Sulphur Springs – Two smash-and-grab burglaries overnight Sunday in Sulphur Springs may be related to other burglaries reported in the Metroplex. Officers were alerted to the store alarm sounding at O'Reilley's Auto parts store in Sulphur Springs around midnight Sunday. On the scene in less than two minutes, officers found the front door shattered and the store safe missing, which held an undisclosed amount of money and keys to company trucks. The safe was the only thing missing.
Greenville – A former Greenville Police officer has pleaded guilty to charges of official oppression. John Kenneth White entered the plea Friday.
White responded to an altercation in May of 2005 between four black males and three Hispanic males that reportedly involved at least one weapon. After White had arrested one of the Hispanic suspects, a 13 yard old boy approached a second suspect. From video taken by his patrol car camera, White was seen shoving the boy with both hands to the ground.
Greenville – There will be only one entrance and exit to the Hunt County Courthouse starting today. The ground floor doors on Lee Street will be the only public doors to the building, and a scanner has been placed at the entrance that will not only act as a metal detector, but will also be able to visually locate concealed weapons and other contraband. A picture of each person entering the building will also be archived by the device.
Hunt County – The burn ban for Hunt County has been lifted. County commissioners voted to end the burn ban yesterday in special session. Recent rains prompted the session and the recommendation by Hunt County Fire Marshall Mike Pierce to lift the burn ban. Residents can now legally burn brush, limbs, and untreated lumber.
The ban had been in place since June 26th after two years of drought in Northeast Texas. Hunt County is one of the last counties in the region to lift their burn ban.
Commerce – Hunt County Commissioners will consider lifting the burn ban today in special session. It will be the second time in two weeks the Commissioner's Court has considered lifting the burn ban. After some areas of the counties received more than four inches of rain over the weekend, Hunt County Fire Marshall Mike Pierce said conditions are right to lift the ban.
Commerce – A political debate is scheduled today on the A&M-Commerce campus between State Representative Dan Flynn and challenger Scott Cornaud. The debate is scheduled for 1pm today in the Founder's Lounge of the Memorial Student Center on campus.
Commerce – The City of Commerce will be holding Trick or Treating on the downtown square once again this Halloween. All merchants of Commerce are invited to participate in the event that seeks to provide a safe environment for children as they go trick-or-treating.
Traffic will be closed in downtown Commerce from 5:30 to 7 the evening of Tuesday, October 31st to allow for a safer Halloween atmosphere.
Commerce – More than 30 employers will be on hand tomorrow as A&M-Commerce hosts their Fall 2006 Job Fair. The job fair is open to the public and will run from 10am to 2pm Wednesday in the Memorial Student Center on the A&M-Commerce campus. In addition to employers, those interested in continuing education can meet with representatives of Texas Wesleyan University Law School and A&M-Commerce Graduate School or Alternative Teacher Certification.
Northeast Texas – Early voting for the November 7th general election begins next week, and several debates and political forums are scheduled in the coming days. The Greenville Herald Banner will be hosting a candidate's forum tomorrow evening from 6pm to 9pm in the old Greenville Post Office. Invited are candidates running for Congress, State Senate and House, Hunt County Court-at-Law, County Commissioner Precinct 2 and 4, and Justice of the Peace.