– A Hunt County man has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography.
Donald Means, of Campbell, was also ordered to serve a lifetime of supervised release.
Hunt County authorities found the pornographic images on Means' computer during a compliance check of registered sex offenders in October 2009. Means was convicted of possession and receipt of child pornography in 2002.
Paris – A jury is to be chosen Wednesday in the murder trial of Darrell Wayne Hood, of Paris, charged in the death of his infant son.
The 27-year-old Hood and the child's mother brought the unresponsive baby boy to Paris Regional Medical Center last September. But doctors said there was evidence of blunt force trauma to the child, contradicting Hood's claims he dropped the 18-month-old. Authorities say the baby was reportedly punched in the chest several times.
Wood County – A local volunteer fire department finds itself with less water to battle fires, now that the use of several hydrants is coming at a cost.
For more than 40 years of getting its water for free, the Holly Lake Volunteer Fire Department is now getting billed every month from Liberty Water Company. Additionally, several hydrants are now off limits.
Greenville – Judges in Greenville may be packing heat while on City property now, thanks to a change to the City's personnel manual.
The Greenville City Council Tuesday voted to allow judges already licensed to carry a weapon to do so while also at work.
Former law enforcement officer and Associate Judge of the Greenville Municipal Court Guy Morphew had asked the policy be changed. Prior to the change, any employee other than a licensed peace officer was prohibited the possession of weapons while on City property.
SULPHUR SPRINGS – Due to a lack of economic viability, the City of Sulphur Springs has announced they will not reopen their public pool this spring.
City officials declined comment on neither the announcement nor what the future holds for the venue, citing pending litigation.
According to a statement issued Monday, during the past few years pool use has continued to decline while operating and other expenses have increased. City officials feel current use of the facility would be imprudent considering the era of budget cuts and tighter spending.
– Despite fair conditions locally, officials in Northeast Texas are keeping a close eye on drought concerns in West Texas which have been a factor in hundreds of wildfires already this year.
Hunt County Emergency Management Coordinator Richard Hill says the Cash and Greenville Fire Departments, part of the Collin-Hunt-Rockwall Task Force, will make trips out west to assist emergency crews in areas where most counties are under burn bans. And while no such bans are currently in effect locally, Hill says beware of high winds.