Paris – Gov. Rick Perry has appointed licensed counselor and Paris resident Pam Russell as one of five professionals to the Task Force to Reduce Child Abuse and Neglect.
Perry's office formally made the announcement this week.
Russell is an author and co-owner of Paris Counseling Center. The goal of the task force is to establish strategies for reducing child abuse and neglect and for improving child welfare in Texas. The group was commissioned by the 81st Texas Legislature.
Hunt County – More highway lanes will be available in Hunt County. Additional lanes of U.S. Highway 380 are expected to be opened and be available for traffic today.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced Tuesday that contractor RK Hall Construction is proposing to open up the two eastbound lanes of the highway between the Collin County Line and Farm-To-Market Road 903 Wednesday, weather permitting.
Greenville – An attorney has been appointed for a Wills Point man, charged in the weekend shooting death of a Quinlan-area resident.
A judge Tuesday appointed the attorney for Lanny Dean Campbell, who remains in jail on $1 million bond. No additional hearings were immediately scheduled.
Quinlan Police responded Saturday to a call of shots fired at a home in the 2400 block of Cottonwood in the Waco Bay subdivision. Deputies found James Michael McKinnis lying in the front yard of the residence with apparent gunshot wounds.
Commerce – Commerce Police are investigating a reported break-in at the city's water treatment plant that resulting in gallons of raw sewage being dumped into a local creek.
The incident occurred sometime Monday evening.
A broken valve led to the sewage spill, which dumped into an unnamed tributary of the Sulphur River, which feeds Cooper Lake. It was unclear of how many gallons actually spilled into the creek or how much of the waste will be diluted.
Commerce – A Commerce business is hoping to retrieve its license after having it revoked following a New Year's Day shooting.
The City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday regarding an appeal of a dance hall license at The Lodge. One person was stabbed and two shot following an altercation at the business. Four individuals would later be arrested.
Council was to address the issue two weeks ago but failed to meet a quorum.
Paris – A Richardson man has been arrested by Paris Police after receiving word the individual was selling crack cocaine.
Police obtained a warrant Monday to search Jimmy Don Williams' vehicle, which was sitting in the 400 block of West Campbell Street. The search would reveal a substantial amount of crack cocaine and over $1400 cash in the vehicle's console.
The 46-year-old Williams was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance in a drug free zone.