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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A man, woman and child died in a crash on Hwy. 69 near Leonard on Feb. 2.
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Donations are being sought in support of family members of a man, woman and infant child killed Tuesday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 69.

A gofundme account has been established in memory of Torrey and Tiana Brown and their 1-year-old girl Alaska.

The three were in a sport utility vehicle which collided head-on with an 18 wheeler near the city of Leonard at around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

 John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, announced Tuesday evening that Stephen Walker, 31, entered pleas to two counts of production of child pornography.
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A Quinlan man has pleaded guilty in federal court to producing child pornography.

John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, announced Tuesday evening that Stephen Walker, 31, entered pleas to two counts of production of child pornography.

Walker faces a statutory penalty of not less than 15 years, and not more than 30 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and up to a lifetime of supervised release, on each count. He remains in custody. Sentencing is set for May 21, 2015, before U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled Friday in connection with a shooting death in Greenville during the summer of 2007.
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A pretrial hearing is scheduled Friday in connection with a shooting death in Greenville during the summer of 2007.

Trial is scheduled to begin in the 196th District Court February 23 in the case of George Washington Sharper, who is facing one count of capital murder.

Visiting Judge Joe Clayton of Tyler is presiding over Sharper’s trial. Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty against Sharper, if he is convicted of capital murder in connection with the death of David Olivares.

Sharper has pleaded not guilty and remains in custody at the Hunt County Jail.

A mock plane crash is being planned as part of a mass casualty disaster drill, scheduled Thursday near Majors Field, the City of Greenville Municipal Airport.
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A mock plane crash has been scheduled in Greenville for this coming week.

Multiple county agencies are expected to participate in a mass casualty drill Thursday near the site of L-3 Mission Integration in Greenville.

Hunt Regional Healthcare, the City of Greenville, Hunt County Homeland Security and L-3 are the sponsoring agencies for the drill, which will simulate the crash of a commercial aircraft.

A resolution is expected this week in a major illegal dumping suit, involving a famous demolition company and Texas A&M University-Commerce.
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A resolution is expected this week in a major illegal dumping suit, involving a famous demolition company and Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Final paperwork is scheduled to be considered in the settlement of the litigation against A&R Demolition Inc..

A hearing is scheduled Wednesday in the 196th District Court.

Councilman Dan Perkins filed for the office of mayor of Greenville on Wednesday.
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Filing for the May 9 municipal elections in Greenville got off to a fast start Wednesday, with three candidates officially throwing their hats into the ring, seeking spots on the Greenville City Council.

Several more people have taken the first steps to becoming a candidate, by obtaining the paperwork needed to formally file their campaigns.

Two planned residential developments near Josephine have new names and new proposed sizes.
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The City of Josephine could become a very busy place.

There is a move underway to add a major residential subdivision just outside the community, which sits on the Hunt/Collin county line in far northwest Hunt County.

A classified advertisement in Tuesday’s Herald-Banner indicated that a group has given notice that it intends to apply to the 84th Texas Legislature for the introduction of a bill calling for the creation of the Collin-Hunt Counties Municipal Utility District No. 2.

The Greenville City Council voted Tuesday to suspend the collection of impact fees on new development for the next 12 months.
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The City of Greenville will not collect impact fees for the next 12 months.

Mayor Steve Reid had asked for a moratorium on the imposition of the fees for new commercial developments.

“I don’t think there is any doubt in my mind that it is a tax,” he said during Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting.

A Balch Springs man is in local custody, after being wounded during a violent series of events in far south Hunt County Tuesday morning.
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A Balch Springs man is in local custody, after being injured during a violent series of events in far south Hunt County Tuesday morning.

Brandon Brewer, 26, allegedly stole a West Tawakoni Police Department vehicle, which resulted in a chase and an officer-involved shooting, culminating in a crash with an 18-wheeler.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said Brewer was not injured by the gunfire.

“He was injured in the accident,” Meeks said. “He wasn’t hit by a shot at all.”

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A Hays County man is scheduled to be arraigned this week on an indictment for armed robbery, in connection with the reported hold-up of the Greenville Walmart store.

Christopher Wayne Pressley Hinnenkamp may also be responsible for two more robberies at Walmart stores in Texas and Iowa.

The Hunt County grand jury issued an indictment against Hinnenkamp in December with one count of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

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A temporary restraining order has been granted against a Rockwall man charged with ramming his truck into a security checkpoint at the L-3 Mission Integration facility in Greenville.

The defense contractor is also seeking a permanent injunction against Gavino Silva Zertuche Jr., which would prevent him from coming near the L-3 facilities in both Greenville and Rockwall. The request for the injunction, filed Friday afternoon, also claims the company fears Zertuche may have committed treason.

Erion Eugene Shirley
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A Commerce man has been sentenced to prison, after pleading guilty to multiple counts alleging the possession of child pornography.

Erion Eugene Shirley, 32, was awaiting trial January 26 on two indictments, with a total of 58 counts, alleging the possession of child pornography with the intent to promote and had pleaded not guilty.

But during a Tuesday afternoon hearing in the 354th District Court, Shirley pleaded guilty to four of the counts. The charge is a third degree felony, each punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of from two to 10 years in prison.

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A Rains County man was released from a Dallas hospital this week, after being severely wounded when he was shot during an attempted break-in at a residence on New Year’s Day.

But after Syrus Elmo Hurst of Point was discharged from Parkland Hospital, he was placed into the custody of the Hunt County Jail. A state district judge Monday ordered an arrest warrant for Hurst following the string of reported incidents early Thursday morning.

A hearing is scheduled in state district court this week for a Florida man charged in connection with a 2010 incident in which bags full of marijuana were dumped out of a plane flying across Hunt County.
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A hearing is scheduled in state district court this week for a Florida man, charged in connection with a 2010 incident in which bags full of marijuana were dumped out of a plane flying across Hunt County.

Randall Thomas May, 52, of Palm Bay Fla., has pleaded not guilty to one count of  possession of between 50 and 2,000 pounds of marijuana.

May was indicted by the Hunt County grand jury in December 2013 and was taken into custody by the Brevard County Florida Sheriff’s Office before being placed in local custody.

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The new year started with violence in Hunt County.

A Rains County man awaiting trial on a charge of intoxication assault was shot and critically wounded early Thursday morning, following a chain of events south of Greenville.

Syrus Elmo Hurst of Point was reported to be in the intensive care unit at Parkland Hospital Thursday, as a result of being shot during an attempted break-in at a residence.

“Our last word is that he is in very critical condition,” according to Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks.

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