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I-Team Investigation Spurs Internal Police Probe

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ALVARADO (CBS11 I-TEAM) - A CBS 11 I-Team report has triggered an internal investigation into how a popular North Texas youth coach was treated once a police captain accused her of cussing at him.

The Alvarado City Council met in closed session Monday night with Capt. Gary Melson and his boss, Police Chief Brad Anderson, to discuss the jailing of Jessica Curs, a winning coach of third-grade girls in Burleson.

Curs was issued an arrest warrant, and spent six hours behind bars, two months after Melson accused her of calling him a dirty name, and then said she attempted to flee from him.

Johnson County Attorney Bill Moore said last week he was preparing to charge Curs with evading arrest, a Class A misdemeanor, but dropped the case after learning details uncovered by the I-Team.

That investigation drew into question whether Melson ever attempted to take Curs into custody, while off duty and in civilian clothes, during a girls' basketball game between Alvarado and Curs' team from Burleson.

In exclusive interviews with the I-Team, Curs said she did nothing wrong, and a referee said he saw nothing to merit police action.

During its regular city council meeting Monday night, the mayor and council members went into executive session. They were followed into a back room by Melson and his chief.

They emerged from the closed-door session about 40 minutes later and all - but Melson- returned to council chambers, where Mayor Dewayne Richters announced that "no action" had been taken in the personnel matter.

The Alvarado City Manager's Office told the I-Team that Melson is the focus of a dual internal investigation, conducted by the town and its police department, and that Melson remained on active duty.

The internal investigation is expected to be concluded soon, the city said.

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