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Council votes out Kosse PD Chief Mark Morris

After a unanimous “Vote of No Confidence” in Police Chief Mark Morris by Kosse City Council, he has been relieved of duties as chief and the recently promoted Sgt. Brett New was appointed interim chief.

“The City Council felt that the police department needed a change in direction, and decided that a change in leadership was necessary,” Mayor Brooks Valls said after the special meeting June 15.

Morris opted to speak to the council in open session regarding a grievance against him that had been discussed at length in executive session at the regular council meeting June 9, which the council confirmed mostly pertained to a situation that occurred May 5, just outside Kosse city limits at Austin McCarver's house.

According to an exposure report by former mayor Jarrod Eno, who traveled to the scene as a paramedic at the request of responding officer Robert Koch, the subject (McCarver, as identified by Morris) was reportedly “extremely intoxicated” upon their arrival, and displayed behavior that was aggressive, uncooperative and violent. McCarver threw several punches that did not land, kicked Eno in the right thigh, and struck Koch on the left side of the head before he was detained and led to an ambulance Koch had requested for transportation to Limestone Medical Center, at which point Morris arrived on the scene. 

Courthouse Notes

The following cases were collected from the Limestone County Courthouse offices of the District and County Clerk for March 2021. Filed cases are collected around the first of each month. All questions must be handled via the appropriate County office only.

Limestone ESD#2 Town Hall planned for Saturday

Limestone County Emergency Services District #2 with West Lake Limestone Volunteer Fire Department representing the west and north sides of Lake Limestone recently held a Town Hall meeting on March 6th. Fire Chief, Allen McWhirter presented the meeting followed by a question-andanswer session on the proposed sales tax initiative. This meeting was streamed live to Facebook and is still available for viewing at wllvfd. Another Town Hall Meeting will take place on April 10th at 2.00 pm in the main fire station at 6614 FM 937.

Thornton Senior News

The Seniors turned out again Thursday for lunch and was great to see Ann Brown, Lorene Stembridge, Neennah German, Donna Lloyd, Elizabeth Neason, Sue Wood, Wayne Sharp, Alma McCurry, Wilma Lee, Gayla Lind, Sue Gambini, Fonetta Simmons, Elle, and Hank Staniszewski, Earl Mask, Roger, and Linda Watson, and site manager, Janice Bilbrey. We hope to see all of you again Thursday, April 8th as well as others who haven’t been able to be with us.


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