Thursday, October 13, 2005

Bartlett Mayor seems to be headed for trouble.

In a bold and unusual move, representatives from the Williamson County District Attorney's office along with the Texas Rangers raided Bartlett City Hall.

Bartlett is nestled in northern Williamson County -- northeast of Georgetown.

The small town's mayor is now facing arrest.

Around noon Wednesday, the Williamson County DA's office along with the Texas Rangers searched Bartlett's city hall seizing a computer along with several documents.

"They indicated it was part of an ongoing grand jury investigation, and that that's all that they could say. Certainly wouldn't want to make any speculation of what they were looking at or who they were looking at," Bartlett Police Chief Michael Lummus said.

A Williamson County judge sealed the search warrant. District Attorney John Bradley told KXAN he won't identify the targets of the investigation for fear that information will disappear.
But this all comes the same day that Bartlett Mayor Bobby Hill was charged with leaving the scene of an accident that happened in Austin last Thursday.

According to the Tribune Progress newspaper, firefighters tried to flag down the driver of a white Cadillac Escalade immediately following the accident. It's registered to Hill's wife.
Firefighters even went as far as knocking on the windows but the driver described as a man in his 60's with grey hair did not stop.

KXAN NBC Austin tried to get a comment from Bartlett Mayor Bobby Hill, but unfortunately, while someone was home, no one would answer the door.

No one returned their calls.

This isn't the first run in Hill has had with the law.

Public records indicate in August 2003, Hill was picked up for driving while intoxicated in Travis County. He was later convicted. In 2004, he was reportedly part of the city council that violated the state's open meetings act when three city employees were denied a public hearing before being fired.

The Williamson County District Attorney remains tight lipped about Wednesday's raid and won't tell us if there is any connection to Wednesday's charges and the removal of that computer and documents.

Anyone in law enforcement will tell you it's very unusual when a city hall is the subject of a raid.

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