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Two officers, reservist join Royse City Police Department

Royse City Police Chief Tom Shelton reported to the city council that he had hired two new officers for the department that has been short-handed for some time. Jaime Torrez and John Ostrowski are the two new officers in Royse City. Click here to read this Royse City Herald Banner story.

Rockwall County man’s prison sentence in teen’s ‘cheese’ heroin death brings relief

Dawn Elliott grudgingly agreed in February with a plea deal that would have meant probation for the man who gave her daughter the “cheese” heroin that killed her. But she was overjoyed when Rockwall County District Judge Brett Hall rejected the deal and set a trial date for Tim Salahi. Click here to read this […]

Laubenberg’s car vandalized after speaking out against cock-fighting

AUSTIN-Rockwall’s Republican State Representative Jody Laubenberg had her car vandalized the evening of May 2 after she was the only one to speak out in favor of a proposed bill which would further crack down on illegal cock-fighting in Texas. Lawmakers said early talks about the bill, proposed yesterday by Rep. Wayne Christian (R-Nacogdoches) to hold those who attend […]

Young Rockwall man awaiting cheese death trial arrested for family violence

Photo of Timothy Salahi provided by the Rockwall County Jail By J.J. Smith, The young Rockwall man currently awaiting trial on May 11 for providing the cheese heroin which killed former Rockwall-Heath High School student Paige Elliot was arrested again and sent to the Rockwall County jail earlier this month on family violence-related assault […]

Jury finds 2005 Rockwall High grad, Royse City man, guilty in parents’ deaths

BY J.J. SMITH A jury in Greenville found a 2005  Rockwall High School graduate and Royse City resident guilty of capital murder Friday in the deaths of his parents and sentenced him to life in prison. The panel, which deliberated for five hours, found that 22-year-old Brandon Woodruff killed Dennis and Norma Woodruff in their […]

Former Royse City pastor pleads guilty to child porn charges

BY J.J. SMITH The former pastor of First United Methodist Church in Royse City pleaded guilty today to two child pornography charges. Steve Richardson, 36, pleaded guilty to transporting and shipping child pornography, and possession of child pornography, said acting U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the U.S. Attorney’s office of Texas’ Northern District. Richardson […]

Trial date set for young Rockwall man involved in ‘cheese’ heroin death

BY J.J. SMITH The trial date for the young Rockwall man who has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the “cheese” heroin- related death of 16-year-old Rockwall-Heath high school student Paige Elliot has been set for May 11 by 382nd District Judge Bret Hall in Rockwall. Timothy Salahi was 18 at the time of […]

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