Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 23, 2016


Monitor Staff Reports
KAUFMAN–Early Tuesday, an active shooting scene was reported to law enforcement at the Walmart in Kaufman around 10 a.m.
After shooting a store employee, the shooter turned the gun on himself, in an apparent murder-suicide attempt.
According to Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Fred Klingelberger, the 55-year-old male suspect, who was identified as Donald Ray Coleman, was airlifted to a Dallas hospital from the scene in critical condition, having shot himself in the head.
The 59-year-old male victim was killed. He was identified as John D. Morgan.
There were other customers inside the store, but nobody else was targeted. It appeared that the two men knew each other and perhaps argued about something, prior to the shooting.
“We understand there was an ongoing feud between the subjects,” Klingelberger told journalists at the scene.
Area businesses were advised to lock down and the Kaufman High School also went into lock down mode, but those were lifted by 10:30 a.m. The store remained closed the remainder of the day.
An official with Walmart released the following statement just after the incident:
“We’re deeply saddened by the tragic situation that occurred in our store today. We’re assisting law enforcement however we can and our thoughts are with the families and our associates at this time.”
Coleman was apprehended on an aggravated assault warrant out of Gun Barrel City for a family violence incident Jan. 17, involving a woman and her male friend. Coleman was released Jan. 25 on bonds totaling $22,500. The incident was violent, with shots fired and the woman’s hands tied. She reported being dragged and pistol whipped. He was described as dangerous and the public was warned, if found, not to engage but to alert law enforcement to his whereabouts.
His description was publicized and he was apprehended later that week.
The victim, Morgan, doesn’t have a jail record in Henderson County.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 16, 2016

Paul Yvon

Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–An anonymous report of children being left alone turned out to be a legitimate concern, as Henderson County Sheriff’s OFfice confirmed last Wednesday.
According to Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt a deputy answering a welfare concern in Chandler found a 2- and 3-year old unattended in a travel trailer without electricity for more than two hours.
When Sergeant Daniel Wright arrived at 10374 Paradise Circle, in Chandler, March 9, he found a 2-year-old little girl and 3-year-old little boy alone in the trailer.
An unknown caller reported that small children were in a travel trailer with no electricity. The officer also noted there was no running water, very little food, and an open flame in the trailer.
A Child Protective Services investigator arrived and the children were placed in CPS custody.
During Wright’s two hour stay, no guardian arrived to take custody of the children. Upon further investigation it was determined that Paul Yvon is the legal guardian of the children.
Wright prepared an arrest warrant affidavit for Abandoning/Endangering a Child on Paul Yvon, 28, father of the children.
Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Judge Randy Daniel determined there was probable cause and issued two arrest warrants.
Yvon was arrested two days later on March 11 and remains in custody with bonds totaling $20,000.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 9, 2016

Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–Following a very close unofficial election result, Henderson County Sheriff candidate Billy Jack Valentine has filed for a recount with the Republican Party.
“When you look at the Unofficial Cumulative Vote total on Election Day from all 27 precincts, I won Election Day voting by 188 votes,” Valentine noted.
On March 1, the number of ballots for Valentine, totaled 3,550 or 51.36 percent of the vote. However, in early voting totals, Botie Hillhouse edged him out of the lead, capturing 50.88 percent of the vote to Valentine’s 49.12 percent.
The widest margin between the two candidates appears in the absentee ballots with Hillhouse scoring 58.33 percent to Valentine’s 41.67 percent. In a press release, Valentine notes that absentee ballots are paper ballots, unlike the early voting and Election Day electronic ballots, leaving more room for human error or miscounts.
Unofficial cumulative totals put the two candidates about .5 percent apart with total ballots for Hillhouse numbering 6,852 to Valentine’s 6,784.
Valentine stated, “He believes that the high voter turnout shows that people really care about the candidate who is elected as their sheriff. Therefore, in order to assure that the results of the sheriff’s race are absolutely accurate, he asked for a recount.”
So he filed a petition with Republican Party Chair Betty Holland and put down a deposit on Friday, March 4 to cover the cost of a recount. “The Election Code provides for recounts in races such as this when the vote totals are extremely close, to ensure fairness and that the right result is reached. My supporters believe it is important for the manually-counted ballots to be reviewed to ensure a just and correct result.”