Sep

21

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 21, 2014

Eustace PD received $707K worth from 1033 federal plan

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

EUSTACE–The Eustace Police Department is the fifth police department to be suspended from the Department of Defense 1033 Program that provides military surplus to law enforcement agencies.
According to news reports the Defense Logistics Agency enacted the suspension Sept. 8 and turned the case over to its Office of Inspector General for investigation.
Eustace Police Chief Ken Holder was terminated by the city council Sept. 4 for “violations of the employee handbook and police department code of conduct.”
City officials have said they cannot comment further on said violations.
Eustace Police Department’s property room underwent an inventory conducted by the Texas Rangers Sept. 8 to “determine whether the department has adequate controls over seized property, drugs, and evidence to ensure that they are tracked and safeguarded.”
An independent audit was asked for as a result of the removal of the police chief; to establish a baseline for an incoming police chief to begin,” Department of Public Safety spokesperson Jean Dark said Tuesday in a statement.
During an Aug. 7 meeting of the Eustace City Council, no action was taken on an agenda item referring to the 1033 program. Council members were to discuss and vote on an appraisal of equipment procured through the program. The Monitor was informed that no inventory of 1033 equipment was available for the council to review at that time.
According to DLA records obtained by KLTV 7, the Eustace Police Department received $707,000 worth of equipment from the program.
Those items ranged from a truck tractor worth $166,233 to M-16 rifles and even an elliptical issued to the police department.
Federal review called
The federal program has come under scrutiny after the heavy police presence and response in Ferguson, Missouri, following the officer-involved shooting of a young man. After those incidents, President Barack Obama ordered a review of the program.
On Aug. 19, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby acknowledged the “hard job” law enforcement officers are engaged in and that some of the equipment they get through this program makes their job a little easier.
Several groups oppose the 1033 program, including one in Texas.
Anton Montoya of Stop1033.org points out that smaller communities often lack the needed oversight that would recognize misuse or abuse of the military equipment.
Proposed law introduced
Tuesday, Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) introduced the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act of 2014. The bill would place restrictions and transparency measures on the 1033 program.
They contend that the program “blurs the line between military and civilian policing,” presenting public safety issues and undermines the right of the accused to due process of law.
The Act would:
• prevent transfers of equipment inappropriate for local policing, such as high-caliber weapons, long-range acoustic devices, grenade launchers, drones, armored vehicles, etc.
• end incentives to use equipment in circumstances when the use is unnecessary. (Removing the requirement departments must use equipment within one year of receipt)
• require agencies certify they can account for all equipment.
• add requirements to enforce tracking of equipment and transfers to agencies.

Sep

21

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 21, 2014

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor

EUSTACE–The Lady Bulldogs volleyball team dropped to 0-2 in district play after losing a close five game match to Mildred Sept. 16 in Eustace.
Eustace lost the first game 17-25, but came back to win the next two 26-24 and 25-18. The Lady ’Dogs put themselves in position to win the match, but Mildred squeezed out a game four victory 22-25. Midlred’s close win forced a fifth game, Eustace fell 9-15 and walked away with a loss.
The Lady Bulldogs return to action Sept. 23 when West Rusk comes to Eustace.
Taylor Peebles led Eustace with five aces while contributing four kills, one assist and one dig. Kasey Lopez was the team leader in kills with nine and added two aces. Marshalla Padgett led the Lady ’Dogs in blocks and digs with three apiece. Abra Roberts was the head of the pack in assists with 15, while adding four aces and one dig. Also contributing for Eustace was Ashley Purselley with four assists and one dig, Eva Barcenas with two digs, Grace Holcombe with two aces and three kills, Michelle Gomez with eight kills, one block and six assists, McKenzie Abbott with three kills, three aces and one dig and Whitney Boerner added one assist.
Head Coach Chuck Powers said the next three games for Eustace are crucial to the success of the season.
“Our upcoming games are must wins,” he said. “We need to find a way to win them. The games are all on our home court and if we don’t win, we will be too far behind to compete in district. But I know they can do it. District scores are very close and everyone is beating everybody. Even the zero win schools are very competitive in their losses.”
The Lady Bulldogs will need to be at their best to make the playoffs. Powers says the team is playing close, competitive games, but falling just a bit short.
“The game was a very good game, but we lost it,” he said. “It was hard fought, but we let it slip away at the end. We’ve been having trouble finishing games all year.”

Sep

21

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 21, 2014

Courtesy Photo Cedar Creek Lake Literary Club President Rosalie Randall dresses in costume for the presentation of “Doc.”

Courtesy Photo
Cedar Creek Lake Literary Club President Rosalie Randall dresses in costume for the presentation of “Doc.”


Special to The Monitor
SEVEN POINTS–The Cedar Creek Lake Literary Club met at The Library of Cedar Creek Lake Community Room in Seven Points Sept. 9.
The business meeting addressed the upcoming Jeanie Hulsey Bridge and Luncheon Benefit set for Thursday, Oct. 23.
Ruth Pimm and Judy Scott will co-chair the event.
Sharron Lucky reviewed the book, “Doc” by Mary Doria Russell. Lucky is a well-known author and speaker in the Dallas and Fort Worth area.
The devotional, “God’s Messenger” by Helen Steiner Rice, was read by Jeanne Hight. Hight also read the Literary Club Creed by the late Jeanie Hulsey.
Refreshment hostesses were Connie Hallmark, Patty Raasch, Lucy Smith, Wynell Reeves, Wanda Bell and chairperson Carol Rigali.
Guests are welcome to attend literary club meetings.
For information regarding membership, call President Rosalie Randall at (903) 498-8333.
Literary Club meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a.m.