Mar

29

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 29, 2017

Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–Several Kaufman County residents were federally indicted for their alleged involvement in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Texas announced earlier this month.
In total, 23 individuals, most from the North Texas area, were charged in the federal indictment with offenses related to their alleged roles in the methamphetamine distribution conspiracy which began in January 2016 until the date of the indictment on February 22, 2017.
The following Kaufman County-area residents were charged in count one of the indictment with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance:
• 48-year-old Rodney Allen Broach and 44-year-old Clisty Diane Pratt, also known as Clisty Diane Baker, of Kemp;
• 23-year-old Caitlyn Taylor Johnson and 24-year-old Chelsea Loraine Johnson of Terrell;
• 31-year-old Daniel Moss of Mabank, and
• Brandi Scott Turcola, aka “Brandi Scott Blackburn,” “Brandi Scott Smith,” 34, of Log Cabin.
The Kaufman Police Department, Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office, and the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the investigation.
If convicted, the maximum penalty for the charged offenses is life in federal prison.
Also indicted were the following individuals:
• from Dallas Roberto Omar Vera, 51, Kameron Paul Vera, 23, Roberto Trevizo Munoz, 19, Simon Louis Trevino, 30, Mark Allen Craven, 59, Charley Seay Crossland, aka “Charley Denise Seay,” 37, Daniel Currie, aka “Aquaman,” 32, Ilona Klonowshi King, aka “Ilona Klonowski Brazeal,” 46, and Jorge Morales, 27,
• Kneely Denay Abadie, 23, of Arlington,
• Stephanie Jean Aldava, aka “Stephanie Jean Bradley,” Stephanie Jean May,” “Stephanie Jean Bristow,” 38, of Lufkin,
•from Garland Angela Danielle Burkham, 34, Lauren Allyson Crites, aka “Lauren Allyson Anderson,” 33,
• Elizabeth Neely Causey-Eck, 47, of McKinney,
• Larry Ray Lincks, 52, of Quinlan,
• from Mesquite John Craig Owen, 54, and Paul Wade Shreves, 27.
“Each defendant was also charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance,” according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Texas. “Roberto Vera, Kameron Vera, and Larry Lincks were each charged with additional counts relating to the conspiracy.”

Mar

24

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 24, 2017

The daughter and widow of Payne Springs Fire Rescue tanker driver Richard Stein, Leann (left) and Linda present a $4,000 check to fire chief Randy Harley, who presented them with a memorial shadowbox to honor Dick, who died in January.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
PAYNE SPRINGS–The Payne Springs Fire Rescue organization recognized its volunteers during an awards banquet Saturday, March 18 at its newest station on State Highway 198.
Fire Chief Randy Harley addressed his fellow firefighters congratulating them on answering 1100 calls for service in 2016 and for the professionalism with which each carried out their assignments and ongoing training. The organization is immediately responsible to answer calls within its 36-square mile area with its all-volunteer membership.
“I am so proud to be called your fire chief,” he said. He also spoke of the importance of the families of the 25 volunteers, who also roll up their sleeves and help out with jobs, small and great, from organizing fundraisers to keeping the bays swept to making runs to the store to restock bottled water and Gatorade.
Harley recognized longtime fire department water tanker driver Dick Stein, who died in January at the age of 78. With tears in his eyes and a catch in his throat, Harley noted Stein’s dedication and commitment to the Payne Springs Fire Rescue family and presented his wife and daughter with a shadowbox of memorabilia, including Dick’s badge and a photo of the last truck he drove.
Stein’s family in turn presented a memorial donation from monies raised on social media to the department in the form of a $4,000 check. “We asked everyone that in lieu of flowers they make a donation,” his widow, Linda, explained.
“Working with the firefighters gave my husband a meaningful way to serve his community,” Linda told The Monitor. “He just loved the guys up here. There’s a real camaraderie among firefighters,” she said, recounting the beautiful funeral service the Payne Springs Fire Rescue members prepared for her husband, which included a last fire truck ride to the cemetery, with a long line of fire trucks as escort.
“He said, ‘I can’t fight a fire but I can drive a truck. I’ll get the water to you,’” Linda repeated in tears. She recounted there were more than 300 people in attendance at the traditional fireman’s funeral set at the First Presbyterian Church in Mabank. Stein served as a volunteer for eight years, having retired to the lake from the dry-cleaning industry. “He really loved being a part of the PSFR. He just loved all the guys and the fellowship they share,” Linda said.
Harley pointed out that the department has mutual aid agreements with Gun Barrel City and Eustace and praised all involved for making the relationship strong and reliable. Harley recognized Gun Barrel City Fire Chief Joey Lindaman with a certificate of appreciation.
Most residents in the Cedar Creek Lake area depend on volunteers when it comes to fighting fires. Recruiting, training and retaining able-bodied fire fighters is an ongoing challenge for every fire department here and across the country. So, the importance of volunteer firefighters hits close to home. That’s why every firefighter was presented with a certificate of appreciation for their service. Harley also ceremonially promoted Hilton Brown to lieutenant during the evening.
Chosen by his fellow firefighters, Dustin Bird was named Firefighter of the Year. “He exemplifies the mission of Payne Springs Fire Rescue,” Harley said in presenting the honorary axe because of his unselfish acts in the field, compassion and dedication. Officer of the Year Captain Bradon Cotton and 2016 Top Responder Assistant Chief Adam Robinson were also hailed for the excellence of their service.
Harley also presented certificates to local businesses in recognition of their faithful support of the fire department.
The fire department is actively taking applications for new volunteer members. The firefighters meet weekly for training on Monday nights at the main station located at 12650 State Highway 198 in Payne Springs. For more information, email info@psfirerescue.com.
The Sons of the American Legion Post 310 is hosting the Bi-annual Benny P. Thomas Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit local fire departments. Register at the post by 5 p.m. April 10 for the April 13 tourney to be held at The Pinnacle Country Club Golf Course with tee time at 8:30 a.m. Entry fee is $50, includes golf cart and lunch at post afterwards. For more information call (903) 887-3532. There will be no registrations accepted after April 10.

Mar

24

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 24, 2017

Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Gun Barrel City Police arrested a man for outstanding Possession Controlled Substance warrants, then found heroin, a semiautomatic hand gun, and other drug paraphernalia in his vehicle March 18.

Contact was first made with the suspect at about 6:30 p.m., when Officer Nicole Chambers was patrolling the 800 block of West Man Street in Gun Barrel City and saw a driver of a 2012 Dodge Ram truck asleep in his vehicle.
According to the police report, Chambers made several attempts to make contact with the sleeping man, later identified as Jeffrey Johnson.
The computerized check of Johnson revealed he was wanted by Collin County for an outstanding warrant for Possession of Controlled Substance. The warrant was confirmed and Johnston was placed under arrest.
Upon further investigation, Officer Chambers located a small blue container that contained a brown powdery substance believed to be narcotics, along with drug paraphernalia and a small caliber semiautomatic hand gun.
A field test of the substance, came out positive for heroin. Total weight of the substance with the container totaled 23.1 grams.
Johnston was also charged with Possession of Controlled Substance which is a second degree felony.