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
A window had been pried open and the door opened from the
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
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
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
• 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
• accepted the tax collector’s report for March, as presented by
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.