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Robbery suspect shot to death

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Sulphur Springs police say a man wanted in connection with the armed robbery of Massey’s Convenience store on South Broadway Street two weeks ago was shot and killed in a shootout with law enforcement near the Choctaw Casino at Grant, Okla. Sulphur Springs Police Det. Bo Fox said an intense investigation has been under way since the robbery. “We developed William Honea as a suspect and issued a warrant for him on Nov. 24,” Fox said. “An intensive search for him has been ongoing since that time.” After receiving information that Honea might have been in the Grant, Okla.-area (north of Paris), Fox said he was able to develop possible locations in that area. “Yesterday [Thursday] afternoon, we made contact with Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation [OSBI] and passed along information about Honea, warrants and possible locations,” Fox said. “They began searching an area for him.” When officers located Honea and approached him near the Choctaw Casino, OSBI said he stole a pickup from a nearby barn and led officers on a chase. “I was notified late yesterday afternoon that [OSBI] had located him in the area of Choctaw Casino in Grant,” he said. “There was some type of pursuit that occurred after they located him, and at the conclusion of that pursuit, he pointed a weapon toward officers and fired the weapon. Officers returned fire and Honea receive fatal injuries as a result of that.” OSBI said that Honea used a rifle that was in the truck and fired shots at Hugo police officers, Choctaw County sheriff’s deputies and highway patrol officers during the pursuit.

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A weekend of Christmas-themed events is coming to Celebration Plaza for the fifth year in a row.

The square will be filled with thousands of colorful lights, attractions, music and Christmas spirit. After months of planning, Sulphur Springs City Council, Lions Club, Downtown Business Alliance, Chamber of Commerce and organizations around the community have pitched in to create a weekend to be remembered.

“I think this weekend is something that people look forward to as a kickoff to the holiday season,” said Department of Tourism Director Joey Baker.

The evening begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. with the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. As the square lights up with a myriad of colorful lights, Christmas Market on the Plaza will open with food vendors and holiday shopping opportunities. Holiday carolers will also be strolling around the plaza, spreading Christmas delight with their vocal talents.

As the celebration kicks off, local business Sister Babyz is presenting its Christmas Fashion Show, followed by local dance organizations performing a holiday-themed show on the main stage. Popular children’s favorites, the snow tiger exhibit, 100-foot snow slide and bounce houses will also open after the tree lighting ceremony. Both the bounce houses and slide have height restrictions for children. The tiger exhibit will have a $1 dollar entrance fee to see the animals with additional opportunities to feed them and take photos.

This will be a special year for the tiger exhibit. Two years ago, baby tiger cubs were brought around Sulphur Springs Independent School District for students to pet and learn about tigers. Those tigers are now fully grown and will be on the square Friday night. A horse drawn buggy will also be available for rides around downtown.

Then at 7 p.m., the annual Lions Club Christmas lights parade will begin in Buford Park. The parade will travel down Connally Street toward the plaza then turn on Jefferson Street. The parade of lights will then circle a section of the square and turn down Church Street to Houston Street before heading back to Buford Park.

On Saturday evening, North East Texas Choral Society will present “Once Upon a Christmas” at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. Tickets are $10 in advance for adults and $5 for children or $12 dollars at the door with a special $25 dollar family price. For $25, the family package includes two adult tickets and four children tickets.

“If you have never seen 100 voices singing together, you do know know what you are missing,” said NETCS Music Director Carol Allen. “It will be an enchanting and magical experience.”

5 killed in Texas Panhandle wreck

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VEGA, Texas (AP) — Five people have been killed, including four members of a New Mexico family, in a late-night collision on a rural road in the Texas Panhandle.

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Capital Murder Two men held in connection with murder, robbery

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Employer was killed in his house

 Two local men are being held in lieu of $2 million bond each on charges of capital murder in connection with the shooting death of their employer, 66-year-old Gary Maynard, late Saturday evening. Patrick Wayne McMahan, 31, of Sulphur Springs and Cody Scott Shaw, 26, of Emory are both being held in Hopkins County jail for the capital murder of Maynard. Hopkins County Chief Sheriff's Investigator Lewis Tatum said the victim's wife called officers to the County Road 2301 residence just after 11 p.m. Saturday. Tatum said robbery was the apparent motive for the slaying. “We know approximately 13 chain saws were stolen out of a shop,” the investigator said. “We recovered all the cash — it could be somewhere around the $2,000 range.” The chief investigator said he believes the murder victim was asleep in bed when he was shot with a .270-caliber deer rifle. Deputies at the scene quickly identified two possible suspects, employees of Maynard's tree-trimming business. “We developed some suspects,” Tatum said. “The first suspect, Patrick Wayne McMahan, was located on Beckworth Street,” Tatum said. “He was brought in on unrelated charges. Another suspect, Cody Shaw, was located Sunday morning in Rains County.” HCSO Cpl. Todd Evans apprehended McMahan at a Beckworth Street residence shortly after the murder was reported. “We had him in custody pretty quickly on unrelated charges,” Tatum said. “Evidence, 13 chain saws, was located in the back of an SUV backed up into the bushes at that residence.” SWAT officers from Sulphur Springs Police Department and Hopkins County Sheriff's Department assisted in taking Shaw into custody at his rural Rains County residence. Although two suspects are being held in the murder, Tatum said the investigation is continuing. Texas Ranger John Vance of Hopkins County and Ranger Greg Wilson from Franklin and Titus counties are assisting deputies in their investigation. Funeral services for Gary Maynard are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Two-day Blue Santa toy drive kicks off Monday

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The big two-day Christmas toy drive to benefit Hopkins County children via the Blue Santa program kicks off at 6 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at Fix and Feed, 1000 Gilmer St. 

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