Oct

23

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 23, 2014

Courtesy Photos/A.J. Kirksey About 30 of the old propane storage tanks sitting out on a property fronting State Highway 274 in Seven Points were tampered with Monday in an apparent attempt to empty them and remove their regulators for scrap. INSET: The regulator weighs slightly less than a pound and would bring in about $1.20 as scrap. The stunt could have blown up this corner of the county Fire Chief A. J. Kirksey said.

Courtesy Photos/A.J. Kirksey
About 30 of the old propane storage tanks sitting out on a property fronting State Highway 274 in Seven Points were tampered with Monday in an apparent attempt to empty them and remove their regulators for scrap. INSET: The regulator weighs slightly less than a pound and would bring in about $1.20 as scrap. The stunt could have blown up this corner of the county Fire Chief A. J. Kirksey said.

Vandals open valves on discarded gas tanks

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

SEVEN POINTS–Would-be brass thieves nearly blew the northwest corner of Henderson County off the map Oct. 13.
Seven Points Fire Chief A.J. Kirksey told The Monitor how a call reporting a strong smell of propane on State Highway 274 first alerted him to the danger.
“We received a call right around dark,” Kirksey said. “When we arrived at the scene the smell was overwhelming. There was no time to evacuate.”
He said “someone had cracked open the gas valves on about 30 tanks” of various sizes at the 121 Seven Points Blvd address, where dozens of old tanks are stored.. He estimates there were a total of 12,000 to 18,000 gallons of gas stored in those tanks.
He and his volunteers carefully went from tank to tank closing the valves, being careful not to draw a spark.
Once every valve was tightened and the wind had carried the expelled gas away, he was able to contact a Ferrellgas office in Texarkana.
The firm sent out technicians from Wills Point to inspect the tanks for leaks, Kirksey said.
Calls to an executive with the firm on Tuesday discovered that the firm is still trying to decide what to do with the property.
Gun Barrel City Fire Rescue also came out Monday with a gas leak detection device to make sure the gas was contained.
Further inspection of the property showed the back fence had been cut.
Kirksey speculates vandals/burglars opened the tanks and planned to return to remove the brass regulators for scrap.
“They put us all in danger for a few bucks,” Kirksey said. Brass is going for $1.20 per pound. The regulators weigh less than a pound.
He also reported the incident to the Railroad Commission.
“I thought those tanks were empty,” Kirksey said. “They’re not supposed to be there. Had they been ignited the whole point of Henderson County wouldn’t be there anymore.”
“I’ve been trying for 13 years to get something done (about that storage yard). We (the fire department) are called out there at least once a summer,” he said.

Oct

09

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 9, 2014

Monitor Photos/Susan Harrison A T-bone collision on Third Street Oct. 3 sends a young woman to the hospital with multiple injuries. Police seek the driver of the red truck, who fled the scene on foot.

Monitor Photos/Susan Harrison
A T-bone collision on Third Street Oct. 3 sends a young woman to the hospital with multiple injuries. Police seek the driver of the red truck, who fled the scene on foot.


By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–Police are seeking the driver of a northbound red 1994 Chevy pickup on Third Street after it crashed into a passenger car having failed to come to a stop at the traffic signal at the intersection with Andrew Street Friday.
The driver fled the scene in front of Goodwill on foot around 4:30 p.m.
The 23-year-old woman driver of a 2007 Chevy Malibu was transported by ambulance to Athens and then to Tyler after her westbound vehicle was T-boned on the driver’s side.
She suffered multiple injuries and underwent at least one surgery. She is still hospitalized in Tyler.
The driver of the truck attempted to stop too late at the red light, Police Chief Keith Bradshaw said. He fled the scene, leaving behind his driver’s license. Police are seeking him, but are witholding his identity.
Earlier on Friday, another collision on Third Street in Mabank snarled traffic and kept police officers busy.
In the morning during school traffic congestion, a female high school student was northbound and making a left turn onto Mason Street from Third on her way to school.
She was struck by a small pickup truck. Her passenger and the driver of the truck were both transported by ambulances to nearby hospitals.
“Both vehicles were moving through the intersection on a yellow light,” Bradshaw said. “The student driver failed to yield the right of way.” Her name was not released.

Oct

05

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 5, 2014

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–Mabank Police Chief Keith Bradshaw said his department received a positive identification on the body of a deceased man found by his men Sept. 18 in the middle of a field between the city park’s southern baseball fields and the shopping complex containing Goodwill and the Dollar General Store.
It is the body of Louis Prince, 45, a Mabank resident.
Bradshaw said no foul play is suspected at this time. Prince was filed as a missing person Sept. 9, Bradshaw said and had been missing since Sept. 6.
Bradshaw was notified of the positive identification Sept. 22, he said.
“At this time, no cause of death has been named,” he said. Toxicology reports are still pending.