Greenville – Trial begins this week for a Greenville man charged with multiple counts of armed robbery.
21-year-old Israel Michael Pettigrew has pleaded not guilty to three counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. Jury selection is today. Nearly 20 witnesses have been subpoenaed to testify in the case.
Pettigrew is alleged to have threatened three people on two separate occasions with a handgun in March, 2010 while in the course of stealing money. He was arrested later that month.
Quitman – A Wood County jury is unable to reach a verdict in the murder case of Demarcas Hearn and Ty Evans, resulting in a mistrial.
The two were charged in the May, 2009 drive-by shooting death of Anna Marie Moore. The 24-year-old Moore was hit with a bullet from a high powered rifle from a passing car while sitting in her Winnsboro home with her children.
Police say prosecutors plan to indict both Hearn and Evans again.
Commerce – The 2011 class of the Commerce Leadership Institute is officially underway. Last Wednesday, the 15 member group met for the first time to begin learning about Commerce, Hunt County, and group dynamics.
The first item on the day's agenda was to learn the history of the organization. Wyman Williams, one of the organizers of the first group explained how CLI began, its purposes, and how the logo was developed.
– A Friday morning house fire in Greenville leaves no injuries as residents were able to exit the residence safely.
The blaze occurred at approximately 6:53 a.m. at 2615 Stanford.
Upon arrival, the Greenville Fire Department witnessed smoke coming from the eves of the single story wood frame home. Crews with Engine One made an interior fire attack and confined the blaze to the room of origin. After the fire was out, firefighters performed ventilation and salvage operations.