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Arrests made in forgery ring
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Law enforcement have arrested two women and have pending arrest warrants on Jason Scott Duncan, 39, in connection with the robbery of an 88-year-old woman confined to a wheelchair at her Van Zandt County Road 2802 home March 19.
Lacey Nicole Duncan, 19, was charged with three counts of Check Forgery, Theft from an elder person from Van Zandt County, and Credit Card Abuse. She is being held with additional forgery charges pending from the cities of Kaufman, Gun Barrel, Athens and Seven Points with bonds totaling $35,000.
About 21 checks were stolen from Vena Florence Alphin, when a man and a woman in their early 20s came to her door with a fundraising project they said was associated with Mabank ISD.
The man was allowed to use her bathroom. When Alphin went for her purse to make a purchase, she discovered her check book missing and observed her check register thrown in the waste basket.
When she returned to the door, she saw the couple running away from the house.
Four of those checks were passed in Mabank and cases were filed by Capt. Lee Orr of the Mabank Police Department.
Another one of these checks found its way into the hands of Kimberly Dawn McAllister, 45, who attempted to cash it for $300 at the Check Cashing Store in Seven Points.
The store owner ran a cross check and discovered the account had been closed, and called the Seven Points Police Department, which made the arrest, April 3.
McAllister bonded out the next day, posting $3,500.
According to a press release from Van Zandt County Constable C.B. Wiley, arrest warrants have been issued by the Grand Jury for Forgery on Jason Scott Duncan, 39.
“Other warrants are expected on several more persons also involved in the theft and forgery ring,” Wiley stated.

 

USPS works to Stamp Out Hunger May 12
Letter carriers to collect 70 million pounds of food for local charitable pantries
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Local communities across America are asked to join the United States Postal Service (USPS) and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) to combat hunger for Stamp Out Hunger Day May 12.
Just put nonperishable food items in a sturdy bag or box by your mailbox on Saturday, May 12, before your usual delivery time, and your letter carrier will collect it for local food pantries.
In addition, look for collection boxes throughout the week at your neighborhood post office or community center and some churches.
A spokesperson for the Mabank Post Office said what its carriers collect in Mabank, Gun Barrel City and Eustace will be distributed to the Mabank Area Good Samaritans food pantry and the Christian Life Center food pantry in Gun Barrel City.
A Kemp post office spokesman said in addition to picking up food at the mail boxes in the 75143 zip code, he’s collecting food being dropped off at the Kemp post office and the satellite post office in Seven Points.
Hunger is one of the nation’s growing problems as 50 million Americans, including 17 million children, now live in families that lack sufficient food.
The USPS and NALC have teamed up with the Campbell Soup Company, Feeding America and other partner organizations to collect food donations.
Now in its 20th year, it is the nation’s largest single-day food drive in local communities across America, including Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.
“The Postal Service is pleased to continue supporting the National Association of Letter Carriers as we enter our 20th year together to help Stamp Out Hunger in America,” officer-in-charge Ricky Wilkinson said.
“I am confident the 2012 campaign will be our best ever because the need continues to grow,” Wilkinson added.
Last year, letter carriers collected 70.2 million pounds of food donated by customers on their delivery routes, which marked the eighth consecutive year the total food collection was at least 70 million pounds.
In the Dallas District alone, letter carriers brought in more than 900,000 pounds of food last year.
Residents are encouraged to leave nonperishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal by their mailboxes.
Letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to a local food bank or pantry.
Post cards and shopping bags promoting the food drive will be delivered to more than 90 million homes across the country as a reminder to participate in the drive.
For more information, go to www.helpstampouthunger.com.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
 

 

 

 

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