Feb

26

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 26, 2015

Monitor Staff Report
KAUFMAN–DATELINE, NBC Television has announced it will run a two-hour feature on the murders of Kaufman County’s top prosecutors at 8 p.m. Friday (tomorrow).
National television broadcasting crews have been in Kaufman County the last several weeks gathering information and interviewing people for its national broadcast covering the murder conviction and death sentence of former county justice of the peace Eric Williams.
Williams was convicted of the murder of Kaufman County District Attorney Michael McLelland’s wife, Cynthia, over the Easter weekend 2013 in the couple’s Forney home. Williams, along with his estranged wife, Kim, was also charged with the shooting deaths of D.A. Michael McLelland (also Easter weekend 2013) and Assistant D.A. Mark Hasse, Jan. 31, 2013, as he walked from the employee parking lot to his office.
The brazen deed rocked the nation, capturing headlines across the country.
“While these murders were going on, it was an awful time in the county of Kaufman,” special prosecutor and former Dallas D.A. Bill Wirskye said following Williams’ death sentence verdict, Dec. 17, 2014.
“But the members of that office came to work every day, they went to court every day, and they stood up for justice every day—even in light of this assault on their office. Eric Williams crossed a line that hardly anyone crosses,” Wirskye said. “Fortunately, we were able to stop it. It sends the message that you will not be able to stop the criminal justice system and get away with it. You will not be able to assault the criminal justice system and somehow shut it down.”
A Rockwall County jury handed down the death sentence.
A production crew from CBS 48 Hours has also been visiting Kaufman.
Williams’ public defender is currently seeking a retrial on the basis of new evidence that points to a deformity in Williams’ brain. Williams’ attorney John Wright wrote in a January court filing that a post-conviction scan of his client’s brain reveals the part that controls emotion has atrophied or shrunk from “prior head trauma.” Had the information been known prior to trial, defense attorneys say they would have “presented a robust case grounded on brain damage likely flowing from chronic and uncontrolled diabetes.”
The prosecution presented as motive in the slayings that McLelland and Hasse had previously prosecuted Williams for burglary and theft of public property by a public servant. Williams was later removed from his job as a justice of the peace because of the convictions and was ultimately disbarred by the State Bar of Texas.
During his trial, William’s wife, Kim Williams, who also has been charged with capital murder, testified that she accompanied him in a car during the murders. Kim Williams also testified that her husband had plans to kill Erleigh Norville Wiley, who replaced McLelland as district attorney after his death, and former state District Judge Glen Ashworth.

Feb

23

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 23, 2015

Lake Area Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at its new location beginning March 1. The new location is at 105 W Mt. Vernon St. in Mabank. Meeting times are noon and 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m. Sunday, 6:30 p.m. Thursday (11th step) and 6:30p.m. Friday (women’s) Alanon meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, email lakeareaaa@gmail.com

Feb

22

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 22, 2015

Hikes in health insurance, raw water prompt rate increase

By David Webb
Monitor Correspondent

GUN BARREL CITY–The East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District Board of Directors approved increases to water and sewer rates Wednesday.
The new rates reflect a 5.8 percent increase to the base water rate and an increase of 25 cents per 1,000 gallons and an increase of 4 percent to the wastewater base rate and 15 cents per 1,000 gallons.
The board attributed the need for the increase in rates to a 20 percent increase in employee health insurance rates and a 21 percent increase in raw water costs from the Tarrant Regional Water District. Other supplies used by the district amounted to an average of 5 percent increases by vendors, according to district officials.
The board raised the rates on the recommendation of the finance committee following examination of revenues and expenses.
District officials advised rate increases would be necessary during previous meetings.
The district will post a public notice before implementing rate increases, and the new rates will become effective the following month.
In other action, the board:
• approved a final payment of $14,220 to H&H Electrical Contractors for electrical upgrades required for the new trailer-mounted generator that will be used during outages.
• approved payment of $58,042 to AAA Sanitation for No. 61 and No. 29 Lift Station replacements.
• approved payment of $10,106 to AAA Sanitation for piping at the Brookshire Water Treatment Plant’s sludge transfer station.
• purchased a new one-half ton Colorado pick-up from Caldwell Country Chevrolet.
• approved a payment not to exceed $20,000 to purchase lift monitoring units.
• approved paying AAA Sanitation $2,900 to rehabilitate the Northwest Water Treatment oxidation ditch.
• approved paying $4,175 to Tidy Toilets for hauling wastewater away from Northwest Water Treatment Plant.
• approved paying $1,985 to Siemens for an effluent flow monitor at the Southwest Water Treatment Plant.
• approved the pay scale and organization chart and budget for the new fiscal year 2015-2016
• awarded the annual audit work to Conway Co. CPAs.