Thursday, May 20, 2010





Likely drug deal thwarted
Monitor Staff Reports
SEVEN POINTS–A bank teller didn’t like what she saw going on in the Prosperity Bank parking lot Friday and called the police. 
She saw a white van and a green Ford extended cab pickup loitering in the side parking lot.
Moments later, two police cars arrived and blocked off the escape of two vehicles.
“There were four persons all together,” Seven Points police Sgt. Raymond Weinnerstrom said. 
However, only one was found to be in possession of suspected crystal meth – 3.5 grams of it.
He and officer Brian Huckabee responded to the call around 5:30 p.m.
Jackie Lynch, 53, was charged with possession of a controlled substance less than 4 grams and taken into custody.
He is being held in the Henderson County Jail on a $25,000 bond.
Earlier May 2, while initiating a traffic stop on a black Honda sedan, Huckabee discovered a rolling drug lab.
The driver, Richard Weese, 31, was traveling in the 700 block of CR 2100. Huckabee stopped him for a faulty brake light on the vehicle.
Weese told Huckabee about a blue tote in the back seat, Huckabee reported.
On closer examination, the officer found it contained a precursor to methamphetamine.
Weese was charged with delivery/manufacture of a controlled substance greater than 200 grams and less than 400 grams.
Weese is being held in the Henderson County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
Unidentified person dies in fire
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt reports that a house fire off CR 3406, near Brownsboro resulted in a death.
At about midnight May 14, deputies Duane Sanders and Cliff Arnold responded to the scene of the house fire, along with Brownsboro and Chandler fire departments.
It was later determined that a person had indeed perished in the fire.
Justice of the Peace Sue Starnes ordered an autopsy, and the body was transported to Southwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Dallas.
Investigator Michael Teel and the Fire Marshal’s Office are looking into the incident.
The cause of the fire is yet to be determined. A positive identification of the deceased is still pending.
Gun Barrel City sets sites on CDB grant
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–The Gun Barrel City Council canvassed its May 8 election and swore in new office holders Dennis Wood as mayor and Dennis Baade and Melvyn Hayes as council members.
Plaques of appreciation were also awarded to retiring mayor Paul Eaton and outgoing council member Kevin Banghart for their service to the city.
The reconstituted council then heard from city manager Gerry Boren about hiring Traylor & Associates to assist the city in preparing its 2011-12 Texas Community Development Block Grant application for grant funding.
Boren said the city would apply for funding to make road, drainage and water and sewer improvements.
The window of time between application and grant award is just two months, Boren pointed out . 
“We’ll need projects that are shovel ready,” Boren said. “Traylor (& Associate) understands this.”
Hayes pointed out that the city didn’t have any water and sewer.
“Not yet,” Boren answered.
“However, we probably will need some new roads with the 90-acre purchase,” EDC president Steve Webster piped in.
The twelfth of the sales tax ($250,000) now going to roads could be used as a match for a road construction project (grant), Boren said.
A water project doesn’t have as high a match amount, he added.
The council unanimously approved engaging the services of Traylor & Associates.
“There’s no charge unless the city gains the grant,” Boren said.
As a final item, the council named Marty Goss mayor pro-tem.


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