Thursday, June 3, 2010




  House search reveals cocaine, unattended child
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–An Athens man will be charged with abandoning or endangering a child and possession of a controlled substance, after authorities conducting a warranted search discovered an unattended young child and a small quantity of crack cocaine.
About 5 p.m. May 19, Henderson County Drug Enforcement Unit investigators David Faught, Greg Hill, Ronny Halbert and Wick Gabbard, along with Maj. Botie Hillhouse, Capt. Kay Langford, Lt. Brian Tower, investigators Ceresa Ballard, Kalon Rollins, Michael Shelley, Kendall Wellman and John Daniels, along with members of the Athens Police Department, executed a search warrant at a residence located at 213 Williams St. in north Athens.
Investigators found a small quantity of suspected crack cocaine inside the residence, and also discovered a 6-year-old boy in the front bedroom.
“The child was alone inside the residence and exposed to an unreasonable risk of harm,” Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt noted in a prepared press release issued Thursday.
Investigators seized all of the drugs and other evidence.
The absent resident, Uleyses Charles Roberts, 40, will be charged with possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram, and abandoning or endangering a child, Nutt reported.
The possession charge is a State Jail felony, punishable by up to two years’ imprisonment in a State Jail facility and/or a fine up to $10,000.
Abandoning or endangering a child is a second degree felony, punishable by two to 20 years’ imprisonment and/or a fine up to $10,000, Nutt said.

Woman hurt, kids OK in rollover wreck

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Monitor Photos/Kerry Yancey
Medical responders, including Mabank fire marshal Mat Ewaskiw (center), load the Ford Explorer driver into a medical helicopter for transport from the scene. The accident is still under investigation whether the blowout was the cause, or a result of a late-afternoon rollover accident Friday in the eastbound lanes of U.S. Highway 175, just west of the State Highway 334 interchange. The female driver of the Explorer was ejected from the vehicle, but two children strapped in safety seats in the rear were unhurt. Attempts to obtain more information about the accident from the Gun Barrel City Police Department Tuesday were unsuccessful.

“Woof” bowling benefit set for June 5
Special to The Monitor
SEVEN POINTS–The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake (HSCCL) is holding a fund-raiser, for the “Raising the Woof” Building Campaign Saturday, June 5 at Lakeplex Lanes.
The Bowling Tournament & Family Fun Festival runs noon to 4 p.m. and all proceeds will go towards the building fund.
The winning team will receive a $50 gift card for each bowler; the second place team bowlers will each receive a $25 gift card; and third place bowlers will get a $20 bowling certificate for each player.
All players will receive a “goody bag.” You don’t have to be an experienced bowler to play. It’s all in fun and for a very good cause.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake thanks Lakeplex Lanes owner Don Gano for sponsoring the event.
For the younger crowd, a bounce house, along with a Seven Points Police car and fire truck will be on hand. Grilled hot dogs and beverages will also be available.
KCKL Radio will also be there passing out concert tickets and T-shirts.
And of course, there will be a pet adoption, and Friends of the Animals will also have a booth.
For bargain hunters, there will be a silent auction with a great variety of items, and also a giveaway of a water toy and life jacket.
Lakeplex Lanes is also holding a giveaway for a plush rocking horse that has sound, moves its head and tail – a must see.
This is one of many fund-raising events to be held in an effort to replace the Shelter building. The roof leaks, and the infrastructure will not support a new one. Contractors have determined it is more cost-effective to tear down the existing building than try and repair all the problems.
The Shelter has raised $83,000 so far.
The construction will be done in three phases.
Phase One plans for tearing down and rebuilding the existing main building, using the existing foundation and dog kennels. The cost is estimated at $140,000.
Phases Two and Three will run another $120,000.
The new facilities will offer a healthier place for the animals in need; cleaner working conditions for the staff and volunteers; better operation, ventilation, and drainage; more kennels and less overcrowding.
Since 1983, this community has grown approximately 61 percent. The shelter staff expects to handle over 3,000 animals before year’s end. HSCCL services Kaufman and Henderson counties.
How can you help?
Sign up to bowl by calling Cynthia at (903) 451-0159 or Kathy at (903) 778-2146 today! If you are not able to join in this fund-raiser, put your change in the donation boxes around town. Support HSCCL on the web  or  and click on the PayPal donation button to make a donation of any amount. Volunteer your time. HSCCL is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that operates on your generous donation.


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