Eco-station slab goes down
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Two years ago, Kaufman County, in conjunction with
the Environmental Co-op, applied for a grant to build a waste disposal
station in Kemp.
After 18 months of construction, the Kemp Eco-Station is approaching
“With luck, we will open for business Monday, June 4,” Precinct 4
Commissioner Jim Deller said.
Wednesday, trucks were lined up as concrete was poured for the pad and
County workers will pour the concrete for the household hazardous waste
site, he added.
A grand opening is being planned, with the date and time to be announced
Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Trucks use a huge boom snorkle to pour concrete Wednesday at the Kemp
Eco-Station compactor site.
Paying the piper
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Youngsters hold florescent signs in front of the Seven
Points City Hall May 5. The juveniles were arrested for minor possession
of alcohol at a drinking party in March. They were fined by city judge
Monica Corker, who also ordered them to carry the signs one Saturday.
Eleven participated to keep the offense off their records. Another 20
elected not to participate. Alcohol awareness classes and fines were
Monitor Photos/Pearl Cantrell
Kemp resident Shirley Menasco and Avanti singer (center), enjoys the
company of her daughters Jan Thomas (left) of Plano and Patty Tanamachi,
a Mesquite resident during the mother-daughter brunch at the First
United Methodist Church in Mabank last Saturday.
BELOW: Shelly Talbot, the youngest mother present,
and her 3-year-old daughter Lily enjoy the musical selections of the
Avanti Singers (BOTTOM). Church member Mary Stewart opened the program
with a prayer thanking God for the privilege of being mothers and the
blessing of having daughters.
14 held in pre-dawn raid
By Donna Limberger
Monitor Staff Writer
CANTON–The Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office raided the
residence of Erik Lee Ledesma, 27, in a strike during the pre-dawn hours
of May 4.
“We had good intelligence that told us Ledesma was selling narcotics at
this residence, located on VZCR 1412 outside of Van,” County Sheriff R.P.
“Pat” Burnett reported.
Burnett said warrants were obtained after a lengthy investigation
revealed narcotics activity at two residences, both located at Ledesma’s
“All officers involved did a great job. We had reserve officers, jailers
and command staff on-site, as well as Texas Department of Public Safety
officers,” Burnett said.
Burnett added DPS Special Crimes Officer Lindsey Ray was a great help
and asset to the operation.
Burnett reported 14 people were arrested, and sizable quantities of
methamphetamine, marijuana, Hydrocodone and assorted other drugs were
found in the residences.
“We confiscated firearms and cash as well,” Burnett said.
Burnett said many of the people arrested were not from Van Zandt County,
adding most were on probation, parole or awaiting trail in another
county on drug-related charges.
“All law enforcement in the county is working hard to keep these dealers
out,” Burnett said.
“Our office has made recent busts with Precinct 4 Constable Pat Jordan,
with the Canton Police Department and made busts in Grand Saline and in
Fruitvale,” he added. “Van Zandt County is not the place to deal drugs.”
Burnett said this was not the first drug arrest for Ledesma.
“This is not his first rodeo – this is his second go-around,” Burnett
said. “I have total faith in our system, and I’m looking forward to not
seeing him in our county for a number of years.”
Burnett said the District Attorney’s Office is working hard to make
Ledesma was charged with manufacturing and delivery of a controlled
substance more than 1 gram and under 4 grams, manufacturing and delivery
of a controlled substance (meth), manufacturing and delivery of a
controlled substance (Hydrocodone), and delivery of marijuana.
Ledesma was jailed under bonds totaling $700,000.
Others arrested in the raid include:
• Tony Alvin Martin, 20, Van;
• William Neal Adams, 17, Grand Saline;
• Dustin Wayne McClanahan, 24, Lindale;
• Robert Garrard, 22, Magnolia, Ark.;
• Richard Chad Russell, 22, Grand Saline;
• Leroy Leija, 28, Tyler;
• Brandy Nicole Wolfe, 18, Van;
• Toni Danielle Lang, 21, Lindale;
• Angela Rose Webb, 28, Mineola;
• Thomas Alan Kennerly, 19, Larue;
• Jamie Anne Gentry, 26, Goliad; and
• Joni Diane Yow, 25, Brownsboro.