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Thu
14
Feb

Bone Marrow match found for local Quinlan girl

Four-year-old Landrie “teencie” Lay now has a confirmed match according to her mother, Lindsay Lay, and family.

On Nov. 9, 2018, the Lay family discovered after several doctor visits that Landrie had Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS), a type of Bone Marrow Cancer, which are a group of diverse bone marrow disorders in which the bone marrow does not produce enough healthy blood cells.

Thu
14
Feb

“Fix & Feed” coming to Quinlan this spring

You’ve probably noticed a bit of commotion at the old “Budget Saver” building as you drive along Highway 34 or Highway 276.

Scott Ward and his team of workers and contractors are hustling to get the 10-year-old vacant “Budget Saver” building prepared for a spring grand opening of his Father-In-Law’s business, a “Fix & Feed” store.

“It’s a second generation operation. My father in law started it in 1996 … so about 23 years ago,” said Ward. “We are a family owned and operated place. It is a hardware, farm and ranch, building supply, animal health and retail operation.”

Ward and his family decided to make Quinlan their fourth location, which is 30 to 45 minutes away from their headquarters in Commerce. “Fix & Feed” has other locations in Sulphur Springs and Bonham.

Thu
14
Feb

Arrest leads to Recovery of Stolen Property

On February 6th, 2019 at approximately 4:00 p.m. a Hunt County Sheriff’s Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1400 block of County Road 2178 that he knew to have been stolen earlier in the day. 

The driver was identified as Ernest Jacob Blakeney Jr., 33-year-old male from Quinlan who was arrested for Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle. Deputies located items in the back seat that are typically used in the commission property crimes as well as items that were believed stolen in area burglaries.

The Criminal Investigation Division subsequently obtained a search warrant which resulted in the recovery of additional items believed to have been stolen from residential properties and motor vehicles in the area of FM 1570 and County Road 2178 the previous week.

Mon
04
Feb

Sheriff’s Office warn citizens of new scam targeting Hunt County citizens

The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office has received notification of a new scam targeting the citizens of Hunt County Texas.

The Sheriff’s Office received calls today that unknown persons are attempting to defraud individuals who are registered sex offenders that reside in this County.  The suspects attempt to inform the victim that they are not in compliance and that they must put several hundred dollars on a “Google” or “Google Play” card or they will be arrested.  These individuals contacted our sex offender compliance section and alerted us of this situation and each of the offenders have properly registered and met their requirements according to State law.

Sheriff Meeks wants everyone to understand that no one from the Sheriff’s Office will call and request a person to put monies on any type of card for any violation of State Law or anything else for that matter.

Mon
04
Feb

Hunt County and CUE continue search for Carrie Mae Parker

Quinlan woman Carrie Mae Parker has been missing since 1991 and the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office and the organization, Community United Effort (CUE), are furthering their investigation.

The North Carolina based non-profit agency has been working closely with Hunt County Investigators and recently used trained cadaver dogs to search for and detect human remains around the properties linked to Carrie Mae Parker in the Waco Bay Estate subdivision just south of West Tawakoni.

Hunt County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Haines said that he plans to provide further details on any and all potential findings from the recent investigation in the coming days. 

On Oct. 13, a candlelight vigil was held for the Hunt County Missing Six. Carrie Mae Parker was one of the six who was recognized during the vigil that was used to raise awareness and maintain interest in her missing persons case.

Mon
04
Feb

Multiple arrests made in Greenville drug raid

Multiple law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant at the “Knights Inn” of Greenville Texas in the early morning hours of Jan. 17, 2019.

Tactical teams from the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office and Greenville Police Department executed the search warrants at 5000 Interstate Highway 30 at approximately 7:00 a.m.

Five subjects have been arrested and transported to the Hunt County Detention Center for various narcotic related charges.  The names of those arrested are not being released at this time pending their arraignment.

“I want to thank the Greenville Police Department and Constable Terry Jones for their assistance in this investigation.  I want to commend those involved for conducting a thorough and complete investigation,” said Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks.  

Mon
04
Feb

Suspect escapes custody, recaptured by Sheriff’s

On Jan. 16, 2019 the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Private Road 2282 and North Fifth Street in Quinlan Texas in reference to gun shots being fired at passing vehicles.

Once on scene the Deputy was informed that a male subject had been walking in the roadway and the driver had to swerve to avoid hitting him. As they drove off the pedestrian shouted profanities at the driver and it was then the driver heard what they believed were gunshots.  The pedestrian was located and identified as Thristan Boyett, a 20-year-old male from Quinlan Texas. Boyett was in possession of a firearm and further investigation determined he was the suspect in the Deadly Conduct allegation of discharging a firearm at a vehicle. 

Mon
04
Feb

West Tawakoni Code Officer makes presentation before council

During a Tuesday evening West Tawakoni Special Council Meeting, the city’s new Code Officer Michael Dykes gave a presentation before councilmembers.

The discussions ranged from road improvements to days, times and practices for trash and debris burning.

“Where are your priorities set right now on code compliance?” asked West Tawakoni Mayor Alan Shoemake.

Thu
17
Jan

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday on Monday, Jan. 15

Civil Rights Leader, preacher and non-violence activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would’ve been 90 years old if still alive on January 15, 2019.

Throughout the nation, people will be reflecting on the iconic American who brought attention to racial prejudice and hatred and delivered his world famous “I Have A Dream Speech” highlighting a message that to be judged by character was more important than by race, class or religion.

According to The King Center, Dr. King is recognized widely as America’s pre-eminent advocate for nonviolence and one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history.

Dr. King drew from his Christian faith and teachings of peaceful actions by Mahatma Ghandi.

Dr. King was born in Atlanta, Georgia on Jan. 15, 1929. He earned a doctorate degree in theology.

During the 1950’s and 1960’s Dr. King led a nonviolence movement to promote equality for African-Americans in the U.S.

Thu
17
Jan

Quinlan City Council holds first meeting of the year

The Quinlan City Council board members met on Monday, Jan. 14 for their first meeting of the year.

The meeting featured a presentation recognizing a city employee, a Quinlan Police Officer who was honored for a community service that was done without publicity.

Quinlan Police Chief Johnny Thornburg also gave a presentation on the Quinlan Police Department’s 2018 Racial Profiling Report.

The report, said the chief, was done in accordance to the Sandra Bland Act that was signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Jun. 15, 2017.

The law sees changes to matters such as bail reform, jail diversion, jail safety, officer training, racial profiling, data collection, data collection, officer discipline and behavioral health. The law was named after a 28-year-old from Illinois, Sandra Bland, who died in the Waller County Jail in 2015.

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