Greenville – A guilty plea has been entered in a 2008 capitol murder case in Hunt County.
Jerry Lynn Phelps was facing a potential death sentence if found guilty during a jury trial which had been scheduled to begin in two weeks. Instead, Phelps was automatically sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the shooting death of Charlene Hoover Jones.
District Attorney Noble D. Walker Jr. said the prosecution was prepared to seek the death penalty and that no plea deal had been offered.
Dr. Dan Jones, president at Texas A&M University-Commerce, hosts The President's Table. On May 3, Dr. Jones welcomed guests concerning the developing ROTC program, the university's participation in the AVID Post-Secondary project, and recent recipients of teaching awards.
Commerce – The Commerce City Council Tuesday will consider amending its sex offender ordinance following last month's vote to settle the more than two-year-old lawsuit.
Councilman Tony Henry made the motion to settle for $43,000 during an April 23 hearing in Dallas. That motion was seconded by Bob Monday and was approved by a 3-2 margin with Mayor Quay Throgmorton also voting in favor. Councilmember's Billie Biggerstaff and Richard Hill were opposed.
Commerce – The Texas A&M University-Commerce equine program recently welcomed two high quality Thoroughbreds, "Tricky Prospect" and "Directs Unique One," thanks to the generosity of Mary Bonham. Bonham recently donated the horses in an effort to enhance educational opportunities for deserving students at A&M-Commerce. Both horses are known for their prowess on the racetrack, with one being a very rare white stallion.
Savoy – A homecoming reception was held Saturday in Savoy for 13-year-old Dayton Daniel, who was accidentally shot by his brother last month.
Authorities say Dayton was passing through the hallway at his house when a gun in another room was accidentally discharged, sending pieces of the buckshot into his stomach and hand. Dayton's 16-year-old brother was cleaning the gun in his bedroom, when it accidentally fired.
Greenville – The Highway 34/Wesley Street overpass project in Greenville is expected to cause major delays this week.
The Texas Department of Transportation is encouraging anyone planning to drive across the bridge Tuesday to consider an alternate route.
TxDOT announced Friday that the agency and its contractor plan to place concrete beams on the new turnaround bridge on the east side of overpass. The process will require temporary stoppages of traffic on Interstate 30 throughout the day.
Fannin County – Three people have been arrested and a fourth subject is sought following a reported vandalism at the Sam Rayburn school in Fannin County.
The group is alleged to broken building windows as well as the window of a school vehicle, resulting in between $2,000 - $3,000 in damage.
KXII-TV reports the group may be responsible for a recent arson at a former church building. They were arrested Friday night near Lake Fannin after trying to flee from sheriff's deputies. No names have been released.