Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : May 14, 2015

police takedown

Monitor Photo/Erik Walsh
Mabank police investigator Michael Main subdues suspect Sean Purhoff as he attempts to flee the Groom & Sons’ Hardware Store parking lot Wednesday. Officer Daniel Wiser (back) keeps an eye on an off camera suspect.

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The Mabank police tracked down a local man believed to be on a crime spree in the Cedar Creek Lake area and apprehended him as he attempted to flee the scene on foot May 13.

According to Mabank Police Chief Keith Bradshaw, officer Daniel Wiser spotted a white Buick Rendezvous with bumper damage on South Third Street in Mabank that matched video surveillance in an attempted burglary and vandalization outside the M&M Exxon on 175 the previous day. Wiser turned around and followed the Rendezvous as it entered the Groom & Sons’ Hardware Store parking lot.

The vehicle also matched a description of a getaway car spotted after a man stole beer from the Gold Buckle convenience store on 198 north of Mabank the previous day.

Investigator Michael Main and officer Mathew Ewaskiw arrived at the scene just a minute later. Officers approached the vehicle and identified the female driver, Shalon Robertson, 33, and the front passenger, Sean Puroff, also 33. Bradshaw reported that Puroff was evasive answering questions and presented a false name to the officers.

Shortly after, Puroff climbed over his seat and ran out the back driver’s side door, darting away from officers saying “I’m scared,” multiple times before getting handcuffed.

According to reports, Purhoff was released just seven months ago from prison and was on federal parole.
Purhoff was arrested for fraud use/possession of identifying info, credit card or debit card abuse, fugitive failure to identify, evading arrest, an additional arrest evading charge from Dallas, and assault bodily injury family violence.

Robertson was arrested for fraud/possession of identifying information and hindering apprehension of a known felon.

A second unidentified male was detained and questioned by police, then released without charge.
Purhoff and Robertson were booked into Henderson County jail, where they remain on $23,000 and $11,000 bonds, respectively.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : May 3, 2015


Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Police take down names of Malakoff ISD junior high and high school students riding on a school bus that turned over on State Highway 274 Thursday. According to the school superintendent five students were transported by ambulance to an area hospital as a precautionary measure and that no life-threatening injuries were incurred. He added that a full investigation into the incident is underway.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
TRINIDAD–Students from Tool and Trinidad got more than they bargained for on their way to school Thursday morning. Their bus swerved from one side of the road to the other turning over on its side, along State Highway 274 near the Key Ranch Road’s southern access.
Five bus riders were transported by ambulance to ETMC-Athens with non-life-threatening injuries. So was the Malakoff ISD bus driver, who has been suspended, pending an investigation.
Schools superintendent Randy Perry said the five students were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure and that a full scale investigation is underway.
Perry said some of the students were allowed to leave with their parents. The rest of the students were picked up and bused to the middle school and high school. The principals from those schools met with students’ families at the hospital.
The Department of Public Safety reports that bus No. 59 was traveling southbound on SH 274 when it went off the roadway onto the soft dirt shoulder. The driver got back on the pavement but seemed to overcorrect sending the bus to cross to the other side of the roadway where it turned over onto its side.
News spread quickly with parents and other relatives who were able converging on the site. Other traffic was turned around, as the road through was blocked for several hours following the wreck. No other vehicles were involved and the weather was fair and clear.
Last year, narrow paved shoulders were added to the roadway in that area to aid in vehicle turnarounds, pedestrians, bicycles and collision avoidance.



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


Monitor Staff Reports
SEVEN POINTS–A large fire sprouted from the longtime warehouse once owned by the Mabank ISD and used for storage.
Since then, it has passed into several hands, no one business staying open for very long at that location at the beginning of Pritchett Lane, close to the main thoroughfare along State Highway 334.
Most recently, it was advertised as the Spotlight Seven Event Center. One of several spectators gathered to watch the action, commented that she had held her wedding reception in the building.
The Monitor has gathered unconfirmed reports that the building was undergoing renovations under the newest owner and that a workman or small group of workers had been in the building earlier Sunday, April 26. However, the building was secured several hours before smoke and flames were seen erupting from its innards around 6 p.m.
Due to its large size, the Payne Springs Fire Rescue responded with its ladder truck and several pumper trucks. Gun Barrel City, Trinidad and Tool also responded to assist Seven Points in fighting the blaze inside the cavernous building with more than 15,000 square feet.
Locals recall that back in the ’70s, the building was regarded as the “largest honky tonk in East Texas,” welcoming the great country western performers of the day under the auspices of The Western Club.
Twelve hoses, six pumper trucks and two fire hydrants were employed in the battle, as scores of spectators watched from nearby locations.
Seven Points Fire Chief A.J. Kirksey reported three young firefighters were taken to the emergency room having been overwhelmed by heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation. They were treated and released.
A cause for the blaze is under investigation by the fire marshal and insurance company.
Kirksey said the fire was fought on all sides, allowing no firefighter to enter the building for fear of roof collapse.” It was a very hot fire,” he said with a furniture in the back and foam insulation attributed for a lot of the smoke.
Explosions heard earlier were attributed to buckets of paint and paint thinner, as well as compressed tanks from a hot water heater. Amazingly a tank on a forklift inside the building and another oxygen tank used as part of a torch rig did not explode, Kirksey reported.
The site was cleared at around 11 p.m. he said, with another hour used to roll up hoses.
“It cost a lot to fight this very dangerous fire,” Kirksey said. “Everyone should support their local firefighters (with donations).”