Second arrest made in double
Monitor Staff Reports
KAUFMAN COUNTY–A woman has been arrested in connection with the murder
and abandonment of two bodies found Nov. 10 by the roadside near the
small community of Post Oak Bend.
Virginia Gayle Youngblood, 49, of Dallas, was arrested and charged with
capital murder shortly after Martin McKee, 37, was arrested and charged
with capital murder.
The two bodies were identified as Addison residents Fiona Olander and
her 10-year-old daughter, Korryn Threadgill.
The news of Youngblood’s Nov. 12 arrest was released Wednesday by the
Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Olander’s father, Farmer’s Branch resident McKee had dated
his daughter in the past.
Youngblood is being held at the Kaufman County Law Enforcement Center
without bond, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office.
Youngblood has an extensive criminal history, including drug possession,
theft and burglary of a vehicle.
Sheriff David Byrnes stated additional arrests may follow as the
investigation continues. The release did not comment on any connection
between Youngblood and McKee.
Private utility to hike rates
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Athens-based Lakeshore Utility Co. customers in the
Point La Vista area, Cedarview Estates, Clear Creek Resort subdivision
and Dixie Isle area received notices recently that their water and sewer
rates are going to increase starting Jan. 1, 2010.
Some of the proposed increases appear steep.
The current base charge for water service of $28.50 per month is
proposed to increase to $69, unless the Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality steps in with an order for an interim rate.
The company than charges $3.50 per 1,000 gallons until 8,000 gallons.
The proposed change is to $5 per 1,000.
More than 8,000 gallons per month is now charged $4.40 per 1,000,
proposed to increase to $6.50 per 1,000.
An example of how these rate increases will work out were included with
A customer on a 3/4-inch meter using 10,000 gallons now paying $65.20 a
month for water would increase to $126.50, or more than 100 percent
The same customer with sewer service paying $42 would increase to $53.
Other miscellaneous fees would remain the same.
The private utility company is willing to negotiate the increases and
present their case to representatives from the various property owner
associations at 10 a.m. Monday at the Cain Center in Athens.
The utility cites rising operating costs, which include mandated testing
and stricter quality controls as adding to the operational costs.
Lakeshore Utility has also petitioned TCEQ with the ability to pass on
future increases in the cost of wholesale service in a new tariff
The company has had two rate increases since 1987, the last one in 2006
based on 2005 costs, a letter to customers dated Nov. 10, stated.
“Since that time, our cost of service and materials have increased
dramatically (purchased water, electricity, telephone, base material
used i.e. PVC, steel, copper, fuel, etc., resulting in a negative cash
flow,” general manager Thomas Joe Whatley states.
He adds that the company’s cash flow must be “vastly improved before any
changes to our service area may be favorably considered by the TCEQ.”
The particular subdivisions to be affected by the increases are:
Clearwater Bay, Pearl Harbor, Dorchester, The Palms, Point La Vista
Court, Cedar view Estates, Esquire Estates II, Rock-N-Roll, Park Harbor,
Lake Oaks, Shadow Ridge, Dixie Isle I and II, Magnolia Estates,
Christopher’s Ridge, The Fourth Estates, Kings Point, Pete’s Paradise,
Road Runner Retreat, Idlewood Bay, Oak Hill Park, Adrian Acres,
Moonlight Bay, Windy Acres and The Bluffs.
City boosts inspection, permit
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–The Gun Barrel City Council amended the city’s building
permit and related fees Tuesday.
The fees were last reviewed and changed in 1996, city manager Gerry
The council also amended the wording of several ordinances regarding
building regulations, building contractors, registration of electricians
and other tradesmen with the city, and also standardized terminology
throughout the city’s building ordinances.
Some of the changes reflected changes in state laws, city secretary
Christy Eckerman explained.
Building permits begin at $25 for values up to $500 and $3.05 for each
additional $100 up to $2,000.
Permits for values between $2,001 to $25,000 start at $69.25, plus $14
for each additional $1,000 of value, and so forth.
Incremental increases were also seen in $25,000, $50,000, $100,000 and
Building permits for projects of $1 million start at $5,608.
Plan review fees took a steep jump, from $25 for a single family
dwelling to a non-refundable $200.
Plan reviews on residential remodels cost $60 at time of plan submittal,
and a fence permit also costs $60.
Council members boosted the Certificate of Occupancy fee from $50 to
$120 for commercial properties.
Various other fees for one-trade permits (mechanical, electrical,
plumbing, etc.) were also changed, most costing $60 per inspection.
Boren said the new rates are a result of a cost model analysis for two
people in the building permit office, plus the charges to the city for
its outside contractor to review commercial building plans based on the
2008 code, plus a 5 percent administrative fee.
“We’ve talked to two active builders in the area,” Boren said.
Council members were also given fee cost comparisons with neighboring
cities, and other cities similar to Gun Barrel City.
In other business, council members:
• appointed a committee to spearhead the planning of the new city hall.
Council members Kevin Banghart and Melvyn Hayes, as well as members of
the Economic Development Corporation – Dennis Baade and Richard Wendel –
were seated. Mayor Paul Eaton offered to assist the committee.
• adopted a resolution to accept the agreement between the EDC and
Brown’s Pizza Enterprise, Inc., which is establishing a CiCi’s
restaurant next to Beall’s in the Gun Barrel Shopping Village.
The performance agreement includes a forgivable loan of $45,000 with a
termination date of Dec. 31, 2010.
“They’re hoping for a January opening date,” Boren said.
• received a report on a plat for the construction of a Denny’s
Restaurant, to be located at 1015 W. Main Street, from the Planning and
“They’re ready to start building,” Boren said.
• set a special meeting for 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 14, for acceptance of a
final plat for the Denny’s construction.