Como – A house fire in Como yesterday killed three people. 45 year old Roxanne Neal, her 26 year old daughter Misty Burkhart, and Burkhart's daughter, 5 year old Brooklyn Edwards all perished in the fire. Burkhart was a soldier based out of Ft. Carson.
A special team of Tarrant County investigators is examining the cause of the deadly blaze.
Greenville – A two vehicle accident involving a City of Greenville dump truck sent one person to the hospital yesterday with minor injuries. The accident occurred at the intersection of Stonewall and Lee Streets in downtown Greenville just before 3:30 yesterday afternoon.
A City of Greenville dump truck was traveling southbound along Stonewall when it collided with the bed of a Chevy S-10 pick-up truck that was westbound on Lee Street. After the collision, both vehicles also crashed into a traffic pole at the intersection.
Greenville – Some Greenville citizens are displaced today after a downtown apartment complex fire yesterday morning. According to the Greenville Herald Banner, a fire at Townhouse Apartments on Lee Street yesterday sent about 40 residents from their homes around 11am. One resident said the fire started in her apartment as winds blew her drapes over a lit candle.
Royse City – Two former employees of the Royse City Municipal Court have been indicted for allegedly stealing about $36,000 from the court. 67 year old Glenda Harrell and her daughter Jennifer M. Hamilton are connected with thefts stemming back to 2002. Police say the women were taking payments for certain citations, and then marking them as dismissed in the computer system. The discrepancies were noticed by a part time municipal court employee.
North Texas – North Texas Law Enforcement agencies are conducting a massive warrant round-up this week. Officers from over 40 municipalities in Colin, Dallas, Tarrant, Johnson, Rockwall, and Denton counties are participating. While many areas conduct periodic warrant round-ups, this is the first operation on such scale and involving six different counties in the region.
Persons with outstanding warrants should contact their local courts for more details. The round-up will last through April 30th.
Point – Point Police Chief Jerry Carlisle has been indicted on multiple charges by a Rains County grand jury. Carlisle faces charges of cruelty to animals and deadly conduct and misdemeanor indictments for abuse of capacity and making a false report. The charges stem from an incident where Carlisle allegedly told a 17 year old that the boy could shoot a dog if the animal came onto the boy's property.
A Sulphur Springs attorney has been appointed as special prosecutor in the case.
New Boston – A brutal beating near New Boston has left an elderly man dead. 73-year-old Calvin Porter was found beaten to death in his home near New Boston. A team of bloodhounds was called to the scene to attempt to track the person responsible for the beating death, but the dogs could not find the trail. No suspect or motive has been uncovered in the case.
Bonham – If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. That's the message Bonham Police are passing on to the public regarding recent home repair scams in the area. Someone will approach homeowners saying they have left over material from a previous job, and can offer a great deal for work, usually involving driveway repairs.
If the work is done, it may not be what was expected and the bill may be a different price than was agreed upon.
Suggestions to avoid becoming victim of such a scam:
Commerce – The Commerce City Council narrowly passed a resolution to change insurance agents in regular session last night. Discussion became heated over whether to take city dollars outside of Commerce for such an expense and some council members questioned what it was the city would gain from moving agents.
Commerce – A Commerce man has had aggravated kidnapping charges and aggravated assault charges against him dropped. 43-year-old James Matthew McGuckie was alleged to have used a gun in the kidnapping or restraining of a Commerce woman in August of last year. McGuckie was also charged to have threatened the woman and her family with retaliation for her service as a witness in the case.
The charges were dropped, however, when the victim named in the indictments could not be found.