Greenville – The Greenville Planning and Zoning Commission has voted to recommend limitations on where commercial kennels can operate.
While the rules would apply to any new businesses planning to open locally, the proposed amendment to the city's zoning ordinance would not impact any existing kennels. However, City Planner Lance Estep said additional regulations are being considered for kennels already in operation.
Commerce – A Commerce man is out on bond after attempting to elude officers during a high speed chase over the weekend.
Robert Alan Parker allegedly fled from police after an attempted routine traffic stop. The chase led through several city streets and then northbound on highway 50 with speeds sometimes reaching 100 mph.
Parker would later pull over near a county road, jump out of his vehicle and attempt to kick in the door of a residence. Officers would later take him into custody after Parker ran into a pasture.
Leonard – A disturbing discovery over the weekend leads to the arrest of a Fannin County man.
Deputies and a rescue team from Habitat for Horses were called to a property near Leonard where they found 23 dead donkeys and two dead horses. Nearly a dozen such animals were still alive, but reportedly emaciated.
Property owner Lee Epperson told police he's been out of work and didn't have money to pay for the animals. Epperson is charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty.
Greenville – The Greenville Planning and Zoning Commission may take action tonight to determine whether commercial kennels can operate inside city limits.
No regulations currently exist in the city's ordinances regarding such kennels.
City Planner Lance Estep explained how Animal Control officers have received a variety of complaints regarding the boarding and keeping of domestic pets. Upon an examination of the zoning ordinance, it was discovered that commercial kennels are not regulated.
Commerce – Commerce residents are being warned against a possible scam involving Wal-Mart gift cards.
Police say a woman speaking with a foreign accent has been calling residents and telling them they've won a store gift card. The woman then proceeds to ask for a bank account number or a credit card number to pay for the shipping of the credit card.
Bonham – A candlelight vigil was held in Bonham yesterday to pay respects to fallen Fannin County Deputy Rahamy Arden Mitchell, who was killed three years ago.
Mitchell was traveling to Leonard to back up an officer there on a family disturbance call when his vehicle hit a slippery patch on state highway 11. He lost traction and overturned the vehicle and was killed at the scene.