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

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.

Feb

03

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

Mabank police cars converge on the Tractor Supply parking lot Wednesday morning to answer a disturbance call at 8:03 a.m. in which a man and a woman were fighting and were arrested.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Police arrested a man and a woman in the parking lot of the Tractor Supply on Third Street in Mabank Wednesday morning after reports of “erratic driving” in the southbound lanes by a late 90s model white F-150 Ford truck the pair were in.
Mabank Police Chief Keith Bradshaw reports the arrest of truck driver Layci Browning Plata and her passenger, Jamie Allen, both estimated to be in the early-30s. The strong police presence was due to a gun being reportedly part of the fight, Bradshaw said. However, when police arrived, the male subject is thought to have tossed the pistol under the truck.
“We’re pretty sure he was using it to force his argument,” Bradshaw told The Monitor, but the woman denied she had been threatened. “She’s not cooperating,” Bradshaw added.
The pair were in possession of drug paraphernalia, which looked to have been used recently, and were charged with disorderly conduct, Bradshaw said. Allen was also charged with the unlawful carrying of a weapon. As the investigation progressed, police located checks in the vehicle that traced back to a burglary in Kaufman County, so another charge of fraudulent use of identifying information was added to the list of charges.
The chief said the pair didn’t have an exact residential address but were thought to have been hanging out in the Seven Points area.
The two are being held on bonds totaling $7,500 each, at the Henderson County Jail.