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January 2, 2014

2013 in Review

A look back at 2013 through the year’s top stories as compiled by the WD staff

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However, his defense team told the judge they believed him to be competent to stand trial and did not raise an insanity defense.

Camfield is also believed to have possibly caused a fire a month earlier that destroyed a vacant Weatherford ISD administrative building where he had been staying.

NUMBER NINE – Teskey’s raid

The popular Teskey’s Saddle Shop in Weatherford and neighboring business, Bar H Equine, were closed for a day on Aug. 28 as Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents executed search warrants stemming from a three-year criminal investigation.

Former employees accused the business of removing federally required labels from imported products to mislead customers about where the items were made, though both businesses denied the accusations, stating they did not know the labeling requirements.

Two former employees of Teskey’s Saddle Shop, identified as the importer for “Teskey’s” and “Bar H Equine” branded merchandise, reported in April 2010 that they had been instructed to remove labeling from various items before displaying them for sale and to tell customers that the saddlery items were made by Teskey’s in Texas, according to a special agent’s sworn statement.

Officials said they tracked several shipments to Teskey’s of items that were labeled “Made in India” and later collected hundreds of discarded “Made in India” labels from the trash bin outside the business.

During visits to Teskey’s, special agents reportedly observed hundreds of products with no foreign country of origin labeling, many displaying Teskey’s labeling and branding stamp and some with Bar H Equine labeling.

“Teskey’s” branded tack on display throughout Teskey’s Saddle Shop during a June visit did not have country of origin labels, and an employee said she did not know where a breast collar was made, Walker wrote.

Asked if the belts labeled “Teskey’s” were made locally, another employee allegedly told a special agent the belts were made in the United States.

Investigators seized computers, documents, miscellaneous leather goods, belts, saddles, “Made in India” labels and a truck and trailer from the Fort Worth and Weatherford Teskey’s locations and the Bar H Equine location. 

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