Wills Point – A Wills Point man and his daughter entered guilty pleas earlier this month in connection with the 2004 murder of Priscilla Ann Hollers. The son of Hollers, Jimmy Duane Cox pled guilty to murder while his daughter, Nicole Ann Marie Cox, pled guilty to manslaughter.
Jimmy Duane Cox was the person that made the original call to 911 saying his mother was not breathing. Autopsy reports showed that Hollers had died from blunt force trauma to the head. Authorities said Miss Cox stated a crowbar was used in the murder.
Hopkins County – Two men that led Cumby Police and Hopkins County deputies on a high speed chase Sunday have been arrested. James Arthur Baxley and David Brent Forshee were captured yesterday by the Hopkins County Sheriff after spending a night in the woods. The men fled a routine traffic stop because of outstanding warrants.
Lamar County – A suspect in a bank robbery in Paris last week remains in good condition at Paris Regional Medical Center after taking a shotgun blast to the legs. 32-year-old Michael Allen Hammonds and suspected accomplice 25-year-old Robyn Ann Bradford have both had bond set at $300,000 in connection with the robbery of People's National Bank in Paris. Police say most, if not all, of $15,000 taken in the robbery has been recovered.
Royse City – Royse City Superintendent Mike Harris has been put on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into stolen fuel from the school district. Harris is one of several suspects in an investigation regarding several hundred dollars worth of fuel taken from the transportation department of the district. Harris maintains his innocence and the leave is not said to be any indication of guilt or any decisions made by the school board.
Hopkins County – At least two men eluded Cumby Police and Hopkins County deputies after a high speed chase. The chase began shortly after 10pm Sunday when the men failed to stop for Cumby Police on a routine traffic stop. The chase ended on County Road 1218 south of Brashear when the men wrecked their car and fled on foot. Police attempted to track the men with a K9 unit.
Lamar County – A Lamar County man ended a five-hour manhunt Thursday when he shot a suspected bank robber crossing his property. 34-year-old Johnny Piper shot 32-year-old Michael Paul Hammonds in both legs with a 20 gauge shotgun after warning the man to stop.
Greenville – The Missing Children Alert Program will be conducting their annual free fingerprint/photo I.D. program tomorrow in Greenville. The program will be at Belk Department Store in Crossroads Mall from 10am to 2pm.
The program is free to anyone that would like to bring their children. The child will be fingerprinted, photographed, and the parents will be given an in-depth information sheet and I.D. card intended to help locate and identify any child that has gone missing.
Commerce – Dedication of the new Science Building on the A&M-Commerce campus is set for Tuesday of next week. The new $28 million, 110,000 square foot is the first purely academic building to be built on the A&M-Commerce campus in nearly 30 years.
A collection agency will be going after $1.5 million in unpaid fine in Hopkins County. The agency has been hired to go after the outstanding fines due to the office of the justice of the peace. 30% will be added as the collection agency's fee.
Three people are dead after a four-car wreck near Quinlan Wednesday afternoon. The accident occurred along Highway 276 near the Farm Road 36 intersection.
Fannin County – Two people have been indicted by the Fannin County Grand Jury in connection with a woman who was run over while trying to prevent the abduction of her child. Sheffield Hayden III and Angela Jo Patterson have both been indicted for aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and endangering a child/criminal negligence.