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HENDERSON COUNTY–On Saturday, July 23, at approximately 8:25 a.m., the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a witness reporting there was a man near FM 315 outside of Chandler who had been held at gunpoint and was being beaten. The caller said that the suspect then tied the victim’s hands and feet together with a rope, threw him in the bed of a tan colored Ford pickup and drove away.
HCSO Sergeant Thomas Goodell and Deputies Tell Walker and Ray Yockey responded to the call. Deputies located the victim at his residence. The victim showed signs of having been assaulted and was bleeding. The victim, 54-year-old Dwayne Welch, told deputies that he was asleep in his tent. He said that the next thing he knew, he was thrown out on CR 4307 a mile or two from his residence. Welch suffered cuts and abrasions to his head, along with other contusions and bruises on his body. Welch was transported to East Texas Medical Center in Athens where he was treated and released.
Deputies searched the area for a truck matching the description given by the witness. Sergeant Goodell noticed a vehicle matching the description parked at a residence located near the end of CR 4307. Sgt. Goodell observed evidence indicating that the bed of the pickup had been recently washed. Goodell also observed what appeared to be traces of blood in the bed of the pickup. Sgt. Goodell made contact with Derrick Cofer at the residence. Cofer admitted to striking the victim with a shotgun, assaulting him, binding him and transporting him against his will. Cofer said that he thought Welch had something to do with Cofer’s wallet going missing earlier in the morning.
Derrick Cofer was placed under arrest and booked into the Henderson County Justice Center on the offense of Aggravated Kidnapping, a First Degree Felony, punishable by 5 to 99 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Judge Kevin Pollack who set bond at $5,000. Cofer posted bond and was released.
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By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–There has been a huge buzz the past couple of weeks about Pokémon GO, a new mobile app that has kids (and adults!) glued to their phones and out on the streets looking for their favorite digital mini monsters.
The game is a free to play ap that can be downloaded from iTunes or Google Play. The game’s genre technically fits as a location-based augmented reality multiplayer online mobile game.
In plain English that means the application uses the player’s GPS signal to track their location on a stylized Google map as the game board. As the player moves around in the real world, so does its avatar in the game. Along the way players can take breaks at Pokéstops – which are often historical markers or landmarks in the real world – to refill on essential Pokémon catching materials. To interact with the Pokémon, players need to walk to a specific location and view the game through the phone display with the game’s battle sequence as an overlay. If the player can capture the creature with their stash of Pokéballs, the little creature is added to their collection.
The next question some may have is what the heck is a Pokémon? For starters a Pokémon is just a miniature digital animal that lives in different locations depending on what type of Pokémon it is. Just like you will only find a fish in water, some Pokémon tend to dwell near rivers or lakes. Likewise, fire Pokémon are more often found near gas stations. Additionally, spooky Pokémon are much more likely to come out at night. Two of the most wanted Pokémon are Eevee (left) and Pikichu (above).
So far the game has been a massive hit, averaging nearly 10 million active users every day since its launch July 6, and has been downloaded on over 10 percent of all Android phones. While the game is entirely free to play, it makes money from optional micro transactions that can give players additional Pokéballs, earn experience points faster or cast lures which attract Pokémon to the area.
Pokémon GO has a fairly large community around Cedar Creek Lake and especially Athens. According to the East Texas Pokémon GO Facebook page, popular spots for Pokémon hunting around Cedar Creek Lake include the Walmart in Gun Barrel City and Tom Finley Park. There are even more popular spots in Athens. Trinity Valley Community College, the courthouse square downtown, East Texas Arboretum and the Athens Cemetery are all frequented. According to the page, First United Methodist Church is offering free Pokémon lures during a weekly Pokemon GO social gathering each Sunday evening from 7-9 p.m. The East Texas Pokémon Go Facebook page has over 200 members.
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Monitor Staff Reports
HENDERSON COUNTY–Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigator Kay Langford arrested Jose Rico-Gama for possession of suspected methamphetamines on Thursday July 14.
The search warrant was issued by Judge Randy Daniel.
A team of Henderson County deputies and Athens Police detectives descended on the home.
Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse, Major Bryan Tower, Lt. David Faught, Investigator Kay Langford, Investigator Brad Beddingfield, Josh Rickman, Billy Valentine, Wick Gabbard, Jeromy Rose, Robert Powers, Jessica Halbert and Deputy Elsa Morris were on scene for the County.
Athens Police Detectives James Bonnette and Adam Parkins assisted with the investigation.
All officers executed the search warrant at a residence on Laird Lane in Athens and located suspected methamphetamine inside the residence.
Rico-Gama was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine. Several other individuals were in the home.
Suspect Jonna Heifner was there and was arrested for outstanding warrants.
“We are working hard getting drug dealers and users off the streets,” Hillhouse said. “My staff is doing an excellent job and working with other agencies to accomplish our goals.”