– The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has set up a hotline for tips on who's responsible for a string of Texas church fires ruled arson.
The federal agency on Tuesday announced people wanting to offer information can call: 888-ATF-FIRE.
The Texas Department of Public Safety also said arson tip calls would be answered at 903-675-0061, or 0062. DPS says a $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the identity of the arsonist.
Fannin County – A Fannin County woman is to appear in court Thursday on allegations of animal mistreatment.
In August, Ector resident Kim Dotson had dozens of horses and donkeys seized from her property and turned over to the Humane Society.
Dotson was allowed to keep six healthy horses but supposed to keep them in good condition. But last week, Bells Police found two of those horses in worse condition - thin and emaciated - and seized those as well.
Tom Bean – Several dozen head of livestock were killed over the weekend after a fire destroyed a building that served the Tom Bean FFA program.
About 24 pigs are said to have perished in the blaze. Students at Tom Bean High School had been caring for the animals for several months since they received them as piglets. About 100 students are said to take part in the high school's program.
The cause of the fire is sought, although initial reports indicate it was electrical.