By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
HEARNE–A Trinidad family is grieving the loss of a son and brother today, as are many in the Malakoff ISD circle. Early Sunday morning (Nov. 1, 2015), 2011 Malakoff High School graduate Andrew Keheley was killed in a head-on collision just outside of Hearne.
His mother, Ruth Keheley, and father, John Keheley, both having residences in Trinidad, received the news from DPS Troopers on Sunday. A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Nov. 5, 2015 (today) at the First Baptist Church in the “Cotton Patch” on State Highway 274 in Trinidad. Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home is overseeing the arrangements for the lifelong Trinidad resident.
The family also received a condolence visit from Trinidad Mayor Larry Estes.
Andrew, 23, was visiting friends in College Station, his mother said, and had risen early to bring back fresh-baked donuts. He was on the return trip, driving his friend’s Dodge Dart on State Highway 190.
The crash report stated that he was driving east toward Bryan when he crossed into the westbound lane and attempted to correct his vehicle but not before colliding head on with a F-150 Ford pickup at 5:38 a.m. A First Responder at the scene said the “crash was really bad.”
Trooper Jimmy Morgan said there is a curve in that section of roadway and also a center turn lane equipped with a rumble strip.
“I have two radio shows, and I always tell young people that when driving, things can change just so quickly,” Morgan said in a phone interview with The Monitor. “There is evidence that the deceased took evasive action, trying to correct and get back on his side of the road,” he added.
Officials say the pavement was wet at the time of the crash, but have not determined a cause.
Andrew was pronounced dead at the scene. The two occupants of the pickup suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to the crash report and were taken to a local hospital.
While at Malakoff High School, Andrew was known as a talented football player and also was the first student to ever qualify for a state power lifting competition, which he did in 2011. After high school, he attended Kansas Weslyan College, but later transferred to a junior college in San Antonio, where he played semi-pro football as a San Antonio Texas Tiger. His last game was played in Cowboy Stadium, Oct. 25, according to a post on Facebook.
Posted by : November 5, 2015| On :
By Pearl Cantrell
Posted by : November 1, 2015| On :
Monitor Staff Reports
PINNACLE CLUB–The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two suspects in connection with the theft of more than $100,000 worth of jewelry from a Pinnacle Club residence.
According to a press release, Deputy Duane Sanders spoke with the victim Oct. 20, who was able to provide detailed descriptions and photos of some of the jewelry.
The case was assigned to Investigator Bradley Gray, who located some of the jewelry at East Texas Gold and Silver in Gun Barrel City. The recovered jewelry had been sold there by Amanda Brewer, 25, and Brandon Miller, 26, both of Log Cabin. The pair had done some work at the victim’s home in August.
Gray obtained arrest warrants and HCSO Deputy Cynthia Clements located the vehicle Miller had been seen in at the Pinnacle Club Oct. 27.
Miller fled on foot once Clements made contact with him and a manhunt ensued.
Miller was later located in the Log Cabin area, placed under arrest and charged with theft $2,500-$30,000. This is the third time this year Miller had been taken to the Henderson County Jail, where he is being held with a $15,000 bond on the charge.
Brewer’s warrant was served at the jail where she had been in custody since Oct. 21 on unrelated charges. She has an arrest record going back to 2005 on numerous charges. She is being held in lieu of bonds totaling $26,840.
Both are awaiting arraignment and additional charges are expected.
In a separate incident, Deputy Brad Beddingfield made arrests following a traffic stop on Oct. 27 on State Highway 198 in Payne Springs.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Adaniel Martinez, 25, and the passenger was identified as Amanda Kay Owens, 31. Martinez was driving without a valid license and had been previously convicted of driving while license invalid. Also during the traffic stop, Beddingfield found Owens to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine. Her criminal record shows three prior drug possession convictions, all in 2014.
Martinez was arrested on the traffic violation and held on $4,500 bond; and Owens was charged for possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram with bail set at $6,500.
Both were transported to the Henderson County Jail.
If convicted, Owens will face up to 2 years in jail and a $10,000 fine.
Posted by : October 29, 2015| On :
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Fallen trees, flooded roads, minor sewage spills seems the extent of the damage caused by 18-20 inches of rainfall over last weekend.
Belts of rain pummeled the area, starting late Thursday and continued through Saturday with heavy cloud cover all day Sunday.
Texas was already expecting a slow, steady rain from prevalent weather patterns forming before news of a monster hurricane, Patricia, forming over the Pacific Ocean and hitting the western coastline of Mexico, adding to wind and rains to much of Texas and the southwestern United States.
Patricia was later described as the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the western hemisphere, according to the National Weather Service.
Reports from nearby Corsicana in Navarro County, included 32 inches of rainfall!
The Cedar Creek Reservoir filled its remaining two and a half feet to reach full pool plus nearly five inches.
Tarrant Regional Water District reservoir manager Bucky Butler ordered the flood gates open in an attempt to maintain Cedar Creek Lake at normal pool. Stream flows were still filling the lake on Monday and expected to continue through the early part of the week.
Purtis Creek State Park near Eustace saw numerous cancellations of its nearly full park last weekend and had to close the lake to boaters along with the day area beach.
Park office manager Sandy Jones said the day area was expected to be reopened by today (Oct. 29).
Primitive campsites along the water’s edge will remain closed through the weekend for flood cleanup. No one was hurt, as news of the impending rains was well publicized beforehand.
An ancient oak tree came down on four vehicles at one residence in Mabank. No one injured. Three more trees came down in Seven Points, one on top of a fifth wheel at the Lakeshore RV Park, temporarily trapping a resident inside.
Police were able to free her without further incident and only minor injuries.
Parts of several roads in Mabank and Seven Points were closed for short periods of time due to flooding. A driver from Irving moved barricades and attempted to drive a van through the end of flooded Pritchett Lane where it joins Country Line Road 4044 and had to abandon it there, with water coming up over the hood of the van, according to fire chief A.J. Kirksey.
East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District crews were busy with three overflows at liftstations in Tres Largo and Spanish Shores subdivisions, as well as a liftstation on Main Street in Gun Barrel City near the Lake Jackson Seafood Restaurant. These were all repported to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, district manager Bill Goheen said.
His bigger concern centered around the integrity of water lines in the Tamarack Subdivision where continuous soil erosion in a creek bed in the Longleaf Road area washed out more embankment and new bridge and culvert installed by Gun Barrel City.
Goheen said rainfall measured at the wastewater plant on Hammer Road broke an 11-year record at 18 inches.