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Commerce
4:39 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Shooting suspect sought, two charged with tampering

One suspect remains at large following a fatal shooting at an apartment complex on Jan. 13 in Commerce.
Credit Kevin Jefferies / KETR

Commerce Police continue to search for a suspect following a fatal shooting at a local apartment complex. The identity of the suspect has been “potentially” established, according to a statement by Chief of Police Kerry Crews.

Crews also said that two people have been arrested and remain in custody at the Commerce Police Department on charges of Tampering with Physical Evidence in connection with the shooting.

The name of the suspect and the names of the two in custody have not been released by police.

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Greenville
3:04 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Council approves moratorium on impact fees in city

The Greenville City Council voted Tuesday to suspend the collection of impact fees on new development for the next 12 months.
Credit 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.

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Hunt County
2:57 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

One in custody following series of violent events

A Balch Springs man is in local custody, after being wounded during a violent series of events in far south Hunt County Tuesday morning.
Credit Courtesy Photo

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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Commerce
7:19 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Police: Victim identified, still no specifics on suspect

Law enforcement officials arrived at the Lamplight Lodge Apartments in Commerce following a fatal shooting on Jan. 13.
Kevin Jefferies KETR

Commerce Police are searching for a "person of interest" following a fatal shooting at a local apartment complex, officials said.

Corey Dominic Heath, 23, of Commerce, died from gunshot wounds on Jan. 13, police said. Officers responding to a call of a possible shooting found Heath dead on the property of Lamplight Lodge Apartments, 1300 Moore St., at about 1 p.m., police said. The complex is in central Commerce, one block east of the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Womack: Workplace wellness programs should emphasize 'total wellness'

Credit McKinley Health Center, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Velvete Womack of the Fire and Ice spa in Commerce says workplace wellness programs could be better by approaching wellness from a "total wellness" perspective, going beyond exercise and physical concerns.

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Hunt County
5:27 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Police: Escape attempt ends in car crash, jail

An attempt to escape arrest in southern Hunt County ended with a suspect injured and in jail, according to the Hunt County Sheriff’s Department.
Credit Hunt County Sheriff's Dept.

A dramatic attempt to escape from local police in southern Hunt County ended with a suspect injured and in jail, according to a statement released on Jan. 13 by the Hunt County Sheriff’s Department.

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Commerce
1:31 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Police: Suspect at large following fatal shooting, robbery

Commerce Police have marked off a possible crime scene on the campus of Lamplight Lodge Apartments in Commerce.
Credit Kevin Jefferies / KETR

Note: This post has been updated throughout.

4:53 p.m. - Police said that one suspect, not two, is being sought in connection with the shooting.

2:33 p.m. - Commerce Independent School District staff said that public school campuses in Commerce are under "modified lockdown," meaning that outside doors are locked and that outdoor classes and activities have been relocated indoors. Otherwise, normal class schedules are continuing. Buses will run on their usual schedule, Commerce ISD staff said.

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Blacklands Corridor
7:39 am
Tue January 13, 2015

NETEX to consider cutting ties with toll road group

A plan to build a toll road using the old NETEX right-of-way from Greenville to Lavon did not make it into the North Central Texas Council of Governments' transportation plan.
Credit KETR

The agency overseeing short line rail operations in Northeast Texas may cut ties this week with the company which wanted to use its right-of-way to build a proposed toll road.

The Northeast Rural Rail Transportation District (NETEX) Board of Directors is scheduled to consider taking action on releasing its contract with Public Werks concerning the former “Blacklands Corridor” project.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Slinkard: Phoenix Charter revocation doesn't reflect quality of education

Phoenix Charter School logo

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses the status of the revocation of Greenville's Phoenix Charter School, and plans for the construction of the new Bowie Elementary School and a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Store in Greenville.

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Greenville
3:49 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Arraignment hearing set in Walmart robbery case

Christopher Wayne Pressley Hinnenkamp of San Marcos is scheduled to be arraigned this week on a charge of armed robbery, in connection with the reported hold-up of the Greenville Walmart store.
Credit Greenville Herald-Banner

A Hays County man is scheduled to be arraigned this week on an indictment for armed robbery, in connection with the reported hold-up of the Greenville Walmart store.

Christopher Wayne Pressley Hinnenkamp may also be responsible for two more robberies at Walmart stores in Texas and Iowa.

The Hunt County grand jury issued an indictment against Hinnenkamp in December with one count of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

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Texas
12:05 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

AMBER Alert Awareness Day announced

Governor Rick Perry declares Jan. 13, 2015 as AMBER Alert Awareness Day.

Governor Rick Perry has signed in official recognition the proclamation for the date January 13, 2015 to declare AMBER Alert Awareness Day.

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Greenville
8:09 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Restraining order filed against suspect in L-3 attack

A temporary restraining order has been granted against a Rockwall man charged with ramming his truck into a security checkpoint at the L-3 Mission Integration facility in Greenville.
Credit Courtesy Photo

A temporary restraining order has been granted against a Rockwall man charged with ramming his truck into a security checkpoint at the L-3 Mission Integration facility in Greenville.

The defense contractor is also seeking a permanent injunction against Gavino Silva Zertuche Jr., which would prevent him from coming near the L-3 facilities in both Greenville and Rockwall. The request for the injunction, filed Friday afternoon, also claims the company fears Zertuche may have committed treason.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Commerce mayor on sidewalks, airport, Ann & Harry Champion Center

Commerce City Hall

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses plans for sidewalk repairs in downtown Commerce, progress on the Municipal Airport improvement project, and the renaming of the Norris Community Center as the Ann and Harry Champion Community Center.

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Blacklands Cafe
9:16 am
Sun January 11, 2015

One tip for a more successful 2015: Define 'better'

Randy Pennington
Credit Pennington Group

Business consultant, CEO of Pennington Group and East Texas State/Texas A&M-Commerce alumnus Randy Pennington and his "Five Friends" group offer tips for a more successful 2015.  One of Randy's tips: Take time to define what you mean by "better."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri January 9, 2015

KETR observing 40th anniversary in 2015

KETR general manager Jerrod Knight says KETR will observe its 40th anniversary in April of this year, with plans being developed for the observance.  And Jerrod discusses a listener survey that has recently been completed, and plans for a new "Community Partners" campaign.

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