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Thursday, 21 August 2014 12:14

By JON LANCE

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One hundred Sulphur Springs High School students volunteered Wednesday to help Douglas Intermediate School’s incoming fifth graders learn what it means to be a leader during a Dare to Dream camp held in their gym.

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TAMU offers free writing course for senior citizens PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Terry Mathews   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 12:07

   COMMERCE – The Department of Literature and Languages at Texas A&M University-Commerce is offering a free graduate-level writing course to anyone age 65 or older interested in improving their skills.

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Grand Jury returns 65 indictments for solicitation, theft, drug offenses among others PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kerry Craig   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 13:23

A Hopkins County Grand Jury has handed up 65 felony indictments, mostly for drug-related offenses, according to District Attorney Will Ramsay.
    Jacob Brandon Stevens was named in an indictment alleging online solicitation of a minor with the intent the minor would engage in sexual conduct with him and sought to have the minor meet with him.
    Three people, Saul Arazola Herrerea, Reyna Estafany Arzola and Ysenia Marlem Arzola, were named in separate indictments alleging theft of property in connection with the theft of a vehicle, of the value of $1,500 or more but less than $20,000 on April 25.
    Jacob Thompson was named in a two-county indictment for theft by check. The indictments stem from checks for two purchases of cattle. Each purchase for more than $100,000 but less than $200,000 was paid by check when, the indictment alleges, Thompson did not have sufficient funds in or on deposit with the bank for the payment in full of the check as well as other checks then outstanding.    
    The indictment further alleges the amounts were obtained “pursuant to one scheme or continuing course of conduct,” and the aggregate value of the property obtained was $200,000 or more.
     Ashley Nicole Gonsalves was named in four separate indictments, including one for possession of a controlled substance, heroin, one for possession of methamphetamine, one for tampering with or fabricating physical evidence in an attempt to conceal methamphetamine and heroin with the intent to impair its availability as evidence in the investigation and an indictment for unlawful use of a criminal instrument — U.S. currency.
    Jason Heath Gafford and Michael Dale Darland were named in separate indictments stemming from the theft of four iPhone 5s devices, valued at more than $1,500 and less than $20,000, from Walmart on March 18.
    Grand jurors named John Todd Folmar in a single indictment on charges of retaliation. The indictment alleges that Folmar threatened Chief Sheriff's Investigator Lewis Tatum, to kill him.
    Danny Ray McPherson was named in two indictments, the first alleging possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine and stipulated previous convictions for possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility.
    The second indictment against McPherson alleges tampering with or fabricating physical evidence during a traffic stop to intentionally conceal a narcotic with intent to impair its availability as evidence.
    Billy Wade Hall was named in two indictments, one for possession of a controlled substance and the other for tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
    Christopher Phillip Graham was named in three indictments. Two of the indictments allege possession of a controlled substance enhanced by a previous conviction of possession of a controlled substance in 1998 in Tarrant County. The third indictment alleges tampering with or fabricating physical evidence to hinder an investigation.
    Two indictments naming Cody Shaw Douglas were returned. One indictment alleges possession of a controlled substance and the other possession of marijuana. Both offenses are alleged to have occurred in a drug-free zone.
    Other indictments returned by the grand jury include:
    n/ Tequaylon Demond Brown — two indictments: possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine in a drug-free zone and delivery of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone.
    n/ Jess Eugene Braziel Jr. — two indictments: possession of a controlled substance and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
    n/ Amanda Lanell Shanks — theft of property greater than $1,500 with two or more previous convictions.
    n/ Miranda Lee Hodges — theft of property, less than $1,500, with two previous convictions.
    n/ Dana Marline Coble — credit card or debit card abuse.
    n/ Terri Lynne Brown — injury to a child, elderly or disabled individual.
    n/ Debbie Lynn Chaney — injury to a child, elderly or disabled individual.
    n/ Jason Boyd Robertson — deadly conduct, discharge of a firearm.
    n/ Alan Dale Rhys — aggravated robbery. The indictment cites a previous conviction of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury in Franklin County.
    n/ Luke Hayes Joyner — burglary of a building with prior convictions for theft of wire or cable and possession of a controlled substance in Dallas County.
    n/ Sharon Ruth Billings — theft by deception, U.S. currency of the value of more than $1,500 but less than $20,000.
    n/ John Dalton Abbott Jr. — unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
    n/ Derek Justin Wall — two indictments, both for possession of a controlled substance.
    n/ Howard Ray Wolf Jr. — two indictments, possession of a controlled substance and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
    n/ Brandon David Wells — possession of a controlled substance.
    n/ Billy Joe Tapp Jr. — driving while intoxicated, third offense.
    n/ Jeremy Wayne Strickland — possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone with a prior conviction on an arson charge in Falls County.
    n/ Hayden Scott Summers — possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver or manufacture.
    n/ Sladden Stoan Sheedy — possession of a controlled substance.
    n/ James Milton Rowley Jr. — driving while intoxicated, third offense.
    n/ Amanda Marie Rowe — driving while intoxicated with child under 15 as a passenger.
    n/ Tommy Joe Pritchett Jr. — driving while intoxicated, third offense.
    n/  Edwin J. Otero Jr. — unlawful use of criminal instrument, U.S. currency with intent to us it in commission of an offense, namely a controlled substance.    
    n/ Ernesto Arellano Martinez —tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
    n/ Robert Sean Hutchison — possession of a controlled substance.
    n/ Adam Joshua Hodges — possession of a controlled substance. The indictment also stipulates a prior conviction for injury to a child.
    n/ Crystal Lee Hickman — possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone.
    n/ Tineka Fernandez — unlawful use of a criminal instrument.
    n/ Calvin Eugene Eacret — possession of a controlled substance.
    n/ Dwight Randolph Crocker Jr. — possession of a controlled substance with a previous conviction on aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury in Wood County.
    n/ Christian Kirby Collins — possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone.
    n/ Gary Lynn Chism — possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver in a drug-free zone.
    n/ Kolby John Chamberlain — driving while intoxicated, third offense.
    n/ Marcos Rolando Lira Cadena — tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
    n/  Odis Wade Boldin — possession of a controlled substance.
    n/ Marc Anthony Flannigan — possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver or manufacture.
    n/ Christonia Desiree Beard — possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver or manufacture.
    n/ Carl Gonsalves — unlawful use of a criminal instrument.
    n/ Jose Julio Tapia — tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
    The findings of the grand jury were handed up to Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Eddie Northcutt.
    It is important to note that when someone is arrested or indicted by a grand jury, they are merely charged with a crime. It should not be considered as evidence of either guilt or innocence.

 
SCU nabs three in city drug bust PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kerry Craig   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 13:20

As the result of an investigation that began more than a week ago, Special Crimes Unit investigators arrested three people and seized a quantity of methamphetamine last week, according to SCU investigator Mark Estes.
    Those arrested included Charles Minick, 30, of Sulphur Springs, Christina Marie Loudenslager, 27, of Sulphur Springs and Taylor Maxlynn Fletcher, 24, of Point.
    “Charles Lee Minick evaded officers on a white sport bike,” Estes said. “Minick was arrested last Thursday on a warrant for evading with a vehicle, a third-degree felony.”
    Following that arrest and using information from confidential informants, Estes said officers were able to go back to Minick's residence in the 800 block of Brinker Street and locate almost four grams of methamphetamine and a handgun. Minick's girlfriend was arrested at that time.
    “She ended up giving information, along with Minick, and we were able to do a 'buy-bust' at the Pilot Travel Truck Center,” the investigator said. “This netted approximately 11.5 grams of methamphetamine.”
    The Special Crimes Unit seized $1,800 in currency, a white sport bike and a 2011 Cadillac Escalade during the “buy-bust.”
    “This has been a lengthy investigation, stemming back to previous months,” Estes said. “During the 'buy-bust' we ended up getting the currency, the Escalade as well as the motorcycle and handgun.”

 
Staff Stuff PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014 09:09

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Sulphur Springs Independent School District held its welcome back convocation for all staff at Sulphur Springs Middle School Monday morning.

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Dustin Carr named interim superintendent at Sulphur Bluff PDF Print E-mail
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Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 12:03

    Sulphur Bluff Independent School District will start the new year Aug. 25 with an interim superintendent and at least seven additional staff changes, while Saltillo adds five new faces to its staff this year.

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Commerce police arrest 1 for possession, promotion of child porn PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014 13:22

Investigators with the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office tipped Commerce Police to a man in that city downloading and distributing child pornography, according to Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews.
    Crews said an investigation was prompted by information from this county’s investigators that work in conjunction with Internet Crimes Against Children [ICAC] and Commerce police on these types of cases.
    “On Aug. 14, the investigation came to a point where probable cause was established by detectives and a search warrant was obtained,” Crews said Monday. “The search warrant was served immediately on a residence in the 2300 block of Taylor Street.”
    Crews identified the man as Erion Eugene Shirley, 31, of Commerce.
    “The subject admitted to circulating images and videos he knew to be child pornography,” Crews said. “Shirley was immediately placed under arrest for possession of child pornography and later transported to Hunt County jail.”
    Bond for Shirley was set at $40,000 on the third-degree felony charge of possession or promotion of child pornography.
    Crews said the case is being reviewed by the Hunt County District Attorney’s office and there is the possibility of additional charges being filed.
    Hopkins County investigators, working closely with ICAC and state and federal authorities have made a number of arrests recently and continue to actively pursue those involved in online solicitation of a minor as well as those downloading and sharing child pornography.

 
North Hopkins ISD starts school with new staff members PDF Print E-mail
Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 12:13

    North Hopkins Independent School District will begin the year with at least nine new staff members hired to replace at least six staff members who resigned and one who retired. Three staff members have also been reassigned to new duties within the district.

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First Meet the Teacher night set Tuesday, Aug. 19 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor   
Saturday, 16 August 2014 09:29

    Sulphur Springs students and parents will have an opportunity to meet their teachers during activities scheduled three days next week. Special schedule pick up and sixth grade orientation will be held on two days next week, while high school freshmen will attend fish camp and grades 10-12 pick up schedules Aug. 25.

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