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Posted by : admin | On : October 21, 2011

Malakoff Detective Sergeant Floyd Thomas holds his Hope Award in front of the Clothesline Project at last week’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month rally.

By Michael V. Hannigan

Malakoff Detective Sergeant Floyd Thomas recently received the Hope Award from the East Texas Crisis Center.

The award was presented at the Crisis Center’s annual Wine and Cheese event held this year on Oct. 7.
Recipients are chosen because of “their dedication in helping victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes in the community.”

In a letter announcing the award, Crisis Center Director of Outreach Donna Johnson wrote, “Officer Thomas’s work

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Oct

20

Posted by : admin | On : October 20, 2011

Above, a shirt in memory of Kristi Morris hangs on the Clothesline Project at last week's Domestic Violence Awareness Month rally at the courthouse in Athens. Kristi was 22 when she was gunned down in front of her 2-year-old daughter. The shooter was her husband. Her mother, Terry Dreier spoke about the experience at the rally.

By Michael V. Hannigan

ATHENS – In June 2009, 22-year-old Kristi Morris was gunned down in front of her 2-year-old daughter. The shooter was her husband, Matt Morris.

“Every day since that day my heart aches for my daughter,” said her mother, Terry Dreier. “I miss her so much and my life will never be the same.”

Dreier spoke at the Domestic Violence Awareness Month rally on the steps of the Henderson County Courthouse last week.

“When you hear somebody talk about domestic violence, you tend to think, ‘It could never happen to me,’ ‘I could never let anyone treat me like that,’ or ‘That just happens to a few people,’” she said. “You might wonder how anyone could stay in such a situation.

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Oct

20

Posted by : admin | On : October 20, 2011

Billy Fred Wray Jr.

(Update 1: Malakoff ISD reaction added.)

(Update 2: Adds name, details from Henderson County Sheriff’s Office press release, correct time MISD learned of incident, rewrites for clarity.)

(Update 3: Adds photo.)

A fugitive who fled from police during the execution of a narcotics search warrant in Tool Wednesday night was in custody Thursday morning, according to county officials.

Billy Fred Wray Jr., 45, of Mabank was arrested Thursday morning and taken to Henderson County Jail where he was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Peace Officer. Wray also had three other unrelated active assault warrants outstanding.

The warrant was executed around 7 p.m. Wednesday at a residence off County Road 2350, west of Tool. During the search, Wray reportedly swung a machete at officers and fled the scene on foot. Officers chased him, but

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Oct

19

Posted by : admin | On : October 19, 2011

Henderson County Fire Marshal Darrell Furrh announced today that the county caught another arsonist. Last week, he announced arrests and indictments for arson in connection with two unrelated fires.

This time, however, the suspect is just 10 years old.

According to Furrh, the boy has been charged as a juvenile and is accused of starting a grass fire on Aug. 7 in the Wildwood subdivision in Chandler.

Furrh said no major damage was caused by the fire, adding “we were very, very lucky.”

The same boy was suspected in two fires set in June 2010, but could not be charged as a juvenile because he was just 9 years old at the time.