Sunday, November 2, 2008

     

 

 

 

Man gets 40 years for 40 robberies
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–A repeat convenience store robber, who ran out of luck and was arrested November, 2007, by Gun Barrel City Police, was sentenced in 173rd District Court Oct. 23.
Suspected in more than 40 robberies throughout East Texas, Carl Leonard Lively, 54, of Palestine was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
He also faces charges for crimes in 32 other counties.
The plucky owner of the Point One Beverage store in Seven Points resisted him by handing over money one bill at a time while countering his hand un with a lead pipe when he robbed her Seven Points store in July, 2007.
All the while, her video cameras recorded him and his blue Chevrolet Tahoe.
Gun Barrel City Police responding to a fender bender in the Wal-Mart Store parking lot in November, 2007, recognized the Tahoe from the video surveillance and took Lively into custody.
Lively was then picked out of a line up by Phan Sim, Point One Beverage store owner.
An eight-county task force had been looking for him since May, 2007.

Voters to decide whether
to raise sales tax or not

Malakoff seeks funding source for crime control and EDC
By Michael V. Hannigan
Monitor Staff

MALAKOFF–Slotted in among the candidates and questions making the most noise as Election Day Tuesday approaches, are two relatively quiet, but important, propositions for Malakoff voters.
City voters will be asked to raise the city’s sales tax one-half penny to fund a Crime Control and Prevention District and an Economic Development Corporation (EDC).
Voters will be asked to:
- Raise the sales tax rate three-eighths of a penny to fund a Crime Control and Prevention District.
- Raise the sales tax rate one-eighth of a penny to fund an EDC.
Voters can approve either option, both options, or neither option.
If both options are approved, the sales tax rate would increase from 7.75 cents per dollar to 8.25 cents per dollar.
Officials have said that if both propositions are approved, it could raise an additional $107,000 for the city based on last year’s sales tax figures. That would be about $80,000 for the Crime Prevention District and about $27,000 for the EDC.
Revenue has been a hot button issue for the city ever since residents voted to roll back the tax rate in January.
In April, the city’s auditor warned council members about their financial situation.
“This is at least the third year in a row the general fund balance has deteriorated,” Frank W. Steele of Hudson Anderson & Associates told council members during his audit report.
The proposal to increase the sales tax rate is the city’s answer to raising money without raising property tax.
The Crime Prevention District, if approved, could use its money to fund a wide range of police and law enforcement activities such as paying for more officers or equipment, community-related crime prevention programs, drug treatment programs or youth programs.
As part of the required process for setting up the district, a proposed two-year budget had to be approved by the City Council.
The budget calls for the following in the first year (funds only available from July to the end of the fiscal year):
• $8,000 for one officer
• $7,500 for three radar units
• $1,200 for training
• $1,200 for youth education
• $2,162 in reserve
The budget calls for the following in Year 2 (first full year of funding):
• $60,817 for two officers
• $5,000 for two radar units
• $1,500 for training
• $1,500 for youth education
• $5,000 for six shotguns and locking racks
• $6,433 in reserve
A temporary board of directors composed of Tommy Hayes, Tommy Tanner, Delanda Johnson, Peggy Newberry, Mayor Pat Isaccson, councilman Tim Trimble, and Mike Coffman, chairman of the board, helped develop the budget with Police Chief Billy Mitchell. If the district is approved by voters, a permanent board will be put in place.
The EDC, if approved by voters, can use its money to help with job creation, infrastructure improvements, downtown development or a wide variety of other eligible projects.
During the workshops, council members seemed most interested in using that money on the city’s parks. However, according to state law an EDC board is not established unless the voters approve the sales tax increase. That board, with city council approval, will decide how to spend the EDC money.
City council members budgeted this year with an eye toward the proposed sales tax increase, setting the tax rate at .221069 per $100 valuation. The council could have increased the rate to .237417 per $100 valuation without triggering a possible rollback election, but decided against the increase. Instead, city officials decided to concentrate their efforts toward Election Day.

Blue Spader medics set royal standard
Kemp grad fights to save lives in Afghanistan
By SSgt. Adora Medina
Special to The Monitor

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (Oct. 20)–The fighting is continuous in the Konar Province of Afghanistan, as 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division soldiers press the fight in Taliban-infested terrain.
Task Force Spader medics are busy fighting too, but a completely different battle – one to help save lives.
“We have unfortunately received quite a few casualties and we’ve also had a few fallen heroes, but the fighting is daily,” Lt. Timothy Anderson, 1-26 medical officer and Knoxville, Tenn., native said.
“I don’t remember a day since I’ve been here that at least one of our companies within task force Spader hasn’t had some type of enemy attack,” Anderson said. “So every day it’s a potential that we will be conducting some type of evacuation.”
In this intensely active region, medics must respond quickly when treating the wounded.
To make sure they are ready for combat, new arrivals to the Spader family must pass a series of training events before being pushed out into the battle field.
The tests are meant to simulate the combat environment and give officers a feel for how each medic may respond under the stress of battle.
So far, the medics have surpassed their leaders’ expectations, going above and beyond to keep their fellow infantrymen in the fight.
“I only got to the unit two months before we deployed,” Sgt. 1st Class Jamie Lane, 26, a medic platoon sergeant and El Paso native said.
“I was kind of worried that I never really got to train with them and see what they can do. But they surprised me, especially our line medics that are out there (in the forward operating bases). They’re out there alone and they do an outstanding job.”
The line medics cover a lot of ground as they are spread out amongst the 1-26 company. And they don’t stop at anything to save the lives of their comrades, even it if means putting themselves in harm’s way.
“We had a soldier up at the Korengal Outpost ,and the report I received was he was injured and was still treating six other casualties,” Anderson said. “He embraced the philosophy of ‘soldiers first’ and treated his patients to make sure they were squared away.”
The Soldiers First philosophy seems the norm among Blue Spader medics as a similar incident occurred with Sgt. Reagan Stockman, who hails from Kemp, Texas.
While conducting a mission with his company, Stockman came under enemy contact and without regard for his own safety, went out to administer aid to the injured.
It wasn’t until every casualty was properly treated that he received any type of care for himself.
“It’s a pattern. We consistently get those same types of reports. It’s just how the forward combat medics conduct business,” Anderson said.
Aside from saving soldiers’ lives, medics also provide care to the local population, opening their gates to the sick and wounded during daily sick call hours.
“Within our first six weeks here, we’ve seen more than 750 patients, mainly local nationals and we’ve seen through our aid station here alone probably around 20 or 30 trauma patients,” Lane said.
Medical care doesn’t end there. Medics also travel around to the various towns and villages to cater to the medical needs of the community.
In providing care to the infantrymen on the ground and the locals in Konar Province, the Blue Spader medics are winning the war, one patient at a time.
(Editor’s note: This article was brought in by Stockman’s proud grandfather, J.T. McCord)


Courtesy Photo
Sgt. Reagan Stockman sits with his back to the camera (right) along with another
soldier overlooking some of the rough terrain Army infantrymen and medics operate in.


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