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Hopkins County, deputy cleared in federal suit PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Craig   
Monday, 23 January 2017 15:54

A jury in United States District Court found that Hopkins County Sheriff's Sgt. Paul Fenimore did not use excessive force or unlawfully arrest Jody Bender or her husband Jeffrey Bender in connection with a stolen vehicle.

Attorney Robert Davis, who represented Hopkins County and Fenimore, said the jury took about 55 minutes before delivering its verdict.

“They found that the county and its deputies had not committed false arrest, and the county and its deputies had not used excessive force against the plaintiffs,” the attorney said.

There had been an allegation by a witness that the plaintiff and his wife had stolen a vehicle from him. The witness, claimed they had repossessed a vehicle which he had purchased from Lone Star Auto Corral. The man said he had paid the loan off and held a clear title to the car.

At least two other vehicles, a Cadillac Escalade and a Dodge pickup, were also said to have been repossessed even though loans had been satisfied.

Jody Bender had been part of an automobiles sales dealership called Lone Star Auto Corral. She claimed that the business had split and that she was entitled to collect money from a number of different people who bought cars there, the attorney said.

According to Davis, it was later determined that they did not have a license to sell cars and Jody Bender did not have a license from the state of Texas to engage in financing activities.

She subsequently pled guilty to a theft offense, for which she received deferred adjudication. That was introduced into evidence at the trial, Davis said.

Jeffrey A. Bender and wife Jody Bender had sued Hopkins County and three deputies.

The suit against Hopkins County was dismissed before jury selection started. Paul Fenimore was a remaining defendant in the lawsuit, and the jury ruled in Fenimore's favor.

“They found there was no false arrest and there was no excessive force used,” Davis said. “They found completely in our favor.”

At the conclusion of the trial, Davis said he was pleased with the quick handling of the trial.

“We are very happy that the jury returned its verdict in a short period of time that Deputy Fenimore was not in any way liable to them and there was no wrong doing,” Davis said.

A similar suit against Hopkins County was dismissed the day before, just as jury members were to be selected.

 
Adventure Awaits on the Pacific Crest Trail PDF Print E-mail
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Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN New-Telegram News Editor faith@ssecho.com   
Saturday, 21 January 2017 13:52

Cedric Standbridge took 6 month hike up the West Coast

Cedric Standbridge has what his grandmother Billie Ruth Standbridge of Sulphur Springs considers an adventurous spirit.

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Filing has begun for 3 C-P school board seats PDF Print E-mail
Written by From Staff Reports   
Saturday, 21 January 2017 13:24

Three seats on the Como-Pickton school board will be up for election this spring, and the filing period is now open for prospective candidates.

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Bright Star Christian student makes Four States Honor Band PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 21 January 2017 13:22

Parker Tillery, son of Michael and Amanda Tillery and lead trumpeter in the Bright Star Christian School Band, was awarded a position in the Four States Honor Concert Band. Only students in grades 10-12 can audition for a chair in the band. 

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Filing for SS, Yantis school boards opens Wednesday, continues through Feb. 17 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 20:11

Filing for candidacy in at least two local school districts’ May 6 trustees elections opened Wednesday morning.

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10 SSHS students advance from region to state in BPA PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 21 January 2017 13:51

7 individuals, 2 teams named state alternates

Of the 28 career and technical education students from Sulphur Springs High School who attended the Business Professionals of America 2017 Regional Leadership

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Beta Sigma Phi accepting Woman of the Year nominations PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 21 January 2017 13:23

Nominations are being accepted by Beta Sigma Phi for Woman of the Year. The deadline to submit an entry is Sunday, Feb. 5.

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Burgin, Sellers file for city council PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 21 January 2017 11:35

A former Sulphur Springs City Council member and a current one have both filed for seats on the council in the May election.

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Hicks, Stribling partner to promote ‘Say Yes to FCS’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by By FAITH HUFMAN, News-Telegram news staff, faith@ssecho.comy   
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 20:09

Hopkins County AgriLife Extension Agent Johanna Hicks and Sulphur Springs High School teacher Debbie Stinson Stribling are very passionate about family and consumer sciences education.

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