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Thornburg, convicted in hit-and-run death of Dumas coach, denied parole

Above: Kaden Thornburg (Photo Courtesy of Moore County Sheriff's Department) A man convicted for his role in a Dumas teacher’s death was denied parole and won’t be eligible for reconsideration until later this year. Texas Board of Pardons and Parole officials decided Kaden Thornburg wasn’t eligible for parole on Nov. 22, 2017, according to Texas Department of  Criminal Justice records. Thornburg...

DHS student charged with making terroristic threats, held on $1M bond

Above: Robert Huff is being held in the Moore County Jail on a $1 million bond, charged with making terroristic threats. (Photo Courtesy Moore County Sheriff's Department) A Dumas High School student was arrested after Dumas ISD officials received information he was making terroristic threats. The student, identified through Moore County Jail records as 17-year-old Robert Huff, was arrested Friday, and...

Etter woman dies in crash

An Etter woman died in a two-vehicle crash Sunday after she collided into a tractor-trailer Sunday, according to Texas DPS. Rosy Reyes of Etter was driving south at about 6:55 p.m. on Highway 287 behind the tractor-trailer driven by Tracy Brown of Cooper Center, Arkansas. Brown slowed to make a turn onto a private drive, and Reyes failed to control speed...

Moore County News Press publisher charged with assault

Above: Moore County News Press publisher Wanda Brooks has been charged with Assault by Contact stemming from an incident that occurred in August 2017, according to court and police documents. Editor's Note: This report has been editied to clarify the defendant's responsibility to answer to the complaint alleging assault. The publisher of the Moore County News Press will have to contact...

Dirty Dancing: Texas Rangers, City of Dumas, City of Panhandle, Dawson Forensic Group

People who have minimal business with city government don’t understand what requests for qualifications, requests for proposals or the Professional Service Procurement Act mean or why they should care about them, so let’s talk about it. The Journal recently reported on the validity of the city of Dumas’ procurement and engagement of Lubbock-based Dawson Forensic Group to look into allegations...

Report says Dumas Police Chief Nelson created ‘atmosphere of mistrust and hostility’

Above: Dumas Police Jim Nelson has a history of disrespecting his police officers and showing anger toward them, according to a report that accompanies a write-up placed in Nelson's personnel file. Editor's Note: The Journal doesn't disclose the identity of the former Dumas police sergeant named in the report detailed in this story because he is working for another law enforcement agency. This story...

Thornburg’s sentencing in Coach Erickson’s death set for Monday

Above: Dumas High School students mourn the death of Coach Ryne Erickson at a memorial organized a few hours after he was killed by a hit-and-run driver Sept. 11, 2016. (File photo) Almost a year after his death, Coach Ryne Erickson’s clothes still hang in his closet. His favorite blanket, emblazoned with the logo of his beloved Chicago Cubs, spills...

The Tucker Redemption

ABOVE: The “Tucker Telephone” was a torture device invented in Arkansas and regularly used at the Tucker State Prison Farm. The Tucker Telephone consisted of an old-fashioned crank telephone wired in sequence with two batteries. Electrodes coming from it were attached to a prisoner’s big toe and genitals. The electrical components of the phone were modified so that cranking the...

Multiple agencies respond to fire north of Dumas

Above: Dumas Fire Department Capt. Galen Davis prepares a water supply line to help fight a fire on the north side of Dumas on Friday. An alliance of personnel from two city fire departments, Moore County EMS and other Moore County employees fought a fire on the north side of Dumas that burned 10 acres and several junk vehicles, according...

To the city of Dumas: Get a clue

Two years ago, I called the Dumas Fire Department to ask for the health inspections of the restaurants and other businesses that sell prepared food in the city. The inspections are public record, and many newspapers print them. I’ve worked for papers that received them from the inspectors without having to ask. I was told the request would have to...