Weatherford Democrat

Local News

December 22, 2013

Prosecutors win appeals decision in drug search case


A Parker County felony drug case involving the illegal entry of a Weatherford home by Parker County narcotics investigators is headed back to a lower court after Texas’ highest criminal appeals court handed state prosecutors a win last week.

Michael Fred Wehrenberg, 49, who is currently on parole after pleading guilty two years ago to two felony drug charges, is appealing his conviction, arguing that a Parker County judge should not have allowed prosecutors to use evidence obtained after officers made unlawful entry to a house during the August 2010 investigation.

Ruling last week on the issue of how to interpret state law regarding the issue, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals sent Wehrenberg’s appeal back to the Second Court of Appeals.

The Second Court of Appeals will now likely address prosecutors’ argument that the evidence truly was obtained independently of the illegal entry, according to State Attorney Lisa McMinn, who said the justices might consider whether the magistrate who issued the search warrant had knowledge of the prior entry.


Michael Fred Wehrenberg, 49, was arrested Aug. 31, 2010, on charges he was preparing to manufacture methamphetamine.

Several hours after receiving information from a confidential informant that people were about to cook methamphetamine at a residence at 501 Center Point Road, which had been under surveillance for a month, narcotics investigators testified they went to the residence around 12:30 a.m.

Law enforcement officers entered the residence without a warrant or permission, handcuffed and removed Wehrenberg and others from the residence and performed a “protective sweep” of the premises, according to court records, which state no one cooking methamphetamine at the time.

Investigators then sought and obtained a search warrant for the residence shortly before 2 a.m.

Relying only on information provided by the informant, who had “personally observed the suspected parties in possession of certain chemicals with intent to manufacture a controlled substance,” the officer seeking the warrant stated that the suspects were planning to use the “shake and bake” method of manufacturing methamphetamine, described as “fast” and used to prevent detection by police.

Text Only
Local News
  • Pair charged with assaulting kids

    Two Weatherford teens were arrested last week on charges of chasing down two bicycle-riding children in a car and assaulting them in a church parking lot, where the encounter was recorded.

    April 17, 2014

  • easter basket.jpg Easter egg hunt times, locations

    Following is information provided to the WD on four local Easter egg hunts and celebrations planned for Friday and Saturday:

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 2014 ACSI High School District Art Show Winners.jpg Weatherford Christian announces ACSI Art Show winners

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Larue, Jeffrey.jpg Wanted sex offender found in Weatherford

    A sex offender reportedly sought by Hood County authorities after failing to register as required was found in a Weatherford hotel last week, police say, after exposing himself to an employee.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0415 loc WC choir.jpg WC choir presents the works of Eric Whitacre

     The Weatherford College Choir will showcase the music of composer Eric Whitacre on Tuesday, April 29. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Alkek Fine Arts Center. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show is free.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Greenwood Horse Trials to begin May 2

    The annual Greenwood Farm, Inc. International Horse Trials kick off Friday, May 2.


    April 16, 2014

  • Bob Tallman Speaking at Chapel.jpg Tallman speaks at WCS chapel

    World renowned Rodeo Announcer Bob Tallman, better known as the “Voice of Professional Rodeo,” stopped by Weatherford Christian School’s elementary campus april 10 to speak to over 150 students in grades Pre-K through 6th at their bi-weekly chapel. 

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • Hitting the trail for MS

    STEPHENVILLE – The Cowboy Capital MS Trail Ride is a fun-filled event dedicated to raising funds that support national research into the cause and cure for Multiple Sclerosis as well as provide programs to more than 9,000 people in the Lone Star Chapter area whose lives are touched by MS.

    April 16, 2014

  • 0416 loc WISD new HR director.jpg Chapman named WISD’s new Human Resources director

    Members of the Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees last week approved Monty Chapman as the district’s new executive director of Human Resources.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Accidental shooting reported

    Parker County deputies say a shooting that injured a man in the 8500 block of FM Road 1886 shortly after 5 p.m. Friday was reported to be accidental. 

    April 15, 2014

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners Obama Greets Wounded Warriors Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing