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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George Washington Sharper
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A state appeals court is scheduled today to hear the cases of a former Commerce resident appealing his conviction and life prison sentence for capital murder, and a Greenville man is appealing his conviction and prison sentence for an armed robbery in Commerce during the summer.

The Sixth Court of Appeals in Texarkana is consider the appeals from George Washington Sharper and Evender Jackson Jr.

Starting Friday, licensed individuals may openly carry firearms in Texas, except at those locations where signs are posted prohibiting the practice.
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While the Texas “open carry” law takes effect with the new year, officials with Hunt Regional Medical Center note the hospitals within the system will be among the locations where the weapons will not be permitted.

“The law is pretty clear and our plan is to follow the dictates of the law,” said John Heatherley, Hunt Regional’s operations administrator.

Starting Friday, properly licensed individuals can carry a handgun, openly or concealed. The handgun must be carried in a shoulder or belt holster, although long firearms do not require a license.

A fire Monday night heavily damaged a Commerce house that was the scene of a shooting last week during which two people were wounded.
Ryan Scott / Greenville Herald-Banner

An investigation is underway into a fire Monday night at a Commerce residence, which was the scene of a shooting last week which left two people wounded

The Commerce Fire Department responded at 9:36 p.m. Monday to a structure fire at 1308 Lee Street. Upon arrival, the front of the house was heavily involved.

The department reported no one was home at the time of the fire and no one was injured. The department extinguished the fire and an investigation into the incident was ongoing as of Tuesday afternoon.

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The Hunt County Sheriff's Office is working a scene of a standoff at a residence in the Rolling Hills area near Lone Oak.

An ambulance has also been called to the scene as of 1:45 p.m.

"We've got a mental patient that has barricaded himself in the home," said Sheriff Randy Meeks. "He does have a weapon and it appears he assaulted his brother."

Meeks said officers have created a perimeter around the residence.

The Greenville City Council has decided against a proposal to record council meetings for replay on local cable television, the City of Greenville web site and/or for airing live.
Greenville Herald-Banner

The Greenville City Council has decided against a proposal to record council meetings for replay on local cable television, the City of Greenville web site and/or for airing live.

Council members Brent Money, Cedric Dean ad Holly Gotcher had requested the city use State-Issued Certificate of Franchise Authority (SICFA) funding for the effort.

But when it was time for a vote Tuesday, Money fond himself alone in speaking in favor of the measure.

“I think this is a good investment in our community,” Money said.

The community is named for the symbolic eye of the Masonic order, which according to historian W. Walworth Harrison looked “to some of the unlettered natives” like a hog’s eye.
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It won’t be long before the stew is ready, now that there is a new Hogeye Community Center.

The former location, site of a popular stew supper and other events, was destroyed in a fire more than six years ago.

A grand opening event is scheduled between 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday on FM 1566 West, three miles east of Celeste. The Second Wind Band will be performing and games of dominoes and cards are planned, along with a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the center.

Efforts to rebuild the facility began during the summer of 2013.

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Two Hunt County Sheriff's Deputies have been cleared of allegations they assaulted a handcuffed jail inmate outside of the Hunt County Courthouse.

The Hunt County grand jury Friday issued "no bills" on charges of official oppression naming Deputies Joshua Richardson and Stuart Blane Roberts, concerning the Nov. 20, 2014 incident.

A "no bill" means the grand jury concluded its investigation without finding sufficient evidence to issue indictments, or "true bills," in the case.

Deanna Robinson (left) speaks to the press alongside her legal team during a protest in front of the Hunt County Sheriff's Office in 2015.
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The attorney for Deanna Jo Robinson expressed shock Friday after learning the Hunt County grand jury had cleared a Hunt County Sheriff’s Deputy who was videotaped earlier this year, reportedly hitting the then-pregnant Quinlan woman.

“We are very disappointed,” said attorney Carol Moss. “I guess they (the grand jury) did not see it the way we did.”

The grand jury issued a “no bill” Friday, naming Deputy Joshua Rodney Robinson concerning an allegation of aggravated assault against Robinson, no relation.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks is among the local officials who dio not have an opponent in next spring's elections.
Mark Haslett / KETR

The Hunt County grand jury might be presented with evidence this week concerning two controversial videos involving the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Randy Meeks said Tuesday his department had completed  internal investigations into a video which shows a deputy hitting a pregnant woman, and another video which depicts deputies pushing an armed robbery suspect to the ground while handcuffed outside the Hunt County Courthouse.

Most of Northeast Texas is now under a burn ban.
Texas A&M Forest Service

For the first time in almost two years, Hunt County is under a ban on outdoor burning.

Increasingly dry conditions, combined scorching heat and gusting winds, have raised the threat of grass and brush fires the county, prompting Director of the Hunt County Office of Homeland Security Richard Hill to ask County Judge John Horn for the seven-day ban, which was issued Tuesday morning.

At least some relief may arrive as early as this afternoon, with the arrival of a cold front which is also promising to bring rain to the region.

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The former municipal judge for the City of Lone Oak has been indicted for allegedly stealing money from the city.

The Hunt County grand jury issued a sealed indictment June 26 charging Lisa Marie Brown on one count of abuse of official capacity. Brown, 56, was taken into custody on the indictment Monday and was released Tuesday on $20,000 bond.

The indictment was unsealed following Brown’s arrest. An arraignment hearing on the charge had not been scheduled with the 196th District Court as of Thursday.

Ray was shot and killed four years ago as a result of a domestic dispute.
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Today marks the fourth anniversary of the murder of Stella Michelle “Doc” Ray.

The state’s highest appeals court has yet to announce its decision concerning the case of Micah Crofford Brown of Greenville, Ray’s estranged husband, who was convicted of  capital murder in Ray’s death and was sentenced to death by lethal injection.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals reviewed the case in November 2014.

“It’s still pending,” said Hunt County District Attorney Noble D. Walker Jr.

Both the defense and prosecution attorneys waived oral arguments before the court.

The proposed extension of FM 1570 has been talked about for years and was included as part of the Small Area Plan adopted in 2011.
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State transportation officials found no major issues with a proposed project to expand FM 1570.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) published a notice in Sunday’s Herald-Banner, indicating the agency found no significant impact from the plan to extend FM 1570 between State Highway 66 and U.S. Highway 380, which may be part of the long-anticipated “Greenville Loop” project.

Hunt County Judge John Horn held up a folder which featured the new Hunt County logo, aproved Tuesday by the Hunt County Commissioners Court.
Greenville Herald-Banner

Hunt County is looking more colorful than ever, thanks to a new logo approved by the Hunt County Commissioners Court.

The idea for a county logo came from the 2015 Hunt County Leadership Class through the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. The group’s Paul Kelley appeared before the Commissioners Tuesday.

“This actually came to fruition when we came back from Hunt County Days on the bus,” Kelley said.

Each Leadership Class comes up with a project to tackle, designed to improve the community. The 13 members in this year’s class considered coming up with a new logo.

Roger Dale Hogue
Greenville Herald-Banner

A Lone Oak man, previously convicted of murder, is scheduled to be arraigned this morning on multiple charges in connection with an incident in and around the city last month.

Roger Dale Hogue, 48, remains in custody at the Hunt County Jail, following his arrest on the night of May 20, after witnesses reported observing Hogue repeatedly threaten the female driver of a mini-van by pointing a handgun at her head. The woman was not injured as a result of the incident.

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