Sunday, November 14, 2010

 

Former Seven Points mayor, two councilmen indicted
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–A former Seven Points mayor and two current council members have been indicted by the Henderson County Grand Jury.
Former mayor Gerald Taylor, 42, was named on two indictments for Abuse of Official Capacity.
Councilman Jeremy “Bubba” Powell, 31, also was indicted for Abuse of Official Capacity.
Long-time councilman Tommy Taylor, 66, was indicted for Bribery, according to information released Wednesday by District Attorney Scott McKee.
None of the indictments are connected with the difficulties now being experienced by the Seven Points city council, which has been unable to meet regularly, due to the absence of three council members, including Powell.
Wednesday, Gerald Taylor said he had not been contacted by authorities.
“I probably won’t hear anything until I hear from my attorney,” he said.
Tommy Taylor said Wednesday he was notified about an investigation Nov. 4, and did not know any details of the allegations against him.
“If I’ve done anything wrong, I apologize to the citizens I serve,” Taylor said.
Gerald Taylor’s and Powell’s indictments allege they cashed checks made out to them through the municipal court. As city officials, they were essentially using the city court as their bank, leading to the abuse of official capacity charges.
The multi-page indictments of both men allege each transaction as a separate incident.
According to Henderson County officials, Gerald Taylor cashed approximately $30,000 in checks during a two-year period.
Tommy Taylor’s bribery charge stems from an allegation that he worked with former city judge Monica Corker to obtain community service for a female offender.
The indictments were included in 57 True Bills returned by the grand jury following a session Monday, McKee reported.
Indictments were also returned against:
• Ricky Glen Owens, w/m (white male), 51, from Kemp, indicted for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon/Assault Causing Bodily Injury with Prior Conviction.
• Terry Shannon Baker, w/m, 39, from Carrollton, indicted for Intoxication Assault/Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon (two counts).
• William Bragg, w/m, 18, from Brownsboro, indicted for Sexual Assault of a Child.
• Marcus Lanham Emmons, w/m, 19, from Eustace, indicted for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.
• Scott Michael Young, w/m, 38, from Mineola, indicted for Online Criminal Solicitation of a Minor.
• Johnny Dale Jones, w/m, 57, from Gun Barrel City, indicted for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon (two indictments); also indicted for Failure to Stop and Render Aid.
• Alan Ray Gothard, w/m, 46, Gun Barrel City, indicted for Assault Family Violence by Strangulation.
• David Earl Maddox, w/m, 54, from Malakoff, indicted for Injury to a Child.
• Bryan Andrew Buchanan, w/m, 18, Mabank, indicted for Intoxication Assault.
• Royce Neil Couey, 47, from Brownsboro, indicted for Criminal Non-Support.
• Darrell Scott Dabbs, w/m, 41, from Reisel, indicted for Burglary of a Habitation (two indictments); also indicted for Burglary of a Building.
• Brent Edward Dollgener, w/m, 31, from Seven Points, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
• Lonnie Ray Cole, w/m, 47, from Gun Barrel City, indicted for Theft over $1,500.
• Kimberly Ann McMillan, w/f (white female), 42, from Mabank, indicted for Driving While Intoxicated, third or subsequent offense.
• Erica Guerro Rodriguez, w/f, 33, from Athens, indicted for Theft over $1,500.
• Tommy Joe Taylor, w/m, 46, from Chandler, indicted for Theft of Service/Criminal Mischief over $1,500.
• Kendrick Jarod Harmon, b/m (black male), 18, from Athens, indicted for Theft over $1,500.
• Thomas Albert Mccullough, w/m, 53, from Athens, indicted for Possession of Marijuana.
• Carlton Pettit Jr., w/m, 53, from Athens, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
• David Kevin Thomson, w/m, 56, from Flint, indicted for Possession of a Prohibited Substance in a Correctional Facility.
• Mary Karla Mraz, w/f, 40, from Mabank, indicted for Forgery by Passing.
• Brooke Ashely Christopher, w/f, 25, from Athens, indicted for Failure to Stop and Render Aid.
• Donald Ray Dollison, w/m, 43, from Gun Barrel City, indicted for Driving While Intoxicated, third or subsequent offense; also indicted for Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Passenger (three indictments).
• Anita Keene Hagen, w/f, 41, from Chandler, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
• Kenneth Robert Menchey Jr., w/m, 30, from Jacksonville, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
• Kimberly Ann Wood, w/f, 40, from Eustace, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Drug Free Zone (repeat offender enhancement).
• Timothy James Hunt, w/m, 48, from Eustace, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Drug Free Zone.
• Clyde Arthur Clark, w/m, 31, from Gun Barrel City, indicted for Possession/Transport of a Anhydrous Ammonia.
• Randy Glen Lucas, w/m, 39, from Mabank, indicted for Evading Arrest.
• Ernest Floyd Thompson, w/m, 53, from Mabank, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
• Vernon Scott Fletcher, w/m, 55, from Eustace, indicted for Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance.
• Mary Virginia Ellis, w/f, 57, from Eustace, indicted for Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance.
• Roy Alton Martin Jr., w/m, 39, from Gladewater, indicted for Theft over $1,500.
• Don Powell Bone, w/m, 24, Gun Barrel City, indicted for Failure to Comply with Registration Requirements.
• Jeremy David McCellon, also known as Jeremy David McCullon, w/m, 38, from Chandler, indicted for Theft over $1,500.
• Billy Wayne Goolsby, w/m, 43, from Gun Barrel City, indicted for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon; also indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Two Prior State Jail Convictions.
• Gary Wayne Roberts, w/m, 30, from Mabank, indicted for Theft over $1,500.
• Courtney Ray Goldsby, b/m, 23, from Athens, indicted for Theft over $1,500.
• Joel Steven Rickman, w/m, 31, from Seven Points, indicted for Theft over $1,500.
• Richard Blake Duncan, w/m, 30, from Athens, indicted for Theft over $20,000.
• John Wesley Dodd, w/m, 25, from Malakoff, indicted for Burglary of a Habitation (two indictments).
• Antowone Andy Belin, b/m, 37, from Fort Worth, indicted for Forgery by Passing.
• Anthony Marquis Ross, w/m, 33, from Forth Worth, indicted for Forgery by Passing.
• Anthony Deorn Washington, b/m, 48, from Dallas, indicted for Forgery by Passing.

 

ETMC plans hospital for GBC
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Mayor Dennis Wood announced that East Texas Medical Center plans to build a small hospital in Gun Barrel City during a town hall meeting Monday.
He said he, along with others, met with CEO Elmer Ellis, who assured them he would “get the money somehow” to build one.
Ellis also gave Wood an architectural drawing of such a facility with reflecting pool, much as the one in Athens has.
“They’re thinking 70 to 100 beds,” Wood said. “I think we could use more than that, so there’s room for a second hospital.”

 

City adds new post to assist city manager
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–The Gun Barrel City Council authorized the mayor to begin the hiring process for a new staff position.
The motion passed 5-1, with Melvyn Hayes dissenting. He voiced certainty that the manager could better utilize the staff he has now to aid him in the many projects the council has charged him to undertake.
But he didn’t gain any support for his argument.
Economic Development Corporation president Steve Webster said for the last two years, he has urged the city manager to take on an assistant. “I can’t emphasize enough how this would help the city grow,” Webster said. “With a little more help, we could get more done.”
A budget amendment providing for the new position is expected to be posted to the next agenda, for a January hiring.
City manager Gerry Boren hopes to find a likely candidate among recent graduates or post-graduate student of urban planning, among other possibilities.
Councilman Curtis Webster counted 42 areas the manager is expected to oversee.
In other business, council members:
• awarded a bid to construct a pavilion to Athens Steel, providing the EDC ups the amount of money it had allocated for the project. The bid came in higher than anticipated, due to needed foundation work as determined by a soil sample testing.
The EDC had allocated $130,000 for the project. It came in at $177,749. The motion included permission for the EDC to adjust its budget accordingly.
• accepted a bid from Joe Watts for the purchase of 2007 or newer refurbished, or reconditioned Dodge or Ford police cruisers with a three year/36,000 mile warranty at a cost-savings to the city of 1/3 off the price of brand new vehicles.
A lengthy discussion ensured over the pros and cons of new or refurbished, and the needs of the police department. Assistant chief Larry Warrick answered questions about safety, longevity and value.
• approved a final plat for consolidating several tracts of land into one for owner East Texas Medical Center, totaling 12.350 acres at 100 Municipal Drive. The owner dedicates 1.115 acres of right of way long Municipal Drive to create new utility easements.
• appointed councilmen Marty Goss and Marvin pace as cochairmen of the Christmas parade, set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.
• authorized the city manager to sign an agreement with Gary Burton Engineering for a scope of services in the City Hall remodeling project.



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