Dec

15

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : December 15, 2017

By Bodey Cooper
Monitor Staff Writer
TRINIDAD–Senior Trinidad Lady Trojan Erica Airheart signed her intent to play volleyball with the Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinals Wednesday morning in the Trinidad High School gym.
In front of students and faculty in attendance, alongside her parents Eric and Julie, as well as her sister and teammate Eryn, Airheart put pen to paper to start her journey next year with TVCC.
Trinidad volleyball Head Coach Tina Sawtelle spoke with the students in the stands before the signing.
She said that Airheart’s efforts show that you can pursue sports, or whatever you choose, beyond high school.
It was very important for them to realize that your persistence doesn’t have to stop just because you’re leaving high school.
Before the signing, Airheart received a signed Trinidad volleyball from her teammates to start off the morning.
Then with Sawtelle and TVCC volleyball Head Coach Tosha Spain behind her, Airheart put down her signature to play with the Lady Cardinals next year.
Airheart and her teammates carried the Lady Trojans farther than any team has previously in school history, making it to the final four in the State championship, and coming just one win shy of playing for the 1A State title.
After winning their first district title in school history, the Lady Trojans received a first-round bye into the Area round.
The Lady Trojans defeated Leggett, Chester, Fruitvale and Miller Grove on their way to the State semifinals. They eventually fell to Blum in four sets in Garland.
Airheart takes her talents and memories, as well as what got her there, on to the next level as she begins another journey.

Dec

15

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : December 15, 2017

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
MALAKOFF—Malakoff Police Chief Floyd Thomas believes he has solved the case of a recent robbery of the Dollar General Store. The same suspect was caught in Corsicana committing a “strong arm robbery” at a Valero mini-mart on W. Seventh Avenue.
Through following leads, networking with area residents and hearing of the same type of robbery two weeks later, Chief Thomas had strong suspicions and gained access to question the suspect.
“Once I told him what I knew, he was ready to confess,” Thomas told The Monitor. Tommy Wayne Baston, 32 of Fairfield, is being held at the Navarro County Jail, with an additional charge of robbing the Dollar General Store in Malakoff, Thomas said. His bond has been set at $300,000 for two of three robberies, Thomas added.
On Nov. 2 an aggravated robbery took place just at closing time, Thomas reported. Officers responded quickly. There were two employees and one customer in the store at the time. The offender was dressed all in black from head to toe, in mask, hoodie, gloves. “There was no possible way to identify the suspect from security video,” Thomas said. The offender instructed one employee to lay down on the floor while the other employee was forced to open the safe and a cash drawer was handed over to the suspect, Thomas said.
Two weeks later, two similar incidents occurred one after the other in Corsicana. “It was the same M-O,” Thomas said. “I had a hunch that it was probably our guy.”
In this instance, Thomas said the suspect was followed from the last scene by an employee who had been sitting in a car in a darkened corner and saw the suspect leave the mart and followed him, then called police, who were still at the first mini-mart crime scene.
Thomas followed up on his hunch by talking to the arresting officers in Corsicana. A lengthy report said officer uncovered wads of money in different locations inside the suspect’s vehicle, all of which seemed to add up to less than $2,500. Thomas also re-interviewed the victims in the Dollar General Store robbery and collected a few more pieces of information.
Through his contacts in the surrounding communities, he had also learned that a property owner in Goodlow recently found a cash drawer in the middle of his pasture and Thomas was able to trace it back to Dollar General.
“When I interviewed the suspect (Nov. 28), I was getting nowhere until I told him I had the tray and where I got it from, then he confessed it all,” Thomas said.
To Thomas’ knowledge the suspect had no arrest record nor been in trouble with the law, before. “He told me he hadn’t ever done anything like this and that he was under a great deal of financial stress.”

Dec

15

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : December 15, 2017

By Shannon Songer
Monitor Correspondent
MABANK–Mabank City Manager Bryant Morris reported a difficult pipe replacement was successfully managed. Dec. 5 city council members were glad to hear no one was injured in the repair.
The project was a “pretty dangerous undertaking,” Mayor Jeff Norman said. Morris told how the water pipe was just “pulling the ground in.”
Several employees pulled together to tackle the task. “We had to dig down 20 ft. and 30 to 40 feet back,” Councilman Tyson Williams explained. “Water was coming in faster than we could pump it into a 50-gallon drum and we had to get another drum to pump it all out.
The hiring process is now underway after several months of accepting applications for the open full-time patrol officer position. Chief of Police Keith Bradshaw reported the process has been “drug out for several months and didn’t get many applicants.” After running background checks on the potential candidates, two of the six applicants are no longer under consideration, he said. Mayor Pro-tem Dennis Terry asked the Chief if any of the remaining applicants have experience. Bradshaw informed the room that the academy just graduated a new class of recruits, however two of the four applicants have some experience.
“Wish me luck,” Bradshaw said. Interviews started early this week.
The council unanimously agreed to nominate Rusty Freeman to replace Jackie Self as a member to Kaufman County Appraisal District Board of Directors for the 2018-19 term. Nominated by Kemp ISD, Freeman is said to be a businessman who owns several carwashes, including one in Kemp as well as runs cattle and is a landowner of several properties in Kemp, Seven Points and Longview.
Williams said Rusty Freeman is “cordial and an upstanding person.”
In other business, council members:
• amend the budget to increase funding for fire training, adding $23,400 to continue mandatory training both locally and away. The department has had 31 calls this month, 603 calls year- to-date. The mayor stated, “That’s quite a few.”
• approved the replacement of Mabank Housing Authority board member Angela Dewitt with Sherry Crites, due to conflict of interest.
• renewed a contract with Gun Barrel Computers for IT work to continue into the new year at the same rate. Norman said, “Charles has always done our IT work.”
• filed a lean on a lot in Woodland for $1,600.
• heard water leaks year-to-date are 131
• heard the court fund totals $444,279.