Hunt County – A Hunt County jury is set to decide today the fate of Arthur Lee Allen Jr., who was convicted of capital murder last week. The Quinlan-area man now faces life in prison or death by lethal injection.
Paris, Texas – A disabled Paris man that went missing for nearly a week was found in a wooded area near a lake Friday. 34 year old Brandon Scott Echols was found some distance away from the motorized wheelchair he uses for mobility. He was still wearing the same clothes he was in when he went missing last Monday. Police were unsure of how long Echols had been out in the woods, and if he had been exposed to the freezing temperatures of last week.
Greenville – A search firm handling the finding of a new superintendent for Greenville Schools is looking for public input. Arrow Educational Services, Inc. has scheduled a public meeting for tomorrow at 7pm in the Wesley Martin Operations Center on Moulton Street. The meeting is aimed at gathering public input into the main characteristics for the new superintendent. A similar meeting is scheduled with GISD staff members earlier Tuesday.
Hunt County – A Quinlan area man has been found guilty of capital murder after three hours of jury deliberation yesterday. Arthur Lee Allen Jr. was found guilty of the murder of Hazel Shores, his wife's aunt, in May of last year. She died of stab wounds around the throat and neck. Allen kept his head bowed and showed no emotion as the verdict was reached.
The decision on whether to sentence Allen to life in prison or death by lethal injection will be made when the sentencing phase of the trial begins Monday morning.
Paris, Texas – Paris Police are asking for the public's help in locating a disabled man missing since Monday. 34 year old Brandon Thomas Echols lives with his parents in West Paris, and uses a motorized wheelchair for mobility. He has paralysis in his right arm, takes medication, and needs assistance. On Monday, he left the house to go to a local restaurant for food, and never returned.
Commerce – In two tight games last night, the A&M-Commerce women's basketball team fell to Eastern New Mexico while the men's team came out on top thanks to the heroics of Senior Jermart Miller.
The women's team drops to 4-3 on the season after a loss Tuesday on the road to Division I Oklahoma State 67-43 and last night's nail biter to Eastern New Mexico 66-63. Eastern New Mexico goes to 6-1 after the win.
Commerce – Citizens in Commerce are being asked to voluntarily limit their usage of water due to drought. The Commerce City Council in regular session declared mild drought conditions for the City of Commerce last night. The declaration institutes the first phase of drought contingency plans for the city. The first phase includes asking citizens to voluntarily limit their usage of water and includes a public information campaign to inform the public of drought conditions and ways to conserve water.
Commerce – The Commerce Police have arrested four people for possession of what is believed to be crack cocaine after reports of suspicious activity at a local hotel. Officers were called out to the Holiday Lodge in Commerce on Monday after reports of suspicious activities of two males and two females in adjoining rooms. One of the females told police she was an evacuee of the recent Hurricane Rita, while the other three were Hunt County residents. The four suspects gave police consent to search both rooms.
Hunt County – Despite a very mild fall, winter may be hitting the area full-force in the next few days. An arctic cold front is expected to hit Hunt County today, and freezing precipitation or snow may follow by tomorrow. Today has been declared Winter Weather Awareness Day by the Texas Division of Emergency Management, and the bitter cold looks to arrive just in time for it. There may be up to a 50% chance of some precipitation for tomorrow, but forecasters don't expect any accumulation to stick.
Wills Point – A warrant has been issued in connection with the disappearance of over $225,000 missing from the Wills Point ISD general fund. A former payroll clerk of the district has been named in the second-degree felony charges.