Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 2, 2015

Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–A Mabank man turned himself in Wednesday morning to police in Kemp following a two-hour manhunt Tuesday night.
Kemp Police Chief Robert Walker told The Monitor two of his officers on duty that night participated in the manhunt.
Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office Captain Fred Klingelberger said deputies were called to the Walmart Neighborhood Market on State Highway 274 in Kemp at about 7:20 p.m. with a report of a man breaking into several vehicles in the parking lot.
The man fled the scene on foot towards County Roads 4031 and 4061. Officers, a K-9 unit, and a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter searched for approximately two hours before calling off the manhunt at approximately 9:35 p.m. without success, locating the suspect. Klingelberger said several area residents called police and reported a man, matching the description of the suspect, had knocked on their doors asking for help.
Tuesday night, Klingelberger said the suspect had been identified and police would follow up with a warrant. On Wednesday morning, 29-year-old Lesimule Kashien Oliver of Mabank turned himself into the Kemp Police Department and was charged with burglary of a motor vehicle, a Class A misdemeanor and was transported to the Kaufman County Jail.
He is being held with a $5,000 bond.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 30, 2015

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By Bill Goheen
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–On May 23, East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District (ECCFWSD) General Manager Bill Goheen attended the initial FEMA/Texas Department of Emergency Management meeting. Gun Barrel City and Payne Springs, who receive water and sewer service from ECCFWSD, were also present. The preliminary meeting with affected communities and Public Non-Profit Entities introduced the application process for FEMA Funding under the Disaster Relief Act. The proclamation was enacted to assist the many counties in Texas due to the massive flooding and wind damages that occurred in May and June of 2015.
It was explained that if damages have occurred and recovery is urgent, repairs should be expedited with valid documentation and the expense incurred will be reimbursed under the program, if the application is approved. Under the FEMA Disaster Relief Program (matching) Grant, 75 percent would be reimbursed.
Water and sewer lines were impacted by flooding and massive erosion that exposed the lines that cross the waterway located in the 300 block of Long Leaf in the Tamarack Subdivision, where storm water runs east into Cedar Creek Lake.
The water main was also exposed. A temporary repair was made to restore water service. The integrity was still in jeopardy long-term, so the District hired Triple A Contractor to relocate the water main per District Engineer recommendations.
The new water main is two feet below the waterway bed. The expense to date for the disaster recovery is $13,500 with a cost yet to be expensed for applying rip-rap along the improved banks of the affected water and sewer easement and approximately 30-feet upstream and 30-feet downstream of the District’s easement area. We appreciated the property owners understanding and patience while we improved integrity for water and sewer service in their area. Accompanying this article are before and after photos of the project.
I would like to respond to the Letter to the Editor by Dee Watkins published in the Sunday July 26, 2015 edition of The Monitor. ECCFWSD staff does not swear at the public. If conflict does occur, staff is instructed to contact the immediate supervisor to respond/handle the situation and if necessary, contact the General Manager or call 9-1-1.
Under the editor’s note, I was quoted as stating that ECCFWSD will make good the damages to Dee Watkin’s barrier. That is true. However, the costliness of the repairs was said not in relationship to replacing Watkin’s barrier, but rather to the cost of relocating the water main, dirt work and rip rap required to restore integrity to the water and sewer lines.
This additional dirt work will benefit Dee Watkins and the neighbors on the north side of the waterway in lessening the risk of further erosion.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 7, 2015

Monitor Staff Reports
SEVEN POINTS–As of Tuesday, law enforcement was still looking for a suspect who led police on a car chase June 22, starting in Seven Points.
The driver of a beige 1982 Chevrolet pickup took off after being pulled over by Seven Points police officers for a traffic violation.
According to a press release, the suspect vehicle maintained a high speed chase through Seven Points and Gun Barrel City on State Highway 334 beginning at around 10 a.m., wrecklessly crossing the single-lane bridges while other traffic was enroute.
Officers follwed the vehicle into the Bonita Point Addition, located in Gun Barrel City, where the suspect exited the vehicle on foot, while leaving the truck in gear, allowing it to crash into private property.
The suspect jumped over several fences and ran into a nearby wooded area, whereby he was able to elude police.
Eustace Police Chief Jason Perrini and Gun Barrel City officer Melanie Bird, as well as several other officers and deputies joined the search but were unable to locate the subject.
The incident remains under investigation.