Lorenzo Velez stepped onto the Bell City Council dais Monday night and took his seat as the crowd cheered and applauded the only council member not charged with a crime – and the only one who showed up for the council meeting.
Councilman Luis Artiga had resigned earlier in the day. Councilman George Mirabal remains in jail. And Mayor Oscar Hernandez and Councilwoman Teresa Jacobo – both charged with felonies in the public corruption case that has enveloped the city – didn’t attend the meeting, saying they were ill.
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