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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Erion Eugene Shirley
Greenville Herald-Banner

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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A Rockwall man remained in the Hunt County Jail Tuesday evening, charged with attacking and injuring a security guard Monday at the L-3 Mission Integration facility in Greenville.

Gavino Silva Zertuche Jr., 46, was being held in lieu of a total of $55,000 bond on one count each of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a public servant and criminal trespass. It was unclear whether Zertuche had an attorney, and he had not filed a writ of habeas corpus from the jail seeking the appointment of an attorney as of Tuesday afternoon.

Brad Kellar

A Dallas woman is still listed as missing, after she disappeared from Greenville three weeks ago.

The Greenville Police Department indicated Monday that it did not have anything new to report concerning Lisa Byrd-New Andrews.

Andrews was reported missing Thursday, Dec. 11 after last being seen by family members in Greenville on Sunday, Dec. 7.

According to the police report, Andrews is believed to be driving a silver 2004 Ford Mustang belonging to a family member. The Texas license plate on the car is CZ5 K949.

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A Garland man was still being sought by area law enforcement agencies Monday, in connection with a shooting last week which left a local resident seriously injured.

The Greenville Police Department has issued a warrant for the arrest of Tony Dewayne Hunter Jr. on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, involving the incident early Friday morning at a local club. Hunter had not been taken into custody as of Monday evening.

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Hunt County government officials are due to be sworn-in to office Thursday morning, to start the new year.

A swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday in the 354th District Court, on the third floor of the Hunt County Courthouse.

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A court hearing is set in Hunt County next week for a local man, arrested more than three years ago on federal charges for allegedly operating a drug ring out of the Hunt County Jail.

Bobby Joe Evens, 55, of Greenville had trial scheduled in May on multiple state-level counts of drug dealing and endangering a child. But the trial was postponed and a new trial date has not yet been set. The status of Evens’ federal charges was also undetermined as of late last week.

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The City of Greenville municipal swimming pool may open next summer, or then again it may not.

City Manager Massoud Ebrahim said the status of the Ja-Lu Pool is dependent on the expected opening of the Splash Kingdom water park.

“At the present time we are just going to wait and see,” Ebrahim said.

The pool narrowly escaped closure this past summer, as the city was unable to find enough qualified lifeguards to supervise the facility.

“And that’s when the YMCA came in,” Ebrahim said.

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The City of Greenville should receive its new fire truck, largely paid for through the generosity of an anonymous donor, next month.

“As of now, the delivery schedule is for January 20,” said City Manager Massoud Ebrahim.

The Greenville City Council voted in March to approve the almost $656,000 purchase of a Pierce Fire Rescue Pumper and equipment for the Greenville Fire-Rescue Department.

Ebrahim said the new equipment will be welcomed with open arms by city officials, firefighters and local residents.

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The Hunt County Commissioners Court made it clear Tuesday exactly whom it trusts.

The commissioners were scheduled to vote on a resolution in support of displaying the national motto, “In God We Trust.”

County Judge John Horn said the idea for adopting the motto came to his attention about a month ago.

“There are several county agencies in Texas which have taken action on this resolution,” Horn explained, adding that the motto would be displayed inside the Commissioners Courtroom.

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A reduction in bond has been denied for a Dallas man, charged with murder in connection with the death late last month of a Hunt County resident.

Timothy Adam Kelley, 21, and Kyle Anthony Kauffmann, 18, of Terrell are being held in the Hunt County Jail involving the death of William Dow Schauer, 70.

Kelley is in custody in lieu of a total of $550,000 bond on one count each of murder and theft while Kauffmann is being held in lieu of $1 million bond on one count of murder.

Lisa Andrews of Greenville has been reported missing.
Greenville Herald-Banner

An investigation is underway into a woman reported missing from Greenville for more than 10 days.

The Greenville Police Department was searching Thursday evening for Lisa Byrd-New Andrews.

Andrews was reported missing Dec. 11. She was last seen by family members in Greenville on Dec. 7.

According to the police report, Andrews is believed to be driving a silver 2004 Ford Mustang belonging to a family member. The Texas license plate on the car is CZ5 K949.

Phoenix Charter School is scheduled for closure on July 31, when the contract for charter officially expires.
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The board of the Phoenix School is asking for the public’s support in appealing a decision by the Texas Education Agency to revoke the Greenville school’s charter.

A letter issued to parents of students at the school from board President Maxine Thomas MD, Superintendent Lula Turnipseed Edwards and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Derek Love said the school has been treated unfairly by the TEA.

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