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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
A man whose identity has not yet been released by authorities, died en route to Parkland Hospital after being shot, allegedly by his brother-in-law, this past Sunday. The man was shot in the chest when he attempted to visit his wife, who was staying at her brother's home near Kaufman. The victim was taken to Presbyterian Hospital in Kaufman, then later taken to Parkland in Dallas, where he was pronounced dead. Forty-four-year-old Kaufman resident Juan Manuel Bermudez was arrested for his involvement in the incident, and initially charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The charge has been enhanced to murder, and Bermudez is currently in Kaufman County Jail pending a $300,000 bond.
The new Terrell Police headquarters building will be the topic of discussion at a special meeting and workshop for the Terrell city council Thursday at 6 p.m. at Terrell City hall. In addition to the police headquarters update, council members will discuss, in an executive session, personnel matters and pending litigation.
A woman screaming for help in the woods along State Highway 276 in Quinlan yesterday morning brought Hunt County Sheriff's deputies to the scene to investigate. The woman told officers she had been abducted after her family had been killed. Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks issued an official statement yesterday afternoon on the incident, in which he said the woman did suffer from back and other injuries in a fall from a tree, and was transported to Medical City in Plano for treatment. Meeks said investigators have been unable to substantiate that an abduction occurred, nor have they found evidence of the family being killed. He said his department is still inveistigating the incident, but at this time, it does not appear to be an abduction.
The new school year is underway. School zones are again in effect, and a reminder that it is against the law to use a cellular phone in a school zone or in the area of school crossings, whether or not they are within a school zone. School busses are again transporting children to and from school, and drivers must observe the warning lights on busses, or face fines.
Terrell ISD administraton has issued a reminder to parents with elementary school-age children enrolled in the Terrell ISD that breakfast is served to all elementary school students at no charge. This is the case at all four campuses in Terrell: Burnett, Kennedy, Wood and Long Elementary schools.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Arrested on three counts of sexual assault of a child, 22-year-old Jared Helbert of Terrell is now in Kaufman County Jail, where he was transferred Sunday pending bond of $25,000 on each charge. The arrest followed the investigation of an annonymous report to Terrell Police last week. The investigation involved assistance from officials of a local church, where Helbert attended youth group activities, as did the alleged victim, a 16-year-old male. Terrell Police Captain A. D. Sansom said Helbert was arrested Saturday evening when he arrived at the police department for questioning.
Three school campuses in Kaufman were without power for about an hour yesterday, after a truck hit a utility pole south of U. S. Hwy 175 near the Wal-Mart store. The power outage affected about 900 Oncor customers in the area. The power was off from about 11:20 yesterday morning until 12:30 p.m. when Oncor personnel completed repairs. Kaufman ISD officials said classroom instruction proceeded as usual during the outage.
Yesterday, a report on the death of Manual Rios of Kaufman revealed he died from a stab wound. Rios' body was found in the Trinity River bottom in Dallas County last week after his mother had reported him missing the previous day. Eric Carbajal, a 30-year-old Kaufman resident, was arrested this past weekend for allegedly soliciting the murder of Rios. Kaufman police say that although Rios was not murdered in Kaufman, the alleged solicitation did occur there. The Kaufman Police, along with the Dallas PD and the Texas Rangers, are continuing their investigation into who killed Rios.
A increase in the tax rate for Kaufman County, amounting to 1.97 cents per $100 valuation, was approved yesterday by the Kaufman County Commissioner's Court, making the tax rate 57.62 cents. Because of the increase in the effective rate, public hearings on the rate increase were scheduled for the mornings of September 2nd and September 5th in the Kaufman County Courthouse annex building in Kaufman. The rate increase is necessary to provide funds to pay the debt due on the county transportation bond package approved by voters last year. That action was taken at yesterday's regular meeting of the commissioner's court.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Thirteen individuals were indicted by the Kaufman County grand jury Friday. The indictments included two for theft over $1,500; two for driving while intoxicated; and one each for assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, burglary of a building, burglary of a habitation, unlawful use of a vehicle, aggravated sexual assault of a child, possession of a controlled substance, forgery, and aggravated robbery and evading arrest.
Over the weekend, Kaufman police arrested a 30-year-old Kaufman man for allegedly hiring another to kill 20-year-old Manuel Rios of Kauman. Rios was reported missing by his mother earlier last week, and his body was discovered last Tuesday in the Trinity River bottom in Dallas County. Eric Carbajal was booked into Kaufman County Jail early Saturday for the alleged murder for hire, and is held pending a $200,000 bond. The Kaufman police investigation revealed Carbajal may have also contracted for another hit on 26-year-old Derek Jordan Abbott from McKinney. Abbott and Rios, according to police, may have stolen drugs from Carbajal. The case in still under investigation by the Kaufman Police Department, Dallas Police Department's homicide division, and the Texas Rangers.
The new school year for Terrell ISD students is officially underway today, and with the start of the school year comes this reminder to observe school zones. Police will be monitoring school zones for speed violations as well as cell phone use, which is prohibited within a school zone and at school crossings.