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
11:34 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Shooting suspect changes mind on guilty pleas

Royce William Tawater
heraldbanner.com

On second thought, a local man will leave it up to a jury to decide whether he is guilty of multiple charges in connection with two shootings in Greenville last summer.

Royce William Tawater, 27, had been scheduled to plead guilty Wednesday to two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one charge of deadly conduct, during a hearing in the 354th District Court.

Tawater instead rejected plea offers from the Hunt County District Attorney’s Office. Tawater is now scheduled for trial Monday on all three counts.

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Greenville
7:51 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Guilty plea given in child injury case

Greenville Police Department
Credit heraldbanner.com

A local woman has pleaded guilty to seriously injuring a child in Greenville in February of last year.

Tonya Ann Rodriguez, 40, of Greenville, was indicted by the Hunt County grand jury on one count of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury.

During a hearing Tuesday in the 354th District Court Rodriguez entered an open plea of guilty to a lesser included charge of recklessly injuring a child causing serious bodily injury. Judge Richard A. Beacom accepted the plea and scheduled a sentencing hearing before a jury on June 16.

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Greenville
7:46 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Guilty pleas expected in July 2013 shootings

Royce William Tawater
heraldbanner.com

A  Greenville man, sentenced to state prison earlier this year on a weapons charge, is scheduled to plead guilty today to multiple counts involving two different shootings in July 2013.

A hung jury was the result of a trial in February concerning Royce William Tawater, 27, on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one charge of deadly conduct.

A retrial on the charges had been scheduled next week in the 354th District Court.

However, Tawater is now set to enter guilty pleas to the three remaining counts during a hearing in the court this morning.

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Hunt County
12:33 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Reward offered in injured cat case

SPCA of Texas

Hunt County law enforcement and prosecutors have joined with an animal rescue organization to determine who severely injured a cat last month.

The SPCA of Texas announced Monday that it is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who allegedly burned a cat in the Cochise Village neighborhood of Wills Point on March 11. The cat suffered third degree burns down its back and on its ears, and is currently in the care of a veterinarian.

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City of Greenville
10:44 am
Fri April 11, 2014

One injured in crash involving ambulance

The driver of this Kia Sportage received minor injuries this morning in a collision with an ambulance at the intersection of Joe Ramsey Boulevard and Wesley Street.
Brad Kellar

One person was injured this morning in an accident involving a car and an American Medical Response ambulance.

The ambulance was flipped during the crash at the intersection of Joe Ramsey Boulevard and Wesley Street at around 8:45 a.m. today.

A Kia Sportage was reportedly proceeding westbound on Joe Ramsey when it struck the side of the ambulance, which was headed northbound on Wesley while responding to a call. The ambulance was not carrying a patient at the time.

City of Greenville
10:44 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Area man charged in chase

Michael D. May, of McKinney, remains in custody for evading arrest and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Greenville Police Department

A Collin County man has been charged in connection with Wednesday’s chase between Greenville and McKinney, which resulted in one person being shot.

Michael D. May, 38, of McKinney remained in custody in the Hunt County Detention Center Thursday, in lieu of a total of $100,000 bond.

May was charged with one count each of evading arrest/detention with a motor vehicle and one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, involving the chase which began in Greenville Wednesday afternoon.

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City of Greenville
10:28 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Chase beginning in Greenville ends with shooting in McKinney

Man is shot in the leg and arrested after a car crash to McKinney.
Greenville Police Department

A car chase that began in Greenville ended with a suspect being shot in the leg by a law enforcement officer in McKinney.

Greenville police received a call Wednesday afternoon of a possible wanted person in the area of the 3800 block of Lee Street. The individual was reported to be the passenger in a 2012 Nissan.

According to a release from the Greenville Police Department, officers Bobby Wooldridge and Perry Sandlin responded to a call and located the vehicle.

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City of Greenville
9:25 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Longer wait to go splash

Splash Kingdom says Greenville will need a new service road before they can build the waterpark on its Greenville location.
Brad Kellar

Local water park fans will have to wait an extra year before hitting the slides and lazy river.

Officials with Splash Kingdom announced Thursday night that the company’s Greenville water park will not open this summer as planned.

While work has been underway at the site along the Interstate 30 service road for more than a month, although Thursday’s announcement indicated that landscaping is about all which has been completed.

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City of Greenville
4:37 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Remembering 'The Game'

In 1949, the Greenville Majors had a exhibition contest with the New York Yankees and beat them 4-3.
KETR / ketr.org

Almost 65 years ago, the former Greenville Majors played the most legendary baseball game in local history.

The April 10, 1949 exhibition contest between the Majors and the New York Yankees, which the Majors won 4-3, will be remembered during a special event next week.

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City of Greenville
3:43 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Life sentence given for sexual assualts on girls

Greenville resident, Julio Torres Palomo, is sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting two young girls under the age of 14.
Greenville Police Department

It only took a few minutes for a Hunt County jury to find a local man guilty of multiple sexual assaults against young girls.

The same panel sentenced Julio Torres Palomo to life in prison on a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children, according to Hunt County District Attorney Noble D. Walker Jr.

“We are extremely pleased for the children involved in this case,” Walker said. “They showed a great deal of courage in testifying against this defendant and I’m glad they were able to see their efforts pay off and the defendant sentenced to life in prison.”

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