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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. 

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Kosse High School

It’s that time of year when children return to learned halls, parents breathe a little easier, and those lazy days of summer quickly come to an end. It is a time we most certainly will never forget. In this time of great uncertainty, it may be prudent to remember who we are, where we come from, and the words of those who came before us.

Thornton Senior News

Thornton Senior News

Our numbers keep being around the same each week, fourteen, for which we are grateful. We welcomed two new Seniors, Joe and Betty Reynolds this week and hope they will continue to come and be a part of the group. Others were Gayla Lind, Earl Mask, Fonetta Simmons, Bill and Elizabeth Neason, Donna Lloyd, Ann Brown, Roger and Linda Watson, Neennah German, Janice Bilbrey and myself. We had a good lunch with a few extras this week being tomatoes donated by Candise Neal and our usual Sonic Burrito and an orange from our Center, a snack pak donated by Central Baptist Church, Thornton. All donations are appreciated each week, and a special Thank You to Central Baptist Church for our meeting place each week and the ice.


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