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Fatality: 16-year-old dies in wreck

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A 16-year-old was killed in a pickup crash on FM 69, just south of Brinker Volunteer Fire Department, Tuesday afternoon.


3 rural school boards will have new faces

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At the conclusion of voting Tuesday, at least one new member each had been elected to serve on three rural school boards, while a fourth district’s board will be unchanged.


Bovine Flies

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Dr. Sonja Swiger spoke about integrated control of flies in livestock operations to start out the Private Applicator Credit seminar hosted at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center on Wednesday morning. The program was organized by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Hopkins County and was partially sponsored by NETBIO.

Council OKs sale of bonds

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In a brief meeting, the start of which was delayed by the General Election, Sulphur Springs City Council gave final approval to the sale of bonds to fund street and road improvements, renovations and additions to the old City Hall building to accommodate additional office space for the police department, park improvements, equipment and vehicles, along with software for city departments and offices. City Manager Marc Maxwell said the city was able to get an interest rate of 2.4 percent, a full percent less than had been anticipated. The lower interest rate will enable the city to save as much as $50,000 in interest. In other action, the council approved a contract for the purchase of two cars for the police department and awarded the bid to Sulphur Springs Dodge at a total cost of $43,000. The contract for installation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning for the city's Municipal Building was also approved by the council. The building is being renovated to allow for an expansion of the police department into space formerly occupied by the city's administrative offices. In a related item, the council decided to seek separate bids for metal framing, drywall, insulation, suspended ceilings, doors and hardware for the renovation project. Maxwell said there were no local bidders and the council wanted to separate the items in order to get better bids. Also approved was the purchase of utility pipe to be used in the Lamar Street construction project. The council also gave approval to the sale of a 0.23-acre parcel of land to Holt Texas LTD. The property is adjacent to the Holt Equipment business on West Industrial Drive.

County voters select Teer, Thompson

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After hearing two days of testimony in the trial of Tony Dewayne Crayton for the murder of his wife in October 2013, 8th District Judge Eddie Northcutt found Crayton guilty Wednesday morning. Crayton and his attorney, Martin Braddy, had asked that Northcutt, rather than a jury, hear the trial. In handing down his finding, Northcutt said he had to determine whether Tony Dewayne Crayton caused the death of Tyler Crayton and if he caused that death intentionally and knowingly. Testimony in the case pointed to a history of domestic problems between Crayton and his wife. On the day of her death, those problems escalated into violence. Forensic pathologist Dr. Emily Ogden of the Dallas Institute of Forensic Sciences testified that two of the wounds Jessica Tyler Crayton suffered would have each resulted in death, while a third would not have been fatal. In the two fatal wounds, one to the throat severed the jugular vein and one to the back of the neck severed the spinal cord. The conclusion, Ogden said, was homicide due to sharp force injury to the neck, and that the victim would not have been able to inflict the injuries to herself. In considering the totality of the evidence presented by both the defense and prosecution, Northcutt found Tony Crayton did knowingly brutally attack his wife, that he beat her, stabbed her and then knelt beside her body before deciding to get out of the home at 108 Morris Drive. The judge said he would be ordering a pre-sentencing investigation and would pronounce the sentence for Crayton later this month. Northcutt said he would set aside two days, Nov. 24 and 25, for the punishment phase of the trial. As the verdict was rendered, Crayton sat emotionless at the council table, while members of Tyler Crayton’s family wept. Defense attorney Braddy said he and his client appreciated the work of the court in methodically going through and analyzing all the evidence submitted during the trial. “We respect his verdict,” Braddy said. “We are going to proceed to determine what the proper punishment ought to be in this particular set of circumstances for this particular defendant.” The attorney said he anticipated he would ask for the sentence to be set by the court and would take all of the facts into consideration in setting that punishment. “We look forward to the opprtunity to present all of that to the court so that he might have everything he needs in order to make sure that justice is served in this particular case,” Braddy said. Tony Crayton now faces a punishment range of between five years and life in prison without parole.

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