Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 22, 2014

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN–Scurry resident Nathan Chance Neighbors, 30, was arrested Sunday and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
He is being held in the Kaufman County jail on a $25,000 bond.
According to an unidentified source, Neighbors carried his still sleeping girlfriend out to the pool of the rental house they shared and threw her in and then proceeded to hit her with pool cleaning equipment and dump pool chemicals on her, threatening her life.
When he went back into the house, the victim escaped to a nearby house and called the police.
The victim was transported by ambulance to Presbyterian Hospital in Kaufman and was treated and released.
Deputies opened an investigation and a felony charge against Neighbors resulted.
A public information request has been submitted to the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office to verify the information in this report.



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.