Commerce – An investigation is underway in connection to a reported break-in on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce.
University Police are investigating the incident at one of the school's athletic department offices.
Lieutenant Jason Bone says the crime was reported Thursday afternoon, but is believed could have taken place anytime since Tuesday at 3 p.m. A laptop computer and two computer projectors were reported stolen from an office at Whitley gym. The door to the office appeared to have been forced open. No additional details were immediately available.
Commerce – A not guilty plea has been entered in a Commerce robbery.
George Washington Sharper, one of three men indicted for a reported 2007 armed hold-up at a Commerce residence, entered the plea Thursday. Sharper also entered not guilty pleas in connection to a reported aggravated robbery last year in Greenville along with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. A tentative trial date has been set for June 18 on all charges.
Quinlan, Wills Point – A local man appears in court regarding a tragic accident that killed three Van Zandt County residents in 2006.
Eddie Dale Malone, of Quinlan, entered open pleas of no contest Thursday to three counts of criminally negligent homicide. An open plea means no potential sentence in the case had been offered or arranged. Malone had originally pleaded not guilty to three counts of intoxication manslaughter. A punishment hearing has now been scheduled for June 15.
Appeal denied for murder defendant in 1998 Hunt County murder case; Greenville changes standards on exterior construction; Deadline Thursday at 5 p.m. for proposed student referendum at A&M-Commerce; T-Lounge at A&M-Commerce being demolished to make way for new Music Building; Hunt County Crime Stoppers seek burglary suspect; Tyler man arrested on arson charges on Easter.
Greenville – Appeal is denied in a Hunt County capitol murder case.
The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made the ruling earlier this week in the case of Kevin Scott Varga, currently on death row for the robbery and murder of David Logie in Greenville in Sept., 1998.
Varga, along with Billy John Galloway, both formerly of South Dakota, were convicted of the crime and received the death penalty in 2000. Four people in all were found to have participated in the killing.
Greenville – Greenville elects to change its standards on exterior construction.
The city's regulations now include non-residential buildings along two additional local highways. The Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve an amendment to the existing ordinance which added U.S. Highway 380 and State Highway 66 to the list of major thoroughfares where a majority of masonry exterior is required on the building.