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Six cases handled during December

Six cases were handled  by Franklin County Judge Scott Lee during December. There were five dismissals and one conviction. For a listing of the cases and their dispositions, see the January 10 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Social Security Administration scam warning issued

Attorney General Ken Paxton warned Texans to beware of calls from scam artists pretending to be with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and attempting to fool unsuspecting people into giving them their Social Security number and money.

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Changes in beer, wine ordinance to be considered

The Mount Vernon City Council will discuss, hear comment, and possibly act on changes to eliminate the signage requirements in the local alcohol ordinance at its meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. Monday, January 14 at City Hall.

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Camaro rear-ended by F150 on Hwy. 67

First responders flocked to the scene of an accidentFirst responders flocked to the scene of an accident at 3:30 p.m. Friday, January 4 on Hwy. 67 east of Mount Vernon at CR NE 2045.

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Home destroyed by fire Monday night, four departments fight blaze

The home of Steve Newsome and Julie Reid in the 8000 block of CR SW3170 was destroyed by fire around 9:30 p.m. Monday, January 7.The home of Steve Newsome and Julie Reid in the 8000 block of CR SW3170 was destroyed by fire around 9:30 p.m. Monday, January 7.

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Fraud case reported at Sheriff’s Office

A local man received a message from someone claiming to be with Apple support of possible fraudulent use of his credit card.

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December rain doubles average amount for the month

The amount of rain received in Franklin County during December was more than double the average amount typically received.

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Fourteen criminal cases disposed in district court

Fourteen cases were cleared in the Eighth Judicial District Court before Judge Eddie Northcutt during December.

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Rockwall prisoner agreement, approved

A one-year inter-local agreement to house prisoners for Rockwall County was approved along with new policies and procedures for local county employees and officers at the final meeting of the Franklin County Commissioners Court for 2018.

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