Commerce – The Commerce Economic Development Corporation has finalized a severance agreement with former executive director Jeanette Burnett, who stepped down from the post Nov. 22.
In a special meeting Wednesday, board members approved a gross payment to Burnett of $5,718.28, as determined by 236 hours of unused vacation time. The severance is to be paid on December 31, at which time Burnett's health benefits will expire.
Commerce – The Commerce Chamber of Commerce is seeking applicants for a new manager, as Trey Boyles has announced he'll be relocating to spend more time with his family.
Boyles has served as chamber manager since November, 2009.
"It was great being here for the time that I could. I really think the community has quite a few opportunities for growth and I think the Chamber can play an important role in that," Boyles said. "Whoever comes into this role I wish them the best."
Austin – The Associated Press is reporting they've found thousands of dollars in questionable travel expenses accrued by State Representative for District 2 Dan Flynn (R-Van).
The funds include more than $11,000 that were billed both to taxpayers and his political campaign.
According to the AP, Flynn had no immediate explanation for the bills from fancy hotels and other costs, most from out-of-state travel, described as political travel at one agency and then official state business at another.
Hugo – Police in Hugo, Oklahoma are investigation the shooting of a Paris man.
27-year-old Marquis Duty was shot in the face as he was parking his vehicle at an apartment complex. Duty drove himself to the hospital and was later flown to a hospital in Oklahoma City. He is expected to fully recover.
Police have yet to identify any suspects in the case.
Greenville – A Dallas man is alleged to have posed as a lawyer in more than 20 Texas courtrooms, including ones in Hunt and Collin counties.
42-year-old Jeffrey Scott Partlow is currently serving a contempt of court jail sentence after appearing intoxicated in the Hunt County Court at Law #1 in October, as he attempted to represent a client in a misdemeanor case.
Greenville – Two of the suspects allegedly involved in the robbery of a Quinlan-area game room in February are each facing up to eight felony counts, seven of which could result in a life sentence.
25-year-old Darreus Demont Williams of Van Alstyne and 29-year-old Guadalupe Ramirez III of Greenville have each been indicted on six counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, one count of aggravated assault against a public servant and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.