Work crews began the final steps to demolish the old city swimming pool in Buford Park Monday, according to City Manager Marc Maxwell. The bathhouse was the first part of the pool to fall shortly after workers off-loaded the heavy equipment. The next step will be to tear out the concrete pool, water lines and filter equipment. “They are bringing in a wrecking ball for the pool,” Maxwell said. “By the end of the week, we should have three different piles out there and that's it.” As soon as the debris is hauled away, the hole in the ground will be filled and the surface leveled for a planned new feature to Buford Park, west of Kids Kingdom. “It looks like the Adult Leadership Class is going to build a large picnic pavilion, something on the order of 50 feet by 100 feet,” the city manager said. “I think that will be great.” The old city swimming pool has been empty for the past several years. One of the reasons for abandoning the pool was the need for expensive repairs.
Hopkins County Sheriff's investigators say a man who ran after during a traffic stop Sunday night was apprehended Monday morning after spending a cold and wet night on the run. Chief Sheriff's Investigator Lewis Tatum identified the man as Gerald Wayne Fielden Jr., 28, and said he resisted arrest after the deputy learned of an outstanding warrant for the man in Lamar County. When instructed to put his hands behind his back, arrest reports indicate Fielden resisted. “During the traffic stop an altercation occurred and the subject ran off into the woods,” Tatum said. “He was caught early the next morning attempting to get out of the area and was very cold.” Tatum said officers found a quantity of methamphetamine the man had attempted to throw on the ground. Fielden was charged with evading arrest and possession of methamphetamine as well as a Lamar County warrant for theft of property. Bond for Fielden was set at $20,000 for possession of a controlled substance, more than four grams and less than 200 grams of methamphetamine, and $5,000 for evading arrest, enhanced by a previous conviction. No bond was set on the Lamar County theft warrant.
Sulphur Springs police investigators were contacted Monday afternoon by a woman who said she had been sexually assaulted during the noon hour yesterday. Police Detective David Gilmore said the attack occurred at apartments on Freeman Street about 12:30 p.m. “A woman was coming into her apartment, bringing in some items,” Gilmore said. “She left her door open and, as she rounded a corner when she came back, there was a black male standing there she did not know. She was then sexually assaulted by the black male, and he fled the residence.” The detective said his investigation into the assault was just beginning. “We are still collecting information and evidence about the crime at this time,” the detective said. “I just got through speaking with the victim for the second time, kind of in the beginning stages of this thing.” Gilmore described the suspect as a black male, in his 30s, with short hair, of medium build and about 5 feet 7 inches to six feet tall. Anyone with any information regarding this sexual assault should contact Sulphur Springs Police Department at 903-885-7602.
Sulphur Bluff Beta Club will be holding a stew fundraiser Sunday, Feb. 22, to help the students cover costs of attending and competing at the National Beta Convention later this year.