Couple In Hunt County Charged With Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals

Ricky Lynn Hoots and Rebecca Jayyne Waits were arrested on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, in connection with the case of a cruelly treated dog removed by the SPCA of Texas from a property in Hunt County in December of 2018. The individuals were booked into the Hunt County Justice Center, each charged with Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals, “fails unreasonably to provide necessary food, water, care, or shelter for an animal in the person’s custody,” a Class A Misdemeanor. A bond of $3,500 was set for each individual. The case has been filed with the Hunt County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

These arrests and charges stem from the case of a dog removed from a property in Hunt County on December 20, 2018. The dog, a 1-year-old Boxer mix named Puddin, was found tethered in the backyard of the property and appeared to be severely underweight.

The SPCA of Texas received a complaint of alleged animal cruelty from the Hunt County Constable’s Office, Pct. 1, on December 20, 2018, and an SPCA of Texas Animal Cruelty Investigator visited the property the same day. The SPCA of Texas’ investigator made contact with the owners, who agreed to surrender Puddin to the SPCA of Texas. Further investigation and multiple interviews with the owners provided the SPCA of Texas’ investigator with the evidence needed to file criminal animal cruelty charges.

He was transported to the SPCA of Texas’ Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center, where he was examined by a veterinarian, placed on a starvation feeding protocol and monitored by medical staff. His initial examination revealed that he had multiple scars all over his body, fly bites on his ears and a body condition score of 1/9. For reference, a BCS of 4-5/9 is considered ideal using the Purina Body Scoring System. He tested positive for heartworms and intestinal parasites, and his tail appeared to have been docked unprofessionally at an earlier time.

Puddin was successfully treated for his medical issues and adopted from the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas on February 2, 2019.

Story Courtesy of SPCA of Texas

Candle Light Vigil For Greenville Middle School Student Who Lost His Life

Release From Greenville ISD

There will be a service of remembrance and a candlelight vigil honoring seventh-grader Trevor Williams at 7 p.m. this evening at Greenville Middle School.
Trevor passed away Thursday night, and he will be greatly missed by family and friends. His friends at GMS are organizing the remembrance, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the GMS auditorium, followed by the lighting of candles outside. Please feel free to share this information with others.
Trevor’s family appreciates all the support they have received from so many in the community. 
We extend our heartfelt condolences to Trevor’s family and all who love him.

12 Year Old Hit And Killed By Cargo Truck

On February 28,2019, at 7:52pm, the Greenville Police Department received a report of an accident involving a pedestrian in the 1400 block of Lee Street. Upon arrival officers discovered a pedestrian had been struck by a Cargo Truck. The pedestrian who was attempting to cross the roadway while walking on the railroad tracks, was killed. The pedestrian was a 12 year old child. An accident investigator was contacted to investigate the accident scene.

No further information is available at this time

A Little Bit About Us

Good morning to all of our followers.

We wanted to do a little update as we have grown so much over the last few months. We here at HCTR are a 100% volunteer-ran page. We volunteer our time to bring you late breaking news. However, we can’t always monitor the radio at all times, as we have jobs and families to take care of. (Now if we could turn this into a full-time, paying job we would love that. Unfortunately, that is just not possible.) As y’all know, we post live news as it happens. There are times that we have updates to calls and times that we don’t get updates.

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Next, people get Greenville PD and HCSO mixed up very often. These are two completely different departments that have their own PIO to release information for their own department.

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Once again, thank you all for following HCTR and we look forward to bringing you a new and improved HCTR.

Officers Respond To A Possible Police Imposter Call

Around 9:30pm Hunt County Officers responded to the area of Highway 69 South near the Kingston area. Hunt County received a call from a person stating they were traveling down Highway 69 when a Dodge Charger pulled up behind them. When the caller pulled over to let the vehicle go around, the Charger turned on some kind of lights trying to pull the caller over. Officers have responded to the area, and as of 10:02pm they have not found any vehicle matching that description.

Please remember to never pull over for a vehicle that you think may not be a police. ALWAYS call 911 and ask if they have an officer in that area that is trying to pull you over, especially in a dark area like Kingston.

We will update the post if we get anymore info.

Officer Involved Shooting In Bonham Over The Weekend

Around 8:00 pm on Saturday, February 23, 2019, the Bonham Police Department was assisting the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office with executing a narcotics search warrant at a residence in Bonham. At one point, Officers’ attention was drawn to a vehicle leaving the area in a reckless manner. A Bonham Police Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the departting vehicle; however, the driver refused to stop and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit lasted about two miles before the driver pulled into his place of residence on Spur 311 in Bonham. Two Bonham Police Officers conducted a felony traffic stop and ordered the driver out of the vehicle. The driver was given verbal commands to keep his hands in the air. The officers continued to give verbal commands to the driver to keep his hands in the air, but the driver ignored these commands and made a furtive movement, resulting in an officer discharging their handgun, striking the driver multiple times. The officers immediately began to administer medical aid to the driver. The driver was subsequently air lifted to a hospital in Plano. The Texas Rangers were requested to conduct an investigation into the shooting. The investigation is ongoing.

Chief Mike Bankston

Suspects in Drug Raid Identified

On February 22, 2019 the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant in the 1400 block of County Road 2178 and three suspects were taken into custody.

As of this press release the suspects have been arraigned and they are identified as follows:

John D. Morgan, 43 years of age from Greenville Texas

Larry Monk Jr.,    41 years of age from Greenville Texas

Jack Wade III,     36 years of age from Greenville Texas.

All three suspects have been arraigned on a charge of Manufacture and Deliver of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.  Each suspect has a bond set at $10,000.00

Sheriff Meeks Stated: “I want to again thank all law enforcement involved in this case because this is three more drug dealers taken off the streets”

                                                                   Sheriff Randy Meeks

Hunt County Executes Search Warrant

On February 22, 2019 the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant in the 1400 Block of County Road 2178.

Hunt County Sheriff’s Office investigators and SWAT team executed a search warrant regarding possession narcotics and stolen property in the 1400 block of County Road 2178. As a result of the search investigators seized methamphetamines, marijuana and a firearm that had been taken in a recent burglary.

Three individuals were arrested at the scene and their names and charges are pending arraignment. Hunt County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Greenville Police Department and Hunt County Constable Terry Jones for their assistance in this investigation.

Sheriff Randy Meeks stated: “I want to personally thank Constable Jones and the Greenville Police Department for their assistance in carrying out this warrant. I encourage anyone that has been a victim of a theft to report the offense because often times in these cases property is recovered and we have no record of who to contact to return the property to the rightful owner”.

Sheriff Randy Meeks

Inmates Returned to Hunt County Jail After Major Gas Leak

As of February 22, 2019 the Hunt County Detention Center has been able to return to normal operation.

Once the facility was back full operation and in compliance with Texas Jail Standards all inmates were returned back to the facility.

The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend our gratitude for all the assistance provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and the Greenville Police Department for their assistance this week while our building was being repaired.

Sheriff Meeks stated: “This has been a very difficult process in evacuating all inmates, keeping up with Court schedules and the re-housing the inmates this weekend. I can’t begin to say how much I have appreciated all the help we received from outside agencies because without their help this would have been extremely difficult”.

Sheriff Randy Meeks

Inmate Custody Death


February 23, 2019

On February 23, 2019 at approximately 11:15 a.m. Detention Officers were notified of an inmate in distress within the Hunt County Detention Center.

Detention Officers immediately checked the condition of the inmate and determined that he was having a medical emergency. Detention Officers immediately notified American Medical Response and began life saving techniques.

The inmate was transported to Hunt Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased upon arrival. The next of kin of the deceased was notified. Justice of the Peace Wayne Money performed the inquest and ordered an autopsy.

The Texas Rangers are conducting an investigation into the inmate’s death.

Sheriff Meeks stated: “My thoughts and prayers are with the family in this very difficult time first and foremost. I am confident that the Texas Rangers will conduct a complete and thorough investigation into this case and they have our full cooperation”.

Sheriff Randy Meeks

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