A civil disturbance at a residence on U.S. Highway 175 led to the arrest of a pair of Dallas men on drug charges and warrants.
On January 7, Kaufman County deputies responded to a disturbance call in the 5900 block of U.S. Highway 175 at approximately 11:22 pm. When deputies arrived on the scene, two male suspects said they had run out of gas and were trying to get their vehicle off the highway and got it stuck in the ditch.
After questioning both suspects, deputies learned that one of the men was wanted on six outstanding warrants from the Balch Springs Police Department.
After gaining permission to search the vehicle, deputies found a baggie hidden underneath the console containing what is believed to be 12 grams of methamphetamine, along with a glass pipe used to smoke methamphetamine with residue in it.
Arrested and charged with possession of a substance over four grams but less than 200 grams were Jess Wayne Sweet, 45, of Dallas, and Robert Allen Phelps, 27, also of Dallas.
Both suspects were arrested without incident and transported to the Kaufman County Law Enforcement Center where bond was set at $50,000 for Sweet and $25,000 for Phelps.
Dallas men charged with meth possession
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The Athens Public Education Foundation awarded $19,680 to Athens ISD teachers during a special trip around the district on Wednesday.
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Exchange student speaks to Rotary
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Special Christmas program presented
The Chancel Choir of First Christian Church Athens will present the Christmas musical “Bethlehem Morning” on Sunday evening, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m.
The musical under the direction of Music Minister Rev. Kern Railback will feature guest soloist/narrator David Ford, a full orchestra, and live pageantry depicting the birth of Christ.
DPS increases DWI enforcement during holidays
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Donations sought by animal clinic
The Henderson County Humane Society in Athens tends to stay at full capacity.
The Humane Society takes in an average of over 600 animals per month. Like most humane societies, it runs on a limited budget and relies heavily on donations.
Wreck sends one to hospital
A Palestine man was hospitalized on Tuesday after the car he was driving collided with a delivery truck on State Highway 19 south of Athens.
The extent of the man’s injuries was not available at press time.
CodeRED funding approved
This month, the East Texas Council of Governments Executive Committee approved a fifth year of funding CodeRED, a reverse emergency notification system, for the East Texas region as a part of its public safety program.
Athens is one of several cities to receive funding for the emergency system. Athens is scheduled to receive $2,871 for 9,375 annual minutes.
The CodeRED system, funded by a Homeland Security grant, is a telephone communication service that allows the county/city Emergency Management Coordinator to quickly notify citizens about emergencies.
Athens band recognized
Members of the “Pride of the Hornets” band have earned All-Region Band Honors for 2013.
Over 800 students from across East Texas competed this past Friday, Dec. 13 for the prestigious honor band.
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