Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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June 25, 2013

Estranged spouses, girlfriend don’t mix

Conflicting stories in a Friday disturbance concerning a man, his girlfriend and his estranged wife led to charges against all three. 

The man and his girlfriend filed a report at 7:25 p.m. at the Cleburne Police Department claiming that the man’s estranged wife had violated a criminal trespass warning.

While an officer dealt with the report, another officer responded to a motel in the 1700 block of West Henderson Street to speak with the estranged wife. She told police her estranged husband and his girlfriend assaulted her. 

Officers investigated both versions and determined that the man and his girlfriend had been less than truthful, according to police reports. 

Officers determined that the girlfriend, Jennifer Nicole Hartis, 27, of Cleburne, failed to properly identify herself and had an outstanding warrant. They also determined that, during the disturbance, Hartis charged the estranged wife with a knife. 

Police arrested Hartis on charges of failure to provide identification, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and the outstanding warrant. Police arrested the estranged husband, Keith Allen Laird, 28, of Cleburne, on a charge of assault class C. 

Police cited the estranged wife for criminal trespass.


Sounds like the Sopranos

Police responded to a disturbance involving vandalism at 1:13 a.m. Monday in the 900 block of East Chambers Street. A man told police “a guy and two other guys,” one carrying a baseball bat, came to his home to collect a debt. 

An argument concerning the amount of the debt ensued and the victim, or someone else at the residence, called the police. The three “guys” allegedly became angered that police were called. One of them allegedly used the baseball bat to smash the front and rear window of a 1995 Honda Accord belonging to one of the residents of the Chambers Street home. 

The three suspects left the scene before police arrived, according to reports. Investigation into the matter continues.

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