Tennison sentenced to 45 years on murder charge

Clyde Jason Tennison

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Three years from the date he brutally killed Deborah Denise Allen, and just days before he was set to begin his trial in front of a Henderson County jury, Clyde Jason Tennison entered a plea of “Guilty” to her murder before visiting Judge Joe Clayton last Friday.

In exchange for his plea, the 53-year-old Tennison received a sentence of 45 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Institutional Division. He will be eligible for parole at one-half that sentence (22.5 years), with credit for the time he has been in the Henderson County Jail. He will be 73 years of age before that time arrives, and “eligibility” for parole does not mean he will be released at that time.

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Traffic stop leads to drug arrest near Chandler

Henderson County Sheriff’s Office report: An early morning traffic violation led to a Deputy to arrest a man with methamphetamines and a pipe used to smoke the contraband.

From the Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page:

Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse today said an early morning traffic violation led to a Deputy to arrest a man with methamphetamines and a pipe used to smoke the contraband.

Trinity Driver, 28, of Arp was stopped around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday traveling north on FM 315 south of Chandler.

Deputy William Thornton was patrolling the area when he noticed Driver commit a traffic violation. He stopped the suspect, removed him from the vehicle and checked him for weapons.

The Deputy then discovered a glass pipe commonly used to inhale illegal narcotics and a plastic baggie hidden in cigarette pack containing a crystal like substance believed to be methamphetamine.

“This is another case where our team is always on the lookout for the unusual,” Hillhouse. “Driving around this County in the dark of night carrying illegal drugs is a sure way to find yourself waking up in our jail.”

Driver was charged with a state jail felony for possession.

He faces up to two years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

Man arrested for arson in connection with Malakoff fire

Press release

On April 17, the Henderson County Fire Marshal’s Office responded to a structure fire located at Lot 18 Spring Creek Parkway in Malakoff. Fire Marshal Shane Renberg and Assistant Fire Marshal Sherry Powers investigated the fire and determined the fire to be intentionally set.

Troy Lynn Tucker, 29, was arrested on the scene for Arson of a Habitation a first-degree felony.

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‘Trustee Trash-Off’ launched by Sheriff Hillhouse

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Between rolling thunderstorms last weekend, a team of mounted deputies led by Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse supervised jail inmates as they collected litter along rural roads.

The “Trustee Trash-Off” started in Precinct 4 Saturday in the Moore Station area of the County.

“For the most part, the weather held together this weekend, but regardless I plan to have our team out there working the inmates as often as possible,” Hillhouse said. “We will be in a rotation, hitting county roads in an effort to literally clean up the county,” he said.

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Three arrested on drug charges

From the Henderson County Sheriff Office Facebook page:

Three people – two men and a woman – were arrested over the New Year’s Holiday for possession of suspected methamphetamine, pipes, pills and an electronic measuring scale in separate traffic stops, Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said today.

“While most folks are celebrating the holiday with optimism and excitement, these folks were spending their time behind bars and looking at a much bleaker 2017,” Hillhouse said. “Doing drugs in Henderson County is a lousy way to start this New Year.”

At about 5  a.m. on New Year’s Day, Todd Green, 32 and Craig Dickinson, 30, were stopped by Deputies on FM 315 after their vehicle left a church parking lot on the east end of the county south of Chandler.

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