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Citizen tips off police
Burglary suspects caught
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–A citizen tip resulted in the capture of two suspects in connection with a burglary of a building in the Tamarack Subdivision Monday.
Two men, Doug Joseph Hawk, 19, and Christopher Dewayne Morgan, 27, both of Gun Barrel City were intercepted by police on and near the property at 318 Channel.
According to a press release from the Gun Barrel City Police Department, Hawk was apprehended as he came from the rear of the residence. Morgan, who took off into the channel, was also located nearby. Both were charged with burglary of a building and transported to the Henderson County Jail, where they are being held on bonds of $10,000 each.
An investigation showed that the shed on the property had been broken into. And that the building had been burglarized the first week of April and two more times since then with property removed. Investigator Monte Mansfield also found evidence that the residence had also been entered at least once with property taken.
A window had been pried open and the door opened from the inside.
A subsequent search of the suspects’ residence several items, such as camera, electrical saw, air impact tools, yard equipment and other tools were found.
Along with these items an undetermined amount of coins stolen from the Channel address were recovered and returned to the owner.
In the course of the investigation Mansfield developed a third suspect for whom an arrest warrant was being obtained.
Approximately $1,600 worth of property had been recovered and returned to the owner.
Police chief Damon Boswell wishes to thank the caller for his quick actions and encourages other citizens to call the police whenever they observe suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.


County resumes Aircheck auto program
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN–The Aircheck Texas Drive a Clean Machine Program is once again underway in Kaufman County.
Monday commissioners approved an administrative agreement with NCTCOG (North Central Texas County of Governments).
COG representative Jason Brown explained the program’s goals.
“Aircheck Texas offers a plan for vehicle repair or replacement to help reduce auto emissions, thus helping to provide cleaner air,” he said.
“The plan targets vehicles that fail inspection or are beyond 10 years old,” Brown said.
While some vehicles can be repaired, older vehicles are sent to the crusher, he said.
The program began April 23 and people interested in repairing their cars or hoping to trade up to a new vehicle, can contact participating car dealerships, or call or program manager Shannon Stevenson at (817) 608-2304 or senior manager, Chris Klaus at (817) 695-0286.
In other business, commissioners:
• heard progress report on delinquent tax collections. Tax attorney Jeff Brown said 13,000 notices were mailed and lawsuits filed for more than one million dollars. Sixty-three cases were dismissed as cleared and 100 judgements had been filed.
In addition his office participated in the seizures of 17 mobile homes, and participated in door-to-door notice delivery and through such efforts collected a half million dollars in back taxes.
• accepted the donation of floor tiles from 3-D Mechanical.
The used tiles will possibly be used in the refurbished communication building, according to County Judge Bruce Wood.
• renewed the annual contract with Correctional Healthcare Companies for Kaufman County Jail Inmate Healthcare Services.
“This has given the county a significant cost savings,” purchasing agent Jack Sebastian said.
• appointed Laura Hughes as presiding judge for the counting station for the Primary Election set for Tuesday, May 29.
• approved the purchase of chip seal for County Road 4023, for the city of Kemp, Precinct 4.
• approved the project agreements with the city of Forney for CR 212 and Reeder Road, Precinct 2.
• accepted the Public Works report for March, as presented by director Kathy Morris.
The office is involved in more than 70 follow-up ongoing address corrections, she explained.
• heard an update from Emma Glenn from the National Association of Mental Illness.
She spoke briefly on the benefits available to local communities, emphasizing that all educational programs are free.
“The programs are designed to improve the lives of persons affected (friends, family, caregivers, etc.),” she said.
• accepted the auditor’s report for March as presented by Karen Cooper.
• accepted the tax collector’s report for March, as presented by Richard Murphy.
He said the 93 percent collected for each of the general fund and road and bridge accounts was “a historical record.”
• approved budget transfers.
• paid bills totaling $224,532.49.





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