Arrests made in forgery
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
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
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
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
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
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating
expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and
services to fund its operations.