Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 20, 2016


Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Sunday morning Gun Barrel City put out an alert to cell phones to keep an eye out for a 2010 Toyota Tundra pickup with Texas license plate number AR91085. Citizens were told not to engage the driver but they should report his whereabouts to authorities by calling 9-1-1 or the Police Department at (903) 887-7151.
The driver, Donald Ray Coleman, a 54-year-old white male is considered armed and dangerous.
Coleman is wanted in connection with a pistol whipping of a 50-year-old woman and threatening to kill her.He is described as being approximately 5’10,” 185 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.
Police responded to a Bay Court address at about 3 a.m. that morning that shots were fired and a person outside was threatening to “shoot someone.”
When Gun Barrel City Police Officer Gabriel Shue arrived, he located the victim at the residence. She had severe facial injuries from an assault, the officer deduced and called for an ambulance to take her to the East Texas Medical Center Emergency Room in Gun Barrel City.
During an interview, the victim stated a domestic argument began because she had been out that night with a friend.
During the argument, Coleman assaulted the victim with his hands, then bound her hands together and threatened to kill her.
However, the victim was able to work her hands free at which time Coleman fired multiple rounds into the master bedroom floor.
The victim stated Coleman dragged her to the garage and made the statement he was going to the friend’s house and he was going to kill both of them. Coleman then dragged her outside where he struck her in the face with the pistol, while she screamed that Coleman, was going to kill her.
She broke out and ranaway to the neighbor’s house, who had heard the screams and opened the door to investigate.
Coleman then left the area. He was last seen driving a White 2010 Toyota Tundra pickup with a heavy duty, black, ranch hand style, brush guard bumper. Coleman is believed to be armed with a Taurus 9mm handgun.
Gun Barrel City Police Sergeant Jeff Norris, who is assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division, began his investigation of the crime scene and collected several items of physical evidence. Investigator Monte Mansfield, Patrol Sergeant Kenneth Evans, and Patrol Officers Ken Bee, Kevin Lewis and Justin Keahey assisted in the investigation.
The Gun Barrel City Police Department has issued two felony warrants for Coleman’s arrest.
Coleman may have ties to the Dallas and Houston area.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 14, 2016

By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF–Malakoff City Council members were informed of shelters to which homeless may be referred on these cold winter nights.
In the public comment portion of the Jan. 11 meeting, Teri Caswell of Faith in Action Outreach told council members about a ministry to homeless people which started this month. First United Methodist Church of Athens will begin opening its doors to homeless men to spend the night out of the elements each Thursday night beginning Jan. 14 through Feb. 25. The Methodist church will provide a meal, a warm, safe place to sleep, and breakfast. Caswell also said the Room in the Inn program will start in February at Gun Barrel City’s Church of the Nazarene (on a night to be decided) and hopes to find other area churches willing to donate one night of shelter per week. Women who need shelter also have access to “The Farm” run by Judy Seaton. “If you come across any homeless folks, send them our way, we can get them the resources they need,” Caswell said.
If you would like more information on how to help, send an email to tcaswell@fiaoutreach.org or call (903)489-7500.
She also reported the local kettle drive benefiting the Salvation Army raised $6,800. “All of that money will stay in the area,” she added. Faith in Action in Malakoff serves about 120 people per week, Caswell said, and is affiliated with the Salvation Army as well as the Henderson County Needs Network.
Delanda Johnson talked about upcoming events celebrating the life and achievements of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The federal holiday marking his birth is Monday, Jan. 18. That night, at 7 p.m., the Henderson County Black History Committee will host a candlelight vigil at New Hope CME Church at 120 N. Havana St.
Johnson Chapel AME Church will host the annual Gospel Explosion” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16. Johnson Chapel is located at 1403 W. Royall Blvd. (State Highway 31).



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 8, 2016

Approves paid holiday schedule, annexes property, begins sewer line replacement

By Emmalee Doss
Monitor Correspondent
MABANK–The Mabank City Council approved nine paid holiday days for city employees for 2016, when they met Jan. 5. They also agreed to annex three properties north of U.S. Highway 175 and entered into two contracts related to a wastewater improvement project.
Council members approved the same paid holidays the city has supported for many years, including: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, March 25; Memorial Day, May 30; the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Sept. 5; two days for Thanksgiving, Nov. 24-25; and three days around Christmas, Friday-Monday, Dec. 23-26.
Councilman Larry Teague noted that New Year’s Day had already been observed and suggested approving the 2017 holiday.
Two property owners petitioned the city for annexation. Robbypop Investments presented two neighboring properties, both less than half a mile in width and contiguous to the City of Mabank. This was approved with Teague abstaining on the vote. David and John Chappell own the third property. Their three-tenths of an acre is also located northeast of the city limits but touching the city boundary. Its annexation was also approved.
The city plans to replace the old clay tile wastewater line along Walnut Street, one of the main sewer pipes going to the treatment plant, utility supervisor Steve Barley confirmed. Councilmembers named Grant Administration Services to Public Management to oversee the Texas Community Development Block Grant program that will help pay for the necessary improvement. The award of $275,000 was granted in October, 2015 and the city has two years to complete the work and provide a matching $40,000 or so, Barley explained. The council also named KSA Engineers out of Longview to spec the project, oversee the bidding process and plan the work. The replacement will go from Second to Eighth along Walnut Street, Barley said.
In other business, council members:
• heard new police cars are nearly ready to be put into service.
• approved the purchase of dual band radios for the police department.
• heard the city court issued 12 arrest warrants in the month of December.
• heard repairs to city property on Market Street, involving restrooms, were underway.