Posted by : Press release | On : January 16, 2012

District Attorney Office Press Release

On Wednesday, January 11, a Henderson County jury sentenced Manuel Clerkley, 41, of Palestine, to Life in the penitentiary for a June 9th, 2009 early morning crash that left his 21 year-old niece and mother of two, Michelle Coaster, dead. The crash occurred shortly before 9 a.m., in the 600 block of South Palestine Street near the intersection of Ben Bent Drive. Athens Police Department reports stated Clerkley was northbound in a 1994 Plymouth Acclaim that went out of control and crossed the southbound lanes before leaving the roadway and colliding head-on with a tree.
A woman, who stopped at the traffic signal at Ben Belt and South Palestine, reportedly saw the accident and described it to police.

Coaster died at East Texas Medical Center, Athens a few hours after the wreck. Clerkley was taken

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Posted by : Press release | On : December 6, 2011

Special to The News

Dallas Andrew Fidler, 27, formerly of Seven Points, was sentenced Monday to 35 years in prison by 173rd District Court Judge Dan Moore in connection with the aggravated sexual assault of two children. Fidler elected to have the judge assess his sentence rather than a jury.

Fidler’s jury trial came to an abrupt end in October, when after four days of a jury trial he decided to change his plea from “not-guilty” to “guilty,” rather than have the jury assess his guilt. Fidler was on trial for two

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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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