GREENVILLE: The City of Greenville is preparing for the predicted inclement weather due to hit the North Texas area later this week.
Weather forecasts are calling for possible sleet and snow flurries.
The City of Greenville Public Works Department has a plan of action in the event inclement weather and hazardous road conditions develop. The sand spreader, backhoe, bucket truck, and all necessary equipment are fueled and ready to be deployed, as needed. City personnel have been notified to be available as necessary after hours to handle any
situations that may occur.
Weather related utility events such as frozen, leaking and broken water pipes, or blocked sewer pipes on the City’s service lines will be handled as quickly as possible. During normal work hours customers may call (903) 457-3152 for assistance. After hours and weekend calls may be made to (903) 457-2948.
Residents are urged to plan and prepare for inclement weather by wrapping exposed pipes, protecting plants and shrubs, checking for adequate anti-freeze levels in vehicles and providing shelter for outdoor animals. It is also a good idea to stock up on extra batteries for flashlights and radios, and to have a small supply of water and ready to eat foods
in the event of an extended utility service interruption.
Asking a driver for their license and registration is common procedure from police officers during traffic stops. There’s another practice that was once standard across the force but is more of a mystery to the people being pulled over: While approaching a driver’s window, officers will sometimes touch a car’s taillight. It’s a behavior that dates back decades, though there’s no reason to be concerned if it happens at your next traffic stop.
Before cameras were installed on the dashboards of most police cars, tapping the taillight was an inconspicuous way for officers to leave behind evidence of the encounter, according to The Law Dictionary. If something were to happen to the officer during the traffic stop, their interaction with the driver could be traced back to the fingerprints left on the vehicle. This would help other police officers track down a missing member of the force even without video proof of a crime.
The action also started as a way for officers to spook drivers before reaching their window. A pulled-over motorist with a car full of illegal drugs or weapons might scramble to hide any incriminating materials before the officer arrives. The surprise of hearing a knock on their taillight might disrupt this process, increasing their likelihood of getting caught.
Today the risks of this strategy are thought to outweigh the benefits. Touching a taillight poses an unnecessary distraction for officers, not to mention it can give away their position, making them more vulnerable to foul play. And with dash cams now standard in most squad cars, documenting each incident with fingerprints isn’t as necessary as it once was. It’s for these reasons that some police agencies now discourage taillight tapping. But if you see it at your next traffic stop, that doesn’t mean the officer is extra suspicious of you—just that it’s a hard habit to break.
Cooper ISD released this statement on their Facebook earlier this evening in reference to the school evacuation this afternoon. It has not been said what the treat actually was.
Cooper ISD is grateful for the tremendous support from law enforcement. At this time, local and state officials are confident they have apprehended the subject and that the subject poses absolutely no threat to local students or school buildings. They have also shared great compliments for the quick, decisive action and safe practices of all of our staff. In the words of the state official in charge of this investigation, “this is a school I would want my kids to attend”.
A call-out for parents has been issued and will be in your inboxes shortly, school is cancelled for Friday, January 31st while everyone takes a moment to rest and recuperate. Hopefully, our students and staff will get over their sicknesses at the same time. Looking forward to seeing everyone Monday.
Thank you for your patience and diligence as we strive to take the best possible care of all students and staff.
Sheriff Randy Meeks wants to invite everyone to attend the free program “A public shooter in the making Mindset of an Active Shooter on the following date and time.
Date: February 22, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Location: The Church at River Oaks
5903 Joe Ramsey Blvd. Greenville TX 75402
This program is beneficial for any church wishing to put a security team in place and businesses that want to better train their employees on what to look for and how to report suspicious activity.
Sheriff Meeks stated: “It is sad that we live in a day and time that we have to be alert in our places of worship. However, recent events have shown that we must constantly be vigilant in our daily lives and I believe that this program will teach our citizens how to prepare themselves”.
Sincerely: Sheriff Randy Meeks
The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office has been made aware today that suspects are once again calling residents and making threats of victims being arrested if they do not provide funds via a pre-paid card.
The most recent incident is targeting Registered Sex Offenders in Hunt County. The suspects instructed the victim to go to Wal-Mart and to upload money on a pre-paid card and they would meet them at the Sheriff’s Office and to call back and let the suspect know the card was
purchased. When the return call was placed the suspect asked for the numbers over the phone, the victim refused and it sounded as if the suspect was speaking over a police radio asking for a unit “on standby for an arrest”.
The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office would like the public to know that at no time will we ask for any type of payment over the phone. Information on how to protect yourself from this type of scam or any other scam can be obtained from the Federal Trade Commission website at no cost.
Sheriff Meeks stated: “These scammers target all members of a community and we are asking everyone to be vigilant when it comes to protecting your finances. If you have any concerns contact the Sheriff’s Office or your local Police Department”.
Sheriff Randy Meeks