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Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2012 4:30 am

A man running for a Nolanville City Council position was arrested earlier this week, and two police officers were injured during the arrest, police said.

Robert L. Meeks Jr., 37, was arrested at his residence in the 300 block of Nolan Ridge Drive following a domestic call just after 1 a.m. Wednesday, according to a Nolanville Police Department news release issued Friday.

Meeks was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, evading arrest and resisting arrest, and additional charges are pending, according to the release.

Nolanville Police Chief Gary Kent said two of his officers received minor injuries during the arrest. Two gunshots were reportedly fired before police arrived, but no one other than the police officers was injured during the incident, Kent said.

The police chief did not say who fired the shots, and his department is investigating.

Meeks is running in the Nov. 6 election against Randy Sammons and Duane G. Hampton for Seat 4 on the Nolanville council. Hampton was appointed to Seat 4 last November after Councilman Miguel A. Aviles resigned from office.

In an interview last month, Meeks, a warrant officer in the Army, said he attends all council meetings and takes every volunteer opportunity the city offers.

“I’ve been wanting to get into (city government). ... You can talk about it all day long, but until you do something, it means nothing,” Meeks said. “There’s a lot of military who live in the town and own property; I’d like to help them be more integrated in the local government and understand the laws.”

Meeks was in the Bell County Jail Friday evening, and bail had not been set on the aggravated assault charge.

Legal troubles

Nolanville’s council has been plagued with arrests in the past year.

Mayor Charlie Stewart was arrested July 20 on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

His stay in jail prohibited him from attending council meetings, and his position was forfeited after missing too many meetings.

Aviles was arrested in September 2011 on a charge of sexually assaulting a girl, and he was later sentenced to 18 years in prison.

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4 comments:

  • doriss37 posted at 11:48 pm on Tue, Oct 16, 2012.

    doriss37 Posts: 2

    embarrassing . What family with children wants to move to place like that. The city should be more particular who they hire for any job actually...

     
  • cnodaddy posted at 8:49 am on Mon, Oct 15, 2012.

    cnodaddy Posts: 2

    @Clayton: The story does indeed contain information on Aviles in paragraph six-

    Meeks is running in the Nov. 6 election against Randy Sammons and Duane G. Hampton for Seat 4 on the Nolanville council. Hampton was appointed to Seat 4 last November after Councilman Miguel A. Aviles resigned from office.

     
  • Clayton posted at 9:32 am on Sat, Oct 13, 2012.

    Clayton Posts: 1

    You were telling us about members of the Nolanville governing and candidates for office. You gave us a name, Aviles, and a crime but you didn't tell us who this person is or what post he/she held.
    Your story is incomplete without this information. Please, complete the story.
    Thank you.

     
  • jrwkilleen posted at 9:05 am on Sat, Oct 13, 2012.

    jrwkilleen Posts: 4

    Good grief...what is it with Nolanville? I've heard of corrupt cities, but this place goes over the top!