A year in review: Area controversies in 2013

AMARILLO, TX - As we wrap up another year, NewsChannel 10 is taking time to reflect on some of the biggest news stories from the area.

The 2013 NewsChannel 10 archives are full of odd allegations, lawsuits, and controversies in counties and cities all over our the viewing area. Here are a few of them:

  • In March, the City Superintendent of Hooker, Oklahoma was arrested after admitting to shooting two stray dogs at the city golf course. Forest Osbourne was charged with two counts of "outraging public decency." He still works for the city of Hooker. 

  •  The Fritch Police Department came under scrutiny after two residents sued the department claiming they closed an investigation because the suspect Was related to a Hutchinson County Sheriff's deputy.

  • At the same time, a Texas Rangers investigation into Fritch city finances started after the city repeatedly failed to pay bond payments. That investigation is still under way.

  • Just last week, the Roosevelt County Clerk's Office was left empty after the clerk and her deputy chief resigned the day after the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage legal. A new county clerk was appointed Monday. 

  • An on-going controversy was printed on thousands of dollars worth of merchandise when Amarillo revealed a new city logo at their 100th charter anniversary party. It didn't take long for residents to see the resemblance to a Dubai company's logo.The city withdrew the logo soon after, and launched a contest for a new, original design to be chosen in 2014.  

  • A county sheriff became the subject of a Texas Ranger's investigation and ended up spending some time behind bars after being charged with abuse of official capacity and official misconduct. The charges stemmed from Sheriff Jerry Allen hiring his step-daughter in the sheriff's office.The case is being handled out of Wilbarger County.

  •  A former area sheriff is still facing some serious allegations. Two former Swisher county employees filed a suit against Emmett Benevidez back in October. The suit accused Benevidez of making in-appropriate sexual advances towards two females under his supervision and accuses County Judge Harold Keeter of retaliating against the women when they reported the abuse. Just last week, four employees in the sheriff's office turned in their resignations.