Commerce – Law enforcement in Commerce is partnering to bring the Choices Program to high school and university students.
Beginning Friday at 10 a.m., Parking Lot F on the A&M-Commerce campus at the corner of Stonewall and Campbell will be transformed into a DWI crash scene consisting of victims, a drunk driver and cars. The program will focus on the consequences and choices that teens and young adults have when it comes to driving under the influence.
Austin – The Texas Education Agency has granted waivers to numerous school districts who applied following missed instructional days from bad weather.
The winter storm caused schools to close for several days and with only two snow days on the schedule; the schools would have to add extra days to their schedule to make up the time. Requesting a waiver will allow the schools to be forgiven those extra days.
Greenville – A Greenville murder suspect is behind bars after more than three weeks on the loose. Police on Wednesday located and arrested Tyrone Laron McCurdy in the 1200 block of Interstate 30.
McCurdy was the main suspect in the February 8 murder of 22-year-old Treybbian Leekey Nelson, which occurred in the 1000 block of Edgar Street. Nelson was flown to a Dallas hospital and underwent surgery but later died as the result of his injuries.
Greenville – A local teenager has received multiple charges from the Hunt County Grand Jury.
17-year-old Fabian Tatum, of Commerce, was recently indicted on one count each of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit theft, unauthorized use of a vehicle and evading arrest.
Tatum was alleged to have broken into a residence in July 2010 and stolen a Nintendo Wii system and games, a digital camera, jewelry and a printer. He was also reported to have stolen a pickup and fled from a Hunt County deputy.
– A Titus County man is among two soldiers killed in Afghanistan. The body of 25-year-old Staff Sgt. Chauncey R. Mays will return to Texas through Greenville's airport.
Mays died Monday of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device in Wardak Province. The Cookville native was assigned to the 63rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 20th Support Command, from Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
Commerce – No major injuries are reported following a two vehicle crash along Monroe Street in Commerce Wednesday afternoon.
Police say a women driver exiting onto Monroe from Lee Street struck another woman driver traveling southbound at around 4:50 p.m. Emergency crews blocked off the roadway for about 40 minutes to tend to the crash victims and clear the scene.
Commerce – The latest election filings in Commerce show mostly incumbents expressing interest in running for office.
For the Commerce School Board, Ted Oats has filed for Place 4 and Willie Blow has filed for Place 5. Oats ran unopposed for the school board in May 2008. Current board president Willie Blow was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Dr. Anthony Harris in August 1999.