elliott by letting him read a letter through a glass coffee table?
Supposedly, Healey called him into his office, offered him a seat on his sofa, then asked Elliott to move aside some books on the table. Taped on the underside of the glass-topped coffee table was a delineation of Elliott’s supposed errors.

Hey, Healey has been warned for years about Elliott. Elliott’s resignation has been called for since he dragged his first wife down the stairs by the hair of her head and she called 911. Shortly thereafter, the 911 tape disappeared and so did Elliott’s wife---to Germany.

I have often said that one of these days Mike Elliott is going to bite off more than John Healey can chew. I think that day has come.

Healey had a fund-raising party at Elizabeth Howard’s home recently which may have prompted some of his supporters to have a “come to Jesus” meeting with him.

The District Attorney’s race is less than two years from now, November, 2010 with the primary in March, 2010. We need to rustle up a good candidate to run--and not that guy that Milton is squiring around. I’ve heard he has never tried a criminal case and is more of a CPA.

We need someone so that we have a choice besides Idiot #1 or Idiot #2. Come on people. Get cracking!

Contact bkcstar@earthlink.net, if you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column. Write a SIGNED letter to the editor with valid day time phone number--name can be withheld by request.

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