– Reports are showing a bulk of Northeast Texas received approximately 11 inches of snow Friday, marking the heaviest snowfall in years and of all time in some locations. Areas off to the north and west of the Metroplex reportedly had even more snowfall.
– A reported break-in Thursday night near West Tawakoni leads to the second homicide so far this year in Hunt County.
The incident occurred in the 1000 block of Running Bear Road, just north of Highway 276.
Upon arrival, authorities found 43-year-old Michael C. Nix, of Quinlan, deceased. Although several details are sketchy, the initial investigation would find that a disturbance and then shooting occurred.
The shooter was later located in Quinlan.
As of Friday, no charges had been filed and no one had been taken into custody.
Commerce – A Commerce man has lost an appeal of his capitol murder conviction and death sentence.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Wednesday denied the appeal of Adam Kelly Ward, who was convicted in the 2005 shooting death of Michael "Pee Wee" Walker. Walker was working as a Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Commerce when he was shot outside Ward's residence.
– Investigators have determined that two church fires on the same night this week near Tyler were the acts of an arsonist, bringing the total to nine in the region so far this year.
The two Monday night fires at Dover Baptist Church and Clear Spring Missionary Baptist Church happened within an hour and three miles of each other. No injuries have been reported, but agents suspect the work of a serial arsonist or group of arsonists in the eastern Texas fires.