Thursday, August 21, 2008

     

 

 

 

Man indicted for Arson in
Mid-Cities Storage fire

Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–A Gun Barrel City man was indicted on arson charges in connection with a blaze that heavily damaged a Mabank mini-storage business April 29.
William Henry Barnes, 53, was indicted for Arson, a first degree felony, in connection with an early-morning blaze that gutted a portion of Mid-Cities Storage.
Firefighters responding to the call and onlookers snarled traffic around nearby Southside Elementary during the morning school rush hour.
Barnes was living in the on-site apartment at the storage business with his wife, business manager Annette Barnes, and reportedly had an intense argument with business owner LeAnne Chamness the night before the fire.
Mabank police reported Annette Barnes had taken her dog to the vet, and was returning when she got a cell phone call from her husband, who said he had a can of gasoline and was going to burn the business and kill himself.
William Barnes received minor burns and smoke inhalation during the fire. He was treated at Parkland Hospital in Dallas and arrested on arson charges when he was released by doctors.
The indictment against Barnes was one of 43 True Bills returned by the Henderson County Grand Jury during an Aug. 13 session, according to information released by District Attorney Donna R. Bennett.
Other indictments were returned against:
• Joshua James Cannon, w/m (white male), 19, from Mabank, indicted for Aggravated Kidnapping; also indicted for Aggravated Sexual Assault; also indicted for Aggravated Robbery (repeat offender enhancement on all three indictments); also indicted for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.
• Cipriano Resendiz Banda, w/m, 41, from Athens, indicted for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.
• John Lynn Ross Jr., w/m, 35, from Frankston, indicted for Sexual Assault.
• Market Shane Mitchum Jr. w/m, 19, from Athens, indicted for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.
• Samuel Devoal Kiser, b/m (black male), 41, from Athens, indicted for Aggravated Robbery (habitual criminal enhancement).
• Paul Keith Dayter, w/f (white female), 47, from Kemp, indicted for Fraud.
• David Neill McElroy, w/m, 30, from Sulphur Springs, indicted for Theft Over $20,000/Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle/Theft Over $20,000.
• Timothy Sean Gannon, w/m, 40, from Athens, indicted for Driving While Intoxicated.
• Royce Ray Savell, w/m, 51, from Brownsboro, indicted for Driving While Intoxicated (habitual criminal enhancement).
• Tommy Wayne Roach, w/m, 47, from Athens, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.
• Gerald Eugene Cooper Jr., w/m, 33, from Chandler, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (repeat offender enhancement); also indicted for Evading Arrest.
• Teresa Diane Perez, w/f, 47, from Malakoff, indicted for Delivery of a Controlled Substance (two indictments).
• Jason DeWayne Cook, w/m, 34, from Athens, indicted for Evading Arrest; also indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Correctional Facility.
• Billy Michael Ortiz, w/m, 23, from Seagoville, indicted for Burglary of a Building.
• Jorge Arturo Diaz, w/m, 21, from Athens, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
• Clayton Wade Sneyd, w/m, 19, from Athens, indicted for Possession of Marijuana.
• Christopher James Sneyd, w/m, 21, from Athens, indicted for Possession of Marijuana; also indicted for Possession of a Prohibited Weapon.
• Rodney Keith Hollowell, w/m, 49, from Gun Barrel City, indicted for Possession of a Prohibited Substance in a Correctional Facility.
• Anthony Douglas Dike, w/m, 42, from Gun Barrel City, indicted for Driving While Intoxicated.
• Trena Louise Davis, also known as Trena Louise Rosales, w/f, 46, from Gun Barrel City, indicted for Driving While Intoxicated (repeat offender enhancement).
• James Lewis Thomas Jr., w/m, 41, from Trinidad, indicted for Driving While Intoxicated (two indictments).
• Ben Lee Johnson Jr., w/m, 47 from Montalba, indicted for Theft by Check (two indictments).
• Jerroid Dustin Miller, w/m, 31, from Athens, indicted for Burglary of a Habitation.
• Tamera Sue Higgs, w/f, 50, from Gun Barrel City, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
• Lawrence Earl Holland, b/m, 37, from Nacogdoches, indicted for Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle/Theft Over $1,500.
• Christopher Wayne West, w/m, 36, from Leander, indicted for Failure to Appear (repeat offender enhancement).
• Stephen Myers, w/m, 54, from Kemp, indicted for Driving While Intoxicated.
• James David Pickle, w/m, 46, from Athens, indicted for Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle with Two Prior State Jail Convictions.
• Marcus Dawan Taylor, b/m, 46, from Athens, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance in Drug Free Zone (two indictments; repeat offender enhancement on both indictments).
• Juan Cisneras Flores, w/m, 44, from Athens, indicted for Theft of Copper Wire.
• Arturo Delfino-Resendiz, w/m, 28, from Athens, indicted for Theft of Copper Wire.
• Winter Kay Kutscherousky, w/f, 25, from Mabank, indicted for Evading Arrest with a Deadly Weapon.

Electricity failure blacks out Kemp
Tree limb on feeder line blamed
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP– Members of the Kemp Economic Development Corporation had just sat down for their meeting when the lights went out.
The EDC met at 7 p.m. Monday when power went out all over the city of Kemp and remained off for about two hours.
Traffic lights, street lights, electric gas pumps at gas stations were all out of service.
“I guess it ( the power) was out everywhere. Our concern, though, was the water plant,” city manager James Stroman told The Monitor.
However, Stroman learned there was no danger to the water supply.
Staff at TXU explained a tree had come in contact with a feeder line, knocking out power to approximately 900 customers.
Missed Olympic 2008 highlights included medal winnings in gymnastics. China’s He Kexin did magnificently on the uneven bars taking Gold in a tie-breaking judgement based on individual scoring, edging out U.S.A.’s Nastia Liakin, who won the Silver.
Poland’s Leszek Blanik captured Gold, his country’s first ever in the event. Blanik took Bronze at Syndey 2000.

‘Kissing up’ gains new life at
Celebrity Waiter dinner



Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Mabank lawyer Mike Groom kisses all the Aggie class rings at the Stephen's
table, including that of chiropractor Amy Stephen, after losing an $1,000 celebrity
waiter's challenge Saturday at the Rotary Club’s Celebrity Waiter dinner at the
Athens Country Club. Bankrolling the challenge was Cedar Creek Lake veterinarian
Damon Stephen (left), who was the first to have his ring kissed.



 


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