Northeast Texas In Brief: Thu., Aug. 3

Aug 3, 2017

Some Royse City landowners express opposition to the city’s plans to annex land; Sherman pain doctor accused of abusing stepdaughter.

Royse City

Wednesday’s city council meeting in Royse City was heavily attended, with much of those present expressing opposition to plans to annex 56 properties into the municipality’s city limits.

The Rockwall Herald-Banner reported that some landowners were encouraged to sign a written contract called a 212 agreement or non-annexation agreement.

The agreement allows properties with agricultural exemption to be removed from the annexation for a limited amount of time. Chapter 212 of the Texas Local Government Code authorizes cities to enter into a written contact with landowners in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction to exempt property from annexation for up to 15 years.

Lands slated for annexation include areas along west Highway 66 in Rockwall County, along east Highway 66 in Collin and Hunt counties; along north Interstate 30 in Hunt County; and along south Interstate 30 and Farm to Market 1565 in Hunt County.


Howard Greg Diamond, 56, the Texoma-area doctor accused in federal court of prescribing addictive drugs that killed several patients is also facing charges in county court, where he is accused of beating his stepdaughter.

Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown said there is video of the assault, but at this time won't release the recordings, according to KXII-TV.

Mikayla Mitchell, 17, was found dead in a south Dallas creek in July. Police are investigating her death as a violent homicide.

Diamond operated pain clinics in Paris and Sherman.