Firemen and Policemen Battle at Upchurch Field

Image: Winners of the first game, The Guns.

The skies may have surprised everyone with a little rain and thunder but the weather did not stop any fireworks or competition on the field. Guns & Hoses, a local fundraiser, arrived in Italy on Saturday night with all the bells and whistles and there was fun for everyone—all for a good cause, Shop With A Cop.

Fireworks Prohibited within Italy City Limits

Summer is upon us and Independence Day family celebrations are a big part of our community history. Food, games and fellowship will soon begin starting this weekend. The police department and the City of Italy would like everyone to have a great time… only without fireworks.

Italy Police officer fairs well in shooting competition

Image: Tolliver shooting an assault rifle for one of the Invitational stages.

Italy Police Officer, Eric Tolliver, placed 5th overall in the Marksman Challenge Invitational held in Decatur, Texas  June 9th. The competition was based on and created by a competitor of “Top Shot”, which is a shooting and weaponry competition show on the History Channel.

Police chief addresses fireworks, safety issues for upcoming holiday

The Italy Police Department, in conjunction with representatives from the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety, held a town hall meeting in Italy Tuesday night to discuss what can be done to stop illegal fireworks from being discharged within the city limits as well as public safety. 

Town hall meeting to be held in Italy

The Italy Police Department is extending an invitation to all Italy residents to attend a town hall meeting on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 to discuss plans for the community for the week of July 4th. During the meeting, the police department will also discuss their future plans to build trust and relationships between their department and the citizens. The meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. at Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church, 300 Harris Street in Italy. 

Italy Town Hall meeting planned

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The Italy Police Department invites the community for a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 beginning at 6:00pm. The meeting will be held at the Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church, 300 Harris Street.

2012 National Police Week — May 13th – 19th

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The Italy Police Department would like to ask Italy residents to remember fallen police officers killed in the line of duty and the Italy Police Officers, who risk their lives everyday, during National Police Week—May 13th-19th, 2012.

Milford High School Band Director arrested

Image: Arrest Warrant Affidavit, page 2

On April 7, 2012 at around 12:20 pm, William Michael Trussell (63 yoa) of Frost, Texas, turned himself into Hill County authorities on a Sexual Assault of a Child Arrest Warrant. He was booked into the Hill County Jail and arraigned by Hill County Justice of the Peace Charles Jones on a $2500.00 bond. He immediately posted bond and was released.

Deadline extended for Citizen Police Academy Class

The Italy Police Department is extending the deadline for accepting applications for the 1st Citizen Police Academy Class to March 1, 2012.  The first class will begin March 12, 2012 (instead of March 5, 2012 as stated earlier) from 6:00 p.m. til 9:00 p.m. and will continue every Monday for 8 weeks.  Students will also get to ride along with an officer for a partial shift.

Eric Tolliver awarded Italy’s Officer of the Year

Image: 2011 Officer of the Year for the Italy Police Department is Eric Tolliver.

Police Chief Diron Hill welcomed friends and family of our local police department to the 2011 Italy PD awards banquet on Saturday night. Several commendations were given and Officer Eric Tolliver was awarded Officer of the Year. Sue Lauhoff was honored as Civilian Employee of the Year.

Holiday Safety Tips

The Italy Police Department would like for every citizen to enjoy the Holidays and not be a victim of a crime that could easily be prevented. We would like to share some valuable crime prevention tips that may just keep YOU from being a victim!

Italy PD asking for public assistance

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On October 17th, 2011 at around 8:58pm, the Italy Police Department responded to a call of a person laying near the roadway at 386 S. I-35E (northbound) near Hwy 34. 

Article updated with new information received 10/21/11-1:55pm

Italy National Night Out

Image: Italy police chief, Diron Hill with his police officers getting ready for the big night.

Italy’s National Night Out Event was held on Tuesday, October 4th. And this year Italy went all out. They had free hot dogs for everyone, games, a bounce house and even a band.

I-35 Manhunt near Italy

Image: The Italy Police Department — News Release

On Monday, October 3rd, 2011 a little after 8:00pm, the Italy Police Department assisted the Texas Department of Public Safety after they were in a vehicle pursuit on I-35E and crashed the vehicle near Chambers Road and I-35E just north of Italy. The occupants ran on foot from the vehicle. The Italy Police Department assisted by setting up a perimeter along the northern border of Italy while the Ellis County SO and DPS searched the ground. None of the occupants of the vehicle were found during the search. Guns and narcotics were found in the vehicle left behind by the suspects.

Italy has new Animal Control Officer

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Shelbee Landon joined the Italy Police Department August 1 as Animal Control Officer and Code Enforcement Officer.  Shelbee is also part-time Animal Control Officer for the Hillsboro Police Department.