Thursday, September 13, 2007







PWC thefts investigated
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Henderson County authorities are seeking information into the theft of a number of personal watercraft from Cedar Creek Lake homes.
While personal watercraft (PWC) thefts are fairly routine, “there’s been a rash of them the last two, three, four weeks,” Henderson County Sheriff’s Office information officer Lt. Pat McWilliams reported Monday.
Deputies recovered two PWCs this past weekend, one Friday and one Saturday, and it appeared someone had tried to deliberately sink them, McWilliams said.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Henderson County deputies fish out a personal watercraft at the Causeway Marina early Friday. A number of personal watercraft have been reported stolen from Cedar Creek Lake homes recently.

Most of the thefts have been in the Leisure Land subdivision of Gun Barrel City, and in Seven Points near the State Highway 334 causeway, he said.
The PWC found partly submerged off the Southwood Shores subdivision Saturday was traced to Leisure Land resident Peggy Brown, and was stolen during the early morning hours of Sept. 2, McWilliams reported.
“It was a brand-new Kawasaki, with only about 15 hours on it,” and worth about $8,700, McWilliams added.
The PWC’s ignition had been broken, and the craft was scraped, as though it had collided with a dock or another vessel, he added.
“All indications are that these (thefts) are by joyriders, but we don’t know if they’re kids or adults,” McWilliams said.
McWilliams urged anyone with information about the thefts to contact the sheriff’s office at (903) 675-5128, or to contact CrimeStoppers at (903) 675-8477.

Three hurt in GBC construction accident
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell

Emergency medical responders transport one of three people injured in a fall on a construction site at the Heritage Cove development in Gun Barrel City Friday. The early-morning accident reportedly involved improvised scaffolding. Local emergency officials referred all questions to the Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regional office in Dallas, and federal officials did not return calls seeking comment by presstime Tuesday.




Three arrested in Mabank crack bust
Store site of drug sting
Special to the Monitor
MABANK–An undercover investigation led to a crack cocaine bust in Mabank Sept. 5.
The Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department had conducted an undercover investigation, resulting in a bust at the Shell convenience store, located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 175 and State Highway 198, Sgt. Richard Gaddis reported.
Approximately 4 grams of crack cocaine was seized during the bust, he reported.
Three subjects – a black male, a white male and a white female – were transported to the Kaufman County Law Enforcement Center and booked on charges of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance.
Those arrested were identified as Eric Ray Franklin, 25, from Mabank, Tabitha Dagnall, 21, also from Mabank, and Gary Don Marrs, 51, of Kemp, Gaddis reported.