Winn Reaches Plea Agreement; DA Puts His Investigations on a Case by Case Basis
Apr23

Winn Reaches Plea Agreement; DA Puts His Investigations on a Case by Case Basis

“It will be on a case by case basis. Hopefully, it should not affect too many cases. We will just make sure that the defense is aware of the situation.” District Attorney Will Ramsay made the preceding statement following a plea bargain reached for Daniel Madison Winn, 35, in 8th Judicial District Court Tuesday. Ramsay, who had named Gary Young of Lamar County as special prosecutor for the case, made his statement in response to KSST...

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Allen Sentenced to Life in Prison
Apr21

Allen Sentenced to Life in Prison

Late Tuesday afternoon, Robert Dwayne Allen, 46, was sentenced to Life in prision by 8th Judicial District Judge Eddie Northcutt. He is eligible for parole after 30 calendar years and will be credited for the time he has served in Hopkins County Jail. Judge Northcutt found Allen in violation of parole as true and found Allen guilty of aggravate sexual assault of a child, which was the original charge. Allen violated parole beginning...

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SB1158 Goes Before Senate Finance Committee
Apr21

SB1158 Goes Before Senate Finance Committee

“Give us a chance to vote,” was the plea of Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom as he addressed the Texas State Senate Finance Committee Tuesday morning in Austin. Senate Bill 1158, which allows voters in Hopkins County to cast ballots related to an increase in sales tax or continue with the 7-cent increase in property tax that will fund construction of the new jail presently under construction. District Senator Bob Hall...

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Option County Jail Sales Tax Resolution Unanimous

On April 13, 2015, the Commissioners Court of Hopkins County, Texas endorsed S.B. 1158, a resolution that would provide Hopkins County Texas voters with the opportunity to determine whether to fund the county jail obligation through a local option sales tax, instead of property taxes. The resolution was passed with a vote of 5 to 0. Back in November, 2013, Hopkins County approved general obligation bonds to fund the $16 million...

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Newsom, Commissioners Return to Austin to Promote SB1158
Apr18

Newsom, Commissioners Return to Austin to Promote SB1158

Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom and the County Commissioners are expected to make a trip to Austin early this week to attend a discussion of Senate Bill 1158, which would allow the county government, with voter approval to pay for their new County Jail by an increase in the sales tax.  The discussion will take place Tuesday at 9 a.m. before the Senate Finance Committee in the State Capitol.

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