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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Greenville
8:18 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Busken: Patience, assistance needed with investigations

Greenville police chief Dan Busken
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With the Greenville Police Department currently involved in multiple homicide investigations, Police Chief Dan Busken is asking the public for understanding and cooperation.

“These types of investigations are very labor intensive for us,” Busken said. “It is definitely a challenge for us.”

 

There have been at least four homicides in Greenville during the past four weeks, while multiple individuals have been injured during other offenses.

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Greenville
8:09 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Dallas man placed on probation in carjacking case

Thomas Medlin
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A Dallas man has been placed on probation, after pleading guilty to a reduced charge in connection with a reported carjacking in Greenville last month.

During a Friday afternoon hearing in the 354th District Court, Thomas Isaac Medlin, 33, entered a plea of guilty to a charge of robbery. Under a plea bargain arrangement, Medlin was placed on 10 years of deferred adjudication probation and was ordered to pay $1,357 in restitution.

 

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Greenville
8:07 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Suspect sought in stabbing death

Heriberto Borrego
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A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a suspect in the murder of one of two local residents early Saturday morning outside of a Greenville skating rink.

The Greenville Police Department issued a statement Monday evening, indicating Justice of the Peace Aaron Williams had issued the warrant for Heriberto Borrego.

 

Borrego is wanted on one count of murder in connection with the stabbing death of Ljorian Marquis Harris.

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Hunt County
7:47 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Grand jury scheduled to continue

Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

The latest edition of the Hunt County grand jury is scheduled to continue this week and may consider whether or not to issue indictments in three shootings from earlier this year.

The panel convenes Friday for the second session of its six month term, during which local prosecutors will present evidence in felony cases for consideration by the 354th District Court.

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Greenville
7:51 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Stair climb to honor Krodle, 9/11 victims

Lt. Todd Krodle, a Dallas fire fighter with local ties, will be commemorated Saturday, during a memorial stair climb in downtown Dallas.
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A Dallas firefighter with local ties will be among those commemorated Saturday, during a memorial stair climb in downtown Dallas.

Lt. Todd Wesley Krodle died three years ago while battling an apartment fire. His funeral in Greenville days later drew firefighters from all over Texas, and from as far away as North Carolina and New York City.

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Greenville
7:49 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Busy weekend for downtown Greenville

With downtown streets expected to be filled this weekend with bicycle racers and concert goers, City of Greenville officials Thursday placed a sign at the intersection of Stonewall and Lee Streets, directing the visitors to the area’s current and upcoming dining options.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

Unless you happen to be on a bicycle, navigating around downtown Greenville may be more tricky than usual this weekend.

Finding a parking place may also be a challenge, due to two big scheduled events.

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Greenville
7:54 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Council approves settlement of lawsuit

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The Greenville City Council voted Tuesday to settle a federal lawsuit, filed by the owner of a local car wash which had been the source of hundreds of noise complaints last summer.

The city will pay Carlos Limones $30,000 under the settlement, reached late last month in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas. In return, Limones will drop his claim there was a conspiracy on the part of city officials against his business along FM 1570 in Greenville.

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Hunt County
7:52 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Authorities report missed jury duty scam

Randy Meeks
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Local law enforcement agencies are warning area residents of a telephone scam, where the victims are threatened with arrest if they don’t send the caller money via a pre-paid card.

Both the Greenville Police Department and the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office have received reports of the scam, which involves a fake warrant officer calling about missed jury duty.

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Commerce
7:50 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Bond reduction sought in child endangerment case

Antoinette Escalera
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A Commerce woman is seeking a reduction in her bond on a charge of endangering a child, after allegedly leaving a 22-month-old child alone for more than 30 hours.

Antoinette Miami Escalera has filed a writ of habeas corpus from the Hunt County Jail, where she remained in custody in lieu of $50,000 bond Tuesday on one count of abandoning/endangering a child with imminent danger of bodily injury. The writ seeks the appointment of an attorney, a reduction in the bond or both.

A hearing on the writ had not been scheduled in the 354th District Court as of Tuesday afternoon.

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Greenville
8:10 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Police, DEA again joining forces

The Greenville Police Department is renewing its agreement with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to be part of a task force addressing illegal narcotics trafficking in North Texas.
Credit Brad Kellar

The Greenville Police Department will renew its participation in a regional agency cracking down on illegal narcotics activity.

The Greenville City Council is scheduled tonight to authorize Greenville Police Chief Dan Busken to enter into an agreement  with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force. The vote included under the regular session agenda, starting at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street. A work session is set for 5 p.m.

The city joined with the task force in January. That agreement expires at the end of September.

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Greenville
8:08 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Blackland Classic to race through downtown

Hundreds of cyclists are expected to participate in races through downtown Greenville this weekend, which will require the closure of the Audie Murphy Overpass and several other streets.
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There will be a lot of traffic downtown this weekend, mostly of the two-wheeled variety.

Multiple streets will be closed between lunchtime Saturday and Sunday afternoon for the inaugural running of the Blackland Classic.

In June, the Greenville City Council provided Dallas Racing Criterium Series, a non-profit organization, $10,000 in tourism funding.

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Greenville
8:17 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Contract to fix, replace old pipes to be awarded

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A contract is to be awarded this week for a project designed to keep sewage out of local rivers and streams.

The Greenville City Council is scheduled to approve a $784,000 contract with PC Contractors LLC of Fort Worth for the first phase of the Inflow and Infiltration Improvements program, with the vote included under Tuesday’s regular agenda, starting at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street. A work session is also set for 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Bids were opened last month on the project to help upgrade old sewer lines.

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Hunt County
8:14 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Appeal scheduled in cocaine possession case

Credit Brad Kellar

A Bowie County man is appealing the conviction and lengthy prison sentence he received earlier this year, for transporting a kilo of cocaine through Hunt County during the summer of 2009.

Brandon Ray Antwine of Texarkana was indicted in January 2010 on one count of possession of a controlled substance, namely cocaine, of more than 400 grams with intent to deliver. He had pleaded not guilty.

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Greenville
8:12 am
Mon August 11, 2014

GEUS plans electric rate increase

Credit Brad Kellar

The Greenville Electric Utility System intends to raise electric rates, in part to help pay for the local utility’s share of the Gibbons Creek power plant through the Texas Municipal Power Agency (TMPA).

“The TMPA plant has been an integral part of GEUS’ power supply mix for many years keeping our rates very competitive”, said GEUS General Manager Gary Singleton.

It would be the first such increase in electric rates in four years.

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Greenville
2:16 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Dream Lodge Motel to remain standing - for now

The abandoned motel on Interstate 30 is owned by the City of Greenville.
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The City of Greenville won’t be checking out of the Dream Lodge Motel any time soon.

The city purchased the abandoned motel along westbound Interstate 30 almost three years ago, with the goal to eventually tear down the property which had become a public nuisance.

But as of now there are plans to retain the property for the foreseeable future.

City of Greenville Public Relations Liaison Autumn Barton said the city is in no hurry to make a decision on the site.

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