Yantis Independent School District has had one person to sign up for candidacy in the May 9 trustees election this week.
A 31-year-old Greenville man, Michael Henry Shahan, is being held in Hopkins County jail in lieu of bonds totaling $160,000 after he was arrested during the noon hour Thursday in Commerce for online solicitation of a minor, according to Hopkins County Chief Sheriff’s Investigator Lewis Tatum. “He was arrested Thursday by Sgt. Corley Weatherford assisted by Commerce Police Department and Texas A&M-Commerce Police Department on one count of online solicitation of a minor,” Tatum said. “He was also charged with three additional counts of possession of child pornography and, I’m sure, there are numerous other charges that will be filed later.” Arrest reports stated that Shahan was employed as a technician in the information technology department at Texas A&M-Commerce. Officers made the arrest during the noon hour Thursday at a restaurant where man had gone for lunch, away from the college campus. After taking Shahan into custody for online solicitation of a minor, arrest reports stated he admitted to being in possession of child pornography and gave officers permission to search his cell phone, where a number of files containing child pornography were found. Shahan was arraigned Friday morning and a bond of $100,000 was set on the online solicitation charge and bonds of $20,000 were set for each of the three charges of possession of child pornography. Chief Investigator Tatum said his investigators work with a number of other Internet Crimes Against Children agencies investigating and pursuing online predators as well as others victimizing children.
Yantis Independent School District Board of Trustees will hold a special called meeting today to discuss and devise a plan to fill the superintendent’s spot, as well as discuss two legal matters during executive session.
Trucks were lining up and a big crane was in place this week at the construction site for the new Hopkins County jail. For most of Monday, 18-wheelers were sitting in queue to have reinforced concrete roofing panels lifted off and set into place on the new jail and, at the same time, other construction workers were making preparation for the walls on the office portion of the facility. Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom said construction is still running a few days behind schedule, but it’s not of great concern a this time. “My understanding is we're still 19 days behind schedule,” Newsom said. “We have had a real rainy winter that we are grateful for, but a the same time, they are a little bit behind.” With warmer temperatures and no rain this week, Newsom and Sedalco Construction Superintendent Gary Johnson expect to see even more progress. “We are excited that they are starting to pour more concrete, especially with the weather warming up, and they are trying to complete that,” the judge continued. “They are working on the walls and now, they are working on the roof.” With the roof in place and workers in the dry, it is expected that work will move at a more rapid place. “Once they get the roof and walls complete, nothing will slow them down,” Newsom said. “Once they are out of the weather, they can really make some progress. We expect to get our days back, and we will be planning to move in this coming October.”