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
William Henry Barnes, 53, was indicted for Arson, a first degree felony,
in connection with an early-morning blaze that gutted a portion of
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
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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• Clayton Wade Sneyd, w/m, 19, from Athens, indicted for Possession of
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• Arturo Delfino-Resendiz, w/m, 28, from Athens, indicted for Theft of
• Winter Kay Kutscherousky, w/f, 25, from Mabank, indicted for Evading
Arrest with a Deadly Weapon.
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
table, including that of chiropractor Amy Stephen, after losing an
waiter's challenge Saturday at the Rotary Club’s Celebrity Waiter dinner
Athens Country Club. Bankrolling the challenge was Cedar Creek Lake
Damon Stephen (left), who was the first to have his ring kissed.