Greenville – A Dallas man has pleaded guilty to impersonating a lawyer in a Hunt County courtroom. Jeffery Scott Partlow entered the plea Tuesday.
As part of a plea deal, he was placed on ten years probation.
Partlow was arrested in October 2010 after appearing as an attorney representing a client in a misdemeanor case. During the session, Partlow appeared to be intoxicated and was detained. He was later charged with and found guilty of public intoxication and contempt of court and received 90 days in jail.
Greenville – One man was critically wounded and two others injured Tuesday night as the result of multiple stabbings in South Hunt County.
One victim, located at the Texaco Station at the intersection of Interstate 30 and FM 1903, had a serious knife wound to his abdomen and was careflighted to Parkland Hospital in very critical condition where he remained as of Wednesday night. Another victim was treated at the scene and another transported to the hospital in Greenville. No names were released.
Greenville – Heavy charges against a Commerce teenager are dismissed, but multiple felony indictments remain in connection to last year's alleged burglary, vehicle theft and chase.
17-year-old Sabien Zane Tatum had pleaded not guilty to all five charges.
Authorities believe he broke into a Hunt County residence in June, 2010 and stole a video system and games, a digital camera, jewelry and printer. Tatum was also alleged to have stolen a pickup truck from the same location on the same day.
Austin – A Northeast Texas man has been appointed executive director of the Texas Democratic Party.
Bill Brannon, of Sulphur Springs, has been involved professionally in politics for more than 30 years and been part of more than 150 campaigns at all levels during that time. He currently serves as Deputy Political Director for Party Operations.
Brannon's appointment becomes effective July 1. Outgoing TDP Executive Director Ruben Hernandez will transition out at the end of July.
Greenville – Tuesday's unanimous vote also means crews will widen the roadway with concrete, rather than asphalt.
Approximately 5,000 vehicles use the thoroughfare every day, which runs between Jack Finny Boulevard and Wesley St.
Cumming Construction of Sulphur Springs was the lowest bidder on the project. The improvement plan is calling for a four lane, 48-foot wide roadway with curb and gutter and underground storm, sewer and drainage.
Work will likely begin this fall and take about a year to complete.
Lone Oak – High fire danger has prompted one Northeast Texas city to issue a burn ban, despite the fact that no area counties have made the switch.
The City of Lone Oak on Tuesday enacted the emergency ban on outdoor burning as a result of the continued dry conditions. The ban affects all residents within the city limits and a half mile radius outside the city. A timetable for the ban is indefinite.
Commerce – After more than two years under Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection, the reorganization of Williams Motors in Commerce is complete. Company President and CEO Wyman Williams announced the business will now operate under the name Commerce Chevrolet Buick.
Don Morell and David Portell, who combined have nearly 50 years experience in vehicle sales, will now serve as the majority partner and managing partner, respectively.