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Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Students at O.P. Norman Junior High in Kaufman evacuated the building yesterday when a bomb threat was discovered in a restroom at the school. Kaufman ISD officials yesterday afternoon around 1:30 said the building, which is at 3701 South Houston Street in Kaufman, was searched and cleared for students to return to class.
Laura Denise Bailey Beckett, a former member of the West Tawakoni city council, pleaded guilty this week to one count of failure to stop at an accident, causing serious bodily injury or death. In March of 2013, Quinlan resident Jackie Lynn Blaylock was struck by a vehicle that left the scene, as she walked along State Highway 276 near Waterline Road. Blaylock died from her injuries. Beckett was arrested in February of this year, and was charged in connection with the accident following nearly a year-long investigation. She waived her right to a jury trial, according to Hunt County District Attorney Noble D. Walker, Jr., and a sentencing hearing will be held December 4th. She faces a possible sentence of probation, or up to 10 years in prison, according to a prepared press release from the District Attorney's office.
Forney police report the arrest of three women, one an employee of Wal-Mart in Forney, who met on Facebook to allegedly develop a plan to defraud the Forney Wal-Mart store of $19,000. Police say the three, using pre-paid credit cards sold at the store, made $12,000 in fraudulent charges Sunday, and an additional $7,000 Monday before Wal-Mart's loss prevention department contacted the police department. The women were still in the store when police arrived, and all three were arrested and each was charged with credit card or debit card abuse and with engaging in organized criminal activity. Forney police said the investigation into the scheme is continuing, and they expect to file additional charges against the three women.
Three of the four Trinity Valley Community college football players, who were arrested last week for burglary of a vehicle in Windmill Farms, now face additional charges after an investigation revealed the three were suspects in a string of burglaries on October 17th, and stolen property was recovered from their dorm rooms in Athens. The four were originally jailed and charged with organized criminal activity by the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office, with bond set at $7,500 each. Two of the students posted bond and were released last week, and warrants have now been issued for their arrest on the additional charges. Another, still in Kaufman County Jail, now faces additional charges by the Forney Police Department for burglary of a vehicle, credit card or debit card abuse, theft of a firearm, and additional charges of engaging in organized criminal activity. His bonds now total $72,000.
Early voting in the November general election continues through Friday of this week at the Kaufman County Courthouse Annex in Kaufman, and the three sub-courthouse locations which are in Terrell, Forney, and Kemp. The Kaufman County Courthouse Annex will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day, and the sub-courthouse hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Friday, and 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday.
Terrell City Council members will meet in a special meeting and workshop omorrow evening at 6 o'clock at Terrell City Hall to discuss awarding a contract for veterinary care for shelter animals, and to discuss a comprehensive update to the city's animal control ordinance.