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Individual impersonating police officer

Franklin County Sheriff Ricky Jones issued an alert on Monday, Aug. 31 about an individual impersonating a police officer.

On Sunday, Aug. 30 around 9:30 a.m., a black male approximately 5'10" and 240 pounds, knocked on the door of a hotel room at the Super 8 Motel on the South Service to I-30 in Mount Vernon. He was wearing light colored pants and a black shirt and cap, both displaying "POLICE". He claimed to be conducting under-cover observations and requested to be allowed to search the hotel room. He removed personal property and currency and stated he was going to his vehicle to "Run" the victim's information. The impersonator never returned.

The impersonator's vehicle was described as a Suzuki Forenza possibly silver or tan in color. Similar incidents using the same modus operandi also occurred in Rowlett and Mount Pleasant on Sunday.

Boil Water Notice - Removed

The Boiled Water Notice for the City of Mount Vernon was lifted at noon today, Sunday, Aug. 30. It is no longer recommended that residents boil their water prior to consumption. Read below for further information.

 

The City of Mount Vernon issued the following notice Saturday morning. The mechanism that refills the main water tower failed and therefore the tower did not refill overnight. According to City Administrator, the boiled water notice is a precaution against harmful bacteria.

BOIL WATER NOTICE!!!

Due to low system pressure as a result of low water levels, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required our water system, the City of Mount Vernon/800001, to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption.
To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.
When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the water system officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice.
If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Troy Massengill, Water Director or Darrek Ferrell, City Administrator at (903) 537-2252.

Ban on Outdoor Burning in Effect

UPDATE (8-24-15) : An altered burn ban was adopted by the Franklin County Commissioners Court in their meeting Monday, Aug. 24, which will remain in effect until Nov. 22, 2015 or until action is taken to lift the ban.

The altered burning ban provides for exemptions for welding and cookers when prescribed precautions are taken in addition to agriculture and health and safety fires prescribed by state law. Check with the sheriff's dispatch center before conducting these activities for precautions, or pick up a August 27 issue of the Optic-Herald, which has a copy of the requirements.

ORIGINAL POST (8-14-15):  An emergency ban on outdoor burning was issued by Franklin County Judge Scott Lee at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14.

Franklin County's four fire departments, a long with Perryville, Winnsboro and the Texas Forestry Service were called to a wildfire off CR 4297 at 1:18 p.m. which was continuing at 4 p.m.  In addition to a large amount of acreage, the fire is reported to have consumed at least one structure.

The emergency ban can remain in affect for up to 30 days. However, a 90 day ban is expected to be adopted at a special called meeting Monday, Aug. 17 for the Franklin County Commissioners Court.  See the Aug. 20 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for more information.