Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006




Students raise $121,288 for kids’ shelter
Monitor Staff Reports
School kids from across Kaufman County raised $121,288 to help shelter kids coming out of an abusive home.
Checks were presented in a program Wednesday to the A. Fern Norville Center in Kaufman.
The funds were raised as part of a month-long “Spirit Challenge” involving six county school districts: Crandall, Forney, Kaufman, Terrell, Scurry-Rosser and Kemp.
Students from Kemp intermediate, junior high and high school raised $5,043.88 of that amount.
Kemp Independent School District superintendent Dr. Peter Running presented the check to center director LaReta Williams.
She said the funds will cover shortfalls caused by reduced state funding, and help the center stay open at least two more years. The shelter can house up to 20 children for 90 days before they are moved to foster homes or returned to their families.

Pizza Hut murder charges dropped
By Timna Rutledge
Monitor Staff Writer

TERRELL–Terrell police released the last two suspects in connection with the Sept. 3 robbery and double homicide at the Pizza Hut Saturday and Monday.
Capitol murder charges against Anthony Hollimon, 18, and Darias Hubbard, 20, have been dropped. They are the last of four suspects police were holding in the investigation.
Two other suspects were previously released.
Bianca Newman, 23, was removed from the suspect list the last week of September, when she passed a polygraph test.
Justin Prox, 19, was released when a witness against him failed a lie-detector test.
The four suspects were held for the murders of Wills Point resident Patricia Offerosky, 40, and Steven Mitchelltree, 47, of Terrell, and all were current or former employees of the restaurant in the 700 block of West Moore Street.
The victims were found shot to death in what police think was a late-night robbery Sept. 2 that netted about $1,500.
Terrell police have declined to comment on the withdrawal of charges and released the following statement:
“The Terrell Police Service wishes to assure the families of the victims, as well as the public at large that, while we are all disappointed over the circumstances that required the release of the above individuals, the investigation will continue until justice in this matter is served, and those responsible are apprehended and successfully prosecuted.”
Kaufman County District Attorney Ed Walton announced in a written statement Monday his office had not been consulted prior to this decision by Terrell investigators, and played no part in the decision to release the four suspects.

Malakoff band directer charged with improper relationship
Monitor Staff Reports
MALAKOFF–Malakoff High School band director Jeremy Robert Jordan, 28, was arrested Wednesday and charged with improper relationship between educator/student.
Jordan was released from the Henderson County jail after posting a $10,000 bond.
The alleged victim is a 17-year-old female student, according to public information officer Lt. Pat McWilliams.
The Malakoff ISD has suspended Jordan with pay while the investigation continues.
Superintendent Larry Hulsey expects the investigation to conclude by the school district’s trustee meeting Monday, Nov. 27.
“We’ll make our decision on what direction we’re going to take at that time,” he said.
Jordan was hired by the school district this summer.

Bustin’ out Bulldogs
Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
A trio of ferocious Eustace Bulldog mascots “burst” out of a wall next to the Eustace High School band hall. The mural was painted recently by Cary Clawson of Meridian, who painted another Bulldog mascot in the high school’s main lobby.