Westside Tea Party
The Westside Tea Party movement meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June
14, at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. Organizers say they do
communicate with other groups in a six-county area and
The Environmental Co-op is hosting Environmental Day Camps from
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 14, 16, 21 and 23.
For information on cost and reservation call (972) 524-0007.
Camp Wildlife, a summer day camp, is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, June 15, at Cedar Mountain Lodge. Small fee for kids
includes lunch (adults pay for lunch). The lodge is located at
6950 CR 4082, Scurry. For information call Pam Corder at (469)
285-3370. Campers must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Henderson County Women’s council of Realtors meets at 8:30
a.m. Wednesday, June 15, at Cedar Creek Country Club. Speaker is
De De Galindo, granddaughter of Zig Zigler. RSVP to LaJean
Fenske at (903) 880-6628.
The Westside Senior Center is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday, June 16 (every Thursday), at the Cedar Creek Bible
Church Activities Building, 700 North Seven Points boulevard.
Seniors 55 and older are invited to enjoy a light lunch, snacks,
games and a speaker. For information call (903) 340-9672.
The American Legion Auxiliary is cooking dinner from 5 to 7 p.m.
Friday (stew, cornbread & desserts) and Saturday (a deluxe
meatloaf dinner), June 17-18. Proceeds go to send high school
junior girls to Girls State in Seguin.
Eustace Pioneer Day
The annual Eustace Pioneer Day is set for Saturday, June 18. It
begins with the fourth annual 5K run/walk at 8 a.m., then opens
at 9 a.m. with the arts & crafts booths and continues with
scheduled events all day until the street dance at 8 p.m. with
the music of John Allen and the Whiplash Band. For information
call Rick and Diane Schaeffer at (903) 425-4082.
The Confederate Rose Chapter 2548, United Daughters of the
Confederacy, meets at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at Tri-County
Library, Mabank. The chapter will not meet in July or August –
meetings resume in September.
56th annual Rodeo
The 56th annual Mabank Rodeo and Western week is set for Monday
through Saturday, June 20 - 25, at theAndrew Gibbs Memorial
Arena. Events include: Monday - queen rehearsal, Tuesday - games
at 6:30 and bed races at 8 p.m., Wednesday, queen’s dinner,
Thursday - rodeo, Friday - rodeo and Saturday, parade at 5 p.m.
Rodeo at 8 p.m. and dance at the pavilion, after the rodeo. The
event is sponsored by the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department.
Rope, Catch & Ride for Christ Arena Team is hosting a fundraiser
Saturday, June 25, at Mabank Rodeo, with a yearling colt. Monies
earned benefit the Larry Hardgrave Memorial Arena. For
information call Vickie Pyle at (903) 880-2695.
A day camp is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, with
John Bunker at Sands Wetland, 655 Martin Lane, Seagoville. Small
fee charged for camp, which includes lunch (adults pay for
lunch). For information call Pam Corder at (469) 285-3370.
Campers must RSVP to email@example.com.
Fisheries art event
The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is hosting Art’s Better
Outside from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25 (free with
regular admission). Artists from across Texas exhibiting, live
raptor programs, food and fun. For information call James booker
at (903) 670-2266.
Harbor Point POA
The Harbor Point POA meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at the
HPPOA pavilion located off Admiral Drive on Surfer View. Speaker
is Bill Fackler with the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 5-14 on
boating safety and rules of the lake. For information call (903)
887-1630 or (903) 887-6117.
Summer food program
Malakoff ISD is participating in the Summer Food Service
Program, providing free meals for all children age 18 and under
at Malakoff Elementary, 310 North Terry, Malakoff, and at the
Oran White Civic Center, 701 North Tool Drive, Tool. Malakoff
Elementary will offer breakfast from 7:30 to 8 a.m. and lunch
from noon to 1 p.m., while the Tool site offers lunch only from
11 a.m. to noon (first come, first served) through Thursday,
Kemp food program
The Kemp Summer Food Service Program is free to youth 1 to 18,
starting with breakfast from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. and lunch from
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursdays (closed Fridays),
through July 5, at the Kemp Junior High cafetorium, 102 Old U.S.
Microchip your pet
Southside Bank and Brookshire’s in Seven Points are sponsoring
Paws and Claws from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday in June. Buy
a hot dog and drink, and any monetary or wish list donation will
get a grooming discount at Tail Waggers. All proceeds benefit
the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake building campaign.
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4 held in vehicle/ID theft
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–Four individuals, including a father and son, were
arrested on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity
and fraudulent use/possession of identifying information
following a vehicle theft.
May 18, Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Sgt. Thomas
Goodell responded to the vehicle theft report in the Dixie Isle
subdivision, Sheriff Ray Nutt reported in a news release issued
The theft victim reported the vehicle had been taken sometime
overnight. While Goodell was taking the report, Malakoff Police
Department officers located the vehicle abandoned in their city.
Several items of personal property were taken from the vehicle,
including tools and the victim’s checkbook, Nutt reported.
During his investigation into the incident, Sheriff’s Office
Investigator Kendall Wellman uncovered evidence four individuals
were involved in the vehicle theft.
One suspect, Jake Smalley, 19, was arrested a few hours later,
and was found to be in possession of some of the victim’s
property, Nutt reported.
Deputy Brian Hall, Goodell and Malakoff officer Robert Siegmund
contacted the other three suspects at a Malakoff residence.
While at the residence, the officers uncovered evidence linking
the three to the vehicle theft.
As the investigation continued, Wellman learned the four
suspects were acting together to commit the theft and gain
profit from using the victim’s identification information, Nutt
After obtaining arrest warrants, Wellman, investigators Bradley
Gray, Wick Gabbard and Kaylon Rollins, along with Siegmund,
located and arrested Robert Russell Adams, 44, Smalley and
Lesley Henderson, also 19, May 26.
Robert Russell Adams II, 19, was arrested the next day, Nutt
All four were charged with engaging in organized criminal
activity (a third degree felony), while the elder Adams and
Smalley were also charged with fraudulent use/possession of
identifying information (a state jail felony).
The elder Adams was released June 3 after posting $30,000 bond,
while the younger Adams was released May 31 after posting
Smalley was released June 1 after posting $30,000 bond, while
Henderson was released May 28 after posting $25,000 bond.
City orders new truck, bans smoking in park
Trash pickup to start in January, 2012
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The city of Mabank is going into the trash collecting
Also, lighting up at an organized park activity or event is
Tuesday, the city council unanimously approved the new
restriction and the order of a single-axle, EPA-compliant,
diesel-powered chassis and trash compactor truck from the
governmental buy board.
The city’s current trash service contract with IESI is due to
expire the end of the year, utility supervisor Ronnie Tuttle
told council members. It will not be renewed or sent out for
Since last December, Tuttle has been researching the move, he
said and he’s sure the city can deliver the service with greater
The lease purchase covers a five-year period with a $35,600
payment annually. The truck will be under full warranty “from
tip to stern,” he said. “Any repairs, other than gas and tires,
is on them.”
Currently, the city pays $108,000 annually to IESI for trash
service, he said.
It will take three months to fill the truck order from two Texas
manufacturers, Tuttle said.
Most likely, the city will be divided over two days (Thursdays
and Fridays) for trash pickup, and the city will haul it away to
Ferris, he explained.
“We feel confident we’ll give better service to our citizens
then they are currently getting,” mayor Larry Teague said.
“This truck is going to be DOT (Department of Transportation)
certified and meet all the new EPA standards for exhaust
emissions. And because it’s a smaller truck, it won’t tear up
our streets like the heavier, double-axle trucks do now,” Tuttle
told The Monitor.
The city’s other trash hauler for commercial dumpsters will
remain in place, he added.
The city is not planning to hire any additional personnel.
No adjustment to the budget was necessary, as this capital
expense was anticipated as part of the annual expenses, Tuttle
The total cost comes to $161,455, and because it comes from the
buy board, no competitive bidding was necessary, as the board
guarantees the lowest price, he added.
Smokers attending city park events must now refrain from
lighting up or face a fine up to $500 for the Class C
This includes baseball, soccer and football fields during games
and practices, as well as during activities held at the pavilion
and rodeo grounds.
Signs are being ordered, and police will enforce the new
ordinance – something to remember with Western Week activities
In other business, council members:
• ordered the demolition of two dilapidated buildings in the
city, while three other property owners were given 30 days to
present their plans for necessary repairs and bringing
structures up to code.
The two to be razed are at 222 N. Kemp, and 505 W. Eubank. The
owners of these properties agreed to have the city take down the
The three given reprieves are at 503 S. 1st St., 201 Glenwood,
which was recently purchased with a view to renovate and
restore; and 227 Kemp. The latter house will be torn down after
cooler weather makes it possible to empty it of personal items
stored there at the owner’s request.
• established a $50 registration fee for service providers
acting as Backflow Prevention Testers. Service providers must
fill out an application, stating their rates and charges. This
primarily relates to tests performed on sprinkler system
installs and meets new requirements from the Texas Commission on
• tabled action on a resolution authorizing a property tax
abatement agreement between the city and JIT Manufacturing, Inc.
• authorized the issuance of a $20,000 line of credit from
Southside Bank for city credit cards for department heads, to
cover expenses associated with city business travel.
KC grand jury hands down indictments
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–Kaufman County Grand Jury members indicted Stephen
Capps, 35, of attempted capital murder, two counts of possession
of a controlled substance, evading arrest and endangering a
The charges result from a Feb. 14 car chase that began with a
Texas Department of Public Safety trooper who saw a car speeding
on Interstate 30 near Greenville.
Supposedly the driver would not yield to the officer trying to
pull it over.
The pursuit tracked along Farm-to-Market 986 and ended with
troopers firing on the car, wounding Capps twice in the abdomen.
During the chase, Capps drove toward troopers while dodging a
roadblock. This action prompted the attempted capital murder
During the arrest, Capps was found to be in posession of
controlled substances less than 4 grams.
Capps indictment was one of 35 indictments handed down May 18.
Indictment information obtained from the Kaufman County District
Clerk’s office does not include ages or addresses of defendants.
Indictments were returned against:
• Delondre Brashard Roberson, manufacture/delivery of controlled
substance more than 4 g less than 200 g, possession of
controlled substance in a drug free zone, possession of
marijuana more than 5 lbs in a drug free zone and unlawful
possession of firearm by felon (all offenses March 9).
• Nathan Chance Neighbors, injury to child/elderly/disabled with
intent of bodily injury (offense date Jan. 5).
• Michael Ray Bobo, deadly conduct discharge of firearm (Nov. 1,
• Michael Adams, theft more than $1,500 less than $20,000 (July
• Rosalinda Vasquez, fraudulent use possession of identifying
information (April 7).
• Nelson Collado, fraudulent use possession of identifying
information with 50 or more items (May, 10, 2010).
• Kristopher Jon Picaso, aggravated assault of date/family/house
with weapon (April 14).
• Sheila Michelle Smith, burglary of habitation (March 31).
• Robert Matthews Bolden, unlawful possession of firearm by
felon (May 5).
• Dustin Alan Reid, unauthorized use of vehicle and evading
arrest detention with vehicle (both offenses April 30).
• Billy Dewayne Denson, assault of family/house member to impede
breath/circulation (April 4).
• Franco Martinez, burglary of habitation (Nov. 1, 2009).
• Mary Margaret Morris, credit card or debit card abuse (Feb.
• Christopher Michael Rann, credit card or debit card abuse
• Johnathan Luther Lincoln, possession of marijuana more than 4
ounces (ozs) less than 5 pouns (lbs) and abandon/endanger child
criminal negligence (Jan. 25).
• Roger Glen McGee, possession of controlled substance less than
1 gram (g) (Jan. 24).
• Ronnie Bannister, possession/transportation of chemical
substance with intent to manufacture and evading arrest
detention with vehicle (both offenses Dec. 20, 2010).
• Cameron Lee Sabella, possession of controlled substance more
than 4 g less than 200 g and possession of controlled substance
less than 1 g (both offenses Dec. 4, 2010), arson (Jan. 29).
• James Don Lanier, arson (Jan. 29).
• Christopher James Mitchell, possession of marijuana more than
2 oz. less than 4 oz. in a drug free zone (March 31).
• James Carroll Bednar, burglary of building (March 20).
• Rudy DeLaRosa, prohibited substance in correctional facility
• Issac James Ross, evading arrest detention with vehicle (March
• Michael Lee-Aaron Crist, burglary of habitation (March 8).
• Brandon Keith Darrow, delivery of controlled
substance/marijuana to minor (Jan. 3).
• Holly Curtis Hutchins, possession of controlled substance less
than 1 g (Dec. 31, 2010).
• Brandon Lee Johnson, sexual assault (July 21, 2010).
• Casey Lee Sluder, credit card or debit card abuse (July 18,
• Chad Wayne Rice, driving while intoxicated with child under 15
years of age (March 12).
• Cayetano Grajeda Molinar, driving while intoxicated, third or
more offense (March 6).
• Roger Lynn Rice Jr., driving while intoxicated, third or more
offense (Oct. 22, 2010).
• Kenneth Brit, driving while intoxicated, third or more offense
(Aug. 30, 2010).
• Gwendolyn Johnson, driving while intoxicated, third or more
offense (Jan. 11).