Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 14, 2014

Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Several reports of missing concrete benches from a local cemetery were reported to Mabank police earlier this month.
Police Chief Kyle McAfee says Lt. Keith Bradshaw located the missing benches at a flea market in the Eustace area Aug. 2.
No arrests have been made in the case and the benches are being returned.
In another incident, more than $1,000 worth of stolen merchandise from the Kaufman Walmart was recovered by Mabank police officers.
They responded to a criminal mischief report of a car gunning its engine and tearing up a newly repaved area at Easley and Adair streets.
Following a short chase ending in Harbor Point, officers noticed electronic equipment with the store security tags still in place inside the vehicle. Calls to area Walmart stores, verified that the two men were caught on video carrying out the electronics without paying for them.
Gun Barrel City residents Michael Jessup and Zach Childers, in their early 20s, were jailed in Gun Barrel City and transferred to the Kaufman Police Department for theft charges.
Mabank police filed a criminal mischief violation and the electronics were returned to the retailer.
The men were subsequently processed through the Kaufman Law Enforcement Center.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 10, 2014

Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–A Henderson County Humane Society spokeswoman told commissioners during a budget workshop Tuesday that the shelter will have exhausted its emergency fund by the end of the year and face closure, the Athens Daily Review reported.
The dire circumstances of the shelter’s finances became apparent in 2013, longtime shelter official Norma Lambert said. In 2013, it cost $247,000 for the shelter to operate and take in 4,593 animals she said, 1,500 of which came from the City of Athens. The majority of the animals came in from the non-incorporated areas of the county, she added.
The City of Athens provided the lion’s share of the resources in 2013 with $92,000. Fundraisers helped close the gap. The shelter began receiving $39,000 annually from the county in 2007.
Lambert said the shelter is willing to supply half the cost of operations, leaving the City of Athens and the county each providing $62,000.
If the shelter doesn’t get additional funding, Lambert said, it will be forced to close when the current contracts expire at the end of the year. When that happens, the county and cities will have to make other arrangements. “It’s not something you can go into easily or cheaply,” Lambert said. Smaller entities like Brownsboro are charged per animal brought to the shelter.
One way the rising expense could decrease is for the public to take responsibility for their own animals. Lambert said individual owners must spay and neuter their pets.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 7, 2014

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell Site of a homicide investigation in Henderson County – 7050 Porthville Dr.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Site of a homicide investigation in Henderson County – 7050 Porthville Dr.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

ATHENS–A Henderson County man has been charged with the death of his live-in girlfriend, after reporting her death on Saturday.
Clyde Jason Tennison reported finding Deborah Denise Allen, 47, dead inside his residence shortly before 4:30 a.m. when deputies responded to his address south of Payne Springs.
The 50-year-old man lives at 7050 Porthville Drive, which comes off of State Highway 198 just north of the Caney City Bridge.
Investigators learned that the deceased woman was in a relationship with Tennison and lived there with him.
Tennison suggested to investigators that Allen’s death was a suicide, according to a press release.
Justice of the Peace Tommy Barnett was called to the scene for an inquest.
During the investigation evidence seemed inconsistent with a suicide.
Allen’s body was sent to the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Science.
Preliminary autopsy results find that Allen suffered a blunt force trauma, lacerations and stab wounds to her face and neck that didn’t fit a suicide explanation.
Search warrants for the residence, Tennison’s vehicle and Tennison himself were executed that same day.
Subsequently, Tennison was charged with murder and a $1,000,000 bond set. He is being held in the Henderson County Jail.