Thusday, June 21, 2007







Youths beaten, left side of road
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 weeds.
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 the morning.

Man believed 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 reported Tuesday.
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 said.
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 the boat.
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 accident.”
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, he said.
“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
By Barbara Gartman
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.

He rehabilitates injured birds of prey, and then releases them back into the wild.
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 birds.
“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 service
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 334.
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.