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ATHENS– A Log Cabin man, suspected of murdering his wife, has been indicted.
Daniel Joseph Scott, 28, was indicted for the murder of Alicia Scott, 29, who was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound Dec. 28, 2016.
Formerly Alicia Weaver, she was a graduate of Kemp High School.
The accused is being held on a $3,500,000 bond. He is one of 43 indicted by the Henderson County Grand Jury Feb. 17 including 14 cases are indicted under seal.
Others indicted by the grand jury include:
• Aaron Sean Short, 28, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
• Temple Andrew Gough, SR, 43, indicted for Injury to a Child
• Arthur Edward Carpenter, 62, indicted for Aggravated Sexual Assault
• Khomenique Latoia Thompson, 37, indicted for Assault
• Shyanna Josey, 22, indicted for Prohibited Substance in Correctional Facility
• Russell Glen Levescy, 57, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
• Cody Glenn Sims, 18, indicted for Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle
• James Donelle Cumby, 33, indicted for Failure to Comply with Registration Requirements
• Clinton Keith Holmes, 50, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
• Brad Lee McCarty, 30, indicted for Burglary
• Bobby Don Jackson, 24, indicted for Manufacture or Delivery of Substance in Penalty Group One
• Jason Charles Rhea, 40, indicted for Failure to Comply with Registration Requirements
• Lisa Michelle Goodwin, 32, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
• John Grig Kincheloe, JR, 58, indicted for Manufacture or Delivery of Substance in Penalty Group One,
• Debra Sue Kincheloe, 54, indicted for Manufacture or Delivery of Substance in Penalty Group One,
• Austin Gustavo Mendoza, 26, indicted for Evading Arrest or Detention,
• Gentry Jomal Canady, 25, indicted for Theft ,
• Justin William Deans, 36, indicted for Driving While Intoxicated,
• Ashley Michelle Kleinmann, 46, indicted for Bail Jumping and Failure to Appear,
• Troy Allen Alldredge, 46, indicted for Assault,
• Craig Steven Richardson, 43, indicted for Injury to Disabled Individual,
• Nicholas Francis Landi, JR, 25 indicted for Aggravated Assault
• Amanda Gail Morgan, 35, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance,
• Paul Alton Ely, JR, 49, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance,
• Joseph Adam Parrott, 33, indicted for Unlawful Possession of Firearm,
• George Ramon Perez, 34, indicted for Unlawful Possession of Firearm,
• Traunjanique Chantel Rose, 19, indicted for Prohibited Substance in Correctional Facility
• John Edwin Mitchell, 28, indicted for Manufacture or Delivery of Substance in Penalty Group One,
• Charles Thomas Lastowski, JR, 34, indicted for Manufacture or Delivery of Substance in Penalty Group One,
• Raymond Leo Clary III, 47, indicted for Assault,
• Corey Vance Johnson, 24, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance,
• Michael Edward Sargent, 24, indicted for Assault,
• James Randolph Sockwell, II, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance,
• Silvia Maryann Morris, 32, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
• Benny Wayne Whatley, 42, indicted for Evading Arrest or Detention,
• Randall Gene Looney, 23, indicted for Aggravated Perjury,
• Kerry Wayne Clark, 55, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance,
• Randy William Allen, 47, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance,
• Richard Dean Garner, 22, indicted for Burglary,
• Robert Kenneth Chapman, 35, indicted for Evading Arrest or Detention and Manufacture or Delivery of Substance in Penalty Group One,
• Dylan Thomas Hoggett, 19, indicted for Prohibited Substance in Correctional Facility,
• Thomas Dalbert Hamilton, indicted for Aggravated Assault and Unlawful Possession of Firearm.
Posted by : February 24, 2017| On :
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Posted by : February 15, 2017| On :
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
STAR HARBOR–The Star Harbor City Council agreed to file for a grievance hearing with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) through its attorney over new sewer rates the City of Malakoff is charging under new contract terms.
Star Harbor has been adamant in its rejection of the new contract and is developing plans to construct its own wastewater treatment plant. A committee formed for this purpose gave its report to the council on Monday. The council named Wasteline Engineering Inc. out of Aledo to be its design firm.
The January bill to Star Harbor has gone from $3,400 a month to $15,485. In addition, the council has agreed to continue to pay the City of Malakoff the customary amount and bank the rest in an escrow account. Councilman Duane Smith opposed the move.
One of the residents, who is a lawyer, pointed out that if Star Harbor pays the increased amount it could be construed as acceptance of the new contract.
Council member Warren Claxton told the council that under Chapter 13 of the Texas Water Code (TWC), the city could appeal to the PUC on the grounds the new rate is unfair, unreasonable and discriminatory. Claxton pointed out that it discriminates because Star Harbor’s rate doesn’t consider the community provides its own maintenance of sewer lines, reducing (I & I) water inflow (from storm water) and infiltration (from ground water). Thus, it is not being treated equally with other customers outside the city limits. Star Harbor charges each of its taps an additional $15 a month to maintain the lines.
“It’s unfair, too,” Claxton said pointing out the increase from $10.43 per sewer tap for first 1,000 gallons to base rate of $47.50 represents a 355.4 percent increase. The next 1,000-gallon increment costs $14.04. Extrapolated out to three and four thousand gallons a month demonstrated a 624 percent increase from $10.43 to $75.58 for 3,000 gallons; and a 759 percent increase from $10.43 to $89.53 for 4,000 gallons of wastewater. “Surely, they haven’t been taking our $10.43 a month per tap fee for the last two years at a loss?” queried city treasurer Don Ellis.
“At those rates, just over two years we would have enough to build our own sewer plant,” Councilman O.R. Perdue said.
Star Harbor produces its own water for residents. It sends a quarterly report to the City of Malakoff reporting the amount of water delivered to residents in Star Harbor, some of which have septic tanks. From this data, the city formulates the charge, divided among 326 taps comes to $10.43 a month for the past two years, or $3,400 to the city, plus a 1 percent administrative service charge.
“It’s incumbent upon Malakoff to come back to justify this rate increase,” Claxton said. Council members repeatedly wanted to know what it costs Malakoff to process a thousand gallons of wastewater. They also agreed the city was entitled to make a reasonable profit. After a lengthy discussion, the council approved the sending of a letter to the City of Malakoff, demanding it justify the new rate and be willing to negotiate with the City of Star Harbor on a new contract.
However, Star Harbor residents say there is a 10-year history of attempts to negotiate a new wastewater treatment contract before the former 30-year contract ran out without success. “In fact, Malakoff did not even present us with their original ‘new contract’ proposal until several months after the old contract expired,” Mayor Dr. Walter Bingham wrote in a letter sent to all residents. “Most recently, we have had our attorney directly involved in the negotiating attempt but Malakoff has rebuffed any counter proposal we have made other than an out clause after a 10-year lock and has notified us that the new rate will be used as the calculation of our sewage bill beginning Jan. 1, contract or no contract.”
In related business, the council approved the hire of four laborers to complete smoke testing on sewer connections with 192 homes to locate areas of I&I, so these can be corrected. “Last month, we tallied nearly 21,000 gallons of rain water we sent to the wastewater plant,” utility/golf maintenance director Tommy Posey said.
Resident Selwyn Wilson pointed out that Star Harbor residents need to continue the relationship they have had with the businesses and people of Malakoff. “We use the same grocery stores, banks, insurance professionals; I’m sure the citizens of Malakoff don’t know this is going on. We want to continue a cooperative relationship. We’re just asking for information.”
Posted by : February 10, 2017| On :
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Fire crews closed down U.S. Highway 175 in Eustace Tuesday for an hour and a half in order to run water hoses from one side of the street to the other. A structure fire across from the gas station complex near Hamrick’s Tree Service was reported around 1: 13 p.m. Moderate windy conditions and plentiful fuel from chopped wood caused the fire to spread quickly.
A neighboring Dollar General store was evacuated. Payne Springs Fire Rescue, Gun Barrel City Fire Department and North 19 Station arrived to assist in putting out the blaze.
The burned structure is thought to have been the location of a business selling used furniture. No injuries were reported.
The Eustace Fire Department arrived with a brush truck and concentrated on stopping the grass fire from engulfing a second structure on the property.
“We had to stop the grass fire from engulfing the small house first, and then proceed to tackle the burning metal building,” Eustace firefighter Tim Meyer said. “More fire vehicles and firefighters arrived and the battle began to stop the fire from destroying the Hamrick Tree Service’s building and prevent its spread to a nearby grassy area.”
Firefighters stretched more than 1,500 feet of five-inch hose from the closest fire hydrant located at the Sonic restaurant across the highway. It is alleged that a resident set a sofa and a chair on fire, an assistant fire marshal said.
Eustace firefighters returned the following morning around 4:15 a.m. to address smoldering patches of debris.