Youths beaten, left side of
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Three youths are recovering from injuries sustained
from a severe beating.
The Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident
and are looking at a number of suspects.
“The boys are OK,” Sgt. Josh Early told The Monitor Monday.
A resident on Farm-to-Market Road 148 near the Peeltown curve found the
first young man early Saturday morning, June 9, near his driveway.
Authorities used poles and sticks to search through tall grass and
A second boy was found in a ditch near a culvert, followed by a third.
The boys range in age from 14 to 22, Early said. No names were being
released at this time.
“They had been beaten up pretty bad,” he said.
One was airlifted to Parkland hospital by helicopter.
The other two were transported by ambulance to Presbyterian Hospital of
Kaufman, Early added.
He believes the boys were left there sometime during the wee hours of
drowned in lake
Monitor Staff Reports
PINNACLE CLUB–Henderson County Sheriff’s Office investigators and Game
Wardens continued searching southeastern Cedar Creek Lake Tuesday for a
Flower Mound man believed to have drowned late Saturday afternoon.
The missing man, identified as Richard John Edmundson, 43, was among a
group of five adults and eight children touring the lake on a pontoon
boat, sheriff’s office public relations officer Lt. Pat McWilliams
During the family tour, the group stopped the boat in the large open
space between the Pinnacle Club resort and the Caney City peninsula to
allow the children – who were wearing life jackets – to swim, McWilliams
As the children swam, the boat began to drift away, and around 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Edmundson went into the water to bring the children back to
Edmundson never made it to the children, as he quickly became exhausted
in the 70-degree water and disappeared under the surface before anyone
could reach him, McWilliams reported.
“There was no alcohol and no rowdyness,” he added. “It’s just a tragic
Family members believed they were in a spot about 300 yards off the
Esquire Estates point, near the mouth of Clear Creek, just east of the
Pinnacle Club gated resort community. The water is approximately 40 feet
deep in that area.
The area is far too large to conduct an intensive search, McWilliams
said, although U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary members, Payne Springs
volunteer firefighters and Game Wardens joined sheriff’s deputies in
looking for Edmondson.
“We’re on station, waiting for the body to surface,” McWilliams reported
via cell phone, adding searchers continue to patrol the shoreline and
the area believed to be the spot where Edmundson disappeared.
Family members were staying in the Log Cabin area prior to the accident,
“They (the family) thinks this is where they were, but they could have
been in the next cove – we’re not sure,” he said.
“We’re just waiting for the body to reappear for us to find, or for
someone else to find,” McWilliams said.
Birds of prey visit library
Monitor Staff Writer
SEVEN POINTS–Some birds of prey search in the dark of night and some
sore through sunny skies, looking for food.
These were some acts those attending a special show-and-tell program at
the Library at Cedar Creek Lake learned Tuesday.
Pierre Bradshaw of “On The Wing Again” knows birds of prey.
Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Pierre Bradshaw of On The Wing Again shows a great horned owl’s ability
to follow sound in search of prey. The owl can turn its head to the
point where he can look backwards.
rehabilitates injured birds of prey, and then releases them back into
He brought five birds to show and educate the approximately 150 children
and parents in attendance.
“They don’t make good pets.,” Bradshaw said.
“Even if you take a young bird from its nest before it sees its parent,
and the bird thinks you are its Mama, it is still wild. Only now, it
isn’t afraid of you,” Bradshaw explained.
It is illegal to have wild birds or even their feathers in your
possession, he said.
Bradshaw has both federal and Texas permits which enable him to help
“Having feathers dates back to when ladies hats were decorated with
them,” he said.
Bradshaw’s birds include two day hunters – a red-tailed hawk named
Hawkeye and an American Kestrel (sparrow hawk, the smallest falcon in
North America), and the hunters of the night – a screech owl named Chili
Pepper, a great horned owl and a bar owl.
The birds have been permanently disabled and will never be able to be
released back into the wild.
Bradshaw explained how four of the birds were injured.
Most of the children were very attentive.
When he finished and asked for questions, one child asked “what happened
to the last bird?”
Bradshaw realized he had forgotten to explain the last bird’s problem
and commended the child for his alertness.
Bradshaw is from Ferris and can be reached by calling (972) 842-2805.
Widening of SH 334 disrupts phone
Monitor Staff Reports
SEVEN POINTS–About 350 Embarq customers in Seven Points and Tool were
without telephone service Tuesday after a backhoe severed a
telecommunications cable at the intersection of state highways 274 and
While severing the cable, machinery also pushed it underneath a slab of
concrete, Embarq spokesman Don Houston told The Monitor.
The incident occurred about 8:30 a.m. in connection with the widening of
State Highway 334.
It wasn’t until early afternoon that the cable was clear to begin the
tedious resplicing work.
Houston estimated work would be completed by 8 p.m.