Cash – A double homicide near Cash is being investigated by the Hunt County Sheriff's Office, according to the Greenville Herald Banner. 42 year old Cora McAbee, the owner of Cora's Caf near Cash, has been identified as one of the victims found early yesterday in a residence along County Road 2174. 29 year old Brandon Justin Howell was also found dead at the scene. The bodies were found by McAbee's sister.
The manner of the homicides has not been released and no suspects have been named in the crime.
Commerce – A Commerce man has been found not guilty of aggravated kidnapping and retaliation. James Matthew McGuckie was also cleared of a count of aggravated assault, but found guilty on a misdemeanor assault and ordered to pay a fine.
McGuckie was also found guilty on three drug charges and sentenced to 11 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division and two years in state jail.
Commerce – A group of parents and Commerce ISD administrators met earlier this week to discuss a survey outlining dangerous behavior in teenagers. The Youth Risk Behavior Study was administered to students across the state and nation, including 194 Commerce High School students, with parental permission. That number represents about 38% of the students. In most schools, around 98% of students take the survey.
Hunt County – A Hunt County man remains in jail on charges of illegal dumping for commercial purposes, a state jail felony. 33 year old Dustin Willcuts was arrested Tuesday for dumping construction materials on his property near Poetry. His bail has been set at $5,000. He could face 2 years in jail and a $10,000 fine for that charge. Willcuts may also be charged with Dumping Adjacent to a Waterway, which carries a penalty of up to 5 years in prison and up to a $100,000 fine.
Lamar County – A Lamar County man is not going to be tried for shooting and apprehending a bank robber in April. 34 year old John Piper shot the alleged bank robber as he wandered near his property. Police had been on a four hour manhunt searching for the suspect that robbed People's National Bank in Paris.
Hunt County – A run-off election for a place on the Hunt Memorial Hospital District board of trustees has been set for June 10th. Dr. Scott Pierce and incumbent John C. Nelson tied for the place in the May elections. The election will decide the second seat for Place 2. Phillip Kilgore was elected to the first seat.
Commerce – Law enforcement agencies all across the nation launch the "Click it or Ticket" campaign today. For Texas, the goal of the program is to save lives and reduce injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes by increasing seat belt usage from the current 90 percent usage rate to the state's goal of 92 percent.
Commerce Police and The A&M-Commerce police will be out in force looking for violators of the state's safety belt and child safety seat laws.
The massive enforcement effort runs through June 4th.
Hunt County – Heavy rains early this year have led to the lifting of drought status for Hunt County. Now, the county is just listed as abnormally dry, which signifies low lake levels in area reservoirs.
Heavy rains in February and March help bring some much-needed moisture to the area. The rains prompted the severe and extreme drought conditions Hunt County had been under for nearly a year to be lifted.
Commerce – For the second meeting in a row, a citizen voiced his concerns before the Commerce City Council over a section of town that may have a growing drug and traffic problem. Charles Yates addressed his concerns about the situation along Washington, Lee, and Greenville Streets in Commerce. Yates said he has witnessed drugs deals, over 20 youths openly smoking marijuana with small children nearby, and heavy pedestrian traffic in the middle of the street.