Northeast Texas – A DWI indictment has been handed down to Community High School coach Benny Ray Smith by the Hunt County Grand Jury. It marks the fourth time Smith has been arrested for drunk driving.
Cooper – A fund has been set up for a Cooper mother of ten children whose home was destroyed by fire Saturday. Marilyn Nichols is a single mother that has adopted many children over the years and had ten living at the home in Cooper. The youngest, a 2-month-old, was killed in the fire and a four-year-old was taken by Careflight to Parkland Hospital in Dallas with burns.
Hunt County – A county-wide sweep was conducted Friday in Hunt County targeting illegal gambling parlors. In total, 13 establishments with around 380 machines were targeted in the sweep.
Three of those establishments were located in the Commerce City limits. Over 50 officers were deployed just after noon Friday to execute search warrants on those establishments in Commerce. Commerce PD, University Police, and the TABC teamed up the sweep that shut down 90 illegal machines in the three locations.
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Commerce – The City of Commerce wastewater treatment plant experienced an unauthorized discharge of an estimated 200,000 gallons of domestic wastewater to the South Sulphur River as a result of heavy rains last weekend. The potentially affected area is located along the eastern edge of Farm to Market 3218 and a short distance east along the feeder branch of the South Sulphur River within a .2 mile wide strip of floodplain between the feeder branch and the treatment plant.
Commerce – The Big Event is tomorrow in Commerce. It will be the eighth year the City of Commerce and Texas A&M University-Commerce have come together to improve the appearance, facilities, and safety of Commerce.
The Big Event will go from 9am to 1pm tomorrow. Some of the planned projects will be painting the lampposts downtown, beautifying the shores of Gee Lake, picking up litter, and planting flowers in various places throughout the city.
Wills Point – A man arrested last month for disrupting a Wills Point City Council meeting returned to the council during regular session last week to calmly address his issues before the council. The Wills Point Chronicle reports the former resident James Lunsford has made accusations against Councilman Mike Jones, saying Jones molested him as a child in the late 80's and early 90's.
Northeast Texas – A few local counties have made the list of the nation's fastest growing counties. A recurring name on the list, Rockwall County has retained its position as third fastest growing county in the nation, and the fastest growing county in Texas. Rockwall posted a 46.1% growth last year.
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Commerce – The Commerce City Council in regular session last night presented a proclamation recognizing Poison Prevention Week. Mayor Sheryl Zelhart said the week is meant to raise awareness over many poisons, but especially those in the household.
ZELHART: With our increasing dependence on household chemicals, we need to be ever-diligent and aware of the hazardouse nature of those chemicals, and we need to make sure that they are stored properly and that children do not have access to them.