Part 1 - John Doe 7. vs. City of Commerce; Commerce woman indicted by Hunt County Grand Jury; Former Wolfe City ISD official sentenced to prison for embezzlement; Former Royse City pastor set to be sentenced Monday on child porn charges; Gov. Perry to speak at TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Rally Party Friday in Sulphur Springs.
Wolfe City – A Wolfe City ISD official is sentenced to prison for embezzlement.
Former business manager Teresa Rene Conley was sentenced Thursday to six months in prison, while her sister, Tonya Deann Hooten was placed on three years of probation. Both were convicted of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from the district in August, 2008.
Both Conley and Hooten were also ordered to repay the federal education funds they swindled.
Royse City – A former area church official is scheduled for sentencing today in a child pornography case.
36-year-old Steve Richardson is the former pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Royse City. Earlier this year, he pleaded guilty to two federal counts; one alleging transporting and shipping child pornography and one alleging the possession of child pornography.
Commerce – A Commerce woman is among a list of people indicted by the Hunt County Grand Jury Friday.
53-year-old Odessa Hatcher was indicted on one count of theft of property of between $1,500 and $20,000 by aggregate amount. Hatcher was alleged to have stolen a total of more than $1,000 in goods and $600 in cash from a Hunt County Wal-Mart during the course of 14 dates between Sept. 2 and Nov. 21, 2008.
A new grand jury will be seated next month to serve the 354 District Court.
Sulphur Springs – Governor Rick Perry and Congressman Ralph Hall are scheduled to speak in Sulphur Springs Friday at a TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party Rally.
The rally will begin at 6:30 p.m. in front of the Hopkins County Courthouse. Also speaking at the event will be Hopkins County Judge Cletis Milsap, Hopkins County GOP Chairman Erwin A. Cain and C. J. Duffey of Color Blind Ministries.
Shots fired in Hopkins County and one killed; Commerce assault case reported Thursday; Charges dropped in Commerce assault case; Father of child who nearly drowned two weeks ago in Sulphur Springs found dead; Royse City man pleads not guilty for allegedly firing on two officers; Officials working protect elderly from heat.
Hunt County – The hot and potentially dangerous conditions throughout the region have local officials working hard to help the elderly.
Hunt County officials met Thursday with representatives from Connection, the transportation service for all Greenville and county residents. Officials are trying to put plan together regarding elderly individuals being effected by the heat, especially those that may not have air conditioning or can't afford to fix it.
Mineola – Trial has been set for the fourth defendant in the Mineola Swingers' Club case.
46-year-old Dennis Boyd Pittman is scheduled to go to trial on July 20 in Smith County District Court. Pittman is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child in connection with his alleged involvement in the case where young children were forced to dance and perform sexual acts for an audience.
Three other people have been convicted in the case, and have each been sentenced to life in prison.