Jul

20

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

Jose Manuel Rico-Gama
Jonna Lenice Heifner
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.”

Jul

20

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

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
ATHENS– Kris Baumann has announced his resignation as head men’s basketball coach/associate athletic director at Trinity Valley Community College. Baumann has accepted a position as assistant coach on the men’s basketball staff at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).
“I’ve been coaching 17 years in junior college basketball and Trinity Valley is by far the best job I’ve ever had,” Baumann said. “It’s difficult to leave a place this special. “What sets this place apart from others is the people who work at the college, our fan base and the community. It truly is a special place.”
Baumann leaves after a four-year tenure at TVCC in which the Cardinals posted a 110-26 record. Baumann, owner of a 280-146 career record, guided the Cardinals to the national tournament in each of his last three seasons, claiming their first Region XIV championship since 1999 this past season.
In addition to claiming the regional title in the 2015-16 season, the Cardinals were an unprecedented 19-0 in conference play and were ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA the second half of the season. The Cardinals, who own a 33-game conference winning streak, also matched a school record for wins in a season, going 33-2.
During Baumann’s tenure, the Cardinals reached the Elite 8 in 2015 and the Sweet 16 in 2014 and 2016. The Cardinals were the No. 1 seed at the tournament this past season.
Prior to his arrival at TVCC in the summer of 2012, Baumann spent six seasons at Garden City Community College in Kansas. He was 120-75 at Garden City, where his 2009 squad advanced to the national tournament and finished sixth.
He also served three years as head coach at Lamar Community College and stints as an assistant coach at Chipola Junior College and Tallahassee Community College.
Baumann attended and played at the University of Idaho, where he became one of the top three-point shooters in school history. He was voted team captain both his junior and senior seasons and received the prestigious Ronald White Award.
He received his bachelor’s degree in general studies from the University of Idaho and Masters of Administration and sports management from Columbia Southern University.
UTEP is under the leadership of head coach Tim Floyd who will be entering his seventh season with the team. UTEP finished with a 19-14 record last season and was 10-8 in conference play. They finished sixth in Conference-USA.
Baumann’s junior college signees went on to play at Auburn (Archie Miaway), Charlotte (JC Washington), Cincinnati (Kareem Johnson and Octavius Ellis), East Carolina (Corey Farmer and Clarence Williams), Fresno State (Quinton Hosley), Gonzaga (Abdullahi Kuso), Iowa State (Jhaustin Thomas), Kansas State (Janerio Spurlock), Louisiana Tech (Marcelle Davis, Lavelle Felton and Michael Wilder), Memphis (Geron Johnson), Middle Tennessee (Trevor Ottley), New Mexico State (Supo Jegede), North Texas (Richard Thomas), Purdue (Jon Octeus), Stephen F. Austin (Leon Gilmore), Texas A&M (LaKeith Blanks), UAB (Will Campbell), UCF (Lavelle Payne) and Wyoming (Thomas Manzano), among numerous Division I schools.

Jul

15

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 15, 2016

WalkerMorris

The Monitor Staff Reports
HENDERSON COUNTY–The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office is putting more suspected drug offenders in jail.
Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said his office arrested two more suspects on drug charges June 14.
Jerry Wayne Morris was arrested July 14 in Cherokee Shores after a traffic stop was conducted and he was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamines.
On July 13, Investigator Kay Langford and Investigator Brad Beddingfield arrested Tommy Joe Walker on Hwy 31 West in Athens. He too was charged with possession of suspected methamphetamines.
“We’ve conducted house raids in the middle of the night, day-long stake outs, stops by the roadside, and all that is leading to arrests in the campaign against illegal drugs,” Hillhouse said.
Since taking office at the beginning of June, 20 drug users or dealers have been arrested.
“And it will not stop until those folks realize they need to take their illegal business elsewhere,” he said. “Because the simple fact is I will not tolerate illegal drugs in any amount, large or small, in my county.”