South Texas Court/Crime Briefs

Coastal Bend Thunder Locked out of Facility

CORPUS CHRISTI–The Coastal Bend Thunder, an independent minor league baseball team, has been locked out of its facility at the Nueces County Fairgrounds for lack of payment.

The team owes more than $20,000 in rent and the county has literally locked the facility after the team refused to return calls to talk about the money owed.

Several teams have failed in the past to get a regular fan base and are thought of as second fiddle to the Corpus Christi Hooks, a Double A farm club for the Houston Astros, playing at Whataburger Field.

In the past, Nueces County has been forced to sue to get money from previous owners. That is an option being considered by Nueces County Commissioners.

CORPUS CHRISTI–A 10-year-old victim took the stand against his father and girlfriend and testified how she was scaulded with hot water causing severe burns to more than 20 percent of her body.

Palanco Tatman, 30, and Crystal Robinson, 27, are facing seven counts of child abuse. If convicted, they could face up to life in prison.

The young girl testified how she was mistreated to Robinson’s daughter and punished severely as police report she had bruises on her body from child abuse.

A nurse testified she had 32 injuries from the burns and the father showed very little remorse until they were going go fly her to a burn unit in Galveston, then the sadness he showed was out of guilt. 

Authorities said the couple waited for four days to bring her to the hospital.

The couple claimed the girl burned herself in the shower, but a doctor said that wasn’t possible by the pattern of the burns.

Wood Still Considering Option in Cameron County Vote

BROWNSVILLE–Cameron County Democratic candidate John Wood still hasn’t made a decision whether to seek legal action in the race for the county judge’s race.

Wood lost by 64 votes to Republican County Judge Carlos Cascos after the recount vote was canvassed earlier this week. This after it was believe he had won by five votes, but another 69 votes were discovered and all were straight party Republican votes for Cascos.

Democrats initially said Wood wouldn’t seek legal action, even though they believed he had ample grounds to do so. Wood is still looking at his available options and hasn’t conceded the race.

Cameron County DA Armando Villalobos, another high-ranking Democrat, has said in the press Wood should concede and move on. His office and the Texas Rangers conducted a criminal investigation and said there was no criminal wrongdoing in the race.  

SAN ANTONIO–A jury sentenced a former San Antonio Police officer to 15 years in prison when he accidentally killed another officer who was working an accident scene at an intersection two years ago.

David Seaton, 45, was taken to jail in handcuffs and will have to serve at least half of his sentence before he’s eligible for parole.

Seaton was responding to a shoplifting call and driving 100 miles per hour without lights or sirens when he went through the intersection on November 28, 2008.

Police officers said he hit one car, causing severe injuries, then hit police officer Robert Davis, 26. He was taken off life support a few days after the accident.

Seaton apologized in the trial for his actions, but he was convicted on a charge of two counts of aggravated assault by a police officer. Ironically, he was sentenced on the two year anniversary of the death of Davis.

(Briefs compiled from media and wire reports)

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

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