Monthly Archives: May 2010

Candidate Bricker emails harsh words about Rockwall Council member Russo

Rockwall City Council candidate and former Planning & Zoning Committee Chairman Bill Bricker recently sent out a campaign email with some pretty harsh words against his May 8 municipal election opponent, first-term incumbent Council Member Mark Russo.

Bricker, who is the president of Columbia Extrusion Corporation in Rockwall, as well as three other Columbia companies each involved in commercial construction or land development, write that Mark has “no real convictions of his own, “contributes nothing” to the organizations he joins and then leaves them.

Here are his exact words in the email pertaining to Russo:

“Rockwall deserves 7 solid council members. Not 6 and a man with no real convictions of his own. I have 29 years of living, working, raising a family and generally working to make this a better City. Mark lists nearly everything he has done as former. He does not contribute to the organizations he joins, tires and leaves them. I feel he is the same at Council. He attends but contributes nothing and it’s time to leave just as has Rotary, Boys and Girls Club, the Historic Preservation Advisory Board and others.

Please have your contacts review or contact me at if they want to know more or have specific questions.”

I’d say ‘them are definitely fighting words,” Bill.

Russo says he’s not happy about a personal attack like this.

What do you think?

Another young Rockwall resident dies from “accidental” heroin overdose

Just learned last week that another young Rockwall resident died recently from an “accidental” overdose of heroin.

That was the result of the autopsy of the 24-year-old female by the Dallas Medical Examiner.

I’m not yet releasing the name of the deceased until after attempting to speak with her family or friends and police.

Considering how many thousands of readers have read our previous stories about drug-related deaths at, there’s no doubt that residents of Rockwall County definitely want to know more about such stories.

Too many drugs are available and being sold to and used by residents of Rockwall County.

We are saddened by the death of this young woman and send our condolences to her family and friends.

Fate City Council member assaulted by citizen

Just heard yesterday that City of Fate Council member Steve Skipworth was assaulted by a Fate citizen during the past few days.

A local government source said the assault may be related to the suicide committed April 28 by Fate resident Rick Tolbert, whom his son said was depressed after receiving citations for code violations from the City.

Steve told me by phone that he is okay.

He said he can’t talk about it, though, because he has hired a civil attorney to handle it.

Fate City Manager Vicki Mikel has not returned our calls since last week about the alleged code violations. Guess we’ll try to reach Mayor Bill Broderick.

More details are needed and a story will be forthcoming soon at

Dragonfly restaurant opened and closed in a month at The Harbor

In case you blinked and missed it, the Dragonfly Asian Grill and Sushi Bar opened and closed after only being open for about one month at The Harbor.

There must be a curse in that building. Four restaurants have come and gone there. I think the restaurant which was there the longest was for about 3-4 months.

We had visited the Dragonfly twice right after it opened. The first time was excellent! I’m going to miss the Mongolian Beef.

The second time my wife took her sister visiting from California. That was a disaster! It was the night that two chefs had a fight and left the place with just one cook!

The owner was a very nice lady who owns two successful eateries in Dallas. She told me that she had numerous problems with water leaking through windows and more and had to delay her opening for months.

I guess either she got fed up with more problems or maybe people just didn’t come in. On the other hand, perhaps she left because The Harbor declared bankruptcy.

I need to learn more. Anybody know?

Rockwall Council member Scott publicly accuses JP Karr of not doing his job

There’s still a feud going on between Rockwall City Council member Matt Scott and Justice of the Peace David Karr.

I recently learned that Rockwall City Council member Matt Scott publicly blasted Rockwall Justice of the Peace David Karr last November on his blog, accusing him of not doing his job.

Judge Karr is still upset about what Matt wrote and later took down on his blog at Matthew R. Scott, Rockwall City Council Member Place 5 blog.

As I understand it, Matt didn’t leave the blog post up for too long, but several residents did read it who then alerted Judge Karr, who says he was surprised and still is concerned about what Matt wrote.

Matt had written that, based upon conversations with people who work “routinely” with the JP (who’s been in office for 26 years), that Judge Karr has made at least one family wait for hours before he went to their home to complete a death inquest because he was busy having dinner.

He also wrote that since Judge Karr stopped arraigning prisoners at the jail after he moved his office that he was forcing the County to pay others to do his job.

Furthermore, he urged voters to boot Judge Karr out of office for failing to do his job and elect Assistant Garland Fire Chief Jack James instead.

James was elected on March 2.

The whole story will appear shortly in If you know any more details about this feud, please let us know.

Judge Karr says he wants to apologize to any family that had to wait hours for a death inquest. As far as he knows, there isn’t one.

Matt told me and the judge that he’s not willing to reveal who told him about this, and doesn’t know who the family is.