Thursday, October 23, 2008





Pedestrian dies crossing SH 198
Monitor Staff Reports
CANEY CITY–A man was struck and killed Saturday night when he attempted to cross State Highway 198 in Caney City and was struck by a van.
According to bystanders, the Athens man Jackson Newsome, 38, stepped out of a dark spot on the east side of the highway a short distance from a curve in the roadway.
Supposedly, he was crossing the street to sing karaoke, Caney City Police Chief Kenneth Holder said.
A Caney Creek Baptist Church van was just rounding the corner and the driver did not see him until it was too late.
Holder estimated the van was traveling 45 to 50 mph at impact.
“The driver of the van was not at fault in any way,” Holder said.
Witnesses called 9-1-1.
The Log Cabin Police Department assisted in working the wreck, Holder said. Their department chaplain came to the scene to give be a calming influence to the occupants of the van, who were very upset by the incident.

City sees rash of car burglaries
Lock your car, even at home
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Mabank Police Chief Kyle McAfee warns city residents to keep their cars locked, especially overnight.
So far, he counts nine vehicle burglaries in the downtown area, which happened overnight Oct. 19-20 in the vicinity of East Market, West Cheeter, North Caster, North 10th and West Kaufman streets.
“They’re breaking into cars sometime after 11 p.m.,” McAfee told The Monitor.
Investigators were following up on a few leads Tuesday.
Residents hearing or seeing anything suspicious during these late hours are asked to call the Mabank Police Department at (903) 887-8500.

Motorcyclist injured
in early morning wreck

Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Another westbound motorcyclist is struck by a vehicle during the early morning hours.
Coming out of the sun Monday, the westbound motorcyclist on West Mason was just not seen by the driver of an eastbound white Ford Explorer as he tried to negotiate a left-hand turn.
Payne Springs resident Leonard Leg, 53, was transported by Care Flight to a Tyler hospital following the 7:15 a.m. accident with undetermined injuries.
His condition was not known by presstime Tuesday.
The driver of the Explorer was Dr. Chaim Banjo, a Dallas resident, who was reporting for work at the Mabank Medical Center at 802 W. Main when the motorcyclist was hit.

Inaugural “Paint The
Pinnacle Pink” event sings

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
About 70 participants line up to "Paint the Pinnacle Pink" Saturday in honor
of former club member Joanie Platt, a cancer survivor who died this year after
being stung by a wasp. The event raised $4,000 and was presented to the Susan
G. Komen Foundation in Platt’s memory. See more photos of the event in the
Sunday issue of The Monitor.


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