Athens Review, Athens, Texas

In the News

December 28, 2012

Jacksonville Police detain local man who sent threatening email

'Hopefully … you'll be seeing me on the news pretty soon and not the good kind,' 24-year-old says in email.

Jacksonville —

A 24-year-old man who sent a bizarre, threatening email to an acquaintance Thursday afternoon was detained by local authorities Friday pending an investigation and a psychiatric evaluation.

In the Thursday email, Ryan Matthew Shepard of Jacksonville stated: "Hopefully, if (expletive) goes how I think it is, you'll be seeing me on the news pretty soon and not the good kind."

Shepard remained in custody Friday morning. A cursory review of his background reveals two driver's licenses — one to a residence in Jacksonville and other in Bullard.

Jacksonville Police Det. Greg Compton said Shepard is being detained in light of recent, tragic events such as the Connecticut school massacre earlier this month that claimed the lives of 20 children and six staff members,

Officials as high-up as Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin have urged school and law enforcement agencies to be "especially vigilant" following that school shooting — a philosophy with which Compton said the Jacksonville PD wholeheartedly agrees. Jacksonville Police wanted to be forward-looking in connection with the case, he said.

"Hopefully, we prevented something from happening," Compton said. "We don't know if he was serious, but we are going to treat the case as if he was. We want the public to be aware of him and what he said in his email and reassure everyone we are being proactive."

The person who received the email immediately contacted Jacksonville police. Authorities are hoping that anyone with knowledge of what Shepard was talking about will call them immediately at 903-586-2546.

The review of Shepard's background by a Jacksonville Daily Progress reporter did not immediately reveal any criminal or psychiatric history. But authorities, who were combing social media networks such as Facebook for information, said they aren't willing to take chances.

Text Only
In the News
  • How states fared on unemployment benefit claims

    Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits increased slightly last week to a seasonally adjusted 304,000.

    April 17, 2014

  • bomb1 VIDEO: A year after marathon bombing, Boston remains strong

    The City of Boston came together Tuesday to honor those who were injured and lost their lives at the Boston Marathon on the one-year anniversary of the bombing. While the day was sure to be emotional, those affected by last year's race are showing they won't let the tragedy keep them down.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Conjoined boys separated at chest to exit hospital

    The conditions of conjoined twins separated last summer have steadily improved, and officials say they'll be released this week from a Dallas hospital.

    April 14, 2014

  • Police: Utah mom admitted to killing her 6 babies

     Authorities say a Utah woman accused of killing six babies that she gave birth to over 10 years told investigators that she either strangled or suffocated the children and then put them inside boxes in her garage.

    April 14, 2014

  • Texas grand jury to be seated in Perry ethics case

     A Texas judge is expected to seat a grand jury in an investigation into whether Republican Gov. Rick Perry abused his power by vetoing funding for public corruption prosecutors.

    April 14, 2014

  • VIDEO: CBS taps Colbert as Letterman’s Late Show successor

    Bloomberg’s Jon Erlichman reports that CBS has announced Stephen Colbert as its choice to replace the retiring David Letterman as host of “The Late Show” on Bloomberg Television’s “Lunch Money.”

     

    April 11, 2014

  • mfp file Hoffner Big win for college coach wrongly accused of child porn

    The ex-coach of Minnesota State University-Mankato - cleared on child porn charges - gets his old job back or could take the difference in pay should he decide to stay in a new position in North Dakota, an arbitrator has ruled. Todd Hoffner was accused when a technician found videos of his young children on his school-issued cellphone. Officials in Mankato fired him even though a judge had thrown out the charges.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mabank’s Cassiddy Petty takes first, second in Dairy Cattle

    Not many agriculture students travel to a county’s stockshow, and wins every place in their particular category.
    But, that’s what happened Wednesday night at the Henderson County Livestock Show with Cassiddy Petty, a senior at Mabank High School, and a member of the Chandler 4-H.

    April 10, 2014

  • Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 10.25.07 AM.png VIDEO: Cement truck crashes into minivan

    A professor at Texas A&M University was fortunate to escape serious injury recently when a cement truck ran a red light at a College Station intersection and crashed head-on into his minivan. A dash camera that Dr. Guan Zhu had installed about a year ago captured the entire incident.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • BREAKING NEWS...Authorities investigate East Texas fatal shooting

     An East Texas shooting has left one person dead.

    April 10, 2014

Biz Marquee
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest