Brad Kellar

Reporter

Brad is a 1979 graduate of Lake Highlands High School, and attended Richland College in Dallas and East Texas State University. He’s been married since 1994 to his wife, Vida, and has three children; Nick, 21, Jaylynn, 12, and Jason, 5, and one granddaughter, Lauryn, 3. He’s a crazed fan of the Dallas Cowboys, the 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks, and the 2011 ALCS champ Texas Rangers.

As a journalist, Brad is a beat writer and go-to reporter for the Greenville Herald-Banner, as well as a log-time contributor to KETR News.

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The Herald-Banner is hosting a political forum this evening featuring the contested races for mayor and Places 1 and 5. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Landmark on Lee Street, 2920 Lee Street in downtown Greenville.
Greenville Herald-Banner

The upcoming municipal election will decide who will get to sit in four seats on the Greenville City Council, with early voting to start in less than a week.

Places 1, 5 and 6 on the council, along with the mayor’s post, are on the ballot.

The Herald-Banner is hosting a political forum this evening featuring the contested races for mayor and Places 1 and 5. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Landmark on Lee Street, 2920 Lee Street in downtown Greenville.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks hosted a town hall meeting Thursday night for the residents of the City of Campbell.
Brad Kellar

About 20 residents of the City of Campbell and the surrounding area gathered inside the Campbell Community Center Thursday night, to hear from Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks.

Meeks hosted the second in a planned series of town hall meetings, and brought along his command staff, County Commissioner for Precinct 4 Jim Latham, Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1 Place 1 Wayne Money and others.

Deanna Robinson (left) speaks to the press alongside her legal team during a protest in front of the Hunt County Sheriff's Office Monday afternoon. Only a handful of individuals showed up for the protest.
Caleb Slinknard / Greenville Herald-Banner

A planned protest outside of the Hunt County Sheriff's Office on Apr. 13 drew a handful of people in support of Deanna Robinson, the woman at the center of a widely-circulated video which shows a deputy hitting the then-pregnant Robinson during an arrest on March 4.

Monday’s event offered an opportunity for Robinson to meet with those gathered and to speak with reporters about the incident and the ongoing investigation.

This Prius crashed into a home in Greenville as the result of a multi-county high speed pursuit Wednesday evening.
Hunt/Rockwall County Scanner / Facebook

Local Hunt, Hopkins and Delta County and other law enforcement went into action Wednesday evening at approximately 6 p.m. in pursuit of a vehicle moving at a high velocity. It was reportedly the driver of a Toyota Prius.

The Hunt County Sheriff's Office has scheduled a public town hall meeting in Lone Oak this evening.
Courtesy Graphic

The first of what is expected to be multiple town hall meetings concerning crime in Hunt County is scheduled tonight in Lone Oak.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said the meeting, set for 6 p.m. at the Lone Oak Civic Center, is designed to open a dialogue between his office and the communities within Hunt County about current crime trends and to share information.

Meeks said he plans to conduct similar meetings throughout the county.

Local prosecutors and law enforcement officers will receive seized money a Hidalgo County man was carrying in a backpack in December, after connecting the more than $63,000 in cash to the sale of illegal drugs.
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Local prosecutors and law enforcement officers will receive seized money a Hidalgo County man was carrying in a backpack in December, after connecting the more than $63,000 in cash to the sale of illegal drugs.

The Hunt County District Attorney’s Office filed a suit in January with the 196th District Court, claiming the money was contraband tied to narcotics trafficking.

The water level on Lake Tawakoni has risen to where the City of Greenville has postponed plans to dredge the city's intake on the reservoir.
Brad Kellar

Mother Nature may have saved the City of Greenville a lot of money, at least temporarily.

Recent rains have raised the water level on Lake Tawakoni enough to where the city is again able to utilize its intake on the reservoir. City Manager Massoud Ebrahim said a plan to dredge a new channel around the intake, which had been left high and dry due to the extended drought, has been put on hold for the moment.

“We know this might not last for a long time,” Ebrahim said. “We are aware that this might come back again.”

Body cameras may make their way into all Texas police department.
Greenville Police Department

The Greenville Police Department has not yet classified the death of a local man, whose body was discovered last week in the Longbranch Creek.

City of Greenville Public Relations Liaison Autumn Barton said the investigation into the circumstances of the death of Dustin Antoin Hardaway, 31, of Greenville, remained an open case as of Monday.

“They’ve said they will continue the investigation until they receive the autopsy results and then they will go from there,” Barton said.

Mayor Reid will address the Chamber of Commerce tomorrow morning at 11:30.
City of Greenville

Greenville Mayor Steve Reid is scheduled to present the “State Of The City” address during the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Membership Luncheon, set for 11:30 a.m. Friday inside the renovated Texan Theater in downtown Greenville.

Within the past year, Greenville has seen the start of renovations at Crossroads Mall, the beginning of construction on the Splash Kingdom water park, construction starting on the Walmart Neighborhood Market, the start of the expansion at Total Equipment and Service and the start of operations at International Grains and Cereal.

"Hunt County Days" at the Texas state capitol will take place March 3-4.
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Local business and government leaders will be traveling to Austin next week, to make their feelings known to state lawmakers.

The Greenville Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee has organized the biennial Hunt County Days trip for March 3-4. The Chamber’s Susan Spoonemore said the response to the event has been encouraging.

“We have more people signed up than we did two years ago,” Spoonemore said.

In 2013, about 30 people made the journey south.

“Right now we have more than 40 going,” Spoonemore noted.

Two planned residential developments near Josephine have new names and new proposed sizes.
City of Josephine

New names have been bestowed upon two major residential developments planned for the northwest corner of Hunt County.

The Double R Ranch Municipal Utility Districts No. 1 and No. 2, being developed within a few miles of each other for a region not far from the City of Josephine along the Hunt/Collin county line, are also smaller than first announced.

Classified advertisements giving notice that a group plans to petition Texas lawmakers for their creation are included in today’s Herald-Banner.

Royal Lee Mullins is charged with murder in connection with a shooting death in Greenville last summer.
Courtesy Photo

A special prosecutor appointed to try the case against a local attorney, charged with murder in connection with a shooting death in Greenville last summer, said she is just about ready to proceed to the grand jury.

“We’re still waiting on forensics,” explained Rockwall County Assistant District Attorney Damita Sangermano, concerning the case against Royal Lynn Mullins, who is accused in the death of Curtis “Topper” Gray. “As soon as we get that, I think we are ready to go.”

Dakalin Dyquez Edwards, 20, of Greenville has been sentenced to prison after admitting to using a vehicle to attack and injure a Greenville police officer.
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A local man has been sentenced to prison after admitting to using a vehicle to attack and injure a Greenville police officer.

Dakalin Dyquez Edwards, 20, of Greenville entered guilty pleas during a hearing in the 354th District Court Monday to one count each of aggravated assault against a public servant and evading arrest/detention with a motor vehicle.

Under a plea bargain arrangement, Judge Richard A. Beacom sentenced Edwards to 10 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division on each charge, with the sentences to run concurrently.

Hearings are scheduled next week for three people indicted in connection with an investigation of the local Child Protective Services (CPS) office.
Brad Kellar

Hearings are scheduled next week for three people indicted in connection with an investigation of the local Child Protective Services (CPS) office.

Trials in the case are set later this month.

Pretrial hearings are scheduled Monday in the 354th District Court concerning the cases against Natalie Ausbie Reynolds and Rebekah Thonginh Ross and Thursday concerning the case against Laura Ard. The three were indicted by the Hunt County grand jury in September 2013 and all three individuals have entered not guilty pleas.

Jury selection is set for February 23.

The City of Greenville experienced a significant decrease in overall crime during 2014, despite reported spikes in the numbers of murders, arsons and rapes.
Brad Kellar

The City of Greenville experienced a significant decrease in overall crime during 2014, despite reported spikes in the numbers of murders, arsons and rapes.

Greenville Chief of Police Daniel Busken said there appeared to be no connection between the half-dozen homicides, or the one dozen arson fires, reported locally last year. The increase in rapes, and a sharp decrease in assaults, are due, in part, to changes in the way the offenses are being recorded.

“2014 offered some interesting contrasts with regard to our crime statistics,” Busken said.

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