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Councilman says retaliation begins
SHERRY LONG
The Ellis County Press

FERRIS - Council Member Victor Burnett said as a form of retaliation a truck was illegally towed away from the Ferris Cleaners at 214 S. Central Ave., after a raid was conducted by a North Texas Auto Theft Task Force officer on Monday, Nov. 3.

'This is retaliation against council members because of the outside investigation. I believe the lawyers have found a lot of public corruption,' Burnett said.

Acting Chief Mike Zaidle refused to comment after being asked if this was an act of retaliation.

'I'm not commenting on that. Did you hear what I said? I am not commenting to you,' Zaidle said.

Burnett said the officers are stalking the council members by sitting outside their residences and watching their every move.

'There is a law against stalking.' Burnett said.

He said 'I know for a fact they have caught several officers in all sorts of lies.

'This is not going to stop the investigation and, if wrongdoing is found, I will request the council to file charges on the officers involved in writing forged checks on an account that does not belong to them.'

Monday, Nov. 3 with the assistance of some Ferris officers, Ellis County Sheriff Deputy Johnny Holub conducted a raid after he said he received a tip indicating a vehicle reported stolen by the Dallas Police Department was being stored at the Ferris Cleaners.

Ferris officers assisting in the bust included Zaidle, Rosie Pinales and Chris Pearson.

Holub, a member of the North Texas Auto Task Force said, the Dallas Police Department informed him of a 1988 Ford Bronco, stored in the old mechanics garage of the cleaners, was originally confirmed stolen out of Dallas in March of this year.

'Dude I got nothing to hide here. It's a bunch of BS,' Councilman Jessie Hernandez said.

'Someone took it upon themselves to make a judgment call, or whatever type of call. A BS call. That is what it boils down to.'

Due to an administrative error at the Dallas Police Department it was later discovered the vehicle was not stolen, but it had actually been repossessed, Holub said.

He said the people who repossessed the vehicle had not reported it to the Dallas Police as being repossessed.

Burnett said he repossessed the truck earlier this year for Roy Braswell, a Garland resident and owner of the vehicle.

Burnett said Kelly Trace stole the title from Braswell and forged Braswell's name on the title.

Braswell came to the Ferris police department and was told they knew nothing about the truck, the outspoken councilman said.

Kelly had told Braswell, according to Burnett, officers had told him where to file in Justice of the Peace court in reference to the truck.

'The Ferris Police helped a felony (Kelly Trace) try to recover a vehicle that does not legally belong to him,' Burnett said.

Holub said the vehicle would be released from the impound yard and no charges would be filed.

Hernandez, whose wife owns the cleaners, said he was storing the truck for Burnett and planned to purchase the truck after Burnett obtained a copy of the truck's title.

The truck had been stored at the cleaners for about two to three months according to Hernandez.

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