VAN ZANDT Co. – The Van Zandt County Sheriff’s office and the SPCA have seized 35 animals in what authorities are calling a puppy mill. Officers recovered 22 dogs, 11 cats, one pig and one goat in Wills Point, Texas.  The animals were cruelly confined, forced to live in their own filth and were not receiving proper water or care.

All of the animals were living in unsanitary conditions, which were infested with mice, roaches and fleas.

The animals are suffering from a variety of issues, including hair loss, eye discharge, long nails, flea infestation and many are thin. The pig has mange and extremely overgrown hooves. The goat is suffering from an abscess.

The animal owner and a family member both stated today that the animal owner had been breeding the dogs and selling them.

A custody hearing will be held next week.

East Texas Couple Arrested on Child Sex Charges

Harrison County Sheriff Tom McCool and Criminal Investigators on March 20, 2012, received information regarding the sexual assault of a 16 year old female.

The reported incident had allegedly occurred over the past several months. Two suspects were arrested after warrants were received from affidavits filed with the Harrison County District Attorney’s Office.

The two suspects were identified as Heather Jones, 24, and her husband, Casey Jones, 26. Ms. Jones was charged with three counts of indecency with a child by exposure. Her husband, Casey Jones was charged with three counts of sexual

assault. Both of the suspects were jailed and bond has been set at $150,000.00 for each person. Due to the nature of this investigation being an ongoing investigation, no other information is available at this time.


Whole Foods Recalling Cookies

AUSTIN — Whole Foods Market is recalling a brand of chocolate chip cookies the grocery store sold in Texas and three other states. The grocer is recalling the mini cookies because some packages have walnuts in them.


Susan G. Komen Executives Resign

DALLAS — At least five high-ranking executives with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer charity have resigned in the aftermath of the organization’s revoked decision to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood.

Although some of the executives cited personal reasons, the resignations suggest that Komen is still in turmoil, even after restoring the funds to the country’s largest reproductive services organization.