Sunday, February 4, 2007




Doctor beaten, robbed
By Timna Rutledge
Monitor Staff Writer

TERRELL–Terrell police are after two suspects following a robbery and beating of a prominent family physician.
Dr. Charles Risinger, 47, was beaten with a baseball bat between his garage and driveway Wednesday.
During the noon hour, Risinger arrived at his home on Laurel Trail and surprised two burglars in his garage.
The burglars attacked him.
When authorities arrived soon afterwards, Risinger was transported to Baylor University Medical Center with a fractured skull.
Risinger is reported to have undergone a lengthy surgery Wednesday, but family members remain positive about his condition.
His mother-in-law, Sarah Bond of Wills Point, said “Charlie’s been moved to a room and is doing fine. He’ll probably be going home in a few days.”
The suspects are reported to be two Hispanic males, one thin, and the other short and heavyset.
Weapons were found to be missing from Risinger’s residence. Police consider the men armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information about the suspects, or the black or dark blue Ford F-150 pickup with light colored pin-striping and silver running boards involved in the robbery, are directed to call the Terrell Police Service at (972) 551-6624.

Firefighters clear out the smoke
Monitor Photo/Janice Grubbs
Firefighters set up an exhaust fan in front of the entrance to the Shuck-A-Peel restaurant in Gun Barrel City Wednesday. Firefighters from Gun Barrel City, Mabank and Enchanted Oaks responded to the mid-afternoon alarm. “All we know for sure is the fire started in a breaker box, and spread along an inside wall,” restaurant owner Ron Gurczewski said. “Hopefully, they got it stopped before it could do any serious damage.”

Flagg Lake burglaries have residents nervous
Monitor Staff Reports
FLAGG LAKE–A number of recent burglaries have residents in the Flagg Lake area, west of Tool, nervous and asking folks to report any suspicious activity.
Gary Jensen said his home had been broken into recently in the same manner as other break-ins along Henderson County Road 2404.
“They go up and knock on the door, and if no one answers, they kick it in,” Jensen said.
The burglars usually strike in the daylight hours, even though residents take care to make it appear as if someone is home, he said.
Guns, cash and jewelry are the preferred targets, as other items have been left untouched.
“I’ve been here for 22 years, and we haven’t had a problem for 21 years,” he said.
One neighbor had their home burglarized while they were at church, Jensen said, adding that indicated to him the burglars are local residents who watch carefully for an opportunity to strike.
“I’m sure these people have knocked on other doors and found somebody was home,” he said. “Anyone should be suspicious of somebody doing that.”
Anyone with information on these break-ins should contact the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies Mitch Baker and Powell Floyd are investigating these incidents, Jensen said.
Jensen added local residents were working to organize a Crime Watch group in the area.