Meeks exposed by CBS-11

Greenville, TX

#1 Apr 1, 2011
Why won't the Herald-Blunder report anything until the Dallas stations break the news first?-

GREENVILLE ( CBSDFW.COM )– The Hunt County town of Greenville is like many small towns with a historic courthouse, quaint downtown and friendly people.
But some now say they question Hunt County’s Sheriff, Randy Meeks.“I did vote for him,” says Al Quinn, who is a longtime resident “I wouldn’t vote for him again – no never.”
A letter is what has Quinn and many other residents concerned. It began arriving in the mail last year asking residents for help and for donations.“I got a letter,” says Quinn “I had no intention to donate what does the sheriff need money?”
In the letter the sheriff wrote he needed money to help train his deputies. But instead of using money from the sheriff’s operational budget the money would come from donations deposited in a separate account called “Friends of the Sheriff.”

“I gave a check for $2,000,” says Bob Caruth, who helped fund the account several years ago with a former sheriff. Caruth says the money is supposed to promote community goodwill, buying items like toys and supplies.“It’s not supposed to go towards training or equipment for them,” says Caruth.
Joel Littlefield, the County’s Attorney, says,“I believe it is breaking the law.” He sent the sheriff a letter telling him to stop.“A sheriff cannot solicit or accept donations from people within his jurisdiction or subject to investigation by him,” explains Littlefield.
A website called also solicits donations to reward deputies for good work, even saying the money will be used to buy gift cards to a local restaurant so deputies can take their families out to eat.
When CBS 11 News asked the sheriff is there was any wrongdoing with the account his response was,“No.”
When asked if he was aware he couldn’t solicit and ask for donations he said,“I was not.”
Documents obtained by CBS 11 show the sheriff’s office spent money from the “Friends of the Sheriff,” account on a wide range of activities including a scholarship fund named after a deputy’s son, a cash reward to a volunteer, training and even lunches.
“I’m not wild about buying his lunch,” says Caruth.
Littlefield says he warned the sheriff he was breaking the law last May. Even now, ten months later, the “Friends of the Sheriff,” website hasn’t changed.
And the sheriff is asking for donations on a sign in front of his office.“That is also a violation of the law, you can’t do it,” explains Littlefield.
In a statement, Sheriff Meeks said,“All solicitations related to the ‘Friends of the Sheriff,’ account have been for charitable or public service oriented purposes.”
It goes on to say those records are available to anyone anytime.
But CBS 11 put in an open records request and more than a month later nothing has been released from the sheriff’s department.
The sheriff won’t say how much has been donated or how much is in the account. He has stopped trying to raise money for the time being.
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the truth

Greenville, TX

#2 Apr 1, 2011
Hey, they only waited since May to run this one. Last time they held the story for a that's some progress! But you can always find things out quicker on Facebook or through the gossip trail anyway.
Local Dude

United States

#3 Apr 1, 2011
Posted six hours before the Channel 11 story and about an hour after the County Attorney released his opinion on the case:

Of course, if you actually READ the paper, you would already have known this.
Local Dude

United States

#4 Apr 1, 2011
Yes, I work at the paper. It is not a secret.
Now, don't get me wrong, Channel 11 did a good job, but "the truth" is, in both of the cases you mention, we both were notified at the same time (probably by the same person/people) of the situations in question and we both reported on them at the same time, once there was a resolution. In this case, we were awaiting the same information Channel 11 received, on the same day. Now, in the most recent situation, we chose to put a little more emphasis on the fact that the county attorney would not be prosecuting the case and we had more detail as far as the sheriff's response.
Again, Channel 11 did a good job and, if I am to be honest, there are going to be times when a Dallas TV station, with a much larger reporter staff than the newspaper, is going to get a scoop. That is the business. Probably Mr. Caruth and Mr. Quinn decided to call Channel 11 before us. That's their choice.
But for every story they report on before us, or that we miss, there are at least 10 that we have that they don't even touch. A few recent examples include: the L-3/City of Greenville dispute, the story in today's edition about the organized crime identification theft ring with some four dozen victims, all of the recent murders, some 20 GISD employees taking early retirement due to budget cuts, the guilty pleas in the case of the couple accused of molesting and setting children on fire, the Small Area Plan and the big municipal utility district planned to the west of Greenville, all of the mess with the Wesley Street overpass, all of the lawsuits filed against the sheriff going to federal court ... I could go on and on and on and on.
Of course, no one is going to give us any credit for those, but they love to take shots at us. But hey, that's the nature of the business.
Do we occasionally make mistakes? Yes, we are human.
Do people have the right to complain about us? Sure, go ahead.
But, and I know you are going to hate this, we do more stories about more local news than anyone else. And, we not only broadcast it on the news one day and then never do a follow-up, the updates on each story are in the paper for months.
But again, if you had been reading the paper, you would know all this already.

Greenville, TX

#5 Apr 3, 2011
Almost no news in the Herald Banner - just the same old stories. You can read the whole thing in two minutes. As a business owner, I get more advertising results out of the Hunt County Shopper, so I don't see how the local newspaper is going to make it much longer.
the truth

Greenville, TX

#6 Apr 3, 2011
How about the county attorney backing Meeks in breaking the law? Because he didn't know it was illegal? Try telling them that when you get a speeding ticket - I didn't know the speed limit was 70." or "I didn't know it was illegal to beat my wife." Baloney. As long as the good ole boys are protecting each other, nothing will ever change.

Wylie, TX

#7 Sep 8, 2011
the truth wrote:
How about the county attorney backing Meeks in breaking the law? Because he didn't know it was illegal? Try telling them that when you get a speeding ticket - I didn't know the speed limit was 70." or "I didn't know it was illegal to beat my wife." Baloney. As long as the good ole boys are protecting each other, nothing will ever change.
Rumor said Randy Meek shut down all 8 liner games in Hunt County because his cousin is operating one in Yantis.
No Obama

United States

#8 Sep 30, 2011
That sounds about right!! Who here is so sick and tired of the corruption that goes on at the "Sheriffs Office"? I know I am!!

Greenville, TX

#9 Oct 3, 2011
How far back would you have to go to find a Hunt County Sheriff who was NOT corrupt?!? In fact, both corrupt and LAZY? Decades!

Odessa, TX

#10 Nov 7, 2012
Randy Meeks is a travisty. Corrupt, in bed with drug dealers, his time will come.
bull s

Mount Vernon, TX

#11 Nov 7, 2012
these comments are bull most likly county judge driven
Hunt County Missing

Woodway, TX

#12 Feb 27, 2014
I can testify Meeks is worthless. He didn't even know had a Hunt County resident whom had been missing since the early 90's! Even after he learned she is missing, he and his detectives continue to do nothing to find her. They don't call the family, they don't return calls or e-mails, they have neglected to question or look for her. And e only correspondence Meeks delivered in e-mail was rude and defending his detective rather than looking at the whole picture and calling the family to talk to them in person. WORTHLESS!!!

Frisco, TX

#13 Apr 26, 2015
Joel littlefild is crooked to he will throw out your DWIs if you are friends with him!!! That's aganist the law I think they are all crooked even the probation department !! Check them out set you up for failure with those high ass fines.

Wylie, TX

#14 May 19, 2015
meeks always has head where it shouldnt be, like motorcycle gangs

Wylie, TX

#15 May 26, 2015
time for meeks to do another presser, dope knows he is terrible with public and motorcycle gangs

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