Thursday, February 8, 2007




Tool game room raided; seven held
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

TOOL–Seven arrests have been made so far on gambling-related charges in the aftermath of a raid on a gaming operation just outside Tool city limits.
Henderson County Precinct 2 Constable Norman Terry and deputy Ed Miller, along with the Tool Police Department, served a search warrant at Pat and Don’s Game Room Saturday night.
The action culminated a three-month long investigation conducted by city and county law enforcement authorities, a Tool Police Department press release stated.
Officials seized 20 eight-liner gaming machines, and an undisclosed amount of cash from the game room, at 1809 Tool Drive, Tool Sgt. Kendell Wellman reported.
Police also wrote 18 citations for gambling and swore out warrants for 11 arrests for persons involved in the gaming operation, Wellman added.
Those arrested over the weekend on gambling related charges and who posted bond for release were Keith William Harrison, with a $2,500 bond; Carolyn Harrison, with $2,500 bond; Patricia Ellison, with bonds totaling $10,000; Donald Albert Ellison, with bonds totaling $10,000; and Gary Lee Crotzer, with a bond of $2,500.
Two others were also arrested during the incident on previously issued local warrants for misdemeanor offenses.
Terry is heading up the ongoing investigation and was not available to comment further on the arrests or investigation by presstime.

Courtesy Photo
Tool police officers Ken Bee, John Deborde and
Jason McCurdy load gaming machines onto a truck
following a raid at a Tool game room Saturday.

Mabank boy’s calf wins class at Fort Worth Show
Monitor Staff Reports
FORT WORTH–A Mabank Middle School student made his Ag teachers proud during the Fort Worth Livestock Show last Thursday.
Seventh grader Jarred Odom, 12, entered his 16-month-old calf “Pecos” into the Lightweight Shorthorn Steer Division Feb. 1.
Pecos placed first in his class of 47 entries.
Saturday, the calf sold at auction for a grand total of $6,200.
That’s a nice deposit for Odom’s college fund.
This year, a record-breaking 22,000 livestock entries were made by Texas school students in the 111th edition of the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show, which closed Feb. 4.
Jarred is the son of Pam and Kenneth Odom of Mabank.

Utility pole falls
GBC businesses lose power
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–A rotting base, recent wet weather and high winds all may have contributed to the fall of a utility pole Tuesday afternoon.
The pole crashed down about 3:40 p.m., jerking lines from buildings and causing poles near the street to list dangerously, Gun Barrel City Fireman Colby McBride said.
The pole was located behind the Professional Plaza, just west of Bluebonnet Emporium, next to the Chevron Station on Main Street (State Highway 334).
The Chevron station immediately lost power and closed, McBride said.
Gun Barrel City Police blocked the right lane of Main Street, allowing the left lane of traffic to flow through.
If the listing pole fell, it could cause a domino effect, pulling other poles and utility lines down, McBride said.
Pat Smith, part-time employee at Bluebonnet Emporium, said only a couple of customers were in the store at the time.
There was “a real loud thud,” and although they saw the leaning pole, they didn’t know what was happening, she said.
Other businesses in the area reported experiencing a power surge during the event.

Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
A utility pole fell Tuesday, spilling the hazardous contents of its 1989-vintage
transformer. The momentum of the falling pole jerked out power lines and
dislodged other nearby poles.

New Mabank High School nearing completion

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank School Board members, school district staff and community members
stand in a second-floor corridor overlooking the library (the glass wall to
the left) during a walk-through of the new $29 million Mabank High School
building Monday. The construction project is running about a month ahead
of schedule.