Aug

12

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 12, 2016

 Jeremy Robert Lane


Jeremy Robert Lane

Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–An Athens man is charged with murder in the stabbing death of a 27-year-old New Jersey man following an Athens Police Department investigation Aug. 6.
Jeremy Robert Lane, 25, of Athens was charged with the stabbing death of Mark Groendyk, after he died of his wounds at East Texas Medical Center-Tyler.
At around 3:30 a.m. Athens police responded to a residence in the 800 block of Tannehill Way, where a party had been held earlier that night. Upon arrival, officers learned that the stabbing victim had been taken by private vehicle to the local hospital. Witnesses at the scene told investigators that they believed that Lane was possibly intoxicated and had tried to prevent him from driving. During the intervention, they said Lane reportedly pulled a knife and stabbed Groendyk in the abdomen. Lane then fled the scene in his vehicle.
Investigators processed the crime scene and obtained an arrest warrant for Lane on a murder charge. Officers learned his location could be in Flint.
Deputies from the Smith County Sheriff’s Department located Lane’s vehicle at a residence in the 18000 block of County Road 1100 in Smith County where he was taken into custody.
Lane was booked into the Henderson County Jail on the murder charge, his vehicle impounded and bond set at $1 million.
The event began when police responded to a reported stabbing at a residence in the 800 block of Tannehill Way at approximately 3:30 a.m. Aug 6. Upon arriving at the scene, police learned that the victim, Mark Groendyk, 27, of New Jersey had been transported to East Texas Medical Center-Athens by private vehicle. After his arrival, Groendyk was flown by air-ambulance to East Texas Medical Center-Tyler where he later died.
Police interviewed witnesses at the scene who stated that Groendyk and several other people attending the party believed that Jeremy Robert Lane, 25, of Athens, was possibly intoxicated and were trying to prevent him from driving away. At some time during the intervention, Lane reportedly pulled a knife and stabbed Groendyk in the abdomen. Lane fled the scene in his vehicle.
Athens Police Detectives processed the crime scene and were able to positively identify Lane as the assailant and obtain a warrant for his arrest on the charge of murder. During the search for Lane, officers were made aware of his possible whereabouts in Flint.
Deputies from the Smith County Sheriff’s Department located Lane’s vehicle at a residence in the 18000 block of County Road 1100 in Smith County where he was taken into custody.
Lane was booked into the Henderson County jail on the murder charge. His vehicle was impounded and transported back to Athens for processing. Bond was set for $1 million.

Aug

12

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 12, 2016

Retiring Enchanted Oaks Mayor Don Warner holds a framed resolution recognizing his contributions to the small community over the past 20 years in city government. He will be missed by city secretary Pamela Foster, who gets a hug of appreciation for her working along side. He also received a 10 yrs service plaque from vfd and outstanding service  award.

Retiring Enchanted Oaks Mayor Don Warner holds a framed resolution recognizing his contributions to the small community over the past 20 years in city government. He will be missed by city secretary Pamela Foster, who gets a hug of appreciation for her working along side.
He also received a 10 yrs service plaque from vfd and outstanding service award.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
ENCHANTED OAKS—It’s been a long fruitful run for the mayor of Enchanted Oaks. After having served 13 years in the small community’s top office, Don Warner is moving to Arlington to be near family. The community and city council held a farewell reception for him and his wife, Darlene, Tuesday, Aug. 9 following the city council meeting.
Around 70 people crowded into the community center to express their gratitude and well wishes to the energetic leader who consistently guarded the community’s safety over the years. Even those he had strong disagreements with came to wish him well, former council member Alan Bell observed. “That speaks clearly of Don’s character and reputation,” he said.
The couple have lived in the Cedar Creek Lake area for more than 20 years, having relocated here in 1992. Don followed his 20-year career in the U.S. Air Force, where he attained the rank of Senior Master Sergeant, with work on the super collider and then as a general engineer for DART.
Bell served with Warner on the council for 17 years. “He poured all his energy into being mayor,” Bell said. “He worked it eight hours a day, six days a week for no pay. Come to think of it he recruited me to run for the council.”
Bell attributes Warner with the reason the small community has its own fire department with two grant-funded vehicles and currently is developing a large park project to include a wilderness walking trail through 13 acres, through grant funding from the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife. The $147,000 project includes a city match of $73,500.
“He led the acquisition of the park property by proposing a trade with East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District,” Bell noted.
“He’s been excellent to work with; a very strong manager and communicator. I don’t think we’ll find another [mayor] with the energy and willingness to work as hard as he has for the city.”
City Secretary Pamela Foster recalls his community service mindedness didn’t just respond on the large issues but took on the daily tasks that vexed his neighbors. “He responded to all kinds of calls made to the city, including responding to skunks, wild hogs and snakes on boat docks,” Foster said. “He never hesitated to serve his neighbors in any capacity.”
About half dozen years ago, Warner led the fight to prevent the operation of a sour gas well in nearby Payne Springs. His main concern was there was no exit strategy for the area should something go terribly wrong at the wellhead. Most recently, he opposed another effort at a sour gas well going in under Cedar Creek Reservoir. “Through his efforts, we have beat that back two times now,” Bell said.
“He’s definitely leaving large shoes to fill.”

Aug

10

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 10, 2016

Hog trap-boarbuster

Monitor Staff Reports
KAUFMAN–AgriLife Extension agent Ralph Davis told Kaufman County Commissioners the agency won a $15,000 grant for it’s Hog Out educational efforts this year. The agency plans to purchase two hog traps priced at nearly $6,000 along with a trailer.
He plans to set up a program in which Kaufman County property owners may borrow the traps to decrease the damage done by wild hogs. “I expect a waiting list from residents,” Davis said. There will be a fee and deposit involved for using it on private land, he said.
The grant will reimburse the county the expense once purchased, Davis explained.
The county auditor suggested the traps be clearly identified as county property. The traps will come with a 30-day subscription to mount cameras and train the user in the trap’s use. Liability releases will also be involved.
“I’ll have to know exactly where these are going to be at all times, Davis said. “I’m pretty excited about it,.” Davis was expecting $5,000 he said.