The Commerce Journal

Local News

January 5, 2013

2012 in review

Taking a look back at the ups and downs in the local news



Myeisha Simone Garcia, 20, of Commerce was arrested on Nov. 29 for the murder of 20-year-old Jamal Stanton. At 12:32 a.m. on Nov. 28, the police department responded to a call from Hunt Regional Community Hospital advising of a stabbing victim that had been brought into the emergency room. According to a police press release, officers arrived and found Stanton with a single stab wound in his upper chest. Hospital personnel performed life saving measures, but were unable to revive Stanton. According to the police report, Stanton and Garcia were involved in an altercation at the Tarter Apartments in Commerce.

Justice of the Peace Jennifer Reeves pronounced the victim dead a short time later. On Dec. 7, Garcia was denied a bond reduction.


In early December, high nitrite levels from a Commerce pump station resulted in the pump being shut down for further testing and a warning from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the city of Commerce on the dangers the water presents to young infants. The results were part of routine testing mandated by the state but paid for by local cities, and, initially, Commerce Utilities Director Bryan Creed feared losing the pump. But subsequent testing could not replicate the result, which led to the pump station reopening.

“According to the original testing, there was too much nitrogen in the water,” Creed said. “How it got there is a mystery.”


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