Hopkins County – A Hopkins County judge Wednesday sentenced 39-year-old Gary Jordan Cozzens to seven life terms, the maximum punishment, for multiple counts of child sexual assault.
The sentences are to be served consecutively. Cozzens is said to have committed four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and three counts of indecency with a child last fall. The female victim; a relative of Cozzens's, is mentally challenged, and was 13 at the time of the offense.
– The Cash for Clunkers program seems to have the support of local car buyers and sellers, as dealerships across the region are showing fewer cars on the lot.
Wyman Williams with Williams Motors in Commerce says his business is selling several small and full-sized pickup trucks, smaller cars that get good fuel economy, as well as Chevy Cobalt and Pontiac Vibe models.
He says it's important for people to understand if they qualify for the program.
Greenville – The Greenville City Council Tuesday was presented the proposed budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.
In an effort to sustain services to the public and work toward achieving the goals of the city council, City Manager Steven Alexander presented a proposed budget that lowers the tax rate and does not call for an increase in water or sewer rates.
Paris – The body of 24 year old Marine Sgt. Jay M. Hoskins, of Paris, will be flown into Cox Field tomorrow about noon.
Area residents are asked to line the streets as Sgt Hoskins's body is transported to Fry-Gibbs Funeral Parlor. The funeral will be held in the North Lamar Gym with full military honors on Saturday at 10 am.
Hoskins is the first combat casualty from Paris in the post 9-11 era. He and two other military soldiers were killed following a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan.
Commerce – A construction worker at the new Music Building on the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus receives emergency service after falling at least 25 ft Wednesday.
The Hispanic male was transported by air ambulance to Parkland Hospital in Dallas.
According to Lieutenant Jason Bone with the University Police Department, the man suffered both eye and head injuries. Two members of the construction crew said the individual was unconscious upon emergency arrival at the scene.