Greenville – A Greenville woman has been found guilty of murdering her infant child. The trial against Christi Denice King took only two days before a guilty verdict was handed down for the murder in the drowning death of her 10-month-old son. Not a single witness was called by the prosecution during the two days. A pre-sentence investigation has been scheduled as well as a punishment hearing for Sept. 29. King could face a sentence of from five to 99 years to life in prison, with no chance of probation.
Commerce – The City of Commerce has taken the next steps toward improving city streets and utility lines. The City Council approved a contract Tuesday with Hayter Engineering Inc. to conduct a city wide drainage study. The $78,690 needed to fund the study will be subtracted from the $3 million in bonds approved by citizens in May.
Commerce – The City of Commerce will soon be making changes to the city's tax rate. However, that change could benefit some citizens.
The Commerce City Council Tuesday night agreed upon a tax rate decrease of about 2 cents per $100 valuation.
By law, the city will hold two public hearings before the rate becomes effective. That's because the proposed tax rate exceeds either the rollback or effective rate, in this case, the effective rate. The current tax rate for the city is approximately 76 cents per $100 valuation.
Greenville – Testimony begins Tuesday in a child murder case. Opening arguments are also scheduled Tuesday in the trial of a Greenville woman, charged with murder in connection with the drowning death of her infant son. A jury was chosen Monday in the case of Christi Denice King, who has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder involving the death of her 10-month-old son in Jan., 2006. Prosecutors have subpoenaed some 36 witnesses to testify in the case.
Hunt County Crime Stoppers is seeking information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for a rash of area burglaries.
Most recently, suspects are said to have burglarized a safe at the Dollar General in Commerce along Live Oak Street. The incident occurred about a week and a half ago, according to Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews.
Commerce – The Texas Education Agency has recently released accountability ratings for all 1,030 school districts in the state.
Each district and school within the district is either rated Academically Unacceptable, Academically Acceptable, Recognized or Exemplary.
Overall, the Commerce Independent School District was rated as Academically Acceptable, the same overall rating received last year. Individually, however, both the district's elementary schools improved from Academically Acceptable to Recognized.
Greenville – A trial is scheduled to begin in a child drowning case. Jury selection is set for today in the case of Christi Denice King of Greenville, who's charged with murder in connection with the drowning death of her infant son more than two years ago. The 10-month old boy drowned in the bathtub of King's apartment in January 2006. King is also alleged to have abandoned or endangered her prior to his death.
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Commerce – A trial begins Monday in connection to a shooting last year in Commerce. Howard Weatherall Jr. of Commerce has pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with an alleged shooting of a male victim last September. He has also pleaded not guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Jury selection in the case begins Monday.
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Commerce – Registration for the Commerce Independent School District begins tomorrow and runs through Wednesday. The one-stop registration will allow CISD students and parents to complete all paperwork, check on immunization status, receive bus route information and obtain access to student grades.