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Aaron Fernandez enters guilty plea

December 17, 2011

Aaron Fernandez

A second member of the Fernandez has entered a guilty plea.
Aaron Fernandez, 26, pleaded guilty to one county of possession with intent to distribute 110 pounds or more of marijuana, according to records of the court. He will face a maximum of 20 years behind bars.
A wiretap investigation was conducted during the months of January through March of this year by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The investigation showed Fernandez delivered marijuana after conspiring with his two brothers, Jose Luis Fernandez, 37, and Francisco “Frank” Fernandez, 43, according to information presented in the plea agreement.
According to recorded conversation, Aaron was to be told which stash of narcotics to take from and discuss how high a price it would be sold for, according to court records. The plea agreement also contained information about him then retrieving the drugs from different Panhandle locations and distributing them to dealers in the area.
In November, he was indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of conspiracy to commit a drug offense and one count of prohibition of an illegal gambling business. In the second count, prosecutors said that Aaron, along with two other defendants, Jose Fernandez and David Escobar, completely or partially owned a gambling business that violated Texas law for over a month.
Jose Fernandez was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit a drug offense, three counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and prohibition of an illegal gambling business. Francisco “Frank” Fernandez was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit a drug offense.
His wife Amy Fernandez, 43, pleaded guilty in November for one account of evading the reporting requirements and the regulations issued thereunder, structure, attempt to structure, and attempted to assist in structuring currency transactions with one or more domestic financial institutions. She has been accused of purchasing 39 cashier’s checks with United States currency in amounts of $3,000 or less pertaining to the structuring. Sentencing in her case has not taken place yet.
All were arrested on Oct. 27 of this year, in addition to Thomas Salazar, who was also charged with been charged with knowingly and intentionally possessing with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and/or five kilograms or more of cocaine in the Randall, Potter, and Hutchinson County areas. the instructional materials selection committee has been deleted.
DFBB (Local) pertains to term contracts (non-renewal). Changes to the reasons for non-renewal emphasize that a reduction in force can either be based on financial exigency (a case or decision demanding prompt action) or a program change.
A administrative (principal) recommendation to the superintendent for non-renewal is now required, and must be supported by relevant documentation. The final decision on administrative recommendations to the board on each employee’s contract rests with the superintendent.
There are also new deadline and delivery procedures. For notice of proposed non-renewal, such recommendations must be received 10 days before the last day of instruction, and hand delivery of the recommendations must be attempted before they are sent by mail.
CV (Local) pertains to facilities construction. A change order permitted by law will be approved by the board or designee prior to changes being made in the plans or construction of a facility.
CDA (Local) pertains to other revenues (investments). The investment officer will develop procedures to monitor investment ratings and will liquidate investments that do not maintain a satisfactory rating.
Also included in the policy were DC (Local) pertaining to employment practices, and CLA (Local) pertaining to buildings, grounds, and equipment management (security).
In other business, the board approved action on its financial audit. Chance Welch, BISD superintendent, said the district once again received an unqualified opinion on its financial audit. Brown, Graham, and Company, who are new auditors for the district, presented the audit.
“Some deficiencies were noted as well as a material weakness due to prior period adjustments made by auditors,” Welch said.
The board also appointed a new member to the board. Bill Myers will be filling the spot recently vacated by longtime board member Johnny Rusten. Rusten’s resignation was officially accepted by the board at its November meeting.
Welch said that Kevin McClellan, a teacher at Borger Middle School, has announced his intentions to retire at the end of the first semester. He also said that Jason Carter has been named the Borger High Girls Head Volleyball Coach. The Borger News-Herald is currently working to find out more details on this appointment.

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