Man bitten by ’gator
Hunt in the dark for dog leads to bite
Monitor Staff Reports
TRINIDAD–A Key Ranch Estates man trying to save his small dog from an
alligator attack was bitten by the small ’gator.
David Ligon, who lives on LBJ Ranch Road, said the attack came early in
the morning March 30, adding he had “pretty much healed up now.”
Ligon said he went looking for the dog (he also owns two “good-sized”
golden retrievers) after midnight when the dog failed to respond to his
“He’s come back several times over the last two or three years looking
like he’d gotten into something,” Ligon said, adding he had thought the
dog had run into a conflict with another dog.
While driving slowly through the area, he spoke with a neighbor, who
said she had come outside after hearing a commotion a few minutes
earlier in a nearby Cedar Creek Lake inlet.
Ligon, who was armed with a knife and a flashlight, went down into the
cove, and found his dog beset by “two or three” small alligators, each
between two and three feet long.
As he approached his dog, “one of them took a swipe at me, and I took a
swipe at him with my knife,” he recalled.
Ligon said he suffered puncture-type wounds to his right forearm, and
realized he might be in serious danger.
“When I dropped my flashlight, it showed one (alligator) out in the
water, and she was probably eight or 10 feet long,” he said. “That’s
when I decided to go back to the car and get my gun.”
Armed with a rifle, Ligon returned to the cove, but found the alligators
had left the scene.
He recalled a neighbor had told him about a year ago one of her friends
had seen two six-foot alligators in the area.
“They’re in the lake, that’s for sure,” he said. “It’s still pretty wild
– there’s still a lot of open territory around here.”
Man charged in church burglary
Monitor Staff Reports
TOOL– One man has been booked in connection with a burglary of a church
in Tool, this past weekend.
Kenneth Holt, 19, was named on an arrest warrant on the charge of theft
for receiving stolen property, according to a Tool police report.
“He had a stolen TV and was in the process of hooking it up to a
satellite and programming the stations,” Assistant Police Chief Martha
Decker told The Monitor.
In addition, when First Baptist Church of Tool got its computer back,
the secretary found that she was locked out from using it, since the
password had been changed. “We had to question him (Holt) to find out
the password, so the church could get access to information it had
stored there,” Decker said.
He wasn’t just a person who happened to be living in the same house
where the stolen property was stored, Decker said.
The church got back almost everything, Decker reported. “There are still
a few electronic components and a sewing machine missing,” she added.
There will most likely be an additional person sought in connection with
the incident, to be recorded as a file at large – meaning a grand jury
will decide whether charges are valid against the second individual, she