Commerce – The Commerce ISD will contemplate a reduction in its workforce during a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees Thursday night.
Officials will first meet in a closed-door executive session on the matter, and then later discuss possibly implementing the reduction in open session. The Board is scheduled to determine action on a financial emergency and/or program change requiring a reduction in force.
– Increased patrols by Texas Highway Patrol Troopers over spring break led to the arrest of 17 intoxicated drivers in the region.
Authorities in the North Texas District, which several counties along the Red River from Cooke County on east to Bowie County, were able to work 242 hours in addition to the regularly scheduled shifts.
Troopers patrolled high risk areas for impaired driving during peak times from March 12 to March 20.
Greenville – Jeffery Scott Partlow, the Dallas man accused of impersonating a lawyer, is to be transferred from the Hunt County Jail after waiving extradition.
He faces a revocation in bond in Creek County, Oklahoma for a 2008 conviction of driving under the influence. According to the warrant, Partlow failed to report to his probation officer and failed to pay court costs, among other offenses.
– 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.