Sunday, May 13, 2007




  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 completion.
“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 driveway.
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 later.

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 also involved.

Mother-Daughter Brunch
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 physical address.
“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 indictments.
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.