As Hurricane Ike pushes through the Gulf of Mexico, coastal areas in both Texas and Louisiana are making preparations.
Tuesday Texas Governor Rick Perry issued a disaster declaration for 88 Texas counties in preparation for Ike, including Hunt, Hopkins, Collin, Lamar and Kaufman Counties.
According to Commerce Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Harrison, both the Commerce Independent School District and Texas A&M University-Commerce have agreed to house any evacuees that may flee to the area.
Campbell – More charges have been filed against a suspect in an armed robbery of a local business. Thomas Charles Jones, of Arkansas, already indicted on a charge of aggravated robbery involving the armed hold-up of a Campbell store, now faces a second indictment. Jones received one indictment last month, which included two counts of aggravated perjury. The indictment was made public by the Hunt County Grand Jury Monday. Jones has pleaded not guilty to the new charges.
Paris – Lamar County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000 in helping solve a graffiti case in Paris.
The Crime occurred between Sunday evening, August 17th, and Monday morning, August 18th. Several unknown persons are reported to have sprayed paint on several city and individually owned businesses downtown.
Greenville – A prison sentence has been handed down in a Greenville shotgun assault. Glenn Gene Guthrie III, of Greenville, was indicted by the Hunt County grand jury in July on one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and also received an indictment for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Guthrie pleaded guilty to both charges Thursday. Under a plea bargain arrangement, Guthrie was sentenced to 10 years in a state prison on both charges.
Campbell – A guilty plea has been entered in an armed robbery in Campbell. After being indicted on charges of aggravated robbery, Candi Nadiyah Hillard pleaded guilty Thursday to a lesser charge. She has also agreed to testify against her husband, who was the alleged co-actor in the robbery. Under a plea bargain arrangement, Hillard was sentenced to 10 years in prison and agreed to testify truthfully against Thomas Charles Jones. Both were indicted in March in their alleged roles in the armed hold-up of a Campbell store.