Feb

08

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 8, 2017

Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Gun Barrel City Police Chief Damon Boswell reports the apprehension of a suspected burglar on Friday, Feb. 3. Two officers were dispatched to Sunshine Auto Parts around 3:44 a.m. A security system at Sunshine Auto, located at 355 S. Gun Barrel Lane, reported the suspicious activity to police.
After a lengthy foot chase, officers caught and arrested Mitchell Morgan, 35, of Eustace. He has been charged with burglary of a motor vehicle, evading arrest, failure to identify/fugitive from justice, probation violation warrant and possession of controlled substance less than one gram (.57 gram).
He is being held in the Henderson County Jail on bonds totaling $43,500.
Chief Boswell reports that when his officers arrived on scene they located a male subject inside the back fenced area and observed him burglarizing two vehicles. The officers waited on the outside of the fenced area, as they watched the subject gather several bags of property from the vehicles and approach the fence. They watched as the suspect climbed the fence and crossed the razor wire – all without being aware of the officers’ presence.
Once outside the premises with the goods from the vehicles, the officers commanded the suspect to stop. The subject resisted the officers command and was subsequently sprayed with pepper spray. However, he managed to break away and run. Several more commands to stop were given and ignored, Boswell said. When the man was finally taken into custody, officers found on his person a glass pipe, used in the smoking of meth and a small quantity of the controlled substance in his pocket.
An investigation, which was also resisted with false identification information, verified him to be Morgan. He was found to have an outstanding probation violation warrant.
Officers transported him first to the hospital for treatment and then for processing at the Gun Barrel City Jail. He was later transferred to the county jail.

Feb

08

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 8, 2017

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Power was out part of Monday in Gun Barrel City, Mabank, affecting some 2,200 customers; a line cut disrupted phone and internet services on the west side and a crack in a water line in Kemp disrupted water service to those living on Tolosa Road.
According to Oncor Area Manager Tom Trimble, a breakdown in a power feeder unit caused it to go down. Customers were without power from 10 a.m. until nearly 1 p.m. He suspects a lightning strike in the recent past may have weakened some component in the unit, causing the breakdown. These were then replaced.
At the Mabank High School and other Mabank locations, people noticed a power restoration only to be terminated moments later. This phenomenon was repeated during the power disruption as crews sought to isolate the specific location of the problem, Trimble explained to The Monitor.
Another smaller power outage affected around 80 customers in Seven Points under the Trinity Valley Electric Co-Op. Power was quickly restored there, he said.
Phone and internet services and some cell service was disrupted Monday when an underground cable was inadvertently cut in Malakoff Monday. The repairs that followed resulted in some lines being crossed, according to The Library at Cedar Creek Lake staffers. Neither Malakoff City Hall nor Malakoff ISD seems to have been affected by the severed line. However, it did sever an internet connection between Malakoff ISD and Region 7 center, who called in the service call to Centurylink.
A prerecorded message from Centurylink said that a “switching problem” was affecting service in the area.
Kemp Public Works Director Luis Valentin said a major water leak was detected by 10 a.m. Monday morning, however; rather than disrupt the school day, repairs were affected between 4:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Valentin said a crack had developed in a six-inch cast iron line at a bell joint, which required the water shutoff and a draining of the line before a new joint could be installed using modern materials. As a result, after school tutorials were suspended at the junior high school.

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Feb

03

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 3, 2017

Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District’s Board of Directors recently authorized their attorney to mediate a repayment schedule with the City of Kemp for expenses the utility racked up to establish water service for the residents of Kemp. Both the utility and the city have voiced their desire to “back out” of their arrangement – an arrangement that was to be a long-term solution to Kemp’s need for continuous water service. Its own aged-out water plant has been deemed not up to the task.
However, the Kemp mayor says the agreement it has with the utility doesn’t have a payment component.
“The original agreement — the only agreement that exists — has no provision stipulating that we will pay them for anything,” Mayor Laura Hanna Peace stated to David Webb of Cedar Creek Lake.com. “We have never seen an invoice, bill or documentation from them, so I have no idea what they think we owe or on what they are basing their statements.”
WCCMUD constructed a pipeline, partly funded by a $350,000 USDA matching grant to Kemp (match of $230,000), but the water quit flowing in late December. A billing office established in Kemp by the utility also sits idle. The disruption in water service followed public statements WCCMUD and Kemp officials made revealing problems with the water service agreement.
Peace said that after WCCMUD General Manager Ciardo said in a board meeting that the district pull out of the agreement and only sell water to Kemp; city officials became concerned about protecting the city’s water supply.
The city has been producing water from its own plant since being cut off, and has entered into an agreement with the City of Mabank to purchase from the neighboring town if water supplies run short in the future.
Peace said Ciardo told Kemp officials the utility would cut off water on Dec. 21 unless they agreed to discuss repayment of an unspecified sum of money. Peace said WCCMUD officials called Kemp’s water plant operator at 1 p.m. on Dec. 20 and ordered the water valve shut down.
On Jan. 23, the most recent WCCMUD board meeting, Ciardo told his board the water was not cut off until Dec. 21, as reported to The Monitor by city administrator Regina Kiser.
WCCMUD officials now refer all questions from the media to their attorney, Chad C. Rook, who has said in the past he would have no comment on negotiations with Kemp officials.