Commerce – A Sulphur Springs man was taken into custody early Wednesday morning for abandoning or endangering his roommate's two young children. 38 year old Jeffrey Ray Julian Jr. was taken into custody after police received a report from the man's roommate who was unable to enter the shared residence upon returning from a trip to Oklahoma. The 26 year old woman had left her two boys ages 5 and 8 in Julian's care while she was gone. She called police after being unable to enter the residence for an extended period of time.
Commerce – Eight Commerce ISD teachers have been awarded over $58,000 in total for use in the spring semester. The funds were awarded by the Commerce Schools Educational Enrichment Foundation and will be used for innovative programs to enhance student achievement.
The grant monies were given to teachers across all campuses in the Commerce ISD, with a variety of purposes. Last year, the foundation awarded $20,000 in grants. A recent gift of $100,000 allowed the foundation to award more grants that anticipated this year.
Sulphur Springs – In a strange turn, a tape of a polygraph test has been allowed as evidence in a sexual assault case in district court in Sulphur Springs. 36 year old Charles Wick is charged with several counts of sex crimes against children.
Monday, audio tape of Wick's polygraph test was allowed as evidence after a video taped interview between Wicks and Sulphur Springs police referenced the test numerous times.
Commerce – The show Oasis in Space opens tomorrow at the Planetarium on the A&M-Commerce campus. The search for liquid water in outer space will be the focus of the show. The show promises to take audiences on a beautiful voyage through the universe is search of the key ingredient for life on earth water.
Show times are at 7 and 8pm Fridays. For more information visit www.tamu-commerce.edu.
Paris, Texas – The Paris City Council has named a lone candidate as Interim City Manager. Ernest Clark of Tyler said he would talk to each council member individually before deciding to accept the position or not. Clark replaces Tony Williams, who was recently removed from the City Manager position amidst some controversy.
Fannin County – A Fannin County Deputy died early Sunday morning after spinning out of control in his patrol car. 38 year old Rahamy Mitchell was responding to a call just before 1am when his car lost traction on rain-soaked Highway 11 between Bailey and Randolph. The vehicle began to spin and then rolled, ejecting Mitchell from the patrol car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Hunt County – The search for a new Hunt County Fire Marshal is likely to begin today. Acting marshal Mike Pierce resigned in November due to a pay dispute. He had taken over for Dorsey Driggers.
A committee to review applications for the position is likely to be formed in regular session today by the Hunt County Commissioner's Court. Commissioners hope to have the position filled by mid-February.
Cumby – A Cumby police officer made a big drug bust early yesterday morning. Officer Charlie Walker became suspicious of a couple at a beverage store in Cumby and asked if he could search their minivan. After receiving consent, walker found 20 pounds of marijuana hidden in a secret compartment between the floorboard and the spare tire.
Both were arrested on felony drug charges. The couple is from Ohio. One of them is also a teacher at a Daycare center.
Neylandville – A Neylandville residence was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning. The fire that started around 2am Tuesday completely destroyed the residence on County Road 4308 near the intersection of Highway 224. Commerce, Campbell, and Wolfe City fire departments all assisted in responding to the blaze.
No one was injured in the fire. Commerce Fire Chief Tommy Eaton said a cause for the fire remains under investigation, but appears to be accidental.
Commerce – A Fannin County woman has been sentenced after pleading guilty to escaping from Commerce police. 41 year old Stephanie Ann Johnson Pruitt entered a guilty plea to one count of felony escape as part of a plea bargain in connection with an aggravated robbery charge from an armed hold-up in Commerce in April.