Apr

23

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 23, 2015

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–The Kemp police department learned early Sunday morning that the person Officer Kenny Boyle booked into the Kaufman County jail for evading arrest just happened to be the second-best player in UCLA’s highly regarded 2015 football signing class.
Nineteen-year-old Soso Jamabo, a West High School senior from Plano, was arrested Saturday evening, just as severe weather was pressing in on the area.
The officer observed him exiting the U.S. 175 at the FM 1895 junction into Kemp at “a high rate of speed” and moved to intercept. The driver of the 2007 extended cab tan Ford truck “disregarded the stop sign” at the State Highway 274 crossing, turning right toward the Kemp High School.
According to a press release read at a Sunday afternoon news conference at the Kemp PD, the vehicle continued south, passing vehicles in the turning lane and swerving without regard to public safety.
In addition, occupants began throwing objects out of the windows, Police Chief Robert Walker read.
The vehicle continued at high rates of speed before coming to a stop just south of the King’s Creek Golf Course, about three miles from the initial sighting.
Other law enforcement agencies arrived on the scene to assist.
The other occupants, a 19-year-old male, 18-year-old female and a juvenile, were released by Kemp Police after citations were given. Chief Walker did not specify what citations were written nor state highest speeds clocked during the chase.
The driver, identified as Sotonye Jamabo, 19, was arrested with several charges, which upon booking early Sunday morning had boiled down to just one, evading arrest.
The 28th-ranked player in the ESPN 30 was booked into the Kaufman County Jail at 1:28 a.m., and released the same day on a $7,500 bond. No reason for Jamabo’s driving to Kemp, about 60 miles away from Plano, was ascertained.
Jamabo announced on ESPN’s national signing day coverage in February that he was picking UCLA over Notre Dame, Texas and Texas A&M. Jamabo rushed for 2,279 yards and 44 touchdowns as a senior and was the fourth-ranked recruit in Texas. His signing was a big part of UCLA’s climb to the nation’s 11th-best recruiting class, and Bruins coach Jim Mora said on signing day that there was a good chance Jamabo would see early action once he arrived on campus.

Apr

23

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 23, 2015

kimpix ALLENobit

A memorial service for Gene W. Allen, 74, of Mabank, was held April 18, 2015, at the Moorhead Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City with Rev. Wayne Pitchford officiating.
Allen was born Nov. 25, 1940, in Corsicana to Norma Elizabeth (Carter) and Haney Jack Allen, and died at his home April 15, 2015.
He worked in Dallas for 30 years as a custom furniture finisher and was a self-taught handyman. He helped many friends and neighbors with their home repairs.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Jack and Dave Allen, and sister Patsy Lindley.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Doris Allen, children Sharon Kay Cantrell, Donna Gene Crudup and husband Roger, Steve Allen; sister Janice Miller and husband Don; grandchildren Christy Cantrell and fiance Eddie, Amy Lopez and husband Carlos, Brad Crudup, Scott Crudup, Cody Allen; great-grandchildren Bella Anderson, Bryson Vongkhaophet, John Carlos Lopez; nephew who grew up with him and was like a brother, David Potts; numerous other family members and many friends.
He will be missed by all who knew him.
Condolences may be posted at www.moor-headepps.com.

Feb

25

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 25, 2015

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