Thursday, August 13, 2009







Tool mayor arrested on DWI
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Tool mayor J. Michael Black was arrested Monday morning and charged with driving while intoxicated, following an accident in Gun Barrel City.
Shortly before 8:30 a.m. Monday, the Gun Barrel City police were called to a traffic accident at Welch Lane and 900 Main Street, according to a press release.
Ronda Newton, 43, of Trinidad, along with a passenger, was driving a 2000 Dodge Intrepid eastbound on Main Street when she stopped at the red light at Welch Lane.
While at the red light, a 2004 GMC Sierra, driven by Black, 62, came up behind and failed to stop.
Minor damage was reported to both vehicles.
During the investigation, Black’s demeanor indicated that his driving ability was impaired.
Subsequently, Black was transported to the Emergency Room in Gun Barrel City, where he cooperated fully, giving a blood sample.
Black was then arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated.

Game room busted
Monitor Staff Reports
KAUFMAN–In a joint effort, law enforcement from Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office and the Terrell Police Department conducted a sting operation, resulting in the closure of an illegal gambling facility in the city of Terrell.
The illegal eight-liner operation was located in the 5400 block of U.S. Highway 80 and had about 50 machines.
The investigation found its patrons being given cash prizes. The establishment was manned by a security guard and a cash attendant, according to a press release from Kaufman County.
Investigators confiscated $2,900 in cash, a 12-gauge shotgun and disabled all eight-liner machines.
At least three felony arrests on organized crime charges are expected to develop from the case.
“From time to time, these illegal gambling activities surface in Kaufman County,” Sheriff David Byrnes stated. “We have a zero tolerance policy and will continue to take the appropriate enforcement action against them when discovered.”

Police find car with $23K
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–A traffic stop in north Mabank Aug. 4 yielded $23,000 in $100 bills.
Also found during the search of a white 1998 Chevrolet Z71 was a blue MagLight flashlight containing one syringe, and a yellow eye contact case holding a bag of white powder believed to be methamphetamine.
Officer Joshua Early initiated the traffic stop just after 3 a.m. in the parking lot of the Gold Buckle on State Highway 198 north for unconfirmed insurance.
Kaufman County dispatch advised that the driver’s license of Stephen Lewis Moreno, 26, had been suspended, adding he had several warrants on him out of Dallas County.
With consent to search the vehicle, Early found the cash and suspected drugs.
The Mabank Police Department is filing to seize the $23,000 and the car.
Moreno has had at least three area arrests.

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