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Overtime on DWI cases inflates one Officer’s salary to $172,000

As a senior officer in the Houston Police Department, William Lindsey Jr. received a salary of about $72,000 last year.

Because he is on the department’s DWI Task Force, however, Lindsey’s overtime pay put him at an income level rivaling Mayor Bill White and Police Chief Harold Hurtt.

The 27-year HPD veteran grossed more than $100,000 in overtime pay in 2005, and he wasn’t the only task force member pulling in a six-figure income. Read the rest of this entry »

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Austin’s Nightclub Dallas WINS!

Friday, a judge ruled against the TABC in every single complaint made at Austin’s Dallas Nightclub. It could not have gone worse for the TABC.

Fate of Dallas’ liquor license now in hands of TABC.

An administrative law judge recommended Friday that Dallas Night Club keep its liquor license, saying that the evidence presented in a January hearing did not support the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s bid to stop the club from serving alcohol. Read the rest of this entry »

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The TABC’s undercover sting operation regarding public intoxication tickets is now suspended

Agents claimed they could spot drunk people in bars and restaurants just by looking at them.

They’ve made more than 2,000 arrests in the past six months.

For months, there has been criticism about TABC agents going into bars and restaurants and hauling people off to jail.

The agents claimed they could look at people and determine they were drunk and a danger to themselves or others.

Some say this is an abuse of power, and now two senators say this sting operation needs to be reviewed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dallas nightclub sues state agency

Austin bar claims TABC overstepped its authority with undercover stings

Dallas Night Club is suing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, accusing the state agency of unfairly targeting the bar and using an inconsistent standard to decide when patrons are legally drunk.

“The TABC has embarked on a deliberate and knowing course of conduct to drive Dallas out of business,” says the lawsuit, which attorney Jesse R. Castillo said was mailed to U.S. District Court in Austin on Monday. “Dallas has lost the bulk of its clientele and millions of dollars in revenue.”

Similar operations in other parts of the state have brought a backlash against the commission from tourism officials, lawmakers and others. Read the rest of this entry »

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