Thursday, December 25, 2008

     

 

 

 

Man dies in foggy S-curve rollover
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Foggy conditions and wet pavement may have contributed to a one-car rollover that killed a life-long Mabank resident Dec. 17.
Tommy Barnes, 26, was traveling north on Farm-to-market 90 around 9:30 p.m. when he failed to negotiate the second part of the S-curve on his way to Prairieville.
Barnes, who works in Idaho, was home to visit his family over the Christmas holidays.
The SUV he was driving went off the road, past the guardrail and flipped. Barnes was thrown from the vehicle.
Justice of the Peace Johnny Adams pronounced him dead at the scene.
A memorial service was held for him at Prairieville Baptist Church Monday, where he and his family are members.

Pair busted in ‘road rage’
shooting indicted for assault

Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–Two Cedar Creek Lake youths involved in a “road rage” incident Oct. 22 and later linked with a number of Mabank burglaries were indicted on aggravated assault charges Wednesday.
Ryan Maurice Simpson, 22, from Gun Barrel City, and Michael Lee Crist, 19, from Mabank, were arrested after the incident, which took place on State Highway 31 east of Athens and involved a verbal argument and a shooting.
The occupants of the vehicle fired upon called 9-1-1 and reported the incident. During a search of Simpson and Crist’s vehicle, several items known to be stolen during a series of vehicle burglaries in Mabank were discovered.
Simpson was named on two indictments for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and also was indicted for Credit/Debit Card Abuse.
Crist was named on two indictments for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon by the Henderson County Grand Jury.
The indictments against the pair were among 51 True Bills returned by the grand jury during Wednesday’s session, according to information released by District Attorney Donna R. Bennett.
Other indictments were returned against:
• Dennis Lee Stewart, w/m (white male), 60, from Gun Barrel City, indicted for Endangering a Child.
• Donald Anthony Berdice, w/m, 35, from Athens, indicted for Injury to a Child.
• Joseph Daniel Hudson, w/m, 34, from Brownsboro, indicted for Cruelty to Animals.
• Stephanie Gail Reavis, w/f (white female), 26, from Mabank, indicted for Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Passenger.
• Michelle Denise Henry, w/f, 38, from Larue, indicted for Forgery by Passing (two indictments).
• Bobby Carl Minchew Jr., w/m, 42, from Rusk, indicted for Driving While Intoxicated (repeat offender enhancement).
• James Robert Ford, w/m, 23, from Brownsboro, indicted for Criminal Mischief over $1,500.
• Michael Luna, w/m, 33, indicted for Burglary of a Habitation.
• David Ray Robinson, w/m, 42, from Kemp, indicted for Failure to Comply with Registration Requirements (two indictments).
• Stephen Durwin Dobbins, b/m (black male), 37, from Dallas, indicted for Forgery by Passing.
• Timothy Glen Hunt, w/m, 35, from Trinidad, indicted for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon; also indicted for Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance.
• Rico Antonio Brown, b/m, 22, from Athens, indicted for Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance.
• Candice Renea Kirbie, w/f, 21, from Hubbard, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
• Ashley Brianne Slimp, w/f, 19, from Athens, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
• Matthew Robert Taylor, b/m, 17, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
• Thomas Riley Wade, b/m, 37, from Palestine, indicted for Evading Arrest.
• David Wayne Cole, w/m, 42, from Athens, indicted for Theft over $1,500.
• Rodger Jerome McClung, w/m, 68, from Mabank, indicted for Driving While Intoxicated.
• John Michael Sudderth, w/m, 24, from Athens, indicted for Criminal Mischief over $1,500.
• Rifat Muhametaj, from Gun Barrel City, indicted for Theft by Check.
• Ernest Michael Finch, w/m, 46, from Palestine, indicted for Failure to Comply with Registration Requirements.
• Gwendolyn Ann James, b/f (black female), 31, from Fort Worth, indicted for Forgery by Passing.
• Marvin Ray Brown, b/m, 46, from Athens, indicted for Credit/Debit Card Abuse.
• Russell David Cammarn, w/m, 30, from Athens, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
• David Duran, w/m, 21, from Dallas, indicted for Debit/Credit Card Abuse.
• Delia Lee Voss, w/f, 40, from Chandler, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance; also indicted for Credit/Debit Card Abuse (two indictments).
• Demond LaShaw Hornbuckle, also known as Desmond LaShaw Hornbuckle, b/m, 28, from Trinidad, indicted for Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance; also indicted for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.
• Alfredo Escalante Jr., w/m, 30, from Kemp, indicted for Theft over $1,500.
• David Wayne Brooks, w/m, 33, Chandler, indicted for Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle; also indicted for Driving While Intoxicated.
• Justin James Williams, w/m, 19, from Athens, indicted for Evading Arrest with a Deadly Weapon; also indicted for Theft over $1,500; also indicted for Criminal Mischief over $1,500.
• Miguel Angel Cerillo, w/m, 28, from Athens, indicted for Theft over $1,500.
• Curtis Martin Jr., w/m, 21, from Brownsboro, indicted for Criminal Mischief over $1,500.
• Phillip Gary Stockton, w/m, 55, from Gun Barrel City, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute/Possession of a Controlled Substance.
• Jeffery Tad Fletcher, w/m, 42, from Malakoff, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
• Britney Lynn Ward, w/f, 20, from Eustace, Failure to Stop and Render Aid.
• Jeremy Dean Martin, w/m, 19, Frankston, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
• Terry John Ward, w/m (no age listed), from Seven Points, indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance

Jeb Hensarling rejects auto bailout
Monitor Staff Reports
WASHINGTON–U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (5th District) released a statement Friday following the announcement of the president’s emergency bailout of the auto industry.
“I am disappointed that the administration has decided to use taxpayer funds allotted to TARP to bailout Chrysler and GM. I would hate to see any of the ‘Big Three’ fail, but the federal government will not undo decades of mismanagement simply by handing over billions of taxpayer dollars to domestic auto companies.”
Friday, when a plan to bailout Chrysler and GM with $17.4 billion in rescue loans along with tough concessions was announced stock prices rallied on Wall Street, but faded later in the day seeing the decline of the Dow Jones industrials by 25.88 points. However GM shares jumped 22.7 percent and Ford shared by 3.9 percent. Chrysler is not a publicly traded company.
A good bit of the funds would be available the end of December, just in time to pay suppliers, GM Chief Financial Officer Ray Young noted.
The deal also calls for two-thirds of the automakers’ debts to be converted to stock in the companies.
Hensarling, chairman of the congressional oversight panel for the Wall Street rescue program, said filing a Chapter 11 reorganization would do more good for the ailing automakers, since then union contracts, now crippling the U.S. auto industry, could be reworked and poor management dismissed.
“It would be one thing if we knew that this money would somehow solve the problem, but we do not,” he said.
“I fear a devastating precedent has been set that the federal government will now be pressured to bailout every failing company in America – something taxpayers and future generations cannot afford,” he said.
House Republican leader John Boehner called the plan “regrettable.” He said that granting loans for automakers was never the intention when Congress passed the $700 billion plan to rescue financial institutions and that the new plan “has failed both autoworkers and taxpayers.”


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