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.
Commerce – The Commerce City Council may consider stricter water restrictions in regular session tomorrow. The council meets in the Commerce Middle School library at 7pm tomorrow evening.
City Manager Bill Shipp told the council that city staff would be examining the next phase of drought contingency plans and likely make changes more suited to the city at this time. Shipp planned to bring those changes before the council tomorrow.
Cash – Hunt County Sheriff's officials say they have a prime suspect in a double murder near Cash earlier this year, but no arrests have been made. Officials say they are certain who is responsible for the crime, but do no have enough evidence to go to trial.
The bodies of Cora Melton McAbee and Brandon Justin Howell were found in McAbee's residence near Cash over two months ago. Both had been killed with a shotgun.
Lindale – Manslaughter charges have been filed against a man that left his infant in the car all day long. Charges were filed Wednesday against Lindale reserve police officer Kevin Petty. The 34 year old forgot to drop his five month old daughter off at daycare Tuesday morning when he parked his truck at Lindale City Hall and left in a police cruiser to attend a class in Canton.
Around 3:20 in the afternoon, he called Lindale police in a panic, but the girl was already dead.
Hunt County – 19 year old Brandon Dale Woodruff was in the latest pretrial hearing Thursday with charges of capital murder in connection with the deaths of his parents. Woodruff has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The bodies of Woodruff's parents were found in October 2005 in their home northeast of Royse City. The couple had just moved from Heath. The Woodruffs had been shot and/or stabbed, according to an indictment against Woodruff.
Commerce – A Commerce man has pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault and retaliation on a witness. 41 year old Conrrado Diaz Castillo remains in Hunt County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.
The charges stem from an incident last August in the 1600 block of Park Street in Commerce. Castillo and another man were said to have been drinking when the other man began to taunt Castillo. Castillo then hit the man with a hammer and sent him to the emergency room where he was treated for three wounds to the head.
Sherman – A Tom Bean man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for shooting at Sherman Police last December. 22 year old Bobby Lee Murphy pled guilty to two charges of attempted capital murder in connection with the incident. Last December, Murphy was shot by Sherman Police after a chase that ended at a gas station when the tires on his car were spiked and he attempted to flee on foot.
Lindale – Authorities say an infant was found dead in a hot, parked vehicle outside Lindale City Hall yesterday.
A reserve police officer parked his truck during the morning and drove a police car to a law-enforcement class in Canton, about 30 miles away. Justice of the Peace James R. Cowart told The Associated Press that, about 3:20 P-M, the man contacted Lindale police in a panic and said he did not recall taking his infant to day care that day.