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March 13, 2013 | 3,829 views | 11 comments

A La Vernia Police Department officer is among a group of suspects arraigned March 7 in Wilson County court, each charged with criminal trespass in connection with a Dec. 4, 2011, incident on Creek Park Drive north of Floresville. The incident has been the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.

La Vernia Officer Tracy McBlain, 46, and her husband, 48-year-old San Antonio Police Department officer Franklin Allen McBlain, both of Floresville, each are charged with one count of criminal trespass. According to criminal complaints filed in the Wilson County clerk’s office, 49-year-old Antonio Duran and 50-year-old Blanca Rosa Wilkins, both also of Floresville, were arraigned on similar charges.

The complaints allege that the four cut through a chain securing the gate of a residence and entered the property. In Wilkins’ and Franklin McBlain’s complaints, it indicates that the two allegedly entered a home on the property. All four were reported to have refused to leave the premises, even after a tenant told them to depart.

All four suspects were booked into the Wilson County Jail, where records indicate they were released after each posting $2,000 bond.

“Officer [Tracy] McBlain was not on duty at the time of the incident and was not acting in the capacity of a La Vernia police officer,” La Vernia Police Chief Bruce Ritchey wrote in a statement. “Due to the criminal charge, Officer McBlain has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.”

According to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education (TCLEOSE), Tracy McBlain has worked for the La Vernia Police Department for more than 12 years.

A San Antonio Police Department spokesman confirmed March 11 that Franklin McBlain -- a veteran of more than 20 years -- was placed on temporary suspension without pay effective March 9.

All four suspects are due to return to court May 4 for a pretrial hearing. Their charges are considered Class B misdemeanors, meaning each faces up to 180 days in jail, a fine of up to $2,000, or both, if convicted.
 

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Enough is Enough  
La Vernia  
March 22, 2013 11:18am
 
Typical of her... it is good to have her off our streets. She was rude and very ugly and thought she was the strong arm of the law. The others that are involved are just as crooked as she is. The bad part is she spoke to a JP ... More ›

 
P O  
Floresville  
March 21, 2013 11:35pm
 
Todd are you really that slow? She was sitting at the scene of the disturbance as it was going on. SHE WAS AT THE DISTURBANCE AS IT WAS HAPPENING !!!!! she waited the 20 minutes for another Officer. I realize the response time. ... More ›

 
Todd K  
March 21, 2013 10:22pm
 
PO, you explained it perfectly.. My point is that 20 min for either police/fire/ems is considered normal. Lots of things can happen in those 20 minutes. Do I agree with that response time? Absolutely not. Unfortunately ... More ›

 
P O  
Floresville  
March 16, 2013 2:22am
 
Well Todd I guess I didn't explain properly, so let me please do that for you now. She sat in the driveway while the disturbance was going on and waited the 20 minutes for the Deputy to arrive because she was scared to go by ... More ›

 
Todd K  
March 16, 2013 2:14am
 
In Wilson County, you WILL wait 20+ min for emergency services. That is normal and if you don't like it, move.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
March 15, 2013 4:13pm
 
Is this a landlord tenant case ?

 
Rabble Rouser Extraordinaire  
Adkins, TX  
March 15, 2013 3:16pm
 
Hmmm, sounds more like they've run across an "educated" renter who knows the in'n & out's! Probably a Career Ender for the two (2) unless acquitted...or the renter gets one (1) more year fre and drops the ... More ›

 
P O  
Floresville  
March 14, 2013 8:17pm
 
No, scared is sitting at the end of a driveway in a marked patrol unit during a domestic disturbance, waiting 20 minutes for another Officer...That's scared. Sure, it's always good to have backup in those situations, but you ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
March 14, 2013 10:58am
 
I guess that they can claim ignorance of the law which might actually be true. :)

 
7th Generation La Vernian  
La Vernia  
March 14, 2013 10:24am
 
P O: The lack of comments on this subject should let you know that 1) no one cares 2) everyone is scared of commenting

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