Thursday, October 15, 2009








Torrential rains fill ditches, flood roads
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Heavy rains moved through the area Tuesday, filling ditches, flooding roads and parks, and causing road closures throughout Kaufman, Van Zandt and Henderson counties.
A chance of thunderstorms through Thursday was predicted, with the promise of clear skies on Friday.
City and county road crews were kept busy Tuesday, clearing debris clogging culverts and placing barricades across flooded roadways.
Kaufman County reported flooded roadways along 4007, 4008, 4009 and 4011, while a bridge on 4009 was reported to have a hole in it.
A flash flood warning for Kaufman and Van Zandt counties was issued around 10 a.m. by the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
A flood warning also was issued for Henderson County through the evening, when rain fall was expected to taper off a bit.
Mabank street crews were busy clearing culverts of heavy branches and tree fall due to the weather along Ninth and Walnut streets, and the baseball fields and walking track looked more like a pond than a park.
A close watch was being kept on the bridge just north of the park pavilion in Mabank. At one point, water was washing across the bridge, utility supervisor Ronny Tuttle reported.
Optimist Park in Seven Points was also turned into a swimming hole by heavy rains and drainage into the area, as were parts of Pritchett Lane and Jess Hinton.
In Trinidad, a gas station on State Highway 274 was reported to be under water around mid-morning.
Henderson County Precinct 1 Commissioner Joe Hall said he had every crew member out on the roads, and every barricade employed in an effort to steer motorists clear of flooded roadways.
Water was being released through the Cedar Creek Lake spillway through four gates raised to three feet, and four more gates raised to two feet, for a total of 20 gate-feet, according to the local Tarrant Regional Water District Office in Trinidad.
Hall said the rains received in 2007, for which the area received FEMA funding to repair roadways, were worse than what we’ve been seeing recently.
No major injuries or traffic accidents related to the excessive rain were reported by presstime late Tuesday afternoon.


Man charged in drug lab activity
Monitor Staff Reports
LEISURELAND–A Eustace man involved in suspicious activity at a Leisureland addition residence was arrested Friday and charged with a first-degree felony.
Kelly Gene Landwermeyer, 42, was discovered with components used in the manufacture of methamphetamines and about 200 grams of the stuff. He is being held a on $50,000 bond.
Henderson County Sheriff’s Office investigator Kalon Rollins observed two men at what appeared to be an unoccupied residence on Shady Shores Drive, a press release stated.
While investigating the possibility of suspicious activity, Rollins located several implements, which indicated the presence of a drug lab.
Further looking uncovered about 200 grams of meth, along with materials used to manufacture the drug.
Narcotics investigators Darryl Waller and David Faught responded to the scene, and assisted in analyzing and processing the chemicals found at the residence.
Law enforcement is seeking two other suspects who fled the residence prior to backup officers arriving.
Landwermeyer has a jail record going back to 1995 in Henderson County, including charges of burglary, possession of marijuana and violation of parole.
Officers from the cities of Eustace and Log Cabin also responded to search the area for other suspects.


Man gets felony weapon charges
Accidently shoots self with short-barreled shotgun
Monitor Staff Reports

BRIERWOOD BAY–A man accidently shot himself Friday and was later arrested for possession of an explosive device and a prohibited weapon, a third degree felony.
Earnest Troxell, 50, was transported to the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.
Henderson County deputies responded to a shooting in Brierwood Bay, near Coffee City.
A search warrant was obtained for Troxell’s residence when deputies found a short barreled fire arm under 26 inches in length and a pipe bomb in Troxell’s driveway.
In addition, the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm (ATF) enforcement unit and a bomb squad from Bossier City, La., were also dispatched to the scene.
In the meantime, neighbors within a 300-foot perimeter of Troxell’s house were being evacuated.
The punishment for possession of a prohibited weapon or explosive device upon conviction is a two- to 10-year state jail sentence.
The ATF is expected to file federal charges, as well.

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