Torrential rains fill ditches,
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
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
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
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
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
Henderson County deputies responded to a shooting in Brierwood Bay, near
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.