||Bystander helps deputy fight off felon
Monitor Staff Reports
PAYNE SPRINGSThanks to the help of a bystander, a wanted man is in custody and
perhaps the life of a sheriffs deputy was saved.
Henderson County Sheriffs Deputy Billy Jack Valentine saw a man hed been
looking for with outstanding felony warrants.
A press release from the sheriffs office reports Valentine saw Brandon Reid Black,
24, standing beside a vehicle at the Shell Station on State Highway 198 in Payne Springs
Black is wanted on charges for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, deadly conduct
and possession of marijuana stemming from a Dec. 10, 2009 incident, where he bonded out of
custody with $4,500 and didnt return for his court appearance.
When the deputy approached him and attempted to take Black into custody, Black ran.
Valentine caught up with him, and the two men began fighting. Black was attempting to take
the deputys weapon when a Good Samaritan stopped and helped Valentine battle Black
and put him into custody.
Black was transported to the Henderson County Jail, where he is being held without bond.
Copper theft suspects nabbed
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENSDue to an increase in copper thefts, Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt
initiated a surveillance detail in an effort to locate and identify suspects in these
The most recent copper theft occurred during the early morning hours Monday at the
Henderson County Fair Grounds, a press release stated.
Several 30-amp power supply cords were cut from travel trailers and horse trailers parked
on the grounds for the annual livestock show.
The next day, while staking out the fair grounds, Deputy John Daniels saw a vehicle
driving through the grounds without lights at around 5:30 a.m.
He detained two subjects in the vehicle Tracy Hipp, 42, and Lisa Turner, 34, both
Caucasians from Athens.
Daniel located several power cords in the back seat, along with cable cutters, bolt
cutters, files and pliers.
He also found two black hooded sweatshirts, two pairs of gloves, flashlights and
The couple couldnt give the officer a good reason for being there, but denied
involvement in any thefts.
They were charged for theft of copper, a state jail felony, and unlawful use of a criminal
instrument, a Class A misdemeanor, and were transported to the Henderson County Jail.
A follow-up search of Turners residence off CR 41512 located additional copper wire
and remnants of the power cords in a burn pile at the residence.
Investigator Bryan Tower also obtained a receipt dated March 22 that showed Hipp had sold
copper at a local scrapyard.
Tower later obtained a confession from Hipp, which included a description of the copper
theft at the fair grounds the previous morning.
Hipp denied that they returned to the fair grounds to commit further theft.
City and CCVF announce
Independence Day line-up
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CEDAR CREEK LAKEThe Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation and Gun Barrel City announce
programs to celebrate Independence Day.
The programs will both take place the afternoon and evening of Saturday, July 3.
Military planes, including the USAF B-1 bomber, C-17 cargo plane and Japanese Zeros will
fill the sky over Cedar Creek Lake, starting at 6:30 p.m. with coordinated takeoffs from
airfields an hour away, accompanied by narration over loudspeakers.
It is the only over-water air show in the United States.
The sixth annual Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake culminates with a dramatic demonstration by
Randy Ball in his MiG 17, as he dives at 600 mph.
In addition, a free static aircraft display will open to the public from noon to 5 p.m.
Friday, July 2, at the Athens airport, and a meet the pilots luau is set for
6:30 p.m. at the Pinnacle Club.
Another free standing aircraft display is set for 10 a.m. July 3 at the historic Aviation
Memorial Museum at Pounds Regional Airport in Tyler.
Show organizers are initiating a drive to raise funds for this years air show and
the charity it supports.
Last year, proceeds raised resulted in a $10,000 donation to the Fisher House, which
houses families of military personnel undergoing prolonged medical treatment at the
Veterans Hospital in Dallas.
None of us would enjoy the Fourth if it werent for the brave men and women who
sacrifice for our protection, Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation president Bob
ONeil said. There is no better time to say, thank you.
Monetary donations are being collected by the non-profit organization CCVF at P.O. Box
489, Mabank TX 75147-0489. Or, make a donation online at ccveteransfoundation.org. Or call
ONeil at (903) 681-4546.
At the close of the air show, a fireworks display is planned. Last year, more than 700
boaters enjoyed the free event.
Gun Barrel City is juicing up its July Fest with a concert in the park, featuring
performers Derek Sholl, Johnny Cooper, and groups No Justice and Bart Crow.
Presale tickets cost $10; those with military ID and children 5 and under get in free.
Check out more of the details as they develop at www.gunbarrelcityfestivals.net.
A fireworks display is planned for 10:30 p.m. in the skies above the citys 40
acres with Bart Crow performing between 11 and 12:30 p.m.
Its going to be super. These are the up-and-coming names on the Texas music
scene, event planner Mickie Raney said.
Every year, the festival is getting better and better. This will bring people from
the Dallas area to Cedar Creek Lake, she said.