Washington – Federal transportation officials are recommending that bus drivers take new steps to check tire pressure following a deadly bus crash near Sherman last year. An investigation has determined that a tire puncture, not a retreaded tire, caused the crash that killed 17 people.
The finding was presented at a National Transportation Safety Board meeting Tuesday in Washington. The accident happened in August 2008 when a charter bus carrying 55 passengers from Houston plunged over a highway bridge.
Hopkins County – A 92-year-old Hopkins County man who had gone missing is found, thanks to the efforts of five local individuals.
Dalton Froneberger reportedly walked off from his son's tire shop Saturday morning. County officials used a helicopter in an attempt to locate the man, and community members provided assistance on the ground.
Sulphur Springs – Authorities in Rusk County have arrested a man for stealing five head of cattle from a rancher in East Texas and selling them locally.
Henry Dwight Hogg is charged with third degree felony theft after reports proved some of the brands and descriptions of the victim's cattle matched that of the cattle sold at the Sulphur Springs Livestock Auction.
Special Rangers with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association were able to confirm the brands.
– Texas residents with questions regarding the H1N1, or Swine Flu can call 2-11. The Community Action Network is fielding questions about symptoms and where flu vaccine is available.
According to a representative with the service, the H1N1 vaccine is currently available locally at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital and the Lamar County Health Department, but is limited to children, pregnant women, those with chronic health issues and healthcare officials.
– Water covering roadways throughout the region could pose a problem for motorists today.
The Texas Department of Transportation is reporting FM 3211 in Hunt County will be closed this morning for a couple of miles. Motorists traveling along FM 1565 near the Kaufman County line, plus sections of FM36 are also advised to find an alternate route.
Greenville – Testimony is scheduled to begin today in Fannin County in the 2008 murder of a Greenville resident.
Fannin County District Attorney Richard Glaser said that a jury was in the process of being seated Monday afternoon in the trial of Bo Bailey Harris, charged in the stabbing death of William Ian Adams. The number of witnesses in the case could make for a two week trial.
Harris has reportedly confessed to killing Adams at a location just north of the Hunt/Fannin county line.