Theft suspect leads
officers on chase
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Kaufman County Constable Bryant Morris and
deputy constable John Sullivan report the successful conclusion
to a high-speed car chase Monday night.
Department of Public Safety officers were conducting a routine
traffic stop on U.S. Highway 175 near Crandall around 9:45 p.m.,
when the driver of a 2003 Ford F250 pickup decided to take off.
That’s when Morris and Sullivan from Kaufman Precinct 4 came to
assist the troopers.
According to a press release, the suspect led officers to
Kaufman, where he exited onto CR 1388 and headed back toward
The Crandall Police Department put down spike strips to try to
stop him at US 175 and State Highway 741. However, he just ran
over them and kept driving with all tires flat.
The truck continued that way heading into Balch Springs just on
the rims until they too, started coming apart. The truck wrecked
onto the embankment near the Masters Road exit on U.S. 175.
“That’s when he left the truck and started running on foot,”
Morris told The Monitor.
“We stopped him just across the road,” he said. Before the
suspect came to the spike strip, he had driven the truck to
speeds as high as 95 m.p.h., Morris added. No one was injured
and the chase was estimated to have lasted about 40 minutes.
Morris and Sullivan took the suspect into custody.
The truck he was driving had been reported stolen out of
James Rodney Wood, 31, of Kaufman was charged with unauthorized
use of a motor vehicle, evading arrest and detention with a
vehicle, and fraudulent use/possession of identifying
Wood was transported to the Kaufman County Law Enforcement
Center, where he was being held with bonds totaling $325,000.
Cedar Creek Lake Art Festival set for May
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Local artists and crafters still have time to secure
booth space in the annual Cedar Creek Lake Festival of the Arts,
hosted by the Mabank Chapter of the Cedar Creek Lake Area
Chamber of Commerce.
Market Street will be closed to vehicles and open to foot
traffic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19. Now in its
fourth year, area residents look forward to the event, which
features the talents and skills of local residents and nearby
More than 50 artist and craft vendors are participating
including Susie Helm with stamped ceramic tiles, coasters and
magnets, and Paul Fishers showing off his great wood working,
including clocks and bowls.
Randy Fisher, from Kemp, will be here with his one-of-a-kind,
unique yard art, each item custom designed.
Joining the festival this year will be Duane Roy, from Dallas,
presenting his fishing-themed metal sculptures and Chris Stephen
(Copperhead Ridge) from Wills Point featuring his band saw
jewelry boxes. His Pioneer Log Boxes (with hidden compartments)
and unique bird house designs for your feathered friends are
Native American Art and Crafts available for sale and viewing
includes paintings and custom jewelry by Arnold Pena and Anna
Kirby. She will be bringing her “Dreaming Wolf” collection of
moccasins, clothing and assorted hand crafted items
Once again, The Art Wall, presented Ben and Sadey of Sugar-Rock,
will be set up for children of all ages to express themselves
with paints and brushes.
Mabank High School Fine Arts Department students will exhibit
their paintings, designs and art work.
On stage, music will be performed throughout the day, featuring
Jess Leonard, Zac Groom, The Monitor’s own Pearl Cantrell and
Kelly Brown from the Bad Monkeys Band.
Special presentations from the young dancers of the Dance
Connection will also help us rediscover the importance of dance
as part of public life. Clowns will also demonstrate their own
unique artistry and comedy, while face painters will be on hand,
adding to the festivities.
Besides an array of food booths, a 65-foot long bounce house,
maze and amazing display by ONCOR Energy are set to be included.
The Festival is a family event so visitors can expect to enjoy
great art, crafts, music and delicious food to meet every taste.
Vendor booths are available by calling (903) 880-3846 or (903)
887-3152. They start at $40 for space without electricity. No
“garage sale” type merchandise will be allowed.
Requests for an application may also be sent by e-mail to