Thursday, August 16, 2007






  Den of thieves found
Monitor Staff Reports
PAYNE SPRINGS–The Henderson County Sheriff’s Department has uncovered a den of thieves possibly connected to the distribution of marijuana, sheriff’s department spokesman Lt. Pat McWilliams told The Monitor.
Deputies arrested four individuals in the Cherokee Shores subdivision last week and are looking for a fifth.
The investigation began Aug. 7, when Log Cabin resident Shawn Kelsay reported his trailer filled with construction tools had been stolen from his Lakeland Drive residence, McWilliams reported.
Meanwhile, another call from Ramona Richardson reported the family Ford SUV, which was in the possession of their daughter, had just been taken by the daughter’s former boyfriend. Mr. Richardson was in pursuit of it in the Cherokee Shores subdivision.
Deputies caught up with the vehicle just as the driver was walking away from it.
A search of the vehicle revealed it contained construction tools believed to be from the Kelsay theft.
Upon further investigation, officers were led to the abandoned stolen trailer and they arrested two suspects, James Allen Allgood, 20, and Michael Shane Allgood, 26.
Both were charged with theft of property over $1,500 and less than $20,000.
Bonds were set at $5,000 each Friday.
Questioning of the suspects led to 392nd District Judge Carter Tarrance issuing search warrants for a residence and buildings at 7126 Broken Bow in the Cherokee Shores subdivision.
Investigators, assisted by a SWAT unit, executed the warrants and additional stolen property was recovered, along with more than four ounces of marijuana and $1,643 in cash McWilliams reported.
Deputies also arrested Brian Keith Chambers, 42, on a charge of possession of marijuana, and theft of property from $1,500 to $20,000.
Chambers’ bond was set at $15,000.
Christopher Lee Chambers, 21, was also charged with theft of property from $1,500 to $20,000. His bond was set at $5,000.
A felony arrest warrant has been issued for a fifth suspect, Raymond Terrell Goodwin Jr., 28.

County readies for election
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

ATHENS–Henderson County Commissioners approved a consolidated list of polling places for the Nov. 6 constitutional amendment election Tuesday.
“This saves the county a good bit of money,” County Clerk Gwen Moffeit said.
The amended list of polling places contains just one change from the 15-site list commissioners approved April 3 for the May 13 election.
The specific change affects voters in Coffee City and Moore Station.
Those in Precinct 4BV will now vote at Coffee City Hall/Fire Department, instead of Moore Station Community Center, where they voted in May, Moffeit explained.
There are 484 registered to vote at Moore Station. About 2,370 voters are registered at Coffee City Hall.
On Nov. 6, voters will be asked to decide on 16 propositions, so far, ranging in subjects from
• funding a cancer research center, and
• issuing up to $250 million in general obligation bonds to the Texas Water Development Board to assist economically stressed areas, to
• selling property acquired through eminent domain back to the previous owners at the price government paid to acquire it, and
• authorizing the denial of bail to persons vilating certain court orders or conditions of realease in a felony or family violence case.
For a full list of the propositions going on the ballot, go to
In other business, commissioners:
• accepted a bid of $250 for a small lot in Log Cabin. Precinct 1 Commissioner Joe Hall described the lot as overgrown and fit for a travel trailer. Though valued at $1,000, the property has been off the tax roll since December, 2001.
“It’s time it was back on the tax roll,” Hall said.
• approved a payroll change as presented.
• tabled two agenda items at the request of Precinct 4 Commissioner Jerry West regarding roads in his precinct.
West did not attend, due to a death in the family. His brother, Jack Elton West, died over the weekend and funeral services were set for Tuesday. Commissioners all planned to attend. Jack West was 77 and lived in the Murchison area. See page 11B for his obituary.
• paid bills totaling $194,361.31.
The county had no plats, bids, budget amendments or contracts to consider. The short agenda was completed in a record time of 15 minutes, with Precinct 2 Commissioner Wade McKinney presiding in place of County Judge David Holstein.

American Red Cross open house
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
American Red Cross volunteer Jennifer Young invites a young visitor to take a piece of candy from a parrot piñata at her Spanish-speaking display booth during an open house held Saturday at the Lakeview Assembly of God in Seven Points, which doubles as a disaster relief center. The Red Cross is looking for volunteers to help staff the center, should it be pressed into service during the coming hurricane season. Volunteers get free training in a number of areas, including First Aid and CPR training, set for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell

Lakeview Assembly of God pastor Don Bells looks over a display on services the American Red Cross provides in time of disaster. The displays also showed items that should be included in an emergency supply kit. For information on how you can be a Red Cross volunteer, call (903) 675-2301.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell

American Red Cross volunteers Sharon Richardson and Cleo Shumate pose next to their booth at an open house at Lakeview Assembly of God in Seven Points. The Red Cross helps children cope with the aftermath of disasters.