Campbell – A prison sentence is handed down in connection to a Campbell drug operation.
20-year-old Wesley Shane Ashley was formally charged this week in connection with two raids on his apartment earlier this year. Those raids found both cocaine and marijuana.
During a hearing Thursday, Ashley pleaded guilty to the cocaine charge, while under a plea bargain arrangement the marijuana charge was dismissed. Ashley was sentenced to seven years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division.
Hunt County – A drug charge is dismissed after the defendant agrees to enlist in the army.
27-year-old Antwain Dewayne Chism, of Linden, has avoided prosecution on a felony marijuana possession charge.
Hunt County District Attorney Noble Walker filed a motion seeking to dismiss the charge, after receiving a letter from the United States Army indicating Chism's intentions to enlist. If he doesn't decide to do so, the state would have the right to re-file the case and seek a new indictment, according to Walker.
– With South Texas suffering the worst of the state's current drought, few Northeast Texas Counties are declaring burn bans.
In fact, as of Thursday Rockwall County was the only such county to have enacted the ban. During a meeting of the Hunt County Fire Chiefs earlier this week, no ban was recommended. Rains County Commissioners Thursday also opted not to put any restrictions in place for now.
Commerce aggravated assault suspect seeking bond reduction; Campbell murder sentencing postponed; Sandwich shop may still come to Greenville; Commerce conducts first of five budget workshops Thursday; Fannin County selects tax assessor-collector; Number of pot plants descovered in Sherman.
Commerce – A reduction in bond is being sought in a Commerce aggravated assault case.
29-year-old James Christopher Simpson remains jailed on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is now seeking to have his $55,000 bond reduced, an attorney appointed, or both. A hearing on the items are set for Thursday, July 23.
Greenville – A major project in Greenville is set to break ground today.
The Greenville Electric Utility System (GEUS) will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the company's new electric generating plant. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. outside the current GEUS Steam Power Plant on Power Lane.
Campbell – Sentencing in a Campbell murder case is postponed.
A new sentencing date has yet to be announced for 31-year-old James Ray Brown, Jr., although a status hearing is set for August 3.
Brown had previously entered an open plea of guilty to one count of murder in connection with the shooting death of his wife. 28-year-old Avis Baker Brown was killed with a shotgun at the couple's residence near Campbell in October, 2008.
Brown is facing a maximum sentence of from five to 99 years to life in prison.