Sunday, April 22, 2007




Storm brings down trees

Monitor Photos/Mary Landrie
ABOVE: The home of Paul and Paula Petty in Loon Bay was bombarded by this tree during the storms Tuesday night. Powerlines came down with it and the tree invaded the second story, filling the upstairs bed and bathroom with branches.

BELOW: Across the street from the Pettys, this tree fell onto the home of Strider Browning. A gate was broken on the porch, but Browning said he is thankful it missed the windows.




Four burglary suspects arrested
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN COUNTY–The Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office made four arrests in connection with 18 burglaries in rural areas near Kemp and Mabank.
Authorities also recovered stolen property, including guns, jewelry, video cameras, knives and electronics.
All four suspects have a Kemp address, according to a press release dated April 17.
Walter Chipman, 25, James Johnson, 18, Clinton Aris, 19, and Christopher Cooper, 41, were arrested April 3.
Two burglaries were located in the city of Kemp, one motor vehicle theft was reported in the city and one in the county, and two criminal trespass of a habitation reports were received in Kaufman County.
Along with recovering 30 firearms, authorities also seized household items stored in a rented storage shed on State Highway 274 in Seven Points.
The burglaries, which started at the first of the year, are still under investigation.
Officers are seeking other possible suspects, and are investigating similar offenses in Van Zandt, Hunt and Henderson counties.

City manager faces felony charge
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Kemp city administrator James Stroman was indicted March 29 on a felony count of indecency with a child by sexual contact.
The indictment was issued through Kaufman County’s 422nd District Court under Judge B. Michael Chitty.
Stroman, who lives in Crandall, has been involved in divorce proceedings since April, 2004, and the indictment may be connected with the divorce.
Stroman told The Monitor he has been advised not to comment on the charge.

Copper thieves strike new Malakoff schools
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

MALAKOFF–Thieves have been at it again – swiping copper from Malakoff school construction sites.
Sometime last week, copper was taken from several areas of the Malakoff Elementary School construction, mostly from wiring run in the unfinished ceilings, Police Chief Billy Mitchell told The Monitor Thursday.
“It wasn’t a great amount of copper,” Mitchell said. But, it is forcing Mitchell to boost patrols in the area of the construction.
Last month, the Tool Elementary school contruction site was hit. Both incidents remain under investigation.
“You really hate to see thefts of schools or churches, but every so often it happens,” Tool Sgt. Kendel Wellman said.