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Arrest made in Hampton Inn fire

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    A laborer at Hampton Inn was arrested after confessing to using fireworks to start a fire in the hotel maintenance room Friday afternoon. The hotel was evacuated and no one was reported to have been injured as a result of the incident.


Givin’ Back to Gary Mac - Law enforcement officers to help one of their own

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Hopkins County and Sulphur Springs law enforcement officers are partnering to help one of their own.

The officers, along with local firefighters and emergency medical services, will be participating in events this month to benefit Hopkins County Sheriff’s Lt. Gary K. McLarry or Gary Mac as he’s known in the law enforcement community.



Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom (left) presented Sulphur Springs native Tyrik Rollison with a proclamation from the county commissioners court Thursday night honoring the Texas A&M-Commerce quarterback with "Tyrik Rollison Day." From left are Newsom, Rollison and his parents, Brenda Rollison and Michael Kelly. Rollison led the Lions to a record-setting 98-20 win over East Texas Baptist. See related coverage in Sports on Page 8. Photo by Don Wallace

Deadline to enter stew contest, sponsorships is approaching

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    Cookers who are wanting to take part in the annual World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest have two weeks to get their registration in.


Dean’s Kitchen Bartender at local club held in sex assault case

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A 31-year-old Sulphur Springs man, Oscar David Ramirez, is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond on a charge of aggravated sexual assault involving an 18-year-old woman.
    Sulphur Springs Police Lt. Rusty Stillwagoner said the assault reportedly occurred on July 13 and an investigation was ongoing until an arrest warrant for Ramirez was issued Wednesday.
    “The victim, a young lady, had been at Dean's Kitchen at the bar and had been served drinks by the bartender, Oscar Ramirez,” Stillwagoner said. “The victim, a white female, was at the bar for a time talking to the bartender whom she knew — that's kind of the last thing she remembered. Then she woke up at Ramirez' house with him on top of her having sex with her.”
    The young woman told police she told the man to stop and get off of her and, after a while he did and went to another room.    
    “She wrapped herself in a blanket and ran out the door, down to a neighbor's house for help,” the investigator said. “Friends were called and subsequently, the police arrived.”
    Stillwagoner said that it is possible some type of “date rape” drug may have been used in the assault.
    “The girl felt like she had been drugged,” he said. “There is no evidence of that whatsoever, but she felt that because she had no recollection whatsoever of what occurred to her, she has no recall, she doesn't know how she left the bar, doesn't know how she got to his house, how she got undressed or any of that. She just knows that when she came to, he was on top of her having intercourse with her.”
    Ramirez turned himself in to officers at Hopkins County Sheriff's Office just after 6 a.m. Thursday.
     Lt. Stillwagoner said information turned up during the investigation that indicates there may be other victims of sexual assaults that have not reported the assaults for whatever reason, whether they did not feel safe or just wanted to put the incident behind them.
    “We would hope that if there are other victims that they would contact me at the police department so an investigation can be opened on those as well,” Stillwagoner said. “That is just information that we have received during this investigation.”
    The police investigator said the department has been notified of other incidents occurring at the same business on East Industrial Drive, but not sexual assault.

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