Paris – Paris Police have arrested the man they believe led authorities on a high speed chase through the city Sunday.
27-year-old Christopher Brown was taken into custody Thursday without incident after being served an arrest warrant for evading arrest and detention. At last report he remained in the Lamar County Jail.
Brown had eluded police on Sunday after abandoning the SUV which he was driving. Police were in the area after receiving a call of shots fired in the area of 5th NE and Tudor.
Commerce ISD rating Academically Unacceptable due to coding error, appeal in the works; Piggly Wiggly to reopen in Sulphur Springs; Over $40,000 spent to patrol July 21 protest in Paris; Lamar County recovers evidence which may help solve 2002 murder; Second and final weekend for "Stuff the Bus" in Commerce to benefit students.
– The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has released the 2009 accountability ratings for all state school districts.
As expected, the Commerce ISD received an academically unacceptable rating. As reported, the low rating is a result of the student dropout rate, where one student was inadvertently enrolled at two campuses due to coding issues, resulting in the student being identified as a dropout at Commerce Middle School. CISD officials are appealing the decision.
Fannin County – A dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Friday for the new Fannin County Detention Center and Sheriff's Office.
The new 432-bed jail facility is located at 2389 Silo Road in Bonham. The building will be the 15th private jail facility in Texas operated by Community Education Centers, Inc (CEC). Fannin County will be expected to house between 120-130 prisoners in the new jail, with the majority of beds filled by prisoners under jurisdiction of the U.S. Marshal Service.
Paris – Estimates show the July 21 protests in Paris cost the city, county and state in excess of $40,000 combined.
Approximately 100 law enforcement officers from the Paris Police Department, Lamar County Sheriff's Office and Texas Department of Public Safety were on hand at the protest. More than 500 black and white protesters reportedly showed, compared to the 100 that officials had anticipated.