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.
Northeast Texas – The National Night Out is set for tomorrow all across the nation. Each year, the event sponsored by The National Association of Town Watch aims to bring communities and law enforcement closer together to help fight crime.
Many area neighborhoods and law enforcement organizations will be marking the National Night Out.
The Fannin County Sheriff's Office will have hotdogs, live entertainments and more at the Fannin County Courthouse from 7pm to 10pm tomorrow.
Northeast Texas – The National Night Out is set for August 1st all across the country. Last year, 34 million people participated in the event that seeks to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anticrime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.