Two military-style vehicles added to sheriff’s fleet PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kerry Craig   
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 14:16

Two new pieces of equipment have been added to the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office’s motor vehicle fleet over the past two weeks, according to Sheriff Lewis Tatum.

The military surplus vehicles were donated to the sheriff's department, and the only cost to the county was having the vehicles delivered by truck.

“We thought we needed to work with it in the event of storm damage and things like that,” Tatum said. “We were able to get this piece of equipment that has a front-end loader and a backhoe — it's called a UNIMOG.”

Looking like a combination of a “Transformer" and a bad dream, the first to arrive was the UNIMOG, a short, stubby 4x4 truck with a front-end loader and a backhoe on the back. The backhoe folds back onto the truck and can be quickly and easily deployed.

The sheriff said the UNIMOG could be an invaluable tool in the event of storm damage and the removal of debris.

A second piece of equipment, an MRAP, was delivered to the sheriff's department Tuesday.

“The Hopkins County-Sulphur Springs SWAT team had been trying to obtain an armored personnel carrier just for the safety of their officers,” the sheriff said. “We were able to find one of those in northern California and it got here [Tuesday.]”

A vehicle like the MRAP had been identified as something SWAT could utilize primarily for officer protection.

Tatum said his department learned of a process to obtain an MRAP through the Sheriff's Association of Texas.

“Sgt. Paul Fenimore signed up for all this equipment through Sheriff's Association and we got the necessary information,” Tatum explained. “When we asked for these things, they gave them to us.”

Both the UNIMOG and the MRAP were delivered in running condition and only needing some repairs and parts such as batteries. They should be ready for service in the next few weeks.

Three-car crash claims the life of a local man PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Craig   
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 14:14

A 58-year-old Hopkins County man died Tuesday evening from injuries sustained in a crash on State Highway 19, just north of the Mahoney Road intersection, that sent four people to the hospital by ambulance.

According to Hopkins County Sheriff's Office, Joel Webb was flown to a Tyler hospital for emergency surgery, where he succumbed to his injuries.

According to HCSO Sgt. David Ray, a car that was attempting to make a left turn off the highway was struck from behind by a second vehicle. The impact forced the car attempting to turn into the southbound lane of the highway, where it was struck by the car driven by Webb.

The crash blocked both northbound and southbound lanes on SH 19 for more than an hour and backed up traffic headed south all the way to Birthright.

Motor oil and other liquids that spilled onto the pavement added to the traffic delay while firefighters from Hopkins County Fire Department and North Hopkins Volunteer Fire Department cleared the fluids from the roadway.

Sulphur Springs Police Department dispatched two patrol units to the wreck due to sheriff's patrol deputies handling calls in other parts of the county.

According to Ray, deputies were back on the scene of the crash Wednesday morning to take more photographs. Texas Department of Public Safety accident reconstruction troopers will be working at the scene Friday morning.

Cancelation PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 14 January 2017 14:30

Hopkins County District Clerk Cheryl Fulcher said Friday the jury panel summoned to appear at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, for 62nd Judicial District Court Judge Will Biard does not need to report; the session has been cancelled.

Paris JC named as a ‘Military Friendly School’ PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 14 January 2017 14:26

Paris Junior College has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs SM, and Military Spouse.

SAFE-T earns certification; plans local training PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 14 January 2017 14:04

MOUNT PLEASANT — The Office of the Attorney General Sexual Assault Prevention and Crisis Services Crime Victim Services Division recently certified Shelter Agencies for Families in East Texas Inc. for the OAG Sexual Assault Training Program.

Driver dies in 18-wheeler crash Driver dies in 18-wheeler crash PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Craig   
Monday, 16 January 2017 13:26


One person was killed and another injured early Monday when their 18-wheeler ran off the westbound lanes of Interstate 30 and into the center median at the 117-mile marker, just east of Brashear, and crashed into a creek. 911 operators received the first call reporting the crash at 5:49 a.m. Hopkins County Sheriff Lewis Tatum was one of the law enforcement officers on the scene of the fatal wreck. “An 18-wheeler hauling a load of Murray lawnmowers went off into the center median of I-30 and ran off into that creek,” Tatum said. “That creek was 15 to 20 feet deep and there was water running in it, but the truck jumped the water and impacted against the bank on the other side.” Along with sheriff's deputies and state troopers called to the scene, Hopkins County Fire Department and a number of volunteer fire departments responded, working for more than two hours to free the victims. Justice of the Peace Brad Cummings was called to the scene and said it “was amazing that anybody lived through the wreck.” “There was a passenger in the truck with the driver who survived,” Cummings said. “It was the driver that died — he was still buckled in. The surviving passenger was laying in the only kind of a little pocket [in the wreckage of the truck tractor] that you could be in to survive that thing.” Cummings pronounced the 51-year-old driver of the truck dead at 8:28 a.m. He said the man had a Tennessee driver’s license. EMS requested a medical helicopter at the crash site but, due to weather, none were available. The injured man was taken to the emergency department at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Sulphur Springs. The justice of the peace said he ordered an autopsy, which is standard procedure and a requirement of the Texas Department of Transportation. “It looked like he left the roadway, went between the two interstate bridges and went down into that ravine and hit the bottom there,” Cummings said. “He was carrying riding lawnmowers and other outdoor equipment and busted the trailer open.” Traffic was still being diverted off of I-30 onto the service roads at noon as troopers continued their investigation into the crash and wreckers were trying to remove the truck and its contents from the creek. “They had the big Benson Brother's wrecker trying to get that trailer up off of the victims,” Tatum said. “[The trailer] was so unstable there they had a very hard time.” Deputies said a number of cars drove around roadblocks, but were halted before they reached the accident scene and were held there for some time. Another driver tried to cross the ditch between the service road and left his car buried in the mud.

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CPCISD losing superintendent at end of school year PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 14 January 2017 14:27

Search committee contracted to help in search for new top administrator

Como-Pickton Consolidated Independent School District trustees hope to have a new superintendent in place when school ends in May.

Miller Grove’s new elementary wing almost ready to open PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 14 January 2017 14:21

A day Miller Grove elementary teachers and students have eagerly anticipated all year is expected to finally arrive next week — they should be able to begin moving from their old classrooms into the new elementary wing that’s complete, aside from a few cosmetic and exterior items.

Chamber of Commerce: Tickets on sale for annual chamber banquet, Feb. 16 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 14 January 2017 14:12

Drawings for hunting and fishing trips that night as well

It soon will be time to celebrate the best of the best in Hopkins County.

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