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Court arraigns La Vernia police officer, three others


LA VERNIA -- Officer Tracy McBlain, a more-than-12-year veteran of the La Vernia Police Department, has been placed on administrative leave, following her March 7 arraignment in Wilson County Court, according to La Vernia Police Chief Bruce Ritchey. McBlain, her husband, and two others are charged with criminal trespass, in connection with a Dec. 4, 2011, incident.

The complaints allege that McBlain, 46 and her 48-year-old husband, Franklin, along with 49-year-old Antonio Duran and 50-year-old Blanca Rosa Wilkins, all of Floresville, allegedly cut through a chain securing a gate of a residence on Creek Park Drive north of Floresville before entering the property. All four were reported to have refused to leave the premises, even after a tenant told them to depart.

Ritchey said the La Vernia officer was not on duty at the time of the incident. Her husband Franklin, a San Antonio Police Department veteran of more than 20 years, has been temporarily suspended without pay effective March 9, according to a department spokesman.

All four suspects were released from the Wilson County Jail after each posting a $2,000 bond, according to jail records. They are due to return to court May 4 for a pretrial hearing. If convicted, each faces up to 180 days in jail, a fine of up to $2,000, or both.

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