Paris, Texas – Citizens in Lamar County may soon be joining others in Northeast Texas under mandatory watering restrictions. Paris officials say levels at Lake Crook and Pat Mayse reservoirs are at 71% and are expected to reach 70% soon, which will trigger Stage Two of drought contingency plans.
Commerce – The Commerce City Council voted to amend Stage Two of drought contingency plans in regular session Tuesday to include stricter water restrictions within the city. No outdoor watering at all will be allowed Monday through Friday with hose-end sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems.
Lone Oak – Funeral services are Friday for a Greenville City worker that died in a Tuesday morning accident near Campbell. 34 year old David Gann of Lone Oak was pinned between a dump truck and a bulldozer after his truck was pulled free when it got stuck while dumping a load at the Republic/Maloy Landfill near Campbell.
Greenville – A City of Greenville employee was killed Tuesday morning in an accident at a landfill near Campbell. 34 year old Wastewater Operator David Gann of Lone Oak was pinned between a dump truck and a bulldozer after dumping a load of sludge at the Republic/Maloy Landfill. According to officials, Gann's truck had become stuck at the landfill and the bulldozer was being used to pull the truck free, and Gann somehow became pinned between the two vehicles as he went to unhook the tow chain.
Commerce – The Commerce City Council in regular session last night unanimously passed a new Animal Control Ordinance that has caused some controversy. Drafting of a new ordinance was spurred by complaints to the city about animals and a need to update obsolete regulations. But the part of the ordinance that caused a stir is a regulation that limits households to no more than 5 dogs and cats.
Hopkins County – Hopkins County will be receiving nearly a quarter of a million dollars in grant money to help fight crime. Governor Rick Perry allocated $3.6 million to help establish special units targeting violent crime and drug enforcement. The funds will allow local officers to obtain the latest law enforcement equipment. Sulphur Springs has already partnered with the Hopkins County Sheriff to establish a special crimes unit.
Paris, Texas – A Paris woman was arrested Sunday after leading police on a chase and crashing her vehicle into a light pole. Officers were responding to a burglary-in-progress in the 1700 block of North Main when they spotted 34 year old Sheri Hawthorn heading south in a dark Ford minivan. When police attempted to stop the vehicle, the van turned and led police through several turns and streets before crossing four lanes of traffic on Clement Road and hitting a light pole.
Greenville – The Hunt County Courthouse will soon test a new security measure intended to detect weapons and other contraband. The device from View Security Systems looks like a standard metal detector, but will work faster and provide a visual location of any concealed weapons. It also takes and archives pictures of every person passing through.
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Greenville – One person is dead and a child is the suspect in a Saturday stabbing in Greenville. Emergency crews responded to a call shortly after 10pm Saturday in the 4400 block of Stonewall Street in Greenville. One man was taken from the scene to Presbyterian of Greenville and pronounced dead after being stabbed. A 12 year old male has been taken into custody in connection with the incident.