Hunt County – A Hunt County woman has been diagnosed with a case of West Nile virus. The announcement came late last week by the Hunt County Health Department. Officials were notified of the case after a woman was referred to Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. It is the first case of West Nile diagnosed in Hunt County this year.
There were two cases last year, one human and one horse; and 125 human cases statewide, including 11 fatalities.
Northeast Texas – Some much needed rain yesterday, but not enough. Thunderstorms blew through the area yesterday, bringing about an inch of rain and a break from soaring temperatures. But Northeast Texas is still dry, and much more rain would be needed to alleviate drought conditions.
Late last week, Bonham moved to Stage II of their Emergency Water Demand Plan. In addition to requests for customers to limit outside watering to non-peak hours between 10:30pm and 5:30am, several mandatory restrictions have also been enacted.
Commerce – A&M-Commerce is seeking permission from The University of Oklahoma to contact a quarterback released amidst controversy earlier this week. Rhett Bomar's release from the Sooners drew national attention after an investigation showed he and another player violated NCAA rules by taking payment in excess of actual work at a car dealership in Norman, Oklahoma.
By rule, any Division I player can transfer to a Division II and play the next season.
Texas – The tax-free weekend is underway all across Texas. Now through midnight Sunday, most clothing and footwear that costs less than $100 will be exempt from sales tax. Other items and accessories will also be tax-exempt this weekend.
This is the eighth year Texas has had the tax-free weekend. The holiday occurs the first weekend of every August.
Denton County – A man suspected of driving drunk is now in jail for stealing a police car. Denton County Sheriff's Deputies were alerted to a truck that was driving erratically, and one deputy spotted a truck matching the description parked at a convenience store yesterday. The deputy stopped to question the man.
As he was talking to the man, someone else stopped and asked the deputy for direction. As the deputy was occupied, the first man jumped into the squad car and took off.
Hopkins County – A 40 year old Hopkins County woman has been arrested and charged with second degree felony theft by Sulphur Springs Police. Ruthy Ann Couch of Como is accused of stealing at least $100,000 from AK Gillis and Sons, her employer. Couch was taken into custody Tuesday. Bond has been set at $50,000.
Commerce – The Commerce City Council passed the first reading of a new, robust animal control ordinance in regular session last night. The previous animal control ordinance was revamped, with much more detail added, definitions clarified, and new measures put in place to address animal cruelty, livestock, pet registration, and number of pets allowed per household.
Hopkins County – A man is in Hopkins County jail on drug charges after leading state troopers on a chase through four counties early Monday morning. Former Pittsburg resident, 27 year old Daymeon Delmond Johnson began running when police tried to pull him over along Highway 11 east of Pickton just after midnight Monday morning. He led troopers through Wood, Franklin, and Camp counties before he jumped out of his vehicle and attempted to make his escape on foot.
Hunt County – A south Hunt County man has been indicted on a charge of illegal dumping after allegedly piling construction debris on a property near Poetry. 33 year old Dustin Willcutts was arrested by a Hunt County Environmental Enforcement Officer May 23rd after allegedly dumping concrete, rebar, brick, roofing materials, and more on a property near the Poetry community and then covering much of it up.