Paris, Texas – Two men who helped bring in a bank robber in Paris last month have been rewarded. The People's Bank in Paris has awarded Bryce Chambers and Johnny Piper each $500 for actions leading to the arrest of a bank robber that made off with about $14,000 in April.
Commerce – The City of Commerce is submitting grants applications to TxDoT for the Corridor development Project. In regular session this week, the council approved the application for grants for a project totaling about $3.2 million.
TxDoT would pay 80% of that price tag if Commerce is approved. The project would be part of the redevelopment of the corridor between A&M-Commerce and downtown Commerce. City Manager Bill Shipp said the whole project is an investment in the future of Commerce.
Como – Autopsies are ordered for three people killed in a fire in Como earlier this week. Three generations of family were killed when fire broke out Wednesday and claimed the lives of 45 year old Roxanne Neal, her daughter 26 year old Misty Burkhart, and Burkhart's daughter 5 year old Brooklyn Edwards.
State and local authorities continue to investigate. Burkhart was a soldier stationed at Ft. Carson, which means federal officials may become involved.
Como – A house fire in Como yesterday killed three people. 45 year old Roxanne Neal, her 26 year old daughter Misty Burkhart, and Burkhart's daughter, 5 year old Brooklyn Edwards all perished in the fire. Burkhart was a soldier based out of Ft. Carson.
A special team of Tarrant County investigators is examining the cause of the deadly blaze.
Greenville – A two vehicle accident involving a City of Greenville dump truck sent one person to the hospital yesterday with minor injuries. The accident occurred at the intersection of Stonewall and Lee Streets in downtown Greenville just before 3:30 yesterday afternoon.
A City of Greenville dump truck was traveling southbound along Stonewall when it collided with the bed of a Chevy S-10 pick-up truck that was westbound on Lee Street. After the collision, both vehicles also crashed into a traffic pole at the intersection.
Greenville – Some Greenville citizens are displaced today after a downtown apartment complex fire yesterday morning. According to the Greenville Herald Banner, a fire at Townhouse Apartments on Lee Street yesterday sent about 40 residents from their homes around 11am. One resident said the fire started in her apartment as winds blew her drapes over a lit candle.
Royse City – Two former employees of the Royse City Municipal Court have been indicted for allegedly stealing about $36,000 from the court. 67 year old Glenda Harrell and her daughter Jennifer M. Hamilton are connected with thefts stemming back to 2002. Police say the women were taking payments for certain citations, and then marking them as dismissed in the computer system. The discrepancies were noticed by a part time municipal court employee.
North Texas – North Texas Law Enforcement agencies are conducting a massive warrant round-up this week. Officers from over 40 municipalities in Colin, Dallas, Tarrant, Johnson, Rockwall, and Denton counties are participating. While many areas conduct periodic warrant round-ups, this is the first operation on such scale and involving six different counties in the region.
Persons with outstanding warrants should contact their local courts for more details. The round-up will last through April 30th.
Point – Point Police Chief Jerry Carlisle has been indicted on multiple charges by a Rains County grand jury. Carlisle faces charges of cruelty to animals and deadly conduct and misdemeanor indictments for abuse of capacity and making a false report. The charges stem from an incident where Carlisle allegedly told a 17 year old that the boy could shoot a dog if the animal came onto the boy's property.
A Sulphur Springs attorney has been appointed as special prosecutor in the case.
New Boston – A brutal beating near New Boston has left an elderly man dead. 73-year-old Calvin Porter was found beaten to death in his home near New Boston. A team of bloodhounds was called to the scene to attempt to track the person responsible for the beating death, but the dogs could not find the trail. No suspect or motive has been uncovered in the case.