Greenville – An out of town suspect is arrested in Greenville for possession of marijuana. Martin Romero Dominguez of Kenosha, Wisconsin was pulled over along Interstate 30 for a traffic stop Monday evening.
Commerce – The City of Commerce has given final approval toward a city wide drainage study. The City Council Tuesday, following the passage of a reimbursement resolution, has given Hayter Engineering the go ahead to conduct the study.
The Council approved the hiring of Hayter during its last meeting at a cost of $78,690. The funds were initially generated through the City's general fund, but needed to be redistributed from funds from bond proceeds before Hayter could begin the study.
Commerce – The Commerce School Board addressed the possible purchase of new buses when it met Monday night.
Board members expressed a desire to commit to the purchase of two new buses per year to maintain a modern fleet.
The Board had allocated $160,000 towards the purchase of two new buses for the 2008-2009 school year. However, it was recommended those buses include cameras and air conditioning, costing an additional $11,764, for a total of $171,764.
More details about a plan to expand Highway 24 will be discussed this week. The Sulphur River Regional Mobility Authority (SURMMA) will meet this week and possibly take action on an application for pass through financing for the proposed Highway 24 project. The project will expand the ten mile section of the highway from Commerce to Paris from two lanes to four. The SURMMA board will meet Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center in Greenville.
Commerce – The Commerce School Board Monday took no action regarding the use of cell phones in the district's school zones.
The item was first brought up after a citizen expressed concern during the board's June meeting of how operating a cell phone in a school zone can pose risks to students.
After receiving from the City of Commerce and discussing Monday the contents of a proposed ordinance prohibiting the use of cell phones in school zones, board members gave no formal approval of the ordinance.
Royse City – The Royse City Police Department, in conjunction with Rockwall County Crime Stoppers has implemented a Crime Stoppers program in the city.
Crime Stoppers is a nationally renowned program that will pay up to $1000 for a crime tip(s) that result in the arrest and conviction of a criminal(s). Royse City Citizens may report a crime tip by calling 972-771-TIPS or 972-771-8477.
Greenville – Michael Wayne Monckton, a white male, age 34, is charged with Burglary of a Building.
At approximately 3:30 a.m. Monday, a Greenville Police Officer observed a person walking along Gillespie Street with a credit card in his hand and stopped to ask the individual about the card. The individual showed the officer a Lowe's Commercial credit card issued in the name of Ridgecrest Baptist Church. The man told the officer that he had found the credit card on the street.
Greenville – A recent report shows a sharp increase in crime in Greenville. Significant increases were reported in July in most major crime categories when compared to the same month one year ago. Overall, there were 246 Part One crimes homicides, forcible rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts and automobile thefts recorded locally during July, representing an increase of 27.4 percent from July 2007.
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Commerce – The City of Commerce's Immediate Response Information System (IRIS) is set to begin next month. The City implemented the program July 1, and has since been testing the service by sending out notifications via home phone, cell phone and/or email.