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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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.
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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.

Heriberto Borrego
Greenville Herald-Banner

A new reward has been posted for help in finding a suspect wanted for the murders last summer of two local residents at a Greenville skating rink.

Hunt County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of  Heriberto “Beto” Gallegos Borrego, in connection with the deaths of both Darius Diondre Hubbard and LJjorian Marquise Harris of Greenville.

At approximately 3 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, the two men were murdered at the Skate Safari , 5002 Moulton Street in Greenville.

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.
U.S. Dept. of Justice

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.
Brad Kellar

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.
City of Josephine

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.
Brad Kellar

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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