chase down fleeing suspect
Monitor Staff Reports
CANTONA police helicopter, K-9 unit, Van Zandt County Sheriffs Office, posse
and several police departments chased down an unknown subject seen running away from a
residence on County Road 1109 near State Highway 17 around 2 p.m. Tuesday.
It didnt take long for law enforcement to flush out Larry LeRoy Jackson Jr., 39, who
was taken into custody shortly before 4 p.m., according to a press release.
Deputies and investigators responded to a 9-1-1 call and established a perimeter.
While on the scene, an investigator spotted Jackson in a pasture and then saw him take off
running toward a wooded area.
The Canton police helicopter and K-9 Unit were called in to assist.
Earlier that day, a Precinct No. 1 constable had conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle in
which Jackson was a passenger. In that incident, Jackson took off running, and a foot
The chase was suspended after a thorough search of the area by all agencies proved futile.
Jackson is currently being held on Van Zandt County charges of evading arrest/detention
with bond set at $10,000.
Wood County revoked probation on a possession of controlled substance charge less than one
gram, penalty group 2 bond set at $10,000; also a charge of possession, more than four
grams and less than 200 grams with a bond set at $20,000.
Other charges include tampering/fabricating physical evidence with intent to block
prosecution, bond set at $30,000 and a second charge of possession greater than four grams
and less than 200 grams, bond set at $30,000.
Pink raises $6,316 for cancer research
Volleyball teams from Eustace and Malakoff high schools and middle schools did an amazing
job raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research. Volleyball players from both
school districts present a check for $6,125 to Malakoff ISD assistant superintendent and
cancer survivor Sybil Norris (center left) Oct. 15. The final number on funds raised
totaled $6,316.49. Eustace Coach Chuck Powers is seen in the background. Many thanks were
expressed to the businesses and organizations who helped with the final Dig
Pink event held at Malakoff High School.
Black Thursday recalled
Molen tours with snubbed vet group
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
SEVEN POINTSThe indignity of being turned away from a Dallas restaurant at the top
of Reunion Tower cannot compare to suffering capture under the Germans during World War
II, former POW and Henderson County resident Herman Molen told The Monitor Thursday.
Molen met with a few of the survivors of the second Schweinfurt bombing mission of Oct.
14, 1943, last week, as they do every year.
Known in history as Black Thursday, the mission ended in disaster for 60 of
the 300 planes conducting a bombing run over Germany.
This was the first reunion of veterans of that infamous mission to be held in Dallas
thanks to the hospitality of Molens niece, Canton resident Betty Sweetman,
who helped organize it.
As a hostess, Sweetman was embarrassed that the veterans were turned away.
A hostess for Wolfgang Pucks Five Sixty restaurant (located 560 feet above the
ground in the Reunion Tower) refused the men entrance, because their reunion-printed
T-shirts and walking shorts did not conform to the restaurants dress code.
The group had been touring the city most the day, when they thought to get a
birds-eye view of Dallas from the revolving restaurant atop the tower.
The restaurant manager tried to make amends with the group by sending a bottle of Scotch
and a written invitation to return, but the men didnt take him up on his offer.
We were humiliated once, so I dont think they have any interest in stepping
back in there, Sweetman told The Dallas Morning News.
In the aftermath, all involved in the restaurant agreed that the veterans should not have
been turned away.
Molen, 88, wasnt part of the tour that day, opting to remain at the hotel and
reminisce with another member from their group who didnt feel up to the tour.
They didnt know they had to be dressed up to get in, so they (the restaurant)
threw their butts out, Molen said.
The men were wearing caps that identified themselves as veterans, and only one was in
walking shorts, he pointed out.
It was a big mistake on the part of the restaurant, he said.
Jay Coberly told the DMN that if he could spend two years in a POW camp, he could have
handled sitting in a fancy restaurant for a few minutes.
We werent dressed like hobos. We were just dressed comfortably, the
93-year-old retired hospital administrator from Maryland told the newspaper.
Weve been all over the country, and weve never had this kind of problem.
Dallas must be a first-class town, Coberly added mockingly.
Even Dallas mayor Tom Leppert joined in trying to make amends, sending along gold-colored
lapel pins bearing the citys seal that the men could add to their hats.
In a letter to the group, Leppert said Your sacrifice and commitment to our nation
is what makes you an invaluable part of our city today ... We render homage to the
selflessness, loyalty and heroism demonstrated by the 8th Army Air Force, also known as
the Mighty 8th.
Molen said his POW experience is chronicled through William Holdens performance in
the movie Stalag 17.
He escaped from the prison camp, located just outside Schweinfurt, Germany, three times
and spent 21 days in solitary confinement each time.
I was the bad boy. Nobody liked me neither the Germans nor the Americans.
They felt I was putting their lives in danger, he said.
However, one of those escape attempts was successful, in that he was able to liberate
the Grey Ghost, a saboteur the Germans greatly wanted to destroy.
The prison camp commander asked Molen to get him out, and he did, escaping to Graz,
Austria (where the governor of California is from).
Molen was recaptured there and brought back. However, the Grey Ghost went undetected, and
remained in Austria until the end of the war, he said.
Molen spent 19 months as a POW.
A part of the 305th Bombing Group, he and the flight crew had to parachute out after a
rocket hit the plane, injuring him and the navigator.
He suffered starvation and solitary confinement three times twice while sick with
the mumps and pneumonia.
During a starvation march of 126 miles, he and the rest of the camp were liberated by the
Panther 13th Armor Division.
I was determined to survive, he said. And he did.