– Authorities have charged and arrested two men in connection with one of the 10 church arson fires that occurred in East Texas beginning on Jan. 1, 2010. Three other churches were targets of attempted break-ins, and investigators believe those and the remaining nine burned churches are also connected to these men. The investigations are ongoing.
Commerce – An undercover narcotics investigation on the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus led to the arrest of two student-athletes Friday.
Sgt Chris Vaughan with the Commerce Police Department began an investigation into the sale of marijuana after he was approached by a confidential source. During the investigation, purchases of marijuana were made from an apartment at McGill Hall within the West Halls area on campus. Sgt Vaughan was then able to obtain probable cause for the issuance of a search warrant.
– Federal law enforcement officials are closely examining an anti-government message on the web linked to the software engineer who slammed his small plane into an Austin office building.
Authorities say A. Joseph Stack III launched a suicide attack on the agency Thursday. The crash set off a raging fire that sent workers running for their lives. Two bodies were found in the wreckage yesterday. Officials wouldn't say whether either of them was the pilot.
Bells – A ruling in a Fannin County animal cruelty case receives mixed reaction Thursday, as Ector resident Kim Dotson was cleared of the charges.
Dotson had over 20 horses seized from her property back in August. But after being allowed to keep six of the animals, an investigation earlier this month would lead to the seizure of yet two more horses, reportedly thin and emaciated.
Sulphur Springs – An investigating is underway into the robbery and assault of a man in the Sulphur Springs Walmart parking lot.
Reports indicate the victim was walking to his vehicle when a man riding a bicycle punched him in the face. The attacker and another man then held the victim down and took between $320 and $350 from his wallet.
Authorities are asking anyone with information to come forward.