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Chris Bartsch

Friday, May 21st, 2010

County pays $245K in inmate death settlement

Hays County recently agreed to pay $245,000 in a settlement for the widow and children of Torrey Smith, who died from sickle cell anemia while in custody at Hays County Jail in December 2008.

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Hays County Sheriff’s Office hires hypnotist

Hays County Sheriff Tommy Ratliff has hired forensic hypnotist Kevin Ficke as his office's Criminal Investigation Division Lieutenant. Experts say hypnotism can help witnesses remember more, but not necessarily more accurately.