Apr

07

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 7, 2017

Family Peace Project Director Mary Farmer tells why it’s so hard for victims of family violence to leave.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Members of the Henderson County Republicans learned pet adoption rate at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is up 80 percent in March. “We have a new batch of puppies and kittens,” shelter manager Theressa Henderson said. The shelter received donations from its wish list from the club during its March 23 meeting at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant.
The meeting featured Mary Farmer, director of the Family Peace Project in Athens.
The reason for the uptick in pet adoptions is due to the number of events being run each month, Henderson said. “We’ve gone from two or three a month to 22 a month or more,” she said.
The shelter is hosting an adoption event in Edom Saturday-Sunday, April 8-9, with a pet parade and non-motorized float contest. “There will be lots of prizes. It should be very adorable,” she said. The shelter board, in conjunction with Friends of the Animals, is planning the Whiskers and Wags Gala, at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 29 at the Athens Country Club, she announced.
In club news, members:
• learned meeting dates are set for April 27, May 25 and June 22 with a 21-year-old speaker who graduated from the Patriot Academy, founded by former state representative Rick Green, The intensive leadership boot camp helps students develop leadership strategies, life purpose plans, media relation skills, public speaking, campaign techniques and a founding fathers’ philosophy of government. The Patriot Academy is the premier political leadership training in the nation, guiding young men and women to effectively lead the change in America! “It’s a call to action, a call to greatness, a call to keep the torch of freedom burning bright.”
Anyone interested in the electoral process is invited to attend.
Family Peace Project director Mary Farmer told her story of living under very strict rules laid down by an abusive husband from a religious family, whose legacy also included domestic violence.
“One in three families are affected by domestic violence,” she said.
Her life looked normal from the outside. She was a worship leader in her church, a bank teller in her profession, the mother of a 15-year-old daughter, but the façade fell away, once Sunday night when she opted for the drive through lane for an ice cream cone for her daughter, which put her 20 minutes late getting home.
He was waiting for her and the beating lasted all night. With a broken back, she and her daughter left that night (April 19, 2002) for a shelter, much like the one the Family Peace Project offers to women in her situation.
She and others like her are often asked: Why don’t you just leave? The answer is complicated, she said.
First you want to believe everything is going to be OK.
Second, how do you leave everything you know and go into hiding to stay safe. She and her daughter were hidden away for 30 days. No going back to school. No going back to retrieve precious mementos, photographs, crucial records and documents, clothes, jewelry, electronics.
She also had just 30 days to find employment doing something entirely different in a whole different town, where you know no one and no one knows you.
She was homeless even though her house was deeded to her and her husband from her relatives. She would no longer get to live there.
Thus far, she and the Family Peace Project have assisted 3,000 victims of domestic violence. Nationally three million to 10 million children will witness domestic violence and will become victims and abusers, unless something is done to break the cycle of abuse through education and help to start over.
“We help them start over,” she said. Most clients don’t need shelter; they need legal advocacy, protective orders, job skills, counseling, life skills, healing from rape, help with getting a divorce, Farmer said. She and her children need children’s programs, mentoring, parenting lessons, someone to walk with on the journey. “Volunteers with a heart are desperately needed,” she said.
“We need men who will model what it’s like to treat women with respect. I had never seen that in my entire life,” she said. “This doesn’t require money, it requires a heart.”
The Family Peace Project Office is located at 720 E. Corsicana in Athens and can be reached by calling (903) 677-9177. It also has an office in Terrell and has a satellite location in the Hillcrest Baptist church in Kemp by appointment. It is supported by private donations and the United Way.
Domestic violence and emotional abuse are behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control the other. Victims can be of any age, sex, race, culture, religion, education, employment or marital status. Anyone can be a victim; though most are women.
If you are being abused, remember: You are not alone. It is not your fault. And help is available.

Apr

07

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 7, 2017

Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–District Attorney Mark Hall reports the Henderson County Grand Jury for the January-June term 2017 returned the following indictments, not counting the three cases under seal. The grand jury returned 56 true bills March 24, including:
• Kevin Roy Carroll, 25, indicted for Assault,
• Jeremiah Jacob Vaughn, 19, indicted for Sexual Assault,
• Carlos Soto, 33, indicted for Sexual Assault and Assault,
• Steven Douglas Cross, 49, indicted for two counts of Aggravated Assault,
• Michael Charles Wainionpa, II, 34, indicted for two counts of Aggravated Assault, and Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon,
• Gregory Deshawn Schanfish, 40, indicted for two counts of Aggravated Assault,
• Da’Korian Dowell, 20, indicted for Burglary, Aggravated Assault, and Abandoning or Endangering a Child,
• David Earl Jackson, 35, indicted for Evading Arrest or Detention and Burglary,
• Raymond Doyle Gilbert, JR, 56, indicted for Aggravated Assault,
• Cody Lee Graham, 26, indicted for Assault,
• Jimmy Buck Holleman, 35, indicted for Aggravated Assault,
• Paul Ray Roden, 56, indicted for Assault,
• Randy Morris Stevenson, 47, indicted for Burglary,
• Robert Lynn Bradley, 53, indicted for Abandoning or Endangering a Child,
• Rhianon Leigh Juarez, 33, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance (PCS),
• Jerry Dean Blackwell, JR, 56, indicted for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI),
• Antonio Devon Lowe, 26, indicted for PCS,
• Eva Mildred Crutchfield, 35, indicted for Prohibited Substance in Correctional Facility,
• David Lee Stringer, 48, indicted for Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle (UUMV),
• Jody Ray McClure, 46, indicted for Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon and Possession of Prohibited Weapon,
• Jeffrey Michael Fox, 56, indicted for Theft of Firearm (nine),
• Earl Lee Albritton, 43, indicted for PCS,
• Tiffany Lynn Crawford Smith, 29, indicted for Possession of Marihuana,
• Marcus DeWayne Dowell, JR, 20, indicted for Possession or Promotion of Child Pornography,
• Dustin Wayne Smith, 34, indicted for DWI,
• Matthew Eugene Richardson, 36, indicted for Burglary,
• Samuel Jason Dunn, 44, indicted for Manufacture or Delivery of Substance in Penalty Group 1 (PG 1),
• Pamela Sue Newton, 52, indicted for PCS,
• Stephen Duane Roberts, 44, indicted for two counts of Manufacture or Delivery of Substance in PG 1, and Manufacture or Delivery of Substance in PG 2,
• Elisha Marie Jones, 31, indicted for two counts of Manufacture or Delivery of Substance in PG 1, and Manufacture or Delivery of Substance in PG 2,
• Jason Denard Donnell, 41, indicted for PCS,
• Jacob Elmer Taylor, 18, indicted for PCS,
• Marla Louise ,Michaud Dagnall, 48, indicted for PCS,
• Kenda Denise Welborn, 54, indicted for Failure to Comply with Registration Requirements,
• Michael Brian Jones, 42, indicted for Tampering with Evidence,
• Virginia Tarwater Hodges, 51, indicted for Manufacture or Delivery of Controlled Substance,
• Todd Bryan Green, 32, indicted for PCS,
• Craig William Dickinson, JR, 30, indicted for Prohibited Substances and Items in Correctional Facility,
• Michael Don McNair, 49, indicted for PCS,
• Miranda Arnold, 35, indicted for PCS,
• Michael David Thomas, 43, for DWI,
• Amy Michelle Gunstanston, 23, indicted for PCS,
• Cynthia Dawn Ackerman, 49, indicted for PCS,
• Cynthia Barker Swiney, 51, indicted for PCS,
• Gregory Keith Meadows, 40, indicted for two counts of Theft, and Evading Arrest or Detention,
• Tony Byron Arnold, 59, indicted for DWI and Evading Arrest or Detention,
• Sean Anthony Puroff, 35, indicted for Evading Arrest or Detention,
• To,ney Keith Smalley, 32, indicted for Failure to Comply with Registration Requirements,
• Brad Wesley McClure, 26, indicted for four counts of Theft,
• James Michael Littlejohn, 31, indicted for Bail Jumping and Failure to Appear,
• Cristian Miguel Tomas Natiri, 18, indicted for Theft of Firearm,
• Johnnie Arthur K,ing, 38, indicted for Manufacture or Delivery of Controlled Substance and Tampering with Evidence,
• Joshua Michael Ochoa, 28, indicted for PCS,
• Selina Diane Gonzalez, 50, indicted for PCS,
• Emilee Robyn Haynie, 25, indicted for PCS,
• Lacey LeAnn Davenport, 28, indicted for PCS.

Apr

05

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 5, 2017


Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Gun Barrel City Police are still searching for a suspected armed robber who broke into a residence in the Willowwood Subdivision early Monday and held three hostages at gun point.
At around 5 a.m. Monday, April 3, Timothy Berry forcefully entered a residence on Willowwood Drive, where his estranged wife had been staying, according to a press release. 41-year-old Berry held his wife, the homeowner and the homeowner’s 10-year-old son hostage for approximately 1 1/2 hours. After distracting their captor, the hostages fled the residence and alerted police.
Berry is described as a Caucasian male, 5-10, weighing 200 lbs. and thought to no longer be in Gun Barrel City.
“The subject is armed and dangerous. If seen, do not approach. Call 9-1-1, immediately,” states the press release. He is known to frequent areas around Tool, Seven Points and Scurry, it adds.
While in his custody, hostages told police that Berry confiscated their cell phones to prevent them from contacting police. After his hostages fled, Berry attempted to leave by driving one of the victim’s vehicles. However, he was unable to start the vehicle and fled on foot.
Responding officers searched the area but were unsuccessful in locating Berry.